Monthly Archive: August 2019

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“EVERYONE WHO EXALTS HIMSELF WILL BE HUMBLED AND HE WHO HUMBLES HIMSELF WILL BE EXALTED” (Luke 14:11)

⏰Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Sirach 3:17-20, 28-29; Ps 68:4-5ac, 6-7ab, 10-11 (R.v.11b); Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a; Luke 14:7-14 🎤”EVERY ONE WHO EXALTS HIMSELF WILL BE HUMBLED AND HE WHO HUMBLES HIMSELF WILL BE EXALTED” (Luke 14:11) Last Sunday, Jesus called on us to follow the narrow gate if we want to get into the kingdom of God. As we know, nothing that is big can pass through that narrow gate. Pride bloats and makes one big. Can you now see the wisdom of God in choosing to teach us the necessity of humility today? The evangelist Luke used...

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“BE AN EXAMPLE THAT THE WHOLE FLOCK CAN FOLLOW” (1 Pet 5:3)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 August 2019 – Memorial of St. Monica) 📖1 Thess 2:1-8; Ps 139:1-3, 4-6 (R.v.1); Matt 23:23-26 “BE AN EXAMPLE THAT THE WHOLE FLOCK CAN FOLLOW” (1 Pet 5:3) My dear, in our reflection yesterday, we noted the invitation of both Jesus and St. Paul for us to bear true witness to the gospel by manner of life we live. Today, that call continues to be emphasized and God tells us that the best way to carry out our missions of evangelization fruitfully is by living lives worthy of emulation. Let...

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“YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF MEN WE PROVED TO BE AMONG YOU FOR YOUR SAKE” (1 Thess 1:5)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 August 2019) 📖1 Thess 1:1-5, 8b-10; Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9bc (R.v.4a); Matt 23:13-22 🎤“YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF MEN WE PROVED TO BE AMONG YOU FOR YOUR SAKE” (1 Thess 1:5) “May grace and peace be with you” (1 Thess 1:1), Amen. At the beginning of this working week, both Jesus and St Paul encourage us to be true witnesses of the gospel wherever we go so that we can help others to stand firm in God. The background of the First letter of St. Paul to the...

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“STRIVE TO ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Luke 13:24)

⏰Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Isa 66:18-21; Ps 117:1, 2 (R. Mark 16:15); Heb 12:5-7, 11-13; Luke 13:22-30 🎤”STRIVE TO ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Luke 13:24) My dear, the evangelist Luke chooses to remind us today that Jesus is still on his way to Jerusalem. What awaits him in Jerusalem is the Cross. It is through the Cross that he would depart this world, and he knew about it. When he began this journey, he invited his disciples to carry their crosses and follow him (cf. Luke 9:23). If the one who asked him the question about...

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“BEHOLD THE HANDMAID OF GOD…” (Luke 1:38)

⏰Thursday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time 2 (22 Aug. 2019 – Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary) 📖Judges 11:29-39a; Ps 40:5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R.v.8a); Matt 22:1-14 🎤”BEHOLD THE HANDMAID OF GOD…” (Luke 1:38) 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...

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“I WILL BE WITH YOU… DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE” (Judges 6:16, 23)

⏰Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (20 August 2019) 📖Judges 6:11-24; Ps 85:9, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.9b); Matt 19:23-30 🎤”I WILL BE WITH YOU… DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE” (Judges 6:16, 23) God would not give you a task that you cannot handle nor allow you to go through a situation that would leave you helpless. This is because he is bigger than all our situations, and embracing him would usher in the needed solution for all our seeming difficulties. Moreover, God does not commission us for an assignment without equipping us. Consider the example of Gideon...

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THE VOICE OF CHANGE

⏰Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (19 August 2019) 📖Judges 2:11-19; Ps 106:34-37, 39-40, 43-44 (R.v.4ab); Matt 19:16-22 🎤THE VOICE OF CHANGE My dear, sin is an abomination before God. In fact, we can say that it is sin that cannot withstand the presence of God. Hence, whenever we sin, we move away from the presence of God, and so, exposed to the dangers which the wicked one tries to unleash in the world. This was exactly what was happening with the relationship which God had with the Israelites. Whenever they committed sin, they made themselves vulnerable to...

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“I CAME TO CAST FIRE UPON THE EARTH” (Luke 12:49)

⏰Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Jer 38:4-6, 8-10; Ps 40:2, 3, 4, 18 (R.v.14b); Heb 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53 🎤”I CAME TO CAST FIRE UPON THE EARTH” (Luke 12:49) My dear, in order to understand the drama in today’s liturgy, we shall need to go back to the focus of the Thirteenth Week of the Ordinary Time when Jesus challenged his disciples on the need to remain focused on the call to discipleship. On that day, Elijah was indignant with Elisha for his reluctance at the call (cf. 1 Kgs 19:19-20). As for Jesus, there are no two ways;...

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“UNLESS YOU TURN AND BECOME LIKE CHILDREN, YOU WILL NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 18:3)

⏰Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (13 August 2019) 📖Deut 31:1-8; Deut 32:3-4ab, 7, 8, 9 and 12 (R.v.9a); Matt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 🎤”UNLESS YOU TURN AND BECOME LIKE CHILDREN, YOU WILL NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 18:3) My dear, yesterday, we concluded our reflection with a call to participate effectively in Jesus’ mission of setting others free. We cannot really do that without humility and simplicity, the type often associated with children. That is the message that Jesus gives us in Matt 18:1-14. Notice his progression from the use of children (cf. Matt 18:3, 5)...

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YOU ARE FREE INDEED!

⏰Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (12 August 2019) 📖Deut 10:12-22; Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 (R.v.12a); Matt 17:22-27 🎤YOU ARE FREE INDEED! By virtue of your baptism, you have been set free from the bondage of sin and initiated into the royal family of God. And the good news is this, “If the Son makes you free, you will be really free” (John 8:36). When you enjoy that freedom, there is nothing that can tie you down again and no earthly power can oppress you. Jesus already paid a price for you. In Matt 17:27, he paid a...