Category: Ordinary Time

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“FEAR NOT, STAND FIRM, AND SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD” (Exod 14:13)

⏰Monday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (24 July 2017) ????Exod 14:5-18; Exod 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.1a); Matt 12:38-42 Again, at the beginning of this new working week, I remember that artwork I saw first on Facebook which has the following inscriptions: DON’T TELL GOD THAT YOU HAVE A BIG PROBLEM; TELL YOUR PROBLEM THAT YOU HAVE A BIG GOD! When God had delivered the Israelites from Egypt, the Egyptians soon realised that they were going to miss their services, and so pursued them (cf. Exod 14:5ff). So, as the Israelites saw themselves trapped the Red Sea and...

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“THE LORD IS GOOD AND FORGIVING” (Psalm 86:5)

⏰Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) ????Wis 12:13, 16-19; Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16a (R.v.5a); Rom 8:26-27; Matt 13:24-4 The patience and tolerance of God is made evident through the parables in the Gospel of today. In the first parable concerning the good seeds and the weeds, we see the image of the ever-tolerant God in the man, who sowed good seed in his field, opting to allow the weeds grow alongside the seeds instead of yielding to the suggestions of his servant to have the weed removed immediately (Matt 13:27-30). The First Reading from the Book of Wisdom makes...

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BEARING FRUITS OF ETERNAL LIFE

⏰Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) ????Isa 55:10-11; Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14 (R. Luke 8:8); Rom 8:18-23; Matt 13:1-23 Christianity is like a tree that is planted in the soil, wherein the soil is our heart. In Agricultural Science, we learn that the growth and productivity of different fruit trees depend so much on the type of soil in the place where such trees are planted. In addition to that, how much manure that is applied to the soil is equally important especially in places where there are no much nutrients in the soil. The parable of the...

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GOD IS ABLE TO SAVE YOU FROM ALL YOUR PROBLEMS

⏰Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) ????Zech 9:9-10; Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13cd-14 (R.v.1); Rom 8:9,11-13; Matt 11:25-30 Are you a Christian? Then you must be a friend of Jesus, and if you are a friend of Jesus, you have nothing to worry about because Jesus always takes care of the worries of his friends. The Gospel says that much. In the first place, Jesus thanks God for revealing the mysteries about God and salvation to those considered as the little ones of the world. Mark that word, little ones. That does not just mean little children as in...

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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...