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GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS (Rom 5:5)

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (Year C) Prov 8:22-31; Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7a, 7b-9, (R.v.2a); Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS (Rom 5:5) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. The theology of the Holy Trinity remains a mystery which is beyond full human understanding. The reality of the idea of the three persons in one God spreads through the entire scriptures but it is more obvious in the New Testament....

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THE SPIRIT OF EMPOWERMENT

Pentecost Sunday (Year C) Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1ab and 24ac, 29bc-30, 31 and 34 (R.v30); Rom 8:8-17; John 14:15-16, 23b-26 THE SPIRIT OF EMPOWERMENT Happy birthday to all of us, sons and daughters of the Church. This is the day when we celebrate the birth of the Church. On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus and those gathered with them (cf. Acts 2:1-11), a fulfillment of Jesus promise to them. This outpouring serves one important purpose, which is empowerment. Remember that towards the end of his earthly life,...

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FOLLOW JESUS, THE WAY, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS

⏰Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter (08 June 2019) 📖Acts 28:16-20, 30-31; Ps 11:1-4, 5 and 7 (R.v.7b); John 21:20-25 🎤FOLLOW JESUS, THE WAY, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS Most of the books of the New Testament were written to address different theological concerns. Obviously, there were many of such concerns in the Gospel of John but central among them is faith in Jesus Christ as one who is the same with God the Father. There were other minor concerns but all of them center around that want of proof for the divinity of Jesus. Consider the last part of...

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WE NEED THE SPIRIT OF FORTITUDE AND WISDOM

⏰Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter (06 June 2017) 📖Acts 22:30, 23:6-11; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.1); John 17:20-26 🎤WE NEED THE SPIRIT OF FORTITUDE AND WISDOM Thanks be to God that my blog is recovered, and is up and running. It was not as worse as I feared. It was discovered that my license got expired and as I was not able to renew immediately, I was logged out. Well, thanks be to God that we didn’t lose the data we had saved in it all these years. Alright, back to our reflection for the...

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“I HAVE GIVEN YOU AN EXAMPLE” (John 13:15)

⏰Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter (16 May 2019) 📖Acts 13:13-25; Ps 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27 (R.v.2a); John 13:16-20 🎤”I HAVE GIVEN YOU AN EXAMPLE” (John 13:15) My dear, the events of the Lord’s Supper can be described as a mystery of love and service where Jesus offered himself to us and commanded us to do same for others. Nobody can really love and serve without humility and selflessness. Otherwise, we might keep rationalising over whether it is right for us to love or whom to love or offer our service to and then miss to fulfill the...

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CALLED TO A SACRIFICIAL AND SELFLESS WITNESSING

⏰Feast of St. Matthias (14 May 2019) 📖Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; Ps 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (R.v.8); John 15:9-17 🎤CALLED TO A SACRIFICIAL AND SELFLESS WITNESSING As the end of the earthly life of Jesus drew near, he needed to ensure that his disciples’ confidence is harnessed well to face surely-impending challenges of life without him. He did this by reminding them and clarifying for them that it was God who called and chose them. He first of all explained his relationship with the Father so as to now teach them how to relate with the Father also. This relationship is...

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“PUT OFF YOUR SHOES FROM YOUR FEET” (Exod 3:5)

⏰THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C) – First Scrutiny 📖Exod 3:1-8a, 13-15; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8 and 11 (R.v.8a); 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Luke 13:1-9 🎤”PUT OFF YOUR SHOES FROM YOUR FEET” (Exod 3:5) I welcome you this third Sunday of Lent. In the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), which culminates in Baptism at Easter Vigil, this is the day in which we have what is called the First Scrutiny/Purification. The Second and Third Scrutiny would come up on the Fifth and Sixth Sundays of Lent respectively. The period of Scrutiny is a period of reflection and...

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CHOSEN BY GOD TO LIVE, SUFFER, DIE AND RISE IN HIM

⏰SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C) 📕Gen 15:5-12, 17-18; Ps 27:1, 7-8b, 8c-9abc, 13-14 (R.v.1a); Phil 3:20 – 4:1; Luke 9:28b-36 🎤CHOSEN BY GOD TO LIVE, SUFFER, DIE AND RISE IN HIM Do you realize that we are already about twelve days gone into this most holy season of lent? Have you been able to form for yourself an identity of Jesus, who is the reason for this season? That is a very important thing to do if we are able to remain focused on him. Hence, on this second Sunday of lent, the liturgy set out a plan to...

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“ASK AND YOU WILL RECEIVE” (Matt 7:7)

⏰Thursday of the First Week of Lent (14 March 2019) 📖Esther 14:1, 3-4, 11, 13-14; Ps 138:1-2a, 2bcd-3, 7d-8 (R.v.3a); Matt 7:7-12apaa 🎤”ASK AND YOU WILL RECEIVE” (Matt 7:7) Do you remember what we said two days ago, precisely on Tuesday, concerning the effectiveness of God’s word (cf. Isa 55:10-11)? With that, we encouraged ourselves to enter into a loving relationship with God where trust and mutual love reign. Queen Esther knew the value of being in such a relationship. Hence she took respite in God in the face of deep anxiety and asked God to save her and her...

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“NO ONE WHO BELIEVES IN [JESUS] WILL BE PUT TO SHAME”

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C) Deut 26:4-10; Ps 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 (R.v.15b); Rom 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13 “NO ONE WHO BELIEVES IN [JESUS] WILL BE PUT TO SHAME” It is already some days into this season of grace Lent. Today, being the first Sunday of lent, the Liturgy reminds us of the reason for the celebration and encourages us to hold firm in faith despite the challenges that might come our way in the process of expressing our faith in God. The Gospel stands as a big warning to us If the devil was not afraid to tempt the...

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