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In preparation for and to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus, we will have a three day Eucharistic Celebration from 5th to 7th August at the 7.15 pm Mass. We invite all our Parishioners to share in our joy by coming for these celebrations. __________________________________

Fr. Errol will conduct a special session on the “Suppression and Restoration of the Society of Jesus” on Sunday, 3rd August after the 6 pm Mass. We encourage all our Parishioners to attend. ____________________________________

Our youth are organising a special Treasure Hunt on Sunday, 27th July at 11am to celebrate Parents’ Day. All youth and their parents are invited to participate. For more details please contact the Receptionist. ________________________________

All Youth are invited to attend the Youth Mass on Sunday, 20th July at 11 am. This will be a Thanksgiving mass for all those who have successfully completed their examinations and for those who are currently preparing for their Std. X and XII examinations. Parents are welcome as well. _______________________________________

All those interested in leading the singing in Church are invited to join the Cantors Group. Practices are held on the second and fourth Thursdays in the Church after the 7.15 pm Mass. ___________________________

The First Communion next year will be on Sunday, 4th January 2015. Parents of children who wish to receive first communion are requested to pick and fill up a form from the Parish Office. __________________________

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Will you keep on keeping on even when your expectations are not fulfilled?

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We begin reading today from Chapter 13 of the Gospel of Matthew. This Chapter is known as “The Parable Discourse” of Matthew, because in it we find seven parables. Two of these parables have been allegorised {The Parable of the Sower (13:18-23) and the parable of the Weeds and the Wheat (13:36-43)}. Some are of the opinion that 13:49-50 is an allegorization of the parable of the Net (13:47-48). The first parable in the Parable Discourse is the one that is known as the parable of the Sower. Though often it is the allegory that has been interpreted instead of the parable where the different types of soil are compared to different types of persons and their reception of the word, this does not seem to be the point of the parable. In the parable, in three types of soil (the path, the rocky ground and among the thorns), the seed is lost, and it is only in one type of soil (good soil) that there is gain. Yet, the gain is enormous.
The point seems to be that one must not give in to despair even if it seems that most of the good that we do seems to bear no fruit. In God’s time and in God’s own way it will bear even more fruit than we can ever imagine. We need to keep on keeping on.

In the words of St. Ignatius of Loyola, when we work, we must work as if everything depends only on us and when we pray, we must pray as if everything depends only on God.

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Have your “tears” come in the way of your encountering the Lord? Will you stop crying today?

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Except for Mary the mother of Jesus, few women are honoured in the Bible as Mary Magdalene. She is mentioned by all four evangelists as being present at the empty tomb. In the Gospel of John she is the first person to whom Jesus appeared after his resurrection.

After Peter and the beloved disciple see the empty tomb with the linen cloths, they return home. Though John does not give any reason why Mary returns to the tomb, he, also, of all the evangelists, tells us that she stood outside the tomb weeping. This detail sets the stage for the fulfilment of the promise of Jesus that the sorrow of the disciples will turn to joy (16:20, 22). Mary sees the angels who make no pronouncement of the resurrection. In John, the pronouncement of the resurrection and ascension comes only through Jesus. The angels only draw attention to Mary’s present state. Mary’s response to the question of the angels is a plaintive cry for her “lost” Lord.

Immediately after she makes this statement, Jesus himself appears to her but, because of her tears, she cannot recognize him. While Jesus repeats the question of the angels and thus, draws renewed attention to Mary’s present state, he asks a second and more important question: “Whom are you looking for?” This, or a similar question, is asked three times in the Gospel of John. The first time Jesus asks such a question is to the two disciples who follow him (1:38). These are the first words spoken by Jesus in the Gospel of John and so, carry added significance. The question here is “What do you seek?” The second time, the question is asked of those who come to arrest Jesus in the garden (18:4). The question in all three instances, while courteous, is a deep and penetrating question. It requires the one of whom it is asked to go deep into him/herself to search for the response. The disciples are seeking for the residence of Jesus but encounter the Messiah. Those who come to arrest Jesus are seeking for “Jesus of Nazareth” and so are thrown to the ground. Mary Magdalene is seeking for the dead Jesus, but finds the risen Lord.

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