Category: Lent

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BE VIRTUOUS AND LIVE

⏰Friday of the First Week of Lent (10 March 2017) ????Ezek 18:18-21; Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8 (R.v.3); Matt 5:20-26 Sometime last week (on Thursday), we talked about the two ways – one which leads to life, and another that leads to death – and we were encouraged to choose the way that leads to life so that we may live (cf. Deut 30:15-20). Today, the prophet Ezekiel makes us to understand that God really want us to embrace virtue that we may live (Ezek 18:21-28). It is his will that we may have life in abundance (John 10:10). Also,...

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FROM ALL THEIR DISTRESS GOD RESCUES THE JUST (cf. Ps 34:18)

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent (12 March 2019) Readings: Isa 55:10-11; Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 (R.v.18b); Matt 6:7-15 The prophet Isaiah tells us that God is always faithful to his words (Isa 55:10-11). So when he said that he would save the just from all distress, we believe too that it shall come to pass. But who are the just? The Jews understood being just to mean keeping all the Laws as given by Moses. Yesterday, we talked of love as the perfection of the Law. Anyone who loves perfectly keeps the Law. Hence, we can say...

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“BE GONE SATAN!” (Matt 4:10)

First Sunday of Lent (Year A) Gen 2:7-9, 3:1-7; Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17 (R.v.3a); Rom 5:12-19; Matt 4:1-11 No one is above temptation. If Satan summoned the courage to tempt Jesus, who is God, there is nobody who can avoid his pranks. With that in mind, the liturgy of this First Sunday of Lent presents the temptation of Jesus as a warning and guide to us. Compare that temptation of Jesus in the Gospel and that of Eve in the First Reading. While Eve was busy in dialogue with Satan, Jesus resisted him with the word of...

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GET READY FOR JESUS’ ARRIVAL FOR THE PARTY; HIS VICTORY IS OUR VICTORY

⏰Holy Saturday (31 March 2018)   Great silence has befallen the earth. Hope you can feel it in your area. Do you understand what it means? There seems to be a setback in the mission of Jesus. He had just been buried a few hours ago. The devil is now very happy thinking that he is victorious. Little does he know that Jesus can never be conquered. Even in death, he went down to minister to the souls that have been waiting for redemption from him (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, CCC 633-635; 1Pet 4:6). So the devil is...

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“IT IS FINISHED!” (John 19:30)

⏰Good Friday (29 March 2018) 📕Isa 52:13 – 53:12; Ps 31:2 and 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17 and 25 (R. Luke 23:46b); Heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1 – 19:42 What is it that finished? That is an expression of fulfilment. It is our sin that is consumed as he came to save us from the slavery of sin. Isa 53:12 tells us that he bore our sins and pleads for our transgressions. It is equally our life problems that have been taken care of as he came that we may have life in abundance (John 10:10) and so he beckons on...

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“DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME” (Luke 22:19)

⏰HOLY THURSDAY (29 March 2018) Today is a very special day in the life of the Church. On this day, the Church celebrates the institution of the Sacred Ministerial Priesthood, the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and the special ministry of love and service. In most local Churches today, the priests gather around their Bishop to renew their vows and commitment to obedience to the Church and of love and service to God’s people (though some would do this on other days). Today, we will hear the voice of Jesus asking us again, “Do you realize what I have done...

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“BEHOLD, THE LORD GOD HELPS ME, WHO WILL DECLARE ME GUILTY?” (Isa 50:9)

⏰Wednesday of the Holy Week (12 April 2017) 📕Isa 50:4-9a; Ps 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 and 33-34 (R.v.14c, b); Matt 26:14-25 If God be for us, who can be against us? Nobody! So I want to encourage you, stick to doing good and embracing peace. The enemy might be threatening to frustrate you because of your righteousness, don’t worry. Let the third Servant Song that we read from Isa 50:4-9 encourage you to know that God never abandons his own. Like the servant in that third song, learn to listen to the voice of God and obey it even in the...

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“YOU ARE MY SERVANT…IN WHOM I WILL BE GLORIFIED” (Isa 49:3)

⏰Tuesday of the Holy Week (27 March 2018) 📕Isa 49:1-6; Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15ab and 17 (R.v.15ab); John 13:21-33, 36-38 There is something about the Servant Songs in the Book of the prophet Isaiah that we need to know. We have often reported in this forum that the contents of the second division of the Book of Isaiah (Isa 40 – 55) were written when the Israelites were suffering in exile. So the bulk of the prophetic messages in these chapters serve to encourage the people, telling them that God has not abandoned them. In that picture, there is...

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I WILL GIVE JESUS A PRECIOUS GIFT FOR HIS MISSION

⏰Monday of the Holy Week (26 March 2018) 📕Isa 42:1-7; Ps 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14 (R.v.1a); John 12:1-11 My dear, we are already in the part of Lenten Season that is its summit, a time that summarizes the whole events of our Christian life. It is called the Holy Week. In this Holy Week, we shall be commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus. By now, Jesus is sorrowful unto death (cf. John 12:27) and he needs us beside him. His friends at Bethany understood this. So they invited him to a dinner, probably to distract him from his sorrowful...

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“BEHOLD THE POOREST KING THAT EVER LIVED…”

?Palm Sunday (Year C) ?Isa 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18a, 19-20, 23-24 (R.v.2a); Phil 2:6-11; Luke 22:14  23:56 ?“BEHOLD THE POOREST KING THAT EVER LIVED…” 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...