Category: Ordinary Time

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“…BUT HE CRIED OUT THE MORE…” (Luke 18:39)

⏰Monday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (20 Nov. 2017) ????1 Macc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-64; Ps 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158 (R.v.88); Luke 18:35-43 My dear, it is a beginning of a new working week. I pray that God may grant increase and success to the works of your hands, and open more doors of success to you, through Christ our Lord. Amen. The blind man that Jesus met at the entrance of Jericho reiterates for us the importance of persistence in prayer, which the spirit of this season also calls us to extend to faith...

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“BLESSED ARE ALL WHO FEAR THE LORD AND WALK IN HIS WAYS” (Ps 128:1)

⏰Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) ????Prov 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.1a); 1Thess 5:1-6; Matt 25:14-30 With just one more Sunday to go in this Liturgical Year, the Church reminds us in practical terms the need to be ready at all times for the endtime when we shall be required to give an account of our lives. The tone of the Second Reading suggests that the Thessalonians were anticipating an imminent parousia (the second coming of Jesus) and were becoming confused over its delay and the death of their fellow brethren before the time. But the...

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“WISDOM IS A SPOTLESS MIRROR OF THE WORKING OF GOD AND AN IMAGE OF HIS GOODNESS” (Wis 7:26)

⏰Thursday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (16 Nov. 2017) ????Wis 7:22 – 8:1; Ps 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175 (R.v.89a); Luke 17:20-25 Do you think that those who play games in evil and succeed are wise? If we understand that wisdom is a gift of God (cf. Isa 11:2), then, it won’t be difficult for us to understand that nothing evil can be associated with wisdom. Wisdom orders us towards virtues (see Wis 7:22 – 8:1). Therefore, at those times when I cheat people in the market and succeed in making big gain, or those times...

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“MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD, THE MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH” (Ps 121:2)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (15 Nov. 2017) ????Wis 6:1-11; Ps 82:3-4, 6-7 (R.v.8a); Luke 17:11-19 Today, the writer of the Book of Wisdom turns his attention to the kings and leaders. He envisaged the saying of St. Paul that all authority comes from God (cf. Rom 13:1) and can only be well exercised with the help of God. Hence, he advised all leaders to submit themselves into God’s hands in order to be successful in their position and lead the people in freedom and righteousness. Same thing applies to all our affairs. If we turn...

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“THE SOULS OF THE RIGHTEOUS ARE IN THE HAND OF GOD” (Wis 3:1)

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (14 Nov. 2017) ????Wis 2:23 – 3:7; Ps 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19 (R.v.2a); Luke 17:7-10 My dear, as you begin this new day, I pray that the Lord may do something new and beautiful for you and with you today. May you be a sign of God’s favour and a source of testimony today and beyond through Christ our Lord. Amen. Yesterday, we introduced the Book of Wisdom, one of the deuterocanonical (apocrypha) books of the Old Testament which instructs the people to take pride in remaining faithful to God. It is...

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“LOVE RIGHTEOUSNESS… SEEK [THE LORD] WITH SINCERITY OF HEART” (Wis 1:1)

⏰Monday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (13 Nov. 2017) ????Wis 1:1-7; Ps 139:1-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10 (R.v.24b); Luke 17:1-6 It is a new working week, and I pray for you that in this week, the favour of God shall follow you wherever you go. This week shall not end in pains for you and your family. As the Lord lives, you shall be blessed, and be a source of blessing to all who encounter you this week through Christ our Lord. Amen. To win such a blessing from God, the psalmist that you must live in the...

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“WATCH THEREFORE, FOR YOU KNOW NEITHER THE DAY NOR THE HOUR” (Matt 25:13)

⏰Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) ????Wis 6:12-16; Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (R.v.2b); 1Thess 4:13-18; Matt 25:1-13 For the second time in two weeks, the readings appear so live to me as if they would be fulfilled immediately. I just told someone with me at the time of making this reflection that it is possible that I may not finish it before the Lord calls me. But in case I remain alive, it reminds me that I am living on a borrowed time. The owner of the time, God, may demand of it at any time. How prepared...

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IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT YOU…

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (11 Nov. 2017 – Memorial of St. Martin of Tours) ????Rom 16:3-9, 16, 21-27; Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11 (R.v.1); Luke 16:9-15 Imagine how boring this world would have been if you are the only one living in it. Adam didn’t find it funny (cf. Gen 2:20). There is this sociological saying that further buttresses the point, “Nobody is an island entirely of itself; everybody is a piece of a continent, a part of the main.” It is the same point made in African philosophy, “I am because we are.” It is...

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USE WHAT YOU HAVE TO WIN YOUR SALVATION

⏰Friday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (10 Nov 2017 – Memorial of Pope St. Leo the Great) ????Rom 15:14-21; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.2b); Luke 16:1-8 Yes! I mean that very thing you have as a gift from God – your wealth, wisdom, strength, speech, time, even your phone… Yes, I mean your phone. Great opportunities abound for us to work out our salvation from, but how many of us take notice. Let me talk about your phone, for instance. I believe that is what you are using to read this message; you use it to operate...

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“LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW” (Rom 13:10)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (08 Nov 2017) ????Rom 13:8-10; Ps 112:1b-2, 4-5, 9 (R.v.5a); Luke 14:25-33 There is something that happened in Matt 22:34-40 that we need to pay attention to. The Pharisees are the teachers of the Law, and they try to preserve the Law against adulteration. Hence, they parade themselves as models. So, apart from tempting Jesus, they also wanted to prove their sanctity by their keeping of the Law. Jesus then educated them, just as St. Paul reiterates in Rom 13:8-10, that nobody can claim to be keeping the Law if he...