Category: Lent

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“GOD WILL LEAD ISRAEL WITH JOY… WITH THE MERCY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT COME FROM HIM” (Bar 5:9)

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (YEAR C) Bar 5:1-9; Ps 126:1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.3); Phil 1:4-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6 As we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent today, the three readings we have for today’s liturgy invite us to anticipate the mercy of God and to prepare ourselves to receive it. In the First Reading, the prophet Baruch, who was, historically, the Secretary of the prophet Jeremiah, encouraged the exiled Jews who were suffering in foreign lands that God is going to restore their joy and visit them with mercy and righteousness (cf. Bar 5:9). Today, I pray that God...

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I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, TO THE CLOSE OF THE AGE (Matt 28:20)

⏰SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY 📕Deut 4:32-34, 30-40; Ps 33:4-5, 6 and 9, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v12b); Rom 8:14-17; Matt 28:16-20 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Amen (2Cor 13:14). The theology of the Holy Trinity remains a mystery which is beyond full human understandithree persons in one God spreads through the entire scriptures but it is more obvious in the New Testament. The first instance is at creation right at the beginning of the book of Genesis. God is mentioned as...

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“BEHOLD THE POOREST KING THAT EVER LIVED…”

⏰Palm Sunday Year B 📕Isa 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18a, 19-20, 23-24 (R.v.2a); Phil 2:6-11; Mark 14:1 15:47 The above statement comes from the Stations of the Cross at the station where Jesus was stripped of his clothes. What does being poor mean here? It definitely does not mean poverty because another statement follows, “…Possessing nothing, I own all.” Hence that must be pointing to something in the neighborhood of one of the beatitudes that says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit…” (Matt 5:3) So as we celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, which is otherwise known as Palm...

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“THE HOUR HAS COME FOR THE SON OF MAN TO BE GLORIFIED” (John 12:23)

⏰Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year B.) ????Jer 31:31-34; Ps 51:3-4, 12-12, 14-15 (R.v.12a); Heb 5:7-9; John 12:20-33 With the Holy Week just some days away, the readings of today try to expose us to the extent and meaning of the Passion of Christ. At the thought of this passion, Jesus was troubled at heart (John 12:27). Yet, it was for this that he came. And so, he declared, probably with a sigh of fulfilment, The hour has come (John 12:23). What hour is Jesus talking about? He made reference to that hour while he was replying his mothers plea for...

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“FOR BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED THROUGH FAITH” (Eph 2:8)

⏰Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year B) ????2 Chron 36:14-16, 19-23; Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.6ab); Eph 2:4-10; John 3:14-21 Today, being the Fourth Sunday of Lent, we celebrate the Second Scrutiny in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for the candidates who are preparing for Baptism at Easter Vigil. We pray to the Lord for them, that they may imbibe a true spirit of repentance and understanding of sin and for freedom from the powers of the evil one. Amen. The readings of today remind us of God’s faithfulness to his promises and the need for us...

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“SING AND SHOUT FOR JOY…GREAT IN YOUR MIDST IS THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL” (Isa 12:6)

⏰Monday of the Third Week of Lent (05 March 2018) ????2 Kings 5:1-15a; Ps 42:2, 3, 43:3, 4 (R. see Ps 42:3); Luke 4:24-30 My dear, it is a new working week. I don’t know what are your goals and targets this month or what might be posing serious threats to the actualisation of your goals. Do not be afraid! Look around you and see that great around you is the Holy One of Israel. Once you plan with him, you will always end in victory. Most times, we give in to fear or even experience failure because we fail...

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“PURIFY YOURSELVES FOR TOMORROW THE LORD WILL BE IN YOUR MIDST DOING WONDERS” (Josh 3:5)

⏰Third Sunday of Lent (Year B) ????Exod 20:1-17; Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (R. cf. John 6:68); 1 Cor 1:22-25; John 2:13-25 Today is the Third Sunday of Lent. In the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), which culminates in Baptism at Easter Vigil, this is the day in which we have what is called the First Scrutiny/Purification. The Second and Third Scrutiny would come up on the Fifth and Sixth Sundays of Lent respectively. The period of Scrutiny is a period reflection and purification. Here, the elect (that is, those who were admitted into the process of RCIA...

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GOD IS MERCY AND COMPASSION

⏰Saturday of the Second Week of Lent (03 March 2018) ????Mic 37:14-15, 18-20; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 (R.v.8a); Matt 15:1-3, 11-32 The prayer of the prophet Micah in Mic 7:14-20 reminds us of the great and limitless mercy of God upon his children. He is ever ready to forgive the sins of his children, as he was in the beginning, so he is now, and ever will be. Amen. Anytime I read the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32, I keep pondering on how extravagant this God could also be in showing this mercy. One attitude of...

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YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE

⏰Friday of the Second Week of Lent (02 March 2018) ????Gen 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28; Ps 105:15-17, 18-19, 20-21 (R.v.5a); Matt 21:33-43, 45-46 My dear, Joseph was a simple young man who was blessed by God with an extraordinary gift of dreams. For this singular reason of God’s blessings on him, his brothers became so jealous and sought to eliminate him. But their evil plan rather made it quicker for Joseph to get down to Egypt, his land of glory (Gen 37:28) free of charge. Never worry when the evil ones seem to manipulate your God-given destiny; they can never succeed...

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ONE WITH GOD IS MAJORITY

⏰Second Sunday of Lent (Year B) ????Gen 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Ps 116:10 and 15, 16-17, 18-19 (R.v.9); Rom 8:31b-34; Mark 9:2-10 The faithfulness of God to those who put their trust in him cannot be put to question. That is one point that St. Paul makes in the Second Reading. If he would not spare his only Son but gave him up to save us, what could he not do for us? See a connection between that and what Abraham did in the First Reading. It portrays the highest form of loyalty. Therefore, we must make effort to see...