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Liturgical Reflection for 1st Sunday of Lent (Year B)

We begin Lent with two very familiar stories: Noah and the Ark, and Jesus in the wilderness. As a Catholic who was baptised in infancy, these were the stories  that I had heard from my earliest years and these same stories raised many questions in my mind. How could two of every animal fit on the Ark? Wouldn’t the lions eat [...]

By |2024-02-18T10:16:15+08:00February 18th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for 1st Sunday of Lent (Year B)

Don’t mind me, I’m just spending 40 days in the Wilderness

The Lenten season often takes on a sombre, solemn note, However, if we trace the etymological origins of the word, “Lent”, it surprisingly means “Spring” or “Springtime” in the Old English, lencten and was meant to describe the lengthening of the time of sunshine allotted in a day, when the colder season of Spring transited into warmer days (Online Etymology [...]

By |2024-02-18T10:11:50+08:00February 18th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on Don’t mind me, I’m just spending 40 days in the Wilderness

Cleaning out Syncreticism in our Faith

When the Lord God, set apart His chosen people, He gave them a set of rules to adhere to. First of them, was “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall not have other gods beside me. You shall not make for yourself an idol or a [...]

By |2024-02-10T15:02:58+08:00February 10th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on Cleaning out Syncreticism in our Faith

Liturgical Reflection for 6th Ord Sunday

Imagine that you live in ancient times and that you have a skin condition that is diagnosed as leprosy. That would be a disaster, where you would be condemned to live an existence where you are ostracised by your own community and loved ones in exclusion and misery. You are labelled as “unclean”, which will be a social stigma that you will carry [...]

By |2024-02-10T15:02:16+08:00February 10th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for 6th Ord Sunday

A Theology of Suffering

As a Christian, how do I bring comfort and the Lord’s consolation to someone who is suffering? What answers can we provide to someone whose mother is dying in a hospice? Whose parents are undergoing a difficult divorce? Who is struggling to make ends meet because of a crippling financial debt? What do we say to someone who is grieving [...]

By |2024-02-04T16:00:49+08:00February 4th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story|Comments Off on A Theology of Suffering

Liturgical Reflection for 5th Ordinary Sunday

In today’s Gospel we look at how the four apostles seek our Lord’s help to heal St Peter’s mother-in-law of her fever. How often do we have the courage to bring our family, relatives, and friends to our Lord when they are wounded, lost, confused and in need of healing? Most of the time we try to counsel, rely on [...]

By |2024-02-04T15:58:55+08:00February 4th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for 5th Ordinary Sunday

Liturgical Reflection for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The first reading is a promise made by God to the Israelites of the coming of a prophet alike Moses. This prophet would be chosen from among their people and would speak with divine authority, relaying God's messages as it is significant in maintaining the relationship between God and the Israelites. It stresses the importance of compliance to this prophetic [...]

By |2024-01-27T10:00:18+08:00January 27th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Liturgical Reflection for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Gospel reveals the extraordinary and radical call from Jesus to follow Him. Simon and Andrew are the two who respond to the call in this passage, but their response is also an invitation to all of us to step out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. This passage especially reveals two things: the immediate response of these Apostles, and [...]

By |2024-01-27T03:19:55+08:00January 19th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Liturgical Reflection for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The readings for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B invite us to be attentive, hear God's calling, and respond. What is God’s calling? It is “God's initiative to bring people to Christ and to participate in his redemptive work in the world”. In the first reading, God calls young Samuel. God called him three times in the night.  [...]

By |2024-01-19T09:59:32+08:00January 12th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Liturgical Reflection for the Epiphany of the Lord

This Sunday, as the Christmas season draws to a close, the Church brings us the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. The word Epiphany means “to manifest” or “to reveal”. So what does the story of the Magi in their pilgrimage to seek Jesus reveal to us about our pilgrimage of faith? The Gospel tells the fascinating age-old story [...]

By |2024-01-06T09:27:48+08:00January 4th, 2024|Faith Formation, Featured story, Liturgical Reflection|Comments Off on Liturgical Reflection for the Epiphany of the Lord