Gospel Meditation

24th Sunday in OT (C)

Lost and found LUKE 15:1–32 by Janine Aqui How extraordinarily comforting and consoling it is, that our Heavenly Father’s mercy stretches above and beyond our fall […]

23rd Sunday in OT (C)

A definitive choice for discipleship LUKE 14:25–33 by Janine Aqui Jesus’ words in the gospel are heavy in meaning; His message is clear, though requiring much […]

22nd Sunday in OT (C)

Keep that ego in check LUKE 14:1, 7–14 by Janine Aqui Throughout the Holy Bible from the Old Testament, “My child, perform your task with humility, […]

21st Sunday in OT (C)

Through the narrow door LUKE 13:22–30 by Jacqui-Theresa Leiba In this Sunday’s gospel, we see Jesus teaching and preaching through towns and villages on the way […]

19th Sunday in OT (C)

Love waits, Love serves Luke 12:32-48 This Sunday’s gospel draws some threads from last week’s in Jesus’ instructions to His disciples to divest themselves of money […]

18th Sunday in OT (C)

Security and Salvation LUKE 12: 13–21 Material greed, among other vices, has always been a very real challenge in the human story. In John 10:10 Jesus […]

17th Sunday in OT (C)

LUKE 11:1–13 – Persistence pays off Today’s gospel teaches us the value of persistence. We have a Father that is there for us, but like all […]

16th Sunday of OT (C)

Only one thing… LUKE 10:38–42 This Sunday’s gospel shows us intimacy with Jesus. It calls us to come into His presence, where there is fullness of […]

15th Sunday of OT (C)

Neighbour, neighbour… LUKE 10:25–37 Our meditation today challenges us to move from head knowledge to heart knowledge; from the religious to the spiritual; from armchair preachers […]

14th Sunday of OT (C)

What’s in a name LUKE 10: 1–12, 17–20 Today’s gospel is one of the most powerful, as it states clearly what our status is, given by […]

13th Sunday of OT (C)

Counting the cost LUKE 9: 51–62 This week’s gospel is directing us to follow Jesus to the cross. It also presents Jesus as someone very clear […]

12th Sunday of OT (C)

Who is Jesus for you? LUKE 9:18–24 The gospel today directs us to Jesus praying in solitude. This is a very solemn, important moment because Luke […]

The Most Holy Trinity (C)

Called to an intimate relationship JOHN 16: 12–15 Todays’ gospel reading is part of the last discourse of Jesus in the Gospel of John. In chapter […]

Pentecost (C)

People of Pentecost JOHN14: 15–16: 23– 26 (YEAR A – JOHN 20:19–23)                                                                           The Solemnity of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, is brought to us […]

Solemnity of the Assumption (C)

Gospel Meditation: LUKE 24:46–53 The Solemnity of the Ascension is celebrated on the 40th day after Easter Sunday. After His glorious resurrection, He continued to appear […]

6th Sunday of Easter (C)

Physically absent, Spiritually present JOHN 14:23–29 When Jesus speaks in today’s gospel (Jn 14: 23–29) of “anyone who loves me” He is referring to His followers. […]

5th Sunday of Easter (C)

Wear the habit of love JOHN 13:31–35 Christians have always had the problem of how to tell the world who they are even here in Trinidad […]

4th Sunday of Easter (C)

Being attuned to ‘our sheep’ JOHN 10:27–30 This year, the gospel for the fourth Sunday of Easter, referred to as ‘Sunday of the Good Shepherd’, coincides […]

3rd Sunday of Easter (C)

Our love story – the other half. JOHN 21:1–19 Did you ever wonder why Jesus had to ask Peter three times if he loved Him (Jn 21:1–19)?  […]

Divine Mercy (C)

Doubt can lead us to faith. John 20:19—31 This weekend we celebrate the second Sunday of Easter; also known as ‘Divine Mercy Sunday’. St Pope John […]

The Resurrection of the Lord (C)

Surprises at the tomb LUKE 24:1–12 Sing Alleluia! The Lord is risen! “We are an Easter people and ‘Alleluia’ is our song” (St Augustine of Hippo). Today […]

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord (C)

The heralding and humiliation Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week; the week that changed the world. During this week, we commemorate our Lord’s entry […]

5th Sunday of Lent (C)

A powerful lesson of forgiveness. JOHN 8:1–11 Last Sunday, we encountered God’s forgiveness when we read the ‘Parable of the Prodigal Son’. This parable demonstrated God’s mercy […]

4th Sunday of Lent (C)

The Restorative Mercy of God. LUKE 15:1–3, 11–32 This fourth Sunday of Lent for cycle C, we are given the popular parable of the Prodigal Son or […]

3rd Sunday of Lent (C)

Time to wet our houses LUKE 13:1–9 One of our local wisdom sayings here in Trinidad which comes to my mind from reading today’s gospel goes like […]

2nd Sunday of Lent (C)

A special friendship LUKE 9:28–36 This second Sunday of Lent, today’s gospel presents the Transfiguration. Jesus took Peter, James and John with Him up the mountain. I […]

1st Sunday of Lent (C)

We do not live on bread alone LUKE 4:1–13 As Catholics, we begin the practices and observances of the season of Lent so that with heart and […]

8th Sunday of OT (C)

On planks and compassion LUKE 6: 39–45 “Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own?” THIS weekend, […]

7th Sunday of OT (C)

‘Do unto others’, not ‘do them first’ LUKE 6:27–38 Revenge is not of God. This is the simple statement that Jesus’ teaching powerfully bears out to us […]

6th Sunday of OT (C)

Our choice to be blessed or not. LUKE 6:17, 20–26 On many of the occasions that we encounter Jesus in the scripture we are drawn to Him […]

5th Sunday of OT (C)

Our ‘But if You say so’ moment LUKE 5:1–11 As in last Sunday’s readings, we begin this week with another look at the awesome majesty of God […]

4th Sunday of OT (C)

Whom God chooses JER 1:4–5, 17–19; LUKE 4:21–30 In this Sunday’s readings we meet the youthful prophet Jeremiah as he encounters the Lord God and is empowered […]

3rd Sunday of OT (C)

Sent to liberate the heart and soul LUKE 1:1–4, 4:14–21 In today’s Gospel, we are presented, first, with the opening of the Gospel of St Luke, where […]

2nd Sunday of OT (C)

Do whatever He tells you JOHN 2:1–11 As we begin our second week of Ordinary Time, having completed the season of Christmas with the Solemnity of the […]

The Baptism of the Lord (C)

Baptism – a supernatural force LUKE 3:15–16, 21–22 At the moment there is a tremendous fascination in Western culture over the occult. Things like white magic spells […]

The Epiphany of the Lord (C)

The Magi’s search for truth and meaning. MATTHEW 2:1–12 It is characteristic of the human heart to search, and to seek after the great mystery of God. […]

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (C)

Holy Family quite ‘normal’ LUKE 2:41–52 Very often, when we contemplate the Holy Family, immediately we focus on Mary, a young woman with baby Jesus in her […]

Fourth Sunday of Advent (C)

True disciples focus on God’s will LUKE 1:39–45 The Gospel narrates quite vividly, that after the Annunciation, Mary went in haste to visit Elizabeth. This is […]

Third Sunday of Advent (C)

Now the people were filled with expectation LUKE 3:10–18 Luke 3:10–18 narrates that, although John the Baptist was very forceful in his preaching most of his audience […]

Second Sunday of Advent (C)

Make his paths straight LUKE 3:1–6 As we continue to joyfully wait for the divine Messiah, Luke 3:1–6 gives us specific instructions how we ought to successfully […]

First Sunday of Advent (C)

Stand erect, hold your heads high. LUKE 21:25–28, 34–36 Today, as we begin the first week of Advent, Saint Luke presents a rather dramatic but soothing and […]

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (B)

Following the voice of Truth JOHN 18:33–37 I’m sure that by this point of your Christian journey, you’ve suffered and/or endured ridicule or taunts for your […]

33rd Sunday of OT (B)

Hold on to His promise MARK13:24–32 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” His Word does not return to Him empty […]

32nd Sunday of OT (B)

Real generosity MARK12:38–44 Imagine the prayer in the heart of the poor widow as she was giving her last two cents. She was definitely aware that she […]

31st Sunday of OT (B)

Our first love MARK 12:28–34 A couple weeks ago I was out with my sister and some friends and we saw a couple walking by, holding […]

30th Sunday of OT (B)

Ask God for what we need MARK 10:46–52  “What do you want me to do for you?” What a question to ask a blind man! Does Jesus […]

28th Sunday of OT (B)

Detach and be free MARK 10:17–30 A friend of mine insists that all her problems will be solved if only she could win the lotto! The other […]

27th Sunday of OT (B)

Like a child in His sight: MARK 10:2–16 “Let the little children come to me”. This request of Jesus came home forcefully to me at the baptism […]

26th Sunday of OT (B)

Rejoice in other’s goodness and gifts MARK 9:38–43, 45, 47–48 “… Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in […]

25th Sunday of OT (B)

‘Mirror, Mirror…’ MARK 9:30–37 A queen once gave birth to a little daughter who was indeed white as snow, red as blood and with hair black as […]

24th Sunday of OT (B)

Get behind me Satan! MARK 8:27–35 Today’s Gospel begins with Jesus putting two questions to His disciples, “Who do people say I am?” and “Who do you […]

23rd Sunday of OT (B)

Be opened: Mark 7:31–37 And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him. The […]

22nd Sunday of OT (B)

Divine conception of the heart Mark 7: 1–8, 14–15, 21–23 In 2000, three weeks after my father’s death, I left the shores of Trinidad for beautiful Grenada. […]

21st Sunday of OT (B)

To Whom Shall We Go ? JOHN 6:60–69 In this Sunday’s gospel we see that many of the followers of Jesus could not accept what he was […]

19th Sunday of OT (B)

The bread I shall give…JOHN 6:41–51 Recently there was a very interesting and moving story in the newspapers, of a young Trinidadian who had migrated to […]

18th Sunday of OT (B)

Food that endures JOHN 6:24–35 When it is election time candidates are famous for making promises and offering all kinds of “bread’’ that they know we are […]

17th Sunday of OT (B)

Feeding the multitude of our world. JOHN 6:1–15 If I had to choose to be a character in this weekend’s gospel passage, I would surely like to […]

16th Sunday of OT (B)

Come away from the ‘busy-ness’ MARK 6: 30–34 The July/August vacation is here and for our nation’s youth, it is surely a time of rest and relaxation […]

15th Sunday of OT (B)

Just the essentials MARK 6: 7–13 In July 2016, I was privileged to be a part of the local contingent representing our archdiocese at World Youth Day […]

14th Sunday of OT (B)

Change from the ordinary MARK 6: 1–6 In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus and the miracles He is performing among the people are rejected by those of His […]

13th Sunday of OT (B)

Approaching God with bold humility MARK 5: 21–43 Call to mind a time when you desperately sought answers to a particular dilemma or took it solely […]

12th Sunday of OT (B)

He commands our seas and storms Special Gospel reflection of the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) MARK 4: 35-41 The gospel begins with the coming […]

11th Sunday of OT (B)

What is the kingdom like? MARK 4:26–34 by Sr Angilla Corraspé OP For the past two Sundays, the gospel reveals Jesus’ concern with the poor and the criteria […]

10th Sunday of OT (B)

Are you doing the will of God? MARK 3:20–35 Today’s gospel is divided into three parts: the attitude of Jesus’ relatives, the confrontation between Jesus and the scribes, […]

9th Sunday of OT (B)

Healing withered hands MARK 2:23–3:6 Pope Francis called on the world’s priests to bring the healing power of God’s grace to everyone in need, to stay close […]

The Most Holy Trinity (B)

The Holy Trinity – a community of love MATTHEW 28:16–20 “He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, […]

Pentecost (B)

Pentecost continues: JOHN 15:26–27; 16:12–15 “. . . the Spirit . . . will lead you to the complete truth.”  Today, the Solemnity of Pentecost, we celebrate […]

The Ascension of the Lord (B)

The primacy of faith MARK 16:15–20 “He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned.” As is the […]

6th Sunday of Easter (B)

To remain in God’s love is to share it. JOHN 15:9–17 “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.  Remain in my love.”  John […]

5th Sunday of Easter (B)

I am the vine, you are the branches… JOHN 15:1–8 The Gospel reading for today comes from the long discourse in the Gospel of John, which […]

4th Sunday of Easter (B)

Following the Good Shepherd JOHN 10:11–18 As I sat to pen this reflection two bits of news came to my attention. Firstly, came the news that […]

3rd Sunday of Easter (B)

Resurrection witnesses LUKE 24:35–48 On Wednesday of the first week of Easter, we read the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. In […]

Divine Mercy Sunday (B)

Hearts ajar inside the closed upper room JOHN 20:19–31 It’s easy to imagine what might have been going through the disciples’ minds in that closed room. […]

Palm Sunday (B)

Mk 14:1–15:47 Throughout the last three weeks of our Lenten journey, the gospel according to John gave us profound insight into the Truth of Jesus’ mission—the […]

5th Sunday of Lent (B)

Sacrifice and service JOHN 12:20–30 In today’s gospel we see some foreigners coming to Jesus, very much interested in who He is, what He is about […]

4th Sunday of Lent (B)

Look upon Him and be healed JOHN 3:14–21 Within the Divine Office prayer book, lies a beautiful hymn to be sung on the occasions that celebrate […]

3rd Sunday of Lent (B)

Jesus in the temple of our hearts JOHN 2:13–25 In today’s gospel passage we see Jesus visibly distressed by the activities of the money changers who […]

2nd Sunday of Lent (B)

The Transfiguration MARK 9:2–10 The transfiguration narrative is the ultimate revelation upon God’s mountain. “Listen to him” (Mk 9:8). This is an open and public statement […]

1st Sunday of Lent (B)

The Temptation story MARK 1: 12-15 On this first Sunday of Lent we continue reading Mark’s fast-moving Gospel. We encounter Jesus coming out of his baptism […]

6th Sunday of OT (B)

The Leper is cured MARK 1: 40–45 Today’s gospel narrates a powerful encounter of a leper approaching Jesus, on his knees, with a most unusual statement […]

5th Sunday of OT (B)

Jesus begins his Ministry in Galilee MARK 1: 29–39 The Gospel of Mark is a fast-moving narrative that is full of action. Mark uses words like […]

4th Sunday of OT (B)

Teaching with authority Mark 1:21–28 “We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.” “Look, there is the Lamb of God.” “We have […]

3rd Sunday OT (B)

Follow Him – simple. Mark 1:14–20 How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? Studies show that all adults get the answer to this question […]

2nd Sunday OT (B)

Come, see, believe, witness John 1:35–42 Some years ago, in conversation, I mentioned the Cheshire cat (a character from Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice through the Looking […]

The Epiphany of the Lord (B)

What about the gifts that we bring? The Epiphany of the Lord  Mt 2:1-12 I love a story line in movies or literature where good triumphs […]

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (B)

True education The modern world in which we live exalts freedom and so the world does not like the word ‘law’. The word ‘law’ conjures up […]

The Solemnity of the Nativity (B)

Association, not just works… Christmas Gospel Meditation – Lk 2:1–14 by Archbishop Joseph Harris Many years ago, while I was still a missionary in Paraguay, I received […]

4th Sunday Advent (B)

From sterility to fruitfulness Quite recently I was speaking to a person of very high ideals who was wondering what he could do to help the […]

3rd Sunday Advent (B)

Lawyers for the light I remember during my novitiate year some 57 years ago, in the countryside of Quebec, Canada going on an excursion on skis […]

2nd Sunday Advent (B)

Listen and convert When I was about to go to study in the year 2003, many people asked me why I was going to study at […]

1st Sunday Advent (B)

Advent – creative longing The Gospel reading given to us for this first Sunday of Advent reveals to us what Advent is about. We are accustomed […]

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (A)

For the last three weeks, or really since I returned home in August of this year, after a six-month sojourn in the US, I was inundated […]

33rd Sunday OT (A)

Maximise your gifts and talents As a friend of mine would say, we can use the Word of God in every aspect of our lives and […]

32nd Sunday OT (A)

Are you ready? As we meditate on today’s Gospel, I am reminded of our unpreparedness in so many areas of our lives and our country. The […]

31st Sunday OT (A)

Leaders must be servants We live in such a time in this world that when we look around, we have to ask ourselves the question, ‘whom […]

30th Sunday OT (A)

We are the love of His life! Recently, via Skype, my four-year-old grandson laughingly said to me, “Granny, you are the love of my life!” Of […]

29th Sunday OT (A)

All authority is God’s And so, for Jesus’ detractors, the name of the game continues to be entrapment! As a Trini would say with a pronounced […]

28th Sunday OT (A)

What are you wearing to the wedding feast? Food, glorious food! Feast, glorious feast! Festival, glorious festival! This week’s readings speak of celebration, but more so […]

27th Sunday OT (A)

A story of rejection and betrayal As Jesus journeys resolutely on with His disciples towards His betrayal right there in Jerusalem, there seems to be a […]

26th Sunday OT (A)

Make known to me Your ways… On looking at the readings and at the Gospel, one can instantly see a call to obedience, but true obedience […]

25th Sunday OT (A)

Love inspires generosity Many of us may have heard a phrase and been captivated by it even though we didn’t fully understand what it meant. Indeed, […]

24th Sunday OT (A)

Forgiveness: the heart of the matter Almost a year ago, I discovered by accident that my blood pressure was high.  The doctor recommended that I monitor […]

23rd Sunday OT (A)

Who is in and who is out? There are a lot of interesting dynamics as to why someone may end up outside of a group. Some […]

22nd Sunday OT (A)

Whey yuh tellin’ yuhself? I’m always happy to leave the seminary to mingle with the people to hear their stories and enter into their lives for […]

21st Sunday OT (A)

Appointment and dis-appointment Having experienced sudden dis-appointment (spelling mine) from a position of authority only to find myself being appointed to the position not too long […]

20th Sunday OT (A)

He touched me! This Sunday’s Gospel reminded me of its succinct explanation by St John Paul II in his book Crossing the Threshold of Hope (1995). […]

19th Sunday OT (A)

Call and Response The call/response structure connecting today’s Readings made me think specifically about the hearing-impaired Catholics in our Archdiocese and the pastoral response to their […]

18th Sunday OT (A)

Poetry and Christophany   Pondering on the content of the Gospel passage for today, I imagined that after witnessing Jesus’ transfiguration, if Peter were not cautioned […]

17th Sunday OT (A)

What’s of real value? Sometimes I laugh at myself because although I like to think that I have absolutely everything I need and can hope for, […]

16th Sunday OT (A)

The Kairos moment to come Waiting at the traffic lights for the green can be quite an amusing experience for the driver at the top of […]

4th Sunday of Easter (A)

My six-year-old, who loves animal stories, snuggled in the crook of my arms, impatient for our Bible reading ritual. I began Jonah and the Whale,