Reflections of the Day
Sunday Bible Reflections ~ 25 June 2017
12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father. (Matthew 10:33)

Most of Jesus?words are encouraging and inspiriing. But occasionally, he says something that shakes up. For example, Jesus told us that our righteousness had better not be like that of the Pharisees, or we will not get into heaven (Matthew 5:20). He told us that unless we eat his Body and drink his Blood, we will not have eternal life (John 6:54). He even said, “Woe to you who are rich?(Luke 6:24).

Of course Jesus is a God of mercy and love. But today’s Gospel is one of those seemingly harsh messages that us worry about our eternal happiness. What are we supposed to do with statements lilke these?

Let’s look at St. Peter. He, the “Rock?of the Church, denied that he even knew Jesus! But rather than scolding Peter or saying, “I am going to deny you before my Father, ?Jesus simply asked Peter, “Do you love me??(John 21:15, 16, 17). He knew that Peter felt deep remorse. He knew that Peter had wept bitter tears of sadness over his weakness. So Jesus?question was clearly an invitation to reconciliation.

In a similar way, Jesus knows that we are all weak. He knows that we all betray him in one way or another. And he treats us just as he treated Peter.

The key to understanding this un-settling passage from the Gospel is this: Where is your heart? Peter loved Jesus. He wanted nothing more than to serve Jesus. He wasn’t a coward. He was just a human being, and human beings can be overcome by fear and temptation at times.

So for Peter, as well as for all of us, this is the important distinction: Are you a sinner who doesn’t know how to love God? Or are you a lover of God who falls into sin? Peter was a lover of God. So were all the other apostles who fled at Jesus?arrest. They may have failed Jesus at that moment, but Jesus never failed them. And he won’t fail us!


Mediations, 25 June 2017 ~ The Word Among Us


We Pray:
Jesus, I love you. Teach me to remain steadfast.
Parish News
 Priests' Retreat ~ 3 - 7 July

No morning and evening Masses during this period. The Eucharistic Ministers will hold Communion Services during the priests?absence daily at 6.30 am and 6.00 pm.

 


 RCIA (Chinese)

RCIA (Chinese) will commence a new journey on Monday 19 June 2017 at 7.45 pm. Register at the Parish office. For details, contact Ida at 9006 2037 or email: chuascho@yahoo.com

 


 RCIA (English)

RCIA (English) will begin a new journey on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 at 7.45pm. Volunteers are needed to assist in this upcoming journey. Registration forms for Inquirers and Volunteers are available in the parish office and RCIA notice board. Call Gregory @ 8444 5505 or email rciaht@gmail.com for details.

 


 Music Appreciation & Potluck Nite

Saturday, 1 July, 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall. Come for an evening of fellowship with music, dance and food.

 


 Visit to Villa Francis Home

The Evergreen Ministry is organizing the visit and the Home has a wish list of items. Those who wish to donate, kindly obtain the wish list from Evergreen members at the Church foyer. Cash donations will not be accepted. Collection of gifts will be on 1 and 2 July. Approach any Evergreen member for more details.

 


 PRE Booster - Saturday, 19 August 2017

PRE Booster - Saturday, 19 August 2017, 9.00 am to 3.00 pm @ Parish Hall. PRE is organising a Day of Recollection for all who have attended the 4 days PRE programme. A refresher to why we want to continue living the Catholic faith. Sign up early to secure a place at the PRE Know Your Ministry booth between 7.30am to 1.00 pm on Feast Day, 11 June, 2nd Level, Room 12.

 


 Lift Upgrading

The Lift Upgrading project is completed. We thank all parishioners for their patience and cooperation.

 


 Catechism Sessions

Semester 1 will end on the weekend of 27 & 28 May. Sessions will resume on the weekend of 1 & 2 July 2017.

 


 Who's cooking this week

The Neocatechumenal Way Ministry will be serving the usual fare for breakfast on Sunday, 25 June.

 


 Please like our new Facebook Page!

We have launched our church's facebook page. Please like our facebook page and help spread the word with friends and fellow parishioners.

 


 

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