Daily reflections

August 15th: Raised on high

He has pulled down princes from their thrones and raised high the lowly. Luke 1:52 Recently I watched the huge trees in my backyard bob and […]

August 13th: Lord, How Often Shall I Forgive My Brother?

Jesus makes it clear that there is no limit to giving and receiving forgiveness.  Matthew 18:21-19:1 Does mercy overlook justice? Justice demands that everyone be given […]

August 14th: Looking for loopholes

God intended marriage to be a true commitment for life no matter the difficulties that may arise. Matthew 19: 3 – 12 The gospel passage reveals […]

August 12th: Dey like bacchanal

If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. Matthew 18:15-20 Lisa get me so vex! My […]

August 11th: To Enter the Kingdom of Heaven

Unless you change… Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 Today’s Gospel passage is a call to action – a call to ‘change’, to ‘become’ and to make yourself […]

August 10th: Die, or Live Trying

‘May we live our lives trying to die to ourselves just a little more each day…’ John 12:24-26 Emotional Intelligence is the current buzz in business […]

Aught 9th: Come to me over the water

Peter was better off to have dared to walk on water and had the opportunity to cry out ‘Lord save me!’ Matthew 14:22-33 When crossing a […]

August 8th: Because you have little faith

‘If your faith were the size of a mustard seed…’ Matthew 17: 14-20 Recently a friend of mine who was experiencing some problems asked me to […]

August 7th: In his footsteps

Those who renounce self, take up their cross and follow Jesus will live in God’s promise. Matthew 16: 24 – 28. Today’s passage is a challenge […]

August 6th: Mountain-top experiences have a price: Mission.

“It is wonderful for us to be here; let us build three tents.” Matthew 17:1-9 The annual two weeks at Liturgy School in those days on […]

August 5th: Even the dogs eat the crumbs

It was the emptying of herself that allowed the grace of the Holy Spirit to fill her with Faith. Mathew 15:21-28 I imagine the woman would […]

August 4th: Thank You Father

Thank You for taking pity on me. Matthew 9:35 – 10:1 Thank You Father for taking pity on me. You know I am harassed and helpless. […]

August 3rd: We must go to the other side

“Lord save Me.” Matthew: 14:22-36 Recently I was interviewing a 73 year old male and he said to me,  “Now that I am at this age, […]

August 2nd: Food for all

Only with sacrifice and compassion, in communion and solidarity will the bread of life be broken and shared by ALL. Matthew 14: 13-21 As every disciple […]

August 1st: Her wish, his command.

John’s disciples came and took the body and buried it; then they went off to tell Jesus. Matthew 14: 1-12 She was given the head of […]

July 31st: Not to be boxed in

God comes to us in unexpected ways. Matthew 13: 54 – 58 Jesus made such an impression on the people of his hometown they were amazed […]

July 30th: Love beyond measure

It is not the frightening prospect of weeping and grinding of teeth on that final shore that should influence life’s choices. Matthew 13: 47-52 The dragnet […]

July 29th: Today, let us seek to get it right!

“… Martha, Martha, he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one.  It is Mary who has […]

July 28th: The Righteous Will Shine like the Sun in the Father’s Kingdom

Reaping what we sow in this life Matthew 13:36-43 Are you quick to judge the faults of others? Jesus’ parable teaches us patience lest we judge […]

July 27th: Small Beginnings

“Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the […]

July 26th: Hidden treasures

When God Himself can’t come, He always sends someone to unwrap before our eyes the many gifts He scatters along the way. Matthew 13: 44-52 Not […]

July 25th: So, you want to be great!

“… whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave, …” Matthew 20:28 […]

July 24th: Equal opportunity

Jesus is giving everyone a chance to hear and bear fruit. Matthew 13: 18 – 23. Today’s parable is Jesus’ explanation of ‘The parable of the […]

July 23rd: See and see again, listen and listen again’

We have to be creative in our communication and teaching methods Matthew 13:10-17 The social teachings of the Church offer us many approaches to be effective […]

July 22nd: Go find the brothers.

Your God is reaching out and He wants you to go to families and tell them He lives and is risen from the dead. John 20:1-2; […]

July 21st: My Family

Who is my mother? Who are my brothers? Matthew 12:46-50 Jesus asked these questions which are at the core of Christian living. It is easy to […]

July 20th: Discerning God’s will

What more must I do? Matthew 12: 38 – 42 As I am meditating, I find myself guilty of being like the Pharisees, asking for a […]

July 18th: Hospitality at all costs.

“Many followed him and he cured them all.” Matthew 12: 14-21 Today’s gospel passage tells me about the person of Jesus. He knew himself and never […]

July 17th: A God of Mercy

Mercy is both canceling the punishment due for an offence and lifting up someone who is down. Matthew 12: 1 – 8. Today’s gospel speaks to […]

July 16th: ‘Ah never get weary yet’

Weariness weakens the soul, and a soul that is weak can’t give life to the body, can’t give light to the eyes, can’t give hope to […]

July 15th: Wise but clueless!

‘I bless you Father of heaven and earth for hiding these things from the wise and learned and revealing them to mere children.’ Matthew 11:25-27 Reflecting […]

July 14th: How would Jesus Judge us as a Nation?

And thou Capharnaum, shalt thou be exalted up to heaven? Matthew 11: 20-24 In this Sunday’s Gospel we heard Jesus, on the beach of Galilee, give […]

July 13th: We go fight eh

I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  Matthew 10: 34 – 11:1  While the Black Lives Matter movement was taking wings all over […]

July 11th: Declare Yourself for Jesus

Do not be afraid of them…. Matthew 10:26-33 Jesus says do not be afraid of people who attack us and come against us. Often they come […]

July 10th: Sheep among wolves

The attitude with which missionaries must go out, is not in fear and suspicion but with trust in the God who sends them out. Matthew 10: […]

July 9th: Proclaim the Kingdom at Home

‘Jesus desires that we share the gifts and graces we receive with others…and charity begins at home.’ Matthew 10:7-15 Today’s Gospel presents ‘The Commissioning Part 2.’ […]

July 8th: Jesus summoned his twelve disciples

‘The kingdom of heaven is close at hand’ Matthew 10: 1-7 We notice in this passage in Matthew that Jesus is choosing his twelve disciples who […]

July 7th: WANTED: Shepherds and labourers

Clearly, here and now there is dire need for shepherds and labourers in the vineyard who will not only address spiritual needs but alleviate social ills. […]

July 6th: Take heart, your faith has made you well

Jesus gave hope where there seemed to be no human cause for it because his hope was directed to God. Matthew 9:18-26 Do you take your […]

July 4th: The New Normal

I am becoming a new person. Matthew 9: 14-17 I was not able to attend Mass in a Church building for many months due to COVID […]

July 3rd: My Lord and my God

Thomas was not on that occasion in the one place that could have nurtured and given life to his personal faith, which was the community. John […]

July 2nd: This man is blaspheming

“Courage child, your sins are forgiven” Matthew 9:1-8 This experience of Jesus with the Scribes and Pharisees remind me of the ongoing question of many Non-Catholics […]

July 1st: Request granted

They asked to be sent into the pigs and so they were, only to perish with them. Matthew 8 : 28-34 In this reading Jesus comes […]

June 30th: He is in the boat

“Save us Lord! We are going down.” Matthew 8: 23-27 Whenever I receive an email from my niece, her signature, “Smooth seas don’t make skillful sailors” […]

June 29th: Who do you say I am?

You are the Christ, he said “the Son of the Living God”. Matthew 16: 13 – 19 Truthfully, what answer would you have proffered?  Many of […]

June 28th: Looking forward and looking back

The disciple’s journey begins with an answer that comes from deep within Matthew 10: 37-42 It’s not who you are or where you are coming from; […]

June 27th: The Power of Asking with Faith

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed” Matthew 8:5-17 My […]

June 26th: Reaching out

Like Jesus, disciples must have the courage to show love and do the right thing when the time comes. Matthew 8: 1 – 4. Jesus completed […]

June 25th: True Followers of Christ

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is […]

June 24th: Mute but not deaf to God’s plan!

He asked for a tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” Luke 1:57-66,80 I know a woman who wanted to call her son “Emmanuel” in memory […]

June 23rd: Enter through the narrow gate’

The church retained its employees taking the narrow road of life-giving policies. Matthew 7:6, 12-14 The time of COVID lockdown revealed many holy treasures we have […]

June 22nd: Look in the Mirror

What does the Lord see? Matthew 7:1-5 Daily before us are the words: Racism, Racial inequality, Violence, Oppression. The world is deeply pained and is responding. […]

June 21st: Priceless in His eyes.

Let our voices  be heard from the housetops telling everyone of life’s greatest treasure: God’s love for us, a love that lasts forever.  Matthew 10: 26-33 Sometimes, Jesus reminds […]

June 20th: Intimacy with Jesus

“They went to look for him” Luke 2:41 – 52 When do we look for Jesus? Many times we do when we are in need of […]

June 19th: Sacred Heart of Jesus

“Come to me all you who labour and are over- burdened.” Matthew 11: 25 – 30. Jesus thanked the Father for hiding ‘these things’ from the […]

June 18th: Our Father

Your will be done. Matthew 6: 7 – 15 The ‘Our Father’ is my favourite prayer. It covers everything from daily needs, obedience to God’s will, […]

June 17th: Wearing masks

“The Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.” Matthew  6:1-6, 16-18 A lot of what we do is usually influenced by […]

June 16th: Prayer of Loving Kindness

Love your hater for 8.46 minutes and beyond. Matthew 5: 43- 48 Oh for the prayer of loving kindness! Pray with compassion and tender loving care […]

June 15th: Salvation, the right reason

‘If anyone hits you on the right cheek offer him the other as well.’ Matthew 5:38-42 In Today’s Gospel passage, Jesus commands us to ‘offer no […]

June 13th: Attitudes not Laws

Neither shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. Matthew 5:33-37 Today’s Gospel passage continues Matthew’s great Sermon on […]

June 12th: The challenge

Love that is genuine and sincere shows respect. Matthew 5: 27 – 32. The word for today is challenge. Jesus challenges us to see purity and […]

June 11th: No old bread eh!

This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate John 6:51-58 The great lockdown of 2020 redefines Church, God […]

June 10th: Jesus Brings Change

Be touched, keep and teach… Matthew 5:17-19 Today’s Gospel invites us to appreciate that change is not necessarily an abandonment of our past or how we […]

June 9th: Shine, for God’s glory

‘There is no contradiction here; it is a matter of motivation.’ Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus tells his disciples “your light must shine in the sight of men, […]

June 8th: Happy the gentle

This is what he taught them’ Matthew 5: 1-12 This passage in Matthew is what is popularly known as The Beatitudes and can be considered the […]

June 7th: The Most Holy Trinity

“God is Family” John 3: 16-18 Journeying through the dark, Nicodemus came to Jesus, on a path from disbelief to life’s saving truth. We all follow […]

June 6th: The mighty mite

‘She in her poverty has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.’ Mark 12:38-44 They are not as uncommon as we sometimes […]

June 5th: A question of identity. 

Jesus is more than a descendant of David; He is Lord and Saviour. Mark 12: 35 – 37. As Jesus drew closer to the end of […]

June 4th: Encountering Christ

‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’    Mark 12: 28-34 Jesus said the man was not far from the Kingdom because he realized that […]

June 3rd: You are mistaken

Some people feel they are smart. Mark 12 :18 – 27 Some people feel they are smart. They do not have a full understanding of a […]

June 2nd: There is a time and place for everything

‘Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar-and to God what belongs to God’. Mark 12:13-17 There are those who say that Christians should not be […]

June 1st: In good hands

Then to the disciple he said, ‘ This is your mother’. John 19:25-34 Being at someone’s  bedside as they are dying is never a nice experience. […]

May 27th: Assurance in turbulent times

” I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the Evil One.” John 16:11-19 In today’s […]

May 22nd: He is our All in all

The disciple’s assurance is God who endures beyond these fleeting things.  John 16: 20 – 23.  Today Jesus compares the enticement of the world with the […]

May 21st: Your sorrow will turn into joy

Do you know the joy of the Lord?  John 16:16-20 How does “weeping” and “rejoicing” go together? Jesus contrasts present sorrows with the future glory to […]

May 20th: Wanting to know

I pray I will always have the strength to do what God wants of me.  John 16: 12 – 15 I remember studying Freud forty years […]

May 19th: Moving on

 “It is for your own good that I am going.” John 16: 5-11 Saying goodbye is not ever easy; we often do not want others to […]

May 18th: And you must testify

The gift of the Spirit is for you to quietly fulfil your purpose amidst the difficult times. John 15:26-16:4 You have received the gift of the […]

May 17th: Instruments of His love

Those who love Jesus receive in return not only ‘his life’, but the Father’s unmeasured Love as well. John 14: 15-21 Love breeds loyalty, and like […]

May 16th: Making a choice

‘If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own.’ John 15:18-21 They killed Jesus, choosing Barrabas instead of Him, because of what He […]

May 15th: As Jesus Loves

Love would simply be a motive for us to reach out, to go beyond the limits and even if it comes to it, give our lives […]

May 14th: A Father’s Love

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” John 15:9-17 One of the sad consequences of the ‘Coronavirus lockdown’ has been a spike […]

May 13th: De Vine People

“I am the vine; you are the branches.” John 15: 1- 8 One day  I was walking down St Vincent Street when I saw a parishioner […]

May 12th: His gift to us

My own peace I give you …. John 14:27-31 Jesus’ use of the word ‘bequeath’ signals that He is giving us a gift that is precious […]

May 11th: This Love Equals Obedience

‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word’ John 14:21-26 Obedience is hard for humans, especially Trinidadians it seems, a fact on woeful display during […]

May 8th: Always with us

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still and trust in me.” John 14: 1 – 6. This passage reflects the love and […]

May 6th: Light of Faith

“I have come as light into the world so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness”. John 12:44-50 Faith is the […]

April 30th: Bread for the Living

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever. John 6:44-51 “We need real food, […]

April 26th: We never walk alone

The God who walked alongside sits with us at table, a companion and friend; where hope returns and new journeys begin. Luke 24: 13-35 Without Jerusalem, […]

April 23rd: One with him

He who is born of the earth is earthly himself. John 3:31-36 At this time we have a great opportunity to reflect on the way we […]

April 25th: The Crucified Christ walks among us

And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it. […]

April 24th: All needs met

When we have Jesus in our lives, even though we may be in a lonely, deserted place, we have more than enough to sustain us. John […]

April 22nd: God loves the world

Who will believe? John 3:16-21 The world signifies all of humanity, the universe, earth. Today the world is in chaos. Why? The Word today says “God […]

April 21st: We are Easter people!

The Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert. John 3:7-16 We are celebrating Easter, the risen Christ, […]

April 20th: Learning from Jesus

My secret love affair with Jesus. John 3 :1 -8 Nicodemus was attracted to Jesus and went to Him in secret. Like Nicodemus, I know Jesus […]

April 19th: Touching wounded believers

Through His suffering and death, God’s gifts of reconciliation, of peace and new life, were given to all. John 20: 19-31 Few Gospel passages describe more […]

April 17th: His abiding presence

Every time Jesus appeared to them, he gave them a comforting word.   John 21: 1 – 14.  The post-resurrection stories have one thing in common, […]

April 16th: Walk with me

They are secure in their houses, gathered around a little light, where love lives and communion happens.   Luke 24:35-48 While you walk, even with the […]

April 6th: Healing will come

“If My people that are called by My name will humble themselves…I will hear from Heaven and heal their land” John 12: 1 -11 Mary lowered […]

April 5th: The betrayal

Do you pray with confidence in the words Jesus gave us to pray: Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil? Matthew 26:14-25 Why […]

April 4th: Sacrifice

It is better for one man to die for the people John 11: 45 – 56 Today’s gospel introduces one of the main focuses for Lent, […]

The truth will make you free

Why did the religious authorities reject Jesus’s offer of freedom, forgiveness, and new life in the kingdom of God? John 8:31-42  Do you know the joy, […]

April 3rd: Accused and condemned

More scandalous than their accusations of blasphemy was their inability to recognise good works and celebrate them. John 10: 31 – 42.  The Jews wanted to […]

April 2nd: The Word of God is Truth

If anyone keeps my word, he will never experience death  John 8:51-59 These words “if anyone keeps my word, he will never experience death”, was quite […]

March 31st: Deeply Concerning, Even Frightful, but Reassuring

“As Jesus spoke like this many believed in him”. John 8:21-30 Today’s gospel is unequivocally apparent as the world is besieged by COVID-19 a global pandemic […]

March 30th: Neither Do I Condemn You

Jesus pointed out the chief thing which her case required: the necessity of immediate breaking off from her sin. John 8: 1-11 In this passage we […]

March 29th: Counting on  His Word

In this moment of worldwide darkness and death, may His promise awaken belief, restore hope, bring the weak and fallen to their feet again.  John 11: […]

March 27th: In God’s time.

Jesus had to preserve his life for the day when he would give glory to God through his death on the cross. John 7: 1-2, 10, […]

March 26th: The Father’s Acceptance

“There is another who testifies in my favour, and I know that his testimony about me is true.” John 5: 31-47 In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus addresses […]

March 25th: Let us Listen as she did!

“Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:26-38 Today we interrupt Lent’s strictness to […]

March 24th: Do you want to be well again?

Neighbours call out to each other in this time of isolation and are rallying together. John  5:1-3,5-16 Many people live with ailments, physical and spiritual, for […]

March 23rd: Go Home!

Today the challenge is for us to examine our response to God: our obedience, our prayer, our faith, our love of neighbour. John 4:43-54 Like the […]

March 21st: Self righteousness: an obstacle to growth

Those who humble themselves will be exalted. Luke 18:9-14 Learning is a humbling activity. If our cup is full we cannot take any more. We need […]

March 20th: God, above all else

Genuine, wholehearted love of God inevitably leads to love for our neighbour. Mark 12: 28-34 When the scribe asked Jesus to name the greatest commandment he […]

March 19th: My Father’s House

I love to spend time in Churches outside of Mass time. Luke 2:41 – 51 I love to spend time in Church outside of Mass time. […]

March 18th: Herein lies greatness!

“But the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5: 17-19 Almost all the things that […]

March 17th: Forgive from the heart

The burden of unforgiveness Matthew 18:21-35 Not forgiving is a heavy burden to carry. It may not be that you don’t want to; it is that […]