Category: Sundays

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“WITH THE LORD THERE IS MERCY, IN HIM IS IS PLENTIFUL OF REDEMPTION” (Ps 130:7)

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Gen 3:9-15; Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7b-8 (R.v.7bc); 2 Cor 4:13 – 5:1; Mark 3:20-35 There is something I have come to know and appreciate about Jesus, he never stops working for our good and he is never tired of doing good. Even when he comes home to rest, he never does so once he sees any face that is in need. That is a good news my dear. It means that he is working now for my good; he is equally working for your good. And no opposition or power can stop...

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“THIS IS MY BLOOD OF THE [NEW AND ETERNAL] COVENANT, WHICH IS POURED OUT FOR MANY” (Mark 14:24)

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year B) Exod 24:3-8; Psalm 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18 (R.v.13); Heb 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 The celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, in a very special way, invites us to reflect on the rich deposit of our faith which informs our celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Beyond that however, it affords us of the opportunity to reflect well on what we believe in so as to ensure that we are not dancing outside the beat. At this celebration last year, we were...

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JESUS SHOWS COMPASSION TO SINNERS

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Lev 13:1-2, 44-46; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 11 (R.v.7); 1 Cor 10:31 1:1; Mark 1:40-45 Following the Churchs Liturgical Calendar, the Forty Days of Lent begin with Ash Wednesday in this week. During the period, the voice of the Prophet Joel would ring out once more, “Even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping and with mourning; and tear your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord for he is gracious and merciful.” Providentially, today, being the last Sunday before the Lent begins, the...

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BEING ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE (cf. 1 Cor 9:23)

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R. see v.3a); 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39 In our world of today, suffering abounds in great measure in such a way that the book of Job would not be difficult for most people to understand. What is normally difficult to understand is why righteous men do suffer too, when suffering is often associated with evil. That was the confusion in Jobs case that led to his lamentation. It was also a problem in Jesus time (cf. John 9:2) and very rampant in our time,...

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“HE TAUGHT THEM AS ONE WHO HAD AUTHORITY (Mark 1:22)

⏰Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) ????Deut 18:15-20; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9 (R.v.7d, 8a); 1 Cor 7:32-35; Mark 1:21b-28 In this era, many people rise up on daily basis with a claim to possess prophetic voices. Of course, anyone who wakes up in that manner must have followers. But the problem comes when another person gets up with another prophetic voice that is completely in opposition to the other. In some cases even, one person speaks two opposite things about one subject at the same time frame, with the same prophetic voice. What then are we to believe? Is...

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COME BACK TO THE LORD (Hos 14:2)

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Isa 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.8); 2 Pet 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 Jesus began his ministry of preaching with a call to conversion, an indication of a continuity from where John left. But not just a continuity; there is an introduction of a new message that needs a radical change. That points to the strong desire of God to make sure that man gets the salvation he has prepared for him. Right from the moment man fell from grace, God began this mission of redeeming him. Hence, the story of...

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YOU SHALL BE MY WITNESSES (Acts 1:8)

⏰Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) ????1 Sam 3:3b-10, 19; Ps 40:2 and 4ab, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R. cf. 8a and 9a); 1Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20; John 1:35-42 In a way, today would be considered as a vocation Sunday. This is because all the readings, especially the First Reading and the Gospel make reference to the call which God makes to man, as well as the responsibility which man is given to help others also answer that call. The Gospel begins with John the Baptist pointing out Jesus to two of his disciples. At their encounter with Jesus, Jesus invited...

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“THIS I DID FOR YOU! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME? (cf. Matt 25:40, 45)

⏰Last Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Solemnity of Christ the King ????Ezek 34:11-12, 15-17; Psalm 23:1-2a, 2b-3, 5, 6 (R.v.1); 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Matt 25:31-46 Today, the Church celebrates in a special way, Christ, the Universal King. It is the last Sunday in the Ordinary Time of the Churchs Liturgical Year, pointing to the fact that Christ emerges victorious even to the very end. The Eucharistic procession round the streets and villages reminds us of Christ who, though being a King and equal to God, humbled himself to the level of a servant (Phil 2:5-8), going around towns...

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“BLESSED ARE ALL WHO FEAR THE LORD AND WALK IN HIS WAYS” (Ps 128:1)

⏰Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) ????Prov 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.1a); 1Thess 5:1-6; Matt 25:14-30 With just one more Sunday to go in this Liturgical Year, the Church reminds us in practical terms the need to be ready at all times for the endtime when we shall be required to give an account of our lives. The tone of the Second Reading suggests that the Thessalonians were anticipating an imminent parousia (the second coming of Jesus) and were becoming confused over its delay and the death of their fellow brethren before the time. But the...

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“WATCH THEREFORE, FOR YOU KNOW NEITHER THE DAY NOR THE HOUR” (Matt 25:13)

⏰Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) ????Wis 6:12-16; Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (R.v.2b); 1Thess 4:13-18; Matt 25:1-13 For the second time in two weeks, the readings appear so live to me as if they would be fulfilled immediately. I just told someone with me at the time of making this reflection that it is possible that I may not finish it before the Lord calls me. But in case I remain alive, it reminds me that I am living on a borrowed time. The owner of the time, God, may demand of it at any time. How prepared...