Cycle C 13th Sunday in the Ordinary Time

1 Kgs. 19:16b, 19-21; Gal. 5:1, 13-18; Lk. 9:51-62

The Indian Epics narrate many amazing stories about the dedication of the disciples to their masters. The story of Ekalavya in Mahabharata is such an amazing one.  Ekalavya is introduced as a young prince. He lived near the ashram of Drona, where Pandavas princes and Kaurava princes used to take lessons in various arts. He had great desire to learn the art of archery from Dronacharya. But Drona would not accept him as his disciple. But the boy was not to be put off; his determination knew no bounds.

Cycle C: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zech 12:10-11; Gal 3:26-29; Luke 9:18-24

Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince” is a beautiful story.

In Autumn Swallows migrate to the warm climate of Egypt. On the way a Swallow took asylum at the foot of a golden statue, ‘The Happy Prince’. As he was preparing to sleep, a drop of water fell on him. He looked up but there was no sign of rain. Again came a drop of water. The Swallow looked up, and he was shocked to see ‘The Happy Prince’ shedding tears. The Prince had precious stones for his eyes, a ruby on his sword hilt, and his body was made of gold. Yet, the Prince was not happy. The Swallow flew up to his shoulder and asked, “Dear Prince

Cycle C: 11th Sunday in the Ordinary Time

2 Sam 12:7-10; Gal 2:16, 19-21; Lk 7:36-8:3

Aesop's Fables have been around since 620 B.C.  Millions of people have enjoyed hearing them and learning from them for centuries. The story of the lion and the mouse conveys a great message.

A lion was sleeping one day when a little mouse came along and ran up and down over his face.
This awakened the lion and made him very angry.

Cycle C: 10th Sunday In Ordinary Time

1 Kgs 17:17-21, 22-24; Gal. 1:11-19; Lk. 7:11-17

The First Reading from the First Book of Kings [1 Kgs 17:17-21, 22-24] took place in the days of the great drought that was long remembered and even recorded in the Tyrian annals. When Elijah visited the widow's house, she felt that Elijah had been sent by God to make sure that she knew why her son had died. According to the mentality that prevailed in the days of the Old Testament [Jn. 9:2], the people believed that bad things happened as a punishment for their sins. So did the woman too. But after Elijah's  prayerful intercession to God,