Category: Second Week

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“HOLY SPIRIT, ENLIGHTEN AND SANCTIFY US”

⏰Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter (10 April 2018) 📕Acts 4:32-37; Ps 93:1abc, 1c-2, 5 (R.v.1a); John 3:7b-15 Do you really understand this drama between Jesus and Nicodemus? Consider what Jesus said to him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this?” (John 3:10). Notice that Jesus did not call Nicodemus a teacher of the Jews but Israel. Israel is the identity of the chosen people of God whereas Jews refer to a race. The Pharisees claim to uphold the Laws of Moses and save it from adulteration. The Laws and the Prophets are...

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THE DOUBTING THOMAS, COMMUNITY LIFE AND THE DIVINE MERCY

⏰Second Sunday of Easter (Year B) 📕Acts 4:32-35; Ps 118:2-4, 15c-16b, and 17-18m, 22-24 (R.v.1); 1 John 5:1-7; John 20:19-31 THE DOUBTING THOMAS, COMMUNITY LIFE AND THE DIVINE MERCYLast year, the liturgy of this very day brought to our view the role of faith in the life of every Christian. This year, while that role is still kept in view, the role of love in Christian life is also made more explicit. The First Reading and the Second point out how that love is lived and harnessed in the Christian community. In the First Reading, which is a summary statement,...

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OUR MIRACLE IS AROUND YOU! (On the Theology of our Contribution)

YOUR MIRACLE IS AROUND YOU! (On the Theology of our Contribution) Dear friend, what miracle are you waiting for? Are you able to read this message? Then, you must know that your miracle is already with you; stop looking for it in far away places. You see! You need to redefine your idea of a miracle before you can begin to appreciate better the place of Jesus in your life. A friend of mine drew my attention to his opinion on my reflection this morning on The Theology of our Contribution. He was worried that the path we threaded in...

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“BLESSED ARE ALL WHO TRUST IN YOU, O LORD” (Ps 2:12)

⏰Monday of the Second Week of Easter (24 April 2017) ????Acts 4:23-31; Ps 2:1-3, 4-6, 7-9 (R.v.12d); John 3:1-8 What do you do when faced with great difficulty in your business, place of work or even faced with great opposition from people who are merely jealous of your progress? Learn from the disciples in Acts 4:23-31. In such situations, they talked to God in prayer and were strengthened by God. So do not joke with your prayers this week because the enemy the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion seeking to devour you (1Pet 5:7). It is only...

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LET JESUS COME IN TO HELP YOU

⏰Saturday of the Second Week of Easter (14 April 2018) 📕Acts 6:1-7; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19 (R.v.22); John 6:16-21 If you have observed closely, you would notice how we have been discussing the different challenges that the disciples had to face due to their temporary separation from Jesus, and Jesus often stepped in to help them manage the challenging situation. What that continues to tell us is that Jesus makes the difference. Consider the experience of the disciples in crossing over to Capernaum through the sea (John 6:16-21). The Gospel began by telling us of the impending night. Night introduces...

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THE THEOLOGY OF OUR CONTRIBUTIONS

⏰Friday of the Second Week of Easter (13 April 2018) 📕Acts 5:34-42; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.v.4ac); John 6:1-15 How do you look at the miracle of the multiplication of loaves in John 6:1-15? Maybe you see Jesus as a magician who doubled each particle of the bread and so the multiple. Well, given the character of the gospel of John that allows for dual interpretation, that assertion could be true because Jesus, as God, could do anything he wants. However, that miracle can otherwise be seen as the miracle of generosity instead of loaves. Do you not think that...

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“WE MUST OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN” (Acts 5:29)

⏰Thursday of the Second Week of Easter (12 April 2018) 📕Acts 5:27-33; Ps 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20 (R.v.7a); John 3:31-36 When you are threatened by a force which seems to be beyond your strength especially at the exercise of your faith, what do you do? 👉At the office when the only option for appointment or promotion is to pay in cash or in kind; 👉When premarital sex is the only condition to get married; 👉When you are falsely accused of an evil act and the only way to prove your innocence is to swear before an oracle; 👉When speaking...

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“LOOK, I HAVE OPENED A DOOR BEFORE YOU WHICH NOBODY CAN SHUT” (Rev 3:8)

⏰Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter (11 April 2018) 📕Acts 5:17-26; Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.7a); John 3:16-21 My dear, the word of God cannot be caged nor stopped from fulfilling its purpose; no opposition can stop its fearless and raging force (read Acts 5:17-26). The high priest and the Sadducees tried to cage this word as the Apostles went about proclaiming it but the angel of the Lord would not allow them to succeed. Nobody can hinder the word from achieving its purpose (cf. Isa 55:10-11). This same word of God says that there is no condemnation...