Category: Ordinary Time

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“THE GRACE OF OUR LORD OVERFLOWED FOR ME WITH FAITH AND LOVE THAT ARE IN CHRIST JESUS” (1 Tim 1:14)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (13 Sept. 2019 – Memorial of St. John Chrysostom) 📕1 Tim 1:1-2, 12-18; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 11 (R.v.5a); Luke 6:39-42 🎤”THE GRACE OF OUR LORD OVERFLOWED FOR ME WITH FAITH AND LOVE THAT ARE IN CHRIST JESUS” (1 Tim 1:14) My dear, as you prepare to embrace the demands of this day, may Jesus, our dependable friend, be present to you so that you may have a peaceful and miraculous day through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen. There is an adage that says that a river that forgets...

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“PUT ON LOVE, WHICH BINDS EVERYTHING TOGETHER IN PERFECT HARMONY” (Col 3:14)

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (12 Sept. 2019) 📕Col 3:12-17; Ps 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.6); Luke 6:27-38 🎤”PUT ON LOVE, WHICH BINDS EVERYTHING TOGETHER IN PERFECT HARMONY” (Col 3:14) All that St. Paul said in Col 3:12-17 could be summarized into a single command, “Put on Christ.” Remember that Christ is God (cf. John 1:1; Phil 2:6) and God is love (1 John 4:16). So, anyone who dwells in Christ dwells in love. Consider the contents of love which were proposed by St. Paul in 1 Cor 13:4-8 in line with this message. In that case,...

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“SET YOUR MINDS ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE” (Col 3:2)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (11 Sept. 2019) 📕Col 3:1-11; Ps 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13ab (R.v.9a); Luke 6:20-26 🎤”SET YOUR MINDS ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE” (Col 3:2) May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Amen. Being a Christian means being immersed into the identity of Christ in such a way that it is no longer the person who lives but Christ living in him (cf. Col 3:3-4; Gal 2:20-21). We must therefore aim to be where Christ is also. We cannot...

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“ALL THINGS WERE CREATED THROUGH HIM AND FOR HIM” (Col 1:16)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (06 September 2019) 📕Col 1:15-20; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.2b); Luke 5:33-39 🎤”ALL THINGS WERE CREATED THROUGH HIM AND FOR HIM” (Col 1:16) Really, Jesus is everything that we need! He is the beginning and the end. In him we have our being, the image of the invisible God. With Jesus beside you, you shall lack nothing (cf. Ps 23; Luke 5:34). That is the message which St. Paul gives to the Colossians (cf. Col 1:15-20) and to us today. As we noted yesterday, the Colossian Church was bedevilled by...

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BE AWAKE, WAITING FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (03 September 2019 – Memorial of St. Gregory the Great) 📖1 Thess 5:1-6, 9-11; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.v.13); Luke 4:31-37 🎤BE AWAKE, WAITING FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD I welcome you in the name of Christ to this beautiful new day, the day of the Lord. And I pray that it may bring joy and peace to you and your family through Christ our Lord. Amen. Providentially, today, we reflect on the Day of the Lord. With a modern and Christian eye, we can picture the Christmas as a...

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“EVERYONE WHO EXALTS HIMSELF WILL BE HUMBLED AND HE WHO HUMBLES HIMSELF WILL BE EXALTED” (Luke 14:11)

⏰Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Sirach 3:17-20, 28-29; Ps 68:4-5ac, 6-7ab, 10-11 (R.v.11b); Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a; Luke 14:7-14 🎤”EVERY ONE WHO EXALTS HIMSELF WILL BE HUMBLED AND HE WHO HUMBLES HIMSELF WILL BE EXALTED” (Luke 14:11) Last Sunday, Jesus called on us to follow the narrow gate if we want to get into the kingdom of God. As we know, nothing that is big can pass through that narrow gate. Pride bloats and makes one big. Can you now see the wisdom of God in choosing to teach us the necessity of humility today? The evangelist Luke used...

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“BE AN EXAMPLE THAT THE WHOLE FLOCK CAN FOLLOW” (1 Pet 5:3)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 August 2019 – Memorial of St. Monica) 📖1 Thess 2:1-8; Ps 139:1-3, 4-6 (R.v.1); Matt 23:23-26 “BE AN EXAMPLE THAT THE WHOLE FLOCK CAN FOLLOW” (1 Pet 5:3) My dear, in our reflection yesterday, we noted the invitation of both Jesus and St. Paul for us to bear true witness to the gospel by manner of life we live. Today, that call continues to be emphasized and God tells us that the best way to carry out our missions of evangelization fruitfully is by living lives worthy of emulation. Let...

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“YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF MEN WE PROVED TO BE AMONG YOU FOR YOUR SAKE” (1 Thess 1:5)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 August 2019) 📖1 Thess 1:1-5, 8b-10; Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9bc (R.v.4a); Matt 23:13-22 🎤“YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF MEN WE PROVED TO BE AMONG YOU FOR YOUR SAKE” (1 Thess 1:5) “May grace and peace be with you” (1 Thess 1:1), Amen. At the beginning of this working week, both Jesus and St Paul encourage us to be true witnesses of the gospel wherever we go so that we can help others to stand firm in God. The background of the First letter of St. Paul to the...

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“STRIVE TO ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Luke 13:24)

⏰Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Isa 66:18-21; Ps 117:1, 2 (R. Mark 16:15); Heb 12:5-7, 11-13; Luke 13:22-30 🎤”STRIVE TO ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Luke 13:24) My dear, the evangelist Luke chooses to remind us today that Jesus is still on his way to Jerusalem. What awaits him in Jerusalem is the Cross. It is through the Cross that he would depart this world, and he knew about it. When he began this journey, he invited his disciples to carry their crosses and follow him (cf. Luke 9:23). If the one who asked him the question about...

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“I WILL BE WITH YOU… DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE” (Judges 6:16, 23)

⏰Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (20 August 2019) 📖Judges 6:11-24; Ps 85:9, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.9b); Matt 19:23-30 🎤”I WILL BE WITH YOU… DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE” (Judges 6:16, 23) God would not give you a task that you cannot handle nor allow you to go through a situation that would leave you helpless. This is because he is bigger than all our situations, and embracing him would usher in the needed solution for all our seeming difficulties. Moreover, God does not commission us for an assignment without equipping us. Consider the example of Gideon...