Monthly Archive: October 2018

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“I WILL LEAD THEM BACK… IN A STRAIGHT PATH IN WHICH THEY SHALL NOT STUMBLE” (Jer 31:9)

⏰THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕Jer 31:7-9; Ps 126:1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.3); Heb 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 In the past few weeks, our liturgy has been reminding us of the end of time and the importance of remaining attached to Jesus if we are to survive the travails of that end. In today’s liturgy, especially, knowing that many of us have wandered away in the valley of the shadows of death, like the Israelites in exile, we are given hope once more that the Lord himself will lead us back to himself. In the First Reading, after spending...

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“CHRIST IS OUR PEACE” (Eph 2:14)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 October 2018) 📖Eph 2:11-22; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.9b); Luke 12:35-38 As at the time St Paul was preaching and writing his letters to different Churches, both Jews and gentiles make up his audience. Both groups resented themselves so much – the Jews claimed religious superiority and despised the gentiles while the gentiles resented the Jews for that attitude of exclusivity. So, in Eph 2:11-22, St Paul points out that that is not the will of God for his Church since Christ has “broken down the dividing wall...

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“THE LORD MADE US; WE BELONG TO HIM” (Ps 100:3)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 October 2018 – Memorial of St. Pope John Paul II) 📖Eph 2:1-10; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.3b); Luke 12:13-21 May the grace and peace of Christ be with you. Amen. At the beginning of this new working week, St Paul reminds us that by the grace of God, we have been given a place to live with Jesus at the time we were dead in sin (cf. Eph 2:1-10). Now, the place is already prepared for us but we need to follow Jesus to get to the place because...

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CALLED TO SERVE IN THE MISSION LAND

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Isa 53:10-11; Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v.22); Heb 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45 In our liturgy last Sunday, we were instructed on the need to be detached from the material things of this world in order to prepare a rich and better abode in heaven. Today, the call extends also to the way we embrace power and positions of authority. As members of Christ’s body, we are to imitate Christ in all things, and he is, above all things, a servant-leader who is ever ready to lay down his life for his followers....

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YOU ARE NOT A SLAVE BUT A FREE BORN!

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (15 October 2018 – Memorial of St. Theresa of Avila) 📖Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 – 5:1; Ps 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5a and 6-7 (R.v.2); Luke 11:29-32 Do you really believe that Christ has set you free from all kinds of slavery and oppression? Do you believe that no power on earth is greater than his power (19:11) and that all power belongs to him (Matt 28:18)? Why then are you still worried on how to overcome little challenges that you face? At the beginning of this working week, St Paul encourages us...

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“BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 5:3)

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Wis 7:7-11; Ps 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 (R.v.14); Heb 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30 Last Sunday, with the example of marriage in which there is no separation once God has joined the two persons together into one, we were invited to be ever united with God without allowing anything to separate us from him. But it is quite true that the pursuit for material things has led many of us to miss the track of heaven. Hence, today’s liturgy is very important and timely in its call on us not to allow material things to separate...

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THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH (Gal 3:11)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 October 2018) 📖Gal 3:7-14; Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.5b); Luke 11:15-26 May the peace of Christ be with you. What is the point which St. Paul tried to drive home in Gal 3:7-14? Was he really condemning the law? No! We must try not to misinterpret Paul as doing that. Paul was a Jew and a Pharisee at that. He had respect for Moses, and Moses was the one who received the Law from God. So St Paul must be understood as elevating an understanding of the spirit of the...

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THE LORD IS WITH YOU!

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (09 October 2018) 📖Gal 1:13-24; Ps 139:1-3, 13-14, 15 (R.v.24b); Luke 10:38-42 My dear, the presence of God in your life can create so much difference in the kind of fruit you bear. Yesterday, we talked about bearing the fruit of love instead of discrimination; it is only by the presence of God in our life that we can choose to love. In Gal 1:13-24, St. Paul testified that his zeal to preach was informed by his encounter with Christ, and the content of his message was a revelation from Christ,...

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LOVE BUILDS WHILE DISCRIMINATION DESTROYS

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (08 October 2018) 📖Gal 1:6-12; Ps 111:1b-2, 7-8, 9 and 10c (R.v.5b); Luke 10:25-37 May the peace and love of Christ reign in your life in this new week and beyond. Amen. At the beginning of this new working week, we are called to a reorientation of the value and understanding of love, especially love of God. This is because many think that they love God whereas they are actually filled with hate. St John, in his first letter reminds us that we cannot love God genuinely if we cannot love...

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MARRIAGE IN GOD’S PLAN

TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Gen 2:18-24; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.5); Heb 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16 It is about seven weeks to the end of the Church’s Liturgical Year. The Church, in her wisdom, chose to remind us today that the end we anticipate would be in the form of a marriage feast (see Rev 19:6-9) in which man’s longing to be with God is achieved. That is why marriage has been described as God’s perfect gift to man. So, strictly speaking, today should not just be seen as a marriage Sunday but a day in which...