Cycle B 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Job 38:1-4, 8-11; 2 Cor. 5:14-17; Mk. 4:35-41

"When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, 'Let us go across to the other side.' And leaving the crowd behind, they took Jesus with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But Jesus was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, 'Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?' He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 'Peace! Be still!' Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead clam.

This passage speaks profoundly about faith.  Here we witness the extraordinary event where Jesus calms a storm. This passage is not just a testament to Jesus' divine power but also a poignant reminder of the nature and necessity of faith.

In the days of Jesus, the sea was frequently perceived as the dwelling place of the forces of evil. Manifesting control over the sea was a sign of Divine power. This truth is learned from the Book of Psalms where we read, "O Lord God of hosts, who is as

Cycle B 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Ezek. 17:22-24; 2 Cor. 5:6-10; Mk. 4:26-34

"In those days, John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven has come near.' This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, 'The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.'" [Mt. 3:1-3]

In the Old Testament, many references are found to the Lord's promise of His coming Kingdom.  Isiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel and Micah have many references.

"In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, 'Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.' The law willgo out from Zion,

Cycle B The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Hos. 11:1-4, 8ac-9; Eph. 3:8-12, 14-19; Jn. 19:31-37

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today, we gather to honour the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a profound symbol of His boundless love and compassion for humanity. This celebration is a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for us, and it calls us to reflect on how we, too, can embody His love in our lives. To illustrate the power of such love and sacrifice, I want to share some inspiring stories of heart donations and other selfless acts that resonate with the message of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Consider the story of a young man named Jonathan. At the age of 24, Jonathan was tragically killed in a car accident. However, in his death, he gave the gift of life to others. Jonathan had registered as an organ donor, and his heart went to a 55-year-old father of three, Robert, who had been on the transplant waiting list for years. Robert's health was failing, and he had almost given up hope. Jonathan's heart not only saved Robert's life but also gave him the strength to see his children grow up and to be

Cycle B The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

 Exo. 24:3-8; Heb. 9:11-15; Mk. 14:12-16, 22-26

"While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, 'Take; this is my body.'" [Mt. 26:26: Mk. 14:22; Lk. 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:24] "Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, 'This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'" [Mt. 26:28; Mk. 14:24; Lk. 22:19; 1 Cor. 11:25] Jesus commanded us to continue to celebrate the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The Church has been doing it for over 2000 years and the church has set apart a Sunday to celebrate this feast.

While Jesus was on earth, He stated, "I am the living bread that came down from Heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." [Jn. 6:51]

In the next passage Jesus began to speak with the words, "Very truly." "Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink." [Jn. 6:53-5].