Please join us as we host the Vatican approved Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibit features panels that each tell the story of a Eucharistic miracle and allow you to “virtually visit” the places where the miracles took place. Sunday Nov 3, 2019 10:00am to Nov 9, 2019 8:00pm.

THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



REFLECTION FROM THE DESK OF THE PASTOR

In today’s gospel a group of Sadducees approach Jesus and asks Him a question about the resurrection or afterlife. The Sadducees mainly composed of aristocrats and most of them are wealthy and do not believe in the resurrection of the dead and even in angels and spirits. They want to ridicule the preaching of Jesus about life after death. Absolutely very tough question! I am sure each one of us believes in the resurrection. That everybody will be resurrected at the end of our lives on this earth that is why we attend the Mass. If there is no hope for resurrection, there is no need for us to do good towards our neighbor, to love and to serve them. If there is no hope for resurrection, there is no need for us to sacrifice and offer our lives for the sake of other people. There is no need for us to pray to go to Mass on Sundays to work for peace and justice, to join in all religious activities of our Church, to receive Sacraments and many more. Jesus draws a sharp distinction between “this age” (our earthly life) and “that age” (life at the resurrection or life after death). He makes it clear that the resurrection is not simply a continuation of earthly life. When we are resurrected, we have still body but a glorified body different from that of our earthly body. The resurrection is a different mode of existence altogether. Those worthy of the resurrection do not have to marry to ensure the continuity of human race. That is why Jesus says: The children of this age marry and remarry, but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor given to marriage. They can no longer die for they are like angels.
So if we believe in the after life or in the resurrection of the dead, then our main goal in this life should be to make sure to have a citizenship in heaven to become citizens rather then aliens or foreigners in the kingdom of God.

THIRTY FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



REFLECTION FROM THE DESK OF THE PASTOR

The Gospel of today talks about the conversion of Zacchaeus. Everything that he needs materially in life, he has all of them. He owns the five “Ps”, Property, Power, Pleasure, Pride and even Problems. No doubt, he is successful in his profession. He was rich but he was not happy. He is lonely because nobody would like to befriend him. He chooses the way that make him outcast too. When he hears about Jesus who welcomes tax collectors and sinners, he is determined to see Jesus and would not let anyone to stop him from doing this.
Just like some of us, Zacchaeus was thinking that to have more money it could give security to oneself and even happiness. Yes, we can love the money but the money in return could not love us. Money has no feeling. As what I have said that Zacchaeus’ countrymen hate Zacchaeus and only Jesus likes him. Maybe we are also like Zacchaeus, the people avoid us because of our attitude and treatment with them. Let’s start changing our way of life. Are we ready to change our way of life for the better not dominated by any material things especially money? Let us reflect on these words: Believe what you read. Teach what you believe and live it.

THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME




REFLECTION FROM THE DESK OF THE PASTOR

The two men who went to the temple to pray, The Pharisee really praises himself because according to him he is the good person of all. Whereas the tax collector, did not even dare “to raise his eyes on heaven. All he does is to beat his breast and says: “O God be merciful to me, a sinner.” But he returns home with him the prize of acceptance of God because of his awareness of his sins and self-despising and confession. The Pharisee meets all what is demanded by the law and even more. But the Gospel says nothing about his kindness, charity, justice and love. In other words, what we need is humble prayer or humble service and this is what matters. Which one of the two should we follow: the pharisee or the tax collector? We can still follow what the pharisee has done. He follows the law of God faithfully. He makes the Lord’s Day holy. He teaches us how to fast and to sacrifice. But he lacked humility. Humility is a very difficult virtue, the moment you start to claim that you have humility, you are admitting that you are proud and that’s the end of everything. We can also follow the tax collector, but not his deeds. He is abusive. He did follow the law of God because he steals and does extortion. But we can follow his humility. A person who knows how to be humble is ready to accept constructive criticism and he will not hide wrongdoings, just like the tax collector and willing to change for the better. Nothing proves humility better than humiliation.