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2022-04-10 Bulletin

The Perfect Sacrifice Does good come out of suffering? The short answer is – it really depends. The Gospel reading for Palm Sunday is the account of the Passion of the Lord. Jesus entered Jerusalem in order to carry out the final phase of His mission on earth, where ultimately, He was to suffer and die on the Cross and in three days rise again. In Jesus’ case, God made something really bad and turned it to something immeasurably good.…

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2022-04-03 Bulletin

Casting stones The story of the woman caught in adultery brings to mind a similar trap through which the Pharisees and Herodians attempted to ensnare Jesus; they asked Jesus: “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” (Matthew 22:17) In the case of the woman brought before Jesus by the scribes and the Pharisees, they asked Jesus: “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us…

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2022-03-27 Bulletin

The return of the son One of the things that makes it quite obvious that the father in the parable of the prodigal son is not any ordinary father, but a metaphor about God, is the abundance of love and mercy that the father had for his son. When the son asked for his share of inheritance, the father did not object nor force the son to stay. That is a testament to the free will that God gives to…

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2022-03-20 Bulletin

So many chances Some people told Jesus about the Galileanswhose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.Jesus said to them in reply,“Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this waythey were greater sinners than all other Galileans?By no means!But I tell you, if you do not repent,you will all perish as they did!Or those eighteen people who were killedwhen the tower at Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guiltythan everyone else who…

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2022-03-13 Bulletin

Jesus Transfigured Some Bible readers tend to regard the Transfiguration account in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke as an independent story where the glory of Jesus was manifested to three chosen disciples. However, a closer look at Luke chapter nine reveals that the evangelist placed it together with other incidents in order to focus on the identity of Jesus. It begins with Herod asking: “Who is this about whom I hear such things?” (Lk 9:9) From there, Luke’s…

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2022-03-06 Bulletin

The Temptation of Christ Filled with the holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’” Then he took…

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2022-02-27 Bulletin

Words of wisdom  The Book of Sirach chapter 27 is full of wise sayings. Let us consider one of them: “When a sieve is shaken, the chaff appears; so do one’s faults when one speaks. (v4)” In biblical times and even today in certain parts of the world, a grain sieve is used to separate the grain from other matter after the harvest.  A grain sieve is usually round, 2 to 3 feet in diameter. It is about 3-5 inches…

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2022-02-20 Bulletin

Love your Enemies Jesus said to his disciples: “To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours…

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2022-02-13 Bulletin

Blessings and Woes  The sermon in Luke is counterpart to the sermon in Matthew (cf. Matthew 5:1–7:27). Many bible readers tend to think that the two sermons are separate events because Luke locates the sermon on a “stretch of level ground” (cf. Luke 6:17) while Matthew locates the sermon on a mountain (cf. Matthew 5:1). Thus, the sermon in Luke has often been referred to as the “Sermon on the Plain,” while the sermon in Matthew has been referred to…

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2022-02-06 Bulletin

Chinese New Year officially began this year on February 1, 2022. Today’s Eucharistic celebration gives our community a means of offering worship to God in thanksgiving for all the blessings we have received in the past year. In addition, Chinese New Year gives us the opportunity to make a solemn tribute to our deceased parents, grandparents and ancestors. By observing this annual ceremony, we set a reminder to our community, especially our youth, of our cultural values – that it…

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