Category: Ordinary Time

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… APPOINT FOR US A KING TO GOVERN US LIKE ALL THE NATIONS

⏰Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (15 January 2016) ?1 Sam 8:4-7, 10-22a; Ps 89:16-17, 18-19 (R.v.2a); Mark 2:1-12 ?”… APPOINT FOR US A KING TO GOVERN US LIKE ALL THE NATIONS” (1 Sam 8:5) Social influence is not bad in itself but if it does not take us to our ultimate goal, which is found in the spiritual realm, it would be a scam.? Consider its effects in both 1 Sam 8:1ff and Mark 2:1-12❗ In the first, the people asked Samuel to appoint a king for them, and insisted on it even after Samuel...

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A HUMBLED, CONTRITE HEART YOU WILL NOT SPURN

⏰Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (14 January 2016) ?1 Sam 4:1-11; Ps 44:10, 11, 14-15, 24-25 (R.v.27b); Mark 1:40-45 ?”A HUMBLED, CONTRITE HEART YOU WILL NOT SPURN” (Ps 51:17) The word of God in 2 Chron 7:14 says, “… If my people who bear my name humble themselves, and pray and look for me and turn from their wicked ways, then I myself will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and restore their land.”? That exactly was the difference between the Israelites who brought the ark of the covenant into the camp to ginger...

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…SAY, ‘SPEAK, LORD, FOR YOUR SERVANT HEARS

⏰Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (13 January 2016) ?1 Sam 3:1-10, 19-20; Ps 40:2 and 5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R.v.8a, 9a); Mark 1:29-39 ?”…SAY, ‘SPEAK, LORD, FOR YOUR SERVANT HEARS’” (1 Sam 3:9) Prov 22:6 says, “Teach the child the way he should go, and he will not stray from it even when he is old.” The truth is that many of us are what we are today because our parents started on time to show us the way that leads to life.???? Hannah took the boy Samuel and placed him in the Temple so...

TAKE IT TO THE LORD IN PRAYER

⏰Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (12 January 2016) ?1 Sam 1:9-20; 1 Sam 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8bcd (R.v.1a); Mark 1:21b-28 ?TAKE IT TO THE LORD IN PRAYER ??What a friend we have in Jesus! All our sins and grief to bear! What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer! Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear; All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer.?? After receiving the comforting words from her husband, as we saw yesterday (cf. 1 Sam 1:8), Hannah went to open her...

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AM I NOT MORE TO YOU THAN TEN SONS?

⏰Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (11 January 2016) ?1 Sam 1:1-8; Ps 116:12-13, 14 and 17, 18-19 (R.v.17a); Mark 1:14-20 ?”AM I NOT MORE TO YOU THAN TEN SONS?” (1 Sam 1:8) My dear, this is the working day in this beautiful and promising new week. The misfortune and the disgrace which Hannah suffered is presented to us to teach us that no matter what we are passing through in life, God is always there to comfort us.? Can you not hear God speaking to you through the voice of Elkanah, the husband of Hannah,...

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YOU SHALL BE CALLED BY A NEW NAME WHICH THE MOUTH OF THE LORD WILL GIVE

⏰SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) 📖Isa 62:1-5; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8, 9-10a and c (R.v.3); 1 Cor 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 🎤”YOU SHALL BE CALLED BY A NEW NAME WHICH THE MOUTH OF THE LORD WILL GIVE” (Isa 62:2) We can prophetically and prayerfully call today a glorious Sunday. The Liturgy of today predisposes us to do so especially when we remember that it is only in God that we can shine out in glory. Both the First Reading and the Gospel point to the restoration of the glory of God among his people. After the people of Israel...

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JESUS, THE WOUNDED HEALER!

⏰SATURDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK 📖Heb 4:12-16; Ps 19: 8, 9, 10, 15 (R. see John 6:63c); Mark 2:13-17 Can you try and make a spiritual journey with me for a moment? Assume the position of Levi in Mark 2:13-17. Imagine yourself at the commercial centre of the city making serious money like Levi, and then Jesus comes along to call you. Can you leave all your wealth behind to follow him as Levi did? Apart from that, Levi was considered a public sinner by the same society to which Jesus belonged. Yet Jesus broke protocols to call him. That...

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FAITH IS YOUR KEY!

⏰FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK 📖Heb 4:1-5, 11; Ps 78: 3 and 4bc, 6c7, 8 (R.v.7b); Mark 2:1-12 Are you sure you have faith in God? If you do, you need a little perseverance to support it. There is bound to be challenges to your faith; you might even meet obstacles on your way to meet Christ. Do not be shaken! Your victory is in Christ (cf. Rom 8:37), and the key to unlock that victory is faith. Consider the case of the paralytic in Mark 2:1-12. The crowd formed an obstacle to him and his friends who were helping...

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SURRENDER YOUR LIFE TO JESUS

⏰THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK 📖Heb 3:7-14; Ps 95: 6-7abc, 7d and 8-9, 10-11 (R.v.8a); Mark 1:40-45 My dear, the word of God in 2 Chron 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” The leper in Mark 1:40-45 humbled himself and sought help from Jesus, and indeed, he got his desired healing. His statement, “If you will, you can make me clean” (Mark 1:40) is an expression...

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“You Too Go Into My Vineyard!” (Matt 20:4)

⏰MONDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK (14 January 2019) 📑Heb 1:1-6; Ps 97:1 and 2b, 6 and 7c, 9 (R.v.7c); Mark 1:14-20 There is something very spectacular that takes place in the Catholic Church today. We made a reference to it yesterday. There is once again a change in the liturgical colour as we begin fully the Ordinary time of the Year. Meanwhile, we did say that the “Ordinary Time of the Year” is so called not because it is less important that other seasons, but because of the orderly way it is arranged into 34 weeks. So, we use the...