Cycle [C] 6th Sunday of Easter

 Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Rev. 21:10-14, 22-23; Jn. 14:23-29

The Holy Spirit is the most prominent figure in today’s readings. Jesus is gradually approaching the end of his earthly ministry, so he promised to send us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the radiant glory that enlightens us. He will guide us in all our decisions and ways through this world.

During today's First Reading, we can perceive how Paul, Barnabas, Barsabbas, Silas, the apostles and the elders answered their call to do all things in the spirit. Embracing a spiritual mind, these followers of Jesus placed the Divine Will of God first. They faithfully served the Lord for the common good of all. By subjecting themselves to the authority of the Church, they sacrificed their personal opinions. In the first reading and the whole of Acts of the Apostles, the Apostles did not make any decisions without consulting the Holy Spirit. Also, they could not carry out any severe mission without the Holy Spirit. 

Importance of Marriage and Family

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The institution of marriage is very important to mankind, it is the civilised order for a male and a female that makes them different from other living species.          

The Creation

Humans are the unique creatures on planet Earth, a world habited with many complex living beings coexisting to sustain one another. Though we have bridged the gender gap and shed our discrimination against women, I wonder about the physical, mental, and physiological differences between a man and a woman. Medical sciences are still researching and finding inferences for the human anatomy, a spiritual concept that can be defined only by the Creator?

Cycle [C] 5th Sunday of Easter

 Acts 14:21b-27; Rev. 21:1-5a; Jn. 13:1, 31-33a, 34-35

The First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles narrates the praiseworthy service of love that the Christians had for each other in the Lord Jesus. Paul and Barnabas continued on their mission from town to town, "strengthening the souls of the disciples and encouraging them to continue in their faith."

To shine in a service of love is to imitate the saints of the Church such as St. Paul. In his love for Jesus, he appointed elders to lead the believers in each church. With prayer and fasting, he and Barnabas entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe. And when they completed their mission, they called the church together and related all that God had done with them and how he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles.

In the Gospel Jesus gives us a new commandment, "Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another."  And Jesus