Category: Ordinary Time

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“TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD” (Ps 34:8)

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Prov 9:1-6; Ps 34:1-2, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.8a); Eph 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 In our reflection last Sunday, we did observe that partaking in the food from heaven, that is the Body and Blood of Jesus, is not an option for anyone who wants to follow Jesus faithfully till the end. Today’s liturgy stresses that point well. In the Gospel reading, Jesus said, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal...

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“I WILL JUDGE EVERYONE ACCORDING TO HIS WAYS” (Ezek 18:30)

⏰Saturday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 August 2018) 📖Ezek 18:1-10, 13, 30-32; Ps 136; Matt 19:13-15 Remember that sometime ago, on the background of the prophecy of Ezekiel, we noted that the people were seeing their long suffering in exile as a punishment from God due to the sins of their forefathers. This kind of thought made them to begin to lose hope on God, thinking that the Lord has abandoned them. They also thought that their righteous living cannot change the mind of God. So Ezekiel came to restore their hope as well as set...

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THE FAITHFULNESS OF THE LORD NEVER CEASES

⏰Friday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 August 2018) 📖Ezek 16:1-15, 60, 63; Isa 12:2-3, 4bcde, 5-6 (R.v.1de); Matt 19:3-12 God is faithful at all times. Even at that time when you think that he has probably forgotten you, he is right there working for your good. Recall what the scriptures said in Deut 7:6-8. God is the one who took the initiative and chose the people of Israel from among the nations. Their relevance among the nations was also as a result of that choice. Then he established a covenant with them – an everlasting covenant....

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LET YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS EXCEED THAT OF SCRIBES AND THE PHARISEES (Matt 5:20)

⏰Thursday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (16 August 2018) 📖Ezek 12:1-12; Ps 78:56-57, 58-59, 61-62 (R.v.7b); Matt 18:21 – 19:1 Indeed Peter wanted to achieve perfection. That is why he put that question to Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” The number “7” in biblical terms symbolizes completeness and holiness. This is based on the fact that God completed the work of creation on the seventh day and sanctified it (cf. Gen 2:2-3). Hence, the Jews used that number as a benchmark for completing...

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ON ACCEPTING THE WORD OF GOD

⏰Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (14 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Maximilian Kolbe) 📖Ezek 2:8 – 3:4; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 (R.v.103a); Matt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 The word of God is instructive, corrective and redemptive. It may not come to us the way we expect or like, and that is why it is at times painful. But its purpose is always for our own good. Some other times, it may be very sweet to our hearing but its demands, very painful to us. Consider that in the light of the experience of...

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IT IS ALL ABOUT THE GLORY OF THE LORD!

⏰Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (13 August 2018) 📖Ezek 1:2-5, 24-28c; Ps 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14; Matt 17:22-27 Can you feel the glory of the Lord around you? Or has the challenges of life led you into despair, thinking that the Lord has abandoned you? Embrace your eyes of faith once more and see the light at the end of the tunnel. While the Israelites were in exile in Babylon, they had hoped that their time there was going to be very short, as the Lord who chose them would not abandon them. The prophet Jeremiah...

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“I AM THE LIVING BREAD… AND THE BREAD WHICH I SHALL GIVE FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD IS MY FLESH” (John 6:51)

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 2 Kings 19:4-8; Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.9a); Eph 4:30 – 5:2; John 6:41-51 Last Sunday, when we began our reflection on Jesus, the bread of life, we noted that “the bread is first of all, the Word of God (cf. John 1:1)”. That reference to the Word of God should not be misconstrued to mean the mere spoken word; that is, if one makes effort to consider it from the point of view of John 1:1. It means the totality of the person of Jesus. Hence, it will not be equivocal...

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“THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH” (Hab 2:4)

⏰Saturday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (11 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Clare) 📖Hab 1:12 – 2:4; Ps 9:8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.11b); Matt 17:14-20 According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, faith is a supernatural gift of God, which enables us to believe without doubt, all that God has revealed. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you” (Matt 17:20). Faith acknowledges the omnipotence of...

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“I WILL WRITE [MY LAWS] IN THEIR HEARTS, SAYS THE LORD” (Jer 31:33)

⏰Thursday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (09 August 2018) 📖Jer 31:31-34; Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19 (R.v.12a); Matt 16:13-23 In the Galatian Church, there was a controversy over the condition of the gentile converts. Some Jews had come to disturb the converts, telling them that only their acceptance of circumcision and their adherence to the Jewish Law can enable them share in the salvation which Christ won for us. The above problem made Paul to define what should be our relationship with the Law. These laws are not meant to enslave us but make us free Children of...

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“THE LORD HAS SAVED HIS PEOPLE, THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL” (Jer 31:7)

⏰Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (08 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Dominic) 📖Jer 31:1-7; Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 (R.v.10d); Matt 15:21-28 Yesterday, we reflected on the overwhelming mercy of God which compels him to still love us not minding our waywardness. Once we turn around and come back to him, he is ever ready to welcome us into his warm embrace and make our lives better. The prophet Jeremiah tells us what awaits those who are courageous enough to make that journey back to God. God will be there God and save them. That is...