-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

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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

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

32nd SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B)

Reflections for November are by Bishop Luis Secco, Bishop of Willemstad, Curacao  Biography of Mgr Luis Antonio SeccoSDB

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Mark 12: 38-44

The Gospel text of this Sunday presents two opposing but connected facts: on the one hand it seems to follow what Jesus has just pronounced in the temple (Mk 12, 35-40) and has raised many questions among the Scribes and Pharisees: about the resurrection, the taxes to pay to Caesar, the greatest commandment… Continue reading

Sunday 1st November 2015 – Solemnity of All Saints

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

Gospel Meditation - Mt 5: 1-12a

 The solemnity of All Saint offers us the opportunity to meditate and deepen the opening part of the Beatitudes. The Liturgy of the Solemnity of All Saints has chosen this Gospel of the “Beatitudes”, because the Saints are the ones that have lived this “happiness” in a sublime way in spite of all difficulties or challenges they have gone through.

Jesus starts with calling “happy” and “blessed”, those that make the Kingdom of God possible and present in our world. How can we make it present? Continue reading

Sunday 25th October 2015 Gospel Meditation for 30th Sunday of the year.

Reflections for October are by Archbishop David Macaire, Archbishop of Fort-de-France, Martinique

Readings: Jr. 31,7-9; He 5,1-6; mk 10, 46-52

But what did Bartimeus desire?

It is evident: Bartimeus wanted to see! And it is thus that he responded to Jesus’ question: “What do you want me to do for you?” But if Jesus asks this question which seems so evident, it is because there is another response that is deeper and more beautiful.

What Bartimeus wants is for God to have pity on him, in other words: he wants happiness. Continue reading