Category: Easter Season

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BEWARE OF FIERCE WOLVES WITH THE WORD OF GOD

⏰Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter (27 May 2020) 📖Acts 20:28-38; Ps 68:33-35a, 35b and 36b (R.v.33a); John 17:11b-19 🎤BEWARE OF FIERCE WOLVES WITH THE WORD OF GOD In one of his endtime discourses, Jesus warned his disciples of the expected infiltration of their company with false Christs and false prophets (cf. Matt 24:24). We might be walking in deception when we anticipate these in the likeness of the second beast of Rev 13:11-17. Jesus already warned against this kind of thinking when he warned his disciples about fierce wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matt 7:15). St. Paul noted that...

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“ASK, AND YOU WILL RECEIVE, THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL” (John 16:24b)

⏰Saturday After Ascension (23 May 2020) 📖Acts 18:23-28; Ps 47:2-3, 8-9, 10; John 16:23b-28 🎤”ASK, AND YOU WILL RECEIVE, THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL” (John 16:24b) Imagine a situation without Jesus after we have been with him for a long time. A close example to this would be the death of loved one especially one to whom we have been dependent to a very large extent. That is a picture of the situation the disciples found themselves since the Ascension of Jesus. However, Jesus knew that a situation like that would arise and it would bring them so much...

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HUMANITY REUNITES WITH DIVINITY

⏰Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – Year A (21 May 2020) 📖Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.6); Eph 1:17-23; Matt 28:16-20 🎤HUMANITY REUNITES WITH DIVINITY May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you always. Jesus has ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-11), yet he is ever present to and with us. We believe so because he said so (Matt 28:20) and no lie is ever found in his mouth since he the truth par excellence (John 14:6). The truth that we celebrate today is...

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“MY FATHER GOES ON WORKING AND SO DO I” (John 5:17)

⏰SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A) 📖Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6 and 8 (R.v.4); Rev 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29 🎤”MY FATHER GOES ON WORKING AND SO DO I” (John 5:17) May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you both now and forever. Amen. As Jesus was preparing to take leave of his disciples and go back to the Father, an event that we shall be celebrating on Thursday this week as the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, he knew that they would...

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“GIVE PRAISE TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD, HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER” (Ps 118:1)

⏰SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY YEAR A) 📖Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118:2-4, 22-24, 25-27a (R.v.1); Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31 🎤”GIVE PRAISE TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD, HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER” (Ps 118:1) Dearly beloved in Christ, in the midst of the challenges of the present time, we celebrate today, the Feast of the Divine Mercy. Through this celebration, we get the reassurance that God, in his infinite mercy, will not abandon us to our fate but will come to our aid to rescue us all. Amen. As we prayerfully await the reign of that mercy...

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THE SPIRIT OF EMPOWERMENT

Pentecost Sunday (Year C) Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1ab and 24ac, 29bc-30, 31 and 34 (R.v30); Rom 8:8-17; John 14:15-16, 23b-26 THE SPIRIT OF EMPOWERMENT Happy birthday to all of us, sons and daughters of the Church. This is the day when we celebrate the birth of the Church. On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus and those gathered with them (cf. Acts 2:1-11), a fulfillment of Jesus promise to them. This outpouring serves one important purpose, which is empowerment. Remember that towards the end of his earthly life,...

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FOLLOW JESUS, THE WAY, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS

⏰Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter (08 June 2019) 📖Acts 28:16-20, 30-31; Ps 11:1-4, 5 and 7 (R.v.7b); John 21:20-25 🎤FOLLOW JESUS, THE WAY, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS Most of the books of the New Testament were written to address different theological concerns. Obviously, there were many of such concerns in the Gospel of John but central among them is faith in Jesus Christ as one who is the same with God the Father. There were other minor concerns but all of them center around that want of proof for the divinity of Jesus. Consider the last part of...

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WE NEED THE SPIRIT OF FORTITUDE AND WISDOM

⏰Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter (06 June 2017) 📖Acts 22:30, 23:6-11; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.1); John 17:20-26 🎤WE NEED THE SPIRIT OF FORTITUDE AND WISDOM Thanks be to God that my blog is recovered, and is up and running. It was not as worse as I feared. It was discovered that my license got expired and as I was not able to renew immediately, I was logged out. Well, thanks be to God that we didn’t lose the data we had saved in it all these years. Alright, back to our reflection for the...

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“I HAVE GIVEN YOU AN EXAMPLE” (John 13:15)

⏰Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter (16 May 2019) 📖Acts 13:13-25; Ps 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27 (R.v.2a); John 13:16-20 🎤”I HAVE GIVEN YOU AN EXAMPLE” (John 13:15) My dear, the events of the Lord’s Supper can be described as a mystery of love and service where Jesus offered himself to us and commanded us to do same for others. Nobody can really love and serve without humility and selflessness. Otherwise, we might keep rationalising over whether it is right for us to love or whom to love or offer our service to and then miss to fulfill the...

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“YOU WILL RECEIVE POWER WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES UPON YOU” (Acts 1:8)

⏰Pentecost Sunday (Year B) 📕Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1ab and 24ac, 29bc-30, 31 and 34 (R.v30); Gal 5:16-25; John 15:26-27, 16:12-15 Happy birthday to all of us, sons and daughters of the Church. This is the day when we celebrate the birth of the Church. On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus and those gathered with them (cf. Acts 2:1-11), a fulfillment of Jesus promise to them. This outpouring serves one important purpose, which is empowerment. Remember that towards the end of his earthly life, he was constantly telling...