PENTECOST

Pentecost is a Greek word which means fiftieth day. It is the fiftieth day after Easter and Resurrection of Jesus. It signals the end of the Easter Season and ushers the Ordinary Time. It is also the Solemnity of the Coming of the Holy Spirit, the birthday of the Church. It is the Holy Spirit that gives birth to the …

SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

The Ascension of Jesus signals the successful completion of the work of Jesus on earth. It also ushers the time of the Church not abandoned but empowered by the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Ascension is not departure, goodbyes, endings but new beginnings because of the new and eternal presence of Jesus in the Church. Jesus is taken …

THE GREAT COMMAND OF LOVE

Jesus said: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you” (John 15: 12). This is a command, not a request, not an option nor a recommendation. It is a command because God is love and we are His children. God’s love brings healing, complete joy, fullness of life and empowers us to become His friends. When we …

I AM THE TRUE VINE

Jesus said: “I am the vine and you are the brances!” (John 15:5) He reveals that He is the source of life and fruitfulness. Our best interest is at the heart of Jesus. He wants the best version of ourselves. The vine grower is God, the Father who cares for the well-being and fruitfulness of the vine through pruning. We …

GOOD SHEPHERD

Jesus said: “I am the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11). He lays down His life for the sheep. This is one of the seven I am sayings in the gospel of John. I am the bread of life. I am the light of the world. I am the gate. I am the resurrection and the life. I am the way, the …

DIVINE MERCY

The celebration of the Divine Mercy reveals God’s boundless, infinite and overflowing mercy and love towards His people. It is His initiative to approach us and reveal Himself to us. When Thomas said that he will only believe unless he sees and touches for himself the side and hands of Jesus, he wants a first hand experience of the Risen …

THE LORD IS RISEN

St Paul says that, if Christ is not risen, then all our believing is in vain. Our Christian faith is deeply rooted and finds its real meaning in the Resurrection of Jesus. He defeated sin, evil and death forever by His passion, death and resurrection. He came out victorious by the power of God’s love. His enemies thought that by …

EASTER

The word Easter is derived from the name of the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility. The Resurrection of Jesus is the celebration of life. Our God is a God of the living not of the dead. God’s love is stronger than death. His love is the only true power in the universe. Jesus defeated evil, sin and death by …

NEW COVENANT

As we approach the Holy Week, the liturgy gives us a sense of anticipation and expectation. God works for us in Jesus, making all things new. It is always God’s initiative. Jeremiah prophesied that God will make a new covenant written not anymore on stone tablets but on the hearts of all. The covenant is a pledge and sharing of …

HOLY WEEK

Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered! (Hebrews 5:8) Holy Week is the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus: His passion, death and resurrection. It is the culmination of His life, His public ministry fulfilling the mission given to Him by the Father. It is on the Cross that He reveals the boundless and infinite …