Tag Archive | Pentecost

The Holy Spirit: The life of the Church

Homily for Pentecost Sunday year C 2013 When I was in the seminary in Melbourne, I was once appointed as the Chapel Convenor, which means I had to look after the day to day celebrations of the Liturgy, making Rosters for liturgical celebrations and setting up for big religious events. Part of it was to […]

Pentecost: Empowering the Church

 Pentecost B 2012 We might say that the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples liberated them from their fear and transformed them into apostles, men with a mission. Not for nothing do we say that this feast marks the birthday of the Church. Let’s look more closely at what today’s readings tell us. […]

Homily for Trinity Sunday 2011

Today’s solemnity is one of those many elements of the mystery of our Christian faith that is very hard to explain. Yet it is the core of our being baptised Christian, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. It is quite hard and a big challenge to try […]

Reflection for PENTECOST SUNDAY 2011

Today is popularly known as the Birthday of the Church, but this is actually a very weak analogy. The more proper term to encapsulate today’s solemnity is the ‘epiphany of the Church’ as Pope Pius XII hinted in his encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi. This is so because, our tradition tells us that the Church was born with […]

Homily for Ascension Sunday (4 June 2011)

 Two weeks ago, a certain leader of  a religious sect in America predicted that the world would end at 6 o’clock, on the 21st of May 2011. I was supposed to be in the parish by then to serve as deacon over the weekend. I sent my apology that I couldn’t make it not because I believe […]