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Homily for Christmas Midnight Mass 2011

Christmas Midnight Mass  2011 There is a quote that I really liked on my Facebook wall: Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.’ St Luke must have this in mind as he wrote the gospel. And tonight’s gospel on the birth of our Lord according to Luke is no exception. Luke narrates […]

‘Let my Spirit rejoice’ Mary sings…

Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent 2011 Can trust you with a secret? I have a confession to make. I love watching the TV programs called ‘Undercover Boss’, and ‘The Secret Millionaire’. I am always captivated by the idea of a boss or a millionaire going out of their own comfort zones and go […]

Behind the 12 Days of Christmas

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled us. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge that won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas? From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practise their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this […]

Be happy with God: Homily for 3rd Sunday of Advent 2011

3rd Sunday of Advent 2011 This morning I read this terrible news from Cebu in the Philippines about an armed robbery. Three pawnshop tellers were just starting their morning duty when two armed men   arrived and began shooting the victims. One of the tellers was killed and the others were injured. The robbers then took […]

Coincidence: An event when God chooses to remain ‘anonymous’

A friend sent me on email this beautiful and very moving story which reminds us how God works in and through everyone of us for a purpose…a beautiful story of reconciliation and reunion.  A new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn, arrived in early October excited about their opportunities. […]

Prepare the Way of the Lord: 2nd Sunday of Advent

Homily on the Second Sunday of Advent  2011 I have always been nicknamed as ‘Junior’, ‘Junjun’, ‘Jun’ by many people who know me. However when I came to Australia in 2007, the then Bishop of Sandhurst, the late Bishop Joseph ‘Joe’ Grech asked me what name should I prefer to be called.  I said, ‘Junjun’ […]