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An Easter Pruning

In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks about the vine and the branches. There is an entire science behind the pruning of the vine to bring about an optimum harvest and yield that would be most fitting to make the best wines. The timing of the pruning has to be right, and the type of pruning that occurs needs to be carefully [...]

By |2024-04-28T14:33:33+08:00April 28th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on An Easter Pruning

Liturgical Reflection for 5th Sunday of Easter

The parable of the vine and its branches illustrate how he is the source of life for us believers, and how we must remain connected to him in order to bear fruit. To be a follower of Jesus is not just to try to be a good and honest person, but a follower of Jesus must stay close to Jesus [...]

By |2024-04-28T14:27:23+08:00April 28th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for 5th Sunday of Easter

Has our Easter Joy Curdled?

The doughnut had been purchased with the anticipation that it was going to be decadent and I was expecting it to blow my socks away, but when I cut into it, I was met with the disappointment that the cream filling inside the doughnut had curdled. The baker had overworked the cream and had added tea - it was supposed [...]

By |2024-04-21T08:20:59+08:00April 21st, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on Has our Easter Joy Curdled?

Liturgical Reflection for 4th Sunday of Easter (year b)

As we immerse ourselves in the profound words of John 10:11-18, we are drawn to contemplate upon the intimate bond between Christ and his flock. The image of the Good Shepherd knowing each of his sheep by name resonates deep within us, and reminds us of the personal nature of our relationship with God. Just as the Good Shepherd is willing to [...]

By |2024-04-21T08:29:54+08:00April 21st, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for 4th Sunday of Easter (year b)

New Wine

Jesus in Luke 5: 36-39 says, “No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one. Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it will not match the old cloak. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and [...]

By |2024-04-14T15:13:37+08:00April 14th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on New Wine

Liturgical Reflection for 3rd Sunday of Easter

Ignorance of the ways of the Lord leads to sin and disbelief. This is one of the themes of today’s readings. The leaders of Israel did not know the ways of the Lord, and they chose to remain in the dark. For them ignorance was bliss. They could not even bear to hear the truth that the apostles were saying [...]

By |2024-04-14T15:12:21+08:00April 14th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for 3rd Sunday of Easter

Why Mother Mary Didn’t Go to the Tomb

After the Crucifixion, we hear that the womenfolk who had accompanied Jesus to the cross, began the preparatory work of putting the spices, oils, and herbs together, so as to anoint the corpse of Jesus the next day. They could not do this work there and then, as the Sabbath was upon them. According to Jewish custom, before burial, the [...]

By |2024-04-06T12:14:04+08:00April 6th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on Why Mother Mary Didn’t Go to the Tomb

Liturgical Reflection for Divine Mercy Sunday

‘Peace be with you’ The first greeting Jesus had with His disciples on the same day of His resurrection, as the Gospel says: ‘In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week’, was ‘Peace be with you’. Jesus knew what the disciples were facing. Fear must have filled them, that is why they were together, the [...]

By |2024-04-06T18:08:25+08:00April 6th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for Divine Mercy Sunday

A Christian Approach to Sacrifice

The Lenten season is a timely reminder for us to embody the spirit of holiness and sacrifice, but for many of us, our sacrifices are in fact shameful, shabby, and shoddy. We are so stingy with what we give, giving thus the leftovers, the broken things, the things that we are getting rid off in our spring-cleaning, the things about [...]

By |2024-02-25T14:55:16+08:00February 25th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on A Christian Approach to Sacrifice

Liturgical reflection for 2nd Sunday of Lent (Year B)

Faith is a gift that must be unpacked through actions that reveal the gift. Faith is the ability to act when there are no logical facts supporting the action. This is supernatural in the sense that it is not normal. One cannot take this step unless one is given Grace by God to do so. This gift is further strengthened, [...]

By |2024-02-25T15:11:03+08:00February 25th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical reflection for 2nd Sunday of Lent (Year B)