Reflections

Abiding with Jesus through the Eucharist

posted Aug 17, 2018, 7:43 AM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Aug 17, 2018, 7:44 AM ]

19 August 2018 ( 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME )

Abiding with Jesus through the Eucharist
Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel are among the most controversial and cause many of his followers to leave him. He said “I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.” Jesus also said “In all truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in that person.” Indeed, today’s verses points out Jesus’ literal meaning regarding the eating and drinking of his own body and blood. The Catholic doctrine of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist, embodied by a complete transformation of bread and wine, is confirmed in biblical text. As sincere followers of Christ, do we have a proper appreciation and reverence towards the precious gift of the Eucharist?

The Source of My Strength and Salvation

posted Aug 9, 2018, 10:45 PM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Aug 9, 2018, 10:46 PM ]

12 August 2018 ( 19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME )

The Source of My Strength and Salvation
When surrounded by powerful foes and faced with imminent death, it’s not difficult to know the real meaning of fear. Take a look at Prophet Elijah. Despite performing spectacular miracles, including calling down fire from heaven to burn an offering, Elijah became afraid of Queen Jezebel who vowed to avenge the deaths of the prophets of Baal. Elijah fled for his life and lamented to God that “he have had enough”. God protected Elijah, and provided him with instructions on who to anoint as King of Syria and King of Israel, and who to succeed him as Prophet. Today’s Gospel reading reminds us to seek and do God’s will for us; accept Jesus and his sacrificial death on the cross as atonement for our sins. St Paul urge us as he did the Ephesians; as God has forgiven us in Christ, readily forgive and be generous to others. Let us take Christ as our model of Holiness, living life in love, peace and self-control. If we strive to abide in Christ here on earth, so will we abide in His presence in Paradise after the end of our days.

Jesus is the Bread of Life

posted Aug 2, 2018, 8:31 PM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Aug 2, 2018, 8:32 PM ]

5 August 2018 ( 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME )

Jesus is the Bread of Life
Jesus was extremely popular, having performed miraculous wonders and taught spiritual truths with authority. After feeding a crowd of 5,000 with only 5 loaves and 2 fishes, and walking on the waters of a lake, many wanted Him as their earthly King and Provider. But Jesus sought to make matters clear. He told them to work for food that endures for eternal life, which only He can give. He told them to do God's will by believing in the One whom God had sent: Jesus, Himself. And the He is the Bread of Life, i.e. He is essential for spiritual life! Believing in Jesus means placing our faith in Him that He is who He says He is, that He is true to His word and that He is the only One who is able to save. With his redemptive death on the cross, He satisfies our longing to be made righteous and acceptable to God. As believers of Christ, let us discard the useless ways of this world and follow Him in uprightness and holiness, lifting up our praises and needs to Him in trusting love and fidelity.

True Charity & Love

posted Jul 28, 2018, 6:08 AM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Jul 28, 2018, 6:08 AM ]

29 July 2018 ( 17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME )

True Charity & Love
I know very few people who would give me more than what I asked for or needed. Yet, Jesus did just that. He fed 5000 strangers (that’s 4 times Risen Christ’s capacity when filled to the brim), when His disciples’ immediate thought was to send them away. We’d have probably done the same. God’s love for us is immeasurable. He continued to engage the people even after they began to turn against Him, although he tried to reach them, scold them (as a father would an errant child), prayed for them. There is no common sense to what Jesus did, how He then gave us His life, to make sure we could all enter the kingdom of God. That’s how much He loves us. Could we begin to try this true charity and love, to reach out to our brothers and sisters even if we may not know them so well, to know that God will be with us every step of the way, that our efforts would not be wasted. As St Paul said, “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love”.

Building bridges

posted Jul 20, 2018, 6:46 AM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Jul 20, 2018, 6:46 AM ]

22 July 2018 ( 16TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME )

Building bridges
Despite having little rest, Jesus was moved for the people who seemed to be stranded, without a shepherd, He had so little time to convey the message of love, that we are all God’s children, no matter our circumstances. Two thousand has gone by since the day Jesus showed us how to build the bridges between the gaps amongst us, yet in today’s society, there are many of us who are still alone despite living in a city with millions of others, squeezed into a high-rise building with hundreds of other families & crammed together in a small flat. Why are some of us even more alienated, divided, and hostile? St Paul wrote that Jesus is “our peace”, through His body & blood, He “broke down the dividing wall of enmity”, for through Him, we are all welcomed into His Kingdom. How could we carry on this beautiful legacy? We are all called to shepherd His people. We must not be so naive and let anything in the way of this mission, prepare ourselves well, rest when needed, to strengthen ourselves physically, emotionally & mentally.

Draw people to Christ

posted Jul 13, 2018, 8:01 AM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Jul 13, 2018, 8:02 AM ]

15 July 2018 ( 15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME )

Draw people to Christ
Jesus instructed the twelve disciples to go out, with almost nothing, no food nor money, with just the clothes on their backs. To live simply with humility. Jesus had always lived with great humility, from his birth to his death on the cross. It is one of the key factor of being Jesus’ follower. The disciples had to depend on the mercies and kindness of the people. To know that their needs would be provided. To speak to the people about Jesus, about the miracles made possible with Jesus in our lives, without the distractions that materialism could bring. Just like Jesus continues to call to us to actively share about our faith, that Jesus is our Lord, King of a kingdom beyond our imagination, with treasures that would not clutter up our lives and lead us away from God. As always, we are frequently reminded that God’s kingdom is not of this world, it is filled with treasures such as acceptance, acknowledgment, kindness, hope, compassion, love. Share about how all these have made a difference in our own lives and bring each other closer to Christ.

Let God’s Greatness Shine Through Our Weakness

posted Jul 6, 2018, 5:15 AM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Jul 6, 2018, 5:16 AM ]

8 July 2018 ( 14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME )

Let God’s Greatness Shine Through Our Weakness
Jesus was rejected in His native home. Jesus lives in us, therefore, have we always welcomed Him unconditionally? Or have we, been like the men during the Prophet Ezekiel’s time, as men who rebelled against God, were obstinate of heart? Ezekiel writes that God did not give up on them. So we could be confident that there is much hope for us too. In the New Testament, Jesus did not condemn the people in His hometown for rejecting Him, instead He gave them what they could comprehend and accept, the healing of the few who were sick. Many of us are rejected for the most unjust reasons, for our colour, race, disabilities, spirituality, profession, nationality, but if we could follow Jesus’ example, to respond with kindness, compassion and love, there is hope that through us, Jesus could touch someone’s heart. Could we aspire to be as humble as Jesus, could our faith be enough to enable us to trust God and to remain in our weakness, to live with the insults, discriminations, injustices, unfairness, and let God’s greatness shine through us, to believe that God can triumph.

Just have faith

posted Jun 30, 2018, 9:14 AM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Jun 30, 2018, 9:14 AM ]

1 July 2018 ( 13TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME )

Just have faith
“Do not be afraid” said Jesus, “Just Have Faith”. Three little words. So simple and yet it means everything to us and one of the hardest for many of us. In desperation, the synagogue official pleaded with Jesus to save his daughter, we, ourselves, have gone on our knees and pleaded with God for various things. Some of us, have bargained with God, that if He granted our prayer, we’d promise this or that. From the gospel reading, it’s not about bargaining, it’s about faith, for without faith, we are as good as ‘dead’. St Paul tells us all that we are already rich, we have more than enough. Yet we often behave like one with nothing. Jesus said ‘Arise!’. To us who have faith, we are called to do whatever little or much we can to overcome all forms of evil. To bring peace, joy, health and love to as many people as possible, start with those closest to us, our family, friends, colleagues, neighbours. For it is in the little gestures, actions and intentions also, that could heal and raise ‘the dead’ to life.

What makes a man?

posted Jun 23, 2018, 8:07 AM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Jun 23, 2018, 8:08 AM ]

24 June 2018 ( The Nativity of St John the Baptist )

What makes a man?
There is a song about a girl who asked her mother what the future holds for her. And the mother answered, “The future’s not ours to see, whatever will be will be...” If a parent is asked to predict how his/her child will turn out to be, we’ll get all kinds of answers depending on whether the parent is an optimist or pessimist. But ultimately, how the child turns out is determined by God with human cooperation. Take the Prophet Isaiah; all he could see in himself was his failures when God had chosen him, while he was in his mother’s womb, to manifest God’s glory. Next King David; his brothers were all older and bigger than him but God pin-pointed him to be king. Then we have John the Baptist; one would think that God would have chosen a more dignified looking person than this wild-looking man who wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt to herald in Christ. If there’s a lesson to be learned, we should never underestimate ourselves or anyone else. Because we are not able to see what God sees in us.

God is in control

posted Jun 15, 2018, 3:45 AM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Jun 15, 2018, 3:45 AM ]

17 June 2018 ( 11th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME )

God is in control
This weekend’s readings remind us to be detached from worldly values and to embrace spiritual ones. When we are worldly, we tend to trust no one but themselves. We are obsessed with wanting bigger and more. And we want to be in control of things. But all that is vanity since only God is in control of everything. Indeed, He “lays the tall tree low and raises the low tree high,” and “makes the green tree wither and makes the withered bear fruit.” Sometimes we put in effort to do something, but the result is disappointing. Or, as parents or teachers, we do our best to bring up our charges and they don’t turn out to our expectation. And we blame ourselves. God is telling us that we only need to do our best and leave Him to make all things beautiful in His time. We should avoid rating things and ranking people. And thinking in terms of “more” or “less” – but “different”. Only then will we be able to appreciate the uniqueness of each individual and truly enjoy the beauty and diversity of God’s creation.

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