Theme: Follow Jesus, Listen to Him, And Feast with Him
The Gospel and the first reading of this Sunday talk about feasting. Jesus, in the Gospel, provides more than enough food to all those who followed him and listened to his teaching. In the first reading, God invites the people of Israel to feast with Him without cost. Today at this Mass, as at each celebration of the Eucharist we attend, we come to respond to God’s invitation like the people of Israel in the first reading, and we come to follow Jesus, to listen to him and to feast with him like the crowd in the Gospel. Each celebration of the Eucharist is a feast day with our Lord. This feast, the Holy Communion, gives us joy and strengthens our personal relationship with Jesus. Thus, strengthened by the Eucharist, nothing can separate us from this tremendous love with Christ as Saint Paul says in ... READ MORE
Theme: Are You in the Kingdom of Heaven Right Now?
For three Sundays in a row, we have been hearing a set of parables in the Gospel of Saint Matthew. Before last Sunday, we heard the parable of the sower whose seeds fell on four different types of soils. We learned that to avoid that the birds eat up the Word of God in us, and that anxieties or sufferings nor riches chock our relationship with Jesus, we must have time for God, we must follow God even if it costs us to take up our cross, and also God must be our first priority. Only in this way, we can be like the rich soil which produces much fruits. On last Sunday, it was the parable of the weed and wheat (shorter form of the Gospel). The master sowed the wheat but at night the enemy, the evil one, sowed the weed in the same place. Unlike the servants who wanted to pull out the bad seed, the master allowed both good and bad plants to grow together until the harvest time. As to say, God gives you a second chance and asks you to do the same to your fellow human without judging anyone. The Gospel of today sets out three other parables regarding the kingdom of heaven.
To better understand the parables of this Sunday, we must first understand their keyword “kingdom of heaven”. The goal of Jesus in this Gospel is to ... READ MORE