Monthly Archive: July 2019

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WATCH AND PRAY!

⏰Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (30 July 2019) 📖Exod 33:7-11, 34:5b-9, 28; Ps 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.8a); Matt 13:36-43 🎤WATCH AND PRAY! We have, in the past, talked about focusing on the kingdom of God in our journey of faith. But we know that no matter how wide open your eyes are, if you are not supported by the grace of God, there won’t be any headway for us. That is why we must pray always for God’s abiding presence especially in moments when God seems to be very far from us. Moses gave us...

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“LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY” (Luke 11:1)

⏰Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Gen 18:20-32; Ps 138:1-2a, 2bcd-3, 6-7ab, 7c-8 (R.v.3a); Col 2:12-14; Luke 11:1-13 🎤”LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY” (Luke 11:1) The formation continues my dear. Jesus is still on his way to Jerusalem where he would give up his life for our salvation. He wants to show us the right way to follow him and gain that salvation. Last Sunday, we were told of the importance of serving God how he NEEDED to be served instead of how we WANT to serve him. But how do we know how he needs to be served?...

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ARE YOU WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB?

⏰Saturday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 July 2019) 📖Exod 24:3-8; Ps 50:1-2, 5-6, 14-15 (R.v.14a); Matt 13:24-30 🎤ARE YOU WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB? My dear, how has your spiritual journey been since we began reading from the book of Exodus? Do you try to evaluate yourself through the Israelites’ encounters with God? Have you seen the need to join them in this covenant renewal today? So far, we have seen a faithful God patiently managing an unfaithful people. During the week, we saw how they were complaining about everything around them. In fact,...

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“THE LORD GAVE THEM BREAD FROM HEAVEN” (Ps 78:24)

⏰Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (24 July 2019) 📖Exod 16:1-5, 9-15; Ps 78:18-19, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28 (R.v.24b); Matt 13:1-19 🎤”THE LORD GAVE THEM BREAD FROM HEAVEN” (Ps 78:24) Have you lived or stayed with someone who is always complaining, almost about everything? Such persons can be so irritating and unfortunately, at the situations they complain about, they would become the worst of all. If you have encountered such people, it will be easier for you to understand how God ought to feel at the complaints of the Israelites. Just imagine! Recently we read of how they...

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“I WILL SING TO THE LORD, FOR HE HAS TRIUMPHED GLORIOUSLY” (Exod 15:1)

⏰Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (23 July 2019) 📖Exod 14:21 – 15:1; Exod 15:8-9, 10 and 12, 17 (R.v.1a); Matt 12:46-50 🎤”I WILL SING TO THE LORD, FOR HE HAS TRIUMPHED GLORIOUSLY” (Exod 15:1) Do you remember what we said when we began reading from the book of Exodus? We had begun from the point where Pharoah issued a decree for the destruction of the Jewish race. Then we did say that though we are beginning with that sad note, it will not always end in sadness. Can you not see that from the experience of...

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“MARY HAS CHOSEN THE GOOD OPTION” (Luke 10:42)

⏰Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕Gen 18:1-10a; Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 (R.v.1a); Col 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42 🎤”MARY HAS CHOSEN THE GOOD OPTION” (Luke 10:42) I hope that you are following, very well, the sequence of Jesus’ formation of his disciples since he began his final journey to Jerusalem. First of all, he made effort to clarify the wrong image they had of him, telling them that he is a suffering Messiah, thereby inviting them to carry their crosses and follow him. Later on, he sent these disciples ahead of him to go and preach the Gospel. Last Sunday,...

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GOD IS THE HOPE OF THE HOPELESS

⏰Saturday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (20 July 2019) 📖Exod 12:37-42; Ps 136:1 and 23-24, 10-12, 13-15 (R.v.1); Matt 12:14-21 🎤GOD IS THE HOPE OF THE HOPELESS Did you notice the number of years that the Israelites spent in Egypt before God rescued them? 430 years (cf. Exod 12:40) was indeed a long time to breed hopelessness. It is true that not all those years were spent in oppression and slavery but a good percentage of it must have been spent that way. It does not matter to God how long you have been suffering; his focus...

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“THE CUP OF SALVATION I WILL RAISE; I WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD” (Ps 116:13)

⏰Friday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (19 July 2019) 📖Exod 11:10 – 12:14; Ps 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18 (R.v.13); Matt 12:1-8 🎤”THE CUP OF SALVATION I WILL RAISE; I WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD” (Ps 116:13) Who can speak when the Lord has not spoken? And when the Lord has spoken, who can refuse? According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, together with its soul and divinity, under the appearance of the bread and wine. The bread...

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“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD… AND YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF” (Luke 10:27)

⏰Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Deut 30:10-14; Ps 69:13 and 16, 29-30, 32-33, 35ab and 36 (R.v.32); Col 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37 🎤”YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD… AND YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF” (Luke 10:27) Remember the focus of the liturgy of last Sunday – Bearing the mark of Christ in us and taking him to others. We have the same focus in our liturgy today. That tells us that this is a matter of great importance to Jesus. In the field of Christian ethics, we have a progression from what we call the “ethics of doing” to...

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GOD HAS A NEW NAME FOR YOU!

⏰Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (09 July 2019) 📖Gen 32:22-32; Ps 17:1, 2-3, 6-7, 8 and 15 (R.v.15a); Matt 9:32-38 🎤GOD HAS A NEW NAME FOR YOU! The story of Jacob in Gen 32:24-25 is indeed the story of many of people. Jacob had always had his way in most things before this time. That success was probably getting into his head and he felt that he could get everything he wants by the power of his hand. That could be why God decided to wrestle with him to teach him humility. Sometimes too, when we...