Saint Stephen's Statue.

ST. STEPHEN'S

CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

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Saint Stephen's Building.
 

Don Raimondo Reflects

JESUS IS OUR FRIEND, WHO FORGIVES SINS…

Reflection For Monday of 2nd Week Of Advent

Once again Jesus is in the midst of Pharisees and the teachers of the law. We are not told what they are conversing about, though a curious detail says, “they have come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem”. It is important to note that Jesus never tires of instructing us. He goes about doing good and hence people from all walks of life throng to listen to him. Do we desire to listen to Jesus and hear his word? There is every need for us this period of advent to always be conscious of his presence in and around us. Let us cultivate the habit of listening to him especially in the silence of our hearts. “Be still and know that I am God” Ps 46:10. Because in the presence of Jesus there is healing and anointing always.

As the gospel continues to unfold, some men attempt to bring in a paralyzed man in a most auspicious manner – through the roof!!! Due to the crowd, the men found it difficult to come to Jesus through the normal route. However, nothing was going to deter them or break their resolve to get their friend to Jesus.

Brethren, we must appreciate the value of true friendship. We may wish to ask, what are friends for, if not for the inconvenience??? These men would not take any discouraging factor as an excuse not to lead their friend to God. What are the obstacle(s) that prevent us from coming to Jesus? Do your friends lead you to Jesus? Or do they lead you away from Jesus? How much love and commitment can we invest in our friends? When people are down, like the paralyzed, do we look down on them, or do we desire to get them back to their feet? Do we desire the growth and success of one another or we love the P.H.D (Pull Him/Her Down) syndrome? The friends of the paralytic used even unconventional means to get succour for their friend.

Jesus Friend Of SinnersWhen Jesus realized how much faith they had, he said “Man, your sins are forgiven”. This detail is very interesting.

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PREPARE A WAY FOR THE LORD

Reflection For 2nd Sunday Of Advent

John Baptist Tissot1Today’s liturgy presents us with the theme of preparing a way for the Lord. The Prophet Baruch heralds the good news to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who are grief stricken. The Babylonian captivity obviously had a devastating effect on the psyche of the people. They were like an aggrieved widow that had lost all she had, including family and children, to the brutality of her oppressors. The prophet Baruch proclaims that the period of mourning is over and it is time to take off the garment of sorrow and affliction, and put on the robe of righteousness from God. Jerusalem is soon to be crowned with a royal diadem.

Often times we are plagued by problems and sufferings in our personal and collective lives. The state of the nation and the attendant crises also weighs us down. We are often disillusioned and we wantonly break faith amidst the vicissitudes of life. How must we respond to situations like this?

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REFLECTION FOR THE 1ST SATURDAY OF ADVENT

Isaiah 30:19-21.23-26; Matthew 9:35-10:1.5.6-8

Prophet Isaiah emphatically says to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, “you shall weep no more”. (Is 30:19) The inhabitants of Jerusalem are bowed down in pain, desolation and anguish.The exile experience was not a very palatable one, but God who is merciful will give rain for the seed with which they will sow and their grains will produce rich and plentiful. This prophecy of Isaiah is very apt for us especially as we grapple with the vicissitudes of life – suffering, diseases, anguish and pain. Do we believe in God’s promises that we shall weep no more? He has seen our pains and struggles. He sees our fears, hopes and aspirations and He is a merciful God. He will heal us and heal our land. If we believe in God’s promises then we may wish to do away with our “filthy rags” of sin and vanity, and clothe ourselves with blessedness and righteousness.

Jesus love for UsIn the gospel, Jesus Christ continues to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom, and heals every infirmity.

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