Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary time – Year A

by Fr N. Vilakati

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You are nor rock, nor hard surface, but “The fertile ground where the seed that has fallen has yielded a fruitful harvest”.

Many people are so much of pessimist, about life, about love and other pertinent issues affecting their lives. This 15th Sunday in ordinary time, let us look at things on a positive perspective about the self, others and God. Looking at the parable of the sower today, we could jump to the conclusion that only a negligent or wasteful farmer would sow seeds where obstacles to growth are so many. We could be tempted to say, by sheer luck or unexpectedly good weather could assist the farm to be profitable in the end. On the contrary we see that Jesus’ message is that God’s reign is at hand. The point of the parable is that the farmer has not wasted his seed in you, just as much as God never gives up on you. Continue reading “Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary time – Year A”

July 2020: Our families

by Peter Schineller, SJ

Pope’s Prayer Intention: Let us pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance, and especially, that they may be protected by the State.

The family ought to be protected.
It faces many dangers: the fast pace of life, stress…
Sometimes, parents forget to play with their children.
The Church needs to encourage families and stay at their side, helping them to discover ways that allow them to overcome all of these difficulties.
Let us pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance, and especially, that they may be protected by the State.

Much writing about the family, for example in letters of the Pope and bishops, emphasises the mission or tasks of the family – what the family should do, and what we expect of families. Continue reading “July 2020: Our families”

Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary time – Year A

by Fr N. Vilakati

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For the umpteenth time, may we please “Look to the Heavens”

One of the greatest tragedies of our times, knowingly and unknowingly has been playing a God. Do we actually confess this? Yes or no? Well the answer is always in the palm of our hands. We have become so pre-occupied with our earthly gains, and sometimes of our intellectual abilities. We tend to focus at the me, as the end product of all, and putting the real God aside. We become masters of our destinies and cast aside the idea of God. Probably it is time we stepped into the black night. We do self-emptiness, the kenosis so we could find out who we are, and that we cannot be God. For the God that we have is only One, and He is in Heaven. Probably this would be a great time we give Him all the praise He deserves. The One who mesmerises us by the hum of whirling galaxies, and the orderliness of the universe, surely He deserves His place of honour.
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Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary time – Year A

by Fr Onyango IMC
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2 Kings 4:8-11,13-16
Psalm 89:2-3,16-17,18-19
Romans 6:3-4,8-11
Matthew 10:37-42

Theme: The Cost of Discipleship!

In the gospel today Jesus teaches us about the cost of discipleship; the Lord did not lie to his disciples that following him would be easy; he did not sweet talk them so as to lure them to himself; he told them the truth from the onset and left it to them to make a choice either to follow him or to walk away. It was a choice they had to personally make after they had known what to expect. In the gospel, he mentions some of his expectations of those who would like to follow him. He says: ‘He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me – he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me – he who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it!’
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