Category: Feasts and Solemnities

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“I AM WRITING THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO YOU SO THAT… YOU MAY KNOW HOW ONE OUGHT TO BEHAVE IN THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD” (1 Tim 3:14-15)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (20 September 2017 – Memorial of St. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Comp) ????1 Tim 3:14-16; Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.2a); Luke 7:31-35 In 1 Tim 3:14-16, St. Paul instructs the leaders to remain attached to the fundamental truths of the history of salvation which were handed down to us. Obviously, some people, out of selfish interests, try to deviate from those fundamental truths (see Luke 7:31-35). Trying to fault them would definitely lead to persecution. Do you see how the Jews especially the Pharisees and the leaders were...

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“EACH TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS OWN FRUIT” (Luke 6:43)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (16 Sept. 2017 – Memorial of Ss. Cornelius & Cyprian) ????1 Tim 1:15-17; Ps 113:1-2, 3-4, 5a and 6-7 (R.v.2); Luke 6:43-49 In a homily he once delivered at a Mass in his Santa Martha residence, Pope Francis said that a person who cannot forgive is not a Christian. Mercy is a fruit of Christianity, which is a vocation of love. We received this love first and must transmit it unadulterated to others. St. Paul reminds us in 1 Tim 1:15-17 that what we are is the object of God’s mercy....

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“SET YOUR MINDS ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE” (Col 3:2)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (13 Sept. 2017 – Memorial of St. John Chrysosto) ????Col 3:1-11; Ps 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13ab (R.v.9a); Luke 6:20-26 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Amen. Being a Christian means being immersed into the identity of Christ in such a way that it is no longer the person who lives but Christ living in him (cf. Col 3:3-4; Gal 2:20-21). We must therefore aim to be where Christ is also. We cannot do that unless we...

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BE AWAKE, WAITING FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (05 September 2017 – Memorial of St. Teresa of Calcutta) ????1 Thess 5:1-6, 9-11; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.v.13); Luke 4:31-37 I welcome you in the name of Christ to this beautiful new day, the day of the Lord. And I pray that it may bring joy and peace to you and your family through Christ our Lord. Amen. Talking about the Day of the Lord, with a modern and Christian eye, we can picture it as the Christmas day. With an eschatological eye, we can look towards the end of...

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“I AM WITH YOU TO DELIVER YOU” (Jer 1:19)

⏰Memorial of the Passion of St. John the Baptist (29 Aug. 2018) 📑Jer 1:17-19; Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15ab and 17 (R.v.15ab); Mark 6:17-29 Have you read the story of the life and death of John the Baptist and so became afraid of speaking out the truth in the face of possible oppression or persecution? Have you become afraid of standing out of the crowd especially in the face of possible threat to your life? Listen to the voice of God speaking to you through the prophet Jeremiah, “They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against, for...

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“BEHOLD, AN ISRAELITE INDEED, IN WHOM IS NO GUILE” (Jn 1:47)

⏰Feast of St. Bartholomew (24 Aug. 2018 – 5th Anniversary of my Priestly Ordination) 📕Rev 21:9b-14; Ps 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 17-18 (R.v.12a); John 1:45-51 Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen. My dear, this is the day the Lord has made, and we rejoice in it. Today marks the 5th year the Lord chose me. Unworthy though I am, his grace has been very sufficient for me (2 Cor 12:9). I renew my vows to him today, “Woe...

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“DO NOT BE AFRAID, MARY, FOR YOU HAVE FOUND FAVOR WITH GOD” (Luke 1:30)

⏰Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (22 August 2017) ????Isa 9:2-7; Ps 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (R.v.2); Luke 1:26-38 In my little number of years in this pilgrimage of faith, I have come to learn that truth does not subsist in a doctrine I have practiced over the time or what I was taught. I have rather learnt to give reason a chance because God did not make a mistake in creating me with the brain. That is just a food for thought! The prophecy of Isaiah described a child who would be born, historically to the...

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YOU ARE FREE INDEED! 

⏰Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (14 August 2017 – Memorial of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe) ????Deut 10:12-22; Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 (R.v.12a); Matt 17:22-27 By virtue of your baptism, you have been set free from the bondage of sin and initiated into the royal family of God. And the good news is this, “If the Son makes you free, you will be really free” (John 8:36). When you enjoy that freedom, there is nothing that can tie you down again and no earthly power can oppress you. Jesus already paid a price for you. In Matt 17:27,...

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KEEP THE STATUTES AND COMMANDMENTS OF GOD THAT IT MAY GO WELL WITH YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN AFTER YOU (Deut 4:40)

⏰Friday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time (11 August 2017 – Memorial of St. Clare) ????Deut 4:32-40; Ps 77:12-13, 14-15, 16 and 21 (R.v.12a); Matt 16:24-28 The Book of Deuteronomy tries to make one point very clearly, the fact that God is always on our side because he loves us, and he is able to do all things for us if we remain faithful to him. In Deut 4:32-40, Moses reminded the people of the privileged they have enjoyed as the people of God, and encouraged them to reciprocate that favour by doing his will. This too is not...

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“… FOR GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER” (2 Cor 9:7)

⏰Feast of St. Lawrence (10 Aug 2017) ????2 Cor 9:6b-10; Ps 112:1b-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9 (R.v.12a); John 12:24-26 What do you understand by giving cheerfully? Do you understand it to mean giving so much money as many of our harvest thanksgivings and launchings interpret it? Such misinterpretations and misunderstandings arise from the exegetical crime of picking out just a part of a biblical passage and use it to mean the rest. The full verse of 2 Cor 9:7 says, “Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful...