Category: Ordinary Time

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“GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER”

⏰THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) ????2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a; Ps 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19 (R.v.2a); Rom 6:3-4, 8-11; Matt 10:37-42 My dear, last Sunday, we were presented with the vertical effect of the presence of Jesus among us – protection and redemption. That is, with Christ among us, our song shall be the song of victory. Today, while the vertical effect is extended to also include provision from God, we are introduced into what should be the horizontal effect of that presence, which is what we are required to do with the gifts that God has given to us....

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“PRAISE THE LORD! FOR HE HAS DELIVERED THE LIFE OF THE NEEDY FROM THE HANDS OF THE EVIL DOERS” (Jer 10:13)

TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) Jer 20:10-13; Ps 69:7-9, 13 and 16, 32-34 (R.v.13c); Rom 5:12-15; Matt 10:26-33 Since Jesus liveth, everything in me will live (4x) Even dry bone will live, will live (3x) Since Jesus liveth, everything will live My dear, the psalmist said that, Many are the trials of just, but the Lord delivers them from them all (Ps 34:19). On daily bases, we encounter many challenges and difficulties that tend to weigh us down despite the fact that we strive so well to be devoted Christians. The liturgy of today considers that and gives...

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“YOU SHALL BE HOLY; FOR I THE LORD YOUR GOD AM HOLY” (Lev 19:2)

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Lev 19:1-2, 17-18; Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13 (R.v.8a); 1 Cor 3:16-23; Matt 5:38-48 “YOU SHALL BE HOLY; FOR I THE LORD YOUR GOD AM HOLY” (Lev 19:2) “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in him” (1 John 4:16). So it is only through loving others that we can come to be holy as God is holy, following the calls we have in the First Reading and in the Gospel. Christian vocation is a vocation to love because in it we are called to live in...

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THE TWO WAYS: FOLLOW THE PATH OF LIFE

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34 (R.v.1b); 1 Cor 2:6-10; Matt 5:17-37 THE TWO WAYS: FOLLOW THE PATH OF LIFE In Deut 30:15-18, Moses presented to the people of Israel, the dual way, one which leads to life and prosperity and the other which leads to death and calamity. The project of follwing any of the ways depends on individual choices and the consequences must equally be borne on individual bases (also see Psalm 1:1-6; Jer 21:8; Rom 6:21-23). That is the point that Ben Sirach, the author of the Book of...

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LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE (Matt 5:16)

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Isa 58:7-10; Psalm 112:4-5, 6-7, 8a and 9 (R.v.4a); 1Cor 2:1-5; Matt 5:13-16 LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE (Matt 5:16) Two Sundays ago, the prophet Isaiah prophesied the rise of a great king whose light would enlighten the darkness of mens lives and make them radiate with joy. The Gospel of Matthew presented Jesus as the fulfilment of that prophecy (cf. Matt 4:12-23). Providentially, few days ago, we celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and in the Gospel reading (Luke 2:22-40), the righteous Simeon prophesied that Jesus would be light for...

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“BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 5:3)

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Zeph 2:3, 3:12-13; Psalm 146:6c-7, 8b-9a, 9bc-10 (R. Matt 5:3); 1Cor 1:26-31; Matt 5:1-12a “BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 5:3) Do you remember that Jesus said that even though we are in the world, we do not belong to the world (cf. John 15:19)? As Christians, our ways must be different from the ways of the world. This is the message of today’s liturgy. Looking closely at the Beatitudes which are presented in the Gospel of today, we shall see that they completely uphold...

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OUR LIGHT MUST HEAL THE DARKNESS OF DIVISION

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Isa 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.v.1a); 1Cor 1:10-13, 17; Matt 4:12-23 OUR LIGHT MUST HEAL THE DARKNESS OF DIVISION In the Sacred Scriptures and in most religious settings, darkness is most often associated with pain and sorrow whereas light is said to be a source of joy. That is why the Christmas season is viewed as a period of great joy since Christ, whose birth we celebrate at that time, is seen as the light to the nations. The Gospel (Matt 4:12-23) makes a reference to that fact when it narrates the...

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I WILL FOLLOW JESUS

⏰Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time 1 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (19 Jan 2017) 📖Heb 7:25 – 8:6; Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17 (R.v.8a, 9a); Mark 3:7-12 🎤I WILL FOLLOW JESUS Do you remember what we said yesterday about Jesus and the plans of the Pharisees and the Herodians against him? They planned to make life unbearable for him in the synagogue. So Jesus had to leave the synagogue for them; he moved to the street to meet the common people who have need of him (cf. Mark 3:7-12). Yes, when he moved, “a great...

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“AND THEY WATCHED HIM…” (Mark 3:2)

⏰Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time 1 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (23 Jan 2019) 📖Heb 7:1-3, 15-17; Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 (R.v.4bc); Mark 3:1-6 🎤”AND THEY WATCHED HIM…” (Mark 3:2) Mark 3:1-6 contains the last of the controversy stories in the Gospel of Mark. At the end of the story in Mark 3:6, the Pharisees and the Herodians would unite against Jesus, re-echoing the words of Psalm 2:2, “The kings of the earth brace themselves, and the rulers together take their stand against the Lord and his anointed.” What was the crime of Jesus...

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PRAY FOR YOUR PRIESTS; PRAY FOR ME

⏰Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time 1 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (21 Jan 2019) 📖Heb 5:1-10; Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 (R.v.4cd); Mark 2:18-22 🎤PRAY FOR YOUR PRIESTS; PRAY FOR ME It is the will of God that all things be gathered together under Christ. Christ himself prayed that we may be one. It is through that that we might join hand to defeat our common enemy – the devil and all his agents. So we pray in this week that God himself may heal the wound of division among Christians so that with one...