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“I WILL JUDGE EVERYONE ACCORDING TO HIS WAYS” (Ezek 18:30)

⏰Saturday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 August 2018) 📖Ezek 18:1-10, 13, 30-32; Ps 136; Matt 19:13-15 Remember that sometime ago, on the background of the prophecy of Ezekiel, we noted that the people were seeing their long suffering in exile as a punishment from God due to the sins of their forefathers. This kind of thought made them to begin to lose hope on God, thinking that the Lord has abandoned them. They also thought that their righteous living cannot change the mind of God. So Ezekiel came to restore their hope as well as set...

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THE FAITHFULNESS OF THE LORD NEVER CEASES

⏰Friday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 August 2018) 📖Ezek 16:1-15, 60, 63; Isa 12:2-3, 4bcde, 5-6 (R.v.1de); Matt 19:3-12 God is faithful at all times. Even at that time when you think that he has probably forgotten you, he is right there working for your good. Recall what the scriptures said in Deut 7:6-8. God is the one who took the initiative and chose the people of Israel from among the nations. Their relevance among the nations was also as a result of that choice. Then he established a covenant with them – an everlasting covenant....

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LET YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS EXCEED THAT OF SCRIBES AND THE PHARISEES (Matt 5:20)

⏰Thursday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (16 August 2018) 📖Ezek 12:1-12; Ps 78:56-57, 58-59, 61-62 (R.v.7b); Matt 18:21 – 19:1 Indeed Peter wanted to achieve perfection. That is why he put that question to Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” The number “7” in biblical terms symbolizes completeness and holiness. This is based on the fact that God completed the work of creation on the seventh day and sanctified it (cf. Gen 2:2-3). Hence, the Jews used that number as a benchmark for completing...

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ON ACCEPTING THE WORD OF GOD

⏰Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (14 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Maximilian Kolbe) 📖Ezek 2:8 – 3:4; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 (R.v.103a); Matt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 The word of God is instructive, corrective and redemptive. It may not come to us the way we expect or like, and that is why it is at times painful. But its purpose is always for our own good. Some other times, it may be very sweet to our hearing but its demands, very painful to us. Consider that in the light of the experience of...

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IT IS ALL ABOUT THE GLORY OF THE LORD!

⏰Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (13 August 2018) 📖Ezek 1:2-5, 24-28c; Ps 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14; Matt 17:22-27 Can you feel the glory of the Lord around you? Or has the challenges of life led you into despair, thinking that the Lord has abandoned you? Embrace your eyes of faith once more and see the light at the end of the tunnel. While the Israelites were in exile in Babylon, they had hoped that their time there was going to be very short, as the Lord who chose them would not abandon them. The prophet Jeremiah...

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“THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH” (Hab 2:4)

⏰Saturday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (11 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Clare) 📖Hab 1:12 – 2:4; Ps 9:8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.11b); Matt 17:14-20 According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, faith is a supernatural gift of God, which enables us to believe without doubt, all that God has revealed. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you” (Matt 17:20). Faith acknowledges the omnipotence of...

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“THE LORD HAS SAVED HIS PEOPLE, THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL” (Jer 31:7)

⏰Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (08 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Dominic) 📖Jer 31:1-7; Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 (R.v.10d); Matt 15:21-28 Yesterday, we reflected on the overwhelming mercy of God which compels him to still love us not minding our waywardness. Once we turn around and come back to him, he is ever ready to welcome us into his warm embrace and make our lives better. The prophet Jeremiah tells us what awaits those who are courageous enough to make that journey back to God. God will be there God and save them. That is...

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GOD’S MERCY OVERCOMES THE ELASTICITY OF HIS ANGER

⏰Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 August 2018) 📖Jer 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22; Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23 (R.v.17); Matt 14:22-36 In Physics, we learnt that every spring has an elastic limit, that is, the point where it would exceed and not expected to return to its original length. Can we say that God’s anger can operate in that manner? It would seem so, given the kind of message God sent Jeremiah to go and deliver to the people, “Your hurt is incurable… Your hurt is incurable. Because your guilt is great…” (Jer 30:12-15). One of...

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“DO NOT BE AFRAID…THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS BUT GOD’S” (2 Chron 20:15)

⏰Saturday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (04 August 2018 – Memorial of St. John Mary Vianney) 📖Jer 26:11-16, 24; Ps 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34 (R.v.14); Matt 14:1-12 Can you see how the spirit of John the Baptist was hunting Herod even in death? Trust God when he said, “vengeance is mine” (Deut 32:35) as St Paul reechoed in Rom 12:10. If it is God’s will, your enemy will not harm you. Even if he allows it, still trust him with all your heart just like the three young Jews who refused to worship the golden statue of Nebuchadnezzar...

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“A PROPHET IS NOT WITHOUT HONOUR EXCEPT IN HIS OWN COUNTRY AND IN HIS OWN HOUSE” (Matt 13:57)

⏰Friday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (03 August 2018) 📖Jer 26:1-9; Ps 69:5, 8-10, 14 (R.v.14c); Matt 13:54-58 Overfamiliarity has indeed been the bane of many people; many have lost their blessings through that. Jeremiah’s message was probably rejected today because the people knew where he comes from (see Jer 26:1-9). In the same way, Jesus was not also recognized among his own people, and because of that, he did not performe many miracles there (cf. Matt 13:54-58). Obviously, the present rate of decline in faith in the world could not be completely dissociated from the development...