Category: Feasts and Solemnities

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“AND A SWORD WILL PIERCE YOUR OWN SOUL TOO” (Luke 2:35)

⏰Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows (15 Sept 2018) 📑Heb 5:7-9; Ps 31:1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 14-15, 19 (R.v.16b); John 19:25b-27 or Luke 2:33-35 On February 10, 1999, I had a very fatal domestic accident at our neighbour’s house in my village. When my mother came to see me lying helpless on the ground with multiple fractures, she exclaimed in deep agony, “Nwa m ooo!” (i.e. my son ooo!) She indeed shared my agony. That adds to the reason I value my mother so much and can do anything for her. Yesterday, we reflected on the triumph of the cross of...

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WHEN I AM LIFTED UP, THEN I WILL DRAW ALL MEN TO MYSELF (John 12:23)

FEAST OF THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS (14 Sept 2018) Num 21:4b-9; Psalm 78:1-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38 (R.v.7b); Phil 2:6-11; John 3:13-17 WHEN I AM LIFTED UP, THEN I WILL DRAW ALL MEN TO MYSELF (John 12:23) We adore you O Christ and we bless you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world. Jesus revealed his identity as the Suffering Messiah and insists that everyone who wishes to follow him must carry his own cross and come after him. We are confident to embrace that cross because he had already transformed it into a way to glory....

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WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE SAME BODY OF CHRIST

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (13 Sept. 2016 – Memorial of St. John Chrysostom) ????1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.3c); Luke 7:11-17 ????WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE SAME BODY OF CHRIST My dear, whatever you have that is lacking in others is meant to be used to supply for such lack. This includes your possession, position and race. Never look down on people because of what they are or where they come from; it annoys God. This is the point that St Paul makes in 1Cor 12:12-41. Anyone who discriminates is working...

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“THOSE WHOM HE CALLED… HE ALSO GLORIFIED” (Rom 8:30)

⏰Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (08 Sept. 2018) 📕Mic 5:2-5a; Ps 13:5, 6 (R. Isa 61:10a); Matt 1:1-16, 18-23 May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit abide with you both now and for ever. Amen. Today, we celebrate with joy the work of the redemption of man by God in history. This is the major role which the genealogical accounts of Jesus’ birth serve to play in the Gospels (Matt 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38). They show that the promised Messiah comes in history as the...

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“LEAD ME, LORD, IN YOUR JUSTICE” (Ps 5:9a)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (05 September 2016 – Memorial of St. Teresa of Calcutta) ????1 Cor 5:1-8; Ps 5:5-6, 7, 12 (R.v.9a); Luke 6:6-11 ????”LEAD ME, LORD, IN YOUR JUSTICE” (Ps 5:9a) My dear, it is the beginning of a new working week. This new week promises good tidings for you. And you know what! God is out to intervene in whatever that concerns you. No matter the effort of the enemy to the contrary, you shall continue to make progress.???? Indeed the enemy labours day and night to ensure that your miracle and progress...

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TO DO YOUR WILL IS MY DESIRE (Ps 40:8)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (03 Sept. 2016 – Memorial of St. Gregory the Great) ????1 Cor 4:6b-15; Ps 145:17-18, 19-20, 21 (R.v.18a); Luke 6:1-5 ????TO DO YOUR WILL IS MY DESIRE (Ps 40:8) Whose will do you do in your worship of God? Your own will or the will of God? Do you even know that it is possible for you to be doing your personal will while thinking that you are doing the will of God? Consider the actions of the members of the Church in Corinth. Their internal division in that was a...

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“…LET IT BE TO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD” (Luke 1:38)

⏰Solemnity of the Annunciation (25 March 2017) ????Isa 7:10-14, 8:10; Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11 (R.v.8a, 9a); Heb 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38 ????”…LET IT BE TO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD” (Luke 1:38) It is about 9 months to Christmas from now. Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth of the promised saviour of the world. As childbirth is not something that comes spontaneously, the Church looks back to the moment which initiated the fulfilment of that promise. The high point of that moment is in Mary’s response to the Angel’s message, “Let it be to me according to your...

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Faith, Trust and Obedience in St. Joseph

⏰The Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary ?2Sam 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16; Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29; Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22; Matt 1:16, 18-21, 24a ?Faith, Trust and Obedience Today, we celebrate the solemnity of St. Joseph, the Husband of Mary. In the history of the Catholic Church, he is the most cherished Saint, only next to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Devotion to him dates as far back as the 5th and 6th Centuries and since then, there has been great attention paid on him. This is despite the fact that there is very little said...

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AT YOUR WORD I WILL LET DOWN THE NETS

⏰Feast of St. Patrick (17 March 2016) 1 Pet 4:7b-11; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 9-10a and c (R.v.3); Luke 5:1-11 My dear, God does not demand for so much from us before he can do wonders in and through us. He only demands that we might have faith in him and be ready to cooperate with his grace in us. Consider the encounter between Jesus and Peter in Luke 5:1-11. Peter was a professional fisherman. And Jesus, if anything at all in the eyes of the society, was a carpenter. So Peter was in a better position to give orders...

LIGHT TO THE NATIONS

⏰THE SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD 📕Isa 60:1-6; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.11); Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matt 2:1-12 🎤LIGHT TO THE NATIONS! In the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, we celebrate God’s revelation of himself to all of humanity, unhindered by any human limitation. Jesus is the light that shines for all to see (cf. John 1:9). Remember that Simeon made reference to that role of being the light to those who sit in darkness and the glory of the people of Israel (Luke 2:32). That indicates a perfect fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah...