“But blessed are your eyes, because they see and your ears, because they hear”
Matthew 13: 10 – 17
The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?”
He said to them in reply,
“Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven
has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables, because
they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
You shall indeed hear but not understand,
you shall indeed look but never see.
Gross is the heart of this people,
they will hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes,
lest they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts and be converted
and I heal them.
“But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
longed to see what you see but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
Jesus lament about the Jews, that they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand is understandable. The Lord does not want them to observe empty ritual, does not want them to look at the externals but to cultivate an interior disposition. What did Jesus mean when he said, “But blessed are your eyes, because they see and your ears, because they hear.” To his disciples, he wants them to cultivate a spirituality, to be able to witness to a reality which is beyond what is physically before them. To be able to cultivate a spirituality, one must prepare onself interiorly, to have an internal disposition.
The Solemnity of the Assumption is fast approaching. (11th – 19th August) However, we have to reach beyond the immediate nine days to cultivate an interior disposition. I propose to prepare ourselves to celebrate this solemnity with prayer and meditation throughout the month of August. We shall consecrate the month of August to Mary.
First, let us begin with prayer and worship.
Lauds and Memorial Mass to Our Lady every Saturday in August
For four Saturdays in August, we shall have memorial Mass of Our Lady: 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th August shall be special days set apart for prayer. Starting with Lauds at 6.00am and followed by Mass. Please join us in making this a special devotion to Our Lady.
Holy Hour on 1st and 4th Friday
For two Fridays in August, we shall have Holy Hour on 3rd and 24th of August, starting immediately after 6.30pm Mass. Holy hour will begin around 7.00pm.
Parish Feast 11 – 19th August, 2018
We shall have a special 9-Day Novena, followed by Rosary prayed in four languages, and ending with Mass. During the Feast, we call upon the participation and collaboration of all the BECs and Ministries in the Church, including the various Language Apostolates.
Themes for the Masses are as follows:
Saturday, 11th August, 2018 : Mary, Model of Mission for the Laity
Sunday, 12th August, 2018 : Mary, Role Model for Young People
Monday, 13th August, 2018 : Mary in the Service of the Transmission of Faith
Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 : Mary, Model of Priests and Their Pastoral Ministry
Wednesday, 15th August, 2018 : Mary, Model of Vocations
Thursday, 16th August, 2018 : Mary in the Mission of the Religious
Friday, 17th August, 2018 : Mary, Model of Spiritual Discernment
Saturday, 18th August, 2018 : Mary in the Service of Peace and Dialogue
Sunday, 19th August, 2018 : Mary, the Treasure of Family
On Sunday, 19th August, 2018, after Mass, there shall be a procession and benediction, followed by a small reception, with guests joining us from the various faiths.
Merdeka Day Mass at 10.00am
Our Feast shall draw to a close on Merdeka Day with Mass celebrated at 10.00am ending with the singing of the National anthem.