World Mission Sunday
The entire Church is missionary, Pope Francis repeats also this year on the day dedicated to “MISSION”. The Church cannot think of and look at herself only because she is called to go out in order to offer the Good News to all. She cannot stand out where she is, but she has to go out toward the ‘peripheries’, in an attitude of constant ‘exodus’.
TWENTY-EIGHT SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Today’s gospel reminds of a verse in the Alleluia that we sing sometimes before the proclamation of the holy gospel. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and everything will be added unto you…”These recent Sundays, the Lord Jesus has been explaining to us what the kingdom of God is and how it looks like. He does not give us abstract definitions. But rather, he uses metaphorical images to capture our attention so that against the background of such images, we can think of ourselves and, mostly, of our response to God. Last Sunday, the Lord Jesus used the image of a vineyard (Mt 21: 33-43). Today, he uses the image of a wedding feast (Mt 22: 1-14). In fact, both the first reading (Is 25: 6-10) and the holy gospel talk about a great feast.
TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
We believe that education is still an important tool for evangelization. We invest significantly for education in many ways, from building structures, giving scholarships, organizing workshops and training, preparing learning materials, being involved in school management and so on. But, working in education sometimes also ends up in disappointment. Educating people is important, but the result does not always match our expectations. We have worked hard in education with love and dedication, but the response sometimes is far from our expectation: this can make us discouraged and despairing.
TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
When I was a child during summer with my brothers and sisters, my Father used to send us to our farm to weed out the grass. We were all excited to go. But then, it was tiring to weed out because of the scorching sun. We just went and stayed under the shades of the mango tree and played. Then we ate our lunch. We came back home at 5 o'clock as if we had really worked. This I relate to the gospel story today.
TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
The readings of this Sunday invite us to reflect on God’s generous love, mercy and justice for all people without exception. As human beings, we find it extremely difficult to understand the mystery of God’s generosity. Our God is a God of surprises, at times contradicting our human expectations.
TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
POINTS FOR REFLECTION:
a) At the time of Jesus, the Rabbis, the spiritual leaders of Israel, condemned vengeance, anger, grudges and recommended reconciliation. If one has done something wrong, he had to admit his mistake and asked for pardon. But in the mind of those teachers, the duty to forgive was limited to the people of Israel not to the pagans or to the enemies.
My Dear Young People,
I am pleased to announce that in October 2018 a Synod of Bishops will take place to treat the topic: "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” I wanted you to be the centre of attention, because you are in my heart. Today, the Preparatory Document is being presented, a document which I am also entrusting to you as your "compass” on this synodal journey.