Category: Lent

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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...

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CHRIST: THE RESURRECTION AND LIFE

⏰Fifth Sunday of Lent Year A (2 April 2017) ????Ezek 37:12-14; Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7b-8 (R.v.7b); Rom 8:8-11; John 11:1-45 The three readings that we have in our liturgy of today center on the life which God gives to all people. While the First and the Second Readings reflect the promise of that life, the Gospel presents Jesus as that promised Life. The First Reading falls within the division of the book of the Prophet Ezekiel that deals with the restoration of Israel. Before the three verses that form our First Reading today, the Prophet had seen a vision...

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CHRIST IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Fourth Sunday of Lent Year A (26 March 2017) 1Sam 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-42 “The people who lived in darkness have seen great light; on those who lived in the land of the shadow of death, a light has shone” (Isa 9:2; Matt 4:6). The evangelist Matthew connected the above prophecy of Isaiah with the person of Jesus, when Jesus visited the territory of Zebulum and Naphtali. In the Gospel of John, Jesus would make that association himself when he declares, “I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). What...

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TEACH AND PRACTICE THE LAW OF GOD

⏰Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent (22 March 2017) ????Deut 4:1, 5-9; Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20 (R.v.12a); Matt 5:17-19 While we celebrate the mercy of God at this period of Lent, let us not forget that he is equally a God of Justice. It is important that we do not take his laws for granted. It is equally our responsibility to make sure others learn about the laws and practice them. Just before the people of Israel entered the Promised Land, Moses called them together to remind them of the importance of keeping the statutes and ordinances of God...

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JESUS: THE LIVING WATER

Third Sunday of Lent Year A(19 March 2017) Exod 17:3-7; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9 (R.v.7d, 8a); Rom 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42 Gods love for us is an unconditional love. He does not consider our status or our righteousness before visiting us. In fact, it would seem that it is when we are more into sin that he visits us the more. That is a confirmation of what Jesus said in his mission statement, I did not come to call the righteous but sinners (Matt 9:13) though that should not be misconceived as a licence to dwell in sin. This fact...