Category: Ordinary Time

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SEEK THE ETERNAL VALUE WHICH IS IN HEAVEN

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 Sept. 2016) ????Eccl 1:2-11; Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 and 17 (R.v.1); Luke 9:7-9 ????SEEK THE ETERNAL VALUE WHICH IS IN HEAVEN Good morning dear friend. Thank you for your patience with me. I’m sorry for coming on this late. The spirit is very willing but the body weak. Keep me in your prayers for good health and more strength.???????? The Preacher in the Book of Ecclesiastes had one mission in mind – to find out where lies the value of all things. He searched for this value in pleasure,...

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A NEW FORM OF RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (20 Sept. 2016 – Memorial of St. Andrew Kim and Companions) ????Prov 21:1-6, 10-13; Ps 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44 (R.v.35a); Luke 8:19-21 ????A NEW FORM OF RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST May the peace of the Lord be with you. Amen.???????? Among the Jews, blood relationship is a sacred thing. That plays out even in the way they perceive others in relation to redemption. That idea came up from the fact that God chose the people of Israel to be his very own (Deut 7:6) and gave them order not to...

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“LET YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS SHINE OUT BEFORE OTHERS” (Matt 5:16)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (24 Sept. 2018) 📕Prov 3:27-34; Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 (R.v.1b); Luke 8:16-18 May the peace of the Lord be with you. Amen. My dear, in case you have not noticed, we are gradually getting to many ends – the end of the year and of course, in the Church, the end of the liturgical year. All these ‘ends’ remind us of the inevitable end of our earthly life after which we shall be required to give an account of our life. The Church has therefore planned her liturgy in such a...

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“SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD”

⏰Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) ????Amos 8:4-7; Ps. 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8 (R.v.1a, 7a); 1Tim 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13 ????“SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD” It is a truism that where your treasure is, there lies your heart. If we love God so much, in God would our attention subsist but if it is material possession that we treasure more, it will definitely take away our attention from God. The people of Israel were patiently awaiting the Day of the Lord, when God would restore peace in Jerusalem. But they do this without bothering to keep themselves holy for...

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“WHOEVER LOSES HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE WILL FIND IT” (Matt 10:39; 16:25)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 Sept. 2018) 📕1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49; Ps 56:10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.14cd); Luke 8:4-15 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Bearing authentic witness for Christ requires a mortification of our body. Against the Greek philosophy which sees the human flesh as a prison for the soul and poses a threat to the idea of resurrection, St Paul teaches that this perishable body would give way for the rising of a glorious body at resurrection (cf....

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I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS!

⏰Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (16 Sept. 2016 – Memorial of Ss. Cornelius & Cyprian) ????Rev 20:1-4, 11 – 21:2; Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a (R. Rev 21:3b); Luke 21:29-33 ????I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS! It is important to note that one of the problems of the Church in Corinth is on the nature of the resurrection. They were expecting an imminent parousia but it was not forthcoming. So many of them began to question some of their articles of faith including the resurrection of the dead. Besides, there was a group, the Sadducees...

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WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE SAME BODY OF CHRIST

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (13 Sept. 2016 – Memorial of St. John Chrysostom) ????1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.3c); Luke 7:11-17 ????WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE SAME BODY OF CHRIST My dear, whatever you have that is lacking in others is meant to be used to supply for such lack. This includes your possession, position and race. Never look down on people because of what they are or where they come from; it annoys God. This is the point that St Paul makes in 1Cor 12:12-41. Anyone who discriminates is working...

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“THIS IS MY BODY WHICH IS FOR YOU” (1 Cor 11:24)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 Sept. 2018) 📑1 Cor 11:17-26, 33; Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17 (R. 1 Cor 11:26b); Luke 7:1-10 My dear, this is the beginning of a new working week and we are being introduced into the unconditional love of God which is best exemplified in the Holy Eucharist. There, Jesus offers himself to us as food for our body and soul. By participation in the Eucharist, we are made one with Christ, and so share in the inner life of the Blessed Trinity. We could not have been able to share...

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A CELEBRATION OF GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

⏰Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) – 11 Sept 2016 ????Exod 32:7-11,13-14; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17 and 19 (R. Luke 15:18); 1Tim 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32 ????A CELEBRATION OF GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE The three readings that we have in our Liturgy of today point out, in a very clear manner, the imperfection of man and God’s unconditional love towards man. In the First Reading, the people of Israel deserted God and chose to worship a molten calf. Worst still, they ascribed to the molten calf, the glory which ought to be given to God, saying: “These are your gods, O...

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“YOU CANNOT DRINK THE CUP OF THE LORD AND ALSO THE CUP OF DEMONS” (1Cor 10:21)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (10 Sept. 2016) ????1 Cor 10:14-22; Ps 116:12-13, 17-18 (R.v.17a); Luke 6:43-49 ????”YOU CANNOT DRINK THE CUP OF THE LORD AND ALSO THE CUP OF DEMONS” (1Cor 10:21) Syncretism is a very bad attitude. Who is your master? Jesus or the devil????? Don’t be afraid; just follow one. Though I will encourage you to follow Jesus just like the Psalmist who declared, “To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise” (Psalm 116:17).???????? In 1Cor 10:14-22, St Paul took a definitive position in responding to one of the problems raised...