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Preaching And You Were Sleeping

Preaching And You Were Sleeping

By Clarence Devadass
Welcome to our weekly podcast, ‘Preaching and You Were Sleeping’ - a brief reflection on the Gospel reading, to prompt you towards deeper prayer and action for the week. This is brought to you by Fr Clarence Devadass, a priest of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Third Sunday of Easter: Strive for Reconciliation
Jesus’ earliest message as He began His public ministry was repentance (Cf. Mark 1:15), and now the ministry of the disciples of Jesus must be founded on the same. The attraction to the early Church was that it was a community of forgiveness and reconciliation. The “terms and conditions” of being a disciple is to make one another feel welcomed, loved and forgiven.
April 17, 2021
Divine Mercy Sunday: God Demands Mercy
The Church must be the doorway to God’s mercy and that is why Pope Francis says that “there is no Christianity without mercy.  If all our Christianity does not lead us to mercy, we are on the wrong path, because mercy is the only true goal of every spiritual journey. It is one of the most beautiful fruits of charity [love].”
April 10, 2021
Easter Sunday: Roll Those Stones Away
For the disciples to understand this profound moment, one important thing needed to happen and that is, the stone had to be “moved away from the tomb”. As disciples, if we want to feel and experience the new life offered to us at Easter, each of us must have the “rolled away stone” experience.
April 3, 2021
Good Friday: Logic of the Cross
The cross is at the centre of our Good Friday celebrations. Though it portrays pain and suffering, it also brings to focus some images of Christ. As we “venerate the cross” let the healing power of the cross of Christ become alive in us. For it is only then that we are able to fully share in Jesus’ greatest act of love – His self-giving for the well-being of humankind.
April 1, 2021
Holy Thursday: You Will Understand Later
Many of us think that in order to trust, we need to fully understand but the evening before the Passover, Jesus teaches an important lesson not just to His disciples but also to all who call him ‘Master and Lord’ that the path of discipleship involves trusting Jesus now and understanding Him later – not something that many of us are comfortable to do because it involves making ourselves vulnerable.
April 1, 2021
Palm Sunday: God is in Total Control
"Jesus was not compelled to do it [accept the cross]. He willingly lowered himself in his birth, in his ministry, in his death. No one took his life from him. He freely laid down his own life (Jn 10:18). Others did not have the chance to humble him; he humbled himself.” This truly sets us on the journey to Golgotha with Jesus because He embraced this way of the cross for each of us.
March 27, 2021
Fifth Sunday of Lent: Dying to Self for God's Glory
Our myopic view sometimes leads us to think that true happiness is only found in worldly pleasure and selfish pursuits. On the contrary, the Gospel today points to the fact that we are made for God, and only God can fill the desires of our hearts. As St. Alphonsus Liguori says: “Nothing can satisfy one whom God does not satisfy.”
March 20, 2021
Fourth Sunday of Lent: Our Deeper Life and Meaning
God’s purpose in creating and redeeming the world in Christ was to love the world and embrace sinful humanity, and not to condemn it. This is the purposeful incarnation that God intended from the beginning of time - God coming to live amongst us and sanctifying the world with His presence.
March 13, 2021
Third Sunday of Lent: Being the Temple of God's Spirit
Being “God’s Temple” simply means that by our baptism, we have all been called to "live in a manner worthy of the call you have received" (Ephesians 4:1). It is no longer a “cultic faith” as witnessed in the Temple during the time of Jesus or merely “obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5, 16:26), but rather reliving the life of Christ in our own person in the here and now.
March 6, 2021
Second Sunday of Lent: Anticipating God's Glory in Lent
Change or conversion can be daunting and fearful because it involves a change of will and change of direction - an intentional turning away from sin and a turning to God through Christ. The very purpose that the Church calls us to conversion in this holy season is to bring us back into the right relationship with God.
February 27, 2021
First Sunday of Lent: Metanoia - Change My Heart, O God
Our Lenten journey that is accompanied by sacrifices and self-denial must lead us to act with humility, kindness, forgiveness, love, and the faith and courage to do the right thing. Following Jesus more intently during Lent is to make that radical change for God.
February 20, 2021
Ash Wednesday: Take on Virtues This Lent
With or without ash, today marks the beginning of an important season in the Church’s calendar - the first day of the season of Lent, the forty days set aside to prepare to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.
February 17, 2021
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: A Place to Feel Welcomed & Loved
The Church must be the place of God's mercy and love where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live according to the good life of the Gospel.
February 13, 2021
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Being Conformed Into Christ's Image
Being conformed into Christ’s image is really the goal of the Christian life because you will be the only Bible some people ever read.
February 6, 2021
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Seeking the Pathway to Happiness
Jesus, our Teacher not only teaches the way to salvation but He also inspires us to seek that pathway to happiness.
January 30, 2021
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Called to Pattern Our Lives on Jesus
 The call of Jesus is not merely to follow or shadow Him but calling us to pattern our lives on Him.
January 23, 2021
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jesus, Our Statement of Faith & Action
Our following of Jesus must be our statement of faith for He is the Messiah, the Anointed One. 
January 16, 2021
Baptism of the Lord: God’s Most Beautiful & Magnificent Gift
“Baptism is God’s most beautiful and magnificent gift” (St. Gregory of Nazianzus, a fourth-century theologian)
January 9, 2021
Epiphany of the Lord: Focus on the Light From Above
In a world where there are many distractions, we need to focus on the perfect light - Jesus Christ.
January 3, 2021