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GOD HAS A NEW NAME FOR YOU!

⏰Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (09 July 2019) 📖Gen 32:22-32; Ps 17:1, 2-3, 6-7, 8 and 15 (R.v.15a); Matt 9:32-38 🎤GOD HAS A NEW NAME FOR YOU! The story of Jacob in Gen 32:24-25 is indeed the story of many of people. Jacob had always had his way in most things before this time. That success was probably getting into his head and he felt that he could get everything he wants by the power of his hand. That could be why God decided to wrestle with him to teach him humility. Sometimes too, when we...

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“I BEAR THE MARKS OF JESUS” (Gal 6:17

⏰Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Isa 66:10-14c; Ps 66:1-3a, 4-5, 6-7a, 16 and 20 (R.v.1); Gal 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 “I BEAR THE MARKS OF JESUS” (Gal 6:17) “May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit” (Gal 6:18), Amen. Last Sunday, we noted that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation (cf. 2 Cor 5:17). That is the reason St. Paul could make this all important claim today, in the Second Reading, saying that he bears the mark of Jesus (Gal 6:18). In fact, in another place, he makes it more categorical,...

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“THE LORD IS COMPASSIONATE AND GRACIOUS” (Ps 103:8)

⏰Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (01 July 2019) 📖Gen 18:16-33; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8-9, 10-11 (R.v.8a); Matt 8:18-22 🎤”THE LORD IS COMPASSIONATE AND GRACIOUS” (Ps 103:8) It is a new month, the 7th in the order of months. According to Gen 2:2, “By the seventh day, the work God had done was completed, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had done.” I pray with you that in this 7th month of the year, the work of God may come to perfection in your life and that you may rest from...

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“NO ONE WHO PUTS HIS HANDS TO THE PLOUGH AND LOOKS BACK IS FIT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD” (Luke 9:62)

⏰Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-25; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.5a); Gal 5:1, 13-18; Luke 9:51-62 🎤”NO ONE WHO PUTS HIS HANDS TO THE PLOUGH AND LOOKS BACK IS FIT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD” (Luke 9:62) Do you remember where we left off in our reflection of last Sunday? Just before he journeyed into Jerusalem, Jesus led his disciples to the real understanding of his identity as a suffering Messiah. Hence, anyone who wants to follow him must also carry his Cross and follow. As soon as he finished his duty...

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

⏰Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus C (28 June 2019) 📖Ezek 34:11-16; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Luke 15:3-7 🎤”GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS” (Rom 5:5) My dear, in the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we celebrate love. The Heart of Jesus is the heart of love. Jesus is God and God is love (1 John 4:16). It then means that Jesus is love. In his apparition to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in France, Jesus said, pointing to his heart, “Behold this heart which has so loved men that it has spared...

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DO NOT BE IN A HURRY; HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

⏰Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 June 2019) 📖Gen 16:1-12, 15-16; Ps 106:1b-2, 3-4ab, 4c-5 (R.v.1b); Matt 7:21-29 🎤DO NOT BE IN A HURRY; HAVE FAITH IN GOD! My dear, what is normally the zeal that push you into going to worship God? Is it because you have faith in him or because you want him to be your ‘errand boy’ who you command to perform some miracles for you? At the end of his Sermon on the Mount, just before Matthew started a collation of his different miracles, Jesus reminds his followers that faith in...

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STAND AGAINST THE DECEITFUL ENEMY WITH A STRONG FAITH

⏰Wednesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 June 2019) 📖Gen 15:1-12, 17-18; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.8a); Matt 7:15-20 🎤STAND AGAINST THE DECEITFUL ENEMY WITH A STRONG FAITH My dear, while it is true that “every sound tree bears good fruit” (Matt 7:17), it is indisputable that some deceptively-looking sound trees can be seen in the midst of really sound trees. Those are what Jesus described as false prophets who are wolves in sheep clothing. Jesus used the sermon on the mount (Matt 5:1 – 7:27) to expose the demands of the Kingdom of God to...

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“ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Matt 7:13)

⏰Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (25 June 2019) 📖Gen 13:2, 5-18; Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 (R.v.1a); Matt 7:6, 12-14 🎤”ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Matt 7:13) My dear, do you wish to be saved? If yes, then you must follow the way that leads to life and enter through the narrow gate (cf. Matt 7:13-14). That way is already identified by Jesus in the Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12). God wants all to be saved (cf. 1 Tim 2:4) but only a few choose to be saved (Matt 7:14; 22:14). Do you wish to be among those who...

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THIS CHALICE IS THE NEW COVENANT IN MY BLOOD (1 Cor 11:25)

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year C) Gen 14:18-20; Psalm 110:1-2, 3, 4 (R.v.4cd); 1 Cor 11:23-26; Luke 9:11b-17 THIS CHALICE IS THE NEW COVENANT IN MY BLOOD (1 Cor 11:25) The celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, in a very special way, invites us to reflect on the rich deposit of our faith which informs our celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Beyond that however, it affords us of the opportunity to reflect well on what we believe in so as to ensure that we are not dancing...

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“MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU” (2 Cor 12:9)

⏰Saturday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (22 June 2019) 📖2 Cor 12:1-10; Ps 34:8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.9a); Matt 6:24-34 🎤”MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU” (2 Cor 12:9) There is something that we all must learn from St. Paul today. That is the art of seeing the hand of God at work in whatever happens to us in life. When Jesus says that he would be with us till the end of time (cf. Matt 28:20), he means it. And that also includes the dark and difficult moments of our lives. Everything works unto good for those...

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