John 14:12: "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.      ********        Matthew 26:26-28: Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is my body."  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you;  for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.       *********         COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO LABOUR AND ARE BURDENED, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST. (MATTHEW 11:28)        ********            Matthew 6:25:  "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?       ********             Isaiah 44:2:Thus says the LORD who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen.        *******          Mark 1:4-5: John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.      *************              James 5:16: Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.       *******       Luke 21:25-27: "And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.      *******               Psalm 35:13: But I, when they were sick  I wore sackcloth, I afflicted myself with fasting.I prayed with head bowed on my bosom
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jes



My Dear Parishioners,

 Once a catholic wrote a letter to the editor of a catholic weekly and complained that it made no change in him attending Holy Masses.  “I have gone now for 30 years, and during these years I have heard about 3,000 sermons.  But now I can’t remember any of them.  So I think I’m wasting my time and the priests are wasting theirs by preaching sermons.”

 This letter started a real controversy in the ‘Letters to the editor’ column.  It went on for weeks until someone wrote the following letter.  “I’ve been married for the last 30 years.  During this period my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals.  But now I can’t recall the entire menu for a single one those meals.  But I do know this.  They all nourished me and gave the strength I needed to work.  If I had not taken those meals, I would be physically weak or dead.  Likewise, if I had not gone to Church for my spiritual nourishment, I would be spiritually weak or dead today.”

 Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!  For Jesus tells “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Mt 4:4). Thank God for our physical and spiritual nourishment!  Let us place our trust in the Lord.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (Prov 3:5-6).  Let us tell others “... the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut 31:6).  Let the year of faith lead us and others to come closer to God.

 God bless you all.

 Fr Patrick Joji SDB



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