Category: Lent

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AM I NOW TOO FAMILIAR WITH GOD?

⏰Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent (23 March 2018) 📕Jer 20:10-13; Ps 18:1-2a, 2bc-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.6); John 10:31-42 The Jews were always in the habit of picking stones to throw at those they considered sinners or blasphemers (see John 8:3-8, 59, 10:31). They claimed to be fighting for God to keep the society pure. Good motive! Isn’t it? But why were they fighting Jesus also? I can immediately see two reasons: over-familiarity and complacency.  They knew Jesus was a carpenter, so what is he going to tell them about God and righteousness? And they are children of Abraham and...

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ABRAHAM’S BLESSINGS SHALL BE YOURS

⏰Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent (22 March 2018) 📕Gen 17:3-9; Ps 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.8a); John 8:51-59 My dear, I pray that the kind of the blessing God gave to Abraham (Gen 17:3-9) shall also be your lot through Christ our Lord. Amen. However, remember that it was Abraham’s faith in God that earned him that blessing because that faith was counted in his favour as righteousness (cf. Rom 4:13, 22). Abraham believed even in seemingly impossible situations (Rom 4:18) insofar as God has said it. It is through this faith that he was able to see the...

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IN JESUS IS OUR FREEDOM

⏰Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent (05 April 2017) ????Dan 3:14-20, 24-25, 28; Dan 3:29-30, 31, 33, 32, 34 (R.v.29b); John 8:31-42   Sin enslaves us but whoever is in Christ Jesus is free indeed (John 8:34, 36). The devil promises false security and threatens to terminate us when we refuse to worship him (cf. Dan 3:4-6, 14-15) but remember that God never abandons those who put their trust in him (cf. Dan 3:95). Those who put their trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion that cannot be shaken but stands forever (Psalm 125:1) and those who hope...

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LOOK UP WITH FAITH TO THE CRUCIFIED JESUS AND LIVE

⏰Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent (20 March 2018) ????Num 21:4-9; Ps 102:1-2, 15-17, 18-20 (R.v.1); John 8:21-30 My dear, the Cross is a very important part of our Christian faith. The cross is the symbol of suffering in the life of Jesus and we cannot fully know Jesus without the cross. In his priestly prayer (John 17), Jesus informed us that eternal life is gained by the knowledge of the one true God and his only Son, Jesus (John 17:3). Earlier, he did refer to his being lifted up on the cross as a moment of revelation of...

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MANY ARE THE AFFLICTIONS OF THE JUST, BUT FROM THEM ALL, THE LORD DELIVERS HIM

⏰Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent (08 April 2019) 📕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 🎤”MANY ARE THE AFFLICTIONS OF THE JUST, BUT FROM THEM ALL, THE LORD DELIVERS HIM” (Ps 34:19) For the sake of information, the story of Susanna in the Book of Daniel (Dan 13) belongs to the set of the deuterocanonical books of the Bible. That explains why that story would not be found in many versions of the Bible. Susanna was a very beautiful and Godfearing woman and the wife of a very prominent man at the...

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REMEMBER NOT THE FORMER THINGS… I AM DOING A NEW THING (Isa 43:18-19)

⏰Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year C) – Third Scrutiny 📕Isa 43:16-21; Psalm 126:1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.3); Phil 3:8-14; John 8:1-11 🎤“REMEMBER NOT THE FORMER THINGS… I AM DOING A NEW THING (Isa 43:18-19) Today, being the Fifth Sunday of Lent, we celebrate the Third Scrutiny in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for the candidates who are preparing for Baptism at Easter Vigil. In places where we have candidates for this, the Gospel is taken from John 11:1-45. So we pray to the Lord for them, that like Lazarus, they may receive the gift of new life...

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“TEACH ME YOUR WAY, O LORD, THAT I MAY WALK IN YOUR TRUTH” (Ps 86:11)

⏰Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent (06 April 2019) 📖Jer 11:18-20; Ps 7:2-3, 9bc-10, 11-12 (R.v.2a); John 7:40-53 Do you understand why we have been focused on the troubles of the just in the hands of evil men in recent days? It suits the time that we are in presently. The passion week (Holy Week) of Jesus is just some days off. And by now, the Jewish leaders were already planning on how best to deal with him. One of such plans is seen in the Gospel, John 7:40-53. This particular plan offers us an important lesson. Notice that...

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DO NOT LET YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED

⏰Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent (16 March 2018) ????Wis 2:1a, 12-22; Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23 (R.v.19a); John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 “The wicked said among themselves, thinking not aright: Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, Reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training…These were their thoughts, but they erred; for their wickedness blinded them, and they knew not the hidden counsels of God; neither did they count on a recompense of holiness nor discern the innocent souls reward”...

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LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU

⏰Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent (15 March 2018) ????Exod 32:7-14; Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23 (R.v.4a); John 5:31-47 Betrayals, envy, over-ambition, pride, selfishness…name them! They are endless! These are the ills that destroy our world today. We are so power conscious that we use others as foot mats and steps while aiming at greatness. Just imagine how beautiful this world would be when we all try to emulate the humility, selflessness and the intercessory role of Moses. God made him a promise that would have made him very successful but that is to the detriment of others. So he...

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THE LORD…WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON HIS AFFLICTED

⏰Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent (29 March 2017) Isa 49:8-15; Ps 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18 (R.v.8a); John 5:17-30 “THE LORD…WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON HIS AFFLICTED” (Isa 49:13) In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses reminded the people of Israel that God chose them from all the nations of the earth and gave them a place of pride as his very own people (cf. Deut 7:6-8). With such an assurance, it was difficult for them to understand why God would allow them to suffer the pains of oppression and separation in exile. I guess they would have joined Horace Duke’s book...