• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Scripture Reflections

Marriage is a sacrament, a work of God, and a work of a man and a woman. It gives a couple the grace to live out in their lives the forgiving, understanding, committed, redeeming and transforming love God has for all of us.


Friday, 28 September 2018 12:15

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B - 2018

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Today’s gospel text invites us to follow Jesus by practicing three important virtues: tolerance, hospitality, and not giving scandal.

Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:34

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B - 2018

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According to many Scripture Scholars ninety per cent of what Jesus taught was also taught by other Jewish rabbis.  But there are definitely some teachings that are unique to Jesus ...

Friday, 14 September 2018 18:59

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B - 2018

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If I ask anybody here if they love to experience pain, particularly physical pain, well I'd think you’re a masochist if you would ever say yes.

Saturday, 08 September 2018 13:15

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B - 2018

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The Gospel this Sunday has a beautiful healing story. Jesus heals a person who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech. In the Gospel, we are told that, unlike some of the miracles of Jesus, we see a ritual being performed here.

Saturday, 01 September 2018 10:32

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B - 2018

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There was an old woman who was very conscious about observing the “one-hour fast” before receiving communion. She went to Mass one Sunday noting the time she finished breakfast, which was shortly before she left the house.


Today’s Gospel reminds us that our faith journey can sometimes experience some serious challenges.  Jesus had said things about Himself and about eating His body and drinking His blood that a number of his followers could not accept.

Friday, 17 August 2018 12:34

20th Week in Ordinary Time - 2018

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The movie “Alive” which came out in 1993, featuring John Malcovich and Ethan Hawke, is about the Uruguayan Rugby Team whose plane crashed on the side of the Andes and a lot of their team mates died, together with the pilots and the flight attendants.

We have been reading from the Gospel of John for the past few weeks and the theme, ‘Jesus is the Bread of Life,’ is constantly recurring in these readings.

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 09:01

Feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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As a way of honouring St Mary of the Cross this morning, would you mind if I respond to those words by sharing with you some reflections on the mystery of the Cross?

Friday, 03 August 2018 18:40

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 2018

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Maybe once in a while we have met some people who seemed to have everything in life; a good house, a flash car, a high-paying job, manage to travel around the world at a moment’s notice but somehow there’s something that is missing.


Friday, 27 July 2018 19:15

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 2018

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In today’s gospel the story of Jesus’ feeding of the thousands that came to hear him preach is a story of a very different kind of miracle.


Friday, 20 July 2018 18:23

16th Week in Ordinary Time - 2018

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There is much talk in the Catholic Press these days about the up-coming Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia in 2020.  We are being reminded that it is an occasion for us to be renewed in our faith and to deepen our commitment to living out that faith.


Friday, 13 July 2018 18:54

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 2018

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We used to have a saying in the seminary, “God does not call the qualified, He qualifies those he called.” The first reading and the gospel for today tells us exactly that.

Saturday, 07 July 2018 10:34

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 2018

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Readings: Ezekiel 2:2-5, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Mark 6:1-6.

For it is when I am weak that I am strong

Fr Prakash Menezes SVD 150St Paul in today’s second reading makes this extra ordinary statement which sounds a bit weird to the modern ear. When we look around in the advertising world, the communication media, in the regular telecasts, broadcast, etc., weakness is something ‘not good.’ We are constantly bombarded with the image of strength, ‘macho’ physic, ‘need for speed,’ muscle strength and the idea that all this is ‘cool’; St Paul does sound weird! How can he make such a statement? How can we say, ‘When I am weak that I am strong’? 

When we read the second reading, we come across the quote, “My power is at its best in weakness.” Lord’s power works best, when we are weak. That is something to ponder over. 

When do I feel I am weak? The Gospel of today may be able to help us understand this a bit more. Jesus is in his hometown and he goes and teaches in the synagogue on a Sabbath day. It seems the townsfolk know Jesus through and through! Their remarks are amazing! How this weakling, ‘son of carpenter,’ can preach like this? How is he performing these miracles? As the followers of Jesus, we know how he is doing all this. Jesus is filled with God’s power and, whatever may be the weakness people see in Jesus, God’s power is at its best in him. 

The first reading of today, from prophet Ezekiel, affirms this further. The Israelites have begun to believe in their own strength and have forsaken God. They have not recognised God’s prophet among them, for he is considered weak. But God strengthens the prophet by filling him with the Spirit and sending him to the Israelites. In his weakness, God has made him strong.

What about us? Have we ever felt weak against the rejection of the people? Have we been told that we need to be strong always and being weak is ‘not cool’? I feel is it the other way around; being weak is to depend on God’s strength. It is holding on to God’s spirit even when we feel rejected. It is forgiving even when we struggle to forget. It is walking that extra mile, even when we know we will not be appreciated. It is turning the other cheek even when we know we will be treated badly. And this ‘weakness’ is the ‘strength.’ This strength can only come from God. We see that in Jesus, in prophet Ezekiel, in St Paul, in Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Oscar Romero, Mary Mackillop and in countless others who were not ‘macho’ in the eyes of the world, but strong in the presence and with the help of God. 

Let us continue to remember that our strength is not just physical. Being strong in the understanding of media and communications is not everything there is. We need to experience the weakness, so we can depend on the power of God. God’s power is at its best in our weakness.