Category: Weekdays

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GOD IS INDEED A LOVING FATHER

⏰Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (11 July 2018) 📖Hos 11:1-4, 8c-9; Ps 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16 (R.v.4b); Matt 10:7-15 It is as if the more the people sinned and turned away from God, the more he loved them. One gets this picture from Hosea 11:1-9. The prophet starts off with an obvious intention: presenting God as a loving parent who meant so well for his child (cf. Hosea 11:1). This loving gesture was always repaid with rejection from man (see Hosea 11:2) but that did not deter God from loving them and trying to lure them...

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“THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND” (Matt 10:7)

⏰Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (11 July 2018 – Memorial of St. Benedict) 📖Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12; Ps 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.4b); Matt 10:1-7 At the time of the prophet Hosea, just as it was the case with Amos, Israel experienced a time of prosperity. Instead of that drawing them closer to God, they began to indulge in different kinds of atrocities. Both prophets condemned this. Amos paid more attention to how this affects communal and spiritual life of the people but Hosea paid more attention on how this attitude destroys the covenant which God made...

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“THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL BUT THE LABOURERS ARE FEW” (Matt 9:37)

⏰Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (10 July 2018) 📖Hos 8:4-7, 11-13; Ps 115:3-4, 5-6, 7ab and 8, 9-10 (R.v.9a); Matt 9:32-38 I was just thinking whether there is still any need to say that the labourers are few in the face of this obvious boom in the vocation to the priestly and religious life. There are many preachers all over the place today claiming to preach the Good News. So why do we still need to pray for more labourers in the vineyard? Even though it is possible that there are still many places where the...

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TAKE COURAGE; YOUR FAITH SHALL SAVE YOU!

⏰Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (09 July 2018) 📖Hos 2:14bc, 15bc-16, 19-20; Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.8a); Matt 9:18-26 Faith is a supernatural gift of God which enables us to believe without doubt all that God has revealed. The Jewish official and the woman that suffered hemorrhage for about 12 years in Matt 9:18-26 manifested this gift. They must have seen Jesus perform so many miracles and were ready to surmount any hindrance to getting Jesus’ help. Remember that the Jewish authorities did not believe in Jesus due to their religious belief. But this official...

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“I WILL RESTORE THE FORTUNES OF MY PEOPLE ISRAEL” (Amos 9:14)

⏰Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 July 2018) 📖Amos 9:11-15; Ps 85:9 and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.9); Matt 9:14-17 My dear, today is a very special day. It is the 7th day of the week as well as the 7th day in the 7th month of the year. According to Gen 2:2, “By the seventh day, the work God had done was completed, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had done.” I pray with you that today and always, the work of God may come to perfection in your life...

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DO NOT TREAT THE WORD OF GOD WITH CONTEMPT

⏰Friday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (06 July 2018) 📖Amos 7:4-6, 9-12; Ps 119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131 (R. Matt 4:4); Matt 9:9-13 While we pray for God’s blessing and deliverance as we were promised yesterday, there is an important warning given to us today. Some of us are now so familiar with God and the Word of God, or claim to be so close to him and very familiar with the Word of God such that they do not regard these with much importance again. That is a risk. The prophet Amos recounted how some...

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“RISE, TAKE YOUR BED AND GO HOME” (Matt 9:6)

⏰Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (05 July 2018) 📖Amos 7:10-17; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (R.v.10b); Matt 9:1-8 Hello dear, how is life treating you? Good as you want? Then give thanks to God. Otherwise, still never lose hope. Believe that God has not forgotten you. No matter how hopeless the situation might appear in human eye now, he is not done with you yet. Remember that Jesus said that even our little faith can move mountains (cf. Matt 17:20). We can see an instance of that in the faith of the friends of the paralyzed...

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WELCOME AND ACCEPT JESUS

⏰Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (04 July 2018) 📖Amos 5:14-15, 21-24; Ps 50:7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 16bc-17 (R.v.23bc); Matt 8:28-34 That is a popular saying! Abi no be so? Surely! But the question remains: HOW? Is it by being regular at Mass or Church gatherings; attending crusades, daily study of the scripture, long days of dry fasting, making fat donations to the Church? All these are quite important as they would help draw us closer to God and God’s people. Yet, only one thing is really very important: LOVE (1Cor. 13:1-13). Jesus summarized all that is...

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“WHAT I WANT IS MERCY, NOT SACRIFICE; KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, NOT HOLOCAUST” (Hos 6:6)

⏰Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (02 July 2018) 📖Amos 2:6-10, 13-16; Ps 50:16bc-17, 18-20, 21, 22-23 (R.v.22a); Matt 8:18-22 The prophet Amos is well known as a prophet of social justice. He was a simple farmer and shepherd from the tribe of Judah before God called him to prophesy in Northern Israel (cf. Amos 7:14-15). He was always crying out against the oppression of the poor. In Amos 2:6-16, he spoke out against religious desecration. Many at that time claimed to be religious elites, yet they got involved in different kinds of immoralities and oppression of...

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“HE TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND BORE OUR DISEASES” (Matt 8:17)

⏰Saturday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (30 June 2018) 📖Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19; Ps 74:1-2, 3-4, 5-7, 20-21 (R.v.19b); Matt 8:5-17 My dear, today marks the end of the month of June. Today, the first half of the year 2018 will officially come to an end. May it also bring to an end, your pains and afflictions, your disappointments and failures. May you be prepared to welcome new realities in your life and in all that concern you through Christ our Lord. Amen. You need to be sure of this my dear, God can do all things...