Ordinary time “B”: Fourth Sunday

By Fr Wandile M. Dlamini OSM

Theme: Today we pray that we may remain united to the Lord, who is the source of the power and authority we have received.

FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 18:15-20

This reading makes a promise concerning Christ, that there should come a Prophet, great above all the prophets; by whom God would make known himself and his will to the children of men, more fully and clearly than he had ever done before.

He is the light of the world. He is the World by whom God speaks to us.

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Ordinary time “B”: Third Sunday

by Fr Wandile M. Dlamini OSM

Theme: The Lord Jesus call each one of us to be fishers of people to his Father’s Kingdom

First Reading: Jonah 3:1-5
The book of Jonah was written after the Jew’s exile. Some of them were quite nationalistic, and filled with a smug sense of superiority over the other nations. Like Jonah, they wished God would destroy the nations perceived as enemies. The story of Jonah is meant to rebuke their smallness and teach them that God has care for other people as well as for them. Continue reading “Ordinary time “B”: Third Sunday”

Ordinary time “B”: Second Sunday

By Fr. Wandile Dlamini OSM

Theme: We are invited to change from our comfortable patterns of life, thinking or religious practices which we have set for ourselves, so that our work for a better world may succeed.

FIRST READING: 1 Sam 3:3-10, 19

In the book of Samuel Hannah, the devout but barren spouse of Elkanah, prayed to God for a son in the temple at Shiloh. She made a promise that if she has a son she will offer him to the Lord. Her prayers were answered and surely Hannah gave her son Samuel up into Eli’s care in the temple. Continue reading “Ordinary time “B”: Second Sunday”

January 2018: Religious Minorities in Asia


by Fr Chris Chatteris SJ

Pope’s Prayer intention:

“Religious Minorities in Asia. That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.”

There are clearly some problem countries that Pope Francis has in mind. The forced expulsion of the Muslim Rohingya minority from Myanmar would be one. His diplomatically difficult visit to both Myanmar and Bangladesh last year, was a courageous gesture of solidarity with a minority which seemed to have been left defenceless. Continue reading “January 2018: Religious Minorities in Asia”

Epiphany of the Lord

By Fr Wandile M. Dlamini OSM

*Those of us who bear their difficulties with joy in their journey to encounter
Christ led by the star of faith, will surely see his and will be healed from pains.

First Reading ; Isaiah 60; 1-6

The church uses this passage of scripture for the first reading of the Mass of the Feast of Epiphany, for she sees in it some symbols of her universality.The church is perceived as the light which shines and opposes the presence of darkness in the world. It is in the church that the glory of the Lord should shine.The presence of the Lord as the light of the world unifies all nations. Into this light all the sons and daughters of Sion are attracted from far away and are being tenderly carried [ verse 4] which is their return from exile. The church is called to Arise and Shine. Continue reading “Epiphany of the Lord”

Holy Family Sunday

by Fr Dumisani Vilakati

  • First reading : Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3
  • Psalm : Psalm 105
  • Second reading : Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19
  • Gospel : Luke 2:22-40

The readings on this last Sunday of the year invite us, as the collect (opening prayer at mass) indicates, to practise the virtues of family life in such a way that in the bonds of charity we may delight one day in eternal rewards. Continue reading “Holy Family Sunday”