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Observations: Monolingual clergy in a multilingual Japanese Church

July 6th, 2022

5:56

Most of Japan’s Catholics are not Japanese. They have come to alleviate a shortage of native workers. While the Church has tried to respond to their …

Homilies: Fourteenth Sunday of the Year (C) July 3, 2022

July 2nd, 2022

6:43

We must teach the world's wolves a new way of living. We must teach respect for the weak and service to them. We must teach the wolves that lambs are …

UCA News Weekly Summary, July 1, 2022

July 1st, 2022

11:05

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Hong Kong marks the 25th anniversary of the British handover to China …

Observations: Why do we pray to saints?

June 28th, 2022

6:12

What do we think we are doing when we pray to saints? Are we applying extra pressure on God? Are we relying upon some sort of magical powers that we think a saint might possess? Does the communion of saints that …

Homilies: Thirteenth Sunday of the Year (C) June 26, 2022

June 25th, 2022

6:10

When the Lord calls us, it is because he wants a response in action from us now, not a minute from now, not an hour from now, not next week or next year. He does not call upon us by appointment. He will not be penciled …

UCA News Weekly Summary, June 24, 2022

June 24th, 2022

10:46

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Natural disasters have hit Asian nations, affecting millions of …

Homilies: The Body and Blood of Christ (C) June 19, 2022

June 18th, 2022

5:48

God's love and blessings are not limited by the belief of the men and women through whom God chooses to work. A pagan priest-king not only has a place in the building of the Reign of God, but God uses him to bless …

UCA News Weekly Summary, June 17, 2022

June 17th, 2022

12:26

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Rising attacks against Christians have triggered alarm in India and …

Observations: Ghosts and the agnostic on me

June 17th, 2022

6:15

Whether or not they really exist, ghosts teach us something about what is happening in the Church. The Church as we have known it is dying in much of the world. We can, like ghosts, hang on to what and where we have …

Homilies: Trinity Sunday (C) June 12, 2022

June 11th, 2022

6:24

Our glory as Christians is that God has chosen us to carry on the mission of the Son to be the love of God incarnate in creation. Our shame is that we so often fail as a Church and as individual Christians to live that …

UCA News Weekly Summary, June 10, 2022

June 10th, 2022

11:17

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The Indonesian government has invited Pope Francis to visit the …

Homilies: Pentecost (C) June 5, 2022

June 4th, 2022

6:45

Today's feast is a celebration of our mission as Church to proclaim to the whole world that Christ is risen. Since it is also a day on which we …

UCA News Weekly Summary, June 03, 2022

June 3rd, 2022

10:42

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Catholics in Asia cheered as Pope Francis named six new cardinals …

Observations: Let’s not fail our biggest test

May 30th, 2022

6:45

The world is in an ecological disaster and needs the People of God to show a way of hope. However, it is unlikely to be heard because those who speak …

Homilies: Ascension (C) May 29, 2022

May 28th, 2022

6:09

We, the new people of God, have been prepared for our vocation. We are the apostles. Christ has stepped aside so that we might step forward. The Acts of the Apostles begins with the Ascension of Jesus; they continue …

UCA News Weekly Summary, May 27, 2022

May 27th, 2022

12:26

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Hong Kong’s outspoken Cardinal Joseph Zen remains defiant after …

Homilies: Sixth Sunday of Easter (C) May 22, 2022

May 21st, 2022

6:27

The gift of peace would be glorious in itself, but as Christians we have a special vocation. We are called not merely to find peace, but to be the …

UCA News Weekly Summary, May 20, 2022

May 20th, 2022

11:26

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Attack on Marian shrines in India and Myanmar shocked Catholics, …

Homilies: Fifth Sunday of Easter (C) May 15, 2022

May 14th, 2022

6:33

Bringing the world to Christ is our vocation. Loving one another is the way to live that vocation.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm is a …

Observations: Social science research can replace no-longer-effective answers to no-longer existing problems

May 14th, 2022

7:27

The Catholic Church in Asia operates in ignorance. We don’t really know ourselves or the world in which we are called to proclaim the Good News. …

UCA News Weekly Summary, May 13, 2022

May 13th, 2022

12:42

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The arrest of Hong Kong’s Cardinal Joseph Zen has sparked global …

Homilies: Fourth Sunday of Easter (C) May 8, 2022

May 7th, 2022

6:09

It is still Easter time. It is still the season of resurrection. It is still the season to recall that my life is not a matter of the merely day-to-day, but of eternity.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm is a …

UCA News Weekly Summary, May 6, 2022

May 6th, 2022

12:28

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Thousands of mainly Christian ethnic Karen have fled their homes as …

Homilies: Third Sunday of Easter (C) May 1, 2022

April 30th, 2022

7:18

Peter was chosen to lead the disciples, to lead the Church, not because he was bright or well-spoken or a deep thinker. He was appointed to look after the Lord's flock because he loved the Lord.

About the Speaker: Father …

UCA News Weekly Summary, April 29, 2022

April 29th, 2022

11:14

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Pope Francis has called for the truth behind the 2019 Easter bombings …

Observations: Living in the world that is while hoping for a better

April 28th, 2022

6:27

Faith and ideals give us dreams, but the reality we inherit limits how we can work toward making those dreams and hopes come true. Incarnation means that we, like Jesus, live in a world we are given, a world in which we …

Homilies: Second Sunday of Easter (C) Apr. 24, 2022

April 23rd, 2022

6:30

God entrusts us with a great gift. Overcoming evil depends upon our willingness to forgive. It is up to us. We can forgive, or we can refuse to forgive. God will accept our decision.

About the Speaker: Father William J …

UCA News Weekly Summary, April 22, 2022

April 22nd, 2022

10:10

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Easter celebrations triggered mixed feelings for Christians in Asia. …

Homilies: Easter Sunday (C) Apr. 17, 2022

April 16th, 2022

6:12

On this Sunday, this Easter Sunday, we remember what every Sunday is because of what happened one Sunday long ago when the mission of the Church was born in the proclamation, "The Lord is risen!"

About the Speaker: …

Homilies: Good Friday Apr. 15, 2022

April 14th, 2022

5:36

Today is also a day of commitment to be a sign of God's love. God felt it worthwhile for Jesus to die in order that I might know love. My life is worth giving in the day-to-day as well as, if necessary, in death so that …

Homilies: Holy Thursday Apr. 14, 2022

April 13th, 2022

6:09

Our sharing Eucharist is a service -- a service to the world. We can wash its feet, and we can bring it with us as we share union with Christ. It's all one and the same.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm is a …

Observations: Blooming Cherries and Christian life

April 11th, 2022

6:37

It is early spring in Japan, the time when cherry trees bloom. Even in Tokyo, the world’s largest metropolis, nature calls us to reflect on beauty …

Homilies: Passion or Palm Sunday (C) Apr. 10, 2022

April 9th, 2022

6:05

We give thanks to Christ for uniting with us, embracing the fear, pain and death that are an ineradicable part of our lives. At the worst times of my life, Christ crucified is there with me.

About the Speaker: Father …

UCA News Weekly Summary, April 8, 2022

April 8th, 2022

11:44

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Catholic bishops, priests and nuns join street protesters in Sri …

Homilies: Fifth Sunday of Lent (C) Apr. 3, 2022

April 2nd, 2022

5:46

Sin is serious, but the most important thing in the world is the love of God that forgives our sins. The scribes and Pharisees had forgotten that.

UCA News Weekly Summary, April 1, 2022

April 1st, 2022

12:53

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India’s Dalit Christians have continued to protest the appointment of …

Homilies: Fourth Sunday of Lent (C) Mar. 27, 2022

March 26th, 2022

5:24

Lent is a time for me to come to my senses and return to my Father. I do not need fancy words. I do not need to buy forgiveness with good deeds or intentions. All I need is to say, "Father, I have flunked."

About the …

UCA News Weekly Summary, March 25, 2022

March 25th, 2022

11:53

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The ordination of 13 new priests in conflict-torn Myanmar is seen a …

Observations: Our Diocletian dilemma

March 23rd, 2022

7:06

The division of the Roman Empire into Eastern and Western halves led to the same division in Christianity. Different histories in East and West then caused the development of different approaches to civil and social …

Homilies: Third Sunday of Lent (C) Mar. 20, 2022

March 19th, 2022

5:16

We are celebrating Lent, the season of repentance. We reflect upon our sinfulness and do what we can with God's help to change our lives. Rather than …

UCA News Weekly Summary, March 18, 2022

March 18th, 2022

12:25

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The Pakistani Church has started the formal process of sainthood for …

Observations: The Ukraine war is obsolete

March 17th, 2022

6:21

The war in Ukraine has ended three-quarters of a century of comparative peace in Europe. Democracy, economic integration, and Christianity were supposed to maintain and spread peace. They have not, and we are left …

Homilies: Second Sunday of Lent (C) Mar. 13, 2022

March 12th, 2022

6:15

Lent is a chance to live our true citizenship. In prayer, fasting and sacrifice, we weaken our ties to the world. We withdraw from our citizenship in this world in order to focus upon our true home, our true citizenship.

UCA News Weekly Summary, March 11, 2022

March 11th, 2022

11:06

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A Dalit woman’s elevation to the post of mayor in India’s Chennai …

Homilies: First Sunday of Lent (C) Mar. 6, 2022

March 5th, 2022

6:03

It is Lent. It is good to begin the season by reflecting upon the temptations that Jesus faced and that we face that hinder us in living the Baptism commitment we renew at Easter.

About the Speaker: Father William J …

UCA News Weekly Summary, March 4, 2022

March 4th, 2022

11:33

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Asian Catholics pray for peace in Ukraine

Asian Catholics pray and …

Observations: Christians need more sins

March 3rd, 2022

6:31

As we enter Lent, we reflect on the role of sin in our lives. But we often – maybe generally – look too narrowly at what constitutes sin. The problem …

Homilies: Ash Wednesday Mar. 2, 2022

March 1st, 2022

6:20

Welcome to Lent, a time to reflect on our ashiness and our salvation. From now till the start of the Sacred Triduum we will remember that we are Cinderella sitting in sin.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm is a …

Homilies: Eight Sunday of the Year (C) Feb. 27, 2022

February 26th, 2022

5:43

Repentance, prayer, reflection and study will remove the obstacles that keep one from being a wise guide and a clear-visioned healer for the wandering children of God looking for a vision of the love of God made real in …

UCA News Weekly Summary, February 25, 2022

February 25th, 2022

11:20

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Indian bishops are campaigning to end discrimination against Dalit …

Homilies: Seventh Sunday of the Year (C) Feb. 20, 2022

February 19th, 2022

6:16

It is not totally impossible to do love toward an enemy. One just has to do for others what one does for oneself. That still is not easy. But, knowing we can do it for our worst enemy is an encouragement that we can do …

UCA News Weekly Summary, February 18, 2022

February 18th, 2022

11:34

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A year after the military coup, Myanmar continues to burn as new …

Homilies: Sixth Sunday of the Year (C) Feb. 13, 2022

February 12th, 2022

5:49

The Gospel presents us with a decision and a consequence. We must decide who Jesus is, and upon what authority he says some very strange things. 

UCA News Weekly Summary, February 11, 2022

February 11th, 2022

10:44

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Vatican scoffed media speculations that it pulled out representatives …

Observations: “Words without thoughts”

February 7th, 2022

6:44

After every new exposé of abuse in the Catholic Church, bishops, superiors and other managers end any statements with a pro-forma claim that their …

Homilies: Fifth Sunday of the Year (C) Feb. 6, 2022

February 5th, 2022

5:49

The world is starving to hear of God's love, to see God's love. The world is swimming around in confusion, waiting to be brought into God's net. That is what counts.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm is a …

UCA News Weekly Summary, February 4, 2022

February 4th, 2022

11:10

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As Catholics in Pakistan welcomed “Servant of God” status for a man …

Homilies: Fourth Sunday of the Year (C) Jan. 30, 2022

January 29th, 2022

5:13

Either there is something wrong with Jesus, or there is something wrong with our expectations. We either have to abandon him as a savior or accept him on his own terms. There seems to be no other possibility.

About the …

UCA News Weekly Summary, January 28, 2022

January 28th, 2022

11:15

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Myanmar is facing a humanitarian crisis as it prepares to mark the …

Homilies: Third Sunday of the Year (C) Jan. 23, 2022

January 22nd, 2022

5:55

The Word of God is, or should be, a reminder of God's presence among us. That is the reason we treat a Bible or Lectionary with special respect.

About …

UCA News Weekly Summary, January 21, 2022

January 21st, 2022

11:34

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Election fever is heating up in Timor-Leste as a former Catholic …

Observations: Dust off your Bible

January 20th, 2022

7:00

Catholics, including those whose vocation is to proclaim the Word of God, have become strangers to the Word, and by doing so have put the mission and …

Homilies: Second Sunday of the Year (C) Jan. 16, 2022

January 15th, 2022

6:03

Jesus the Lamb presents us with the wine of peace because he overcomes the sin of the world in his death and resurrection.

About the Speaker: Father …

UCA News Weekly Summary, January 14, 2022

January 14th, 2022

11:34

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Catholics in Asian nations offer hope and support to communities in …

Homilies: Baptism of the Lord (C) Jan. 9, 2022

January 8th, 2022

5:46

The difference between us Christians and the rest of the world is the knowledge that there is an answer for our anticipating hearts, and the answer is the Son of God present among us.

About the Speaker: Father William J …

UCA News Weekly Summary, January 7, 2022

January 7th, 2022

11:47

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Shock and anger abound over India’s pro-Hindu government targeting of …

Observations: Post-Christmas homework

January 3rd, 2022

6:52

The Catholic Church is preparing for a new kind of synod involving all of us. Its roots lie in an ecumenical council 60 years ago, Vatican 2. Looking …

Homilies: Epiphany (C) Jan. 2, 2022

January 1st, 2022

6:39

If we want to see God, we need not spend years doing spiritual calisthenics or wait until we die. God has come among us as one of us. If you wish to see God, look at Jesus, the manifestation of God among us.

About the …

Homilies: Mary, Mother of God Jan. 1, 2022

December 31st, 2021

5:35

Each of us is presented with the same vocation as Mary. God says to you and to me, "Make my Son present in the world. Forgive sins. Bring healing. Live with faith that my love is stronger than your death. By word and …

Homilies: Holy Family (C) Dec. 26, 2021

December 25th, 2021

5:26

As the boy Jesus "increased in wisdom and in years and in divine and human favor, " so, too, the Church grows in wisdom, years and favor.

About the …

UCA News Weekly Summary, December 24, 2021

December 24th, 2021

11:24

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Christmas spirit is slowly gripping Catholics in Asia despite …

Homilies: Christmas Day Dec. 25, 2021

December 24th, 2021

5:33

Today we remember and celebrate the fact that we can know God's glory and power not as some sort of information, but as a person. So, on Christmas Day we move from the story to the program, from what happened long ago …

Observations: Every day is Covid Christmas

December 20th, 2021

6:42

Last year, we had a Covid Christmas. We thought, or at least hoped, it would be the only one. But now we face our second. In a real sense, every …

Homilies: Fourth Sunday of Advent (C) Dec. 19, 2021

December 18th, 2021

5:40

Christmas is, of course, much more than a child's feast. But, it is, indeed, a time for us to reflect upon children and the gifts we give them, the legacy we leave them. 

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm is a …

UCA News Weekly Summary, December 17, 2021

December 17th, 2021

11:07

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Catholic-run institutes bear the brunt amid an anti-Christian purge …

Homilies: Third Sunday of Advent (C) Dec. 12, 2021

December 11th, 2021

5:37

What we really want has already been given us. We do not have to wait until Christmas Day to receive it. We do not have to wait until we start …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 12 Dec, 2021

December 11th, 2021

4:58

In the early Church, there was quite a contest between the followers of John the Baptist and the followers of Jesus about who was preeminent. But the …

UCA News Weekly Summary, December 10, 2021

December 10th, 2021

11:20

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Politically troubled and divided Hong Kong has welcomed a new …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 11 Dec, 2021

December 10th, 2021

4:15

Jesus birth is attended by various pointers to its significance and meaning for redemption and God’s fidelity to his plan to redeem the human race. …

Observations: A year’s worth of Advent

December 9th, 2021

7:06

The Church year begins and ends with disaster stories. They are a style of biblical literature called apocalypse that has now become a genre of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 9 Dec, 2021

December 8th, 2021

5:12

This Gospel today contains more material to again show the focus of one of the early contests in the first Christian communities: how did Jesus fit …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 7 Dec, 2021

December 6th, 2021

6:12

Today’s Gospel is the most emphatic statement by Jesus about how determined he is to seek out and save whatever might be lost among us. He just won’t, perhaps even can’t give up on us. The implication for us and how we …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 6 Dec, 2021

December 5th, 2021

5:14

The crowds are staggered and amazed that Jesus can heal as he does, perform the miracles that he does, achieve the mighty outcomes that he does. But Jesus wants the crows to appreciate he has more he can do than just …

Homilies: Second Sunday of Advent (C) Dec. 5, 2021

December 4th, 2021

5:35

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Father Bill Grimm

Advent is the season in which the Church recommits itself to living a great adventure. We are a band of companions walking through a world of marvels and dangers to a …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 5 Dec, 2021

December 4th, 2021

5:27

Today’s Gospel announces the mission and message of John the Baptist who comes in anticipation of Jesus to open the way for his mission and message. The evangelist seeks to be precise and exact about when this action …

UCA News Weekly Summary, December 3, 2021

December 3rd, 2021

11:56

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Compensation bought some consolation for two sexually abused altar …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 4 Dec, 2021

December 3rd, 2021

5:09

Healing is the characteristic action of Jesus’ ministry. People in Jesus’ time saw illness and disease as an effect of sin and so the banishment of sickness and the healing of disease is part of the renewal that comes …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 3 Dec, 2021

December 2nd, 2021

4:20

St. Francis Xavier whose feast we celebrate today is a saint of wide significance for the Church across the world but especially for those of us in Asia and Australia. In Australia, he is a national Patron Saint and he …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 2 Dec, 2021

December 1st, 2021

4:30

One of the main things that discourages people from exploring the message of Jesus and becoming Christians is the life that Christians live that is so obviously at odds with message and example of Jesus. It is the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 01 Dec, 2021

November 30th, 2021

5:07

This is a parable of Providential abundance - of God providing for his people in their acute and extreme need. We are in Advent and preparing to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 30 Nov, 2021

November 29th, 2021

5:43

This invitation to the two sets of brothers comes very early in Matthew’s Gospel and even before he starts to preach his message. And the four …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 29 Nov, 2021

November 28th, 2021

4:36

This Gospel today recounts the evangelist’s way of accommodating in Matthew’s Gospel the reach of Jesus’ message: completely beyond the boundaries of Israel but still taking up its foundation in the way God has been …

Homilies: First Sunday of Advent (C) Nov. 28, 2021

November 27th, 2021

5:40

Can I believe that when troubles come the Lord comes as well? How can I deepen my faith in that coming? The Lord's answer is "Pray constantly."

About …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 28 Nov, 2021

November 27th, 2021

5:16

Happy New Year. Well this is the Church’s New Year’ Day when all begins again as we enter Advent and build up to Christmas. But we haven’t left the Apocalyptic readings behindhand we open the with one for the First …

UCA News Weekly Summary, November 26, 2021

November 26th, 2021

11:42

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Catholics in strife-torn Myanmar continue to be targeted by the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 24 Nov, 2021

November 23rd, 2021

4:47

If ever we needed reminders about what real sacrifices our service of Jesus requires we are reminded of them by today’s gospel but also by today’s …

Observations: Honest evangelization needs honest journalism

November 22nd, 2021

7:01

The number of people outside and even inside the Catholic Church who trust the institution is shrinking. When the Church’s management engages in …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 23 Nov, 2021

November 22nd, 2021

5:07

It is difficult to exaggerate the significance of the destruction of the Temple for Jewish identity. The Temple is the point of intersection between …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 22 Nov, 2021

November 21st, 2021

4:34

Today’s feast is an instructive moment for the way the Church celebrates features of Church life. It is the feast of Saint Cecilia and there is no reliable evidence that she ever existed. But she is patron of music in …

Homilies: Thirty-Fourth Sunday of the Year, Christ the King (B) Nov. 21, 2021

November 20th, 2021

5:55

When we say Christ is King, we say we belong to him and to no others. We cannot, then, be used or abused, since that is an attack upon his subjects and his sovereignty.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm is a …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 21 Nov, 2021

November 20th, 2021

4:34

We have reached the moment we’ve been waiting for in all the Gospels - Jesus is before Pilate and is being asked to answer Pilate’s questions about who he is. The most important thing about the questions Pilate’s asks …

UCA News Weekly Summary, November 19, 2021

November 19th, 2021

10:01

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Timor-Leste paid tribute to independence heroes on the 30th …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 20 Nov, 2021

November 18th, 2021

5:23

We know in our own lives that trying to be too smart can lead to our demise and it does for the scribes in today’s Gospel. But what is most important then is that this incident becomes an opportunity for Jesus to take …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 19 Nov, 2021

November 18th, 2021

4:12

Luke the evangelists uses the event of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD - decades after his crucifixion - to put …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 18 Nov, 2021

November 17th, 2021

5:54

The Gospel is written after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD by the Romans and uses the event to put into Jesus’ mouth what he would have …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 17 Nov, 2021

November 16th, 2021

4:45

The context in which Jesus tells this story 9is while Jesus is on his journey to Jerusalem. That means Jesus is on a journey of faith and this story informs what that journey requires and expects. And what does it …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 16 Nov, 2021

November 15th, 2021

4:51

There is a lot of action and movement in this story and it’s all for our instruction - Jesus is on a journey to Jerusalem; each of the people that the Lord in this story entrusts with wealth is on a journey to assume …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 15 Nov, 2021

November 14th, 2021

4:52

People can be very discouraging in our lives. They can focus, and lead us to focus on all that is against our accomplishing what is desirable for our growth, happiness and better contribution to others’ lives. What does …

Homilies: Thirty-third Sunday of the Year (B) Nov. 14, 2021

November 13th, 2021

5:38

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Father Bill Grimm

The Good News is not that God will make everything work out as we wish but that he is with us in a special way when it seems our world is ending.

 

About the Speaker: Father …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 14 Nov, 2021

November 13th, 2021

5:13

More extreme apocalyptic language in today’s Gospel and all is calculated to make us alert to the dramatic acts of God that seek our urgent reaction …

UCA News Weekly Summary, November 12, 2021

November 12th, 2021

11:10

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The Indian Church will see its first lay Catholic martyr become a …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 13 Nov, 2021

November 12th, 2021

5:00

Today’s Gospel takes inside Jesus and what he must have felt every day when his followers should such complete ignorance of who he was and what his …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 12 Nov, 2021

November 11th, 2021

5:41

At the end of the year, as we head towards Advent and prepare for the beginning of the Church’s year in Advent, the gospel readings become more and more mysterious. But a focus on what God might be doing in these …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 11 Nov, 2021

November 10th, 2021

4:49

Our human reconstruction of the Kingdom of God is s distraction from what it really is. It isn’t in time and space. it doesn’t refer to a locality. …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 10 Nov, 2021

November 9th, 2021

4:31

Once again, faith is what triggers Jesus miraculous action and the mighty deed of cleansing is there to show something more of just who Jesus is and …

Observations: If it happens on your watch

November 8th, 2021

6:42

Poland’s bishops were recently in Rome for their ad limina visit that bishops make every five years. While there they complained about the rigor with …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 9 Nov, 2021

November 8th, 2021

5:24

Today’s Gospel is not as simple as it might appear to be. It can’t just about having trading and worship compete because offering the animals is considered an appropriate sacrifice and can’t be dismissed out of hand as …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 8 Nov, 2021

November 7th, 2021

5:07

At this stage in Luke’s Gospel, we are being introduced to a series of stories teaching us simple wisdom about how we grow in the love of and avoid the ways we can take people own the wrong path into darkness. …

Homilies: Thirty-second Sunday of the Year (B) Nov. 7, 2021

November 6th, 2021

5:05

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Father Bill Grimm

The woman knew better. She knew that what she had was nothing compared to what God offers. God offers me eternity. Can I, in gratitude, find ways to offer up my treasure of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 7 Nov, 2021

November 6th, 2021

4:29

This is one of the most profound and moving stories from Jesus about just what generosity really means - surrendering all we have to live on and trusting that God will supply whatever it is we need. That is the heart of …

UCA News Weekly Summary, November 5, 2021

November 5th, 2021

11:53

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

The meeting of Narendra Modi and Pope Francis as well as the Indian …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 5 Nov, 2021

November 4th, 2021

5:32

Jesus commends the pragmatism of the cunning servant and suggests that his followers should be just as pragmatic when it comes to their own dealings …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 4 Nov, 2021

November 3rd, 2021

4:26

Jesus finds immense depth in a moment of deep bigotry and prejudice among those seeking to find fault with him and he puts it to good use in taking …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 3 Nov, 2021

November 2nd, 2021

5:54

Luke’s gospel is very strong and consistent in emphasizing that faith begins with God’s invitation. But then the evangelist is very insistent that the invitation requires our response if anything is to be made of the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 2 Nov, 2021

November 1st, 2021

5:18

Remembering our dead - what we do today, on All Souls Day - is a deeply mysterious event. It’s mysterious not simply because it is a direct …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 1 Nov, 2021

October 31st, 2021

5:34

The Feast of all Saints today is both a solemn celebration of the destiny of us all and the actual condition of so many simply not recognized in the …

Homilies: Thirty-first Sunday of the Year (B) Oct. 31, 2021

October 30th, 2021

4:54

Being a Christian is not about behaving toward others in a certain way. It is about having a special kind of relationship with God. All else follows …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 31 Oct, 2021

October 30th, 2021

4:35

Here Jesus summarizes in simple and direct terms what is at the heart of his message - God is above all and for all and self-sacrificing love is our way of responding to God’s love for us.

About the Speaker: Father …

UCA News Weekly Summary, October 29, 2021

October 29th, 2021

11:05

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

The battle between the underground and state-sanctioned churches …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 30 Oct, 2021

October 29th, 2021

5:22

We could read this Gospel as an encouragement to adopt an attitude of “enlightened self-interest” when it comes to management of our engagements with …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 29 Oct, 2021

October 28th, 2021

5:21

Today’s Gospel has two important messages: first of all, being bound and inhibited by the Law is a disservice to faith and love but, secondly, that is especially because Jesus as the Son of God, is Master of the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 28 Oct, 2021

October 27th, 2021

5:02

Today is the Feast of two Apostles - Simon and Jude. So today’s Gospel is one account of the call and commissioning of the Apostles who are given …

Observations: Speaking as a member of the Globule Family ...

October 26th, 2021

7:39

We are seeing more and more each day the impact of human-caused damage to the environment. We need a familial sense of our connection with the rest of creation. It may be too late to head off even more problems. …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 27 Oct, 2021

October 26th, 2021

4:21

Not surprisingly, there are some followers of Jesus who want to know whether all their efforts and sacrifice will yield them any benefit with their …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 26 Oct, 2021

October 25th, 2021

3:29

Once again, Luke the Evangelist comes to the fore as vivid story teller, providing pictures and images so that weight grasp something more of the deep mystery of the Kingdom and God’s transforming power at work in us - …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 25 Oct, 2021

October 24th, 2021

4:31

What today’s Gospel underlines is God will not be imprisoned by human laws, conventions or constraints. God and God’s spirit at work in us “can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Hypocrites are those who …

Homilies: Thirtieth Sunday of the Year (B) Oct. 24, 2021

October 23rd, 2021

5:21

The Gospels do not hesitate to put us followers of Jesus in a bad light. We, represented by the disciples, can be so dense that we miss something …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 24 Oct, 2021

October 23rd, 2021

5:21

This healing story is a classical one - it is healing by Jesus in response to the faith Bartimaeus has in Jesus. It is classic not only in the sense it fits everything the healing miracles display - they are all in …

UCA News Weekly Summary, October 22, 2021

October 22nd, 2021

12:13

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Religious minorities face hard times amid rising intolerance and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 23 Oct, 2021

October 22nd, 2021

4:06

Perseverance and commitment are what is needed inner faith journey as well as as God’s grace. Today’s Gospel shows that in our lives, Jesus is asking us not simply to seek and search but also to never give up hope. Are …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 22 Oct, 2021

October 21st, 2021

4:39

All too often in life and no less in our relationship with God we think it’s all and only God’s work to bring the change we seek or the remedy we long for. This Gospel underlines that it is in our hands to read the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 21 Oct, 2021

October 20th, 2021

4:18

Conflict and division, however unpleasant and undesired by us they may be are nevertheless an unavoidable part of life and sometimes those are …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 20 Oct, 2021

October 19th, 2021

4:58

Faith is a matter of an invitation we receive from God and then the response we make to that invitation. God doesn’t do everything for us because, to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 19 Oct, 2021

October 18th, 2021

4:55

The mission of the Church is to point to the coming and the presence of the Lord. And sometimes the is a costly vocation  as it was for the first Jesuit missionaries in North America who paid with their lives in …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 18 Oct, 2021

October 17th, 2021

5:37

Luke is the best writer in the New Testament at narrative description and story telling. His stories are rich in detail, color and context, making …

Homilies: Twenty-ninth Sunday of the Year (B) Oct. 17, 2021

October 16th, 2021

5:13

Sometimes, being a Christian means going against doing what comes naturally. The whole world does what comes naturally, and that is why it needs …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 17 Oct, 2021

October 16th, 2021

6:07

Despite being with Jesus for as long as they have been with him, his followers really get very little of what his message and meaning is. Lest we …

UCA News Weekly Summary, October 15, 2021

October 15th, 2021

11:29

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

A brave Filipino journalist has won the Nobel Peace Prize in a world …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 16 Oct, 2021

October 15th, 2021

4:49

We continue today the “hard sayings" of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel. Luke is the master of narrative and tells some of the richest stories in the New …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 15 Oct, 2021

October 14th, 2021

5:38

St Teresa Avila is a most remarkable woman. She is a Doctor of the Church, a mystic, a Church reformer in a time of great disturbance and turmoil in the Church and one who today points us towards where we can find the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 14 Oct, 2021

October 13th, 2021

4:38

This section of Luke’s Gospel is brutal and extreme in the way it paints Jesus’ grim attitude to his contemporaries and the choices they make about …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 13 Oct, 2021

October 12th, 2021

4:35

Jesus is plainly very angry with the religious hypocrites of his times. He sees what counter-signs they re to the very with they think they are promoting and protecting. But what actually can he do about their attitudes …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 12 Oct, 2021

October 11th, 2021

5:50

Again, Jesus testifies to the fact that he just doesn’t fit into the narrowband controlling categories prescribed for him by the religious …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 11 Oct, 2021

October 10th, 2021

5:41

Today’s Gospel proclaims just what faith in Jesus is about - not marvel at the signs and wonders he works but trust in the steadfast love he has for us and which can save us. This is about our relationship with Jesus …

Homilies: Twenty-eight Sunday of the Year (B) Oct. 10, 2021

October 9th, 2021

5:21

Jesus is challenging us to live in the real world, to give up all that might allow us to avoid the truth that there is no easy way to share in everlasting life. And everlasting life is what we all really want; all our …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 10 Oct, 2021

October 9th, 2021

5:08

Sometimes people take an attitude to faith that vindicates Karl Marx’ judgment of religious faith - that it is the opiate of the people. Not so Jesus for whom faith is always presenting us a challenge and another aspect …

UCA News Weekly Summary, October 8, 2021

October 8th, 2021

13:01

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People in Asian nations strive for freedom, rights and justice as …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 9 Oct, 2021

October 8th, 2021

5:08

Responding to flattery of both him and his mother, Jesus cuts straight to the bone and emphasizes what is essential to faith:  not blood relations but the spiritual bonding that comes with being children of the same …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 8 Oct, 2021

October 7th, 2021

4:21

Today’s Gospel goes to the heart of the perennial question posed to us believers: how can we be confident that God is at work in whatever is moving us? There is really only way to answer that: are there the signs of the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 7 Oct, 2021

October 6th, 2021

5:14

Our relationship with God is not simply a matter of our rejoicing in God’s largesse. Yes, our faith is based on God’s abundant generosity. But as in any real relationships with God: it is not matter of simply stating …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 6 Oct, 2021

October 5th, 2021

4:56

Jesus is many things to us including a patient teacher and in today’s Gospel he isa patient teacher of prayer. Today’s version of the Our Father begins with the words that remind us of our original and unifying bond as …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 5 Oct, 2021

October 4th, 2021

5:18

Martha’s objection to the apparent laziness or at least irresponsibility of her sister in paying attention to serving their guests and asking Jesus to correct her behavior produces from Jesus one of the sharpest lessons …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 4 Oct, 2021

October 3rd, 2021

5:57

St Francis of Assisi is the preeminent reminder of just how inexhaustible God’s love is, how far and wide it reaches and how challenging it is to …

Homilies: Twenty-seventh Sunday of the Year (B) Oct. 3, 2021

October 2nd, 2021

6:17

Jesus defended two groups in his society that had no defense. He forbade discarding wives or denying children their right to a place among his …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 3 Oct, 2021

October 2nd, 2021

5:34

There are two hard stories in today’s Gospel - first that God asks us some things will never b able to realize left entirely our own resources; and that we need to recover the innocence and trust of a child if we are to …

UCA News Weekly Summary, October 1, 2021

October 1st, 2021

11:26

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Extremism remains a threat to minorities in Asian nations as …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 2 Oct, 2021

October 1st, 2021

5:24

Angels in Jewish and then consequently Christian though and piety have a simple force and purpose: they are the carriers of God’s presence who come into our experience to prompt our openness to God’s invitations and to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 1 Oct, 2021

September 30th, 2021

4:54

Although today is the Feast of St. Therese, the Little Flower, there is nothing flowery about the Gospel we have for this feast day. At this stage of Luke’s account of Jesus journey to Jerusalem, Luke shows Jesus to be …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 30 Sept, 2021

September 29th, 2021

4:32

Today is the Feast of St. Jerome to whom we are indebted for several foundational elements in our faith - collecting together what became the the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 29 Sept, 2021

September 28th, 2021

3:28

Nathaniel is declared by Jesus to be “an Israelite incapable of deceit” or one in whom there is no double dealing. Nathaniel is straightforward, reliable and honest. Nathaniel is astonished at Jesus’ judgment but all …

Observations: World Mission Month? World Mission Church!

September 27th, 2021

6:44

October is World Mission Month, but mission is not just something to think about for a few days out of the year or one among many activities of the Church that other people and groups also do. Mission is the reality of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 28 Sept, 2021

September 27th, 2021

4:43

Today’s Gospel is a further instance showing how far Jesus’ disciples have to go to understand who he is and what his message is. They are trapped tribalism. But as today’s Gospel demonstrates, so are the Samaritans and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 27 Sept, 2021

September 26th, 2021

4:15

What an appropriate Gospel reading for today’s Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. This French priest became a model of sacramental ministry but also …

Homilies: Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year (B) Sept 26, 2021

September 25th, 2021

5:14

We companions of Jesus have an essential vocation. All men and women are called to live in the dignity of children of God.

About the Speaker: Father …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 26 Sept, 2021

September 25th, 2021

5:48

How do we manage people who’re like us and doing things we are familiar with but don’t subject themselves to the same institutional constraints we do? We can see them in all sorts of negative ways or we can look at …

UCA News Weekly Summary, September 24, 2021

September 24th, 2021

11:27

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Christians face violence as Myanmar continues to burn under military …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 25 Sept, 2021

September 24th, 2021

5:15

Today’s Gospel is the text focused on Jesus’ identity and what that means for what is to become of him, his mission and to his followers. Jesus faces …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 24 Sept, 2021

September 23rd, 2021

3:23

Today’s Gospel text goes to the heart of just what Jesus is afraid of seeing develop among his disciples: marveling at signs and wonders and through paying attention only to them, missing the centerpiece of Jesus’ real …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 23 Sept, 2021

September 22nd, 2021

5:13

In today’s gospel episode, Herod shows all the insecurity someone in power can display when one more apparently threatening event occurs and the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 22 Sept, 2021

September 21st, 2021

5:17

Today’s Gospel makes it very clear how Jesus expects his followers live and act while on their missions for him - with full dependence on God’s mercy …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 21 Sept, 2021

September 20th, 2021

5:35

Suitably enough, we have the Gospel text telling of the calling of St. Matthew to be read and heard on this, his Feast day and this particular text …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 20 Sept, 2021

September 19th, 2021

5:04

Today is the Feast of the Korean martyrs who are the seed bed of one of the most lively churches anywhere in the world. Martyrdom is the abandonment …

Homilies: Twenty-fifth Sunday of the Year (B) Sept 19, 2021

September 18th, 2021

5:13

We can all understand the argument the disciples had. We spend much of our lives seeking status, protecting our status, or mourning the loss of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 19 Sept, 2021

September 18th, 2021

5:13

Clearly, this parable comes from the period of Church life after the death and resurrection of Jesus and reflects the way the early Christians are coming terms with the reality that lots of people don’t enthusiastically …

UCA News Weekly Summary, September 17, 2021

September 17th, 2021

12:22

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Religious and ethnic minorities continue to face discrimination and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 18 Sept, 2021

September 17th, 2021

5:20

The most important thing about today’s Gospel is not that here Jesus describes four types of disciples and we can portray ourselves according to one of the characterizations Jesus offers us. The most important thing to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 17 Sept, 2021

September 16th, 2021

4:23

Today is also the Feast of St. Robert Bellarmino, Doctor of the Church

Today’s Gospel gives us a look at how Jesus and his community of disciples were sustained and provided for - who among their group bought and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 16 Sept, 2021

September 15th, 2021

3:42

Some people can use their faith to structure the way they categorize other people, control their own behavior, use the characteristics of faith to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 15 Sept, 2021

September 14th, 2021

5:37

Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Cross is exalted so everyone can see it so that they not only behold the means of our …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 14 Sept, 2021

September 13th, 2021

6:08

Today is the Feast of St. John Chrysostom, an early Doctor of the Church. He stands as an example of what we need more of today - leaders who can stand between contesting parties and bring them together. The Gospel …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 13 Sept, 2021

September 12th, 2021

4:58

Authentic humility is a great gift because it allows us to appreciate and appropriately value the gifts we have been given and on which our lives depend. The Centurion in today’s gospel is, of course, not a Jew. But he …

Homilies: Twenty-fourth Sunday of the Year (B) Sept 12, 2021

September 11th, 2021

5:14

Christ's call for us to take up the cross is an invitation to learn that though suffering is always with us and may make us think God is far from us, it is actually a share in the life of God who also takes up the cross.

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 12 Sept, 2021

September 11th, 2021

5:36

Today’s Gospel text in many ways briefly summarizes the message of Jesus - that it is only by throwing in our lot with Jesus and letting go of the pursuit of our own self interest that we can give a welcome to the …

UCA News Weekly Summary, September 10, 2021

September 10th, 2021

11:56

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Minorities and vulnerable communities are facing threats and rights …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 11 Sept, 2021

September 10th, 2021

5:50

With the practical and indeed rustic common sense so characteristic of Jesus in his story telling, where he tells stories in simple terms that the people of his time and all times will grasp the meaning of, he once …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 10 Sept, 2021

September 9th, 2021

5:10

One of the most arresting effects of finding fault with other people’s views or behavior is that we become completely blinded to our own shortcomings …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 9 Sept, 2021

September 8th, 2021

5:47

Today is the feast of St. Peter Claver to whom I have a special devotion. He spent his life serving African slaves in a city to the north of Latin America. They were left out and neglected to a point where they were …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 8 Sept, 2021

September 7th, 2021

4:58

The justly very famous Lutheran theologian Karl Barth made a very helpful distinction that applies to today’s feast of Mary’s nativity: there is a …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 7 Sept, 2021

September 6th, 2021

4:34

Something that has people glued to Jesus is his capacity to heal them of the possession by evil spirits who torment and destroy them. One of the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 6 Sept, 2021

September 5th, 2021

4:41

It’s hard to exaggerate how mind numbingly self-destructive we humans can be. So it’s comforting to know that Jesus saw just how self-defeating we can be and offers a way that can see such futility reversed or …

Homilies: Twenty-Third Sunday of the Year (B) Sept 5, 2021

September 4th, 2021

4:58

The way to make God's love present in this creation is to groan with Christ. Anyone who has tried to share God's love with the world comes to know …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 5 Sept, 2021

September 4th, 2021

5:36

The story in today’s Gospel recounts the reversals which have come one man’s way. Jesus enters that life to reverse the fortunes of the man afflicted …

UCA News Weekly Summary, September 3, 2021

September 3rd, 2021

12:35

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The prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award has honored the role of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 4 Sept, 2021

September 3rd, 2021

4:42

Common sense and recognizing the priority attending to actual needs rather than simply standing on his dignity to see that the rules are kept is a …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 3 Sept, 2021

September 2nd, 2021

5:06

In today’s Gospel story, Jesus faces the recurrent question of what is needed to bring lasting change - How deep and complete does the change need to go? To the roots? Case by case and a bit here and a bit there? Jesus …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 2 Sept, 2021

September 1st, 2021

6:06

Today’s Gospel is as powerful a story as we find in the New Testament about God’s determination to see his will done and to the limits ways in which …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 1 Sept, 2021

August 31st, 2021

5:22

Today, we see a focus on two of the key features of Luke’s Gospel - Jesus contest with dark spirits that bring confusion, division and death with his Spirit, which brings joy, peace life and love. Curiously, the demons …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 31 Aug, 2021

August 30th, 2021

4:40

Today’s Gospel is taken from early in Luke’s account. The Synoptic Gospels all share presentation and portrayal of Jesus as then leading God’s fight against the spirits of death and darkness and offering life and love …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 30 Aug, 2021

August 29th, 2021

5:07

Here at this stage in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus receives the clearest outline of his prophetic mission, as Luke recalls what that mission is as described as being by the Prophet Isaiah. Then Jesus goes on to describe what …

Homilies: Twenty-Second Sunday of the Year (B) Aug 29, 2021

August 28th, 2021

5:19

Do my devotions, practices and thoughts deepen my understanding of real Christianity, or am I in danger of wandering from the truth? Have the customs I learned from my family, from my community and from the teachers of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 29 Aug, 2021

August 28th, 2021

4:50

Jesus makes it very clear that what he calls his disciples to is not a religion of empty formalism but one that lives from and is nourished by a …

UCA News Weekly Summary, August 27, 2021

August 27th, 2021

13:04

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Asia is reeling from the fallout of the Taliban takeover of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 28 Aug, 2021

August 27th, 2021

4:42

To follow up the Gospel story we heard yesterday, this Gospel today directly addresses the matter of our response to Jesus’ generous call to us. God …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 27 Aug, 2021

August 26th, 2021

5:24

The love of God and the call of Jesus in the Gospel can be talked about in a way that completely ignores that the call of Jesus invites a response. Jesus doesn’t simply present a call that that works its way without the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 26 Aug, 2021

August 25th, 2021

4:26

Once called by Christ and if we have responded openly and generously, it is incumbent on us to remain alert to where God appears in our lives and what he asks of us newly. What God asks us never remains the same because …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 25 Aug, 2021

August 24th, 2021

4:18

We are in a place in Matthew’s Gospel where the prophetic impulse in the Gospel is strongest. Jesus is declaring “Woe to you…” for being such two …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 24 Aug, 2021

August 23rd, 2021

5:43

How do we come to faith? Everyone has their own mysterious biography - the people and events who spark interest and openness to Jesus’ presence and message, the arresting experiences that force us to sit up and take …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 23 Aug, 2021

August 22nd, 2021

6:03

Jesus wants an alignment between what his followers say and what they do in their following of him. He wants us to be sincere and authentic. …

Homilies: Twenty-first Sunday of the Year (B) Aug 22, 2021

August 21st, 2021

5:10

If Jesus is indeed who he and the Church say he is, then there really is no place else to go. If he is real, then any alternative is unreal. We have no choice. If we accept the truth of Jesus' divinity, we must accept …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 22 Aug, 2021

August 21st, 2021

3:25

Following Jesus requires making and living from a real choice: can we entrust our lives into God’s hands and leave to God making something of the …

UCA News Weekly Summary, August 20, 2021

August 20th, 2021

12:24

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan continues to dominate headlines …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 21 Aug, 2021

August 20th, 2021

5:29

Today’s Gospel is a very brief summary of just what following Jesus entails for us as relive our discipleship of Jesus. Are we ready to delay our own …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 20 Aug, 2021

August 19th, 2021

5:18

It can appear very simple: following Jesus is about two central things - loving God and loving our neighbor. And while that’s true, it’s simplistic …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 19 Aug, 2021

August 18th, 2021

5:23

Clearly there was puzzlement in the early Christian community over why the Chosen People were not rushing the callow Christ. What are they to make it? The only answer the Gospel gives is that people are free not to hear …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 18 Aug, 2021

August 17th, 2021

5:25

We have a sequence of Gospels in these days that underline what a paradoxical, surprising and unpredictable message Jesus is proposing. Jesus is not …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 17 Aug, 2021

August 16th, 2021

6:01

It is difficult for us humans - apparently so well endowed and swell resourced - to discover and accept that all the gifts and blessings we have can …

Observations: Parish Attendance - Let’s go forward to the first century

August 15th, 2021

6:47

We are caught in a whirlwind of change. New realities call for new responses, but where are hints of how to go about them? Perhaps looking at the past will help us move toward the future. But, when we look to the past, …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 16 Aug, 2021

August 15th, 2021

5:16

It is difficult for us to see and name much less surrender what stands between us and God’s deeper embrace of our lives. We are often blind to what …

Homilies: Assumption Aug 15, 2021

August 14th, 2021

5:24

Every feast of the Church, no matter what its name, is ultimately a celebration of what God has done in Jesus Christ. The Assumption is such a feast, …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 15 Aug, 2021

August 14th, 2021

5:37

Today’s Gospel cuts straight to the heart of who Mary is for us and why we should be so grateful to her: she embodies discipleship and shows us the …

UCA News Weekly Summary, August 13, 2021

August 13th, 2021

11:18

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Religious and ethnic minorities are enduring abuses and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 14 Aug, 2021

August 13th, 2021

5:19

Today’s Gospel reading at Masses, curiously enough, about as appropriate as a reading could be for the saint whose feast we celebrate today - St. …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 13 Aug, 2021

August 12th, 2021

5:39

Jesus’ teaching on marriage seems very harsh and restrictive if it is taken literally. But understood as a teaching as applying to all who might …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 12 Aug, 2021

August 11th, 2021

5:49

The forgiveness we are called on to offer those who have wronged is is a reflection of the forgiveness God has offered us. Forgiveness is the fluid of our faith life - flowing to us, through us and to all that wrong us. …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 11 Aug, 2021

August 10th, 2021

4:57

Today’s Gospel is a special moment where we can see how the early Christians resolved conflicts and disagreements. The most important thing for us to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 10 Aug, 2021

August 9th, 2021

5:27

This extract from the Gospel of John comes after the declaration of John’s message through the SIGNS Jesus uses to express what he wants to say and before he goes into the long Last Supper discourse. Curiously, this …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 9 Aug, 2021

August 8th, 2021

5:34

Today’s Gospel is a further gloomy prediction: that the one whom the apostles are following is to comet a painful end when he is given into the hands …

Homilies: Nineteenth Sunday of the Year (B) Aug 8, 2021

August 7th, 2021

5:01

The Eucharist we share is food like that the angel gave Elijah. It is food that enables us to persevere in our long journey to God. It is the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 8 Aug, 2021

August 7th, 2021

3:56

In our journey in faith, we are invited to journey every day deeper into the life of God in our midst. God wants us to share the life of Father, Son …

UCA News Weekly Summary, August 6, 2021

August 6th, 2021

12:33

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Asian nations have reported repression against minorities including …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 7 Aug, 2021

August 6th, 2021

4:58

This Gospel scene is a decisive statement of just what Jesus' miraculous work is really about: faith - inviting it and nourishing it. It’s not about …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 6 Aug, 2021

August 5th, 2021

5:54

The Transfiguration which we celebrate today is the feast that keeps our eyes and attention focused on what God’s grace can do even as we are smothered in circumstances and impacts that seem destructive and overwhelming …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 5 Aug, 2021

August 4th, 2021

5:25

Today’s Gospel is really what someone would call the clearest and simplest mission statement Jesus could articulate - that he is from God, has a …

Observations: Parish Attendance - Obligation or opportunity?

August 3rd, 2021

6:44

In preparation for the reopening of churches, bishops have an opportunity to raise the quality of liturgical service. Workshops for clergy on preaching and liturgy can be done remotely while waiting for the resumption …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 4 Aug, 2021

August 3rd, 2021

5:02

Things never happen as and when we want them to happen and today’s story in the Gospel is one underlining the force and significance of perseverance …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 3 Aug, 2021

August 2nd, 2021

5:12

Today we have a powerful sequence of stories about the healing that Jesus’ presence brings. This powerful effect is completely free of any effort on …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 2 Aug, 2021

August 1st, 2021

4:22

Today’s Gospel is a decisive turning point in the fortunes of Jesus because the fate of John the Baptist - his execution by Herod’s agents - is a pointer for Jesus to just what lay ahead for Jesus himself. Personal …

Homilies: Eighteenth Sunday of the Year (B) Aug 1, 2021

July 31st, 2021

4:48

The Lord sets a banquet before me, but all too often, I look over, under and around the table for the sort of nourishment I think I need instead of feasting on what I am offered, the only real nourishment I need.

About …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 1 Aug, 2021

July 31st, 2021

5:45

We have reached the climax of John Chapter 6 and the climax of John’s teaching on the eucharist - that this is how God nourishes us for the journey of life and faith with the body and blood of Jesus, blessed and broken …

UCA News Weekly Summary, July 30, 2021

July 30th, 2021

12:53

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Catholics in Asia have experienced both joy and grief this week with …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 31 Jul, 2021

July 30th, 2021

5:54

On the Feast off St. Ignatius Loyola we would do well to consider his two great contributions to the life of the Church - firstly the way he provides …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 30 Jul, 2021

July 29th, 2021

5:22

Human beings - like all of us - don’t like change and do everything to resist it. This is especially so hen we have grown comfortable with a familiar view of other people or the circumstances we have experienced and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 29 Jul, 2021

July 28th, 2021

5:46

Feast of St Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Today we celebrate the feast day of some friends of Jesus who turn up in the Gospel narratives at various points and are very instructive when they do. Today’s Gospel text allows …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 28 Jul, 2021

July 27th, 2021

4:57

Again, Jesus uses some very simple but just because they are simple, they remain extremely powerful images and metaphors for the action off God in …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 27 Jul, 2021

July 26th, 2021

5:33

This text explains the parable of the sower which is a simple story but one which even from New Testament times has been difficult for disciples to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 26 Jul, 2021

July 25th, 2021

5:24

The feast of Saints Joachim and Anne has a special place in the calendar of Christian saints even though they are not Christians. It is special because they are Mary’s parents and the grandparents of Jesus. As in all …

Homilies: Seventeenth Sunday of the Year (B) Jul 25, 2021

July 24th, 2021

5:19

The Eucharist is the miracle in which Christ takes "the work of human hands" and presents it to the Father as himself. Our own little bit, our own willingness to search out what we can do, becomes part of that. God is …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 25 Jul, 2021

July 24th, 2021

5:23

Today’s Gospel story comes from John, chapter 6 which is in John’s narrative another of the signs John offers to demonstrate and explain Jesus' …

UCA News Weekly Summary, July 23, 2021

July 23rd, 2021

12:28

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Covid-19 and conflicts continue to grip Asian nations alongside …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 24 Jul, 2021

July 23rd, 2021

6:12

Yet another use of an agricultural metaphor by Jesus to show the gentle and often mysterious way in which God nurtures the growth of the divine life …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 23 Jul, 2021

July 22nd, 2021

6:12

It’s a mystery we can behold every day - growth in people, growth in groups and growth in movements that is as certain as it is mysterious and often …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 22 Jul, 2021

July 21st, 2021

6:01

Today is the feast of St. Mary Magdalene and suitably enough the gospel for today’s Mass is the one recording Mary’s most important contribution to our faith and the story of Jesus -her witness to the Resurrection. Mary …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 21 Jul, 2021

July 20th, 2021

5:00

There is such a familiar accessibility to the stories Jesus tells and today’s Gospel is a classic instance of this - the way grain grows as metaphor for how the Word of God takes root and grows among those drawn to hear …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 20 Jul, 2021

July 19th, 2021

5:50

One of the recurrent themes in Matthew’s Gospel is how the message of Jesus, originally meant for the people of Israel, is actually a universal message meant for all humanity. The same happens withe growth of Jesus’ own …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 19 Jul, 2021

July 18th, 2021

4:54

Today’s Gospel puts the challenge of faith in Jesus very starkly: our faith is in the crucified and risen one and there will be no signs and wonders drawing us to faith beyond what we discover in the person and message …

Homilies: Sixteenth Sunday of the Year (B) Jul 18, 2021

July 17th, 2021

5:22

The Lord tells the apostles and us to pack up the picnic basket, get in the boat and get away from it all. Our bodies, minds and souls all need an …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 18 Jul, 2021

July 17th, 2021

4:47

The demands made of Jesus in his ministry - people relentlessly chasing him and drawing on him, in a way that exhausts him and his apostles - says …

UCA News Weekly Summary, July 16, 2021

July 16th, 2021

11:34

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Christians across Asia face a rising tide of intolerance and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 17 Jul, 2021

July 16th, 2021

5:05

In this Gospel text, we hear not only the declaration of what Jesus is doing and wants to do but also of how he is doing it and foreshadows his mode of operating hen he gets to Jerusalem. Jesus reveals with under …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 16 Jul, 2021

July 15th, 2021

4:33

Today’s Gospel reading has one of the most significant pointers to how we are to serve God, follow Jesus and live at the prompting of the Spirit: The …

Observations: Fed up, but still Catholic

July 14th, 2021

7:03

One of the fastest-growing religious affiliations, or more accurately, disaffiliations is the large number of people who declare themselves to be …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 15 Jul, 2021

July 14th, 2021

4:53

What an important Gospel to hear on the Feast of a Doctor of the Church for the Franciscan St. Bonaventure. Come to me all youth labour is a familiar message in Franciscan circles where the love and gentle goodness of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 14 Jul, 2021

July 13th, 2021

5:34

This gospel text is completely misunderstood if it is taken to recommend an infantile attitude as the only one for us to adopt if we are to draw close to God. Jesus recommends and invites nothing of the kind. What he is …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 13 Jul, 2021

July 12th, 2021

5:36

Two quite violent readings today - one from the Gospel and one from the Old Testament. Both show the dire consequences for people seeking to slide …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 12 Jul, 2021

July 11th, 2021

5:48

We have reached a decisive point in Jesus teaching in Matthew’s Gospel - we are at the end of his instruction of his disciples and Jesus is moving back to preaching and teaching all those drawn to hear his message and …

Homilies: Fifteenth Sunday of the Year (B) Jul 11, 2021

July 10th, 2021

5:29

It is hard to believe that God is relying upon me, when I thought I was supposed to rely upon God. But, that's the case. God needs me, needs us, to bring the Good News to a world waiting unawares for it. So, Jesus tells …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 11 Jul, 2021

July 10th, 2021

5:07

This text from Matthews Gospel puts the choice before us as disciples very plainly: are we ready to allow the God of healing renew, love and reconciliation to be the dominant force in our lives? If we are not, we are on …

UCA News Weekly Summary, July 9, 2021

July 9th, 2021

12:00

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

The tragic death of elderly Indian Jesuit activist Father Stan Swamy …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 10 Jul, 2021

July 9th, 2021

7:15

Finding the God whom we can worship all our lives and the real person of Jesus whose following becomes the centerpiece of our lives are matters of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 9 Jul, 2021

July 8th, 2021

5:28

While God’s Providential care of us as we do God’s work is assured, that assurance does mean it will be easy or that we are assured of success in what we undertake What we can be assured is that nothing we do for God …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 8 Jul, 2021

July 7th, 2021

4:25

Today’s Gospel contains the simplest description of just hat the mission and message of Jesus’ followers is - the heal people and foster life; to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 7 Jul, 2021

July 6th, 2021

5:51

In today’s Gospel, we re witnesses to privileged moment in the mission of Jesus. He has just just completed the section in Matthew’s gospel devoted to the core elements of his message and he specifies who it is that the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 6 Jul, 2021

July 5th, 2021

5:26

The Gospel in today’s Mass says specifically just what a change the Good News provides as the way to find and serve God: It is not the predictable, “worthy” and obviously blessed to whom Jesus goes but to those who are …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 5 Jul, 2021

July 4th, 2021

5:12

All sorts things can stand between us and hearing and receiving God’s invitation to faith. Often enough it’s the sheer noise in our lives that blocks us from hearing the call of Jesus. In this Gospel, it is noise from …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 4 Jul, 2021

July 3rd, 2021

5:09

Jesus learns something we all know: people don’t like change especially the sort pf change that invites them to reconsider some of their basic presuppositions about life and others but most especially when it comes to …

Homilies: Fourteenth Sunday of the Year (B) Jul 4, 2021

July 2nd, 2021

5:42

God does not force us to accept love. In today's Gospel, we hear that Jesus could not perform miracles because people would not believe in him. They …

UCA News Weekly Summary, July 2, 2021

July 2nd, 2021

12:10

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

India’s Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Church is in hot water again over a …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 3 Jul, 2021

July 2nd, 2021

5:20

The doubts that Thomas has about Jesus risen are representative of our human misgivings and to be expected of us all -  anyone in the first century of the Christian Era or in the first century of the third Christian …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 2 Jul, 2021

July 1st, 2021

5:21

Jesus calls us all in the real world we inhabit everyday. Sometimes that world naturally opens us to God and sometimes it obstinately blocks God out. Whatever that world does to our engagement with God, it really can’t …

Observations: The US Conference of Crocodilian Bishops

June 30th, 2021

6:15

The American bishops have failed to influence their society on the matter of abortion, they want to override the democratic system and replace it …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 1 Jul, 2021

June 29th, 2021

4:23

This story draws on what was a common perception in the time of Jesus - that physical affliction was part of punishment for sin. Jesus doesn’t believe that for one moment but people around him do. Jesus wants to show …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 30 Jun, 2021

June 29th, 2021

5:19

This is one of the most vivid stories in the New Testament about how Jesus has an impact in driving the demented and destructive spirits out of people. The demoniacs are possessed by evil spirits intent on destroying …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 29 Jun, 2021

June 28th, 2021

5:02

Today’s feast of Saints Peter and Paul highlights the two essential features of the Church: the rock of faith in Jesus on which the Church is built …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 28 Jun, 2021

June 27th, 2021

5:14

There are always reasons and occasions to do other things than respond to the invitations God offers us. But when the invitation comes, it is our turn to respond to God’s call and strangely our reluctance to respond to …

Homilies: Thirteenth Sunday of the Year (B) Jun 27, 2021

June 26th, 2021

5:17

The world as God wills it and the world as we experience it are both real. To accept only one while ignoring the other is not realistic.

About the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 27 Jun, 2021

June 26th, 2021

5:47

Jesus is continuing to do battle with the spirits that bring death an here is an iconic instance of that battle in which Jesus asserts and then delivers on his assertion that he is in command the forces at work and no …

UCA News Weekly Summary, June 25, 2021

June 25th, 2021

12:27

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing administration has put the last nail in the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 26 Jun, 2021

June 25th, 2021

5:10

This gospel is especially important because it invites us to embrace the message of Jesus not just in words but in deed - that Jesus is the one with the power of life over death who can create life and prospects for us …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 25 Jun, 2021

June 24th, 2021

3:35

Jesus has just finished delivering what is clearly his biggest piece of teaching in Matthew’s Gospel - the Beatitudes - and then the evangelist has him engaged with what is central and extensively throughout his …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 24 Jun, 2021

June 23rd, 2021

4:52

Today is the feast of the birthday of John the Baptist who was never a baptized Christian but all the same is a Christian saint. That’s unusual …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 23 Jun, 2021

June 22nd, 2021

3:36

Jesus and his follower were just as concerned as we and our contemporaries are about authenticity - who can be trusted. Is it just someone saying …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 22 Jun, 2021

June 21st, 2021

5:15

Following the call of our Lord isn’t for people trying to avoid challenges. Following our Lord is following the call of Jesus on the journey to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 21 Jun, 2021

June 20th, 2021

5:14

Today is the feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga. A a boy I went to a school named after this saint and his memory was done no favors by the sentimental …

Homilies: Twelfth Sunday of the Year (B) Jun 20, 2021

June 19th, 2021

5:31

The night prayer of the Church recognizes the connection between sleep and death. Our night prayers are meant to be a preparation both for dropping off to sleep and for death, when we will have to let go of everything.

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 20 Jun, 2021

June 19th, 2021

5:24

Today’s Gospel is a text to reassure us even in the face of circumstances where we feel completely swamped by challenges and circumstances beyond our …

UCA News Weekly Summary, June 18, 2021

June 18th, 2021

12:48

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

This week, strong calls for human rights and justice resonated in …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 19 Jun, 2021

June 18th, 2021

5:17

Throughout the Old and New Testament, there is the consistent message that whatever trouble we get into by our own hand or through the ways others treat us, God will be with us and provide for us.

About the Speaker: …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 18 Jun, 2021

June 17th, 2021

3:53

It’s an old saying the “we make our own luck” and that is what Jesus seems to be saying today about our engagement with God and our following of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 17 Jun, 2021

June 16th, 2021

4:22

Christian prayer is the active cultivation of the presence of God in which we give thanks for all God does for us, ask for what we need and seek the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 16 Jun, 2021

June 15th, 2021

4:30

This section of Matthew’s Gospel is especially concerned about authenticity - saying what you. Mean, doing what you say. The death of any religion, indeed anything proposing reform an ideals in life, hinges on the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 15 Jun, 2021

June 14th, 2021

5:14

Following the declaration of the Beatitudes, Matthew has Jesus express just what the “higher road" that following Jesus entails. It really means …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 14 Jun, 2021

June 13th, 2021

4:51

Today’s gospel reading comes from Matthew’s Gospel and follows closely after the Beatitudes. In it Matthew has Jesus spelling out what that the …

Homilies: Eleventh Sunday of the Year (B) Jun 13, 2021

June 12th, 2021

5:15

'Your mustard seed is what the Reign of God is about. Your little faith, your little effort is enough. Give your little bit and stand by amazed as you see what God will do with it. Your mustard seed will flourish.'

About …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 13 Jun, 2021

June 12th, 2021

5:04

This early in Jesus’ life the Evangelist wants us to know that Jesus is on a mission from his Father, that his eyes are on that mission, that the journey to Jerusalem that is so much part of Luke’s Gospel is …

UCA News Weekly Summary, June 11, 2021

June 11th, 2021

12:45

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

The uphill battle for survival continues for religious and ethnic …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 12 Jun, 2021

June 11th, 2021

5:40

Only recorded in Luke’s Gospel, this account of how Jesus becomes a problem to his parents by going off on his own among Temple authorities has a very specific point to make - about Jesus and for us: Jesus is on mission …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 11 Jun, 2021

June 10th, 2021

5:06

This passage from John’s Gospel is as stark and direct as you can find in John’s Gospel which its readers can complain about for its abreactions. …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 10 Jun, 2021

June 9th, 2021

5:31

We could be mistaken and think Jesus is setting up a competitive process to get his followers to compete with their Jewish brothers and sisters to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 9 Jun, 2021

June 8th, 2021

5:04

Jesus comes to fulfill the promises God made to the People of God, not to wipe out all that pointed to this fulfillment. To appreciate what his …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 8 Jun, 2021

June 7th, 2021

5:07

Today’s Gospel has two purposes: to recall the events of the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist and secondly to recall for us just what the meaning of the last Supper is - the essential celebration of our …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 7 Jun, 2021

June 6th, 2021

5:21

The Gospel reading today - the Beatitudes - is the most emblematic statement of just what Jesus’ message is and where God is to be found - on the …

Homilies: Body and Blood of Christ (B) Jun 6, 2021

June 5th, 2021

5:47

On this feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, we once again say "Amen" to being Christ for the world, confident that his real presence with us will …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 6 Jun, 2021

June 5th, 2021

4:47

Today we repeat in the Gospel of Mark what we call the “Institution Narrative”, when Jesus institutes what we call the Eucharist. In memory of him, we bless the bread and the cup to recall the life giving death of the …

UCA News Weekly Summary, June 4, 2021

June 4th, 2021

12:32

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

The killing of a former priest has sparked an outcry over the culture …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 5 Jun, 2021

June 4th, 2021

5:45

Today’s gos[el story is nothing if not paradoxical because it proposes that those with nothing but still generously offer their “nothing” to God and for the well being of others armor admirable and esteemed by God than …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 4 Jun, 2021

June 3rd, 2021

4:09

Today’s Gospel is another chapter in asserting and explaining the heritage of Jesus and just what his gift to us as our savior means - Son of God yes. But also descendant of David as predicted. That affirms his oneness …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 3 Jun, 2021

June 2nd, 2021

4:15

When we see and hear how simple God’s invitation and challenge is, we can wonder why we have distracted ourselves as we have with so much additional commentary and so many directives that take us away from simply seeing …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 2 Jun, 2021

June 1st, 2021

4:45

Jesus has enemies and they try to distract people following and listening to him with small quibbles that are too smart by half These pedantic …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 1 Jun, 2021

May 31st, 2021

5:15

The reality of what’s going on in this encounter with Jesus is that his audience is trying to trap and mislead Jesus. He will have nothing of it and just sticks to his script. Hey wants people to be genuine and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 31 May, 2021

May 30th, 2021

4:50

The three big feasts we have celebrated in recent weeks are all ways of mapping out what Christian discipleship means and how we can thrive as …

Homilies: Trinity Sunday (B) May 30, 2021

May 29th, 2021

5:56

Trinity Sunday reminds us that God can "get into our pocket" and become knowable and lovable not because of what I do, but because God chooses to be known and loved, chooses to be in my pocket.

About the Speaker: Father …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 30 May, 2021

May 29th, 2021

5:43

The Feast of the Holy Trinity is the second of three Feasts - Pentecost last week and the Body and blood of Christ next week - that are a brief and …

UCA News Weekly Summary, May 28, 2021

May 28th, 2021

12:00

isten to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Deadly conflicts and loss of lives continue in military-ruled Myanmar …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 29 May, 2021

May 28th, 2021

5:12

Jesus is being cross examined by his enemies not to find out the truth about him but to trip him up and make him unable to act. What is his circuit breaker? He refuses to play their game. The only thing he does is to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 28 May, 2021

May 27th, 2021

4:52

There is a lot of passion flowing in and around the text in today’s Gospel. But all that action really points in one direction - to the significance of faith and the power of faith to move, change, transform people and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 27 May, 2021

May 26th, 2021

4:43

Many miracles in the Synoptic Gospels involve the restoration of people’s sight because seeing with new eyes is part of what Jesus wants to do for us …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 26 May, 2021

May 25th, 2021

5:24

Mark’s Gospel is wonderful for its clarity and simplicity. It shows Jesus coming straight to the point and shows his apostles to as blunt, …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 25 May, 2021

May 24th, 2021

5:00

The ebb and flow of good fortune and blessing are constants in all faith journeys and we see that again recorded in today’s Gospel. There is no simple way to account for it, predict its course or anticipate its twists. …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 24 May, 2021

May 23rd, 2021

4:38

Today’s Gospel according to Matthew contains the significant last words of Jesus that have become central to the prayer life of so many over the centuries and also the basis of so many musical compositions. But the …

Homilies: Pentecost (B) May 23, 2021

May 22nd, 2021

6:10

The Church exists not to be a club of the saved, but to be the herald of the Gospel. Our first concern must always be with those who are outside, for the men and women who have not yet come to know Christ.

About the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 23 May, 2021

May 22nd, 2021

5:38

Pentecost Sunday is the birthday of the Church. It is the day when we celebrate the movement of the Holy Spirit to gather and confirm the impact of …

UCA News Weekly Summary, May 21, 2021

May 21st, 2021

11:53

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Pope Francis has appointed a fellow Jesuit as the new bishop of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 22 May, 2021

May 21st, 2021

4:18

We are coming to end of John’s Gospel and the Evangelist wants to present his credentials as a trustworthy re0porter of the activities and sayings of Jesus. But really the only one who can vindicate the evangelist’s …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 21 May, 2021

May 20th, 2021

5:06

Today’s declarations by Peter match the three denials  of Jesus after the Last Supper and when Jesus was handed over to Pilate. But the most powerful …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 20 May, 2021

May 19th, 2021

5:11

Today’s text from John’s Gospel is most unusual because it is a reflection  on something that must have been a real issue in the early Church - The legacy of Jesus’ work of preaching and building the Kingdom: what is to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 19 May, 2021

May 18th, 2021

5:45

It is impossible to find our way to God unless we are protected and guided in that journey. That is what today’s Gospel is asking us to do - “consecrate” here means to find protection and guidance.

About the Speaker: …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 18 May, 2021

May 17th, 2021

4:34

“Glory" and “glorification" are recurrent in this part of John’s Gospel. What does it mean? Glorification is how the Fourth Gospel describes how the surrender of self-sacrificing love produces fruit in abundance and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 17 May, 2021

May 16th, 2021

4:40

We are each pf us a work of God, fashioned and renewed and made fruitful by God’s grace. That is the point of what we celebration the Ascension …

Homilies: Ascension (B) May 16, 2021

May 15th, 2021

5:12

There are people suffering the effects of illness, poverty and injustice. There are people who are ignorant of God's love for them. Evangelization, …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 16 May, 2021

May 15th, 2021

5:12

We are approaching the end of the Easter Season and approaching through the Ascension the central feast of the foundation of the Church - Pentecost. This means we are invited to discover and embrace completely new ways …

UCA News Weekly Summary, May 14, 2021

May 14th, 2021

11:32

isten to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Hong Kongers escape China’s persecution

Communist China’s repressive …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 15 May, 2021

May 14th, 2021

5:52

We are coming to the end of the “Apostolic" period in the life of the early Church and Jesus immediate presence to believers and the intimacy of that …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 14 May, 2021

May 13th, 2021

4:11

Today’s Gospel presents one of the most enduring statements of how we can be with God - “abiding” with and in God. Remaining in and deepening our engagement with God is the simplest statement of what reality of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 13 May, 2021

May 12th, 2021

5:31

On Ascension Thursday, we have arrived - in terms of the timings of Scripture readings in the post-Easter period - at the end of the Apostolic Era. …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 12 May, 2021

May 11th, 2021

5:30

In today’s Gospel, the evangelist in the Fourth Gospel actually introduces us to some whose presence and power in the life of believers and the Church only becomes clearer in the Councils of the Church in the centuries …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 11 May, 2021

May 10th, 2021

5:05

Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles displayed approach to how faith operates in someone’s life or someone’s coming to faith occurs through a dramatic and extreme experience. Here we have the world broken open …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 10 May, 2021

May 9th, 2021

5:55

Faith has consequences for the way we live and how people react to and treat us. And many of the consequences are not appealing or attractive. But the Evangelist in John’s Gospel wants us to be under no illusions about …

Homilies: Sixth Sunday of Easter (B) May 9, 2021

May 8th, 2021

6:05

Today's continuation of our Easter celebration is a joyous proclamation of the great love God shows in calling us to be united with Christ. It is a …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 9 May, 2021

May 8th, 2021

5:03

Today’s reading match and balance each other in very complementary ways. But the point at which they cohere is in the way they all point to God being the one who initiates the life of the Spirit in us and grows the life …

UCA News Weekly Summary, May 7, 2021

May 7th, 2021

10:30

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic worsening in India this week, Catholics …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 8 May, 2021

May 7th, 2021

4:56

Today’s Gospel repeats the Golden Rule of Christianity - love one another. Of course the truly remarkable thing is that Jesus did and does love us, …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 7 May, 2021

May 6th, 2021

5:40

Today’s text from the Fourth Gospel is one of the simplest and tightest summaries of just what the Evangelist wants us to understand to be Jesus’ …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 6 May, 2021

May 5th, 2021

4:41

Today’s gospel does two essential things: it specifies what our aim and purpose as disciples of Jesus is (to remain in and be animated by God’s love); to share the joy God gifts us with so that our joy may be complete. …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 5 May, 2021

May 4th, 2021

5:00

The evangelist in the Fourth Gospel continues with the agricultural metaphor to explain how we grow in our relationship with God ands in any aspect …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 4 May, 2021

May 3rd, 2021

5:29

Peace and the experience of it is the most reliable indicator of God’s presence in our lives and of God’s blessing of the way we have chosen. Peace …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 3 May, 2021

May 2nd, 2021

5:26

Once again, the evangelist in the Fourth Gospel is spelling out how essential it is for us believers to recognize the intimacy of our relationship with the God who sustains and empowers us, and to recognize just hw much …

Homilies: Fifth Sunday of Easter (B) May 2, 2021

May 1st, 2021

6:07

In the Acts of the Apostles, Saul shows what love calls for. He continues to proclaim the fact that he has met the Lord though no one trusts him and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 2 May, 2021

May 1st, 2021

5:22

John’s Gospel is the most consistent and persistent record of just how intimate our engagement in faith with god really is. Our faith is entirely about nourishing that relationship with God so our lives become …

UCA News Weekly Summary, April 30, 2021

April 30th, 2021

12:01

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

The deadly second wave of Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc in India …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 1 May, 2021

April 30th, 2021

7:00

We know very little or nothing from the New Testament about Joseph, Mary’s spouse and whose feast we celebrate today. What we do know is he is Mary’s …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 30 Apr, 2021

April 29th, 2021

4:51

Today’s text from John’s Gospel sone of the most powerful texts very often used t funerals. And why is it so powerful? Because it clearly provides …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 29 Apr, 2021

April 28th, 2021

4:23

Today’s gospel text takes us back to the Last Supper and Jesus instructions to his followers and to us his followers two millennia later and the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 28 Apr, 2021

April 27th, 2021

4:20

At this point in John’s Gospel, the evangelists at pains to found his identity in the mission and words given him by his Father. His mission and his works are intimately tied up with what he has been given by his Father …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 27 Apr, 2021

April 26th, 2021

5:56

This gospel has a very distinctive echo in our times. We live in an era of exaggerated emphasis on an externalized identity - as people in society, as citizens in countries, as males and females and son. Today’s gospel …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 26 Apr, 2021

April 25th, 2021

6:15

We are taken immediately and quickly from considering Jesus as the bread to nourish us on our journey of faith - closer to us than we are to ourselves - as we have done in Chapter 6of John’s Gospel to now considering …

Homilies: Fourth Sunday of Easter (B) April 25, 2021

April 24th, 2021

6:11

Jesus announces himself not merely as a shepherd, but as the Good Shepherd. He is the one shepherd we can trust because he is the one shepherd who is not a sheep himself.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm is a …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 25 Apr, 2021

April 24th, 2021

5:44

Today’s Gospel from John specifies the pattern of Jesus’ life but also the pattern of the lives who follow him and imitate his pattern of service - …

UCA News Weekly Summary, April 23, 2021

April 23rd, 2021

10:49

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

This week, Asian nations have experienced violence and repression …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 24 Apr, 2021

April 23rd, 2021

5:21

Here today, at the end of Chapter 6 in John’s Gospel, the central question for us is posed: when all is said and done, what does our engagement with …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 23 Apr, 2021

April 22nd, 2021

5:19

Intimate union with God through Jesus becomes available to us through the Eucharist. That’s the shock and the simplicity of how much God offers us and makes available to us. It comes to us in with, is given by God’s …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 22 Apr, 2021

April 21st, 2021

5:07

The period after Easter Sunday, the so called Eastertide, is the time when we focus on the way in which God wants us to share through Jesus even more intimately in God’s own life through our sharing in his body and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 21 Apr, 2021

April 20th, 2021

4:46

God’s gives us life so we can then enjoy God’s love. The two go together. God’s intention is certain and direct. But it is up to us to receive and accept that love into our lives so it can confirm and direct our lives …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 20 Apr, 2021

April 19th, 2021

4:25

This chapter in John’s Gospel is our walk into the nourishment that the Eucharist is for our faith journey. It picks up the Providential care God shows us; it emphasis the nourishment God wants to offer us on our faith …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 19 Apr, 2021

April 18th, 2021

5:00

In this post-Easter time, Jesus and his disciples are depicted as wandering around to a great many places. That forcefully reminds us just how …

Homilies: Third Sunday of Easter (B) April 18, 2021

April 17th, 2021

6:12

Let's face it — the Resurrection is unbelievable. Even seeing the risen Lord is not going to convince us otherwise. It's easier to believe in ghosts or to doubt one's own sanity.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 18 Apr, 2021

April 17th, 2021

5:27

Today in the Gospel for Mass we see Luke putting the pieces of his message about the resurrection of Jesus together and highlighting the key features he wants his community appreciate and accept about Jesus - that the …

UCA News Weekly Summary, April 16, 2021

April 16th, 2021

11:03

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

This week, minorities including Christians have struggled for basic …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 17 Apr, 2021

April 16th, 2021

5:07

Today’s Gospel reading is one of the most loved of all readings in the New Testament because it grabs just how many of us meet Jesus - when we are caught in personal turmoil and looking for him to still our hearts and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 16 Apr, 2021

April 15th, 2021

5:38

John’s Gospel has both the story of the institution of the Eucharist but he has a deeper and richer narrative to support it and the first part of the Gospel reading for today’s Mass. But the resonances in this account …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 15 Apr, 2021

April 14th, 2021

5:22

Our faith life starts and grows in simple ways from an invitation God offers us and to which we respond generously and openly. And that is how it grows too. The reach and demand of the claim and call God makes on us …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 14 Apr, 2021

April 13th, 2021

4:22

Today’s Gospel text at Mass is the most cryptic and succinct summary of just what God is doing in Jesus and doing for us in Jesus - saving us. But God’s love focus is sodden and complete That despite God’s generosity …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 13 Apr, 2021

April 12th, 2021

3:59

The Gospel of John has an abundance of graphic images that abundantly declare what the message of Jesus is and how he works in us. Today, John utilizes an image from the Old Testament that has the Serpent held up and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 12 Apr, 2021

April 11th, 2021

4:14

Easter time, especially Holy Saturday, is the preferred (of course, not exclusive) date to baptise and welcome new members of the Church. And we see …

Homilies: Second Sunday of Easter(B) April 11, 2021

April 10th, 2021

6:08

Living a Christian life takes courage. However, we need not search for it. We have it. Each Sunday when we join the community of disciples we take the greatest risk, that of meeting the Lord.

About the Speaker: Father …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 11 Apr, 2021

April 10th, 2021

5:30

What is most moving and compelling about today’s Gospel from John is that it testifies to the pervasive existence of doubt about Jesus’ Resurrection across the community that gathered around John, the Beloved Disciple. …

UCA News Weekly Summary, April 9, 2021

April 9th, 2021

10:24

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Catholics in Asia joined Christians around the world to celebrate …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 10 Apr, 2021

April 9th, 2021

7:46

We can really confuse ourselves if we think doubt is the enemy of faith. It’s not as is shown throughout the New Testament. Doubt can lead us deeper into faith. The enemy of faith is certainty and it’s the absence of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 9 Apr, 2021

April 8th, 2021

5:25

The post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus are many and varied and they can’t be tied down to any simple formula that is endlessly repeated in its …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 8 Apr, 2021

April 7th, 2021

5:29

Luke is wonderful in the way in which he graphically illustrates the story he is telling. That is especially so in the way he illustrates that most …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 7 Apr, 2021

April 6th, 2021

5:54

This account in Luke’s Gospel of the disciples’ meeting with Jesus on the road to Emmaus is iconic for believers because it captures some of the key features of our engagement with Jesus - Jesus initiates the encounter, …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 6 Apr, 2021

April 5th, 2021

5:30

Today’s gospel story is so representative of just how we all respond to the presence of Jesus in our lives. Mary Magdalene is more preoccupied by her own loss and sense of disappointment and so completely misses that …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 5 Apr, 2021

April 4th, 2021

5:06

Something as completely unexpected and indeed unimaginable as the resurrection of Jesus provoked the predictable ways to defuse the story. There were those of course who had everything to lose if word got round about …

Homilies: Easter Sunday April 4, 2021

April 3rd, 2021

6:26

On Easter we celebrate on behalf of all the world God's love that embraces all the world. We celebrate for that boy, for all the dead and for ourselves, the living who are promised a share in the life of Christ who rose.

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 4 Apr, 2021

April 3rd, 2021

5:33

Easter Sunday is the pivot of our Christian lives. In it, we celebrate the transformation any reckless and destructive elements in our past lives, the blessedness in which we live now and the basis for our confidence in …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 3 Apr, 2021

April 2nd, 2021

5:10

The first Mass to celebrate the Easter Rising is on the evening of Easter Saturday and recalls the details of those who’re the first witnesses of the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 2 Apr, 2021

April 1st, 2021

5:37

Good Friday is a special gift to us. This is the day when we can move more intimately into God’s presence and find in our own experience just what relief god gives us when our resources are spent and we feel God …

Homilies: Good Friday April 2, 2021

March 31st, 2021

5:26

Today is also a day of commitment to be a sign of God's love. God felt it worthwhile for Jesus to die in order that I might know love. My life is worth giving in the day-to-day as well as, if necessary, in death so that …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 1 Apr, 2021

March 31st, 2021

5:02

Today - Holy Thursday - is mostly celebrated for its being the founding moment for our most familiar sacrament- the Eucharist. But what it is just as …

Homilies: Holy Thursday April 1, 2021

March 30th, 2021

5:58

Our sharing Eucharist is a service -- a service to the world. We can wash its feet, and we can bring it with us as we share union with Christ. It's all one and the same.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm is a …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 31 Mar, 2021

March 30th, 2021

4:47

In today’s Gospel we hear the account in John’s Gospel of the nuts and bolts of the bitter betrayal and actual abandonment of Jesus by Judas but also …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 30 Mar, 2021

March 29th, 2021

5:21

We are moving further into the depths of Holy Week and Jesus’ destiny as the savior of the world who gives his life that we all may share more in the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 29 Mar, 2021

March 28th, 2021

5:30

We are in Holy Week which is both where we’ve been going all through Lent but also brings us to the sharp end of our time accompanying Jesus on his …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 28 Mar, 2021

March 27th, 2021

6:07

Today’s Gospel is, of course, the Passion narrative and it’s too long and much too complex and/or too rich to reduce to something you can make a …

Homilies: Passion or Palm Sunday March 28, 2021

March 26th, 2021

6:19

We mark this Holy Week with solemn joy. Death is real. But this week we know that love is even more real.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm is …

UCA News Weekly Summary, March 26, 2021

March 26th, 2021

11:38

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Catholics in many Asian countries have renewed their devotion to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 27 Mar, 2021

March 26th, 2021

5:26

How can we escape being two timing frauds in our beliefs? How can we avoid being duplicitous and escapist in our engagement with God? These are the questions that today’s gospel presents us with and we can begin to find …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 26 Mar, 2021

March 25th, 2021

5:19

Clearly Jesus has puzzled the crowds. They don’t know what to make of him. That is as it should be because Jesus is facing the people with challenges …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 25 Mar, 2021

March 24th, 2021

5:59

Today’s Feast - the Annunciation of the conception of Jesus and all that means for every man woman and child on our planet - almost always falls in Lent. Celebration of a conception, even one so mysterious and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 24 Mar, 2021

March 23rd, 2021

5:41

Once again and this time very powerfully, Jesus explains in simple terms that to become involved with Jesus takes us to the heart of God. But people …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 23 Mar, 2021

March 22nd, 2021

4:00

This style of Gospel writing can be very abstract and remote from our experience unless we realize and accept that Jesus is talking here about the mystery of his union with his Father. When we do see it that way, we can …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 22 Mar, 2021

March 21st, 2021

5:17

It’s difficult to exaggerate  how perfectly balanced this story of Jesus and the adulterous woman really is: a widely recognized man known for her …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 21 Mar, 2021

March 20th, 2021

5:12

The raising of Lazarus is very important for us to understand in Lent. It points to something central - that Jesus is the massive force for life in the face of death; and that in John’s Gospel, this is the turning point …

Homilies: Fifth Sunday of Lent (B) March 21, 2021

March 19th, 2021

6:22

John "lets the beans out of the bag" by telling us that Jesus is actually talking about the way he will die, lifted up from the earth on a cross. Do I really want to be drawn to him there?

About the Speaker: Father …

UCA News Weekly Summary, March 19, 2021

March 19th, 2021

12:19

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

The Philippines has marked the 500th anniversary of the arrival of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 20 Mar, 2021

March 19th, 2021

5:14

Today’s Gospel asks us to get off the merry go round of our lives, to listen to what is really going on in our lives and especially where God might …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 19 Mar, 2021

March 18th, 2021

5:36

Today is the feast of St. Joseph husband of Mary. We know next to nothing about him beyond what a loyal and steadfast person he was and what an extraordinary model of discipleship he offers us - the still, silent …

Observations: That passed, this can too

March 17th, 2021

7:11

Humankind is resilient. We have survived worse, much worse, than this pandemic. History tells us that we will somehow get through this crisis. We may be changed. We may be scarred. We may have hurts to our hearts and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 18 Mar, 2021

March 17th, 2021

4:40

This a deeply mysterious section of the Fourth Gospel which seeks to explain why we should trust Jesus and how his destiny and fortunes are …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 17 Mar, 2021

March 16th, 2021

5:13

The purpose of our prayer and dedication to discovering and doing the will of God is for us to be united with God in the action and work He is doing in us and through us every day all about us. That is what today’s …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 16 Mar, 2021

March 15th, 2021

4:57

It’s truly remarkable that people in Jesus’ time could distract themselves foreseeing and believing just how good and gracious God is in the deeds …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 15 Mar, 2021

March 14th, 2021

6:24

The first 12 chapters of the Gospel of John are called the Book of Signs. The Signs are the signs of God’s outpouring of generous doses his mercy and gracious love. Today’s Gospel is the second of the Signs after the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 14 Mar, 2021

March 13th, 2021

5:08

There are lots of plays on sight and blindness in today’s Gospel, on how we come to real sight that gives us insight and faith and about how God works in us to bring us to faith and to see our lives and our world with …

Homilies: Fourth Sunday of Lent (B) March 14, 2021

March 12th, 2021

6:10

Lent is the season when we prepare to renew our baptismal commitment in solidarity with those being baptized at Easter. It is a time of preparation …

UCA News Weekly Summary, March 12, 2021

March 12th, 2021

12:58

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

This week, human rights and abuses of minorities made headlines in …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 13 Mar, 2021

March 12th, 2021

5:18

Hypocrisy and self-righteousness are two of the biggest enemies of faith. Why? Mostly because they put an insurmountable obstacle between us and God - ourselves! The constant impediment to our engagement with God and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 12 Mar, 2021

March 11th, 2021

3:55

Our faith is both very simple but also very demanding. In a brilliant way, Jesus summarizes our faith - love of god and of our neighbor - but then also indicates the reach of our love of our neighbor. That reach is to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 11 Mar, 2021

March 10th, 2021

5:28

There are no half measures in the way God deals with us. We mightn’t see it as straightforwardly as we can and should. But that can’t distract us …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 10 Mar, 2021

March 9th, 2021

5:43

Jesus is clearly not an “either/or” person. He’s not saying he wants people to get on board with his message and discard anything and everything from Israel’s past that contributes to the coming of Jesus and our …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 9 Mar, 2021

March 8th, 2021

5:18

Today’s Gospel reading at Mass is so central to what Lent is for and actually what the whole dynamic of Christianity is in outlives- forgiveness …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 8 Mar, 2021

March 7th, 2021

5:23

One of the constant challenges we face in our journey of faith is accepting that we don’t have all the answers to our problems and that the way God works something we have to patiently ask God for the faith to see and …

Homilies: Third Sunday of Lent (B) March 7, 2021

March 6th, 2021

6:08

Mid-way to our celebration of the Cross and Easter, we reflect on how we are like the animals, tables and vendors in the temple, interfering with others' finding the Lord. As individuals and as a community, we must …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 7 Mar, 2021

March 6th, 2021

4:34

Being God’s presence in the world is then invitation God makes to us all at our baptism. Today as we move closer towards the celebration of the life giving death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter, we are reminded of …

UCA News Weekly Summary, March 5, 2021

March 5th, 2021

12:36

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

This week, people across the globe witnessed the horrors of a deadly …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 6 Mar, 2021

March 5th, 2021

5:07

One of the most arresting answers to the question “Who are you?” that I have ever heard was then response to this question given by Pope Francis just after he was elected Pope and was interviewed. As quick as a flash, …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 5 Mar, 2021

March 4th, 2021

4:53

God only writes straight with crooked lines. No gesture, action or intervention of God is ever simple and straightforward. God is the one who appreciates and works by paradox. If we want to live through love in the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 4 Mar, 2021

March 3rd, 2021

5:09

Our living and our loving have consequences and that conviction is given graphic importance in Luke’s Gospel where the Evangelist’s capacity to provide rich narratives show how real the outcomes of our decisions in …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 3 Mar, 2021

March 2nd, 2021

4:41

This set of instructions for the disciples and their families comes late I Matthews Gospel and it’s a puzzle why, after all their time with Jesus, they still don’t get what he’s really saying and actually inviting to be …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 2 Mar, 2021

March 1st, 2021

4:57

Today’s Gospel is a characteristic invitation of Jesus to change our ways and embrace the grace of conversion that God wants us to have. Bu how do we do it? One thing is to have the still times with God to hear what he …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 1 Mar, 2021

February 28th, 2021

3:23

Happiness and enjoying all the good things God wants us to enjoy are really in our hands. Sometimes we can read the Gospel, listen to it and think it’s all just too hard and completely beyond us- perfection is for the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 28 Feb, 2021

February 27th, 2021

5:49

This gospel of the Transfiguration is the one the Church always places for our consideration on the second Sunday of Lent. Why? So that we are comforted at the prospect of what God wants us to enjoy, so that we find …

Homilies: Second Sunday of Lent (B) February 28, 2021

February 26th, 2021

5:56

Today's Gospel is a Lenten reminder that the gift of being a beloved child of God that I received in Baptism leads to my own transfiguration. I walk the way of the Cross in this world, but it is a way that leads to …

UCA News Weekly Summary, February 26, 2021

February 26th, 2021

14:13

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

This week, Asian nations have experienced a trampling of basic human …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 27 Feb, 2021

February 26th, 2021

5:21

Today’s gospel takes us to the heart of the most significant challenge for all Christians - loving our enemies. It’s OK to commend that as a wanted state. It’s quite another to move beyond the bruises inflicted by our …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 26 Feb, 2021

February 25th, 2021

5:00

Conversion to following the path Jesus asks us to follow is far from a momentary or instant matter. Jesus is asking us to change our lives and that …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 25 Feb, 2021

February 24th, 2021

4:48

Our faith is an open ended matter from God’s point of view. God will keep giving, sustaining, nurturing, forgiving and renewing us all our days. Our challenge is simple: are we ready to do that for those who come by us? …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 24 Feb, 2021

February 23rd, 2021

5:21

The gospel and the first reading too about that most intimidating of subjects - change. And the readings ask us whether we reread to change and to let God into our lives to have us grow and change? The answer is we are …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 23 Feb, 2021

February 22nd, 2021

5:59

Praying is something that is very natural and normal once you know the first steps. When you know those first steps and take them, you and I can give ourselves into the hands of the Spirit and God leads us where God …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 22 Feb, 2021

February 20th, 2021

6:26

Today is the Feast of the Chair of Peter and so today’s Gospel is especially important because it specifies just where and how this feast gets its bearings - Peter and his successors as bishops of Rome have no other …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 21 Feb, 2021

February 20th, 2021

5:43

The Gospel text for today is apparently simple. But behind it sits the whole course of our journey in faith - close engagement with Jesus, the …

Homilies: First Sunday of Lent (B) February 21, 2021

February 19th, 2021

6:05

The Lord calls us to a change of life, a change we exercise in some small way in Lent as a means of recommitting ourselves at Easter to the big reform we accepted in our baptismal commitment.

About the Speaker: Father …

UCA News Weekly Summary, February 19, 2021

February 19th, 2021

13:02

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

This week, Asian Catholics joined the faithful across the globe on …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 20 Feb, 2021

February 19th, 2021

5:39

It’s difficult to give this Gospel story its full force because here is our Lord, the source and center of all that is good saying that his life is …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 19 Feb, 2021

February 18th, 2021

4:41

The purpose of Lent is to allow us time and space to discover God in our lives and to through the power of the Spirit to allow God to be God, free of our rigid expectations. And if we feel that is a big challenge, we …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 18 Feb, 2021

February 17th, 2021

5:53

We all get faced with making choices all through our lives, sometimes every day of our lives. And every choice we make comes at a cost. Here at the beginning of Lent we are faced with that reality about our faith and …

Homilies: Ash Wednesday February 17, 2021

February 17th, 2021

6:09

Lent gives us a chance to taste the emptiness of their lives so that we will be better motivated to share the good news with them that they, like we, are invited to leave our ashes behind and take part in a glorious …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 17 Feb, 2021

February 16th, 2021

5:33

Today is Ash Wednesday when we take the sign of the cross marked on our foreheads if we can to remind us just how simple and basic our being marked by God is. The ashes come from the burnt remains of the palms from last …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 16 Feb, 2021

February 15th, 2021

4:45

Today’s Gospel offers Jesus to comment again on the feeding of the 5,000 and to appreciate how obtuse his followers are. This story, like the feeding …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 15 Feb, 2021

February 14th, 2021

4:27

Once more, we register just how frustrated Jesus becomes with the lack of faith and real obtuseness of his followers. They just don’t understand who …

Homilies: Fourth Sunday of the Year February 14, 2021

February 13th, 2021

6:38

We followers of Jesus are called to be supernatural. In other words, we must be people noteworthy for our willingness to go beyond the natural in …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 14 Feb, 2021

February 13th, 2021

5:02

Today’s gospel reading is a short one from very early in the Gospel of Mark but in many ways it summarizes one of the central themes of Mark’s gospel- the contest between the spirit of light and life and the spirit that …

UCA News Weekly Summary, February 12, 2021

February 12th, 2021

12:20

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

This week, Asian nations have experienced violations of political and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 13 Feb, 2021

February 12th, 2021

5:11

Of all the stories Jesus tells to focus our attention on his providential and abundant care of us, none is more powerful than the stories of his …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 12 Feb, 2021

February 11th, 2021

4:30

Today’s readings at Mass are direct treatments of different types of burdensome evil - physical evils that the disabled endure and which Jesus heals and the more sophisticated treatment that the writers of Genesis give …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 11 Feb, 2021

February 10th, 2021

5:38

Today’s Gospel from Mark is another account familiar to us now of how we are cured and healed of the destructive effects of spirits and impulses and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 10 Feb, 2021

February 9th, 2021

5:28

Today’s gospel asks a question we should out to ourselves every day and several times through every day: who and what is in control how we behave and …

Observations: Reemerging antisemitism — What will the church do about it?

February 8th, 2021

6:41

As  Christians we were hurt by the vehemence of their reaction to the mention of Christianity, even if that mention was a tasteless or even stupid one. But as a Christian, we also knew that the hatred the other kids …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 9 Feb, 2021

February 8th, 2021

4:50

We humans are an odd species. We develop practices and habits for good reasons. We follow them so much we can’t imagine ourselves not following them. …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 8 Feb, 2021

February 7th, 2021

5:35

Today’s gospel presents us with a central challenge to us in our faith journey: are we ready to wait to discover what God is inviting us to be and become. It may or may not (and usually does not) have much to do with …

Homilies: Fourth Sunday of the Year February 7, 2021

February 6th, 2021

5:43

Like Jesus, we must be ready and willing to leave our prayer for those who seek us out. Like Peter's mother-in-law, our encounter with God must get us back to normal stuff.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm is a …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 7 Feb, 2021

February 6th, 2021

4:51

We can hear a lot today about the need for “work/life balance”, and we should. We can get so distracted from what is deepest, truest and most …

UCA News Weekly Summary, February 5, 2021

February 5th, 2021

11:08

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

The military coup in Myanmar shocked the world and made headlines in …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 6 Feb, 2021

February 5th, 2021

5:03

One of the constant features of Mark’s Gospel is how superficial the crowds are and how superficial even Jesus’ followers are. They are just …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 5 Feb, 2021

February 4th, 2021

5:23

Today’s gospel takes us to the heart of how we become entrapped by our own self-interest and how that entrapment suffocates us morally and spiritually. It also takes us to where we can be set free by God’s liberation of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 4 Feb, 2021

February 3rd, 2021

5:37

This is one of the most graphic and powerful portrayals in the New Testament of just how God works and how and why Jesus is good news for us. Jesus …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 3 Feb, 2021

February 2nd, 2021

6:01

In the journey faith, the one absolutely certain feature we should be ready for in abundance is paradox - what we don’t expect or predict occurs and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 2 Feb, 2021

February 1st, 2021

5:28

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord when the Gift of Jesus is gratefully received from God and acknowledged by Jesus’ parents.  It is …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 1 Feb, 2021

January 31st, 2021

4:58

We are on a journey with God as our companion. Progress in the journey can be so slow that we can’t really measure or observe whether there’s been any development at all. But often we are asking the wrong question. The …

Homilies: Fourth Sunday of the Year January 31, 2021

January 30th, 2021

5:39

The first step in repentance is to admit our guilt, as when we go to confession. We admit our faults and failures out loud, making them painfully and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 31 Jan, 2021

January 30th, 2021

5:03

This is such a familiar story that sets the scene very early in Mark’s gospel for one of the central features of the narrative of this gospel: then contest between the good and life enhancing spirit that comes from God …

UCA News Weekly Summary, January 29, 2021

January 29th, 2021

11:23

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

This week, Asian nations have witnessed violence including the murder …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 30 Jan, 2021

January 29th, 2021

4:36

Today’s Gospel is so familiar to us because we find ourselves trapped and fearful in turbulence a great deal of the time in our lives and wonder how …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 29 Jan, 2021

January 28th, 2021

5:17

Today we get some insight into the way Jesus communicates, how and why he tells us the story of God’s engagement with us through the stories, the narrative Jesus spends all his time creating and explaining to his …

Observations: A new way for rest of Church: Unusual Japanese weddings

January 28th, 2021

6:19

The Catholic Church in Japan has a unique practice, providing wedding ceremonies for non-Christians. As new civil and social forms of shared life …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 28 Jan, 2021

January 27th, 2021

5:43

Today is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, the commanding genius of medieval Catholicism. He is a living instance of the effective engagement between …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 27 Jan, 2021

January 26th, 2021

5:25

Faith is a mysterious gift of God. It comes to us and we need to nourish it. But we can take it for granted and when we do, it withers and it can die. That this parable in here so early the first of the Gospels ever …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 26 Jan, 2021

January 25th, 2021

4:36

Loyalties and religious allegiances are always vexed issues and evidently Jesus’ life that was also the case. Family bonds and their place in the hierarchy of commitment are the focus in today’s gospel and what is very …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 25 Jan, 2021

January 24th, 2021

4:51

Today is the feast day of the conversation of St. Paul and there can be no other celebration of the conversion of anyone more important to the …

Homilies: Third Sunday of the Year January 24, 2021

January 23rd, 2021

5:24

The clearest presence of the reign is Jesus, God's reign made flesh. "The time of fulfillment has come" is another way of saying, "Here I am!"

About …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 24 Jan, 2021

January 23rd, 2021

3:56

An important if very short extract from Mark’s gospel today: John the baptist has been arrested by Herod and that triggers Jesus into beginning his …

UCA News Weekly Summary, January 22, 2021

January 22nd, 2021

11:25

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

The inauguration of US President Joe Biden made headlines in Asian …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 23 Jan, 2021

January 22nd, 2021

4:50

Today’s Gospel story, where Jesus is told by his family that he’s “mad” underlines what trouble he is even for people well disposed to him. He is …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 22 Jan, 2021

January 21st, 2021

5:25

This a very familiar Gospel because it relativizes the force of rules and regulations and makes them all subject to the over-riding rule of love and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 21 Jan, 2021

January 20th, 2021

4:46

Let’s look at the reading from the Letter to the Hebrews today and see the way it informs us on just how Jesus influences and mediates the person and the believer we become. Unconsciously we do this ourselves all the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 20 Jan, 2021

January 19th, 2021

5:42

Today’s Gospel from John’s Gospel is the first of what John calls the Signs in the Book of Signs. These are the five signs that God’s kingdom alive and at work among us. This one uses wine and its abundant flowing as a …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 19 Jan, 2021

January 18th, 2021

4:43

Today’s readings offer a very important lesson for us as we seek to get closer to God: start from where we really are -needy, deficient human beings. Sinners. That where God can meet us -  where we really are - and from …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 18 Jan, 2021

January 17th, 2021

4:57

As individuals, as members of families, workplaces and other institutions, we always try to fit whatever appears to be fresh and different to patterns that applied elsewhere and before. It doesn’t work and embracing the …

Homilies: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time January 17, 2021

January 16th, 2021

5:19

When the disciples went with Jesus, they entered into a path of healing, forgiveness, and liberation for others. Such lives will lead us to what it is, whom it is, we are seeking.

About the Speaker: Father William J …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 17 Jan, 2021

January 16th, 2021

5:39

The earliest part of John’s Gospel returns several times to the question of the relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist and the followers of …

UCA News Weekly Summary, January 15, 2021

January 15th, 2021

10:30

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

This week, Asian nations have struggled against repressive laws and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 16 Jan, 2021

January 15th, 2021

5:59

The best is the enemy of the good. Jesus believed that and that’s why he spent time with tax collectors and sinners - the not-perfect children of God …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 15 Jan, 2021

January 14th, 2021

5:49

Is Jesus a wonder worker who can do what we want to bring comfort and consolation to us when we want? Or does God have a mind and will of his own and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 14 Jan, 2021

January 13th, 2021

5:30

Jesus goes about his healing way only to have the leper he cures make him into a celebrity. To meet the challenge of these circumstances, Jesus goes into virtual hiding only to be sought out by the crowds. He had to …

Observations: Mephistopheles in America

January 13th, 2021

8:16

Thinking about American Church prompted by last week’s attack on Capitol Hill where the bishops and their clerical underlings have failed to guide …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 13 Jan, 2021

January 12th, 2021

5:02

The daily chores of Jesus life were teaching, healing, renewing and forgiving. That’s how he announced in deed and not just in word what his message …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 12 Jan, 2021

January 11th, 2021

5:34

Jesus begins his ministry in Mark’s Gospel once John the Baptist is arrested by Herod. And the first story in the narrative of his ministry is a characteristic one: driving out destructive spirits.

About the Speaker: …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 11 Jan, 2021

January 10th, 2021

5:12

Mark is unique among the Gospels in highlighting the arrest of John the Baptist as the trigger for Jesus to commence his ministry. Now is the time for him to get on with his vocation, to seek and do the will of god by …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 10 Jan, 2021

January 9th, 2021

5:58

The Baptism of the Lord celebrates the beginning of Jesus’ explicit commitment to a path of finding God among us so that we might follow him who is …

Homilies: First Sunday of the Year January 10, 2021

January 9th, 2021

5:27

God has said to each of us at our baptism, "You are my beloved child. On you my favor rests." What am I going to do about it?

About the Speaker: …

UCA News Weekly Summary, January 8, 2021

January 8th, 2021

12:45

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

The world has ushered in the new year 2021, but the threat of …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 9 Jan, 2021

January 8th, 2021

5:09

Today’s gospel is the clearest statement we could hope to find in the Gospels about what our vocation as Christians is - to point Jesus as God’s last …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 8 Jan, 2021

January 7th, 2021

5:43

Healing - of ourselves or our share in healing others - is a mysterious that asks of us to engage with people including those who have betrayed and hurt us and whom we have betrayed and hurt. Engagement is the first …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 7 Jan, 2021

January 6th, 2021

4:21

Our journey in life and in faith is a journey discovering our identity as followers of Jesus loved by the Father. In that we are following the …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 6 Jan, 2021

January 5th, 2021

5:41

The story about Jesus walking on the turbulent waters as he comes to the rescue of his disciples is one of the best known and most comforting stories …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 5 Jan, 2021

January 4th, 2021

4:44

The feeding of the 5000 people is a remarkable account of the continuing creativity of the Providence of God which, especially after the Feast of the Epiphany underlines how universal the reach of God’s care is.

About …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 4 Jan, 2021

January 3rd, 2021

5:15

In the time after Epiphany, we are in a strange time the New Testament: Yes, so kething decisive for Israel has happened (the fulfillment of God’s …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 3 Jan, 2021

January 2nd, 2021

6:23

The Epiphany which we celebrate today is the Feast that points to the universal significance of all that God has done focus inJesus’ birth, death and …

Homilies: Epiphany January 3, 2021

January 2nd, 2021

6:00

We are called to be Stars of Bethlehem, leading men and women to Christ. The chief vocation of the Church is to proclaim the Good News to all nations. How do I share in that great vocation?

About the Speaker: Father …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 2 Jan, 2021

January 1st, 2021

4:30

Much of our prayer and much of our Christian journey is spent in anticipation and also in the hope for the fulfillment of the promises Godhas made to …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 1 Jan, 2021

December 31st, 2020

6:45

A new year begins and the Church does it returning to a Gospel that goes back to our origins in God, connects us to the way we live in God through welcoming the God who is with us (our Christmas celebration and then …

Homilies: Mary, Mother of God January 1, 2021

December 31st, 2020

5:24

Each of us is presented with the same vocation as Mary. God says to you and to me, "Make my Son present in the world. Forgive sins. Bring healing. Live with faith that my love is stronger than your death. By word and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 31 Dec, 2020

December 30th, 2020

5:38

Strangely enough, the year ends with a Gospel that for john’s Gospel describes Christian origins - “In the beginning was the Word - And then goes on to show how God is presenting many ways till the decisive intervention …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 30 Dec, 2020

December 29th, 2020

4:14

Today’s Gospel brings to a close Luke introduction to the life of Jesus in his family - he returns to Nazareth to take up a normal life as the son of his parents, in the midst of his family and relatives, growing in …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 29 Dec, 2020

December 28th, 2020

5:53

This Gospel today closes the story of how Jesus and his family fled from Israel for their safety and returned when their persecutor Herod died. It also is the setting for seeing something central about Jesus in …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 28 Dec, 2020

December 27th, 2020

5:29

Matthew’s infancy narrative sets some of the key pieces of his whole account of Jesus, his message and his ministry in place. Jesus is the new Moses, …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 27 Dec, 2020

December 26th, 2020

4:58

The feast of the Holy family can be sentimentalized and fin so, the whole point of the feast is missed. Family life is always messy because human …

Homilies: Holy Family December 27, 2020

December 26th, 2020

6:05

If there were no answer to our search and longing, then, indeed, our lives would be futile. What use is there for a hunger that cannot be filled? …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 26 Dec, 2020

December 25th, 2020

5:08

The earliest church discovered what today we call “the cost of discipleship” which was death when we saw what happened to St. Stephen, the first martyr for the faith.

About the Speaker: Father Michael Kelly is a Jesuit …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 25 Dec, 2020

December 24th, 2020

4:41

In contrast to the way Christmas is marked in some places around the world, the original Christmas occurred in an obscure place among insignificant people . Christmas is always paradoxical and each year we are asked to …

Homilies: Christmas Day December 25, 2020

December 24th, 2020

5:23

Today we remember and celebrate the fact that we can know God's glory and power not as some sort of information, but as a person. So, on Christmas Day we move from the story to the program, from what happened long ago …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 24 Dec, 2020

December 23rd, 2020

5:09

Today - Christmas Eve - the Gospel chosen for today’s Mass celebrates what Christmas Day vindicates - that here is the fulfillment of God’s promise …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 23 Dec, 2020

December 22nd, 2020

5:03

I've always been fascinated and attracted of John the Baptist, who is the central subject of today's Gospel, for the simple reason because he's such a different character who doesn't fit in and I think that's the best …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 22 Dec, 2020

December 21st, 2020

5:20

The rich and rewarding thing about following the Gospels through the week before Christmas is the way in which we follow the evangelist in company …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 21 Dec, 2020

December 20th, 2020

4:03

The alternative first reading today is from the book of the Song of Songs and it's the closest thing we'll find in the Old Testament to a piece of erotic poetry. All of which is done for real reason not because people …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 20 Dec, 2020

December 19th, 2020

5:21

What I like about the readings that come at this time of the year - Christmas time - is that they are full of familiar references which is very …

Homilies: Fourth Sunday of Advent December 20, 2020

December 19th, 2020

6:03

God doesn't choose the way we would. God chooses worldly weakness to proclaim divine power. That's the reason Mary was chosen and the reason we have …

UCA News Weekly Summary, December 18, 2020

December 18th, 2020

12:31

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Church leaders and activists in Asia have called for upholding human …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 19 Dec, 2020

December 18th, 2020

5:46

Today in the Gospel from Luke we have another vivid demonstration of the Evangelist’s capacity to write a rich narrative full of suggestive details. …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 18 Dec, 2020

December 17th, 2020

5:49

Any stories in the Gospel we can't really understand if we don't move inside them and become part of them. They are not just a description of a set of factual events that we get the detail from the gospel about. It is …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 17 Dec, 2020

December 16th, 2020

5:22

What Matthew does is begin with a genealogy to show Jesus heritage because he's not only son of God but he is also a human being and as a human being he has precedence, ancestors and relatives.

About the Speaker: Father …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 16 Dec, 2020

December 15th, 2020

5:02

In today's Gospel we have another chapter in the discussion in the early church about the role of John the Baptist, the place of his followers and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Tuesday 15 Dec, 2020

December 14th, 2020

5:10

It's the Paradox of human achievement that we can go and do extraordinary things and then they hang around our necks and eventually choke us. That's what Jesus is getting us at the Gospel today.

About the Speaker: Father …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Monday 14 Dec, 2020

December 13th, 2020

4:39

Today's Gospel puts us in a place that's quite familiar if we think about it. It is one of those situations that occur when we're trying to avoid accepting something that might have unpleasant, unwelcomed, uninvited …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Sunday 13 Dec, 2020

December 12th, 2020

5:34

Jesus is an outsider. Jesus is someone who comes and he's a threat to the establishment in Israel at the time. Jesus is someone sent on a mission of universal significance, but no one seems to recognize that that's what …

Homilies: Third Sunday of Advent December 13, 2020

December 12th, 2020

6:02

The place we really live our faith is not in a church. It is in the desert of our workplaces, our schools, our streets, our homes. There is no other …

UCA News Weekly Summary, December 11, 2020

December 11th, 2020

11:00

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

International Human Rights Day was observed across the globe this …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Saturday 12 Dec, 2020

December 11th, 2020

5:56

Quite appropriately for this time of year as we head towards Christmas the readings at Mass drawn on some of the great stories that point the significance of the mystery of the Incarnation. God coming to dwell among us …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Friday 11 Dec, 2020

December 10th, 2020

5:15

Both reading today focus on the unlikely and difficult subject of missed opportunities. Missed opportunities are things that all of us can identify …

Observations: This Christmas either about God with us or nothing

December 9th, 2020

6:40

This year, Christmas is either about God with us or it is nothing. If Covid Christmas teaches us that, next year we may resume the trappings of the season, but with a new unclouded knowledge of what the feast really is. …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Thursday 10 Dec, 2020

December 9th, 2020

5:26

We've been going through a very strange time throughout the world watching the Americans argue with each other about who won the presidential election in November. Now I think when it comes to the New Testament and …

Reflections with Fr. Michael Kelly - Wednesday 9 Dec, 2020

December 8th, 2020

6:32

Remarkable, but actually also quite mysterious feature of our engagement with God through scripture is that almost on a random basis wherever we are and however we are we can flip the scripture open and find in it …

Homilies: Second Sunday of Advent December 6, 2020

December 6th, 2020

6:02

In Advent we make a bit more effort to welcome the Lord into our lives and into our hearts, so that we can indeed know him as Son of God, as Good …

UCA News Weekly Summary, December 4, 2020

December 4th, 2020

10:48

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Catholics in Asia have experienced celebrations, commemorations and …

Homilies: First Sunday of Advent Nov 29, 2020

November 28th, 2020

6:16

Faith, hope and love are virtues directed toward past, future and present. In Advent, we remind ourselves to be ever ready to meet and love the Lord who has come, who will come, who comes.

About the Speaker: Father …

UCA News Weekly Summary, November 27, 2020

November 27th, 2020

10:11

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Across Asia, rights violations and abuses against women and …

Observations: Better luck next time?

November 24th, 2020

6:32

Even while the world is facing a new spike in cases and deaths, there have been encouragement news of development of vaccine and prevents the Corona Virus. Besides being a source of hope for us all, for people in the …

Homilies: 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time Nov 22, 2020

November 21st, 2020

6:16

We must be such followers of the crucified Jesus, giving our strength and even our lives for the sake of others that they will respond to us as the …

UCA News Weekly Summary, November 20, 2020

November 20th, 2020

11:30

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

Across Asia, natural calamities made headlines this week as many …

Homilies: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Nov 15, 2020

November 14th, 2020

6:40

It is to us as servants and for the sake of being servants that God gives us talents. Let us not bury them, but put them forth for the whole world.

UCA News Weekly Summary, November 13, 2020

November 13th, 2020

11:16

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule around 10 minutes.

The US presidential election filled Asian media last week, drowning …

Homilies: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Nov 8, 2020

November 7th, 2020

5:57

Signs of God’s kingdom are all around us. If we remember that, we will see them and thus build up our supply of oil so that at any time, in any way that God comes to us, we will be ready.

About the Speaker: Father …

UCA News Weekly Summary, November 6, 2020

November 6th, 2020

9:57

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule under 10 minutes.

Catholics across the world observed two major feasts this week —All …

Homilies: All Saints Day, Nov 1, 2020

October 31st, 2020

5:43

Remembering all saints becomes a reminder that God can be, and in fact is at work in the time, place and life which I live.

About the Speaker: Father …

UCA News Weekly Summary, October 30, 2020

October 30th, 2020

10:31

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule under 10 minutes.

Asia this week witnessed a series of attacks on religious and …

Homilies: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Oct 25, 2020

October 24th, 2020

6:13

The law of Christ is simple. Love. Love God by loving your neighbor. And your neighbor is anyone close enough to be loved, anyone in the world.

About …

UCA News Weekly Summary, October 23, 2020

October 23rd, 2020

10:25

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule under 10 minutes.

China and the Vatican this week agreed to extend an agreement on the …

Observations: T-shirts, mothers and life everlasting

October 21st, 2020

6:29

The world’s political news is full of people fixated on the short term. They pander to the fears and frustrations of others in order to gain and keep …

Q&A - The UCA News Interviews - Australian Catholic teacher Garry Mulroy freed from a Cambodian jail

October 20th, 2020

36:01

Occasionally, UCA News Podcath invites experts to discuss issues relevant to Asian communities.

Australian Catholic teacher Garry Mulroy, who has been …

Homilies: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Oct 18, 2020

October 17th, 2020

6:31

We Christians have been shown Christ, the image of God, so that we can proclaim that image to all the world. In order to do so, we must clear away whatever mars that image in us.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm …

UCA News Weekly Summary, October 16, 2020

October 16th, 2020

10:07

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule under 10 minutes.

The arrest of an 84-year-old Jesuit priest accused of terrorist links …

Homilies: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Oct 11, 2020

October 10th, 2020

6:39

In the Eucharist, in the worship and service of the community of good and bad folks that Jesus invites to the banquet of God's Kingdom, I am offered …

UCA News Weekly Summary, October 9, 2020

October 9th, 2020

9:57

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule under 10 minutes.

China continues to attract headlines in Catholic media as church …

Homilies: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Oct 4, 2020

October 4th, 2020

6:26

There is one other thing we must do. We must hear and heed the messengers God sends to us workers in the vineyard. For we, too, need to be converted throughout our lives.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm is a …

UCA News Weekly Summary, October 2, 2020

October 2nd, 2020

9:54

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The news of the Vatican's proposal to renew its controversial deal …

Homilies: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sep 27, 2020

September 26th, 2020

6:26

The test of Christian faith is not merely whether or not we are in church on Sunday. Going to church is the renewing of our "yes" to the call of God. …

UCA News Weekly Summary, September 25, 2020

September 25th, 2020

9:53

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule under 10 minutes.

Developments in Asia this week show how governments are directly or …

Homilies: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sep 20, 2020

September 19th, 2020

6:23

Just as the parables of Jesus show the love of God in stories about lost coins, vineyards and generous landowners, the followers of Jesus must make …

UCA News Weekly Summary, September 18, 2020

September 18th, 2020

9:21

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule under 10 minutes.

The Covid-19 pandemic has tightened its grip on India, where daily …

Observations: The armed man: perpetrator, victim, and instrument of God’s justice

September 16th, 2020

6:33

Violence is unjustified, but it remains one of the tragedies of our sin-marred, sin-deformed world that it too often takes violence to end or control …

Homilies: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sep 13, 2020

September 12th, 2020

6:23

The way out of the paradox is to realize that forgiving and being forgiven is not a parade of activities that happen in order – God forgives, then I forgive, then God forgives. God’s forgiving me and my forgiving others …

UCA News Weekly Summary, September 11, 2020

September 11th, 2020

10:08

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule under 10 minutes.

The feast of Mother Teresa, who toiled for the poor, passed off …

Homilies: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sep 6, 2020

September 5th, 2020

6:28

The Lord's command to confront sin in ourselves and others is never easy to fulfill. It is even harder, perhaps, to be the object of that …

UCA News Weekly Summary, September 4, 2020

September 4th, 2020

9:48

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule under 10 minutes.

Developments across Asia in the past week were shocking for groups …

Q&A - The UCA News Interviews - Shahid Rehmat, YDF, Pakistan

September 1st, 2020

15:03

Occasionally, UCA News Podcath invites experts to discuss issues relevant to Asian communities.

With 132 million people aged between 15-33, Pakistan is the fifth largest young country in the world. The Muslim-majority …

Homilies: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Aug 30, 2020

August 29th, 2020

6:28

The temptation to avoid the cross is not one that Jesus alone faced. We, too, face it. That is the reason Jesus tells us that we must be willing to take up the cross.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm is a …

UCA News Weekly Summary, August 28, 2020

August 28th, 2020

9:55

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule under 10 minutes.

The struggle for democracy and freedom of religion and speech …

Observations: Japanese Christians may have something to teach us

August 25th, 2020

6:41

The corona virus pandemic has forced limits upon Christians’ ability to gather in churches to pray and celebrate liturgy. In some places, churches are closed. In others, the number of those who can join liturgies is …

Homilies: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Aug 23, 2020

August 22nd, 2020

6:33

The important thing about Peter and the important thing about me is that Christ has chosen us to be Church. He has set us up in all our weakness and declared that the gates of death will not prevail against us.

About the …

UCA News Weekly Summary, August 21, 2020

August 21st, 2020

10:28

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule under 10 minutes.

Three Asian nations observed independence days this week, marking …

Homilies: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Aug 16, 2020

August 15th, 2020

6:13

The Incarnation means that Jesus really was a man of his time, his place and his people. He spoke their language, he dressed as they dressed, he had the same prejudices they had.

About the Speaker: Father William J Grimm …

UCA News Weekly Summary, August 14, 2020

August 14th, 2020

10:15

Listen to news from and about the Church in Asia in a capsule under 10 minutes.

Several parts of Asia witnessed heavy rain and floods this week as the …

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