Apr 12 2019

Pew Leaflet Easter Vigil 2019

REFLECTION FOR EASTER SUNDAY 2019

Allow us as your Church leadership to wish you and your loved ones “A blessed Easter”. Easter is the greatest and the most important feast in the Church. It marks the birthday of our eternal hope. "Easter" literally means "the feast of fresh flowers." We celebrate it with pride and jubilation for three reasons: 1. The resurrection of Christ is the basis of our Christian Faith. The Resurrection is the greatest of the miracles — it proves that Jesus is God. 2. Easter is the guarantee of our own resurrection. Jesus assured Martha at the tomb of Lazarus: “I am the Resurrection and the life; whoever believes in Me will live even though he dies” 3. Easter is a feast which gives us hope and encouragement.

In this world of pain, sorrows and tears, Easter reminds us that life is worth living. We are in truth called to be an "Easter people", because there are many Easter moments in our lives. It may be in prayer, when for a moment we really experience the love of God, especially having felt his absence, as we often do, like the disciples who experienced the emptiness of the tomb. It may be that moment when we are touched and given hope by a word of scripture – like the disciples on the road to Emmaus when their hearts were uplifted in joy and hope as the Lord opened up the scriptures to them. Or it may be a moment during the sacrament of confession, after we have acknowledged honestly our weakness and selfishness, our sinfulness and come to experience his forgiveness. Indeed, there are times in our lives when we know, through faith, that the times of calm after the storm, of joy after sorrow, of restored strength after weary days on our journey of faith, are truly times when we share in his paschal mystery. Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

Pew Leaflet – Easter Vigil -21 April 2019.pdf

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Apr 12 2019

Pew Leaflet Sunday 21 April 2019

REFLECTION FOR EASTER DAY 2019

Allow us as your Church leadership to wish you and your loved ones “A blessed Easter”. Easter is the greatest and the most important feast in the Church. It marks the birthday of our eternal hope. "Easter" literally means "the feast of fresh flowers." We celebrate it with pride and jubilation for three reasons: 1. The resurrection of Christ is the basis of our Christian Faith. The Resurrection is the greatest of the miracles — it proves that Jesus is God. 2. Easter is the guarantee of our own resurrection. Jesus assured Martha at the tomb of Lazarus: “I am the Resurrection and the life; whoever believes in Me will live even though he dies” 3. Easter is a feast which gives us hope and encouragement.

In this world of pain, sorrows and tears, Easter reminds us that life is worth living. We are in truth called to be an "Easter people", because there are many Easter moments in our lives. It may be in prayer, when for a moment we really experience the love of God, especially having felt his absence, as we often do, like the disciples who experienced the emptiness of the tomb. It may be that moment when we are touched and given hope by a word of scripture – like the disciples on the road to Emmaus when their hearts were uplifted in joy and hope as the Lord opened up the scriptures to them. Or it may be a moment during the sacrament of confession, after we have acknowledged honestly our weakness and selfishness, our sinfulness and come to experience his forgiveness. Indeed, there are times in our lives when we know, through faith, that the times of calm after the storm, of joy after sorrow, of restored strength after weary days on our journey of faith, are truly times when we share in his paschal mystery. Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

Pew Leaflet – Easter Sunday -21 April 2019.pdf

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Apr 12 2019

Pew Leaflet Sunday 14 April 2019

REFLECTION FOR PALM SUNDAY 2019

The Church across the world celebrates today as both Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday. It is on Palm Sunday that we enter Holy Week, and welcome Jesus into our lives, asking Him to allow us a share in his suffering, death and Resurrection. This is also the time we remember and relive the events which brought about our redemption and salvation.

That is why the Holy Week liturgy presents us with the actual events of the dying and rising of Jesus. As we process, wave our palms and sing our “hosanna’s”, I am left with some important questions I would want to share for your own reflection: Are we willing to follow Jesus, not just to Church but in our daily life? Are we willing to entrust ourselves to Him even when the future is frightening or confusing, believing God has a plan? Are we willing to serve Him until that day when His plan for us on earth is fulfilled? These are the tough questions of Palm Sunday for me to reflect on. Let us take a fresh look at this familiar event. We might be surprised at what we see. It could change us forever.

Pew Leaflet – Palm Sunday -14 April 2019.pdf

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Apr 05 2019

Pew Leaflet Sunday 7 April 2019

REFLECTION FOR THE 5th SUNDAY IN LENT 2019

In the Gospel reading, Mary is not bothered about people’s opinions or comments on her act. Because what matters most, to her is to show her thankfulness to her Saviour who has accepted, loved and valued her life. He has come to save her from the snares of sin and to give her life of fullness and worth through His sacrifice on the Cross. Mary shows a beautiful way of worship. A heart of worship is all about pouring out praises to our King. It’s about fully surrendering our lives to Him. It’s not about us but about Him. It’s about focusing on Him, diving fully into the sweetness of His presence forgetting and ignoring our surroundings, our circumstances and people’s opinions about us.

When we wholeheartedly pour out our praises to Him, the fragrance of our love and devotion fills our surroundings. The best way of worship is the one that most genuinely represents your love for God. Just the way Mary did. She genuinely showed her love to her Saviour by offering everything she had. In the same way, we have to pour out the praises of our hearts to Him keeping nothing behind. We must surrender our lives fully to Him. We must break the alabaster box of our lives to show our sacrifice, service, and surrender to our King. Let us give our best offering to Him holding nothing back but pouring out every single drop of our costly perfume at His feet. Let the fragrance of our love for Him arise for His glory.

Pew Leaflet – Lent 5 -7 April 2019.pdf

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Mar 22 2019

Pew Leaflet Sunday 24 March 2019

REFLECTION FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY IN LENT 2019

This week the readings move us very powerfully from last week’s theme, into a “next step”. Last week, we were challenged to recognise that faith, on one level, is not a protection from the world’s woes, but rather, it is a call to take up the cross, and embrace God’s life even when we must suffer to do so. On another level, though, we were invited to celebrate that faith does lead us into a life that is deeper, richer and more meaningful than one of faithlessness. This week, we are taken one step further – we are to reject the idea that suffering is God’s punishment for sin, and blessing (or the avoidance of suffering) God’s reward. Rather, we are called to recognize our own need of God’s mercy and grace, and to respond by “bearing fruit” – manifesting the life of God’s reign and bringing grace and mercy into the world. This week we are shocked out of our complacency and challenged to be more determined in our commitment to follow Christ, even as we are assured of the gifts of God’s presence and God’s provision to fulfil our calling.

Sacredise

Pew Leaflet – Lent 3 – 24 March 2019.pdf

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