Category: Ordinary Time

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“THE CREATION ITSELF WILL BE SET FREE FROM ITS BONDAGE” (Rom 8:21)

⏰Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (31 October 2017) ????Rom 8:18-25; Ps 126:1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.3a); Luke 13:18-21 According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Hope is a supernatural gift of God, by which we firmly trust that God will give us eternal life and all means necessary to obtain it, if we do what he requires of us.” In our world today which is full of troubles and uncertainties, St. Paul reminds us, through his Letter to the Romans (Rom 8:18-25), of what the prophet Isaiah said in Isa 2:2, “It shall come to...

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“YOU ARE FREED FROM YOUR INFIRMITY” (Luke 13:12)

⏰Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (30 October 2017) ????Rom 8:12-17; Ps 68:2 and 4, 6-7ab, 20-21 (R.v.21a); Luke 13:10-17 ????”YOU ARE FREED FROM YOUR INFIRMITY” (Luke 13:12) Did you say ‘amen’ to that declaration? That is what Jesus says to you today as we begin this new working week. St. Paul had said that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Rom 8:1). Are you in Christ? Are you being possessed by the spirit of God or by the spirit of the world? St. Paul reminds us again today that the spirit of...

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“LOVE IS THE GREATEST OF ALL (1Cor 13:13)

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Exod 22:21-27; Psalm 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 47 and 51ab (R.2); 1Thess 1:5c-10; Matt 22:34-40 “LOVE IS THE GREATEST OF ALL (1Cor 13:13) There is really no other commandment than the call to love. A careful consideration of all the commandments of God would show us that that is in the mind of God when giving out the Ten Commandments to the Israelites. Unfortunately, hypocrisy and pharisaism have led to the bastardisation of that original intention of God. That was how the Pharisees led the Jews of Jesus time into the confusion they found themselves...

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DESIRE TO DO GOOD ALWAYS

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 October 2017) ????Rom 7:18-25a; Ps 119:66, 68, 76, 77, 93, 94 (R.v.68b); Luke 12:54-59 Have you often found yourself falling prey to sin even when you desire strongly to do the right thing? That is often explained as concupiscence – what some people call human frailty, limitation or weakness. It is the orientation that drags man to move toward the bad which he wants to avoid. St. Paul, too, often complained about this (see Rom 7:18-25). We know that some of us normally hide under that orientation to explain away...

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“THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, BUT THE FREE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE IN CHRIST” (Rom 6:23)

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 October 2017) ????Rom 6:19-23; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. Ps 40:5ab); Luke 12:49-53 You see, out of laziness or wickedness, and in a bid to run away from our family responsibilities, many of us try to appeal to religion as a tool of division. Imagine a brother telling his siblings that he will not take care of them until they have embraced his religious orientation. Is that Christ-like? Even Christ himself embraced sinners. So, what does Jesus mean when he says that he has come to bring division...

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TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS EXPECTED (Luke 12:48)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (25 October 2017) ????Rom 6:12-18; Ps 124:1-3, 4-6, 7-8 (R.v.8a); Luke 12:39-48 Yesterday, we pointed out about two challenges which Christ’s coming into the world gives to us – to stay away from sin and to assist others to come to have a share in that salvation. These challenges are not optional to us as Christians. They are the only ways we can reciprocate the great love of God for us. Again, we pointed out that the time to begin is now as tomorrow might be too late. Are you in...

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“HERE I AM, LORD; I COME TO DO YOUR WILL” (Ps 40:8, 9)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (24 October 2017) ????Rom 5:5, 12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21; Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17 (R.v.8a, 9a); Luke 12:35-38 Are you encouraged by the account of our redemption which St. Paul gives us in Rom 5:12-21? St. Paul reminded us there that, through his coming, which we shall celebrate at Christmas in no distant time time, Jesus restored us back to life from death. That is a message of joy! Nonetheless, that places two important challenges to us: ???? We must work hard to stay away from sin, which initially placed us...

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“TAKE HEED, AND BEWARE OF ALL COVETOUSNESS” (Luke 12:15)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (23 October 2017) ????Rom 4:20-25; Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75 (R.v.68); Luke 12:13-21 It is once again a new working week. May the blessings of God, which was bestowed upon Abraham in abundance be also granted to you, and may the Lion of the tribe of Judah fight your battles against all principalities and powers through Christ our Lord. Amen. I’m sorry that I was not here to meet with you yesterday. A matter of great importance which is also for the good of the Church took me away all day. But...

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HOPING AGAINST HOPE

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Eight Week of Ordinary Time 1 (21 October 2017) ????Rom 4:13, 16-18; Ps 105:6-7, 8-9, 42-43 (R.v.8a); Luke 12:8-12 My dear, truthfully, there are some situations you will meet in life and you might be forced to question the reality of God. In such situations, the only thing you see is the wall that blocks your way when the journey is still very far away. Do you know that Abraham went through such an experience but he remained steadfast in God? The promise for a child came to him at their very old age. And later, he...

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“BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES, WHICH IS HYPOCRISY” (Luke 12:1)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Eight Week of Ordinary Time 1 (20 October 2017) ????Rom 4:1-8; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 11 (R.v.7); Luke 12:1-7 For some days now, we have been talking about being in reality the goodness we showcase before people. The evangelist Luke stretches the point even more. Even when temptations come knocking, no matter how life-threatening it might be, we must hold firm to the Lord who is ever ready to save us (cf. Luke 12:1-7). St. Paul gives us an example of Abraham as a man with such a living faith (cf. Rom 4:1-8). He always followed God in...