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LET YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS EXCEED THAT OF SCRIBES AND THE PHARISEES (Matt 5:20)

⏰Thursday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (16 August 2018) 📖Ezek 12:1-12; Ps 78:56-57, 58-59, 61-62 (R.v.7b); Matt 18:21 – 19:1 Indeed Peter wanted to achieve perfection. That is why he put that question to Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” The number “7” in biblical terms symbolizes completeness and holiness. This is based on the fact that God completed the work of creation on the seventh day and sanctified it (cf. Gen 2:2-3). Hence, the Jews used that number as a benchmark for completing...

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ON ACCEPTING THE WORD OF GOD

⏰Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (14 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Maximilian Kolbe) 📖Ezek 2:8 – 3:4; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 (R.v.103a); Matt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 The word of God is instructive, corrective and redemptive. It may not come to us the way we expect or like, and that is why it is at times painful. But its purpose is always for our own good. Some other times, it may be very sweet to our hearing but its demands, very painful to us. Consider that in the light of the experience of...

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IT IS ALL ABOUT THE GLORY OF THE LORD!

⏰Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (13 August 2018) 📖Ezek 1:2-5, 24-28c; Ps 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14; Matt 17:22-27 Can you feel the glory of the Lord around you? Or has the challenges of life led you into despair, thinking that the Lord has abandoned you? Embrace your eyes of faith once more and see the light at the end of the tunnel. While the Israelites were in exile in Babylon, they had hoped that their time there was going to be very short, as the Lord who chose them would not abandon them. The prophet Jeremiah...

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“I AM THE LIVING BREAD… AND THE BREAD WHICH I SHALL GIVE FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD IS MY FLESH” (John 6:51)

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 2 Kings 19:4-8; Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.9a); Eph 4:30 – 5:2; John 6:41-51 Last Sunday, when we began our reflection on Jesus, the bread of life, we noted that “the bread is first of all, the Word of God (cf. John 1:1)”. That reference to the Word of God should not be misconstrued to mean the mere spoken word; that is, if one makes effort to consider it from the point of view of John 1:1. It means the totality of the person of Jesus. Hence, it will not be equivocal...

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“THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH” (Hab 2:4)

⏰Saturday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (11 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Clare) 📖Hab 1:12 – 2:4; Ps 9:8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.11b); Matt 17:14-20 According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, faith is a supernatural gift of God, which enables us to believe without doubt, all that God has revealed. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you” (Matt 17:20). Faith acknowledges the omnipotence of...

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“I WILL WRITE [MY LAWS] IN THEIR HEARTS, SAYS THE LORD” (Jer 31:33)

⏰Thursday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (09 August 2018) 📖Jer 31:31-34; Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19 (R.v.12a); Matt 16:13-23 In the Galatian Church, there was a controversy over the condition of the gentile converts. Some Jews had come to disturb the converts, telling them that only their acceptance of circumcision and their adherence to the Jewish Law can enable them share in the salvation which Christ won for us. The above problem made Paul to define what should be our relationship with the Law. These laws are not meant to enslave us but make us free Children of...

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“THE LORD HAS SAVED HIS PEOPLE, THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL” (Jer 31:7)

⏰Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (08 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Dominic) 📖Jer 31:1-7; Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 (R.v.10d); Matt 15:21-28 Yesterday, we reflected on the overwhelming mercy of God which compels him to still love us not minding our waywardness. Once we turn around and come back to him, he is ever ready to welcome us into his warm embrace and make our lives better. The prophet Jeremiah tells us what awaits those who are courageous enough to make that journey back to God. God will be there God and save them. That is...

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GOD’S MERCY OVERCOMES THE ELASTICITY OF HIS ANGER

⏰Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 August 2018) 📖Jer 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22; Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23 (R.v.17); Matt 14:22-36 In Physics, we learnt that every spring has an elastic limit, that is, the point where it would exceed and not expected to return to its original length. Can we say that God’s anger can operate in that manner? It would seem so, given the kind of message God sent Jeremiah to go and deliver to the people, “Your hurt is incurable… Your hurt is incurable. Because your guilt is great…” (Jer 30:12-15). One of...

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“MASTER, IT IS WELL THAT WE ARE HERE” (Mark 9:5)

⏰FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD – YEAR B (06 August 2018) 📖Dan 7:9-10, 13-14; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 (R.v.1a, 9a); Mark 9:2b-10 Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Among many reasons for the celebration, it served to encourage the disciples and strengthen their faith in view of the impending passion of Jesus. The most important encouragement comes from the fact that God is always with them in his Son, Jesus. The apocalyptic prophecy of Daniel made that point very obvious (cf. Daniel 7:9-14). The title of Ancient of Days who is ageless and...

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“DO NOT LABOUR FOR FOOD WHICH PERISHES, BUT FOR FOOD WHICH ENDURES TO ETERNAL LIFE” (John 6:27)

⏰EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕Exod 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78:3 and 4bc, 23-24, 25 and 54 (R.v.24b); Eph 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35 The miracles of Jesus in the Gospel of John are called signs. The reason is because the miracles ought not to be ends in themselves but means to an end. The end is the belief in God, and Jesus Christ whom he has sent (John 6:29, 17:3). Like sign posts that direct one to a place, miracles ought to direct us to that belief in God. Unfortunately, the people in the Gospel of today believed in...

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