Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday
This is a day in which we pause to reflect on the mercies that flow from God to us; a day in which we thank and glorify God for his mercies endure forever.
Palm Sunday is the last Sunday in Lent and the beginning of the most Holy Week in the Christian calendar, when we commemorate the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Holy Week is a week of no swearing, no quarrels, no hatred or hurtful […]
In the Gospel, Jesus used the occasion of a Jewish festival to announce that the moment of his glorification, through which he would seal the new covenant that included all of humanity, had arrived. For Jesus, his death on the cross was his glorification, for the cross was his throne.
When we allow the Light of God’s forgiveness to shine in our lives, it brightens up every corner, forgives every sin, restores our relationship with God, and renews our lives. Whoever follows Jesus will not walk in darkness. We will experience the joy and peace of sins forgiven, of new attitudes and of new relationships with God, family and friends. Jesus’ Light of truth, justice, holiness, and charity shining in our lives is meant to bring blessing to others.
The first Reading taken from the book of Exodus, (Ex 20:1-17), presented us with the Ten Commandments of God. These commandments should be seen within the context of the relationship the Lord had developed with the people of Israel. The Lord called the ancestor of […]
During Jesus’ prayer with his disciple on the mountain, Jesus allowed his divinity to become manifest. Suddenly, the disciples felt the glory Jesus had with the Father before the foundation of the world, (Jn 17:5). Jesus’ face became dazzling white as Moses’ face shone when he communed with God on the mountain, (Ex 34:29-30, 35).
Lent is a time for a new beginning; it is a time for us to put God first again in our lives by avoiding vices and choosing virtue. Lent is a time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving should elicit a change of heart in us and help us to renew our baptismal covenant with God, for God is a covenantal God.
In the Gospel, (Mk 1:40-45), a leper came up to Jesus and pleaded with him to cure him. His plea, “’If you want to’” was an act of faith and a cry from the heart; a recognition that it was the Lord that would restore him to wholeness. In search of this wholeness, the leper broke the taboo that was imposed on him not to communicate with the members of the community until he has been declared cured by a priest.