Cycle A 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Sir. 27:30-28:7; Rom. 14:7-9; Mt. 18:21-35

Dear  brothers and Sisters

Today we  are taught about the greatness of forgiveness. In Matthew 18:21-35, Peter asks Jesus a question that has likely crossed all our minds at some point: "How often should I forgive someone who sins against me?" 

To understand the depth of Jesus' teaching, let's first look to the Old Testament. In the book of Genesis, we encounter the story of Joseph, who forgave his brothers after they had sold him into slavery out of jealousy. Despite their betrayal and cruelty, Joseph forgave them when he had the power to seek revenge. He said to them in Genesis 50:20, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Joseph's forgiveness is a profound example of letting go of resentment and trusting in God's greater plan.

Cycle A 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Ezek. 33:7-9; Rom. 13:8-10; Mt. 18:15-20

Today's Gospel passage from Matthew reminds us of the importance of reconciliation and the power of community in our lives as followers of Christ. It's a passage that speaks of how we should handle conflicts within our faith community, and it offers us a roadmap for healing and restoration.

The power of reconciliation is not only felt here on earth but also recognized in heaven. Jesus tells us that whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. When we come together in unity, seeking reconciliation and forgiveness, our actions resonate with the divine will. It is a theme that runs deep through the teachings of Christ, and it holds the potential to heal

Cycle A 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Jer. 20:7-9; Rom 12:1-2; Mt. 16:21-27

Today’s reading implores us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. In the Gospel of Matthew (16:24-26), Jesus tells his disciples, "If anyone wants to become followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. “The words, "For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life have had a profound impact on the lives of countless individuals throughout history.

Inspired by these words of Jesus, Francis Xavier chose a life of radical selflessness and missionary work. Francis Xavier's dedication to his mission was awe-inspiring. He lived among and cared for the poor and marginalized,