Dear brothers and sisters in Christ. In the reflection for Saturday, 29 January -- 'Who's da man?', there was an erroneous reference to Namaan by the writer when it was meant to be Nathan (2 Sam 12:10-17). We apologise for the error. 31 Jan – Memorial for St. John Bosco, priest St. John Bosco (1815-1888) was... Continue Reading →
30 January, Sunday – Battling Selection Bias
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jer 1:4-5,17-191 Cor 12:31-13:13Lk 4:21-30 They said, ”This is Joseph's son, surely?” The gospel today speaks about Jesus’ return to Nazareth after performing miraculous works in Capernaum. The news of his ministry must have undoubtedly spread across the land, to the extent that the Nazarenes were eager to question his... Continue Reading →
29 January, Saturday — Who’s da man?
Saturday of Week 3 in Ordinary Time 2 Sam 12:1-7,10-17Mk 4:35-41 “You are the man...” I call today’s gospel Jesus’ “Do you know who I am?” moment. Some of us have been there before -- either as the young upstart or ‘newbie’ to a club/organisation/ministry putting our foot in our mouth, or as the seasoned... Continue Reading →
28 January, Friday — What do we know?
28 Jan – Memorial for St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was the son of the Count of Aquino. He was born in the family castle in Lombardy near Naples, Italy. He was educated by Benedictine monks at Monte Cassino, and at the University of Naples. He secretly joined... Continue Reading →
27 January, Thursday — Blessings
27 Jan – Memorial for St. Angela Merici, virgin St. Angela Merici (1474-1540) became a Franciscan tertiary at the age of 15. She received a vision telling her that she would inspire devout women in their vocation. In Crete, during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, she was struck blind. Her friends wanted to return home,... Continue Reading →
26 January, Wednesday – “Yes, Lord.”
26 Jan – Memorial for Sts. Timothy and Titus, bishops St. Timothy (d. 97) was the son of a Greek gentile, his mother Eunice was Jewish. He was converted to Christianity by St. Paul around the year 47. He was a partner, assistant and close friend of Paul. He was a missionary as well, and became... Continue Reading →
25 January, Tuesday — You chose who??
25 Jan – Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul St. Paul (3-65) was a Jewish Talmudic student and a Pharisee. He was a tent-maker by trade. Saul the Jew hated and persecuted Christians as heretical, even assisting at the stoning of St. Stephen the Martyr. On his way to Damascus to arrest another group of... Continue Reading →
24 January, Monday — The Anointed One
24 Jan – Memorial for St. Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) was born in a castle to a well-placed family. His parents intended him to become a lawyer, enter politics, and carry on the family line and power. He studied at La Roche, Annecy, Clermont College in... Continue Reading →
23 January, Sunday — Moving Forward in God’s Love
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Neh 8:2-6,8-101 Cor 12:12-30Lk 1:1-4,4:14-21 "Do not be sad: the joy of the Lord is your stronghold." As we enter our third year of living with social restrictions in this time of pandemic, most of us probably feel tired by it all. Yet, we move on. It may be slow,... Continue Reading →
22 January, Saturday – God doesn’t fit in a box
Saturday of Week 2 in Ordinary Time 2 Sam 1:1-4,11-12,19,23-27Mk 3:20-21 …convinced he was out of his mind. I have been praying daily for the seminarians in our Archdioceses (each has been designated a day of the month) and have read a bit about each one on his designated day on the CalledByChrist website. Today’s gospel... Continue Reading →