Monthly Archive: August 2018

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“GOD CHOSE THE FOOLISH TO SHAME THE WISE” (1Cor 1:27)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (01 September 2018) 📖1 Cor 1:26-31; Ps 33:12-13, 18-19, 20-21 (R.v.12b); Matt 25:14-30 Most times, when we hear the saying above, what readily comes to mind is the difference between the status of people – the rich and the poor, the physically strong and the weak, the tall and short men, fat and thin ones, etc. That may be the right interpretation of that text but let us try to make some impositions by looking at a different direction, that is inward. The situation in Corinth was one that placed them...

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“BEHOLD, THE BRIDEGROOM! COME OUT TO MEET HIM” (Matt 25:6)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (31 August 2018) 📖1 Cor 1:17-25; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 10-11 (R.v.5b); Matt 25:1-13 Congratulations as you made it to the end of this month, and warming up to embrace the new month. May this month end also bring to an end, all your worries and troubles so that the new month will usher in spiritual, economic and health renewal in your life. Amen. But wait! I am just wondering now; assuming this a voice rings out all over the world at this time, I mean now as you read through this,...

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ARE YOU AWAKE?

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (30 August 2018) 📖1 Cor 1:1-9; Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.1b); Matt 24:42-51 🎤ARE YOU AWAKE Again, I have been battling with sleep for some time now in order to make this reflection. It has not been easy but, maybe, God uses it to make me understand what he proposes in the eschatological discourses of Jesus. If I bow to sleep now, I may not finish this on time. So I need to be awake. Can you see? That is a battle between what I want and the good I ought...

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“LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU!” (2 Thess 2:3)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (28 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Augustine) 📖2 Thess 2:1-3a, 14-17; Ps 96:10, 11-12ab, 12b-13 (R.v.13b); Matt 23:23-26 One of the signs of the end time that Jesus enlisted when he was asked by his disciples is this: “Many will come using my name, and saying: ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many people” (Matt 24:5). Hence he warned them, “Be on your guard and let no one mislead you” (Matt 24:4). St. Paul repeated the same warning to us today just as he did to the Thessalonians...

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MAY GOD MAKE US WORTHY OF HIS CALLING (2 Thess 1:11)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (27 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Monica) 📖2 Thess 1:1-5, 11b-12; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 4-5 (R.v.3); Matt 23:13-22 “May grace and peace be yours from God the Father and Jesus Christ the Lord” (2Thess 1:2), amen. At the beginning of this working week, St Paul encourages us just as he encouraged the Church in Thessalonica to work all the harder to live up to the status of our Christian faith not minding our different difficulties in life. This local Church was bedeviled with laxity because they were expecting an imminent...

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CHOOSE TO FOLLOW CHRIST AND LIVE

⏰TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📑Josh 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b; Ps 34:1-2, 15-16, 17-18, 19-20, 21-22 (R.v.8a); Eph 5:21-32; John 6:60-69 As part of his concluding discourses with the people of Israel, Moses did set before them two ways, one which contains the Law of God and leads to life and prosperity, and another which is the way of other gods and leads to death and calamity. He encouraged them to choose the way of God so that they may live and prosper (cf. Deut 30:15-20). All the readings of our liturgy today echo the same injunction. In the...

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“I WILL DWELL IN THE MIDST OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL FOREVER” (Ezek 43:7)

⏰Saturday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (25 August 2018) 📖Ezek 43:1-7a; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.10b); Matt 23:1-12 The people of Israel lamented the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and their being taken to exile. In all that, they concluded that God has abandoned them. Ezekiel’s message was one of consolation and restoration. The vision of God in the foreign land is an indication that God cannot be caged or restricted. Today’s prophecy (Ezek 43:1-7a) is an assurance that God is going to dwell in the rebuilt temple. Remember that in this Christian era,...

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“I SHALL GIVE YOU A NEW HEART AND PUT A NEW SPIRIT WITHIN YOU” (Ezek 36:26)

⏰Thursday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 August 2018) 📖Ezek 36:23-28; Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19 (R. Ezek 36:25); Matt 22:1-14 My dear, the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases nor gets exhausted (Lam 3:22). The problems of the Israelites came from many angles. Some were caused by the misguidance of the leaders, others from the sins of their ancestors, and some others from the sins (laissez-faire attitude) of the people themselves. Now, irrespective of the source, the Lord promises through the prophet to give them a new heart and spirit, that is a new disposition to...

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MARY IN THE LIGHT OF GOD’S UNIMAGINABLE GENEROSITY TO US

⏰Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time 2 (22 Aug. 2018 – Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary) 📖Ezek 34:1-11; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Matt 20:1-16a In my little number of years in this pilgrimage of faith, I have come to learn that truth does not subsist in a doctrine I have practiced over the time or what I was taught. I have rather learnt to give reason a chance because God did not make a mistake in creating me with the brain. That is just a food for thought! The prophecy of Isaiah...

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BE HUMAN! BE HUMBLE! BE HOLY!

⏰Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Pius Xth) 📖Ezek 28:1-10; Deut 32:26-27ab, 27cd-28, 30, 35cd-36ab; Matt 19:23-30 Yesterday, we talked about the need to set our values right. In actual fact, we do not recommend an extraordinary attitude. Being yourself would be enough. The problems we normally have arises from our quest to answer what we are not. This reaches to the extreme when we try to play God. Even when you seem to have an extraordinary gift, try and remain human. It is in that state that God wishes...