Category: Ordinary Time

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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...

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“LET US HOLD FAST TO THE CONFESSION THAT GIVES US HOPE” (Heb 10:23)

⏰Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time 1 (31 Jan 2019 – Memorial of St. JohnBosco) 📖Heb 10:19-25; Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R.v.6); Mark 4:21-25 🎤”LET US HOLD FAST TO THE CONFESSION THAT GIVES US HOPE” (Heb 10:23) Today is the feast day of St. JohnBosco, the patron saint of the youth. More importantly to me, he is my patron saint. So I beg you to pray for me today so that I can also achieve the level of sanctity he achieved and so appear before the throne of God on the last day, pure as he did. Once...

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IS YOUR HEART RICH ENOUGH FOR JESUS?

⏰Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time 1 (30 Jan 2019) 📖Heb 10:11-18; Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 (R.v.4bc); Mark 4:1-20 🎤IS YOUR HEART RICH ENOUGH FOR JESUS? The truth that we can never tired of speaking is that Jesus is all that we need. There is no achievement that we make in this life which can be compared to the glory and victory that is gained by being with him. Yes, nothing in this life satisfies. But Jesus has provided all we need. He says to us, “Come to me, all who labour and are overburdened, and I...

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WHO IS CHRIST TO YOU?

⏰Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time 1 (29 Jan 2019) 📖Heb 10:1-10; Ps 40:2 and 4ab, 7-8a, 10, 11 (R.v.8a, 9a); Mark 3:31-35 🎤WHO IS CHRIST TO YOU? Is he your son, or your brother or your friend? In Mark 3:31-35, the family of Jesus came to take him home since people were now feeling he was going out of hand. So Jesus used the opportunity to catechize the people on the nature of his relationship with them because they lacked proper understanding of him. So he taught them that his real relatives are those who do the...

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“YOUR WORDS, O LORD, ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE” (cf. John 6:63)

⏰THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) 📕Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; Ps 19:7, 8, 9, 14 (R.see John 6:63c); 1 Cor 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21 🎤”YOUR WORDS, O LORD, ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE” (cf. John 6:63) How do you normally conceive and treat the Word of God? What is your attitude towards it especially while it is being celebrated in the Church or elsewhere? Are you among those who treat it with less concern and contempt by noise-making or doubt? Then, listen attentively to what today’s Liturgy has in stuck for you. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council called...

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“SURELY I WILL BLESS YOU AND MULTIPLY YOU” (Heb 6:14)

⏰Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time 1 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (22 Jan 2019) 📖Heb 5:10-20; Ps 111:1b-2, 4-5, 9 and 10c (R.v.5b); Mark 2:23-28 🎤”SURELY I WILL BLESS YOU AND MULTIPLY YOU” (Heb 6:14) We are all children of Abraham, and so the promise that was made to him is equally ours. So I invite you to claim the above promise with a great faith. Whether the enemy wants it or not, the Lord is going to bless and multiply you as he did to Abraham. Amen. As you await the fulfilment of that...

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LET YOUR BABYLON BE FALLEN

⏰Thursday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (29 Nov 2018) 📖Rev 18:1-2, 21-23, 19:1-3, 9a; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R. Rev 19:9a); Luke 21:20-28 What comes to your mind when you think of Babylon? For the Israelites, it was a place of exile, alienation from their fatherland, backwardness, oppression, slavery, etc. Babylon offered them nothing but pains. Remember that the book of Revelation uses coded language in talking so that only the people it is addressing would understand. So, at the time the Christians were suffering great persecution, the book used the image of Babylon to represent...