Category: Ordinary Time

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THE RIGHT WAY TO CELEBRATE

⏰Saturday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (05 August 2017) ????Lev 25:1, 8-17; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 7-8 (R.v.4); Matt 14:1-12 Life is full of celebrations, and as we noted yesterday, such celebrations offer us the opportunity of reflecting on the faithfulness of God. That means, in our celebrations, we are simply celebrating God. Therefore, we must do as God wants. In Lev 25:8-17, God gives us some guidelines on how to celebrate. The bottomline is to shun exploitation of both human and material resources. All comes from God and must be treated as having the mark of God....

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GOD IS EVER FAITHFUL

⏰Friday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (04 August 2017 – Memorial of St. John Mary Vianney) ????Lev 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37; Ps 81:3-4, 5-6ab, 10-11ab (R.v.2a); Matt 13:54-58I don’t know what you make of the different celebrations we have in our Christian calendar in terms of memorials, feasts, solemnities, Holy Days of Obligation, etc. Many people consider them as inventions of the Catholic Church into worship. In that way, they are distractions that must be abhorred. However, reading through the Book of Leviticus, we see that not only did God sanction such celebrations, they serve to...

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“HOW LOVELY IS YOUR DWELLING PLACE, O LORD OF HOSTS!” (Ps 84:1)

⏰Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (03 August 2017) ????Exod 40:16-21, 34-38; Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a, 11 (R.v.2); Matt 13:47-53 It is good to be in in the presence of the Lord and to behold his glory. This encounter transformed Moses (cf. Exod 34:29-35) in such a way that the people were afraid to behold his face. In the same way, my dear, if you can abide in the presence of God, the enemy would always be afraid of looking at you anytime you approach. All you need to do is to do all that...

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“…THE SKIN OF HIS FACE SHONE BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN TALKING WITH GOD” (Exod 34:29)

⏰Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (02 August 2017) ????Exod 34:29-35; Ps 99:5, 6, 7, 9 (R.v.9c); Matt 13:44-46 In Luke 14:26-33, Jesus gives a condition for becoming his disciple – the applicant must be ready to give up everything else in order to be fully committed to Jesus. That is indeed a wise thing to do and Jesus today compares it with the action of a merchant who sells everything he has so that he can buy a treasure-laden field or a fine pearl of high value. What is it that you are required to give...

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WATCH AND PRAY!

⏰Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (01 August 2017 – Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori) ????Exod 33:7-11, 34:5b-9, 28; Ps 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.8a); Matt 13:36-43 Yesterday, we talked about focusing on the kingdom of God in our journey of faith. But we know that no matter how wide open our eyes are, if we are not supported by the grace of God, there won’t be any headway for us. That is why we must pray always for God’s abiding presence especially in moments when God seems to be very far from us. Moses gave us...

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FOCUS ON THE KINGDOM FOR YOUR BLESSING

⏰Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (31 July 2017 – Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola) ????Exod 32:15-24, 30-34; Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23 (R.v.1b); Matt 13:31-35 My dear, things might be rough, slow and unstable at the beginning, but if you put your trust in the Lord and persevere to the end, you shall reap the fruit of abundance. And as the month of July ends today, I pray that it may equally bring to an end, anything that hinders your progress or causes you pains. Amen. In our journey of faith, our destination is the kingdom...

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“SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD (Matt 6:33)

⏰Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (30 July 2017) ????1 Kings 3:5, 7-12; Psalm 119:57 and 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130 (R.v.97a); Rom 8:28-30; Matt 13:44-523 Wisdom is a major theme that runs through the readings of today, especially the First Reading and the Gospel. We are all encouraged to seek this wisdom and possess it. The writer of the Book of the Proverbs noted thus, Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, and the one who gains insight. For she is of more value than silver and more useful than gold. She is more precious than pearls; nothing you...

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“HE WHO HEARS THE WORD AND UNDERSTANDS IT; HE INDEED BEARS FRUIT” (Matt 13:23)

⏰Friday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (28 July 2017) ????Exod 20:1-17; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (R. John 6:68c); Matt 13:18-23 Where is the Word of God planted in your life? How is it growing up in you? Does it have a rich soil in you to germinate? As we already have seen, what determines the kind of soil we provide for the growth of the word of God in us is our disposition. It is about what we understand about it and how we do so. There are some of us who only believes because the...

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“BLESSED ARE YOUR EYES, FOR THEY SEE, AND YOUR EARS, FOR THEY HEAR” (Matt 13:16)

⏰Thursday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 July 2017) ????Exod 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20b; Dan 3:29-30, 31, 33, 32, 34 (R.v.29b); Matt 13:10-17 God is all powerful yet he has made himself so simple for us to experience and encounter. From the encounter the people of Israel had with God in the First Reading, we see the desire he has to reveal himself to man. That revelation is for our good. For the Israelites, it served to encourage them and build their trust around Moses and in the promised salvation. Yet, to have that encounter with God, it...

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“THE LORD GAVE THEM BREAD FROM HEAVEN” (Ps 78:24)

⏰Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 July 2017 – Memorial of Ss Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary) ????Exod 16:1-5, 9-15; Ps 78:18-19, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28 (R.v.24b); Matt 13:1-19 Have you lived or stayed with someone who is always complaining, almost about everything? Such persons can be so irritating and unfortunately, at the situations they complain about, they would become the worst of all. If you have encountered such people, it will be easier for you to understand how God ought to feel at the complaints of the Israelites. Just imagine! On Monday,...