Advent 1 Sunday A - Stay Awake

Fr. Jude Botelho:

Dear Friend,
We spend much of our time waiting. We wait for a job, we wait for healing, we wait for the dawn, and we wait in queues for buses and trains. We wait for purchases we make, and we wait for surfing the internet. Sometimes waiting can be boring and frustrating, at other times waiting can be exciting and hopeful, especially when we know what we are waiting for. Have we waited for God? Are we ready to wait for Him? Are we prepared to wait for a long time until He comes? Have an eager and exciting weekend awaiting Him! - Fr. Jude

Christ The King - 34th Sunday C

Fr. Jude Botelho:

In the first reading from the Book of Samuel we hear that though David was anointed King, the northern tribes later acknowledged him as their king. Thus David became king of a united country. His kingship prefigured the universal kingship of Christ. The Church chose this passage not to let us know of a historical event, how David became king, but to stress two important qualities of Christ the King: Firstly, that Jesus our King is “one of us.” We are “your flesh and blood.” Secondly, that Christ is king not of just two of the twelve tribes, not of one nation but of all mankind.
Charles Miller in ‘Sunday preaching’

33rd Sunday C - Fighting Back or Falling back

Fr. Jude Botelho:

The community during prophet Malachi's time found it difficult to distinguish right from wrong anymore, since the faithless seemed to prosper and the faithful made to suffer more. Their frustration led them to wonder whether serving God was worthwhile. Malachi insists that evildoers will be punished on the Day of the Lord and the just will be the special possession of the Lord.  Their names will be written in the Book of remembrance. The righteous could look forward to vindication, healing, and the warmth of God's faithful love towards them. The just need to hold on and persevere in their faith, for God's justice will triumph and vindicate them.

32nd Sunday C - Mystery of Resurrection

From Fr. Jude Botelho:

The context of today’s first reading is the persecution by King Antiochus of the Jews because of their fidelity to their religion. In the past, the abstention from eating pork characterized one of the religious practices of the Jews. They were persecuted and forced to eat pork in public. In today’s reading we see the powerful witness that a family gives as they prefer to die rather than go against their faith. The motto of the religious Jew was: Death rather than going against God’s precepts and commandments. Their brave mother consoles and encourages her seven sons to go to their death rather than betray God. This is one of the first expressions in the Old Testament of belief in the personal resurrection.

Cockroach - Our Reactions

Sunder Pichai-Cockroach Theory -Don’t miss to read

A beautiful speech by Sundar Pichai - an IIT-MIT Alumnus and Global Head Google Chrome:

The Broken Cutlery at the Store and Insurance

I was at the grocery store this morning and heard a loud crash and something shattering. Being nosy, I walked towards the sound and saw some people whispering and looking back to the end of the next aisle. When I walked down that aisle, I saw an older lady had hit a shelf containing dishes with her cart and many had fallen to the ground and broke. She was kneeling on the floor embarrassed, frantically picking up the shattered pieces, while her husband was peeling off the bar code from each broken dish saying “Now we will have to pay for all this!”