Second Sunday of Lent
Gospel reading today - Prodigal son
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 15,1-3.11-32.
Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." So to them he addressed this parable.
Then he said, "A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of your estate that should come to me.' So the father divided the property between them. After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation. When he had freely spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he found himself in dire need. So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens who sent him to his farm to tend the swine. And he longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed, but nobody gave him any.
Coming to his senses he thought, 'How many of my father's hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger. I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers."' So he got up and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion.
He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. His son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.' But his father ordered his servants, 'Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.' Then the celebration began.
Now the older son had been out in the field and, on his way back, as he neared the house, he heard the sound of music and dancing. He called one of the servants and asked what this might mean. The servant said to him, 'Your brother has returned and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' He became angry, and when he refused to enter the house, his father came out and pleaded with him.
He said to his father in reply, 'Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends. But when your son returns who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, for him you slaughter the fattened calf.'
He said to him, 'My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.'"
Nice story to reflect
1.Forgive everybody who repents,even those who betray you.
2.Never be jealous when others are treated better than you.
3.Stay right and do right,God will always be on your side,when you least expect and when in dire need.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Alice Mary 6th Anniversary
It has been 6 years since she left us. The pain may have faded but her memories still remain vividly in our hearts and minds. Whenever we are gathered as a family, we never fail to talk about her. This gives us great courage and inspiration to continue doing right in whatever we do.
Joseph P. Kenedy said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”. Mdm Alice would have gone through some extremely difficult times as a homemaker keeping the family together. But being a woman of steel, it was the toughness in her that made her go on to achieve the impossible.
Whenever we visit her grave to place flowers and light candles, it is not just a ritual to honour her but an expression of her place deep in our hearts. It is also gives as an opportunity to reflect on the wonderful time we had with her here on earth.
Mother Alice may be gone but she has left us a great legacy, a legacy of hard work, discipline and compassion that is extremely difficult to follow as these values hardly exist in the world today. She has footprints in our hearts that will be hard to erase. We know she is somewhere watching us, and we hope she continues to guide us and our family in our own struggles to uplift ourselves.
How we wish she was with a little longer for us to say good-bye. Well God had better plans for her to be with Him. We pray that the Lord grant her eternal rest in His home.
May her soul rest in peace.
The BW Gang
Sunday, September 01, 2019
“'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with. ... And the second is Love your neighbor as yourself." (Mathew 22:36-40)
Something to seriously ponder on what we are doing every Sunday.
We need to update our mindset, if we want God to be on outside.
May be the message of Jesus in "The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10 25-37) can enlighten us to understand what we are religiously doing every week without fail.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
The parable of the Good Samaritan is a wonderful story of how we should treat others. Jesus finishes this parable by saying "go and do ...
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Being a loved one to someone who needs love
An old friend of mine who is unemployed, lonely and lives all all by himself, recently lost his brother due to illness. His siblings came from far and wide for the funeral and left soon after leaving him sad and lonely.
Then there is another elderly friend who was suddenly taken seriously ill, leaving his wife all alone with hardly any loved ones at her side. She was not only lonely and fearful but did not know what to do in that tragic situation.
The next case is about an elderly woman who was living with her children and grandchildren but felt lonely as they all were too busy to give her some time.She was lonely despite being in a crowd.
There are indeed many unfortunate people who are in our midst who are lonely with no family or friends to call loved ones. Christmas does not mean anything to them. As we prepare to share our joy of Christmas with our family and friends, let us remember those who are lonely without their family and loved ones. Let us try to understand how it will be Christmas without money, food, shelter and most importantly without family and loved ones.
This Christmas let us try to become a ‘loved one’ to someone who doesn’t have any. As we celebrate the humble birth of Jesus in a stable among poor shepherds, let us adopt His humility to share our joy with those who don’t have it for some reason.
In the midst of all our celebrations, let us not forget there many around us, who have lost the need for celebrations in their lives. To them we extend our heartfelt greetings for a joyous and blessed Christmas.
“It’s Christmas every time you let God love others through you…..” Mother Teresa