Monthly Archive: July 2018

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THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE LIKE THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM OF THEIR FATHER (Matt 13:43)

⏰Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (31 July 2018 – Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola) 📖Jer 14:17b-22; Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13 (R.v.9bc); Matt 13:36-43 Revelation 22:14 says, “Happy are those who wash their garments clean for they will have free access to the tree of life and enter the city through the gates.” The saints are those who have washed their garments clean. They belong to that “great crowd that no one could count…standing before the throne and the Lamb, clothed in white” (Rev 7:9). No one can really belong to that great crowd without...

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YOU SHALL BE FOR GOD: A PEOPLE, A NAME, A PRAISE AND A GLORY (cf. Jer 13:11)

⏰Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (30 July 2018) 📖Jer 13:1-11; Deut 32:18-19, 20, 21 (R.v.18b); Matt 13:31-35 My dear, God’s will for you at the beginning of this working week, just as always, is for your good. He always want to make us essentially part of himself. But many times, we separate ourselves from the blessings of God due to our sins. The drama that God made Jeremiah to play in Jer 13:1-11 represent this fact. While the waistcloth was good, it glued close to the body but when it spoiled, it could no longer be...

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WE ARE THE EUCHARIST!

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 2 Kings 4:42-44; Ps 145:10-11,15-16,17-18(R.v.16); Eph 4:1-6; John 6:1-15 All the readings that we have in our liturgy today make reference to what we must do to make our society a better place, beginning with making efforts to see that we take care of the needs of those around us in best way that we can. Have you paid attention to some of the other options for the conclusion of the Holy Mass? Some of them tells us outrightly what we are commanded to do. One of them say, “Go forth, the Mass...

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THIS IS THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD – YOUR BODY (Jer 7:4; 1Cor 6:19)!

⏰Saturday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (28 July 2018) 📖Jer 7:1-11; Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a, 11 (R.v.2); Matt 13:24-30 One of the major things that Jeremiah condemned in his prophecy is the temple prostitution and desecration which were becoming the order of the day. Many abuses were beginning to be allowed into religion and their worship were becoming one of lip service. Jeremiah condemned this attitude and called on them to turn away from these in order to worship God in truth. Only then can they gain the blessings and protection of God (see Jer...

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“I WILL GIVE YOU SHEPHERDS AFTER MY OWN HEART” (Jer 3:15)

⏰Friday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (27 July 2018) 📖Jer 3:14-17; Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 (R.v.10d); Matt 13:18-23 Great things happen when God mixes with us; (2x) Great and beautiful, wonderful things; Great things happen when God mixes with us. Indeed, when God is with us, we are able to get all kinds of security that we need. That is why the prophet Jeremiah began today’s reading by telling us to return to God. The place of God in our lives determines how fruitful we shall become. Consider what happened in the gospel. The same sower went...

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GOD HAS COME DOWN TO US (Acts 14:12)

⏰Thursday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (26 July 2018 – Memorial of Ss. Joachim and Anne) 📖Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13; Ps 36:6-7ab, 8-9, 10-11 (R.v.10a); Matt 13:10-17 Today, the Church celebrates the memorial of Ss. Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary and the grandparents of Jesus. With their deep faith in God, garnished by holy patience in the midst of difficulties, God did not abandon them. Their faith was rewarded with the gift of Mary in their advanced age, thus becoming one of the instruments God used in making incarnation possible. Have you ever been bothered...

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“WHOEVER DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER IN HEAVEN IS MY BROTHER, AND SISTER, AND MOTHER” (Matt 12:50)

⏰Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (24 July 2018) 📖Mic 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 85:2-4, 5-6, 7-8 (R.v.8a); Matt 12:46-50 The book of the prophet Micah ends with a prayer of forgiveness and an expression of hope in God for restoration. This is the hope that finds its fulfilment in Christ, who had said in John 12:32, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw everyone to myself.” What many misread today as Jesus’ insult on his mother was actually a way of expressing the magnanimity of God’s mercy. Among the Jews, blood relationship is...

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“DO JUSTICE, AND LOVE KINDNESS AND WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD” (Mic 6:8)

⏰Monday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 July 2018) 📖Mic 6:1-4, 6-8; Ps 50:5-6, 8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 (R.v.23bc); Matt 12:38-42 It is a brand new week my dear and the prophet Micah offers us the above tips to enable us receive God’s approval. 👉To do justice entails proper conducts towards others in every facet of societal living. 👉To love kindness means to act with mercy, loyalty and fidelity towards them. 👉To walk humbly with God refers to being in the presence of God and depending totally on him. Those who are able to keep to...

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“I WILL GATHER THE REMNANT OF MY FLOCK…I WILL SET SHEPHERDS OVER THEM WHO WILL CARE FOR THEM” (Jer 23:3-4)

⏰SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕Jer 23:1-6; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Eph 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 Last Sunday, we reflected on the difference between the true and false prophets. That distinction continues today in our liturgy with a wider perspective to also include all the leaders in the society. The attention is on their role as the shepherds of the people. The Book of Jeremiah dwelt so much on the prophets and prophecy, and denounced the false prophets in many ways and places. It considers the problem of the land as having a lot to do with...

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THE LORD DOES NOT FORGET THE POOR

⏰Saturday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 July 2018) 📖Micah 2:1-5; Ps 10:1-2, 3-4a, 7-8b, 14 (R.v.12b); Matt 12:14-21 The situation in Judah at the time that the prophet Micah prophesied was similar to that in the Northern Kingdom when Amos and Hosea prophesied. The rich were using their wealth power to oppress the poor. The Lord, who always listens to the cry of the poor then warned through the prophet Micah that he would soon punish those who perpetrate this evil (cf. Mic 2:5). Can you see how God is mindful of the poor? In Matt...