Category: Sundays

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“SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD”

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) – 18 Sept 2016 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...

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A CELEBRATION OF GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

⏰Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) – 15 Sept 2019 📖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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“EVERYONE WHO EXALTS HIMSELF WILL BE HUMBLED AND HE WHO HUMBLES HIMSELF WILL BE EXALTED” (Luke 14:11)

⏰Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Sirach 3:17-20, 28-29; Ps 68:4-5ac, 6-7ab, 10-11 (R.v.11b); Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a; Luke 14:7-14 🎤”EVERY ONE WHO EXALTS HIMSELF WILL BE HUMBLED AND HE WHO HUMBLES HIMSELF WILL BE EXALTED” (Luke 14:11) Last Sunday, Jesus called on us to follow the narrow gate if we want to get into the kingdom of God. As we know, nothing that is big can pass through that narrow gate. Pride bloats and makes one big. Can you now see the wisdom of God in choosing to teach us the necessity of humility today? The evangelist Luke used...

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“STRIVE TO ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Luke 13:24)

⏰Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Isa 66:18-21; Ps 117:1, 2 (R. Mark 16:15); Heb 12:5-7, 11-13; Luke 13:22-30 🎤”STRIVE TO ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Luke 13:24) My dear, the evangelist Luke chooses to remind us today that Jesus is still on his way to Jerusalem. What awaits him in Jerusalem is the Cross. It is through the Cross that he would depart this world, and he knew about it. When he began this journey, he invited his disciples to carry their crosses and follow him (cf. Luke 9:23). If the one who asked him the question about...

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“I CAME TO CAST FIRE UPON THE EARTH” (Luke 12:49)

⏰Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Jer 38:4-6, 8-10; Ps 40:2, 3, 4, 18 (R.v.14b); Heb 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53 🎤”I CAME TO CAST FIRE UPON THE EARTH” (Luke 12:49) My dear, in order to understand the drama in today’s liturgy, we shall need to go back to the focus of the Thirteenth Week of the Ordinary Time when Jesus challenged his disciples on the need to remain focused on the call to discipleship. On that day, Elijah was indignant with Elisha for his reluctance at the call (cf. 1 Kgs 19:19-20). As for Jesus, there are no two ways;...

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“BLESSED ARE THOSE SERVANTS WHOM THE MASTER FINDS AWAKE WHEN HE COMES” (Luke 12:37)

⏰Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Wis 18:6-9; Ps 33:1 and 12, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v.1); Heb 11:1-2, 8-19; Luke 12:32-48 🎤”BLESSED ARE THOSE SERVANTS WHOM THE MASTER FINDS AWAKE WHEN HE COMES” (Luke 12:37) Last Sunday, we were instructed on the need to use the gifts which God has given to us to build up a rich treasure for ourselves in heaven. One of the most effective ways which the Church encourages us to do that is through charity. Apart from his obvious relegation of God to the ground, the rich fool (Matt 12:16-21) must have been...

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“SEEK THE THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, WHERE CHRIST IS, SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD” (Col 3:1)

⏰Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Eccl 1:2, 2:21-23; Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 and 17(R.v.1); Col 3:1-5, 9-11; Luke 12:13-21 🎤”SEEK THE THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, WHERE CHRIST IS, SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD” (Col 3:1) My dear, two Sundays ago, we were told of the importance of serving God how he NEEDS to be served instead of how we WANT to serve him. Last Sunday, we learnt that the best way to dialogue with God and know his will for us is through prayer. It is obviously dangerous to think about ourselves without bothering about...

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“LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY” (Luke 11:1)

⏰Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Gen 18:20-32; Ps 138:1-2a, 2bcd-3, 6-7ab, 7c-8 (R.v.3a); Col 2:12-14; Luke 11:1-13 🎤”LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY” (Luke 11:1) The formation continues my dear. Jesus is still on his way to Jerusalem where he would give up his life for our salvation. He wants to show us the right way to follow him and gain that salvation. Last Sunday, we were told of the importance of serving God how he NEEDED to be served instead of how we WANT to serve him. But how do we know how he needs to be served?...

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“MARY HAS CHOSEN THE GOOD OPTION” (Luke 10:42)

⏰Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕Gen 18:1-10a; Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 (R.v.1a); Col 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42 🎤”MARY HAS CHOSEN THE GOOD OPTION” (Luke 10:42) I hope that you are following, very well, the sequence of Jesus’ formation of his disciples since he began his final journey to Jerusalem. First of all, he made effort to clarify the wrong image they had of him, telling them that he is a suffering Messiah, thereby inviting them to carry their crosses and follow him. Later on, he sent these disciples ahead of him to go and preach the Gospel. Last Sunday,...

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“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD… AND YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF” (Luke 10:27)

⏰Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Deut 30:10-14; Ps 69:13 and 16, 29-30, 32-33, 35ab and 36 (R.v.32); Col 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37 🎤”YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD… AND YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF” (Luke 10:27) Remember the focus of the liturgy of last Sunday – Bearing the mark of Christ in us and taking him to others. We have the same focus in our liturgy today. That tells us that this is a matter of great importance to Jesus. In the field of Christian ethics, we have a progression from what we call the “ethics of doing” to...