Category: Weekdays

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“MASTER, IT IS WELL THAT WE ARE HERE” (Mark 9:5)

⏰Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (18 Feb 2017) ????Heb 11:1-7; Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11 (R.v.1b); Mark 9:2-13 “MASTER, IT IS WELL THAT WE ARE HERE” (Mark 9:5) There is no better place to be than to be in the presence of God. In his presence, no evil can ever touch or harm us. To be in his presence however, we must be free of evil. For some days now, we have been reflecting on the battle between the good and bad in us, and the outcome of our responses to either of them. Obviously, part of...

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BETWEEN THE TOWER OF BABEL AND THE PENTECOST EXPERIENCE

⏰Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (17 Feb 2017) ????Gen 11:1-9; Ps 35:10-11, 12-13, 14-15 (R.v.12b); Mark 8:34 – 9:1 BETWEEN THE TOWER OF BABEL AND THE PENTECOST EXPERIENCE Be careful when things are going well for you because that is the moment the devil will begin to make you assume that it is all about you – pride. The next would be to begin to go against the law that do not favour you – disobedience. That was the progression that led to the punishment of the people in Gen 11:1-9 that made God to decide...

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“BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY, AND FILL THE EARTH” (Gen 9:1)

⏰Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (21 February 2019) 📖Gen 9:1-13; Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23 (R.v.20b); Mark 8:27-33 🎤”BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY, AND FILL THE EARTH” (Gen 9:1) My dear, you are destined to be blessed and no power can stop you. Just be patient with God. Hard times would not last forever. As long as God is involved, your story shall end in testimony. But you must be patient to allow God’s plans to manifest. The story of Noah’s blessing in Gen 9:1-13 gives us a strong reason to keep that patience alive. Do...

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DO NOT BE IN A HURRY! WAIT FOR THE LORD!

⏰Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (20 Feb 2019) 📕Gen 8:6-13, 20-22; Ps 116:12-13, 14-15, 18-1 (R.v.17a); Mark 8:23-26 🎤DO NOT BE IN A HURRY! WAIT FOR THE LORD!   Everything in our world now is on the move and in speed. Patience is now a forgotten virtue; everyone wants to make it quick. That has led many of us far away from God. But God wants us to follow him in his own way. After the great flood, it would have been expected that Noah would jump out of the Ark into freedom. But that would...

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“BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES…” (Mark 8:15)

⏰Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (14 Feb 2017 – Memorial of Ss Cyril & Methodius) ????Gen 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10; Ps 29:1a and 2, 3ac-4, 3b and 9c-10 (R.v.11b); Mark 8:14-21 “BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES…” (Mark 8:15) How did things get so bad that God would regret creating man (cf. Gen 6:6)? At the end of creation, God looked at all that he had done, and indeed, it was very good (Gen 1:31). However, great evil arose on earth and the extent and consequence of that as reported in Gen 6:5-8 show that all...

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BE CALM AND VIGILANT… (1 Pet 5:8)

⏰Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (13 Feb 2017) ????Gen 4:1-15, 25; Ps 50:1 and 8, 16bc-17, 20-21 (R.v.14a); Mark 8:11-13 BE CALM AND VIGILANT… (1 Pet 5:8) I wonder what Jesus would call our generation now if he called his own generation a wicked one simply because they were asking for a sign from him (cf. Luke 11:29). There is so much suffering in our world today and this has led many of into distrusting God and getting involved in religious prostitution – jumping from Church to another in the search of miracles. I call that...

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JUST BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO BLAME THE DEVIL…

⏰Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (11 Feb 2017) ????Gen 3:9-24; Ps 90:2, 3-4, 5-6, 12-13 (R.v.1); Mark 8:1-10 JUST BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO BLAME THE DEVIL… My dear, if you read the account of the temptation of man in Gen 3, you would discover that the devil did not force the woman to eat the forbidden fruit. The serpent only did some sort of preaching to her and it was the woman who made the conclusion when she “saw that the tree was good for food…a delight to the eyes and…was to be desired to make...

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GOD IS ENOUGH FOR YOU; BE CONTENTED WITH HIM

⏰Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (10 Feb 2017) ????Gen 3:1-8; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7 (R.v.1a); Mark 7:31-37 GOD IS ENOUGH FOR YOU; BE CONTENTED WITH HIM Do you trust God? Do you believe that he can never deceive you? Do you believe that with him beside you, there is nothing you shall want (Ps 23)? Then why would you want to play God? Eve was not contented with the envious position which God gave her as a human being; she wanted to be like God and have her eyes opened (Gen 3:5). So she believed...

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“IT IS NOT GOOD THAT MAN SHOULD BE ALONE” (Gen 2:18)

⏰Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (09 Feb 2017) ????Gen 2:18-25; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.1a); Mark 7:24-30 “IT IS NOT GOOD THAT MAN SHOULD BE ALONE” (Gen 2:18) A modern consideration of Gen 2:18-25 might see it as strictly referring to the institution of marriage. But taking it back to the time like 10th Century B.C. and placing it in the context that the Jew of that time would understand might not yield the same result. And I think that that kind of venture is important for us to undertake. At that time, a woman’s position...

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“EMMANUEL…GOD WITH US” (Matt 1:23)

⏰Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (08 Feb 2017) ????Gen 2:4b-9, 15-17; Ps 104:1-2a, 27-28, 29bc-30 (R.v.1a); Mark 7:14-23 “EMMANUEL…GOD WITH US” (Matt 1:23) I don’t know whether you have ever been in a situation that left you helpless to the extent that you began to feel that God has become elusive, that is, God is nowhere nearby? The people of Israel once felt that way especially while they were in exile. So Gen 2:4-17 tried to correct that wrong impression. Hence, instead of developing an idea of God who is somewhere dishing out orders and things...