Jesus is the Light for all peoples to see and to give God glory

A Reflection by Fr. Kingsley for the Epiphany of the Lord, Year A.
Isaiah 60:1-6 – Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 – Matthew 2:1-12.

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany. The origin of the name ‘Epiphany’ is the Greek “Epiphaneia”, which means “a manifestation”, “a striking appearance” and “a coming to a sudden and striking realisation”. On this Solemnity, we celebrate the glory of the Lord “as light having come … rising on … the peoples”. The Epiphany is when we celebrate the manifestation of Jesus, who is the Light of the world. He appeared/manifested Himself not only to the Jews, the Chosen People, but also to the Gentiles. In other words, He manifested Himself to the whole world. Continue reading “Jesus is the Light for all peoples to see and to give God glory”

A Family Like No Other

A Reflection by Fr. Kingsley for the Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Year A.
Ecclesiastes 3:2-6,12-14 – Colossians 3:12-21 – Matthew 2:13-15,19-23.

Only a few days ago, we celebrated the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Today we celebrate the family into which He was born – the Holy Family of Nazareth, the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Wherever God is, He sanctifies the home. We call this particular family “holy”, not only because Jesus the Holy One was a member of that family, nurtured and brought up in that home, but also because of the distinctive qualities of the parents, who lived to the full the life of faith, love and obedience to God. Individually and collectively they are put before us as a model for all families. Continue reading “A Family Like No Other”

His name is Jesus – Emmanuel – God-is-with-us

A Reflection by Fr. Kingsley for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Year A.
Isaiah 7:10-14 – Romans 1:1-7 – Matthew 1:18-24.

We are close to Christmas. The Child is very close – the mother is expectant, labour is imminent, the world is waiting and counting down in days, hours and minutes, anxiety is rising while joy is dawning – the joy of a new baby coming into the world. Continue reading “His name is Jesus – Emmanuel – God-is-with-us”

GAUDETE! REJOICE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE MESSIAH

A Reflection by Fr. Kingsley for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A.
Isaiah 35:1-6,10 – James 5:7-10 – Matthew 11:2-11.

Gaudete! Rejoice! On a day like this, the Church calls us to rejoice. Why this theme of rejoicing? We are all waiting in hope for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Having made it halfway through Advent, it is important that we look forward to the joy of the coming feast and nurture that hope of joy. The mid-way point of Advent is when we take stock of our journey to Christmas and when we rejoice to see the coming glory of the birth of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “GAUDETE! REJOICE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE MESSIAH”

THE VOICE Calling IN Our WILDERNESS

A Reflection by Fr. Kingsley for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A.
Isaiah 11:1-10        Romans 15:4-9        Matthew 3:1-12.

On her son’s 10th birthday, a woman told a story. It was about what happened between her and her baby when he was still in the womb, and how the voice of God changed both her life and that of her baby. When she became pregnant, she sensed an interior voice assuring her that her baby was OK and to take best care of him. A month into her pregnancy, the result of the scan gave her a Continue reading “THE VOICE Calling IN Our WILDERNESS”

The Exemplary and Supreme Kingship of Jesus Christ

A Reflection by Fr. Kingsley for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Year C
(Week 34 in Ordinary Time).
M2Samuel 5:1-3          Colossians 1:12-20         Luke 23:35-43.

We are gathered today to celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ as the King of the whole universe. He is the sacrificial Lamb of God who has redeemed us by his blood, who is risen and ascended, and who is enthroned and active as the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Rev. 17:14). It is Christ whom we all are called and chosen to follow faithfully. Continue reading “The Exemplary and Supreme Kingship of Jesus Christ”

“Carpe diem” – ‘Make use of the present day!’

A Reflection by Fr. Kingsley for  Week 33 in Ordinary Time, Year C.
Malachi 3:19-20             2Thessalonians 3:7-12             Luke 21:5-19

We are on course for the end of the Church’s year. Every ending is always followed by a new beginning: whenever something ends, something new begins, and a new beginning always brings with it a new opportunity. Our determination to perceive each and every ending as an opportunity for something new would help us to change our whole life experience in the very moment that we begin a new chapter in our lives. Every ending that we experience in life is because something better is coming. We are where we are now because something in our past has changed. That is why it is so important that – as we look towards the end of our physical lifetime – we make profitable use of the present time, and therefore “Seize the day – carpe diem”. Continue reading ““Carpe diem” – ‘Make use of the present day!’”