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On Hope

The Old City of Jerusalem was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981 (BBC.com, n.d.). A walk around the city, leads the pilgrim to the Western Wall, a vestigial artefact of the time when the Second Temple was still intact. The First Temple, built by King Solomon was razed down and destroyed around the time of 587 B.C. [...]

By |2021-11-27T00:58:58+00:00November 27th, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on On Hope

Liturgical Reflection for 1st Sunday of Advent (Year C)

"Be Watchful! Stay awake!". What should we look out for during this season of Advent and in our pilgrimage? The easy answer is that we should wait and watch for the birth of Christ on Christmas Day. However, we have forgotten that He was already born over two thousand years ago. This question is important for it helps us focus [...]

By |2021-11-27T00:58:30+00:00November 27th, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for 1st Sunday of Advent (Year C)

A Life Less Ordinary – Living the Sacramental Life

We do not live in a vacuum, but as created beings, the matter that we are made of and the ensuing consequences of any undertaken action are in a constant interaction with the invisible and spiritual world around us. To live a sacramental life means that while we are in the world, we have been set apart from it. The [...]

By |2021-11-19T14:34:32+00:00November 19th, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on A Life Less Ordinary – Living the Sacramental Life

Liturgical Reflection for the Solemnity of Christ the King (Year B)

As the liturgical year comes to its apex on the Solemnity of Christ the King. We are invited to ponder on the truth that is the coming of the Kingdom of God. The Solemnity of Christ the King was first instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Quas Primas. The aftermath of World War I, amidst other [...]

By |2021-11-19T14:49:14+00:00November 19th, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for the Solemnity of Christ the King (Year B)

Liturgical Reflection for 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

This year has been to many of us a year of reaching new thresholds in resilience, hope and faith to keep moving forward despite the turbulence and confusions caused by the pandemic. For us, the story of our faith journey is to respond to our Father’s call to repent and follow him wherever he leads us as labourers in his [...]

By |2021-11-11T15:02:49+00:00November 11th, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOD is not mocked

In the chapters of 1 Samuel 4 to 7, we read that while the Philistines were frightened of the loud outroar of the Israelites, the Israelites were fighting a lost battle, because the Lord God was not with them. Hophni and Phinehas, Eli’s wayward sons, had conducted themselves dishonourably before the Lord God. In 1 Samuel 2: 12 -14, we [...]

By |2021-11-11T15:01:57+00:00November 11th, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on GOD is not mocked

Of the world, but set apart from it: Inculturation and its dis-contents

Step into the Peranakan Mass Sambot Kepala Taon Baru celebrated at Midnight of Lunar New Year and one may feel like a misplaced poinsettia pot amidst the gaily embroidered peonies of the Nonya sarong kebayas, and the festively intricate phoenixes on the Baba baju lok chuan. However, the resplendent cultural outfits are not the only markers of cultural identity that [...]

By |2021-11-03T05:44:02+00:00November 2nd, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on Of the world, but set apart from it: Inculturation and its dis-contents

Liturgical Reflection for 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the first reading, we are reminded what great joy it is to receive God's abundant love and his faithful promises to us! If we are faithful to him in the Covenant, we never need to worry about hunger nor thirst or ever will our jars go empty, nor would our jugs run dry. The interesting point of note is [...]

By |2021-11-02T08:56:16+00:00November 2nd, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations

The Gospel of Matthew concludes with Jesus commissioning his disciples: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 19-20) [...]

By |2021-10-31T02:35:52+00:00October 28th, 2021|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations

Liturgical Reflection for 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

The theme of the readings today centres on Love. The love of God and love of one's neighbour cannot be separated. In the first reading, Moses reminds the Jews of the covenant with God, to fear God, to follow, and to observe the statutes and commandments. In return, there would be promised blessings for obedience to the law. What does [...]

By |2021-10-28T04:24:15+00:00October 28th, 2021|Faith Formation, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time