YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (8) HOMILY THEME: THE REAL PRESENCE OF JESUS IN THE EUCHARIST

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: THE REAL PRESENCE OF JESUS IN THE EUCHARIST BY: Very Rev. Fr. John Louis   HOMILY: READINGS: Proverbs 9:1-6 / Ephesians 5:15-20/ John 6:51-58 This Sunday’s gospel reading is a continuation of last Sunday’s. It highlights another aspect of the Jesus’ teaching on the Holy Eucharist, namely, that the bread becomes truly the body of Christ and the wine the blood of Jesus Christ. This is an opportunity to renew our faith in the real presence of Jesus Christ in…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (10) HOMILY THEME: THE BREAD THAT I WILL GIVE IS MY FLESH

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: THE BREAD THAT I WILL GIVE IS MY FLESH BY: Fr. John Louis   HOMILY: READINGS: 1 Kings 19:4-8 / Ephesians 4:30-5:2/ John 6:41-51 Today’s gospel reading is a continuation of St. John the Evangelist’s narration of Jesus’ encounter with the crowd after the multiplication of loaves of bread and fish to feed them. After Jesus had stated that he is the bread of life (cf. last Sunday’s homily), he went on to say that ‘the bread that I…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (6) HOMILY THEME: MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE BY: Fr. John Louis   HOMILY: READINGS: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15, 31 / Ephesians 4:17, 20-24/ John 6:24-35 God, according to the first reading, provided manna for the hungry Israelites as they journeyed to the Promised Land (Exodus 16:13-15). Despite this and other provisions which God made for His people, they sometimes disobeyed Him. Hence, as the Israelites neared the Promised Land and knowing their tendency to disobey God, Moses reminded them that…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (6) HOMILY THEME: BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS AND IMAGINATIONS

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS AND IMAGINATIONS BY: Fr. John Louis   HOMILY: READINGS: 2 Kings 4:42-44/ Ephesians 4:1-6 / John 6:1-15 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time The Holy Scripture praises God for being ‘able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think’ (Ephesians 3:20). Indeed, God can do far more than we expect or can imagine! A few instances of God providing more than expected or imagined are given in the first and gospel readings. In…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (9) HOMILY THEME: SHEPHERDS OF THE LORD’S FLOCK

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: SHEPHERDS OF THE LORD’S FLOCK BY: Fr. John Louis   HOMILY: READINGS: Jeremiah 23:1-6/ Ephesians 2:13-18/ Mark 6:30-34 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time The imagery of a shepherd is very important in the history of the Israelites. They saw a shepherd as someone who was courageous to ward off wild beasts and to fight armed robbers who sometimes attacked them. In addition, a shepherd was seen as a person who was vigilant over the flock and selflessly walked distances…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (8) HOMILY THEME: REJECTION OF GOD

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: REJECTION OF GOD BY: Fr. John Louis   HOMILY: READINGS: Ezekiel 2:3-5/ 2Corinthians 12:7-10/ Mark 6:1-6 “I am the Lord your God…. you shall have no other god besides me” (Exodus 20:1-3). So important is this Law that it is given the first place – the pride of place – among the Ten Commandments God delivered to His people through His servant, Moses. Unfortunately, on the very day Moses was to deliver the tablet of the Ten Commandments to…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST (8)

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST HOMILY THEME: THE BIRTH OF THE GREAT PROPHET BY: Fr. John Louis   HOMILY: READINGS: Isaiah 49:1-6 / Acts 13:22-26 / Luke 1:57-66, 80. Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist Today is the Solemn feast of the birth of St. John the Baptist, the forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was a great prophet. Even before his conception, the angel Gabriel announced to Zachariah that John would be great in the sight of…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (7) HOMILY THEME: ETERNAL LIFE ASSURANCE

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER HOMILY THEME: ETERNAL LIFE ASSURANCE BY: Fr. John Louis   HOMILY: READINGS: Acts 1:15–17, 20–26 / 1 John 4:11– 16/ John 17:11–19   INTRODUCTION Beloved, Jesus did not bequeath to us any material inheritance (e.g. land, house, car), for it could be stolen, misused, destroyed or litigated. Rather, he left eternal life, an everlasting happy life in heaven as our inheritance! And we could say that it was in his priestly prayer at the Last Supper (John 17, from which we took…

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HOMILY: SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B (8) HOMILY THEME: LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT!

HOMILY: SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B HOMILY THEME: LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT! BY: Fr. John Louis   HOMILY: READINGS: Acts 10:25–26, 34–35, 44–48 / 1 John 4:7–10/ John 15: 9–17 Coming Thursday will be the solemn feast of the Ascension of the risen Lord Jesus Christ. On that solemn day, our Lord assured the Apostles of the empowerment by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:1-11). Ten days after the Ascension of our Lord, that is, on the day of Pentecost, the promised Holy Spirit descended in a spectacular way to…

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HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY YEAR B (12) HOMILY THEME: THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST

HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY YEAR B HOMILY THEME: THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST BY: Fr. John Louis   HOMILY: READINGS: Acts 10:34, 37-43/ Colossians 3:1-4/ John 20:1-9 Many countries across the world experienced the spectacular phenomenon of the eclipse of the sun on 29th March, 2006. There was complete darkness for about three minutes then the superiority of the light of the sun showed up again. This is symbolic of the resurrection of Christ (the Light of the world: John 8:12) who arose on the third day after his death. Remember that…

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