Sermons

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.

Readings: Genesis 3: 9-15, 20; Ephesians 1: 3-6, 11-12; Luke 1: 26-38. In the spring of 1858, the Virgin Mary spoke to Bernadette Soubirous in a grotto in the small village of Lourdes, in France. Bernadette was fourteen years old. A total of eighteen times Bernadette saw "a lady wearing a lovely white dress with a bright belt." On each of her feet, "the Lady" had "a pale-yellow rose, the same colour as her rosary beads." Pilgrims started to come to Lourdes by the thousands. Still, her pastor doubted the young teenager. Her pastor instructed Bernadette to ask "the Lady" ...
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2 nd Sunday of Advent | John the Baptist | Called to Prepare the Way for the Lord

1 st Reading: The first reading, taken from the prophet Isaiah, tells us about the Babylonian exiles coming home to their native country, Judah, and their holy city, Jerusalem. Isaiah assures his people that the Lord will lead them in a grand procession to their homeland and take care of them as a shepherd cares for his sheep. 2 nd Reading: The second reading, taken from the second letter of St. Peter, invites us to get ready to go home to Heaven with Jesus at his Second Coming. Peter tells those who doubt the Second Coming of Jesus that God’s ...
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1st Sunday of Advent – B

Readings: Is. 63: 16-17, 19; 64: 2-7 | 1 Cor. 1: 3-9 | Mk 13: 33-37 As we begin Advent, Jesus warns us to prepare ourselves because he might come suddenly. “Stay awake” is an alarm sounding on the first Sunday of advent. It means many different things, the most important of which is to seize the opportunities of the present moment, prepare for Christmas, prepare for death, yes, surely. But also, and more important, prepare for the kingdom of God whenever it explodes into your life. There is a beautiful anecdote given by Msgr. Arthur Tonne clarifying the message ...
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34TH SUNDAY: CHRIST THE KING | YEAR A

INTRODUCTION: Today, dear brothers and sisters, we celebrate the feast of the King of Kings. In fact, the entire liturgy of the Church is centered on the King of Kings. From the beginning of the church's year, we have been hearing about the king who was coming, the anointed one of God who would save his people. When the angel Gabriel announced the message to Mary, he said, ‘You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him ...
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33 SUNDAY 2020 – YEAR A | TALENTS – MATTHEW 25:14-30

A very rich person, about to set off on a journey, entrusted very large sums of money (talents) to three of his servants, each according to his personal ability: five, two, and one. A talent was worth between five and six thousand denarii -- or about 15 years’ wages for a simple day labourer. The rich man freely bestowed responsibility and a chance for unsupervised action upon all three servants. These amounts were enormous to these servants who had nothing and earned nothing. Through skilful trading and investing, the servant with the five talents managed to make five more -- ...
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32 ND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR | THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS | BE
PREPARED

In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, Jesus tells a story about a party of virgins, perhaps bridesmaids or torchbearers for a procession, chosen to participate in a wedding. Each of the ten virgins is carrying a lamp or torch as they await the coming of the bridegroom, which they expect at some time during the night. Five of the virgins are wise and have brought extra oil for their lamps. Five are foolish and have only brought their lamps without any extra oil. The girls were really looking forward to this day. It was a rare privilege to be ...
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SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS |1 November 2020

Readings: Rev 7:2-4,9-14 - 1 Jn 3:1-3 - Mt 5:1-12a Today, the Church celebrates all the men and women, young or old, who are in that place we call "heaven"! Today, the Church celebrates all the saints of heaven, all those who, after their death, were judged worthy of eternal happiness in God's presence! Every one of us has known a saintly person. Today, the Church celebrates all those who, on earth, were ‘poor in spirit’ - "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." First Reading: Rev 7:2-4, 9-14: Here we have a vision ...
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30TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME – YEAR A

THEME: LOVE OF GOD AND LOVE OF NEIGHBOUR There is an immortal poem written by Englishman Leigh Hunt about a man called Abou Ben Adhem. Abou Ben Adhem woke from his sleep one night and saw in his room an angel writing in a book of gold the names of those who love God. "And is mine one?" inquired Abou. "Nay, not so," replied the angel. "I pray thee, then," said Abou, "write me as one who loves his fellow men." The following night the angel came again and displayed the names of those who love God and Abou Ben ...
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29TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME – YEAR A 

HOMILY THEME: “GIVE TO CAESAR WHAT IS CAESAR’S, AND TO GOD WHAT IS GOD’S” A little boy wanted Rs. 1000.00 badly and prayed to God for a whole week, but nothing happened. So, he decided to write a letter to God requesting Rs.1000.00. When the Post Office got the letter addressed to God they forwarded it on to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister was very impressed, touched and amused so he instructed his office to send the boy the required money. The office thought Rs. 100.00 would be a lot to the little boy. The boy was, indeed, delighted ...
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28th Sunday of Year A INVITATION TO THE WEDDING BANQUET

Invitation to a Banquet by Prophet Isaiah (25:6-10) The banquet is prepared at a very unusual location; on a mountain! This ‘strange’banquet has lot of things to offer.There will be feast of fat things full of marrow and feast of choice wine well refined.It is very expedient to note that some important salutary things will happen before the meal:• The veil covering the people will be removed• Death will be swallowed for ever• The Lord will wipe away tears from all faces• The reproach of the people will be taken away The image of God’s banquet looks so wonderful to ...
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