13 Sunday C - Radicality of Discipleship

Fr. Jude Botelho:

The first reading is from the first book of Kings and tells us of the calling of the prophet Elisha. The prophet Elijah was asked to anoint Elisha to succeed him. As Elijah comes across Elisha ploughing his field, he passes his mantle on to Elisha who is ready to follow him but wishes first to bid his parents goodbye and asks permission to do so. Elijah appears to respond harshly. “What have I done to you? Go back.” Elisha gets the message. Nothing should come in the way of answering God’s call and leaving all behind he follows Elijah and becomes his servant. We cannot set any terms and conditions in following God.

Corpus Christi - Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus

Fr. Jude Botelho:
The first reading from the book of Proverbs extols the creative power of God in the wonders of the Universe. As we contemplate God's handiwork ranging from sky to sea, we can't help but reaffirm our faith in God's power. We become especially aware of his presence in our lives as we sometimes are confronted by disorder and chaos; when we are caught up in disasters and accidents and yet miraculously saved. What is said of the wisdom of God could be applicable to us as well. "When he established the heavens I was there ... I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world." We may doubt it but we are always in the mind of God. He is the Creator-God, the Father-God, who delights in us, His children.

Fathers' Day 2019

From Fr. Tony Kadavil's Collection:

1: “Have you ever seen a saint praying?”  St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Teresa of Avila have their own stories about the influence their fathers had on their lives as role models. The Little Flower used to ask an innocent question of her first grader classmates: “Have you ever seen a saint praying?”  She would add: “If you haven’t, come to my house in the evening.  You will see my dad on his knees in his room with outstretched arms, praying for us, his children, every day.”  She states in one of her letters from the convent: “I have never seen or heard or experienced anything displeasing to Jesus in my family.” In the final year of her high school studies, St. Teresa of Avila was sent by her father (against her will), to a boarding house conducted by nuns. Her father took action at the moment he discovered bad books and yellow magazines hidden in her box. These had been supplied to Teresa by her spoiled friend and classmate, Beatrice.   St. Teresa later wrote as the Mother Superior: “But for that daring and timely action of my father, I would have ended up in the streets, as a notorious woman.” Father’s Day challenges Christian Fathers to be role models to their children. ( )

Holy Trinity 2019

Fr. Jude Botelho:

The Sundial
A missionary from Africa, on his home-leave, came across a beautiful sundial. He thought to himself, “That sundial would be ideal for my villagers in Africa. I could use it to teach them to tell the time of the day.” The missionary bought the sundial, crated it and took it back to Africa. When the village chief saw it, he insisted that it be set up in the centre of the village. The villagers were thrilled with the sundial. They had never seen something so beautiful in their lives. They were even more thrilled when they learned how it worked. The missionary was delighted by everyone’s response to his sundial. He was totally unprepared for what happened a few days later. The people of the village got together and built a roof over the sundial to protect it from the rain and the sun! Well, I think the sundial is a lot like the Holy Trinity, and we Christians are a lot like the African villagers. The most beautiful revelation of our faith is the teaching about the Holy Trinity, namely, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. But instead of putting the teaching to work in our daily lives, we have built a roof over it, just as the villagers did over their sundial. For many of us the Trinity seems of little practical value, when it comes to our daily lives. We treat it more like an ornament of our faith. 
Mark Link in ‘Sunday Homilies’

Pentecost 2019

Fr. Jude Botelho:

The first reading begins with the apostles huddled in the upper room after the death of their Master fearful that His fate might be their own. Suddenly they hear what sounds like a powerful wind, it fills the whole room, they see tongues of fire resting on each of them and they receive the gift of speech. The coming of the Spirit breaks all barriers filling the world with God's presence. The tongues of fire remind us of the tongues of fire that were seen when God made a covenant with Moses at Mount Sinai. That was the first covenant made by God with his chosen people. Pentecost is the new covenant made by the Spirit with the new people of God, His Church. A sign of this covenant is the gift of speech, the gift of communication, the gift of being able to express oneself and be understood in one's own language. The language understood by all is the language of the spirit, the language of love. Whereas Babel was man's effort to reach God that led to confusion, Pentecost is God's initiative reaching out through one another leading to unity and understanding