Category: Ordinary Time

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“BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES…” (Mark 8:15)

⏰Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (19 February 2019) 📖Gen 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10; Ps 29:1a and 2, 3ac-4, 3b and 9c-10 (R.v.11b); Mark 8:14-21 🎤”BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES…” (Mark 8:15) At the end of creation, God looked at all that he had done, and indeed, it was very good (Gen 1:31). One would then begin to wonder why things went so bad to the extent that God regretted creating man (Gen 6:6). That was because of the great evil that existed on earth. That increased to a great extent with the intermarriage between the...

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“BLESSED THE MAN WHO HAS PLACED HIS TRUST IN THE LORD” (Ps 40:5)

⏰Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕Jer 17:5-8; Ps. 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6, (R. Ps. 40:5ab); 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26 🎤”BLESSED THE MAN WHO HAS PLACED HIS TRUST IN THE LORD” (Ps 40:5) How did you feel yesterday with the postponement of the election? I felt very bad because of the so much time I had put in with the preparation of the observers for the day and had to get the information only after I had traveled to my polling unit which is far from where I stay now. So I can imagine how...

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GOD IS ENOUGH FOR YOU; BE CONTENTED WITH HIM

⏰Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (15 February 2019) 📖Gen 3:1-8; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7 (R.v.1a); Mark 7:31-37 GOD IS ENOUGH FOR YOU; BE CONTENTED WITH HIM How was your celebration of Valentine yesterday? Did you remember to help someone who is in need? In case you were selfish about it without reaching out to the poor, today is another day to make amends. In reaching out to the poor, we help Jesus to recreate the world. By showing love to others, many did win the favour of God in the past. Why not embrace that...

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“IT IS NOT GOOD THAT MAN SHOULD BE ALONE” (Gen 2:18)

⏰Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (14 February 2019 – Memorial of Ss Cyril & Methodius) 📖Gen 2:18-25; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.1a); Mark 7:24-30 “IT IS NOT GOOD THAT MAN SHOULD BE ALONE” (Gen 2:18) Today is the popular day known as the Valentine Day. The memorial of St. Valentine was placed today to abolish the ancient pagan practice where boys used to draw the names of girls in honour of their goddess, Februata Juno, on February 15. Unfortunately, Many are going to celebrate evil today in the name of celebrating love. Are we not going...

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“HE SPOKE AND IT CAME TO BE” (Ps 33:9)

⏰Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (11 February 2019) 📖Gen 1:1-19; Ps 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10 and 12, 24 and 35c (R.v.31b); Mark 6:53-56 “HE SPOKE AND IT CAME TO BE” (Ps 33:9) The creation account in the Book of Genesis serves a number of purposes. It gives the theological explanation of the existence of all things that are. More than that however, it shows us the faithfulness and the all powerful nature of God, who spoke the word and things came into existence. The faithfulness was explained with the fulfilment of his spoken words. At the birth...

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A VOCATION TO HOLINESS

⏰Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕Isa 6:1-2a, 3-8; Psalm 138:1ac-2a, 2bc-3, 4-5, 7c-8 (R.v.1b); 1 Cor 11:1-15; Luke 5:1-11 🎤A VOCATION TO HOLINESS Have you ever paused to consider the profile of the twelve apostles of Jesus or that of the prophets before him? Most of them are those whom the society today might consider as nonentities and unqualified. But God used them because the success of the mission does not depend on the called but on the caller. All the characters in the three readings in our liturgy today found themselves unworthy of the call. In the...

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DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW” (Matt 6:34)

⏰Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (07 February 2019) 📖Heb 12:18-19, 21-24; Ps 48:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 9-10, 11 (R.v.10); Mark 6:7-13 🎤DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW” (Matt 6:34) My dear, God wants us to have total confidence in him. That is one of the reasons why Jesus told his disciples not to carry anything extra while he sent them out on mission (Mark 6:7-13). He knows that if they worry less about their welfare, they will be more focused on their mission demands. As a matter of fact, he already said in another place that if only we...

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“THE LORD DISCIPLINES HIM WHOM HE LOVES” (Heb 12:6)

⏰Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (06 February 2019 – Memorial of St. Paul Miki and Companions) 📖Heb 12:4-7, 11-15; Ps 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18a (R.v.17ab); Mark 6:1-6 Are you among those who have been making great effort to worship God in spirit and in truth, and yet, things are not going well for you? It could even be that there is one person beside you who is undeniably evil, yet he thrives in all he does while you suffer. Don’t worry! Be happy! It does not mean that you are not doing well. Heb 12:4-15 tells us...

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HOPING EVEN AGAINST HOPE

⏰Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (05 February 2019 – Memorial of St. Agatha) 📖Heb 12:1-4; Ps 22:26b-27, 28 and 30, 31-32 (R.v.27b); Mark 5:21-43 🎤HOPING EVEN AGAINST HOPE Have you ever seen yourself in a condition that made you declare that quitting is the only option? This quitting could even be quitting life itself. Do you believe that Jesus can help you even in that hopeless situation? Yes, he can! You only need to believe in him. The two cases that were reported in Mark 5:21-43 can be seen as difficult and hopeless cases. The synagogue...

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THE FRUIT OF THE WORD OF GOD

⏰Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕Jer 1:4-5, 17-19; Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15ab and 17 (R.v.15ab); 1 Cor 12:31 13:13; Luke 4:21-30 🎤THE FRUIT OF THE WORD OF GOD Last Sunday, we reflected on our disposition towards the Word of God and what it means to our lives. Indeed, we concluded that the word of God has a transforming power and can influence our lives greatly. More importantly, it serves to engender an abundance of life and joy in us. However, we could see from the Gospel of today that that same word has a different effect upon...