Sunday Reflection
 
 

Jesus said, “You are witnesses of these things.” (Lk 24:48)

“That the Christ is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day.” (Lk 24:46) [...]

Will We Still Eat and Drink on Resurrection?

Does this mean our risen bodies will continue to live biologically? So many unanswered questions! [...]

How Jesus Deals with Our Failures

Jesus is the Lord of life, therefore, let’s look at how He resurrects life from our failures. Everyone knows that, when we fail, God forgives us and begins again, but we usually know this only intellectually. [...]

Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

On the third day, He rose again from the dead . . .” [...]

Being Christian in Public

Our final challenge in our Lenten wilderness experience is a call to courage. Most Catholics aren’t courageous about professing their faith in Jesus. We’ve talked many times about our fear of making the sign of the Cross in public, about sharing our Christian opinion with our friends because our stance isn’t popular, about discussing anything religious. [...]

Four Odd Scenes from Mark’s Passion Narratives

It has often been remarked that the Gospels are not so much biographies of Jesus but “a passion narratives with long introductions.” The problem is that the very familiarity of the story can undermine our understanding of it. In this reflection, we are drawing our attention to four odd details of the Passion of Jesus in Mark's Gospel, which will shed [...]

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.” (Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”)

The road less travelled for each one of us is the way of Christ. We must humbly ask God to “create a clean heart … a steadfast spirit renew within [us]” that we may know and love God “with all [our] heart, and with all [our] soul, and with all [our] might” (Ps 51: 10,12; Dt 6:5). [...]

Renewing Our Hearts

Today, we’re talking about renewing our hearts, and two stories stand out in my mind as opposite starting points. One time, I was having a deep, late-night conversation with a friend, and I don’t remember how we got onto the topic, but he caught me off guard when he said, “I wish I weren’t having sex with my girlfriend.” Most people do want [...]

Jesus, our Saviour and beacon of hope

“whoever believes in Him may have eternal life” (Jn 3:15) [...]

Have Mercy on Yourself, Because God Does

Our theme today is: Have mercy on yourself, because God does. For the past three weeks, He’s challenged us to overcome our sloth, to take more responsibility in our prayer, and to root out poor language. If we’ve been with Jesus in the wilderness and facing our demons, we shouldn’t be exhausted, but should be tired. So, God wants you to rest. [...]

The Word of God Is Love Not Violence

Just as Isaiah’s nakedness doesn’t make him a flasher; Jesus’ destructive act doesn’t make him a violent person. [...]

Change Our Words, Change Our Love

Let’s talk about the sins of cursing, profanity, and vulgarity. Most of us (not all, but most) would agree that such language is generally wrong. None of you swears around me. How would you feel if I swore? There’s a video by Jimmy Kimmel asking if children know any naughty words, and it’s insightful regarding our society: On one hand, the [...]

To go through life’s nadir at the foot of the mountain

Glimpses and tastes of glory that once exhilarated the disciples can also exhilarate us. [...]

Seeing Into the Future

Over the years, I’ve reminded you how God takes care of us in suffering, but today I’m challenging you to make it your own by doing a spiritual exercise. [...]

Lent is a Time of Grace

At the heart of Lent is an invitation to dig deeper: to reflect, review, and renew; it is, indeed, a springboard for radical transformation of our heart and mind. [...]

Defeating Spiritual Laziness

Here’s a list of the seven deadly sins: pride, avarice, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth. We basically understand most of them, except perhaps for sloth, which is more than laziness. The best way to understand sloth is with a description. Imagine a man who’s successful in life: He supports and loves his family, succeeds at work, sleeps enough, [...]

“If you choose, you can make me clean” (Mk 1: 40)

“I do choose. Be made clean!” (Mk 1: 41) [...]

Reaching Out to the Marginalized

In 2013, Vinicio Riva went to Rome and, during a large papal audience, reached out to kiss Pope Francis’s ring, and the Holy Father embraced him. The world took notice because Vinicio is severely disfigured due to neurofibromatosis. Here are two pictures (

Madness or Love? It’s all in the Eyes of the Beholder

Call him a madman, a weirdo, or anything you want; the reality is, the fire in Paul’s heart, ignited by the Spirit, is something people won’t understand unless they are prepared to welcome the same Spirit into their hearts. [...]

The Fullness of Life

If you had a magical power to change the world, what would you do (Matthew Kelly, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, 143-145)? “Superheroes use their powers to outwit the bad guys”; song writers use their powers to win the heart of the one they love. But, if we had the power to change the world, shouldn’t we use it for the greatest good, for [...]

How “astonished”, “amazed” and “spellbound” are we?

To follow Jesus is not just to be astonished, amazed and spellbound by His teachings and works, but we must also go the way He goes [...]

We Get to Choose Our Anxieties

Believe it or not, we choose some of our anxieties. That’s because some are based on our world view. When we’re in high school and university, for example, we experience great anxiety to get good grades, but this is based on the world view that our identity is based on our performance. We should aim for excellence and do our best, but God doesn’t [...]

What is your call to Nineveh?

What is God calling you to do? What is the task that God has given to you? What is your call to Nineveh? That is the only question really worth answering. [...]

“Come and see” (John 1:39)

“Here I am Lord; I come to do your will” (Psalm 40) [...]