It is not by chance that Jesus sets these three apostles apart and invites them to go up to the mountain with him, just like Moses went up to Mt Sinai encountered the glory of God. We too are called…
I spent two years in a Parish in Brooklyn, some 35 years ago, while I was studying in New York. They were a really vibrant community of Catholics. The Parishioners gave me a banner, when they bade me farewell, on…
Let us join Jesus and his disciples at this wedding feast. We enjoy the food, drink, music and dancing, laughter and merriment. Why shouldn't we? Then we hear of this young couple being embarrassed, because they do not have enough…
Jesus began his public ministry with his baptism in the Jordon, when he was anointed by the Holy Spirit for his mission of redemption. He is the son who is also the suffering servant prophesied by Isaiah centuries before that.…
"Hail Queen of Heaven, the ocean star, guide of the wanderer here below Thrown on life's surge, we claim they care Save us from peril and from woe. Mother of Christ, star of the sea Pray for the wanderer, pray for me" I spent 3…
I love to be free. I do not like to be controlled or forced to do something unless I freely accept it as God's will for me. God has set me free from the law and poured the Spirit into…
Many of us seek empowerment through accumulating money, education degrees from prestigious universities, holding important offices with large salaries, many perks, securities and retirement benefits that make life comfortable and enjoyable. But we know life will end inevitably so we…
Is heaven a place where Jesus ascended out of this world? Is it above the world, just as Hades was thought to be part of the underworld? As a child I thought of heaven as place above where Jesus ascended.…
Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. What does this mean to me in my life? If I do not believe that Jesus rose from the dead and is sharing his life with me, then he is merely a great…
Pray to the Holy Spirit and prayerfully reflect on John 19:25-30 John speaks of Mary as Woman at the start and the end of Jesus ministry. She is the new Eve, mother of the living who is there when he…
Pray to the Holy Spirit and then prayerfully read Luke 23:26-43. We meet various people when Jesus carried his cross on the road to Calvary. There is Simon of Cyrene who is forced to help Jesus carry his cross, lest…
Pray to the Holy Spirit and then prayerfully read Matthew 27:27-31 Jesus is King. He is King of a Kingdom of love and mercy that has outlasted all the Kingdoms of Egypt, Greece, Rome that were powerful in Biblical times…
Pray to the Holy Spirit and then prayerfully read Matthew 27 :20-26 Many of us saw Mel Gibson's movie : "The Passion". The scene of the scourging was indeed horrible and painful to watch. If I was in Jesus' place…
Pray to the Holy Spirit and then prayerfully read Matthew 26: 36-56 I think of people I know who are suffering intensely and have asked me to pray for them. They may be suffering physically, emotionally or spiritually and need…
Read Luke 2 verses 41 to 52 after praying to the Holy Spirit to enlighten us how we can live this mystery in our lives. When I was four years old I was lost in the zoo. We had all…
On 2nd February 1960, I made my first vows as A Redemptorist. It was the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple and it was a very meaningful celebration for me as I presented myself to Jesus…
The birth of Jesus Christ reminds me that Jesus is living in me now. Let us request the Holy Spirit to help us prayerfully reflect on Luke 2:1-20. The shepherds said to one another : "Let us go now to…
Pray to the Holy Spirit to be our Teacher before we read from the Gospel of Luke 1:39-56. "Come Holy Spirit and reveal to me what is hidden from the wise and the learned. Let me be a child, eager…
We start by praying to the Holy Spirit to be our Teacher and Helper to understand and live this mystery. Annunciation means that the Angel announced to Mary the good news that God had chosen her to be the Mother…
ent is a special time of reconciliation and healing. Abba Father is watching the road for the return of his prodigal son. He longs to embrace him, cleanse him and reinstate him as his beloved son once more. He wants…
Once when I was traveling by bus to Thanjavur, I saw a Hindu holy man traveling with his disciple. They sat a few seats in front of me. The disciple's eyes were focused on his Guru right through the journey.…
Families had many traditions with regard to prayers and religious observances. Many homes had an altar with holy pictures and a votive light. But is God present when a home is devoid of love? The family rosary was recited. But…
he bows of the mighty are broken, but the weak are clothed with strength. Those with plenty must labor for bread, but the hungry need work no more. It is the Lord who gives life and death; he brings men…
Life is full of new beginnings for all of us. We get used to persons, places and structures so that we may make the necessary adjustments. But the problem with adjusting is that we learn certain patterns of behavior that…
One of my favourite stories is O. Henry's "The gift of the Magi." It is about a young couple who were poor. She had long beautiful, brown hair and used to look longingly at some tortoise-shell combs in the shop…
The Jewish people for centuries, waited with eager longing for the promised Messiah. Many expected him to come in power and glory to overthrow the Roman occupation troops and establish his kingdom in Jerusalem. These expected a privileged place in…
As we enter into the holy season of Advent, a time of waiting with eager expectation for Christmas, we ask ourselves what this waiting means in our family. Is it waiting to celebrate a feast day, the 25th December, birthday…