Category: Ordinary Time

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“I REJOICE IN MY SUFFERINGS FOR YOUR SAKE” (Col 1:24)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (11 Sept. 2017) ????Col 1:24 – 2:3; Ps 62:6-7, 9 (R.v.8a); Luke 6:6-11 As I listened to Paul in Col 1:24 – 2:3, I began to reflect again on my response to God’s invitation to be his disciple and a minister among the so many disciples. Am I a servant-leader after the mind of Christ or am I a comfort-seeker? Jesus said in Matt 16:24, “If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” This reflected well in early missionaries who evangelized...

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CORRECTION WITH LOVE

⌚Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) ????Ezek 33:7-9; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9 (R.7d, 8a); Rom 13:8-10; Matt 18:15-20 Conversion is at the heart of Christs ministry on earth. Right from the beginning, it was obvious that it is the key that opens up the kingdom of God to all. In the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, the content of the very first words of Jesus at the beginning of his ministry is based on repentance, Repent for the kingdom of God is near (Matt 4:17; see also Mark 1:15). Even before Christ, right from the moment that man drifted...

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PERSEVERE IN FAITH IN CHRIST

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (09 Sept. 2017) ????Col 1:21-23; Ps 54:3-4, 6 and 8 (R.v.6a); Luke 6:1-5 My dear, Christ died for our sake and it is by his wounds that we are healed (cf. Isa 53:5). He has made all things well for us (cf. Mark 7:37) and that is why we said before now that he is all that we need. If we keep our faith in him, he is able to do exceedingly more than we ever ask him. Yet, it is not even easy to keep faith in him at all...

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“AT YOUR WORD I WILL LET DOWN THE NETS” (Luke 5:5)

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (05 September 2019) 📖Col 1:9-14; Ps 98:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6 (R.v.2a); Luke 5:1-11 One of the problems in the Colossian Church which St. Paul had to handle in his letter to them is on the crisis of faith. False teachers were beginning to teach them wrong things about God, thus creating confusions among them, on whom to believe. Hence, St. Paul prays that God himself would fill them with the knowledge of his will to follow and grant them strength to do it (cf. Col 1:9-14). It is always important to discover...

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MAY THE WORD OF GOD BEAR GOOD FRUIT IN YOUR LIFE

📖Col 1:1-8; Ps 52:10, 11 (R.v.10cd); Luke 4:38-44 In many of his parables, Jesus described the Kingdom of Gof in terms of a growth. The parable of the mustard seed and the yeast (Matt 13:31-35) is an example of that. Jesus came to establish that Kingdom. Its growth would therefore be affected by how much attention he and his disciples would give to it. I guess that the reason Jesus insisted on moving on to other places to also preach (cf. Luke 4:43) was because he could already see growth in the place they were. Simon’s mother-in-law had already taken...

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BE AWAKE, WAITING FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (05 September 2017 – Memorial of St. Teresa of Calcutta) ????1 Thess 5:1-6, 9-11; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.v.13); Luke 4:31-37 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. Talking about the Day of the Lord, with a modern and Christian eye, we can picture it as the Christmas day. With an eschatological eye, we can look towards the end of...

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“HE CLOSED THE BOOK… AND SAT DOWN; AND THE EYES OF ALL IN THE SYNAGOGUE WERE FIXED ON HIM” (Luke 4:20)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (02 September 2019) 📖1 Thess 4:13-18; Ps 96:1 & 3, 4-5, 11-12, 13 (R.v.13b); Luke 4:16-30 My dear, it is a new working week, and the Lord himself will will close the book of your less productive past and open a better and more productive page in your life. Just as he closed the book of the prophet Isaiah (Luke 4:20), signifying its fulfilment in him, so shall God’s promises in your life begin to be fulfilled in this week and beyond, through Christ our Lord. Amen. For our daily reflection,...

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“FOR YOU MY SOUL IS THIRSTING, O LORD MY GOD” (Psalm 63:1)

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Jer 20:7-9; Psalm 63:2,3-4,5-6,8-9 (R.v.2ab); Rom 12:1-2; Matt 16:21-27 In his famous book, “The Confessions,” St. Augustine declared, concerning God, “You made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” The prophet Jeremiah noted in the First Reading that the more he resisted the Word of God, the more his heart burns towards it (Jer 20:9). It is not as if it is so much of a comfort following God. Both the First Reading and the Gospel talk about the presence of the cross in following him. Jeremiah...

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SERVE GOD WITH YOUR TALENT

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (02 September 2017) ????1 Thess 4:9-11; Ps 98:1, 7-8, 9 (R.v.9); Matt 25:14-30 My dear, if you are a child of God, you need to know one thing for sure: God loves you. He did not create you without a purpose and he does not favour others above you. He loves all equally. Most times, what makes us feel that God loves others more than us is because we have failed to discover God’s purpose for us and be happy in it. Instead, we look at others and desire to be...

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“THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD, YOUR SANCTIFICATION” (1 Thess 4:3)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (30 August 2019) 📖1 Thess 4:1-8; Ps 97:1 and 2b, 5-6, 11-12 (R.v.12a); Matt 25:1-13 Beloved in Christ, do you really have much faith in God? If you do, you have no need to be afraid of the future even as we gradually approach the scary ember months. Be calm! These so-called ’ember’ months shall not bring you tears but joy. The blood-sucking demons that roar about in this period shall detest your life and no power shall be able to stop God’s blessing upon and your household at this period...