Category: Sundays

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“THE LORD IS THE UPHOLDER OF MY LIFE” (Ps 54:6)

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Wis 2:12, 17-20; Ps 54:3-4, 5-6 and 8 (R.v.6b); Jam 3:16 – 4:3; Mark 9:30-37 In our reflection last Sunday, we discovered the identity of Jesus as the suffering messiah and his call on his followers to carry their crosses and come after him. We finally noted that one way to carry that cross well is by denying ourselves some pleasures for the good of others in need. The liturgy of today focuses on that note of helping the less privileged but with an additional warning against envy and jealousy which lead us...

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WHO DO YOU SAY JESUS IS?

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Isa 50:5-9a; Ps 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 (R.v.9); Jam 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35 For about two weeks now, we have been reflecting on becoming authentic followers of Christ by being a reflection of the faith which we profess. Last two Sundays, Jesus accused the Pharisees of living hypocritical lives, and in the liturgy of last Sunday, he shows us what we need to do to prove that our faith is authentic. Remember also that in the last two Sundays, we did note that the reason most people live hypocritical lives is for the avoidance...

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HE HAS DONE ALL THINGS WELL; HE EVEN MAKES THE DEAF HEAR AND THE MUTE SPEAK (Mark 7:37)

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Isa 35:4-7a; Ps 146:6c-70, 8-9a, 9bc-10ab (R.v.1b0); Jam 2:1-50; Mark 7:31-37 Last Sunday, we reflected on the need to make what we profess in faith to be represented by the kind of life we live if we claim to worship God who is love, we must be ready to love as God loves. That is the message which our liturgy of today tries to pass across to us even as it promises us that God will make all things well for us. The Second Reading was very emphatic on that point. We must...

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“THIS PEOPLE HONOURS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME” (Mark 7:6)

⏰TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕Deut 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 (R.v.1a); Jam 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 On a daily basis, the number of churches and religious adherents keeps on increasing all over the world. But has that made the world to be a better place? Surely, no! In fact, it would seem that things are continuously becoming worse. What can we say that contributes to this? The answer is found in the theme for today’s reflection. People are more interested in showing off their religious sentiments than in serving the God of religion....

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CHOOSE TO FOLLOW CHRIST AND LIVE

⏰TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📑Josh 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b; Ps 34:1-2, 15-16, 17-18, 19-20, 21-22 (R.v.8a); Eph 5:21-32; John 6:60-69 As part of his concluding discourses with the people of Israel, Moses did set before them two ways, one which contains the Law of God and leads to life and prosperity, and another which is the way of other gods and leads to death and calamity. He encouraged them to choose the way of God so that they may live and prosper (cf. Deut 30:15-20). All the readings of our liturgy today echo the same injunction. In the...

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“TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD” (Ps 34:8)

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Prov 9:1-6; Ps 34:1-2, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.8a); Eph 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 In our reflection last Sunday, we did observe that partaking in the food from heaven, that is the Body and Blood of Jesus, is not an option for anyone who wants to follow Jesus faithfully till the end. Today’s liturgy stresses that point well. In the Gospel reading, Jesus said, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal...

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“I AM THE LIVING BREAD… AND THE BREAD WHICH I SHALL GIVE FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD IS MY FLESH” (John 6:51)

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 2 Kings 19:4-8; Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.9a); Eph 4:30 – 5:2; John 6:41-51 Last Sunday, when we began our reflection on Jesus, the bread of life, we noted that “the bread is first of all, the Word of God (cf. John 1:1)”. That reference to the Word of God should not be misconstrued to mean the mere spoken word; that is, if one makes effort to consider it from the point of view of John 1:1. It means the totality of the person of Jesus. Hence, it will not be equivocal...

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“DO NOT LABOUR FOR FOOD WHICH PERISHES, BUT FOR FOOD WHICH ENDURES TO ETERNAL LIFE” (John 6:27)

⏰EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕Exod 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78:3 and 4bc, 23-24, 25 and 54 (R.v.24b); Eph 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35 The miracles of Jesus in the Gospel of John are called signs. The reason is because the miracles ought not to be ends in themselves but means to an end. The end is the belief in God, and Jesus Christ whom he has sent (John 6:29, 17:3). Like sign posts that direct one to a place, miracles ought to direct us to that belief in God. Unfortunately, the people in the Gospel of today believed in...

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WE ARE THE EUCHARIST!

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 2 Kings 4:42-44; Ps 145:10-11,15-16,17-18(R.v.16); Eph 4:1-6; John 6:1-15 All the readings that we have in our liturgy today make reference to what we must do to make our society a better place, beginning with making efforts to see that we take care of the needs of those around us in best way that we can. Have you paid attention to some of the other options for the conclusion of the Holy Mass? Some of them tells us outrightly what we are commanded to do. One of them say, “Go forth, the Mass...

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“I WILL GATHER THE REMNANT OF MY FLOCK…I WILL SET SHEPHERDS OVER THEM WHO WILL CARE FOR THEM” (Jer 23:3-4)

⏰SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕Jer 23:1-6; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Eph 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 Last Sunday, we reflected on the difference between the true and false prophets. That distinction continues today in our liturgy with a wider perspective to also include all the leaders in the society. The attention is on their role as the shepherds of the people. The Book of Jeremiah dwelt so much on the prophets and prophecy, and denounced the false prophets in many ways and places. It considers the problem of the land as having a lot to do with...