Year C Mary Mother of God

Welcome my brothers and sisters to today's celebration of the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God.  I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year. I pray that the Lord Jesus fills your lives during the year 2019

Year C The Holy Family

Si 3:2-6. 12-14; Col 3:12-21; Luke 2:4-52

We celebrate today the feast of Holy Family. The feast was established in 1921 by Pope Benedict XV.  This feast is meant to be “a day for Christian families to examine themselves by comparing their way of life with that of

Year C Christmas Day

Is 52:7-10; Heb 1:1-6; John 1:1-18

About a week before Christmas a family bought a new nativity scene. When they unpacked it they found 2 figures of the Baby Jesus. "Someone must have packed this wrong," the mother said, counting out the figures. "We have one Joseph,

Year C Advent 4th Sunday

Micah 5:1-4; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

Repeated prophecies about the coming of a messiah abound in the sacred writings. But these prophesies were shrouded in obscurity. A clear picture of the messiah is given in about 700BC by prophet Mica. We listened to his

Year C Advent 3rd Sunday

Zeph 3:14-18; Phil 4:1-7; Luke 3:10-18

In today’s Gospel  John the Baptist tells  his listeners that “His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his  threshing floor and to gather  the  wheat into his  barn, but the chaff he will  burn  in a  fire that will  never go out.”

Lost Sheep

Everything has its own proper place. when they are in wrong place, they are lost. If the pen is not in my pocket and it is on the road or in someone’s bag, it is lost. If my child is found street children instead of at home, he is lost.

Year C Advent 2nd Sunday

Bar 5:1-9; Phil 1:4-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6

In 539 BC the streets of Babylon were echoed with a great declaration from Cyrus, the king of Persia. It announced freedom to Jews, allowing Jews to return home. In 586 BC, Nebuchadnezzar II destroyed the Kingdom

Year C Advent 1st Sunday

Jer 33:14-16; 1 Thess 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

History of salvation has been very dynamic. It has moved forward with a promise and the consequent hope, and the fulfillment of the promise.

Today we begin the season of advent. The reminder of the greatest promise in the history of salvation - The promise of a Saviour.

Thanks to all Viewers

The Page View reached above 3,00,000 (300,000). The sight was begun in 2007 with the help of Fr. Benny Vincent OFM Cap. The homily was begun in 2009 written by Satish my Cousin.

Thanks to all. God bless

Year B Christ the King

Dan 7:13-14; Rev 1:5-8; Jn 18:3-37

The contemporaries of Jesus grew up hearing the stories of the cruelty of the ancient kings and rulers. Biblical Accounts give vivid descriptions of the cruelty of the Assyrians. In 722 BC Assyrian armies swept through the Near East. They became notorious for their cruelty.

Become a Relative of Jesus

Jesus tells that by listening to the word of God one becomes His relative. Mother Mary came to see Jesus and the disciples told that his mother, brothers and sisters were waiting to see him. Jesus asked, "Who are my mother? Who are my brothers?" Then he turned

Year B 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dan 12:1-3; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mk13:24-32

In today's gospel, Jesus speaks about the displacement of celestial bodies at the end of the world, followed by the appearance of the Son of Man in glory to establish the Reign of God. The coming of the Son of Man, "in clouds with great power and glory," echoes

Year B 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[1 Kings 17:10-16; Heb 9:24-28; Mk 12:38-44]

In the temple of Jerusalem there were thirteen collecting boxes. They were for the contributions for the sacrifices and daily expenses of the temple. Many people threw in quite considerable contributions. Then came a widow. She flung in two mites. It was the

Year B 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deut 6:2-6; Heb 7:22-28; Mk 12:28-34.

The central message of today's readings is the most fundamental principle of all religions. It is to love God in loving others and to love others in loving God.
In history we find thousands of people who have manifested their love for God even by sacrificing their lives.

Year B 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jer 31:7-9; Heb 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52 
Today's Gospel describes Jesus' final journey to Jerusalem through Jericho, an ancient city, fifteen miles away from Jerusalem. Jericho was the first city conquered by the Israelites when they entered Palestine. It was a city of great wealth and remarkable

Year B 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 53:10-11; Heb 4:14-16; Mk 10:35-45

Todays Gospel places before us two beautiful themes. The trust and confidence of James and John, the sons of Zabedee, in the glory of Jesus and the teaching of Jesus to be practiced in his kingdom to attain glory.

Year B 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wis 7:7-11; Heb 4:12-13; Mk 10:17-30

There is an old story about an 18th century man who was moving overseas. His life's savings of gold and silver coins were carried in a big money belt he wore around his waist. The ship hit an iceberg and started to go down. It was sinking so fast that many

Listen to God

Prayer is listening to God.

Martha was busy working for Jesus but while working she could listen. Normally woman can be listening and following conversations while in kitchen. She was not listening to the conversations of Jesus rather thinking of why Mary is not helping her. That is why

Year B 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gen 2:18-24; Heb 2:9-11; Mk 10:2-16

Marriage has been a mystery throughout human history. From the time immemorial philosophers have reflected on this mystery, poets have sung about it, and religious men have glorified it. They realized that marriage is a union of man and woman in physical,

Year B 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Numb. 11:25-29; Jas. 5:1-6; Mk. 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

The conflict between good and evil is one of the precepts of the Zoroastrial faith, first enshrined by Zarathustra over 3000 years ago. It is also one of the most common conventional themes in literature, and is sometimes considered to be a universal part of the

Year B 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wis 2:12,17-20; Jm 3:16-4:3; Mk 9:30-37 
Haroun-al-Raschid (Aaron the Just) was the greatest of all the caliphs of Bagdad. In a wonderful book, called "The Arabian Nights," there are many interesting stories about him.
One day the caliph, Haroun-al-Raschid, made a great feast. The feast was

Year B 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 50:5-9; Jas 2:14-18; Mk 8:27-35

We are all familiar with the term identity crisis. It is a modern phenomenon that man tries to find his own identity. Many today ask the question who they are?

In today's Gospel Jesus confronts his disciples with a very difficult question. The opinion of people about him, and their personal opinion about him. It is of the most dramatic

Year B 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 35:4-7; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37

"The Country of the Blind" is a Short story written by H.G Wells. While attempting to summit the unconquered crest of Parascotopetl, a fictitious mountain in Ecudor, a mountaineer named Nunez slips and falls down the far side of the mountain. At the end

Year B 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deut 4:1-2,6-8; Js 1:17-18,21-22,27; Mk 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

For the Jews the holiest part of the Bible was the "Pentateuch" or the first five books, which they thought had been personally written by Moses, and which they reverently called the "Law." The Pentateuch contained Sacred Laws such as the "Ten Commandments"

Fearless Life

Fearless life is the best. One can live fearlessly only when one does everything correctly with fear of God like John the Baptist. If I do everything rightly with fear of God and society, I can live fearlessly. Most of the time we are fearful because we fail to do the right thing.

Year B 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jos 24:1-2, 15-18; Eph 5:21-32; Jn 6:60-69

In today's first reading we see the challenge that Joshua set before his people. He assembled all the people at Shechem and threw a challenge before them: to follow Yahweh or to choose the gods they liked. Shechem has been a holy place for the

Year B 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prov 9:1-6; Eph 5:15-20; Jn 6:51-58

The desire of man to feel and experience God is as old as man himself. Only a few individuals had that opportunity. Moses met God on mount Horeb. Then people saw that God was within him. The prophets encountered God, and people experienced

Year B 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1King 19:4-8; Eph 4:30 – 5:2; Jn 6:41-51.

In history we find many famous people who made certain predictions which were proved wrong shortly after that. Lee DeForest, American radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum tube, said about  rockets: "To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him

Year B 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ex.16:2-4, 12-15; Eph 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35
Once there was a young hermit who lived as an ascetic in a forest.  He owned nothing except a pair of loincloths.  One morning, to his great disappointment, he found that mice had destroyed one of the loincloths.  He brought a cat to kill the mice and then a cow


The cry of a baby during baptism is very  common. Once a baptism was going on. The started sucking the hand and crying severely. We were concentrating on the ceremony. The mother was just looking at the baby with lots of love and concern.

Year B 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Kg 4:42-44; Eph 4:1-6; Jn 6:1-15

There were times when Jesus desired to withdraw from the crowds. When the disciples returned from their first mission Jesus withdrew with them into privacy. Jesus went up into the hill behind the plain and he was sitting there with his disciples. Then the crowd

Desire the Best Possible

The mother of Zebedee’s sons (Mt 20:20-28) came with her sons to make a request of Jesus;'Promise that these two sons of mine may sit one at your right hand and the  other at your left in your kingdom.' 

My Missionary Life in Africa

The 28th of July 2003 was a bad day for the county (district) of Buchanan in Liberia, West Africa. The Capuchin Province of St. Francis of Assisi, Kerala, has its Mission in this region. The city, second biggest in Liberia, was captured by the rebels on that day.

The rest of the counties were already under their control. In the morning, people were rushing to the church premises because they found that was the safest place in that area to take refuge. First, they flung their scanty belongings into the church yard over the compound wall at around 9:00 a.m. The school buildings, community hall, Parish office, convent and presbytery were occupied by more

Year B 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Jer 23:1-6; Eph 2:13-18; Mk 6:30-34

Jesus sent out his disciples with the mission of bringing God's message to the people. When they came back from their mission they reported to Jesus all that they had done.  The demanding crowds were  so insistent that they had no time even to eat;

Year B 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 7:12-15; Eph 1:3-14; Mk 6:7-13

Today's gospel, tells the story of Jesus' commissioning of the twelve apostles to preach the "good news". Jesus gave clear instructions to his disciples for their first mission. They should be walking illustrations of God's love and providence in action.

Year B 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ez 2:2-5; 2Cor 12:7-10; Mk 6:1-6

Today’s readings introduce Jesus as a prophet and explain how prophets and other messengers from God inevitably suffer rejection. Most of the famous men have experienced rejection not once, but many times. Colonel Sanders is the founder of KFC.

Year B 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wis 1:13-15, 2:23-24; 2 Cor 8:7,9,13-15; Mk 5:21-43
On 20th June (2012) a 4-year-old little girl, Mahi slipped into a borewell. Mahi was stuck at a level of 60 feet (20 meters).
The operation — launched soon after Mahi fell into the bore-well on Wednesday night during her birthday celebrations and was prolonged by almost 85 hours

Year B 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Job 3:1, 8-11; 2 Cor 5:14-17; Mk 4:35-41
Once a man approached a Guru, and said that he wanted to be his disciple and learn from him. The Guru asked him, "Who are you?" He replied, "I am Peter." The Guru said, "That is your name. But who are you?" He said, "I am an engineer." The Guru said,

Year B 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ez 17:22-24; 2Cor 5:6-10; Mk 4:26-34
The nature is full of mysteries, and man stands helpless before them.
The 'Taos Hum' is a low-pitched sound heard in numerous places worldwide, especially in the USA, UK, and Northern Europe. It is usually heard only in quiet environments,

Family and Sacred Heart of Jesus

The picture of Sacred Heart of Jesus in our home speaks a lot to us. It tells us to have a heart of Jesus.

Year B The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

The heart is one of the most important organs in the entire human body. It is really nothing more than a pump, composed of muscle which pumps blood throughout the body, beating approximately 72 times per minute of our lives. But it is the powerhouse

Year B Corpus Christi

Ex 24:3-8; Hb 9:11-15; Mk 14:12-16, 22-26

The Pelican is excessively dedicated to its young one. The pelican collects small fish and stores in the pouch at its neck. In the process of feeding them the bird presses the pouch against its neck. There is a reddish tinge at its breast plumage and redness

Year B Feast of Holy Trinity

Deut 4:32-34, 39-40; Rom 8:14-17; Mt 28:16-20 

One day St Augustine of Hippo was walking along the sea shore and reflecting on the doctrine of the Trinity. He suddenly saw a little child all alone on the shore. The child made a hole in the sand, ran to the sea with a little cup, filled her cup, came and poured it into

Year B Feast of Pentecost

Acts 2:1-11; Gal 5:16-25; John 15:26-27; 16:12-15

One of the popular plays of William Shakespeare   is "The Merchant of Venice." Antonio, a successful merchant of Venice got into trouble because of his generosity. His friend Bassanio requested him to lend him some money. Antonio agreed,

Year B Feast of Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1-11; Eph 1:17-23; Mk 16:15-20
There is an interesting Zen story.
Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning. One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung. He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in.

Year B 6th Sunday in Easter

Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; 1 Jn 4:7-10 ; Jn 15:9-17
In 1941, the German Army began to round up Jewish people in Lithuania. Thousands of Jews were murdered. But one German soldier objected to their murder. He was Sergeant Anton Schmid. Through his assistance, the lives of at least 250 Jews were spared.

Year B 5th Sunday in Easter

Acts 9:26-31; 1 Jn 3:18-24; Jn 15:1-8

The Nightingale and the Rose" by Oscar Wilde is a touching short story. The first character is a boy. This boy is sad because a girl promised to dance with him on condition that he brought her red roses, but he did not find any red rose; there were white roses and

Maintain Relationship

Jesus chose twelve to carry out his works. Unfortunately one of them betrayed him with a kiss which is a sign of love.  But Jesus did not feel that he was a failure. He continued caring the other twelve disciples and led to their goal.

Year B 4th Sunday in Easter

Acts 4:8-12; 1 Jn 3:1-2; Jn 10:11-18

There is the story of a particular census taker who went to a poor home in the mountains of West Virginia to gather information. He asked the mother how many children she had. The woman began, "Well, there is Rosie, and Billy, and Lewella, Susie, Harry,

Right to Live

Everybody has a right to live. Even a criminal has a right to live. Let us respect life, the life of ours as well as others. Life is a gift from God.

Year B 3rd Sunday in Easter

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; 1 Jn 2:1-5; Lk 24:35-48

There is a beautiful story concerning the love of Paul Tournier, one of the world's most beloved and respected Christian doctors, for his wife Nelly. Nelly used to talk about death after her first serious bout with coronary thrombosis while they were in Greece.

Year B 2nd Sunday in Easter

Acts 4:32-35; 1 Jn 5:1-6; Jn 20:19-31
After the death of Jesus, for fear of the Jews the Apostles confined themselves to a closed room. They received the news of the resurrection of Jesus from many sources. He was seen by the women who visited the tomb. Peter saw the empty tomb.

Resurrection requires completion

A debtor is never happy. He is always worried as he owes many. Spiritually most of us are debtors as we have lot of incomplete actions especially in our love relationships. For example: in a morning your child is about to go to school. You did not goodbye the child

Year B Easter

Alexander the great went to Corinth, to see the great philosopher, Diogenes of Sinope.  Alexander was thrilled to meet him. He wished to do him some favour. But Diogenes replied, "Give me a little of immortality."

Year B Good Friday

Evil can never be conquered by evil; but only by goodness, violence by non-violence; and hatred by love for the enemy. That is the message of Good Friday.

French Revolution broke out with the noble aim of   freedom

Year B Maundy Thursday

Many people desired to leave behind them a concrete symbol for the posterity to remember them. The Pharaohs of Egypt had thus built the great pyramids of Egypt. It stands high, embraced by the heavenly clouds, still bearing witness to the memories

Year B Palm Sunday

The royal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem echoes many details from the life of the ancient kings of Israel and contemporary history.

The crowd around Jesus was aware of King Solomon's royal procession on David's royal mule as he was taken to be anointed as king.

Year B 5h Sunday in Lent

Jer 31: 31-34; Heb 6: 7-9; Jn 12: 20-33

As human beings, we are naturally drawn to nature. A beautiful vista evokes in us a sense of wonder and awe. Earth's splendour captivates us; its oceans, mountains, deserts, plains and forests help us to find within its quiet places a guiding force, a unity and

Lenten Season

Lenten is a season to renew our spiritual life.
Many of our sins will be washed away and one is made more acceptable to heaven.
Through fasting, abstinence, sacrifices each purifies one spiritually. God takes away many of our sins in this Lenten season.

Year B 4th Sunday in Lent

2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23; Eph 2: 4-10; Jn 3: 14-21

Tiny subterranean termites are daylight avoiding pests that are literally causing billions of dollars in property damage around the world. They are virtually impossible to control with any approved pesticide. An interesting fact about them is that they

Year B 3rd Sunday in Lent

Ex. 20:1-17; 1 Cor. 1:18, 22-25; Jn. 2:13-25

George Wythe was an American lawyer, a judge, a prominent law professor and "Virginia's foremost classical scholar." Wythe was a planter and slave holder.  He became an abolitionist after the Revolutionary War. After his second wife's death,

Year B 2nd Sunday in Lent

Gen 22: 1-18; Romans 8: 31-34; Mk 9: 2-10
A man and a woman had a little daughter. They lived for her. They were shocked when they discovered that she became chronically ill and her illness resisted the efforts of the best doctors, they became totally discouraged and inconsolable.

Year B 1st Lent

Gen 9:8-15; 1 Peter 3: 18-22; Mk 1:12-15

There are many famous treaties made between the countries. The Treaty of Verdun, ( August 843) was a treaty between the three surviving sons of Louis the Pious, the son and successor of Charlemagne, which divided the Carlingian Empire into

Year B Ash Wednesday

Jo. 2:12-18; 2 Cor. 5:20-6:2; Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18

My brothers and sisters today we are entering a new Season, one of penance and sacrifices. Together, we have gathered here to celebrate "Ash Wednesday," the first of forty days of the Lenten Season. On this special occasion, we are called to be reconciled to God.

Year B 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lev 13:1-2, 44-46; 1 Cor 10:31 – 11:1; Mk 1:40-45

The novel "Untouchable" written by Mulk Raj Anand gives a touching account of  the plight of the untouchables in India. The story is narrated by Bakha who is a hard working boy who never disobeys his father despite his repugnance for him and his lifestyle.

Year B 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Job 7:1-4, 6-7; I Cor 9:16-19, 22-23;  Mk 1:29-39

The 14th century speaks of catastrophes. Some of them man-made, such as the Hundred Years' War, the Great Famine and the Black Death. All caused millions of deaths. Together they subjected the population of medieval Europe to tremendous strains,

Year B 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deut. 18:15-20; 1 Cor. 7:32-35; Mk. 1:21-28

In the ancient world it was customary that when a king conquered a kingdom, he rebuilt the city as he wanted. Alexander the great conquered Egypt and resolved to leave behind a populous and large Greek City which would bear his name. Thus the world

Year B 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jon. 3:1-5, 10; 1 Cor. 7:29-31; Mk. 1:14-20

The story of Jonah and the Whale is one of the oddest accounts in the Bible. God commanded Jonah to preach repentance to the city of Nineveh.

Jonah found this order unbearable. Nineveh was known for its wickedness.

Year B 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Samuel 3: 3-10, 19; 1 Corinthians 6: 13-20; John 1: 35-42

When it comes to rags to riches stories, there are no rags lowlier than those worn by American slaves. Rising from the shackles of slavery to extraordinary success required monumental amounts of hard work, tenacity, and passion, and Frederick Douglass

Year B The Epiphany of the Lord

Is 60:1-6; Eph 2:2-3, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12

Some events and happenings are powerful enough to upset the life of an individual, or even to change the course of history.  In the play “Macbeth” Shakespeare shows how Macbeth’s life was influenced by the prophecy of the three witches. Macbeth was returning