Monthly Archive: March 2019

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“PUT OFF YOUR SHOES FROM YOUR FEET” (Exod 3:5)

⏰THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C) – First Scrutiny 📖Exod 3:1-8a, 13-15; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8 and 11 (R.v.8a); 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Luke 13:1-9 🎤”PUT OFF YOUR SHOES FROM YOUR FEET” (Exod 3:5) I welcome you this third Sunday of Lent. In the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), which culminates in Baptism at Easter Vigil, this is the day in which we have what is called the First Scrutiny/Purification. The Second and Third Scrutiny would come up on the Fifth and Sixth Sundays of Lent respectively. The period of Scrutiny is a period of reflection and...

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CHOSEN BY GOD TO LIVE, SUFFER, DIE AND RISE IN HIM

⏰SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C) 📕Gen 15:5-12, 17-18; Ps 27:1, 7-8b, 8c-9abc, 13-14 (R.v.1a); Phil 3:20 – 4:1; Luke 9:28b-36 🎤CHOSEN BY GOD TO LIVE, SUFFER, DIE AND RISE IN HIM Do you realize that we are already about twelve days gone into this most holy season of lent? Have you been able to form for yourself an identity of Jesus, who is the reason for this season? That is a very important thing to do if we are able to remain focused on him. Hence, on this second Sunday of lent, the liturgy set out a plan to...

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“ASK AND YOU WILL RECEIVE” (Matt 7:7)

⏰Thursday of the First Week of Lent (14 March 2019) 📖Esther 14:1, 3-4, 11, 13-14; Ps 138:1-2a, 2bcd-3, 7d-8 (R.v.3a); Matt 7:7-12apaa 🎤”ASK AND YOU WILL RECEIVE” (Matt 7:7) Do you remember what we said two days ago, precisely on Tuesday, concerning the effectiveness of God’s word (cf. Isa 55:10-11)? With that, we encouraged ourselves to enter into a loving relationship with God where trust and mutual love reign. Queen Esther knew the value of being in such a relationship. Hence she took respite in God in the face of deep anxiety and asked God to save her and her...

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“NO ONE WHO BELIEVES IN [JESUS] WILL BE PUT TO SHAME”

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C) Deut 26:4-10; Ps 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 (R.v.15b); Rom 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13 “NO ONE WHO BELIEVES IN [JESUS] WILL BE PUT TO SHAME” It is already some days into this season of grace Lent. Today, being the first Sunday of lent, the Liturgy reminds us of the reason for the celebration and encourages us to hold firm in faith despite the challenges that might come our way in the process of expressing our faith in God. The Gospel stands as a big warning to us If the devil was not afraid to tempt the...

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“…FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS” (Luke 6:45)

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Sam 27:4-7; Ps. 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 (R.v.2a); 1 Cor 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45 “…FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS” (Luke 6:45) My dear, on this last Sunday before Lent, the liturgy, providentially instructs us on one important disposition we need to embrace at this time and beyond. That important disposition is self introspection. This is a time to look into our lives and try to find out those things that we need to separate ourselves from in order to become good and perfect Christians. The gospel gives us an...