Reflections of the Day
"Out of the heart come evil thoughts"
Which is more important to God - clean hands or a clean mind and heart? The Scribes and Pharisees were upset with Jesus because he allowed his disciples to break with their ritual traditions by eating with unclean hands. They sent a delegation all the way from Jerusalem to Galilee to bring their accusation in a face-to-face confrontation with Jesus. Jesus dealt with their accusation by going to the heart of the matter - by looking at God's intention and purpose for the commandments.

Allow God's word to shape your heart and intentions

Jesus explains that they void God's command because they allow their hearts and minds to be clouded by their own notions of what is true religion. Jesus accuses them specifically of two things. First of hypocrisy. Like actors, who put on a show, they appear to obey God's word in their external practices while they inwardly harbor evil desires and intentions.

Allow God's word to change your way of thinking

Secondly, he accuses them of abandoning God's word by substituting their own arguments and ingenious interpretations for what God requires. They devised clever arguments based on their own thoughts rather than on God's word. Jesus refers them to the prophecy of Isaiah (29:31) where the prophet accuses the people of his day for honoring God with their lips while their hearts were far away from choosing and doing what God asked of them.

Uproot wrong thoughts and attitudes before they grow

Where does evil spring from and what's the solution for eliminating it from our lives? Jesus deals with this issue in response to the religious leaders' concern with ritual defilement - making oneself unfit to offer acceptable sacrifice and worship to God. The religious leaders were concerned with avoiding ritual defilement, some no doubt out of fear of God, and others out of fear of pleasing other people.
Jesus points his listeners to the source of true defilement - evil desires which come from inside a person's innermost being. Sin does not happen. It first springs from the innermost recesses of our thoughts and intentions, from the secret desires which only the individual soul can conceive.

Only Jesus can free us from sin and guilt

God in his mercy sent his Son Jesus Christ to free us from our sinful cravings and burden of guilt, and to restore us to wholeness of life and goodness. But to receive his mercy and healing, we must admit our faults and ask for his forgiveness. "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:8-9).

Let Jesus be the master of your heart and desires

When Cain was jealous of his brother, Abel, God warned him to guard his heart: "Sin is couching at the door; it's desire is for you, but you must master it" (Genesis 4:7). Do you allow any sinful desires to enter the door of your heart and mind? We do not need to entertain or give in to sinful desires or thoughts, but instead, through the grace of God, we can choose to put them to death rather than allow them to be the master who controls our way of thinking, feeling, and acting.

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness

Only God can change our hearts and make them clean and whole through the power of the Holy Spirit. Like a physician who probes the wound before treating it, God through his Word and Spirit first brings to light our sinful condition that we may recognize sin for what it is and call upon God's mercy and pardon. The Lord is ever ready to change and purify our hearts through his Holy Spirit who dwells within us. His power and grace enables us to choose what is good and to reject what is evil. Do you believe in the power of God's love to change and transform your heart?


We Pray:
"Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit and make my heart like yours ?on fire with love and holiness. Strengthen my will that I may always choose to love what is good and to reject what is evil."


Parish News
 Days of Prayer for Vocation

Organized by Diocesan Vocation Committee to pray for the Universal Church. All are invited.
Date: Saturday 5 September 2015
Venue: In the Main Church
Program: 4.30pm-5.30pm- Novena & Holy Hour
6.00pm-7.00pm- Sunset Mass celebrated by Msgr Ambrose Vaz

 


 Warden Ministry

Invites you to join them serve the Lord with your gift of hospitality. They will be waiting in the Church lobby for you to sign up.

 


 Air-condition System

Air-Condition System in the Main Church is near completion. The Parish would like to thank those who have contributed to a total $62,280 of $987,000.

 


 Canteen - Who's cooking this week?

The SSVDP group will handle your hunger with macaroni, nasi lemak, mee siam and more...

 


 Please like our new Facebook Page!

We have launched our church's facebook page. Please like our facebook page and help spread the word with friends and fellow parishioners.

 


 

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Announcements

Cathedral of the Good Shepherd

Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is raising funds to restore the Church. Please pick up an appeal envelope and donate generously towards this mammoth task undertaken by the Cathedral. A Commemorative magazine (with a rich history of the Mother Church) will also be on sale at $18 per copy for this purpose. Get your copy now available in the bookshop. Help to restore the seat of the Good Shepherd.


Power-Point Presenters

Power-Point Presenters required for Daily evening Mass. Those keen to help may leave your name & contact with the secretariat.


Catechism Sessions(Level 1)2016

Registrations begin on weekend of 29 August 2015 and ending weekend of 26 September 2016(5 weekends). A copy Baptism certificate is required for registration in Room 21. Saturday: 2.30pm-4.30pm /Sunday: 8.15am-10.30am.


Caritas Singapore

There will be 2nd collection on 22/23 August. The 2nd collection will go to Caritas Singapore for operating expenses of Agape Village which will be fully operational by October 2015. Please share your blessings and donate generously. If you wish to donate more, check out: www.agape-village.caritas-singapore.org/donation for details.


Canossaville Children's Home

Canossaville Children's Home is looking for home-makers or retirees with space time to work as: Teacher (full or part time-afternoon)- require GCE O level with classroom management skills and familiarity with primary school curriculum. Please send your resume to: canossavillechildren@gmail.com Operation Officer (part-time 1 or 2 half-day a week)- for facilities and store management. Please send resume to: hrm.cch@gmail.com


Holy Communion

Please be aware that the Church takes a very serious view of blessed body of Christ. It is meant for Catholics only. DO NOT encourage your non-Catholic friends to receive the communion. Incidentally, a host was found lying somewhere in the Church.


Cry Room

Cry Room is meant to pacify your crying child(Only 1 adult to accompany your child). Do retain Reverence that is needed in the House of God. Teach your child to Pray instead of play. Refrain from eating or drinking.