Category: Easter Season

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THE STONE WAS NOT AN OBSTACLE

⏰Easter Sunday (16 April 2017) 📕Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,15c-17, 22-23 (R.v.24); Col 3:1-4; John 20:1-9 Last night, we were talking about the victory of light over darkness and the miracle of the empty tomb. We noted that since we have died with Christ, we shall also with him in victory. Jesus has conquered death and his resurrection is for the salvation of all. Yet, only those who make themselves available receives that gift of salvation. Hence, St Paul exhorts us to seek things that are above where Jesus is (cf. Col 3:1-4). If you really seek Jesus, you will...

BLESSED ARE THEY WHO DWELL IN YOUR HOUSE, O LORD

⏰THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH (YEAR C) 1 Sam 1:20-22, 24-28; Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10, 11 (R.v.5a); 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24; Luke 2:41-52 “BLESSED ARE THEY WHO DWELL IN YOUR HOUSE, O LORD” (Ps 84:5a) Obviously, the joy of the Christmas season is still in the air. I hope you are sharing well in that joy. May this joy of the new born King never depart from you through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. The family is very important in making the joy of this celebration be felt all over the world. That...

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Jesus I Love You

TUESDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER Readings: Acts 2:36-41; Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v.5b); John 20:11-18 Have you learnt anything yet from Mary Magdalene since the resurrection of Jesus? She has taught me what it means to be a faithful disciple of Jesus. In addition, she seems to know what it means to have hope against hope. She has taught me what it means to love Jesus. Her encounter with Jesus in John 20:14-16 confirms the saying of Jesus in the story of the Good Shepherd (John 10); the sheep knows the Shepherd and listens to his voice...

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“…We All Are Witnesses” (Acts 2:32)

MONDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.1); Matt 28:8-15 After the resurrection of Jesus, several stories were spread through the land through the instrumentality of many witnesses. With our understanding of the term “witness” to mean someone who sees something happen and so is able to describe it to other people, one would have thought that the stories would be the same thing. But no! For the Jews till today, he was taken away by his disciples. But for the Apostles, he is risen. How did the division begin?...

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Get Ready For Jesus’ Arrival For The Party; His Victory Is Our Victory

HOLY SATURDAY GET READY FOR JESUS’ ARRIVAL FOR THE PARTY; HIS VICTORY IS OUR VICTORY Great silence has befallen the earth. Hope you can feel it in your area. Do you understand what it means? There seems to be a setback in the mission of Jesus. He has just been buried few hours ago. The devil is now very happy thinking that he is victorious. Little does he know that Jesus can never be conquered. Even in death, he went down to minister to the souls that has been waiting for redemption from him (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church,...

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“It Is Finished!” (John 19:30)

GOOD FRIDAY Readings: Isa 52:13 – 53:12; Ps 31:2 and 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17 and 25 (R. Luke 23:46b); Heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1 – 19:42 What is it that finished? That is an expression of fulfillment. It is our sin that is consumed as he came to save us from the slavery of sin. Isa 53:12 tells us that he has our sins and our transgressions. It is equally our life problems that have been taken care of as he came that we may have life in abundance (John 10:10) and so he beckons on us, “Come to me...

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“Do This In Memory of Me” (Luke 22:19)

HOLY THURSDAY Readings: Exod 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc (R. 1 Cor 10:16); 1 Cor 11:23-26; John 13:1-15 Today is a very special day in the life of the Church. On this day, the Church celebrates the institution of the Sacred Ministerial Priesthood, the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and the special ministry of love and service. In most local Churches today, the priests gather around their Bishop to renew their vows and commitment to obedience to the Church and of love and service to God’s people.   Today, we will hear the voice of Jesus asking us...