Feed the Hunger for God with his Word: Cardinal Tagle to CBF Execs

From Mike James –Catholic Standard 18November 2016

Cardinal Luis Tagle of the Philippines, President of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) has called on the Executive Committee and the Regional Coordinators from across the 5 continents of the only world-wide institution of the Roman Catholic Church dedicated primarily to Biblical Pastoral Ministry to help awake and “respond to the great hunger of people around the world for the Word of God in their lives” in a spirit of generous “sharing of gifts from the Lord”. Continue reading

Passion for the Word of God and a Biblical Culture at Bishops’ ABP Encounter

By Mike James – Catholic Standard 29th January 2016

Thirty-five diocesan delegates from across the Caribbean cele-brated and reaffirmed their “Passion” for the Word of God and commitment to a “Biblical Culture” at their Biblical Anima-tion of all Pastoral Life (ABP) Evaluation and Planning Encounter at St. John Vianney Seminary 22-24 January 2016 on the theme “THE 72 DISCIPLES RETURNED FULL OF JOY” (LK 10:17)” Continue reading

-27th December, THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH – CYCLE C

Reflections for December are by Bishop Burchell McPherson, Bishop of Montego Bay, Jamaica

Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28; St. John 3: 1-2, 21-24; Luke 2: 41-52

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, which we are celebrating today is the last liturgical Feast of this calendar year. At the heart of the three readings is the family with special emphasis on children. At this time of year when families are re-united and as we celebrate The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we reflect on what it is to be a family. The family is the basic unit of our society and the Church. It is in the family that we first learn to communicate, and that we learn what is good and bad. It is in the family that we learn what love is because it is in the family that we first receive love. It is in the family that we first learn to forgive and to pray. It is in the family that we first learn about God and Jesus and Our Lady. Continue reading

REFLECTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS MASS DURING THE DAY

Reflections for December are by Bishop Burchell McPherson, Bishop of Montego Bay, Jamaica

Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18

 A very happy and Holy Christmas everyone! May the joy and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be always in your hearts as it is today. For today, we have seen the glory of Jesus in the Church, in the world, in our families, and everywhere we look we see people joyfully celebrating the fulfillment of the promise of God the Father to send a Redeemer into the world. Continue reading

December 20th, 2015 – THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT – CYCLE C

Reflections for December are by Bishop Burchell McPherson, Bishop of Montego Bay, Jamaica

Micah 5:1-4; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

On this last Sunday of Advent, the gospel tells the story of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth must have felt the need to speak with someone because her husband Zechariah could not speak, and it was a big comfort to see her cousin Mary who came to help her out. Mary stayed three months until John was born. Mary brought a comforting presence to her cousin Elizabeth. She brought companionship and friendship. Continue reading

December 13th, 2015 – THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – CYCLE C

Reflections for December are by Bishop Burchell McPherson, Bishop of Montego Bay, Jamaica

Zephaniah 3:14-18a; Isiah 12; 2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18

Today is Gaudete Sunday or the Sunday of Rejoicing. As St. Paul reminds the Philippians, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!” (1 Phil. 4:4). The same invitation to rejoice is contained in the first reading. In today’s Second Reading, we hear Paul encouraging his community to a peace that surpasses our understanding, because the “Lord is near.”  We can rejoice, because Jesus has fulfilled the promise of God to come, see and lovingly conquer. Continue reading

December 6th 2015. SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – CYCLE C

Reflections for December are by Bishop Burchell McPherson, Bishop of Montego Bay, Jamaica

BIO DATA – Bishop McPherson

Baruch 5:1-9; Psalms 126:1-6; Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6

Over the next two weeks John the Baptist takes centre stage. In our Sunday liturgies we will not see or hear Jesus’s name until he is lying in a manger in Bethlehem. John the Baptist appears today announcing the coming of “the salvation of God.” What we hear now is the simple statement that someone special is coming. John is forcefully inviting people to a cleansing baptism as a preparation for the Lord’s arrival. John is preaching a baptism of repentance. Baptism itself is a purification ritual and John is inviting people to be purified from the unholy things in their lives. Continue reading

GOSPEL MEDITATION First Sunday of Advent (C)

Reflections for November are by Bishop Luis Secco, Bishop of Willemstad, Curacao

(Lk. 21:25-28.34-36)

Brothers and sisters, the first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year, but also a season of grace, a time of hope and joy preparing for the coming of Jesus, our Savior.

However, this Gospel of St. Luke, which we meditate on this Sunday, is presented in a special apocalyptic way with corresponding terrible events like the signs of the moon and stars…. men dying of fear…. the powers of heaven will be shaken (vv. 25-26). But finally all these happenings prepare the central event that is the coming of the Son of Man with power and great glory. Continue reading

Sunday 22 November 2015 Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Reflections for November are by Bishop Luis Secco, Bishop of Willemstad, Curacao

Gospel Meditation    John 18: 33b-37

The Gospel for the solemnity of Christ the King helps us to reflect and direct our attention on the dialogue between Jesus and Pilate; it is about two different and even opposing dimensions of kingship and regality. “Just as light has nothing in common with darkness… so the kingdom of God and a kingdom of sin cannot co-exist” (Origen). Continue reading

33rd SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B)

Reflctions for November are by Bishop Luis Secco, Bishop of Willemstad, Curacao

Mark 13: 24-32

We are approaching the end of the Liturgical Year and evangelist Mark offers us an impressive image of Jesus: the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

The Gospel of this Sunday presents us in an apocalyptic way, the end of the human history and on that moment the whole humanity is called to an encounter with our Master Jesus. It is a manifestation of the “Lordship” of Jesus that we are going to celebrate next Sunday (Solemnity of Christ the King). He has conquered evil and has definitely submitted the whole power of death by His Resurrection. Continue reading