Fr. James MC Tavish

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[19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C, August 7, 2016 Wis 18:6-9 Ps 33:1+12, 18-19, 20-22 / Heb 11:1-2, 8-19 / Luke 12:32-48] In a job interview three candidates were asked what is the most hopeful thing that could be said about them at their funeral. The first said that…

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[18th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C, 31 July 2016 / Eccl 1:2, 2:21-23    Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14+17 / Col 3:1-5, 9-11 / Luke 12:13-21] THREE men were discussing how they shared their wealth between themselves and others. The first said that what he did was draw a circle…

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[16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C July 17, 2016 Gen 18:1-10a / Ps 15:2-3a, 3b-4, 5 / Col 1:24-28 / Luke 10:38-42] THERE was a famous song by a British comedian called Vic Reeves. One memorable line was, “I’m so busy, my head is spinning.” I think Martha in…

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[15th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C, July 10, 2016 / Deut 30:10-14    / Ps 69:14+17, 30-31, 33-34, 36a+37 / Col 1:15-20 / Luke 10:25-37] THERE was an octopus that once became quite famous for its uncanny ability to predict the winner of the world cup soccer matches. Many swore…

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[14th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C, July 3, 2016 / Isa 66:10-14c Ps 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16+20 / Gal 6:14-18 / Luke 10:1-12, 17-20] CHOICES in life are very important. What we choose can make us happy but sometimes the array of choices in front of us can be…

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[12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C, June 19, 2016 / Zech 12:10-11; 13:1 / Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 / Gal 3:26-29 / Luke 9:18-24] MODERN life is lived in the fast lane. Everything happens at high speed. Sometimes there is no time for reflection or even to learn…

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[10th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C             June 5, 2016 / 1 Kgs 17:17-24 / Ps 30:2+4, 5-6, 11-12a+13b / Gal 1:11-19 / Luke 7:11-17] OUR community in the Philippines has got some great singers. It is true the Philippines has got talent! We made our first…

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[Feast of the Holy Trinity, Year C, 22 May 2016, Prov 8:22-31 /Ps 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 / Rom 5:1-5 / John 16:12-15] TODAY we celebrate the great mystery of our faith, the Holy Trinity. In some ways this is so familiar, as we begin every Mass with “In the name…

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[Pentecost, Year C, 15 May 2016 / Acts 2:1-11 / Ps 104:1+24, 29-30, 31+34 1 / Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 / John 20:19-23] TODAY we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, commemorating when the early Church received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Luke narrates the episode thus: “When the time for…

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[6thSunday of Easter, Year C, 1 May 2016, Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 / Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6+8 / Rev 21:10-14, 22-23 / John 14:23-29] Have you ever been to a big church or cathedral? Maybe you have visited St Peter’s Basilica, in Rome – it is huge. So many tourists are…

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