Category: Sundays

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THE STONE WAS NOT AN OBSTACLE

⏰Easter Sunday (16 April 2017) 📕Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,15c-17, 22-23 (R.v.24); Col 3:1-4; John 20:1-9 Last night, we were talking about the victory of light over darkness and the miracle of the empty tomb. We noted that since we have died with Christ, we shall also with him in victory. Jesus has conquered death and his resurrection is for the salvation of all. Yet, only those who make themselves available receives that gift of salvation. Hence, St Paul exhorts us to seek things that are above where Jesus is (cf. Col 3:1-4). If you really seek Jesus, you will...

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PUT OFF YOUR SHOES FROM YOUR FEET

⏱THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C) ?Exod 3:1-8a, 13-15; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8 and 11 (R.v.8a); 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Luke 13:1-9 ?”PUT OFF YOUR SHOES FROM YOUR FEET” (Exod 3:5) I welcome you this third Sunday of Lent. The Liturgy of last Sunday helped us to construct an image of Jesus as the chosen messiah, but one who is to undergo suffering. Today, the same Liturgy tries to help us follow him up to the mountain where we shall be transfigured with him.?? The mountain is a place of encounter with God. In the First Reading, Moses found...

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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...

YOU ARE MY BELOVED SON; WITH YOU I AM WELL PLEASED

⏰THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD 📖Isa 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30 (R.v.1); Tit 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 🎤”YOU ARE MY BELOVED SON; WITH YOU I AM WELL PLEASED” (Luke 3:22) Have you been paying attention to the series of liturgical events marking this season of Christmas? You might have noticed the different ways God has been making efforts to reveal himself to us through Jesus Christ. On Christmas day, he sent the angels to reveal the birth of his Son to the Jews. Last Sunday, at the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, he sent...

From You Shall Come Forth One Who Is To Be Ruler In Israel

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT (YEAR C) ?Mic 5:1-4a;Ps 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16a, 18-19 (R.v.4); Heb 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 ?“FROM YOU SHALL COME FORTH ONE WHO IS TO BE RULER IN ISRAEL” My dear, God is coming to visit you today in that your very challenging situation. He is about to lift you up to greater heights; such heights unimaginable that you would ever reach. He is coming to change you story line for the better. Are you ready to receive him?? We are already in the fourth week of our preparation for Christmas. By now, it is expected that we...

Rejoice In the Lord Always

THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT (YEAR C) ?Zeph 3:14-18a; Isa 12:2-3, 4bcde, 5-6 (R.v.6); Phil 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18 ?”REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS” (Phil 4:4) Obviously, Christmas is a period of joy for most people. Yet the reason for this joy differs from person to person. Some people, in fact, rejoice for wrong reasons and in wrong ways. Hence, as the season gradually draws closer to its apex, the Liturgy of today tries to reorientate us on the reason and ways to rejoice.? Both the First and Second Readings inform us that the reason for our joy must come from the...

God Will Lead Israel With Joy

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (YEAR C) ?Bar 5:1-9; Ps 126:1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.3); Phil 1:4-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6 ?”GOD WILL LEAD ISRAEL WITH JOY… WITH THE MERCY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT COME FROM HIM” (Bar 5:9) Have you heard? It is all about the extraordinary year of mercy which Pope Francis declared would be observed in the Church from December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, to November 20. It is going to be a holy year of mercy in which we shall be invited to reflect deeply on the ever merciful nature of God and how we can...

WAIT FOR YOUR REDEMPTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS

⏰FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT (Year C) 📕Jer 33:14-16; Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14 (R.v.1); 1 Thess 3:12 4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Today, we begin a new Liturgical Year in the life of the Church. Hence, I wish to say a happy new year to you. My prayer is that in this new liturgical year, our spiritual strength would be more strengthened and we may be more prepared to meet Christ any time he calls us to come back to him. Amen. The readings of today invite us to allow our resolutions in this new liturgical year to be one...