MASS SCHEDULES

Thursday, 31 October 2019

  • 8.00 pm (No 6.00 pm Mass)

Friday, 1 November 2019

  • 6.30 am
  • 6.00 pm
  • 8.00 pm

All Masses will be in the Main Church

 

2 November 2019

  • 6.30 am

Blessing of the Columbarium will take place after the Mass. Mass will be held in the Main Church.

  • 6:30 am
  • 6:00 pm
  • 9:00 am (Public Holiday only)
  • 6:30 am
  • 5:00 pm (Novena)
  • 6:00 pm (Sunset Mass)
  • 6:45 am
  • 8:00 am (Mandarin)
  • 9:45 am
  • 11:30 am
  • 2:00 pm (Tagalog – First Sunday only)
  • 5:30 pm

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

October 11, 2019

Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God? (Luke 17:18)

Today’s readings feature two foreigners suffering from leprosy: Naaman, the army commander of the king of Aram, and a man from Samaria. Both were miraculously healed by the God of Israel—Naaman, through the prophet Elisha, and the Samaritan, by Jesus. And both recognized it: Naaman pledged not to offer sacrifice “to any other god except to the Lord” (2 Kings 5:17), and the Samaritan was the only one of his company to return to thank Jesus (Luke 17:15). Both stories contrast these foreigners’ faith with the complacency of God’s people.

These readings underscore the truth that God is the God of all the nations, not just of Israel. Even in the Old Testament, foreigners sometimes acknowledged Israel’s God as their own. When Jesus was preaching in his hometown of Nazareth, he pointed out that God had chosen not the “insiders,” but Naaman and the widow in Zarephath to whom he sent his prophets (Luke 4:25-27). In a similar way, Jesus praised the faith of the Samaritan who returned to thank him. It seems that God sometimes uses outsiders to shake up the people on the inside who may have grown complacent about their faith.

God can still use people on the periphery to open our eyes and give us a different perspective. For example, a person who comes to Mass for the first time may have lots of questions. As someone who has been attending Mass for years, you might have taken such rituals and prayers for granted. But now you dig a little deeper to learn more about the liturgy. Or suppose you become friendly with a Christian from another tradition who isn’t shy about praying with people. He might show you how to be bolder in prayer.

We can all benefit from a different perspective. So get to know people outside your normal circles. God just might have something important to show you through them.

Jesus, thank you for all the people who help me to grow in my faith.

Meditations  13 October 2019 ~ The Word Among Us

Bible

We are merely servants; we have done no more than our duty