Forgiveness is an Act of Freedom

09-13-2020Weekly ReflectionFr. Arul Doss

Dear Friends,

I wish you all a bilateral Labor Day (7th Sept), Feast of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (8th Sept) and the Most Holy Name of Mary (12th Sept). I prayed for you all specially during these days.

Last Sunday, the liturgy of the word of God reminded us of the importance of reconciliation through fraternal dialogue and mutual love. In this 24th Sunday, it invites us to reflect on forgiveness. It is a very important element of reconciliation. It is the central message of today’s first and gospel readings.

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Reconciliation

09-06-2020Weekly ReflectionFr. Arul Doss

Dear People Of God,

In this twenty third Sunday of ordinary time, the liturgy of word of God reminds us of our responsibility towards one another. Most importantly, it reminds us that dialogue and mutual love is the best method of to promote reconciliation.

In the first reading, God reminds us through Prophet Ezekiel, that we have a responsibility towards one another. This is especially, with regards to counseling and warning others of the consequences of their actions in order to save them. It takes love to warn, counsel or advice someone. So, we are to do this with love. It is our duty to speak out, counsel, and even warn our brothers and sisters, children, friends and relatives when they are missing their path.

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Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him.

08-30-2020Weekly ReflectionFr. Arul Doss

Dear Brothers and Sisters of my three parishes,

I am very glad to meet you again through this message.

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mt 16:24).

The liturgy of word of God in this 22nd Sunday encourages us to overcome all our obstacles in order to offer ourselves completely to Christ. Hence, all the readings lean towards total submission and conformity to Christ.

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Upon this rock I will build my church

08-23-2020Weekly ReflectionFr. Arul Doss

Dear People of God,

“And so, I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 16:18-19)
In today’s Gospel we read, Jesus gives the keys to the kingdom of heaven to Peter one of His Apostles. What moves Jesus to give keys to this disciple? We already know Peter as someone who is rather quick and rash in his judgement.

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God's Mercy

08-16-2020Weekly ReflectionFr. Arul Doss

Dear People of God,

God’s mercy is for all. God’s mercy to entire humanity without borders is one of the themes running through all three readings this Sunday. It simply means that every one of us has equal opportunity of the mercy of God if we respond accordingly to His invitation. Therefore, all the readings of this Sunday present to us a God whose mercy is not the sole or exclusive right of any individual or particular group.

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Faith over Fear

08-09-2020Weekly ReflectionFr. Arul Doss

Dear People of God,

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!

The Liturgy of the word of God gives us a wonderful message. We fear in our lives about some thing especially in this pandemic time. In fear we forget who we are, we lose contact with our source of strength and with that which sustains us. May our Jesus Christ always dispel our fears with a touch of His hands and strengthen always our little faith.

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Thirsting for God's Love

08-02-2020Weekly ReflectionFr. Arul Doss

Dear People of our three Parishes.

I express my hearty thanks for your good response to our Reunite, Rebuild and Rejoice appeal.

In the readings of Eighteenth Sunday, we meet both physical and spiritual hunger. For sure we must eat physical food to go on living. Of course, We need to eat and cannot live just on spiritual longings. On the other hand, many people get so caught up in their physical desires and needs that they effectively block spiritual hunger for long periods of time in their lives. Some people would even claim never to have had spiritual hunger.

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