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  • Getting To The Bottom Of It All

    Contributed by John Vella on Feb 5, 2007
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    Lent is a time for us to renew our identity as Christians

    Seeds for Sowing, Vol. VI, Issue 2, No. 13 First Sunday of Lent- Year A February 17, 2002 Readings: * Gen. 2:7-9, 16-18, 25; 3:1-7 * Rom. 5:12-19 * Mt. 4:1-11 Getting to the Bottom of it All What to do? Once again, we find ourselves at the beginning of the Lenten season. And ...read more

  • The Urge To Cling

    Contributed by John Vella on Feb 5, 2007
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    We instinctively know that clinging behaviour in an adult is not a good thing. Jesus knew that very well. He knew that the urge to cling could even cause us to lose our life. We could end up not really alive. Instead of being free in Christ, our clinging

    Seeds for Sowing, Vol. IV, Issue 3, No. 20 Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year B) April 9, 2000 Readings: * Jeremiah 31:31-34 * Hebrews 5:7-9 * John 12:20-33 The Urge to Cling Mother Attachment Have you ever seen a little boy clinging to his mother’s leg? He’s afraid that he’ll be ...read more

  • A Changed Perspective

    Contributed by John Vella on Feb 5, 2007
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     | 3,295 views

    Life’s troubles have always been part of humanity and always will be. Believing in God doesn’t take away any of those problems nor does it make the emotional and physical pain disappear. But believing in God does make a significant difference in the bigge

    Seeds for Sowing, Vol. IV - Issue 3, No. 17 Second Sunday of Lent (Year B) March 19, 2000 Readings: * Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18 * Romans 8:31-35, 37 * Mark 9:2-10 A Changed Perspective The Difficulties of Living Life is difficult. Not many people would deny that statement. ...read more

  • An Open Ear

    Contributed by John Vella on Feb 5, 2007
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,457 views

    When, through our Baptism, we declared ourselves closely bound to Jesus Christ, we promised we would carefully listen to that same Jesus as we traveled on our life journey. Now, listening doesn’t just mean that we hear the words that someone else is speak

    Seeds for Sowing, Vol. VI, Issue 2, No. 9 Second Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year A January 20, 2002 Readings: * Is. 49:3, 5-6 * 1 Cor.1:1-3 * Jn. 1:29-34 An Open Ear The Follower’s Task As we move out of the Christmas season, we are asked to reflect on what it means to be a ...read more

  • Jesus' Picture Gallery

    Contributed by John Vella on Feb 5, 2007
    based on 19 ratings
     | 3,110 views

    The important thing is not to have just one image of Jesus. This would hardly do him justice. It would be the same as our parents showing their friend only one photograph of us.

    Seeds for Sowing, Vol. IV, Issue 3, No. 18 Third Sunday of Lent (Year B) March 26, 2000 Readings: * Exodus 20:1-17 * 1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-25 * John 2:13-25 Jesus’ Picture Gallery Baby Pictures One of the first things that new parents want to have is a picture of their baby. ...read more

  • A Fair Balance

    Contributed by John Vella on Feb 5, 2007
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     | 1,376 views

    Today’s Gospel shows Jesus curing the woman who had suffered from hemorrhages for twelve years. Then he goes on to raise the young daughter of Jairus from the dead. And Jesus has given us those same powers. You and I can cure the sick and we can help peop

    Seeds for Sowing - Vol. IV - Issue 4, No. 32 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) July 2, 2000 Readings: * Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-25 * 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15 * Mark 5:21-43 A Fair Balance The Power of Christ Imagine Jesus Christ appearing to you. He has decided that he ...read more

  • Familiarity And Faith

    Contributed by John Vella on Feb 5, 2007
    based on 17 ratings
     | 4,206 views

    In today’s Gospel Jesus comes face to face with roadblocks. He has come to his hometown wanting to bring his extraordinary message of God’s love and forgiveness to his own former neighbours. But what happens? Roadblocks!

    Seeds for Sowing - Vol. IV - Issue 5, No. 33 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year (B) July 9, 2000 Readings: * Ezekiel 2:2-5 * 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 * Mark 6:1-6 Familiarity and Faith Roadblocks Have you ever come across a roadblock while driving your car? All of a sudden, ...read more

  • Desire

    Contributed by John Vella on Feb 5, 2007
    based on 6 ratings
     | 3,182 views

    In our Scriptures today, we see that thirst really means desire. And we all know the power of desire in our lives. Desire moves us to work, to love, to even kill.

    Seeds for Sowing, Vol. VI, Issue 2, No. 15 Third Sunday of Lent- Year A March 3, 2002 Readings: * Ex. 17:3-7 * Rom. 5:1-2, 5-8 * Jn. 4:5-42 Desire Thirst The overwhelming image that we are faced with today is one of thirst. Jesus’ meeting with the woman takes place around a ...read more

  • Elements Of Renewal

    Contributed by John Vella on Feb 5, 2007
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     | 1,967 views

    Prayer leads to an awareness of where we need to change. This awareness then calls for a putting away of negative elements in our behaviour ( we call that fasting). This in turn calls forth a new way of relating to others which is concretely expressed i

    Seeds for Sowing, Vol. IV, Issue 3, No. 16 First Sunday of Lent (Year B) March 12, 2000 Readings: * Genesis 9:8-15 * 1 Peter 3:18-22 * Mark 1:12-15 Elements of Renewal Mixed Feelings There are many things in life that call forth mixed feelings from ourselves. At the same time, ...read more

  • Walking With The Suffering Christ

    Contributed by John Vella on Feb 5, 2007
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,701 views

    During this Lenten season we are asked to reflect on our Saviour’s suffering, death and resurrection. We are asked in some ways to walk with the one who suffered for us.

    Seeds for Sowing, Vol. VI, Issue 2, No. 14 Second Sunday of Lent- Year A February 24, 2002 Readings: * Gen. 12:1-4 * 2 Tim: 1:8-10 * Mt. 17: 1-9 Walking with the Suffering Christ Less Than Whole At the Nicene Council, an important church meeting in the 4th century A.D., of ...read more

  • Blind Spots

    Contributed by John Vella on Feb 5, 2007
    based on 10 ratings
     | 3,222 views

    Most of us have blind spots, presumptions, ideas and perceptions that we don’t even think about changing. These blind spots are major roadblocks in our spiritual journey.

    Seeds for Sowing, Vol. VI, Issue 2, No. 16 Fourth Sunday of Lent- Year A March 10, 2002 Readings: * 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 * Ephesians 5:8-14 * John 9:1-41 Blind Spots Helen Keller Someone once asked Helen Keller, who had been blind since the age of nineteen months, if ...read more

  • Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

    Contributed by John Vella on Jan 31, 2007
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    Mercy is the other name for love.

    Fourth Sunday of Lent - Year C March 18th, 2007 Readings: * Jos. 5.9a, 10-12 * 2 Cor.5:17-21 * Lk. 15:1-3,11-32 Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Driving In Reverse One day, the Police Department in a small country town, received a phone call from a worried citizen who reported that he had seen ...read more

  • Dying To Live

    Contributed by John Vella on Jan 31, 2007
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     | 1,978 views

    We need to grieve in order to move on in life.

    Fifth Sunday of Lent (B) April 2, 2006 Readings: ...read more

  • Known And Loved

    Contributed by John Vella on Jan 31, 2007
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,475 views

    Jesus knows us intimately and loves us as no other could.

    Fourth Sunday of Easter - Year C World Day of Prayer for Vocations April 29th, 2007 Readings: * Acts 13:14, 43-52 * Rev. 7:9, 14b-17 * Jn. 10:27-30 Known And Loved Your Diary Imagine this. You have been keeping a diary of your thoughts, feelings and actions for many, many years ...read more

  • Love One Another - A Short Course

    Contributed by John Vella on Jan 31, 2007
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    Basics of loving one another.

    Fifth Sunday of Easter - Year C May 6th, 2007 Readings: * Acts 14:21b-27 * Rev. 21:1-5a * Jn. 13:1, 31-33a, 34-35 Love One Another - A Short Course Love One Another 101 Welcome to Love One Another 101. My dear students, today I would like to give you a short course on how to love ...read more