Reflection for 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time B

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First Reading
Jeremiah 23:1-6
The Lord promises to shepherd his people Israel.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 23:1-3,3-4,5,6
The Lord is our shepherd.

Second Reading
Ephesians 2:13-18
Christ has reconciled us with God and united us in peace.

Gospel Reading
Mark 6:30-34
Jesus invites his disciples to rest after their ministry, and Jesus is moved with pity for the crowds who pursue them.

Background on the Gospel Reading

In this today’s Gospel, we read the report of the return of the Twelve, who were sent by Jesus to preach repentance, heal the sick, and drive out demons. When the Twelve return to Jesus, he invites them to come away from the crowds and rest. But the crowds will not give them peace. As the Twelve have shared in Jesus’ ministry, they now appear to share in his popularity. The crowds continue to approach them, and Mark reports that the disciples don’t even have time to eat. In an effort to get away, Jesus and his disciples board a boat in hopes of finding a deserted place. But the crowds notice this and arrive ahead of them. The crowds are so persistent that Jesus and his disciples cannot find a place to be alone. Mark’s Gospel tells us that Jesus is moved with pity and begins to teach the crowds.

Our Gospel for today stops here, but Mark’s report of the unyielding demands of the crowd continues in the verses that follow. If we were to continue reading from Mark’s Gospel, we would hear Jesus instruct his disciples to feed the crowd in the familiar miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. The work of Jesus and his disciples appears to be a round-the-clock job. In the next few weeks, we will hear the story of Jesus’ feeding of the multitude, but our Lectionary will turn to the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John to report and reflect on this story.

In today’s Gospel, we hear the Twelve referred to as “apostles.” The word apostle is a Greek word meaning “one who is sent.” Jesus chose twelve men from among his disciples whom he sent to share in his ministry of preaching and healing. The first report of this is found in the third chapter of Mark’s Gospel, where the Twelve are also called apostles and the names of this select group are listed.

We who are Jesus’ disciples today have also been sent to share the Gospel with others. Perhaps our commitment to following Jesus as his disciple leaves us feeling tired and overwhelmed. In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus affirm the importance of times of rest and renewal. Jesus wanted his disciples to come away and spend time alone with him. This is what we seek and find in our life of prayer and in our celebration of the Eucharist.  – loyolapress.com

Pope Francis’ July 2018 Intentions

July 2018

Evangelisation: Priests and their Pastoral Ministry

That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.

Liturgical Feasts / Anniversaries /Observances

(Legend: Ab=Abbot  Ap=Apostle  Pp=Pope  Bp=Bishop  Ch=Children  Dr=Doctor  Kg=King Ma=Married  Mt=Martyr  Pr=Priest  Qu=Queen  Re=Religious  Vg=Virgin  Fd=Founder)

July 01: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time B

July 03: St Thomas (Ap)

July 04:  St Elizabeth of Portugal (Qu)

July 05: St Anthony Zaccaria (Pr)

July 06:  St Maria Goretti (Vg-Mt)

July 08: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time B / Bible Sunday

July 09: St Augustine Zhao Rong (Pr-Mt) & Companions (Mts)

July 11: St Benedict (Ab)

July 13: St Henry (Kg)

July 14: St Camillus de Lellis (Pr)

July 15: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time B / World Youth Skills Day

July  16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

July 20: St Apollinaris (Bp-Mt)

July 21: St Lawrence of Brindisi (Pr-Dr)

July 22: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time B

July 23: St Bridget of Sweden (Re)

July 24: St Sharbel Makhluf (Pr)

July 25: St James (Ap)

July 26: Sts Joachim & Anne (parents of Mary)

July 28: St Alphonsa (Re) / Anti-Hepatitis Day

July 29: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time B

July 30: St Peter Chrysologus (Bp-Dr) / Friendship Day

July 31: St Ignatius of Loyola (Pr)

Prayer for our nation

Leader:
Let us proclaim the name of the Lord; and ascribe greatness to our God!

All:
Lord, Your work is perfect. And all your ways are just.  Let Your voice be heard today by all the nations.

O God, Judge of the nations, put fear into our hearts so that we may know that we are only human. Father, the whole of creation groans and labours to be delivered from the bondage of corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Lord Jesus, send forth Your Spirit of Truth and let this Spirit prove to ‘the powers that be’ how wrong they are about sin, righteousness and judgment. O Lord, declare the power of Your works to Your people and let us be filled with the knowledge of Your glory as the waters cover the sea.

Gather us, O Lord, in Your Name and may all worship the One True God. Amen.

(A prayer composed from various Scripture verses of the Bible – Herald Malaysia)

19-year-old Nunzio Sulprizio to be canonised Oct 14

VATICAN CITY – In an Ordinary Public Consistory held on Thursday morning, 19 July 2018, Pope Francis announced that he will canonise Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio on October 14 this year.

Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio was born in Pescosansonesco (Italy) on 13 April 1817 and died in Naples (Italy) on 5 May 1836. He was beatified by Pope Paul VI on 1 December 1963.

He will be canonized along with Blessed Pope Paul VI and Blessed Oscar Romero and four others:

Blessed Francesco Spinelli, diocesan priest and Founder of the Institute of the Sister Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, who born in Milan (Italy) on 14 April 1853 and died at Rivolta d’Adda (Italy) on 6 February 1913.

Blessed Vincenzo Romano, diocesan priest, who was born at Torre del Greco (Italy) on 3 June 1751 and died there on 20 December 1831.

Blessed Maria Caterina Kasper, Foundress of the Institute of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ who was born on 26 May 1820 in Dernbach (Germany) and died there on 2 February 1898.

Blessed Nazaria Ignazia March Mesa (in religion: Nazaria Ignazia di Santa Teresa di Gesù), Foundress of the Congregation of the Misioneras Cruzadas de la Iglesia Sisters who was born in Madrid (Spain) on 10 January 1889 and died in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on 6 July 1943.

It is fitting that Nunzio Sulprizio, who died at the age of 19, be canonised during the Synod whose theme is Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. Now with the addition of Blessed Nunzio, the canonisation will include people from every walk of life: clerical, religious and lay.

Blessed Nunzio was born in Pescosansonesco in Italy in April of 1817. He lost both of his parents while still a child and was brought up by an uncle. His uncle exploited him, not allowing him to go to school, and forcing him to work in his blacksmith shop. Regardless of extreme cold or intense heat, he was forced to carry enormous weights over great distances. He found refuge before the Tabernacle where he would keep Jesus company.

After contracting gangrene in one of his legs, he was sent to a hospital for people with incurable diseases in Naples. He suffered tremendously on account of the pain. Yet, he is known to have said such things as:

Jesus suffered so much for us and by his merits we await eternal life. If we suffer a little bit, we will taste the joy of paradise.
Jesus suffered a lot for me. Why should I not suffer for Him?
I would die in order to convert even one sinner.

When asked who was taking care of him, he would respond: “God’s Providence.”

Once he got better, he dedicated himself to helping other patients. But his health took a sudden turn for the worse. He died from bone cancer in May of 1836 before he reached his 20th birthday. – Sr Bernadette Mary Reis fsp, Vatican News

Putri Karmel welcomes four new members into its fold

The neo professed: (L) temporary professed, and (R) perpetual professed, pose with Father Giovanni Sugau CSE, the presider, after the Mass, 16 July 2018, Kaingaran Tambunan.

KAINGARAN, Tambunan – The Congregation of the Putri Karmel here welcomed four new members into its fold on 16 July 2018, feast of Our Lady of Carmel.

Two novices – Lucyanne and Giselle – made their first religious profession of vows while another two, Sister Anastasia and Sister Andreanna, took their final vows.

The vows were accepted by Sister Marietta, Mother General of the congregation based in Indonesia.

Father Giovanni C Sugau, CSE, presided over the Eucharistic Celebration with the Rites of First and Final Profession.

Around 200 people – family members of the neo-professed, fellow Putri Karmel Sisters, CSE Brothers, Religious Brothers and Sisters, KTM members and other invited guests attended the event.

All adjourned to the hall below for the reception and entertainment programme.

Beluran organises study day on Diocesan Vision-Mission

The participants pose for remembrance, 7 July 2018, Our Lady of Fatima Beluran.

BELURAN – Around 77 people attended a study day on understanding the Sandakan Diocesan Vision-Mission organised by Our Lady of Fatima Parish here on 7 July 2018.

The study day was facilitated by Father Phillip Muji (Beluran pastor), Father David Garaman (Sandakan pastor), Pilis Malis (chairman, Sandakan Parish Pastoral Council), and Dalius Lobinjang (head, oSandakan Diocesan Social Communications Commission).

The event was aimed to deepen the understanding of the Vision (A Christ-centred community serving one another with Christ’s Love) spelled out in the six elements of the Mission Statement.

Lobinjang touched on The Way Forward while Malim gave the background of the Vision-Mission.

Fr Garaman’s session touched on “Leading Martrix.”

Inputs were followed by group sharing, Q&A, and working on the parish pastoral priorities in line with the Diocesan Vision and Mission.

The participants came from Beluran, Pelantong, Jaya Bakti, Ulu Dusun, Bukit Garam, Sukau, kinabatangan, and outstations under Beluran Parish. – Sandakan Diocesan Blog

Keningau cathedral celebrates Bible Sunday with renewal of service by readers and commentators

The readers and commentators pose with Bishop Cornelius Piong after the Mass on Bible Sunday, 8 July 2018, Katedral St Francis Xavier Keningau.

KENINGAU – St Francis Xavier Cathedral here celebrated Bible Sunday with renewal of service by its readers and commentators on 8 July 2018.

The renewal took place before Bishop Cornelius Piong after the homily.

In his homily the prelate reminded the congregation of the importance of faith in the Word of God in daily life and why they are observing Bible Sunday.

This can be deepened through the Holy Hour and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in the church, the bishop added.

The day before, the readers and commentators had a day of recollection which began with a Holy Hour followed by a reflection given by Fredolin Umis. – Keningau Diocesan Website

KK Archdiocesan youth aspire to work closely with leaders towards Vision and Mission

Serena Wong (2nd L) is among the youth participating in the PAX Assembly on 13-16 June 2018, Bundu Tuhan Retreat Centre.

BUNDU TUHAN – The youth of Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese aspire to work closely with other leaders  at parish level as well as at archdiocesan level towards attaining the Vision and Mission.

Almost all parish leaders brought with them their youth leaders to the PAX Assembly at Bundu Tuhan Retreat Centre, 13-16 June 2018.

Serena Wong of Sacred Heart Cathedral youth ministry, said she expects to find her call in this PAX process and hopes to respond accordingly pertaining to the vision and mission of the archdiocese.

When asked how the archdiocese can further help the young people to overcome the three critical concerns – apathy, secularisation and political Islam – she said, “There have to be platforms for youth to be participants in the planning, evaluating and implementing the archdiocese’s direction.”

“There has to be a leadership formation for the young people, as succession plan of roles and responsibilities,” she added.

The cathedral parish has seven youth ministries in all three languages. All youth ministries have respectively reported in the Parish Pre-PAX meetings on what have been done and the needs of the young people according to the youth that they minister to and the needs that arise.

They were involved in programmes such as Adoration, talks, retreats and camps to encounter Christ.

Serena said that a Eucharist project is in the pipeline, which will only take place after the election of the new Parish Pastoral Council.

Harold Ong, of St Simon parish, Likas, said to further help the young people to overcome the three main concerns, the archdiocese must work closely with the youth ministry of the individual parishes, raising new leaders, training speakers and resource persons.

He hoped that the archdiocese can see a clearer picture of the challenges faced by parishes and work together as one family of Christ to come out with concrete solutions to remedy issues.

On the involvement of youth in the PAX process, Harold said, “Leaders of our youth ministry participated in the Pre-PAX Assembly on May 1.”

“We also participated in spiritual activities organised by our parish such as Holy Hour and Rosary, outreach to the less fortunate at Cheshire Home in Bukit Harapan, Bible sharing on a weekly basis and a Boys Brigade Company to expose our youths to Catholic Christian values,” said Harold.

On the next plan after PAX Assembly, Harold suggested to “organise an interactive session to learn more about political Islam.”

He said a sharing session is a good platform  for youths to share the experiences of attending a youth event, which promotes faith formation, such as the Diocesan Youth Festival in Tuaran. Linda Edward

Backgrounder: History of Pesta Belia Keuskupan

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The Journey of Diocesan Youth: Youth Camp to Pesta Koir

In 1976, after the formation of Suruhanjaya Belia PAX (SBP), the first programme organised was the ‘Sabah Youth Camp’ in Kionsom, Inanam. The success of the camp prompted SBP to  organise a second camp at the same place in 1977.

The following year, the camp was again held for the third time in Tambunan, and fourth time in Penampang in 1979. These camps aimed at building leadership skills among youths, especially in spiritual leadership.

In the early 80’s, when SBP’s leadership changed  hands, the new line of committee introduced Pesta Koir (PK) to replace Sabah Youth Camp, as the main programme of SBP.

PK was a choir competition between choir groups of each zone under Kota Kinabalu Diocese, which was at that time divided into East Coast zone, North-West Coast, South-West Coast and the Interior.

The first PK was held in 1983 in KK, which was participated by several choir groups.

It was held yearly, and in 1987, the scope of its activities was broadened to include drawing and public speaking competitions. This led to a change in its name from Pesta Koir to Pesta Belia Keuskupan (PBK).

Pesta Koir to Pesta Belia Keuskupan

SBP leadership changed hands for the fourth time in 1989, and the new committee started to re-format its concept.

Their main programme, PBK, was nevertheless retained at that time and was organised only once in two years.

In 1997, SBP started to employ full-time staff and a Diocesan Youth Office was established. That year saw the name Suruhanjaya Belia PAX changed to Tim Pelayanan Belia Diosis (TPBD).

The 10th PBK was held in 1998, as the main programme of TPBD and saw significant changes in its format.

Several new sessions were included such as catechesis, para liturgy, thematic performances, Vigil and Eucharistic celebration with the Bishop.

TPBD succeeded in bringing the environment of ‘World Youth Day’ to the diocesan level. Close to 2,000 young people participated in PBK-10, held in Sandakan.

Two years later, Jubli Agung Tahun 2000 (JBT2000) was celebrated, which saw TPBD KK and Keningau combining  their efforts in organising it. Close to 5,000 Catholic youth participated from the whole of Sabah.

The success of JBT2000 prompted both dioceses to organise a combined Sabah Youth Day (SYD) in Keningau (2004), SYD-2 in Ranau (2008), SYD-3 in Tambunan (2012), and SYD-4 in Tawau (2016), with participation  from Sandakan Diocese also.

PBK-11 resumed in 2010 to give way to these other diocesan events.

After PBK-11, TPBD Agung has decided to hold PBK once in 4 years.

PBK-12 was held in 2014 in Penampang parish. PBK13 Programme Book

Youth gathering concludes with exhortation to be witnesses of the Joy of the Gospel

Participants sing and dance joyfully during the Pesta Belia Keuskupan Ke-13 held on 17-21 June 2018 at St John Tuaran.

TUARAN – Participants of a youth gathering were exhorted to be witnesses of the joy of the Gospel at its conclusion recently.

The 13th Archdiocesan Youth Festival (Pesta Belia Keuskupan Ke-13 or PBK-13) was hosted by St John Tuaran on 17-21 June 2018 at the Dewan Sri Sulaman here.

Franciscan Sister Dora Obod, PBK-13 coordinator, delivered her closing remarks to the 852  participants at the closing ceremony on June 21.

In her speech, she said: “We have been here for four nights and five days, and have celebrated our Catholic faith with the fullness of joy and gratitude through friendship, sharings, and especially in the Mass, where we experienced the seed of the Joy of the Gospel being planted in our heart.”

Sr Dora talked about dreams that surely exist in young hearts, and pointed to them an example they must follow, taking Mary as the model of the faithful follower of Christ who is not afraid to do God’s will.

She asked them to take good care of their hearts and give them to Jesus so that they “will lead a meaningful life.”

Sr Dora exhorted them not to give up in the face of challenges and reminded them to remember that Jesus has conquered the world (cf Jn 16:33).

“This camp is not the end but the beginning, therefore go and be witnesses of the Joy of the Gospel with courage!” she said.

One of the objectives of PBK-13 is that the youth be courageous witnesses of the Joy of the Gospel.

Sr Dora challenged them, “Are you courageous to be witnesses of the Joy of the Gospel in today’s world, in your family, schools, workplace and wherever you may be, and to be Catholic citizens of Sabah and Malaysia?”

The young people gave their resounding ‘Yes!’ to all of these questions. Linda Edward

First Sabahan sworn in as new chief justice

KUALA LUMPUR – Richard Malanjum was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Malaysia effective on 11 July 2018.  He was the first Sabahan to be appointed to the post.

Malanjum, 65, received his letter of appointment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V in a ceremony at the Bilik Singgahsana Kecil (Small Throne Room), Istana Negara, here on the night of July 11.

Also present were Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong, Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, Chief Secretary to the Government Ali Hamsa and Federal Court chief registrar Latifah Mohd Tahar.

Malanjum, who is former Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, replaces Md Raus Sharif who will resign as the chief justice, effective July 31.

His appointment marks a new milestone in the country’s history as he is the first person from the Borneo states to be appointed to the top post in the judiciary.

Born on 13 Oct 1952 in Tuaran, Sabah, Malanjum received his early education at the Bukit Hill School, Putatan and Sacred Heart Primary School, Kota Kinabalu before completing his secondary education at the La Salle Secondary School, Kota Kinabalu.

The Kadazandusun lad then began his career as a clerk at the Education Department, Department of Agriculture, Television and Radio Department and as a welfare officer at the State Welfare Department.

In July 1972, he graduated from the Mara Institute of Technology in Shah Alam, Selangor (now known as Universiti Teknologi Mara) as an external student at the University of London and obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1975.

Upon graduation with a law degree, he was appointed as an administrative officer in the Chief Minister’s Department, Sabah, but he was assigned as a deputy public prosecutor in the Sabah State Attorney General’s Chambers.

In 1976, Malanjum furthered his studies in London and successfully completed his “Bar-at-Law” study within the same year.

He was admitted to the English Bar of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in London and upon returning, he continued his service as a deputy public prosecutor and senior legal counsel in the Sabah State Attorney General’s Chambers.

Malanjum then was admitted as a solicitor in the Malaysian Bar, Sabah, in 1977, and was also admitted to the Australian Capitol Territory (ACT) Bar in 1991.

In 1981, he resigned and proceeded to join a private legal firm in Kota Kinabalu until 1992. He was then appointed as a judicial commissioner in March 1992.

In 1993, he was elevated as a High Court judge in Kuching Sarawak. He was also placed in the High Court of Miri and Sandakan in 1994 and 1996 and he was transferred back to the Kuching High Court in May 2002.

In August 2002, he was appointed as judge of the Court of Appeal Malaysia and later in June 2005, he was appointed as Federal Court judge of Malaysia.

Malanjum is the first native of Sabah to be appointed as a High Court judge, judge of the Court of Appeal as well as the judge of the Federal Court.

At the age of 52, he was the youngest Federal Court Judge appointed to the post. On July 26, 2006, he was officially appointed as chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak until to date.

Married to Marina Tiu, the couple have three children, namely Jessica Eleanor, Edgar Richard and Carl Barnabas. – Bernama/FMT

After 18 days, boys trapped in flooded cave are safe

CHIANG RAI, Thailand – All 12 boys and the football coach trapped in the Tham Luang cave on 23 June 2018 are out.

Confirming the completion of the rescue operation, the Thai Navy Seals, which coordinated the rescue operation, announced on Facebook: “All 12 Wild Boars and coach have been extracted from the cave. All are safe.”

The difficult manoeuvre started two days ago, when the first four boys were brought above ground.

Four others were saved yesterday and the last four boys arrived together with the coach a little while ago.

The operation will end, however, with the re-emergence of four rescuers, including a doctor, who remained with the football team when they were found.Asia News

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