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Homilies for the Catholic Communities in Lumby and Vernon Area, British Columbia, Canada

333 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Why he had to go? (May 16, Ascension Sunday, 2021)

May 15th, 2021


Why did Jesus leave his apostles and disciples for heaven? Did he have to? Why did Christ promise to send the Holy Spirit while he departed from the …

Scripture and Tradition (May 15, Saturday before Ascension, 2021)

May 15th, 2021


Today’s first reading from the Acts confirms the two deposits of Christian faith – they are the Scriptures and the Tradition.

A preacher named …

Why gather to decide? (May 14, St Matthias, Apostle, 2021)

May 15th, 2021


The occasion of electing the 12th apostle demonstrates a few principles of administration or decision-making in the Church.

First, it is the Holy …

Why all these toils? (May 13, 2021, Thursday 6th Week Eastertide)

May 13th, 2021


Like the disciples in today’s gospel, we might have wonder why Jesus had to come and go and come back and go back again. Without those tiresome …

Kerygma on the end of the world (May 12, 2021, Wednesday 6th Week Eastertide)

May 13th, 2021


From today’s first reading, we hear St Paul’s long speech to the Athenians. But towards the end of his discourse, Paul proclaims the Christian …

How the Holy Spirit convicts the world (May 11, Tuesday 6th Week Eastertide)

May 11th, 2021


“When the Holy Spirit comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; …

He opened their hearts (May 10, Monday 6th Week Eastertide, 2021)

May 10th, 2021


As we listen to the first reading from the Acts, we wonder how those Gentiles opened their hearts to the gospel of Christ. But the Acts does not give much explanation except saying, “The Lord opened” their hearts.

Two requirements (May 9, 2021, 6th Sunday of Eastertide)

May 9th, 2021


Most Christians in our times are the Gentiles to Jewish people. The first reading of this Sunday from the Acts shows the Gentiles received the Holy …

World Delights (May 8, Saturday 5th Week Eastertide, 2021)

May 8th, 2021


The world will be delighted if a pastor preaches that we should strive to enjoy material success and wealth because God created all these good things …

No one knows (May 7, 2021, Friday 5th Week Eastertide)

May 7th, 2021


Christian love Jesus gave his disciples as a commandment is self-giving or life-giving sacrifice. This love goes far beyond being together with someone. Even thieves and robbers spend a lot of time together and enjoy …

Ask for courage (May 6, St Francois de Laval, 2021)

May 6th, 2021


One of the constant temptations for pastors in our times is to keep silent on moral issues, especially concerning life and family. It is not because Christ or the Church does not have clear teachings on those issues. …

Still need to abide in him (May 5, 2021, Wednesday 5th Week Eastertide)

May 4th, 2021


We all have heard we need to abide in Christ Jesus as branches in the vine. Branches are physically attached to a vine. Then, how do we abide in Christ Jesus? How do we draw spiritual nutrients from Christ?

Of course, …

Bitter pill of persecution (May 4, 2021, Tuesday 5th Week of Easter)

May 3rd, 2021


Today’s first reading from the Acts briefly describes the second half of the missionary trip of Paul and Barnabas. Because we do not know the lands …

Apostolic balance (May 3, 2021, Sts Philip and James, Apostles)

May 2nd, 2021


The Apostolic Tradition and the Bible are the two deposits of the Christian faith. These two sources of faith have authority not from any human …

Spiritual nutrients vs Spiritual junk food

May 1st, 2021


Where do we draw our daily nutrients for our souls?

You probably heard these sayings: You are what you eat, You are what you read, You are what you …

Poor carpenter's work was enough (May 1, 2021, St Joseph the Worker)

May 1st, 2021


Only about two hundred years ago, most of the world's population was under hereditary class systems. The value of a person was determined according …

Creator before Redeemer (April 30, 2021, Friday 4th Week of Eastertide)

April 30th, 2021


Recently I received a question concerning the necessity of Christ for salvation. The question was whether God gave all people to Jesus or only some people. The answer to this question may be found in the last statement …

Missing half of it (April 29, 2021, Thursday 4th Week Easter)

April 29th, 2021


When we think of religion, we might associate it with rituals, devotions, or moral codes. However, generally, at least, half of the religious practice is about words or scriptures. In other words, proclamation, …

Christ is the only way (April 28, 2021, Wednesday 4th Week of Easter)

April 28th, 2021


In the first reading today from the Acts, we see how Paul and Barnabas are selected for the evangelization of the Gentiles. It was the Holy Spirit …

He gathers (Tuesday 4th Week of Easter, April 27, 2021)

April 27th, 2021


Leaders of the Church daily have to make judgments for practical matters of the faith. And it is not always clear to discern according to the will of the Lord. As we heard in the first reading from the Acts, the first …

All should ask her (Our Lady of Good Counsel, April 26, 2021)

April 27th, 2021


Leaders of the Church daily have to make judgments for practical matters of the faith. And it is not always clear to discern according to the will of the Lord. As we heard in the first reading from the Acts, the first …

Realism of Communion (April 21, 2021, Wednesday 3rd Week Easter)

April 20th, 2021


Many Christians feel that St John’s gospel is difficult because it has more theological discussions than the other three gospels. And St John uses …

Nature of martyrdom (April 20, 2021, Tuesday 3rd Week Easter)

April 20th, 2021


John the Baptist proclaimed the coming of the Messiah. He prepared the way for Christ. But his voice and word alone did not accomplish the preparation. It was his blood that finished his witness to the Saviour. And the …

False accusations (April 19, 2021, Monday 3rd Week Easter)

April 19th, 2021


“We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” “This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law; for we …

The risen body (April 18, 2021, 3rd Sunday of Easter)

April 18th, 2021


Our generation thinks man can define his nature. I do not think so. However, in the sense that man shapes the state of his spirit, a man prepares his nature for the life to come. It depends on him how to build virtues …

To be with the Holy Spirit (April 17, 2021, Saturday 2nd Week Easter)

April 17th, 2021


Christians wish and pray that the Holy Spirit always accompanies them. However, we do not have a simple method to tell his presence quickly. When we …

Let the truth speak for itself (April 16, 2021, Friday 2nd Week Easter)

April 16th, 2021


The episode of the council of the Jews in today’s first reading from the Acts sheds light on Christian struggles in our times here in Canada. Here in Canada, Christians or even other traditional religions are threatened …

A simple reminder from SJB (April 15, 2021, Thursday 2nd Week Easter)

April 15th, 2021


John the Baptist gives us a simple reminder today, which is fundamental to the Christian faith. It is this: what Jesus speaks, teaches, and acts are heavenly revelation. That is, what we read in the Bible is the divine …

Choose salvation now (April 14, 2021, Wednesday 2nd Week Easter)

April 14th, 2021


“Those who believe in him are not condemned,” Jesus says in today’s gospel of John. Immediately after this statement, Jesus continues, “but those who do not believe are condemned already.” These two statements need …

Sharing in the Holy Spirit (April 13, 2021, Tuesday 2nd Week Easter)

April 13th, 2021


Regarding today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, some commentators point that the first Christian community members shared their properties because they thought the end of the world was coming soon. That …

The book of the Holy Spirit (April 12, 2021, Monday, 2nd Week Easter)

April 12th, 2021


During Eastertide, we read the Acts of the Apostles at weekday Masses. The title of the book might be misleading. The book is, in fact, about the …

Source of Peace (April 11, 2021, Divine Mercy Sunday)

April 11th, 2021


When Jesus came in and stood among the disciples on the evening of his resurrection, probably not all of them immediately felt joyful. Why did they …

Communal faith of the Resurrection (April 10, 2021, Easter Saturday)

April 10th, 2021


The culture of individualism affects religion. People tend to think religion is a personal, private, and individual choice. Religious practices …

He still gathers and nourishes (April 9, 2021, Easter Friday)

April 9th, 2021


The Latin word for the Church is Ecclesia. And this word ecclesia has the meaning of ‘gathering of the summoned’. As well shown in her name, one …

Heaven and Resurrection (April 8, 2021, Easter Thursday)

April 8th, 2021


It seems almost natural for man to believe in an afterlife. And no one is offended when they hear heaven. I have never seen people arguing about heaven. People use their imagination for heaven. And they fill their …

Before you read the Bible (April 7, 2021, Easter Wednesday)

April 7th, 2021


It is always beneficial to read and study the Bible. But it is prudent to know our purpose of reading it before we begin. The answer is in the Bible. As Jesus speaks to the two disciples on the way to Emmaus, he teaches …

Time for a new growth (April 6, 2021, Tuesday 1st Week Easter)

April 6th, 2021


No one questions if Mary Magdalene loved Jesus. She was one of the most ardent disciples. Jesus liberated her from seven demons and forgave her sins. Through it, she deeply experienced the grace of the Lord. And she …

Meet the risen Jesus (April 5, 2021, Monday 1st Week Easter)

April 5th, 2021


During Lent, the Church encourages Christians to walk with Jesus on his way to Calvary. Probably you have heard words with this intent from your pastors, Lenten books, and church websites. Now, Lent is over. Jesus has …

Faith in resurrection grows (April 4, 2021, Easter Sunday)

April 4th, 2021


For most Christians, the news of the Lord’s resurrection is no longer some news. Many will not even remember when they heard it for the first time. Nevertheless, I still question myself if I have any faith and …

A whole new reality (April 3, 2021, Easter Vigil)

April 3rd, 2021


Have you thought about a world without change? Have you imagined a world without decay? If nothing would perish, we would have a completely different …

All contributed to the culture of death (April 2, 2021, Good Friday, Holy Week)

April 2nd, 2021


It was not one man who decided, planned, arrested, tried, judged, sentenced, and executed Jesus on the crucifix. As we hear the Passion narrative, we …

Washing by humiliation and self-sacrifice (April 1, 2021, Maundy Thursday, Holy Week)

April 1st, 2021


The Passover of Christ demonstrates the priesthood of Jesus Christ. The priests of the Old Covenant offered sacrifices of animals. But Christ Jesus offered himself. He becomes the victim and the priest at the same time. …

Because of only thirty pieces of silver (March 31, 2021, Wednesday of Holy Week)

March 31st, 2021


Mary did not save three hundred denarii for anointing Jesus. She spent her life savings within a few minutes only in anointing Jesus. The three …

The suspense at the Last Supper (March 30, 2021, Tuesday of the Holy Week)

March 30th, 2021


Many Christian homes find artwork of the Last Supper in their dining rooms. When you look at them, how do you find the atmosphere of the Last Supper? …

Learn to be wasteful (March 29, 2021, Monday Holy Week)

March 29th, 2021


When it comes to offering to God, human reason wants to show how useless it is to offer anything to God. And the reason may insist on why we should …

The Young Man in a linen cloth (March 28, 2021, Palm Sunday)

March 28th, 2021


The four gospels in the New Testament often share similar stories. The first three – Matthew, Mark, and Luke – share many episodes in common. It is also true for the Passion narrative - the preparation for the Passover, …

Caiaphas' Reasoning (March 27, 2021, Saturday 5th Week Lent)

March 27th, 2021


“It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God.”

Although they are not the chosen race, many people of the world threaten …

Modern blasphemy (March 26, 2021, Friday 5th Week Lent)

March 26th, 2021


“It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God.”

Although they are not the chosen race, many people of the world threaten …

Leap of faith (March 25, Annunciation, 2021)

March 25th, 2021


“How can this be, since I am a virgin?”

It was not a rhetorical question. The Blessed Virgin Mary did not doubt the power of God. She was sincerely …

To Remain in his word (March 24, 2021, Wednesday 5th Week Lent)

March 24th, 2021


We all know, by experience, that ignorance and confusion bring about regrettable results and consequences. It is why we often say to ourselves, “If I …

Memento mori (March 21, 2021, 5ht Sunday of Lent)

March 21st, 2021


From ancient times and in all cultures, death has been a critical theme of philosophies and religions. Why did people of old have to reflect on death …

Use the Title of Jesus (March 20, Saturday 4th Week Lent)

March 20th, 2021


The four gospels have their distinct focuses. Matthew’s gospel gives many teachings of Jesus through his own words. In contrast, Mark’s gospel shows more what Jesus did through his actions. Meanwhile, Luke’s gospel …

Forgotten Father (March 19, 2021, Solemnity of St Joseph)

March 19th, 2021


The reason Blessed Virgin Mary is the greatest among all creation is that she is in so close a union with Christ Jesus. She carried Christ in her womb for ten months before his birth. And she was with him until his …

Wish the best for the wicked

March 18th, 2021


It is natural to feel anger when we see evil people. We wish they pay for the harm they cause and receive just punishments. However, what Moses did was different when God had revealed to him the plan to punish the …

Two ways of blasphemy (Mar 17, 2021, Wednesday 4th Week Lent)

March 17th, 2021


Jesus exercises his divine power in two critical roles as the Creator. The first is to give life and raise the dead. The other is to judge the living …

Fruit of sin (March 16, 2021, Tuesday 4th Week Lent)

March 16th, 2021


The man Jesus healed at the pool of Beth-zatha by the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem had been sick for 38 years. It is the same number of years the people …

How would you feel when Jesus speaks to you (March 15, 2021, Monday 4th Week Lent)

March 15th, 2021


In today’s gospel, Jesus heals a royal official’s son – not by visiting but by only a few words. This official was likely to be a Gentile, not a Jew. But he travelled about 50 km from Capernaum to Cana to invite Jesus …

When pleasure determines (4th Sunday of Lent, 2021)

March 14th, 2021


I was listening to a radio show. The speakers were discussing the decriminalization of street drugs. Towards the end of the show, a speaker expressed …

Convicted of Self-conviction (March 13, 2021, Saturday 3rd Week Lent)

March 13th, 2021


Once Jesus said to his disciples, “I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service …

Love to be with Him (March 12, 2021, Friday 3rd Week Lent)

March 12th, 2021


Love finds its critical element in a union. All kinds of love desire union. And all unions necessarily include association or being together. Thus, …

Price of Truth (March 11, 2021, Thursday 3rd Week Lent)

March 11th, 2021


In our times, most top companies of the world have something to do with the information. Information makes money. However, the information does not have to be factual. As we see on social media, so much false …

Fulfilment of the law (March 10, 2021, Wednesday 3rd Week Lent)

March 10th, 2021


This generation denies God-given universal laws applied to all humanity. On the opposite, it promotes an idea of self-defining one’s identity, …

Perfect Restoration (March 9, 2021, Tuesday 3rd Week Lent)

March 9th, 2021


Have you ever thought if perfection restoration is possible? Perfect restoration is possible only for replaceable things. But there are not many things around that can find exact replacements. You may find newer models …

Still opposed, Still on the Crucifix (Mar 8, 2021, Monday 3rd Week Lent)

March 8th, 2021


At the presentation of Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem, the prophet Simeon foretold that Jesus would be the sign to be opposed by many people. These …

Essential Cleansing (March 7, 2021, 3rd Sunday of Lent)

March 7th, 2021


At the beginning of this pandemic, average people could not even make an approximation of this disease. As we witnessed, epidemiologists and public …

Envy of Mercy (March 6, 2021, Saturday 2nd Week Lent)

March 6th, 2021


You will have a hard time finding a recent movie about forgiveness. From some time on, brutal revenge became a popular theme of the entertainment …

God's Silence (Mar 5, 2021, Friday 2nd Week Lent)

March 5th, 2021


Have you felt that the world has more than enough evil? If so, you are not the only one. Many people gave up faith because they have seen too much evil in men. Some fall into total despair because evil overwhelms and …

Wealth effect (March 4, 2021, Thursday 2nd Week Lent)

March 4th, 2021


The parable of the rich man and poor Lazarus.  A rich man living in a beautiful house, adorned with fine clothes, enjoying rich food, but at the door …

In the right direction (Mar 3, 2021, Wednesday 2nd Week Lent)

March 3rd, 2021


Two people are walking the same road. But they end up at two different places. How does it happen?

It happens when the two people walking the same road but in opposite directions. Simple, isn't it? But we forget this in …

Experts vs. Masters (March 2, 2021, Tuesday 2nd Week Lent)

March 2nd, 2021


We expect experts to be knowledgeable in their expertise. But it does not happen that all experts utilize their knowledge. For example, not all computer science geniuses become Bill Gates. We see many medical science …

Exclusively inclusive (Mar 1, 2021, Monday 2nd Week Lent)

March 1st, 2021


The word ‘inclusive’ became a sign word of the 21st century Western societies. Societies try not to leave any member forgotten, ignored, or rejected. …

Utility of Sacrifice (Feb 28, 2021, 2nd Sunday Lent Year B)

February 28th, 2021


You might wonder how today’s first reading and the gospel may pair with each other. The first reading from the Book of Genesis tells us the story of Abraham’s test that God commanded Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a …

Kangaroo Court (Feb 27, 2021, Saturday 1st Week Lent)

February 27th, 2021


Have you heard the expression ‘kangaroo court’? If you or your parents emigrated from countries of recent memories with fascism or communism, you probably already know or heard about the examples of this kangaroo court. …

Reconciliation with Social Media (Feb 26, 2021, Friday 1st Week Lent)

February 26th, 2021


We will all agree that it is no good to hold grudge and hatred against someone. But it will be worse to hate someone even if you do not have any …

Pray but not desire (Feb 25, 2021, Thursday 1st Week Lent)

February 25th, 2021


Do I pray God to give me the virtue of poverty? But, do I honestly want to be poor and find joy in poverty? Do I pray God to allow me the virtue of obedience? But, do I sincerely want to abandon my will and autonomy? Do …

Signpost (Feb 24, 2021, Wednesday 1st Week Lent)

February 24th, 2021


There are two kinds of signs. The first one foretells near-future occurrences. Experienced mothers can tell what the signs are before labouring. You can save lives if you know what the signs are before a stroke. The …

Word Power (Feb 23, 2021, Tuesday 2nd Week Lent)

February 23rd, 2021


The dramatic change or secularization of the Christian West since the last century has its fervent promoter. It is the mass media. There are …

The Bedrock (Feb 22, 2021, Monday 1st Week Lent)

February 22nd, 2021


I find it remarkable that Jesus founded his Church on a person, Peter. He did not say, ‘I will build my church on this faith.’ What he said was, “I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church.” …

Reset (Feb 21, 2021, 1st Sunday of Lent Year B)

February 21st, 2021


You might have heard some world leaders and people in prominent status speak about ‘reset’ since this pandemic started. It is still a matter of discussion what they mean by ‘reset’. Some people welcome it, but some …

Let us be the people of Sunday (Feb 20, 2021, Saturday after Ash Wednesday)

February 20th, 2021


Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Lent. Have you decided on your Lenten resolution? If not, or looking for more, I would like to suggest something very …

Know the Groom First (Feb 19, 2021, Friday after Ash Wednesday)

February 19th, 2021


The biggest and most serious challenge for Judeo-Christian religion does not come from without. On the opposite, it comes from within. Under many persecutions, the Church rapidly spread and grew and significantly …

Clear the vision (Feb 18, 2021, Thursday after Ash Wednesday)

February 18th, 2021


Penance, abstinence, fast, almsgiving, self-denial, obedience, detachment, offering, sacrifice, and so on.

“If any want to become my followers, let …

Are we alert of the four last things? (Feb 17, Ash Wednesday 2021)

February 17th, 2021


In the middle of the pandemic, we experience uncertainties. We ask many questions but do not receive satisfactory answers. When will I get vaccinated? Will the vaccines be effective? When will this partial shut-down …

The of the flood is now (Feb 16, 2021, Tuesday 6th Week Ordinary Time)

February 16th, 2021


“For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will …

Biblical Realism (Feb 15, 2021, Monday 6th Week Ordinary Time)

February 15th, 2021


Often, I am surprised at the realism of the Bible. As we read the Book of Genesis, we might think the creation stories, the fall of Adam and Eve, the fratricide of Cain and Abel, and so on are anything but real stories. …

Courage to approach Jesus (Feb 14, 2021, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

February 14th, 2021


There were many lepers in Israel at the time of Jesus. But Jesus did not heal all of them. Why not? Jesus healed only those who approached him. Because the Jews separated and segregated lepers and greatly feared them …

A curse or a blessing? (Feb 13 Saturday 2021 5th Week Ordinary Time)

February 13th, 2021


After the man and the woman committed the first transgression at the snake’s trick, they did not die right away. Instead, God imposes punishments on …

You will not die (Feb 12, 2021, Friday 5th Week Ordinary Time)

February 12th, 2021


Criminal psychologists say criminals do not expect themselves to be caught. Not only that, but they also believe that they can get away from police …

Naked but not ashamed (Feb 11, 2021, Our Lady of Lourdes, Thursday 5th Week Ordinary Time)

February 11th, 2021


I wonder whether mankind has experienced distrust between the two sexes as much as our generation goes through now. There has always been a certain degree of mistrust and suspicion between man and woman. In the previous …

The Tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Feb 10, 2021, St Scholastica, Wednesday 5th Week Ordinary Time)

February 10th, 2021


The tree of the knowledge of good and evil. What is this tree? Even many non-Christians have heard about this tree. Did God forbid the man from its fruit because it was poisonous? Then, why did God expose such evil in …

Creation vs Consumption (Feb 9, 2021, Tuesday 5th Week Ordinary Time)

February 9th, 2021


One consensus among the developed countries of the world is ‘to save the natural environment.' Now is a time of environmentalism. But it is not simple to define environmentalism with a few words or a sentence because of …

Nature Worship (Feb 8, 2021, Monday 5th Week Ordinary Time)

February 8th, 2021


As far as we trace the human history, our generation lives in a much more artificial environment than any previous generations. And now, this pandemic forces us to live in a virtual space of electronics. Nevertheless, …

Reward of the Gospel (Feb 7, 2021, 5th Sunday Year B Ordinary Time)

February 7th, 2021


When we purchase furniture that requires assembly, we should carefully follow its assembly order. Otherwise, you may have to disassemble all of it …

Gift of Praise (Feb 6 Sts Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs, Saturday 4th Week Ordinary Time)

February 6th, 2021


Have you met people who very often say like these? “Oh, the Lord helped me today finish early my work.” “I couldn’t stand the person without the Holy …

Sins compound (Feb 5, St. Agatha, 2021, 4th Week Ordinary Time)

February 5th, 2021


The martyrdom of St John the Baptist presents how sins are interwoven and eventually bring about the shedding of innocent blood. And today’s reading from the Letter to the Hebrews makes comments on the sins that …

New Zion of the Holy Mass (Feb 4, 2021, Thursday 4th Week Ordinary Time)

February 4th, 2021


I wonder if you carefully read or listened to the first reading from the Letter to the Hebrews today. The letter makes a comparison between Mount …

It is not a crisis (Feb 3, 2021 Wednesday 4th Week Ordinary Time)

February 3rd, 2021


Many Christian speakers on social media are concerned about the future of Christianity after the pandemic. Once virtual services and group gatherings …

Bearing all human burdens (Feb 2, 2021 Presentation of the Lord)

February 2nd, 2021


When God of Moses brought the last disaster to Egyptians, all the firstborn males, either human or animal, were killed. Only Hebrews avoided the divine punishment by the blood of lambs on their doorposts. They had to …

Modern demoniac (Feb 1, 2021, Monday 4th Week Ordinary Time)

February 1st, 2021


Have you seen people with demonic oppression or possession? I have not yet seen it personally. But many of us probably saw movies about demonic possession or exorcism. Movies usually do not focus on the nature of …

Looking for a true prophecy? (Jan 31, 2021, 4th Sunday Year B Ordinary Time)

January 31st, 2021


During this pandemic and under many shutdowns and lock-downs, you might have encountered many more prophecies than ever before through social media and other online platforms. Some interpret this pandemic as God’s …

Always hopeful (Jan 30, 2021, Saturday 3rd Week Ordinary Time)

January 30th, 2021


One common characteristic of survivors of terrible disasters, either human or natural, is their hopefulness. Can we live a day without hope? Hope is …

Give us fruit at the proper time (Jan 29, 2021, Friday 3rd Week Ordinary Time)

January 29th, 2021


Do you like reading the Bible? I do. Why? Even the same passage always gives a renewed meaning. And it sheds light on different situations at the …

A lamp on a lampstand (Jan 28, 2021, Thursday 3rd Week Ordinary Time)

January 28th, 2021


Well over a generation, Western societies have been pushing away Christianity from the public sphere. It is not newsworthy any more to report …

Prophecy of the sower (Jan 27, 2021, Wednesday 3rd Week Ordinary Time)

January 27th, 2021


There would be no Christians who never heard this parable of a sower. And I am sure that everyone will agree we want to be good soil and bear much …

easier said than done, more dangerous than said

January 26th, 2021


We often say ‘easier said than done’. This saying holds in many human affairs. But it also seems true in divine affairs. What do I mean by ‘divine …

Conversion to the Gospel of Christ (Jan 25 2021 Monday 3rd Week in Ordinary Time)

January 25th, 2021


Paul, formerly called Saul, was well-known to the earliest Christians even before his conversion. It’s because he was a fierce and merciless …

Repentance Still? (Jan 24, 2021 3rd Sunday Year B Ordinary Time)

January 24th, 2021


Two of this Sunday’s reading call for repentance. Is repentance still relevant to our times? For repentance to be meaningful, there should be …

Crazy One (Jan 23 2021 Saturday 2nd Week in Ordinary Time)

January 23rd, 2021


What do you think people will say if you speak about the gospel to everyone you meet and tell them to repent of their sins? What will people around you, your families think if you proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is …

Community and History (Jan 22, 2021, Friday 2nd Week Ordinary Time)

January 22nd, 2021


More than ever, we live, or I should say, particularly under this pandemic, we are forced to live a very individualistic lifestyle. This age tells …

Necessity of the Mediator (Jan 21 2021 Thursday 2nd Week Ordinary Time)

January 21st, 2021


I wonder if you could easily understand the first reading from the Letter to the Hebrews. I couldn’t. I had to read a few times. You probably noticed …

The two currents in religion (Jan 20 2021 Wednesday 2nd Week Ordinary Time)

January 20th, 2021


Religion is a two-way current. One way flows from God to man. And the other, from the man to God. But the nature of each current is not the same. The current from God originates from his love for humanity. God doesn’t …

Lord of the Sabbath (Jan 19, 2021 Tuesday 2nd Week Ordinary Time)

January 19th, 2021


In the gospel today, we find two different conflicts. The story of King David shows a conflict between the law and the right to life. And we see another one between the law and the Son of Man.

Conflicts or competitions …

The Groom (Jan 18, 2021 Monday 2nd Week Ordinary Time)

January 18th, 2021


“Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” people asked Jesus. This question makes us think …

Vocations and Chastity (Jan 17, 2021, 2nd Sunday Year B Ordinary Time)

January 17th, 2021


This Sunday’s two readings describe divine callings to God’s work. The little Samuel heard God’s voice but didn’t recognize it until Eli discerned …

Self-deception (Jan 16, 2021 Saturday 1st Week Ordinary Time)

January 16th, 2021


Very often I find resistance in my heart and mind before the crucifix or the altar – my mind and heart say like these: ‘It was not a big deal,’ ‘Everybody does the same,’ ‘I was just weak,’ ‘I didn’t have any other …

Christian wishful thinking (Jan 15 2021, Friday 1st Week Ordinary Time)

January 15th, 2021


I wonder what hope I have. Hope is real and true when a promise is given. If there is no promise is given, it is called wishful thinking or a dream.

Christian Authentication (Jan 12, 2021 Tuesday 1st Week Ordinary Time)

January 12th, 2021


The people in the synagogue Jesus was teaching recognized that Jesus had authority, unlike the Jewish scribes. The scribes often depended on the biblical figures, especially, on Moses for the validity of their …

The price for Christ's discipleship (Monday 1st Week OT, Jan 11, 2021)

January 11th, 2021


Today’s gospel shows how Jesus called his first disciples as he began his public ministry. This passage will leave an unforgettable impression on young people who feel the Lord's calling to his work and vineyard. …

First Question for You (Baptism of the Lord, Jan 10, 2021)

January 10th, 2021


One of the common questions in adult catechism classes regardin g Baptism is about the necessity of Baptism for salvation. This question may arise …

No Sin, No Redeemer (Jan 9, 2021)

January 9th, 2021


Our generation of Christianity emphasizes so much on the mercy of God. Indeed, it will be never enough to speak about the mercy of God the Father. …

The only way (Jan 8, 2021)

January 8th, 2021


One of the reasons some people don't go to church is that they believe that they can go to heaven without Jesus. Well, for Christians, it doesn't make any sense that someone believes in heaven while he doesn't believe …

To Know enough to hate, to hurt enough to love (Jan 7, 2020)

January 7th, 2021


St. John challenges how we can love God the Father if we cannot love our brothers or sisters. And he makes an interesting remark, "for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom …

Truths in plain sight (January 6, 2020)

January 6th, 2021


Today’s gospel tells us what happened immediately after Jesus fed the five thousand men with the five loaves and the two fish. It was already dark when Jesus and the disciples discussed how to feed the crowd. Thus, …

Impossible love (Jan 5, 2020 Christmas Time)

January 5th, 2021


“This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late.” The disciples of Jesus reminded him that it was not time to take care of the crowds. But Jesus refused to let the crowds go. He insisted it was the right time …

Incarnation and Real Presence (January 4, 2021)

January 4th, 2021


During this season of Christmas, we read St John’s letter. He continually warns Christians of the antichrist. He tells us not to trust anyone without having tested the spirit first. The sign of the antichrist is a …

Chosen for the Epiphany

January 3rd, 2021


Traditionally, the Epiphany of the Lord commemorates three events during the life of Christ. We are all familiar with the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus at Bethlehem. But the Church also celebrates the Baptism of …

Antichrists subvert the purpose of Christ (Jan 2, 2020)

January 2nd, 2021


The world cheers over Christmas. Coincidentally or not, people spend a lot more this season, and companies make a lot of money around this time. But we Christians are invited to ponder the meanings of the Lord’s coming …

God-bearer (Jan 1, 2020 Mary Mother of God)

January 1st, 2021


The title of today’s solemnity reminds us who is Mary. She is called not the mother of Jesus but the mother of God. Elizabeth already implied this …

Today's Antichrist (Dec 31, 2020)

December 31st, 2020


The popular image of an antichrist is associated with movie characters. An antichrist has Satanic power that is superhuman and paranormal. An …

A Wise Poverty - Dec 30, 2020

December 30th, 2020


Who do you think a happy person is? According to the worldly standard, a person who owns a lot more than others is happy. But this will be true only if the person will be able to spend what he possesses. If the person …

A sign to be opposed (Dec 29, 2020)

December 29th, 2020


One of the best indicators of the health of a society is how society receives the Gospel of Christ. It’s because the message of Christ Jesus is for the happiness of all humans beings. The Gospel message is for all …

Ordinary Joe - December 28, Holy Innocents, 2020

December 28th, 2020


The heroes we see in comic books and movies have certain abilities and skills. And these abilities and skills are often superhuman, at least very extraordinary. With these transcendent power, these heroes save people or …

Family is Enough - Dec 27, 2020 Holy Family Sunday

December 27th, 2020


Have you wondered why God chose this family of Mary and Joseph for His only begotten Son? Let’s take a look at Mary and Joseph. In the New Testament or according to any tradition in the Church, we cannot find any …

To live or not to live (Saturday 30th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

November 6th, 2020


Philippians 1

There is a saying, “A living dog is better than a dead lion.” This proverb comes from the Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 9.4. The …

Sabbath and man (Friday 30th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

November 5th, 2020


Luke 14

Probably you have watched at least one movie, where one character obstinately clings to rules and protocols while another one, usually the …

It's not human battle (Thursday 30th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

November 3rd, 2020


Ephesian 6

In recent years, we see much social unrest in the West. In this unrest underlie many social injustices and evils. Against these problems have many activists and citizens courageously risen to fight. And the …

Husband and wife (Tuesday 30th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 26th, 2020


Ephesians 5

I wonder if the passage we heard in the first reading today is still controversial among Christians of our generation. Some modern commentators explain that this passage of the Ephesians is just a product of …

It hasn't changed (Monday 30th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 26th, 2020


Ephesians 4

In his letter to the Ephesians, St Paul diametrically opposes two things the world has always loved: sex and money. Just turn on your TV …

A lawyer question (20th Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

October 24th, 2020


Matthew 22

I have read this passage of Matthew’s gospel many times but didn't’ pay much attention to the first sentence, verse 34 of chapter 22 until I read a commentary of St Cyril of Alexandria of the 5th century. …

Why some avoid infection (Saturday 29th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 24th, 2020


Luke 13

As of October 23, 2020, 9,862 COVID19 deaths have been reported in Canada. As of this third quarter of the year, the estimated population of …

The signs are here (Friday 29th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 22nd, 2020


Luke 12

Some of us may subscribe to religious email lists that often inform about ‘message from the Blessed Mother about impending punishments of God’. Many Christians tend to regard signs of the time as signals for the …

Non-destructive fire (Thursday 29th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 22nd, 2020


Luke 12

The ultimate self-test for complete humanity or human maturity is to see if I accept the word of Christ and to live accordingly. Why? It’s …

The end is real (Wednesday 29th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 21st, 2020


Luke 12

Jesus repeatedly tells us to prepare for Judgment Day. But, do I feel its approach even remotely? Honestly speaking, I don’t. Each day gives me enough things to make myself busy. Christmas is not far away now, …

Law and order (Tuesday 29th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 20th, 2020


Ephesians 2

Judaism is a closed, exclusive religion, based on an ethnic society. And, at the heart of it lies the law of Moses. This law defined the …

Flesh and spirit (Monday 29th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 19th, 2020


Ephesians 2

‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you.’ We don’t want to hear this when God calls us from this life. But how many …

What belongs to Him (29th Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

October 18th, 2020


Matthew 22

“Give, therefore, to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” This answer of Jesus in today’s gospel might be just a witty retort to the wicked trap of the Jews. Matthew, …

Where is my thanksgiving? (Monday 28th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 12th, 2020


Luke 11

When do we ask for a sign? Do we ask for it when we are confident? Do we ask for it when we are satisfied? Do we ask for it when we are …

Banquet and court (28th Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

October 11th, 2020


Mathew 22

Most wedding ceremonies take less than an hour. A priest may preach a long homily, but, the matrimony itself does not take a few minutes. It consists of the exchange of the marriage consents of a man and a …

Equally distinguished (Saturday 27th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 10th, 2020


Galatians 3

One of the signs of our generation is the inability to distinguish or rejection of distinction. Although this generation built its civilization upon the binary code of “0” and “1” – i.e. a digital one, …

Heart of a bouquet (Friday 27th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 9th, 2020


Galatians 3

A man offers a bouquet to a woman. What do you see? A gift of flowers symbolizes one’s love for another. However, a man can give a woman …

Ask Actually (Thursday 27th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 8th, 2020


Luke 11

I wonder why I always struggle to build virtues in me. I want virtues to grow in me so that I may not fall into sins or stumble at the opposing vices. I pray and ask the Lord to help me to guide and strengthen …

It's on the first line (Wednesday 27th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 7th, 2020


Luke 11

The Jewish people of the ancient time had 613 commandments. Moses gave these laws to Israel. Now, the New Moses, Jesus, proclaims a new commandment. This new law is simple. Love your God and your neighbours.

Like the two Marys (Tuesday 27th Week in Ordinary Time 2020)

October 6th, 2020


Luke 10

The Church teaches the author of the Bible is the Holy Spirit. We can compare the way the Bible was completed to how the Word of God became …

Huddles for the Good Samaritan (Monday 27th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 5th, 2020


Luke 10

One of the reasons Christianity grew as a world religion is its universality – that’s is, God of Christianity does not discriminate; He gives good things to all people. The Good Samaritan shows well this spirit …

How much land does a man require? (27th Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

October 3rd, 2020


Matthew 21

There was a poor peasant named Pahom living in a village in Russia. He rented a small piece of land for his farm. One day he wished to …

three symptoms of Satan's influence (Saturday 26th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 2nd, 2020


Luke 10

The word of Jesus to his disciples in today’s gospel is still good: “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!” The Son of God is satisfied and happy with the revelation of his presence to mankind and gives …

Next to me (October 2, Guardian angels 2020)

October 2nd, 2020


Matthew 18

As much real as the Devil and demons are, so much real are angels. As Jesus teaches us today in the gospel, each soul is blessed with an …

A time to gather (Thursday 26th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

October 1st, 2020


Luke 10

As I listen to the instruction of Jesus to his seventy disciples, I find it interesting that Jesus didn’t encourage his disciples to engage …

Stargazer (Wednesday 26th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

September 30th, 2020


Job 9

I am not a stargazing person. Perhaps I am more of a practical person. But it seems beneficial to gaze at the skies and stars. It makes me humble and wise. When I look at the skies, I am reminded of how minute I …

They are all around us (September 28 Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael 2020)

September 29th, 2020


John 1

Have you asked your family members, friends or neighbours if they believe in angels? If you believe in angels, you belong to a majority of Canadians. At least two in three Canadians believe in angels. According …

Love for nothing (Monday 26th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

September 28th, 2020


Job 1

Many couples break up at financial crises. Some people feel that they cannot be loved if they lose prosperity. They feel useless about themselves without money. Do they love themselves? Meanwhile, some people …

Do that "yes" (26th Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

September 26th, 2020


Matthew 21

When a man and a woman marry, they exchange ‘yes’ on two occasions, usually. The first one is likely to be private – when one party asks, “Will you marry me?” Then, the second one comes at the wedding …

Why still the cross? (September 26 Canadian Martyrs 2020)

September 25th, 2020


Luke 9

Have you ever questioned what use, what benefits, if any, your bearing the cross would have? Does my sacrifice have any effect? Will anybody …

Your own answer (Friday 25th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

September 25th, 2020


Luke 9

“But who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks his disciples in today’s gospel. It should be noted when Jesus asked this question. It was not long …

Meet Herod (Thursday 25th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

September 24th, 2020


Luke 9

If you have initiated a faith group such as a prayer group before, you have probably met certain difficulties – most likely from the members …

Trip advisor (Wednesday 25th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

September 23rd, 2020


Luke 9

“Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money – not even an extra tunic.” This is what Jesus instructed to his apostles when he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. …

Fraternity Test (Tuesday 25th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

September 22nd, 2020


Luke 8

In the Old Testament, we find many stories of brothers. It begins with Cain and Abel. Then, Esau and Jacob follow. Jacob had twelve sons. But …

Sinner's Privilege (September 21, St Matthew, Apostle, 2020)

September 21st, 2020


Matthew 9

Indeed, the word of the Lord is true: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick do.” If my health is perfect, I won’t have to go to the doctor. However, I have not had perfect …

Economy 101 (25th Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

September 20th, 2020


Matthew 20

One fundamental assumption of the economy is that the man’s desire and want are unlimited while the natural resources are limited. This …

Instructions on the envelope (Saturday 24the Week Ordinary Time 2020)

September 19th, 2020


Luke 8

The common reaction to the parable of the sower is to determine what kind of ground I am. It can be a good starting point. But the real …

I am a feminist (Friday 24th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

September 18th, 2020


Luke 8

Today’s gospel passage from St Luke lists three women’s names and also mentions many other women. This passage does not give any extraordinary account. It seems a summary of the ministry of Jesus. Its emphasis is …

No social distancing (Thursday 24th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

September 17th, 2020


Luke 7

“If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him – that she is a sinner.” This was what …

love and the Beatitudes (Wednesday 24th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

September 16th, 2020


1 Corinthians 12-13

At the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, Jesus encourages us to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. How do we become perfect like our heavenly Father? By loving all, Jesus teaches us. He …

A unique witness (September 15 Our Lady of Sorrows 2020)

September 15th, 2020


John 19

The role of the Blessed Virgin is critical in God’s plan for salvation because her fiatprovided for the flesh of the Lord. But she must have …

September 14 Exaltation of the Cross 2020

September 14th, 2020


John 3

On this feast day of the Exaltation of the Cross, we think about our crosses. What is my cross? A simple answer would be my commitment. If I …

Forgiveness from heart (24th Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

September 12th, 2020


Matthew 18

We have heard this parable many times. But there are some details in this parable often looked over.

First, the state of the slave. The master owns the slave. And whatever a slave has already belongs to the …

Virginity (September 8 Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2020)

September 8th, 2020


Matthew 1

For the last twenty years at least, I have never heard preaching for virginity. Have you? Sometimes we hear chastity talks usually given in …

A bitter pill

September 7th, 2020


1 Corinthians 5

When you heard the first reading today, you might have wanted to check what you just heard. St Paul tells the Corinthian community …

Huddles to fraternal correction (23rd Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

September 6th, 2020


Matthew 18

One of the duties and responsibilities of baptized Christians is to witness the truth. This is the office of the prophet, which is shared by all the baptized along with the offices of the priest and the king.

Lord of Sabbath (Saturday 22nd Week Ordinary Time 2020)

September 5th, 2020


Luke 6

Often Christianity is called the Western religion or the European religion. These names indicate the regional or ethnic heritage of Christianity. But when Christianity was first brought to Europe, it was a Jewish …

Dictators and demagogues (Friday 22nd Week Ordinary Time 2020)

September 4th, 2020


1 Corinthians 4

“It is the Lord who judges me.” This word of St Paul should resonate within every Christian. But, particularly for pastors of the …

Monarchy vs. Kingdom of God

September 3rd, 2020


1 Corinthian 3

The Catholic Church has a monarchical structure. In contrast to modern democratic states in which administrative, legislative, and …

Servants of schism (Wednesday 22nd Week Ordinary Time 2020)

September 2nd, 2020


1 Corinthians 3

Christianity worships only one God. However, we do not know the number of Christian denominations in the world. Christ himself established his Church on Peter. And the apostles and disciples went out to …

Essential activities (Tuesday 22nd Week Ordinary Time 2020)

September 1st, 2020


1 Corinthians 2

During this time of the pandemic, we are encouraged to do only essential things for life. These essential things include minimum activities for human survival and socioeconomic maintenance. But no …

Evangelization 101 (Monday 22nd Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 31st, 2020


1 Corinthians 2

Materialists such as communists accuse religion of enslaving unenlightened people by unfounded fear and false hope. This kind of criticism of religion is prevalent not only among intellectuals but also …

Away from the cross (22nd Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

August 29th, 2020


Matthew 16

No one likes to live an unhappy life. But not all people live happy lives, either. Then, we ask what is necessary for a happy life or a decent life at least. Many will list money at the top of the list. Many …

Stay sober (August 29, The beheading of John the Baptist, 2020)

August 29th, 2020


Mark 6

“Stay sober and alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” St Peter warns us of the constant danger of falling prey to Satan. It’s because Satan is ceaselessly …

A witness (Friday 21st Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 28th, 2020


1 Corinthians 1

We heard a well-known passage from the first letter to the Corinthians. Many would remember the last sentence of the passage. St Paul …

hellish preview (Thursday 21st Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 27th, 2020


Matthew 24

Many times in the gospel, Jesus mentions a place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Commonly this place is considered hell. But why does Jesus describe this place with “weeping and gnashing of …

Hypocritical pain (Wednesday 21st Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 26th, 2020


Matthew 23

One way to live in peace with oneself is to speak and act according to what one thinks and believes. And when one’s desires and thoughts are in harmony with the Way of Christ, the person is at peace with God. …

An antidote (Tuesday 21st Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 25th, 2020


2 Thessalonian 2

We read from the second letter of St Paul to Thessalonians for today’s Mass. The passage selected for the Mass is from chapter 2 of …

Under the fig tree (August 24, St Bartholomew, Apostle, 2020)

August 24th, 2020


John 1

Many readers of today’s gospel have been puzzled. What does Jesus mean by “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you”? Does “the …

ID Jesus (21st Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

August 23rd, 2020


Matthew 16

Who do you say Jesus is? Can you describe him in one short sentence? Who do you say that the Son of Man is? This is the question Jesus asks his disciples in this Sunday’s gospel.

Probably we are not surprised …

Hypocritical injury (Saturday 20th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 22nd, 2020


Matthew 23

Christianity is no longer welcome by the public in our country. Many people do not hide their disrespect to Christ and Christians. What made them turn against Christianity? The list will be long. But the most …

Litmus test for love (Friday 20th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 21st, 2020


Matthew 22

One way to see if I love someone or not is to ask whether I enjoy being with the person. More precisely speaking, whether I appreciate the person’s presence itself. I can say I appreciate the person’s being, …

Tips for proper attire (Thursday 20th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 20th, 2020


Matthew 22

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” This statement of Jesus has two parts as the parable accompanying it has two parts.

The first part reminds us that many are invited to the kingdom of heaven but not …

Economy of Salvation (Wednesday 20th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 19th, 2020


Matthew 20

It is understandable why the workers hired at earlier hours felt unfair when they found the workers hired at later hours were paid the …

What money cannot buy (Tuesday 20th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 18th, 2020


Matthew 19

In today’s gospel, Jesus does not explain why the rich are difficult to enter the kingdom of God, nor do the disciples ask.

When we have …

Mediocrity, excellence, perfection (Monday 20th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 17th, 2020


Matthew 19

I believe that the rich young man in today’s gospel was sincere in his desire for eternal life. Jesus, who knows the thoughts of our minds and hearts, kindly invited this young man to his discipleship …

All the wrong buttons (20th Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

August 16th, 2020


Matthew 15

This Sunday’s gospel might embarrass Christians who try to be politically correct. Jesus presses the worst buttons. He ignores a woman’s …

She's gone? (August 15, Assumption of Mary, 2020)

August 15th, 2020


Luke 1

We will be unsuccessful if we attempt to establish the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by historical evidence and witness. From the …

It is better not to marry? (Friday 19th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 14th, 2020


Matthew 19

The question of divorce the Pharisees threw at Jesus in today’s gospel sounds nothing new. Many Catholics of this age call for the …

No more justice (Thursday 19th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 13th, 2020


Matthew 18

Most will agree that technology advances as time goes. But I wonder if our world enjoys more justice year by year. Can we simply say our …

Fraternal correction vs. accusation (Wednesday 19th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 12th, 2020


Matthew 18

It takes much courage to go and point out the fault when a person sins against us. But this is what Jesus tells us to do. He teaches us to …

Matured into youth (Tuesday 19th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 11th, 2020


Matthew 18

Independence, self-sufficiency, and autonomy are great human virtues and values. We encourage our children to learn these values as soon as possible so that they may become responsible for themselves socially …

Death-to-life converter

August 10th, 2020


John 12

It sounds too pessimistic to say that daily I approach the day of death or that every day my life gets shorter or that another name of living is a slow death. If life is like a non-rechargeable battery and …

Look down vs Look up (19th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A 2020)

August 9th, 2020


Matthew 14

The gospel passage of this Sunday is one of the better-known episodes. Most people remember Jesus walked on the water. But what is more surprising is Peter also walked on the water. And an even more …

Old stain removal (Saturday 18th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 8th, 2020


Matthew 17

I wonder why I cannot remove my vices. For a while, I do much better and I think I have defeated them. But I fall again at an unexpected time. And then they continue for a while. But I get better again …

Nature of the cross (Friday 18th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 7th, 2020


Matthew 16

There are probably few Christians who have heard Jesus saying “Take up your cross and follow me” only once. The crucifix is in every room …

Eyewitnesses (August 6 Transfiguration 2020)

August 6th, 2020


2 Peter 1

Meditation, reflection, revelation, apparition, miracles, symbolism, sacrifice, ritual, dogma, scriptural interpretation, church, …

Failed prayers

August 5th, 2020


Matthew 15

In today’s episode of a Canaanite woman whose daughter is tormented by a demon, Jesus doesn’t heal this foreign woman’s daughter immediately at her request.

At the first request, Jesus does not even answer …

Defilement (Tuesday 18th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 4th, 2020


Matthew 15

Offerings to the Lord should not have any defect. To offer something defective constitutes a sacrilege. And when a person comes before the …

Walk over pessimism (Monday 18th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 3rd, 2020


Matthew 14

Do you grow more optimistic day after day? Especially those who receive pensions, would you choose retirement in a heartbeat over your …

Without money, without price (18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020)

August 2nd, 2020


Matthew 14

“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,

and your labour for that which does not satisfy?”

Through the mouth of the prophet Isaiah, the Lord awakens us in the first reading of this Sunday. …

Prophet inside (Saturday 17th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

August 1st, 2020


Jeremiah 26

One of the signs of our times is the moratorium on the judgment. Young people often say, “Don’t judge me!” Every human act is to be …

Unpopular office (Friday 17th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 31st, 2020


Jeremiah 26

In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks about the destiny of prophets: “Prophets are not without honour except in their own country and their own house.” And this is demonstrated in the first reading today. The …

As real as heaven (Thursday 17th Week Ordinary Time

July 30th, 2020


Matthew 13

Can you think of anything that does not come with any kind of failure, breakage, misuse, abuse, or danger? It’s a waste of time to list examples to show everything comes with certain dangers. The more …

Delay on time (July 29, 2020)

July 29th, 2020


John 11

When I am called for the anointing of the sick, I always check if the person is in critical condition. It’s because it would be everybody’s …

Out of sight (Tuesday 17th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 29th, 2020


Matthew 13

I wish that the gospel passage we heard today may make you feel assured of your being as the children of the kingdom of heaven. But, unfortunately, this passage always makes me feel anxious. Because I don’t …

Yes I am worried (Monday 17th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 27th, 2020


Matthew 13

Christians worry about the future of the Church. More and more Christians turn indifferent to faith and morals. Although the Western world proudly declares inclusiveness and pluralism for its social …

Strikeout (17th Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

July 26th, 2020


Matthew 13

The parables of this Sunday’s gospel expose three false presumptions about salvation, which are quite common among Christians in our times. The first one is that ‘the payment has been made’. The second is …

Earthen-aware (July 25 St James 2020)

July 25th, 2020


2 Corinthians 4

The passage from the second letter of St Paul to Corinthians we just heard in today's reading is a part of St Paul’s exposition on …

Fair inequality

July 24th, 2020


Matthew 13

We live in an age that cannot stand any kind of inequality and inequity. We strive for the equal starting line for everyone, at least concerning social and economic competitions. But we know there has never …

Face to face (Thursday 16th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 23rd, 2020


Matthew 13

Often I find it almost fascinating that people firmly hold on to totally incorrect or intentionally false ideas about Jesus and …

Walk through the dark (July 22 Mary Magdalene)

July 22nd, 2020


John 20

Today’s gospel passage from St John is filled with symbolic devices. The episode begins when it is still dark – representing the sorrow, …

Paternity test (Tuesday 16th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 21st, 2020


Mattew 12

We live in a very, very confusing world. There are so many divisions – among races, regions. There is so much distrust – against authorities, governments. We are constantly suspicious – between the haves and …

Another sign (Monday 16th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 20th, 2020


Matthew 12

“Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” This is what the scribes and the Pharisees in today’s gospel asked Jesus. I wonder why they asked for another sign from Jesus. They had already heard and seen his …

Instant labelling culture (16th Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

July 19th, 2020


Matthew 13

Our recent years have seen the rise of what I call an ‘instant labelling culture’. Daily we witness this cultural, social, and political …

Avoid spotlight (Saturday 15th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 18th, 2020


Matthew 12

In many places in the gospel books, Jesus orders not to publicize his works of healing and exorcism as in today’s gospel. He taught people publicly, but it was not street corners and market places where he …

Institutionalized Jesus (Friday 15th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 17th, 2020


Matthew 12

The religion of the apostles and disciples of Christ Jesus was the ancient Judaism. They didn’t have a developed form of the liturgy of Christianity in their lifetime. Moreover, they never had any church …

My yoke was heavy (Thursday 15th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 16th, 2020


Isaiah 26

In the first reading today, Prophet Isaiah proclaims “the way of the righteous is level”. He tells us that the Just One makes “smooth the path of the righteous”. Do you agree? But how can we reconcile these …

Our God vs. His People

July 15th, 2020


Isaiah 10

We commonly call the Lord ‘my’ God and ‘our’ God. This reveals our belief that God is on my side and on our side. He is our guard and protector, we believe. For Christians, God is not an impersonal almighty …

A rare item (Tuesday 15th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 14th, 2020


Matthew 11

One of the characteristics of contemporary Christianity is the loss of the sense of the fear of hell. Or, Christian people seem to forget about the existence of hell. Hell is one of the most unwelcome things …

Family Feud (Monday 15th Week in Ordinary Time 2020)

July 13th, 2020


Matthew 10

I preach Christian goals for my parishioners such as piety and virtues. But when it comes to evangelization, I feel uneasiness to preach about it. Why? Because I don’t even know what to do about my parents …

Gardener's tips (15th Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

July 11th, 2020


Matthew 13

Our heart is created in the image of the Lord as our whole being is created in His image. It loves good things such as unity and peace. …

A true prophecy (Saturday 14th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 11th, 2020


Matthew 10

What Jesus told his disciples in today’s gospel is still valid in our times. Jesus says, “If they have called the master of the house …

Why the Good News is a bad news for many (Friday 14th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 10th, 2020


Matthew 10

In today’s gospel, Jesus foretells persecutions his disciples will face when they bring the Good News. It is an irony that the Good News becomes bad news for so many people. Jesus tells us that almost all …

There is no lonely salvation (Thursday 14th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 9th, 2020


Matthew 10

We don’t believe that a person can live without society. It is not only against our social nature but also unrealistic. There will be no drinking water system or a sewage system, or a road network if there is …

21st century demons (Wednesday 14th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 8th, 2020


Mathew 10

One of the major parts of the ministry of Jesus was casting out demons or unclean spirits. As we heard in today’s gospel, it was also a major task of the apostles.

Then, I wonder why this ministry of casting …

Idol test (Tuesday 14th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 7th, 2020


Hosea 8

Ancient people often fell into idolatry. Idolatry is not a mental exercise. There is a man-made idol, usually a statue, and people believe …

Contact but no connection (Monday 14th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 6th, 2020


Matthew 9

Today we read the gospel from Matthew. But Mark’s gospel describes the same episode with more lively details. The young girl’s father’s name was Jairus, a synagogue official.

When Jairus came to Jesus for …

Sunday Obligation (14th Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

July 4th, 2020


Matthew 11

This pandemic has changed many aspects of our daily life. What about our faith life? Certainly, the parish life has visibly changed a lot. …

Wedding plan guide (Saturday 13the Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 4th, 2020


Matthew 9

I saw many new converts enjoy more blessings of the Lord. In the meantime, I found many cradle Catholics tangled with many do’s and don’ts. …

To know by faith (July 3, St Thomas Apostle, 2020)

July 3rd, 2020


John 20

Without faith in humanity, we cannot continue our daily life. If I were to doubt everything and everyone, I couldn’t even drink water from …

Carrying the stretcher (Thursday 13th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

July 2nd, 2020


Matthew 9

The paralytic man who was brought to Jesus in today’s gospel symbolizes all who are born under the original sin of Adam. As a paralyzed …

Demoniac (Wednesday 13th Week

July 1st, 2020


Matthew 8

“Seek good, not evil, that you may live.” Does this sound easy? Who does not want to do good? Or who wants evil? However, when I look at the world, I find enough people to doubt if the man has a natural …

Control Room (Tuesday 13th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 30th, 2020


Matthew 8

As Jesus rebuked his disciples in today’s gospel, the disciples in the boat didn’t have strong faith enough to disregard the storm. However, they didn’t forget they were with Jesus and asked him for help in …

Peter's Ace (Monday 13th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 29th, 2020


Matthew 16

In many places of the four gospels, St Peter’s words meet corrections from Jesus. But today’s gospel passage is an exception. St Peter confesses his faith in Jesus by correctly identifying Jesus as “the …

Just Welcome (13th Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

June 27th, 2020


2 Kings

I wonder if any priest began their journey of priesthood without knowing any priest. It is not impossible, but it is very unlikely a boy or a young man has an aspiration to the priesthood without actually seeing …

Prophesy! (Saturday 12th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 27th, 2020


Lamentations 2

Many Christians worry about the course of the Western civilization. Since the new millennium began, we have been witnessing much of social and regional unrest. Christians cannot also ignore the crisis of …

Faith theorem (Friday 12th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 26th, 2020


Matthew 8

When Christians find themselves among non-Christians or non-believers, they feel certain pressure that they have to prove their religious legitimacy. Christian parents also sense the same demand from their …

Anyone can build this (Thursday 12th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 25th, 2020


Matthew 7

Some politicians proudly distinguish their public life from their religious beliefs. They say their religious faith is limited within …

Everyone knew then (June 24, Nativity of St John the Baptist 2020)

June 24th, 2020


Acts 13

One of the challenges modern Christianity has been struggling with is its historicity. In other words, many modern people including Christians see Christianity as a religion that developed from legends and fairy …

A tip to live with a cat (peacefully) (Tuesday 12th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 23rd, 2020


Matthew 7

I believe many of us have heard this or something similar: “It’s Canada. People do whatever they want to do.” I was very surprised at a …

A Remnant (Monday 12th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 22nd, 2020


2 Kings 17

Many Christians wonder what would happen to the world experiencing so many changes everywhere. As for religion, the world is on the course …

Reverse Clericalism (12th Sunday Ordinary Time 2020)

June 20th, 2020


Matthew 10

Probably most of you have not met me in the streets or grocery stores or any other malls. It’s not only because I don’t go out much but …

Lost and found (Immaculate Heart of Mary 2020)

June 20th, 2020


Luke 2

Can you imagine how you would feel if your child were missing? It is a horrible feeling. When I was three or four years old, I left home to …

From Within (Sacred Heart of Jesus 2020)

June 19th, 2020


Matthew 11

I believe most of us agree that the man lives for happiness. We make daily decisions for happiness, though unconsciously. People make very different decisions because what makes them happy is not always the …

Thy Will (Thursday 11th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 18th, 2020


Matthew 6

Many Christians wonder what plans God has for them. We want to know God’s will for our life. Mainly through meditation and prayer, we try …

Mechanical piety (Wednesday 11th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 17th, 2020


Matthew 6

As we hear today’s gospel, in ancient Israel, it was accepted and even praised to express one’s religious faith in public. What Jesus admonishes here is that we want to express our faith with a genuine heart …

Do me a favour (Tuesday 11th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 16th, 2020


Matthew 5

Some people exercise favouritism thinking it is love. It is not favouritism if I do everyone a favour. Favouritism picks up only particular …

Love Actually (Monday 11th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 15th, 2020


Matthew 5

More than ever, we hear the word ‘justice’ so often these days. Voices for justice resonate in our society louder than ever. But this is very surprising when we realize the Western societies have developed …

Desire! (Corpus Christi Sunday 2020)

June 14th, 2020


John 6

This Sunday, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, traditionally called Corpus Christi, Jesus proclaims that it is necessary to eat the …

The best attorney in God's court (Saturday 10th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 13th, 2020


Matthew 5

A judge or jurors in a secular court in most modern countries come to a conclusion based on evidence. But testimonies of experts or …

Don't judge me (Friday 10th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 12th, 2020


Matthew 5

It is not uncommon to hear “Don’t judge me!” in daily conversations. It seems we have declared a moratorium on moral judgment in our times. Drawing a line between right and wrong became outdated in our …

Jesus, a poor financial planner (June 11, St Barnabas 2020)

June 11th, 2020


Matthew 10

Do you find anything missing in the instructions for the twelve apostles when Jesus sent them out as we heard in today’s gospel? For modern Christians, this way of missionary plan and instruction may look …

The Old Testament is too old (Wednesday 10th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 10th, 2020


Matthew 5

Modern Christians tend to focus only on the New Testament. Or, they tend to disregard the Old Testament. Especially, those who highlight …

Racial Barrier (Tuesday 10th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 9th, 2020


1 Kings 17

Today we hear another intriguing episode of prophet Elijah. Under a severe famine, God sent his prophet to a foreign woman of Sidon to …

Green pastures and still waters (Monday 10th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 8th, 2020


1 Kings 17

The first book of Kings spends many pages for the reign of King Ahab in the northern kingdom of Israel. His long twenty-two years of reign coincided with the time of prophet Elijah. King Ahab was a wicked …

Life of Condemnation (Holy Trinity Sunday 2020)

June 7th, 2020


John 3

All the living things eventually die or can be killed at any time. It is sad but true. But we feel here contradiction. Why do we live if we all die? Life itself does not imply death. Looking at a baby, we can’t …

How does your pastor sound? (Saturday 9th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 6th, 2020


2 Timothy 4

Pastors are constantly tempted to please their flock. This happens not because they love to make their parishioners pleased and satisfied. It happens because they learn over time it is much easier than to be …

Persecutor Inside (Friday 9th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 5th, 2020


2 Timothy 3

In our country, we never had religious persecution, although we have martyrs. There has been no organized, systematic attempt to destroy …

Exchanging life with death (Thursday 9th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 4th, 2020


2 Timothy 2

All the measures we take during this pandemic strive for life. Against this real threat of life, our sense of survival has been ever heightened up. On the flip side of the sense of survival is our awareness …

How many times can I marry? (Wednesday 9th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 3rd, 2020


Mark 12

For most of us, the serial marriage we heard in the gospel will sound strange. This Jewish custom was developed to protect and save widows without any children. Children here mean boys who can carry the name of …

Give back to God what belongs to God (Tuesday 9th Week Ordinary Time 2020)

June 2nd, 2020


Mark 12

We all probably know by heart, “Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar.” But we often forget to continue, “and to God what belongs to God.” Of course, in the passage from St Mark we heard in today’s gospel, …

Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of the Church 2020

June 1st, 2020


John 19

Today, we celebrate the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. This title, Mother of the Church, is nothing new to the …

Conspiracy of One Language (Pentecost 2020)

May 31st, 2020


Acts 2

All of us have heard what happened to the apostles when they received the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. As the first reading from the …

No Hollywood Endings (Saturday 7th Week Easter 2020)

May 30th, 2020


Acts 28

Today, Saturday of the 7th Week of Easter, we read both endings of the Acts of the Apostles and St. John’s gospel, as we come close to the end of the Easter season. Tomorrow, Pentecost finishes the Easter …

Say Yes until it hurts (Friday 7th Week Easter 2020)

May 29th, 2020


John 21

Probably you have heard an explanation of why Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him. It’s because Peter denied Jesus three times as Jesus had warned him on the night of the Last Supper. And some of you …

Pain-Killer (Thursday 7th Week Easter 2020)

May 28th, 2020


John 20

What kind of pain is the most painful for you? Some might say toothache. Some would say migraine headaches. But some will say public …

Protective Equipments Needed (Wednesday 7th Week Easter 2020)

May 27th, 2020


Acts 20

In recent years, the Church has suffered many scandals. And most of these scandals were caused by the leaders of the Church. Many churchmen …

Christian Individualism (Tuesday 7th Week Easter 2020)

May 26th, 2020


Acts 20

When a large-scale problem overwhelms us, we feel powerless. As we are now in the middle of the pandemic, we as individuals seem unable to …

Bad News (Monday 7th Week Easter 2020)

May 25th, 2020


John 18

Sometimes I find statements of Jesus that make me wonder if I have ever heard them before. I feel almost embarrassed because I must have read them before. In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks this to his disciples: …

Where is He Now? (Ascension 2020)

May 24th, 2020


Matthew 28

The Ascension of the Lord makes us puzzled: Jesus promised he would be with us always until the end of time. But he took off to heaven! …

Who brings the Good News? (Saturday 6th Week Easter 2020)

May 23rd, 2020


Acts 18

Today we encounter Apollos in the reading. He was a Jew from Alexandria in Egypt. Alexandria was the second-largest city in the Mediterranean …

Fear of Preaching (Friday 6th Week Easter 2020)

May 22nd, 2020


Acts 18

I wonder how many priests have ever gone out of their parishes and preached before the public. I have not. I preach almost every day but I have never preached to my non-Christian friends. I don’t even bring up …

Dream Home Location Guide (Thursday 6th Week Easter 2020)

May 21st, 2020


Acts 18

Probably everyone has a dream home in their mind. Housing in our times is the greatest lifetime work for so many people in our society. Since you cannot easily move your house, its location is the most critical …

Who speaks the Truth? (Wednesday 6th Week Easter 2020)

May 20th, 2020


John 16

Since the very early stage of this pandemic, there have been many speculations on the cause of the virus. At the same time, there were also …

A Wake-up Call (Tuesday 6th Week Easter 2020)

May 19th, 2020


Acts 16

Today we continue to listen to another conversion story. And this time, there are more spectacles and drama. But first, there should be a …

Do you know Lydia (Monday 6th Week Easter 2020)

May 18th, 2020


Acts 16

We hear today the conversion account of a Greek woman named Lydia. What’s the big deal here? Didn’t St Paul and his companions lead thousands …

Are you listening? (6th Sunday of Easter 2020)

May 17th, 2020


John 14

One of the most basic ways to love someone is to listen to the person. This listening includes doing according to what the person desires. But often we forget this fundamental skill in a relationship and impose …

Why Christians are hated (Saturday 5th Week Easter 2020)

May 16th, 2020


John 15

I have read somewhere Bishop Fulton Sheen wrote that the world hates Christianity because Christianity is still relevant in our times. I …

Rupture vs. Continuity (Friday 5th Week Easter 2020)

May 15th, 2020


Acts 15

Today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles describes how the earliest Church finished the controversy of circumcision for the Gentile Christian communities. After much debate and consideration, the …

Lonely way of love (St Matthias, Thursday 5th Week Easter 2020)

May 14th, 2020


John 15

Once again we hear Jesus speak love in the gospel today. In this pandemic, especially while we have to keep a distance from each other, we wonder how to keep this first and foremost commandment of Christ. …

Circumcision of the Heart (Wednesday 5th Week Easter 2020)

May 13th, 2020


Acts 15

When God made a covenant with Abraham, God ordered Abraham to circumcise all males in his tribe as the sign of the covenant. Since the …

My Peace I give you (Tuesday 5th Week Easter 2020)

May 12th, 2020


John 14

Every Mass recalls today’s passage from St John’s gospel. After the Lord’s Prayer, the priest says:

Lord Jesus Christ,

who said to your Apostles:

Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,

look not on our sins,

but …

Never in the Textbook (Monday 5th Week Easter 2020)

May 11th, 2020


John 14

We have been reading the Last Supper dialogue from St John’s gospel for some time during the Easter season. This Last Supper dialogue may …

Can I do the same works Jesus does? (5th Sunday of Easter 2020)

May 10th, 2020


John 14

This Sunday, we hear one of the most celebrated passages from St John’s gospel. Even non-Christians are familiar with this word of Christ …

Jealousy vs. Envy (Saturday 4th Week Easter 2020)

May 9th, 2020


Acts 13

Jealousy and envy are often interchangeable. However, we can distinguish them to understand two different states of a soul. A husband may …

No Mortgage or Rent (Friday 4th Week Easter 2020)

May 8th, 2020


John 13

The land has always been at the top of man’s quest list since the time immemorial. So much blood was shed for the possession of lands throughout human history. And it is not over yet. Even in places without …

Christ's Servant (Thursday Week 4 Easter 2020)

May 7th, 2020


John 13

Today’s gospel passage is a part of the washing of the feet at the Last Supper. Christ himself shows the example of a servant by washing his disciples' feet. But it was not a stunt. It was a genuine expression …

The Ever New Normal (Wednesday 4th Week Easter 2020)

May 6th, 2020


John 12

During this pandemic, we already hear the phrase “the new normal.” People will and should behave differently than before. For sure, this will …

The Sign of the Pandemic (Tuesday 4th Week Easter 2020)

May 5th, 2020


John 10

We hear this pandemic has opened unchartered territories. Not only for policymakers and for health care providers but almost all private and …

Introducing Good Shepherd Insurance (Monday 4th Week Easter 2020)

May 4th, 2020


John 10

How many different insurances do you pay for every year? There are so many kinds of insurance policies these days. Properties, professional …

I am the Gate (4th Sunday of Easter 2020)

May 3rd, 2020


John 10

Almost all Western countries proudly declare that our societies are pluralistic while accepting and including everybody and every idea. Certainly, pluralism helps to keep harmonious and safe societies. But when …

I am a part of the problem (Saturday 3rd Week Easter 2020)

May 2nd, 2020


Acts 9

Today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles tells us how St Peter healed Aeneas, a man who had been paralyzed for eight years and …

Average Joe (May 1 St Joseph the Worker 2020)

May 1st, 2020


Matthew 13

When successful and popular people speak, the public tends to listen to them. Often I am surprised that the public agrees with and follows …

How to choose vegetables (Thursday 3rd Week Easter 2020)

April 30th, 2020


John 6

When we buy produce or flowers, no one chooses deformed ones. People will give me a strange look if I ask them why they choose well-formed vegetables and flowers. It seems instinctive for us to choose things in …

Celebration of life vs. Life eternal (Wednesday 3rd Week Easter 2020)

April 29th, 2020


John 6

In recent years, you probably noticed more and more ‘celebrations of life’ in the obituaries. This phrase sounds emotionally sanitized and religiously neutral. People don’t know how to grieve over death. People …

Death calls for Life (Tuesday 3rd Week Easter 2020)

April 28th, 2020


John 6

“The bread of life” - there would be no Catholic who has never heard this phrase. This is another name for the Eucharist and Holy Communion, …

Because I ate my fill of the loaves (Monday 3rd Week Easter 2020)

April 27th, 2020


John 6

“Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.” These words of Jesus …

Presence by Absence (3rd Sunday Easter Year A 2020 Reflection)

April 25th, 2020


Luke 24

The 6th century BC was very dark hours for the people of Israel. The Jewish kingdom was conquered by the Babylonian Empire and the Jewish people were deported to different parts of the Babylonian Empire. The …

Christians live a harder life (Saturday 2nd Week Easter 2020)

April 25th, 2020


1Peter 5

Many spiritual ‘gurus’ teach people how to live with a peaceful mind and heart. They teach certain methods to pacify everyone. Accept …

God's love and religious freedom (Friday 2nd Week Easter 2020)

April 24th, 2020


John 6

Today’s gospel is one of the best-known episodes in the New Testament. But how would you answer if your child or grandchild asks you why Jesus …

Revelation vs. Theory (Thursday 2nd Week Easter 2020)

April 23rd, 2020


John 3

Recently a parishioner asked about the apparent conflict between the creation and the evolution. This controversy has been around for a long …

Why do they choose the darkness (Wednesday 2nd Week Easter 2020)

April 22nd, 2020


John 3

The light and the darkness; the day and the night: all men understand because all of us experience every single day. So when Jesus declared he was the light of the world, he didn’t really need to explain too much …

Community or Assembly (Tuesday 2nd Week Easter 2020)

April 21st, 2020


Acts 4

Today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles gives an interesting account of the earliest Christians. It writes that “no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held …

Not a Crisis but an Opportunity (Monday 2nd Week Easter 2020)

April 20th, 2020


John 3

In this pandemic, we often hear the word ‘crisis’. What is a crisis, then? It is an occasion or a period in which we are threatened to lose something important such as work, family, health or life. This pandemic …

Together and Together (2nd Sunday of Easter)

April 19th, 2020


John 20

What do you miss most during this pandemic? Many of us will answer it is the Mass. That’s why many of us watch televised Masses. And this is a natural reaction because the Mass contains all the essential …

Listen to the Divine authority first (Easter Saturday 2020)

April 18th, 2020


Act 4

Imagine our government decides to change the English grammar to promote a certain ideology and incriminates those who fail to use the new …

Cast the net to the right side (Easter Friday 2020)

April 17th, 2020


John 21

For some reason, St Peter decided to go fishing after the risen Christ had appeared to him and the other disciples. Apparently, it was fishing not with a rod but with nets from a boat for some serious purpose. I …

Risen Jesus eats broiled fish (Easter Thursday 2020)

April 16th, 2020


Easter Thursday - Luke 24

In the evening of the resurrection, the eleven apostles and other disciples gathered at a house. And they locked the door for fear of the Jews. They were afraid of the Jews for fear of losing …

What I have I give you (Easter Wednesday 2020)

April 15th, 2020


Easter Wednesday 2020

“What I have I give you.” This is what St Peter had said to the man born lame before he healed him. St Peter received not gold …

Mary, Not Right Away (Easter Tuesday)

April 14th, 2020


Easter Tuesday

God does not hurry when he teaches us. God never overwhelms us when he reveals his identity. When Moses of the OT encountered God for the first time, God did not reveal himself in a massive wildfire but …

Once again, it's Money (Easter Monday)

April 14th, 2020


Easter Monday

Once again, the enemy of the Lord does not miss an opportunity. Sacrilegiously, it appears on this Easter Monday. You have probably guessed. Yes, it is money. Jesus often chastised Pharisees who loved …

Why no eyes saw him rise (Easter Sunday 2020)

April 14th, 2020


Easter Sunday 2020

There is one thing in common all four gospels tell us about the resurrection of Jesus: when the women went to the tomb of Jesus, they found it empty.

Nobody saw how the resurrection occurred. No one …

Live the Passover again (Easter Vigil)

April 14th, 2020


Easter Vigil

This year’s Triduum is special. It is because we live the Passover again. And we live the Passover again in two senses. First, we live …

Why do we ready the Passion Narrative every year? (Good Friday)

April 14th, 2020


Good Friday

Why do we read the Passion Narrative every year?

“It is because my sins are on his shoulder.”

  1. “My sins”: It is my sins that are on his …

How Jesus felt at the Last Supper (Holy Thursday)

April 14th, 2020


Holy Thursday

I wonder if you have ever had a Christmas dinner with a person or people with whom you feel so uncomfortable. The person or people …

30 Pieces of Silver (Wednesday Holy Week)

April 14th, 2020


Wednesday Holy Week

We do not know exactly why Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus. St. John’s gospel (chapter 12) implies greed was his motive. Then, we …

The Bread Judas received (Tuesday Holy Week)

April 14th, 2020


Tuesday Holy Week

John 13 Jesus foretells his betrayal

“So when he[Jesus] dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After …

Mary's Perfume (Monday Holy Week)

April 14th, 2020


Monday Holy Week

A fashion brand Chanel’s popular perfume for women called Coco Mademoiselle costs you about 120 USD for 1.67 oz. You might think …

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