- 27. Jan, 2019
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time C
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor”
The teaching of Jesus in the synagogue of Nazareth, concerning his fulfilment of Old Testament prophecies, and Luke’s emphasis upon the traditions of the community, remind us that the world’s great religious traditions venerate the writings and teachings that put them in touch with their past. A healthy community keeps alive the memory of what inspired its origins. The first reading from the chronicles of Nehemiah describes a moving moment in the reestablishment of the Jerusalem community, after return from the Exile. The common people, ignorant now of Israel’s traditions, are overwhelmed with concern when Ezra, the scribe, reads and explains for them the long-neglected Book of the Law. They are reassured, however, being told that the joy brought by renewed observance of old Israel’s traditions will be their ‘stronghold’. How much more grateful and responsive should we be, as today’s renewal makes available to us the far superior treasures of the New Testament? http://www.theemmausseries.com/c03sunday.html
- 20. Jan, 2019
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time C
"They have no wine"
Marriage and wedding feasts are metaphors used in Scripture to describe God's salvation and the Kingdom of God. Here at the beginning of Jesus' public ministry, John's Gospel seeks to establish that Jesus is going to re-interpret and fulfill Yahweh's promise to Israel. Jesus establishes the New Covenant. A hint about what this New Covenant will be like is made evident in the deed that Jesus performs. Asked to do something to address the awkward situation that the absence of wine at a wedding feast would create, Jesus' miracle produces vast quantities of wine—six jars holding thirty gallons each are filled to overflowing with choice wine.
This lavish response to a simple human need is a vision for us of the abundance of God's kingdom. It challenges us to respond generously when confronted with human need today. We respond as best we can, fully confident that God can transform our efforts, bringing the Kingdom of God to fulfillment among us
- 13. Jan, 2019
THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
“You are my son, the beloved. My favour rests on you”
This feast of the Baptism of the Lord is the finishing celebration of the Christmas season. On Monday we begin "Ordinary Time" - that is, "Ordered Time" when the Sundays are marked by numbers: "The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time" and so forth. The next special season is Lent. That will then be followed by another special season - the 50-day Easter season. Then "Ordinary Time" picks up again and continues for many months, until Advent which begins in December.
The feast of the Baptism of the Lord caps off the Christmas season because it expresses who this child was who was born at Bethlehem: This is the Son of God.
- 6. Jan, 2019
The Epiphany of the Lord
“Falling to their knees they did him homage”
The word 'Epiphany' comes from Greek and means 'manifestation'. It celebrates 'the revelation of God in his Son as human in Jesus Christ'.
In the West, Christians began celebrating the Epiphany in the 4th century, associating it with the visit of the Magi (the three kings) to Bethlehem.
According to the Gospel of Matthew, the three wise men - named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar - followed the star of Bethlehem across the desert to meet the baby Jesus, offering gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
The gifts were symbolic of the importance of Jesus' birth, the gold representing his royal standing; frankincense his divine birth; and myrrh his mortality.
- 30. Dec, 2018
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Scripture tells us practically nothing about the first years and the boyhood of the Child Jesus. All we know are the facts of the sojourn in Egypt, the return to Nazareth, and the incidents that occurred when the twelve-year-old boy accompanied his parents to Jerusalem. In her liturgy the Church hurries over this period of Christ's life with equal brevity. The general breakdown of the family, however, at the end of the past century and at the beginning of our own, prompted the popes, especially the far-sighted Leo XIII, to promote the observance of this feast with the hope that it might instill into Christian families something of the faithful love and the devoted attachment that characterize the family of Nazareth. The primary purpose of the Church in instituting and promoting this feast is to present the Holy Family as the model and exemplar of all Christian families.
— Excerpted from With Christ Through the Year, Rev. Bernard Strasser, O.S.B
- 23. Jul, 2018
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- 19. Feb, 2018
What are the Holy Days of obligation in Australia? Is missing Mass a sin?
- 3. Feb, 2018
Special Calendar Events
CONFIRMATION 2019, Sunday 23 June
Fr Chris' annual holidays: 3rd September-3rd October 2019
- 11. Jul, 2017
- 26. Jun, 2017
Is Missing Mass a Mortal Sin?
Given how precious the Mass is the Code of Canon Law (#1246) proscribes, "Sunday is the day on which the paschal mystery is celebrated in light of the apostolic tradition and is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church." Moreover, "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass..." (#1247).
Therefore, the Catechism teaches, "Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit grave sin" (#2181), and grave sin is indeed mortal sin. http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/is-missing-mass-a-mortal-sin.html
- 17. Oct, 2017
- 23. Feb, 2018
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