Mary Visits Elizabeth and The Magnificat

Luke 1:39-56 Today’s Gospel is known to all, there is no one who would need explanation. We see here: Mary’s visit to help her cousin Elizabeth who has conceived in her old age when she had given up on hope and had accepted to be called a barren, which was supposed to be a great […]

Jesus Gives His Disciples The Great Commission

Matthew 28:16-20   Post the resurrection, Jesus sent an invitation to His disciples that He would meet them in Galilee via the women at the Tomb.  The disciples accept Jesus’ invitation and make the journey to the mountain. There they have an encounter with the risen Lord. They become witnesses of His Authority in heaven […]

Jesus’ Authority Is Questioned

Mark 11:27-33   Jesus through his teaching, preaching and healing redeemed the people from slavery, sin and curse. During his ministry his teaching was opposed by chief priest, scribes and elders of the synagogue. Because Jesus was teaching people with authority and his authority was questioned in today’s gospel. Let us reflects on word “authority” […]

The Fig Tree an Analogy of Israel

Mark 11:11-25 Two stories unrelated but patched together with a message from the Lord in the end. What is the Gospel author really trying to tell us? The fig tree symbolically represents Israel, full of foliage but without fruit. The cursing of the tree and its withering later is a foretelling of what is the […]

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

Mark 14:22-25 (Feast: Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest) Jeff Cavins in The Bible Timeline Programme tells us of the office/position of the Eldest Son, that of being the Priest of the Family. It means he is priest of the whole extended family of uncles aunts, cousins and which usually was the whole […]

James and John Desire Importance In Jesus’ Kingdom

Mark 10:32-45   Three times Jesus tells the Apostles about what awaits him in Jerusalem. Thus revealing to them the importance of his passion, death and resurrection for the Salvation of humankind. But the apostles seem to fail to understand this and see prestige and importance for themselves. Christian Discipleship means to be imitators of […]

The Cost and Rewards of Jesus’ Discipleship

Mark 10:28-31 Man is an ambitious creature and proud at that. This is strongly opposite of Jesus’ Key of Redemption, that is gratefulness, humility and love. Scholars often refer to Matthew’s Gospel as the Topsy-Turvy Gospel meaning the Upside Down Gospel. Matthew has taken and expanded what Mark is saying here in verse 31. To […]

Jesus’ Side Is Pierced

John 19:25b-34   This is the climax of the whole crucifixion scene, Jesus sets the relationship between the disciple and His mother and therein initiates the beginning of the church of which we are members in this new family.  Jesus called out to John, referred as the beloved disciple whom Jesus loved, he was the […]

When The Holy Spirit Comes He Will Make Them Jesus’ Witnesses

John 15:26-27, 16:12-15     It’s Pentecost Sunday, the Birthday of the Church. However, for most Christians it isn’t a big deal. The Catholic Church is seen more as a relic that’s trying to be relevant in contemporary times. The world offers different views of its own truths that’s influenced by science, personalities, cultures, politics, […]

Jesus And The Beloved Disciple

John 21:20-25   After Jesus had resurrected from death he appeared to his disciples for 40 days in Jerusalem. Before his ascension he commanded his disciples to wait in Jerusalem to receive holy spirit and continue to witness for him in Judea, Samaria and the whole world and his disciples with great joy accepted the […]