Category: Lent

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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...

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“O THAT TODAY YOU WILL LISTEN TO HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEART” (Ps 94:7-8)

⏰Wednesday of the First Week of Lent (21 February 2018) ????Jon 3:1-10; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19 (R.v.19b); Luke 11:29-32 I don’t know what you think about the book of Jonah; whether real or not. But one thing is sure – the message. The generosity of God in showing mercy to those who turn to him is great. In the first place, it makes the prophecy of Ezekiel true when he said that God does not want the death of a sinner but that he might repent and be saved (Ezek 33:11). It equally makes true the prophecy of Isaiah in...

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A NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT

First Sunday of Lent (Year B) ????Gen 9:8-15; Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.10); 1 Pet 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 Traditionally, in the Catholic Church, today, being the First Sunday in Lent, we begin a journey with the Catechumens who are to be baptised in Easter. This journey starts with the enrolment of their names at the Rite of Election. At this point, the catechumens are encouraged to advance towards Christ with even greater generosity. At Baptism, we enter into a covenant with God through Christ in the waters of the baptismal font. This water, as St. Peter tells us in the...

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“BEHOLD THE POOREST KING THAT EVER LIVED…”

⏰Palm Sunday (Year A) ????Isa 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18a, 19-20, 23-24 (R.v.2a); Phil 2:6-11; Matt 26:14 27:66 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, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:3). So as we celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus into...

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“I WILL BE THEIR GOD AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE…” (Ezek 37:27-28).

⏰Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent (24 March 2018) 📕Ezek 37:21-28; Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 (R.v.10d); John 11:45-57 Imagine these chief priests and the Pharisees! While many Jews were glorifying God because of the marvels Jesus performed at Bethany and having faith in Jesus (cf. John 11:1-44), see the evil that came out of their meeting, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation” (John 11:47-48). If you read through the...

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BEHOLD THE LIFE-GIVING WOOD OF THE CROSS!

⏰Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent (04 March 2017) ????Num 21:4-9; Ps 102:1-2, 15-17, 18-20 (R.v.1); John 8:21-30 The impatience of the people of Israel towards God and Moses (Num 21:4-5) was an expression of distrust, and through that, the Israelites separated themselves from God who has been protecting them from dangers. So we must understand that expression of God sending fiery serpents upon them to mean that God turned his face away from them when he could not condole their sins such that things that were not able to harm them before began to harm them. That is...

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ONE WITH GOD IS INDEED WITH THE MAJORITY

⏰Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent (03 March 2017) ????Dan 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.4abc); John 8:12-20 At the beginning of this new working week, the story of the rescue of pious woman, Susanna in the Book of Daniel 13:1-62 tells us that faithfulness triumphs over adversity. This portion of the book of Daniel belongs to the deuterocanonical section of the book which is only found in the Septuagint. Susanna was a just wife of a rich man, Joakim in whose house many Jews gather on daily basis for different reasons. It now happened...