Category: Feasts and Solemnities

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CRY OUT TO GOD IN PRAYER!

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (27 Sept. 2016 – Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul) ????Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23; Ps 88:2-3, 4-5a, 5b-6, 7-8 (R.v.6b); Luke 9:51-56 ????CRY OUT TO GOD IN PRAYER! My dear, the Psalmist said in Psalm 34:19 that, “Many are the troubles of the just, but the Lord delivers them from them all.” I think the Book of Job was written to remind us about that.???????? Following God is really not an easy thing and Jesus even made it very open to us when he said, “If anyone wants to come after...

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CRY OUT TO GOD IN PRAYER!

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (27 Sept. 2016 – Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul) ????Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23; Ps 88:2-3, 4-5a, 5b-6, 7-8 (R.v.6b); Luke 9:51-56 ????CRY OUT TO GOD IN PRAYER! My dear, the Psalmist said in Psalm 34:19 that, “Many are the troubles of the just, but the Lord delivers them from them all.” I think the Book of Job was written to remind us about that. Following God is really not an easy thing and Jesus even made it very open to us when he said, “If anyone wants to come after...

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DO NOT BE IN A HURRY! WAIT FOR YOUR TIME

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 Sept. 2016 – Memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina) ????Eccl 3:1-11; Ps 144:1a and 2abc, 3-4 (R.v.1a); Luke 9:18-22 ????DO NOT BE IN A HURRY! WAIT FOR YOUR TIME Remember St. Padre Pio? He is the same person we call St. Pius of Pietrelcina. He was blessed with many gifts, which were hard for the Church to accept about him. But two virtues helped him to shine out in the end – Humility and Patience. As we celebrate him today, the preacher reminds us that, “There is time for every...

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“NO MATTER HOW MY PAST HAS BEEN, I CAN BEGIN ANEW”

⏰Feast of St. Matthew (21 Sept. 2017) ????Eph 4:1-7, 11-13; Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 (R.v.5a); Matt 9:9-13 My dear, the Feast of the apostle Matthew reminds us again that our God of justice is also the Merciful God. He is ever ready to accept us back to himself and use us irrespective of what our past has been. Matthew, or Levi in the Gospel of Mark (Mark 2:13-17), was a public sinner in the rating of the Jews. But Jesus went to the very source of his sin to begin his salvation. Can you not also hear Jesus calling you from...

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A NEW FORM OF RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (20 Sept. 2016 – Memorial of St. Andrew Kim and Companions) ????Prov 21:1-6, 10-13; Ps 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44 (R.v.35a); Luke 8:19-21 ????A NEW FORM OF RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST May the peace of the Lord be with you. Amen.???????? Among the Jews, blood relationship is a sacred thing. That plays out even in the way they perceive others in relation to redemption. That idea came up from the fact that God chose the people of Israel to be his very own (Deut 7:6) and gave them order not to...

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I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS!

⏰Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (16 Sept. 2016 – Memorial of Ss. Cornelius & Cyprian) ????Rev 20:1-4, 11 – 21:2; Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a (R. Rev 21:3b); Luke 21:29-33 ????I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS! It is important to note that one of the problems of the Church in Corinth is on the nature of the resurrection. They were expecting an imminent parousia but it was not forthcoming. So many of them began to question some of their articles of faith including the resurrection of the dead. Besides, there was a group, the Sadducees...

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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...