Monthly Archive: September 2019

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“THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD” (Zech 8:8)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (30 Sept. 2019 – Memorial of St. Jerome) 📖Zech 8:1-8; Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23 (R.v.17); Luke 9:46-50 🎤”THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD” (Zech 8:8) What a beautiful way to begin this working week! Do you remember what we said some time ago concerning the purpose for the book of the prophet Zechariah? We did say that he came with a message of hope for the people. And that is just the fact that God himself is going to come and dwell in their...

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YOUR DRY BONE SHALL RISE AGAIN

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (28 Sept. 2019) 📖Zech 2:1-5, 10-11a; Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 (R.v.10d); Luke 9:43b-45 🎤YOUR DRY BONE SHALL RISE AGAIN Are you in any way suffering because of what you lost? Are you already getting discouraged and saying that you cannot rise again? Have people suggested to you that your case is hopeless? Listen! You are not alone in that. Your brothers all over the world are suffering the same thing (1 Pet 5:9). The Israelites faced the same kind of discouragement when they came back to their land and met it...

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THERE IS ALWAYS A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 Sept. 2019 – Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul) 📖Haggai 1:15 – 2:9; Ps 43:1, 2, 3, 4 (R.v.5cd); Luke 9:18-22 🎤THERE IS ALWAYS A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL The problems of the Israelites after their return from exile did not just end with the fact of lack of resources to use in rebuilding the temple. Some of them who knew the temple before it was destroyed lost hope of being able to raise the temple to such a status again. Think of losing a very precious...

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LIVE FOR GOD AND FOR OTHERS

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 Sept. 2019) 📖Ezra 9:5-9; Tob 13:1b-2, 3-4a, 6efgh, 6ij, 8 (R.v.1b); Luke 9:1-6 🎤LIVE FOR GOD AND FOR OTHERS Do you want to be faithful to God? Then you definitely need to be very selfless. Think about God and others first, and be sure that God will never leave you empty handed. That is an important message that we must pick out from Luke 9:1-6, which is seen lived out by Ezra in Ezra 9:5-9, by carrying the burden of his people and intercepting for in humility. Jesus sent out...

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“SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD”

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) – 18 Sept 2016 Amos 8:4-7; Ps. 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8 (R.v.1a, 7a); 1Tim 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13 “SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD” It is a truism that where your treasure is, there lies your heart. If we love God so much, in God would our attention subsist but if it is material possession that we treasure more, it will definitely take away our attention from God. The people of Israel were patiently awaiting the Day of the Lord, when God would restore peace in Jerusalem. But they do this without bothering to...

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“DO NOT NEGLECT THE GIFT YOU HAVE” (1 Tim 4:14)

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (19 September 2019) 📖1 Tim 4:12-16; Ps 111:7-8, 9, 10 (R.v.2a); Luke 7:36-50 🎤”DO NOT NEGLECT THE GIFT YOU HAVE” (1 Tim 4:14) Have you not realized that nobody is born without a gift? Every child that comes into this world comes with a gift that would be beneficial to him and the entire society. In the same way, everyone who is born into the Church by baptism is also born with a gift. Have you tried to discover your own gift? Are you using it well for the building up...

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REMAIN FIRM IN YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (18 September 2019) 📖1 Tim 3:14-16; Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.2a); Luke 7:31-35 🎤REMAIN FIRM IN YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST In 1 Tim 3:14-16, St. Paul instructs the leaders to remain attached to the fundamental truths of the history of salvation which were handed down to us. Obviously, some people, out of selfish interests, try to deviate from those fundamental truths (see Luke 7:31-35). Trying to fault them would definitely lead to persecution. Do you see how the Jews especially the Pharisees and the leaders were always looking out to see...

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A CELEBRATION OF GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

⏰Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) – 15 Sept 2019 📖Exod 32:7-11,13-14; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17 and 19 (R. Luke 15:18); 1Tim 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32 🎤A CELEBRATION OF GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE The three readings that we have in our Liturgy of today point out, in a very clear manner, the imperfection of man and God’s unconditional love towards man. In the First Reading, the people of Israel deserted God and chose to worship a molten calf. Worst still, they ascribed to the molten calf, the glory which ought to be given to God, saying: “These are your gods, O...

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“THE GRACE OF OUR LORD OVERFLOWED FOR ME WITH FAITH AND LOVE THAT ARE IN CHRIST JESUS” (1 Tim 1:14)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (13 Sept. 2019 – Memorial of St. John Chrysostom) 📕1 Tim 1:1-2, 12-18; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 11 (R.v.5a); Luke 6:39-42 🎤”THE GRACE OF OUR LORD OVERFLOWED FOR ME WITH FAITH AND LOVE THAT ARE IN CHRIST JESUS” (1 Tim 1:14) My dear, as you prepare to embrace the demands of this day, may Jesus, our dependable friend, be present to you so that you may have a peaceful and miraculous day through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen. There is an adage that says that a river that forgets...

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“PUT ON LOVE, WHICH BINDS EVERYTHING TOGETHER IN PERFECT HARMONY” (Col 3:14)

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (12 Sept. 2019) 📕Col 3:12-17; Ps 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.6); Luke 6:27-38 🎤”PUT ON LOVE, WHICH BINDS EVERYTHING TOGETHER IN PERFECT HARMONY” (Col 3:14) All that St. Paul said in Col 3:12-17 could be summarized into a single command, “Put on Christ.” Remember that Christ is God (cf. John 1:1; Phil 2:6) and God is love (1 John 4:16). So, anyone who dwells in Christ dwells in love. Consider the contents of love which were proposed by St. Paul in 1 Cor 13:4-8 in line with this message. In that case,...