Monthly Archive: July 2018

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“THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL BUT THE LABOURERS ARE FEW” (Matt 9:37)

⏰Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (10 July 2018) 📖Hos 8:4-7, 11-13; Ps 115:3-4, 5-6, 7ab and 8, 9-10 (R.v.9a); Matt 9:32-38 I was just thinking whether there is still any need to say that the labourers are few in the face of this obvious boom in the vocation to the priestly and religious life. There are many preachers all over the place today claiming to preach the Good News. So why do we still need to pray for more labourers in the vineyard? Even though it is possible that there are still many places where the...

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TAKE COURAGE; YOUR FAITH SHALL SAVE YOU!

⏰Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (09 July 2018) 📖Hos 2:14bc, 15bc-16, 19-20; Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.8a); Matt 9:18-26 Faith is a supernatural gift of God which enables us to believe without doubt all that God has revealed. The Jewish official and the woman that suffered hemorrhage for about 12 years in Matt 9:18-26 manifested this gift. They must have seen Jesus perform so many miracles and were ready to surmount any hindrance to getting Jesus’ help. Remember that the Jewish authorities did not believe in Jesus due to their religious belief. But this official...

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IS NOT THIS THE CARPENTER, THE SON OF MARY? (Mark 6:3)

⏰FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📑Ezek 2:2-5; Ps 123:1-2a, 2bc, 3-4 (R.v.2ef); 2 Cor 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6 We are obviously aware of that saying that over-familiarity breeds contempt. The kind of reception that Jesus got from his kinsmen in the Gospel today explains that well. For some weeks before now, we have been seeing, from the Gospel of Mark, the divine power at work in Jesus. And the result has mostly been reverence for him and for God through him in the foreign nations and surrounding villages (cf. Mark 1:28, 45; 2:12; 4:41; 5:20). But now, he came...

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“I WILL RESTORE THE FORTUNES OF MY PEOPLE ISRAEL” (Amos 9:14)

⏰Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 July 2018) 📖Amos 9:11-15; Ps 85:9 and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.9); Matt 9:14-17 My dear, today is a very special day. It is the 7th day of the week as well as the 7th day in the 7th month of the year. 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 today and always, the work of God may come to perfection in your life...

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DO NOT TREAT THE WORD OF GOD WITH CONTEMPT

⏰Friday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (06 July 2018) 📖Amos 7:4-6, 9-12; Ps 119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131 (R. Matt 4:4); Matt 9:9-13 While we pray for God’s blessing and deliverance as we were promised yesterday, there is an important warning given to us today. Some of us are now so familiar with God and the Word of God, or claim to be so close to him and very familiar with the Word of God such that they do not regard these with much importance again. That is a risk. The prophet Amos recounted how some...

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“RISE, TAKE YOUR BED AND GO HOME” (Matt 9:6)

⏰Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (05 July 2018) 📖Amos 7:10-17; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (R.v.10b); Matt 9:1-8 Hello dear, how is life treating you? Good as you want? Then give thanks to God. Otherwise, still never lose hope. Believe that God has not forgotten you. No matter how hopeless the situation might appear in human eye now, he is not done with you yet. Remember that Jesus said that even our little faith can move mountains (cf. Matt 17:20). We can see an instance of that in the faith of the friends of the paralyzed...

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WELCOME AND ACCEPT JESUS

⏰Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (04 July 2018) 📖Amos 5:14-15, 21-24; Ps 50:7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 16bc-17 (R.v.23bc); Matt 8:28-34 That is a popular saying! Abi no be so? Surely! But the question remains: HOW? Is it by being regular at Mass or Church gatherings; attending crusades, daily study of the scripture, long days of dry fasting, making fat donations to the Church? All these are quite important as they would help draw us closer to God and God’s people. Yet, only one thing is really very important: LOVE (1Cor. 13:1-13). Jesus summarized all that is...

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“WHAT I WANT IS MERCY, NOT SACRIFICE; KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, NOT HOLOCAUST” (Hos 6:6)

⏰Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (02 July 2018) 📖Amos 2:6-10, 13-16; Ps 50:16bc-17, 18-20, 21, 22-23 (R.v.22a); Matt 8:18-22 The prophet Amos is well known as a prophet of social justice. He was a simple farmer and shepherd from the tribe of Judah before God called him to prophesy in Northern Israel (cf. Amos 7:14-15). He was always crying out against the oppression of the poor. In Amos 2:6-16, he spoke out against religious desecration. Many at that time claimed to be religious elites, yet they got involved in different kinds of immoralities and oppression of...