Category: Weekdays

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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...

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“BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY, AND FILL THE EARTH AND SUBDUE IT” (Gen 1:28)

⏰Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (07 Feb 2017) ????Gen 1:20 – 2:4a; Ps 8:4-5, 6-7a, 7b-9 (R.v.2ab); Mark 7:1-13 “BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY, AND FILL THE EARTH AND SUBDUE IT” (Gen 1:28) Have you ever taken a closer evaluation of the particulars of the accounts of the creation of different kinds of living creatures (Gen 1:20-25) and man (Gen 1:26-28)? Both of them came with a blessing from God, “Be fruitful and multiply.” But there is a difference in the instruction that followed that blessing. That of other living creatures ended with filling the waters and...

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“HE SPOKE AND IT CAME TO BE” (Ps 33:9)

⏰Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (06 Feb 2017 – Memorial of St. Paul Miki and Companions) ????Gen 1:1-19; Ps 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10 and 12, 24 and 35c (R.v.31b); Mark 6:53-56 “HE SPOKE AND IT CAME TO BE” (Ps 33:9) The creation account in the Book of Genesis serves a number of purposes. It gives the theological explanation of the existence of all things that are. More than that however, it shows us the faithfulness and the all powerful nature of God, who spoke the word and things came into existence. The faithfulness was explained with the...

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THE LORD IS COMPASSIONATE AND LOVE (Ps 103:8)

⏰Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (04 Feb 2017) ????Heb 13:15-17, 20-21; Ps 21:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Mark 6:30-34 THE LORD IS COMPASSIONATE AND LOVE (Ps 103:8) I do not know what is happening in your life right now. You might be passing through a very serious challenge that might have made you to conclude that God does not like you. You might have even reclined into a state of self-pity or thinking that your sins have made God to inflict pains on you. Don’t be deceived! That is how the devil wants you to feel....

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“THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID” (Heb 13:6)

⏰Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (03 Feb 2017) ????Heb 13:1-8; Ps 27:1, 3, 5, 8c-9abc (R.v.1a); Mark 6:14-29 “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID” (Heb 13:6) The scripture tells us that if we want to serve the Lord, we must prepare ourselves for the ordeal. Following and serving the Lord is never an easy venture and sometimes it can demand the life of the faithful. John the Baptist and many disciples of Jesus gave up their life for their faith. The Letter to the Hebrews tells us to imitate their faith. What...

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“THE LORD DISCIPLINES HIM WHOM HE LOVES” (Heb 12:6)

⏰Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (01 Feb 2017) ????Heb 12:4-7, 11-15; Ps 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18a (R.v.17ab); Mark 6:1-6 “THE LORD DISCIPLINES HIM WHOM HE LOVES” (Heb 12:6) My dear, thank you for your prayers on my feast day yesterday. May God bless you abundantly. Are you among those who have been making great effort to worship God in spirit and in truth, and yet, things are not going well for you? It could even be that there is one person beside you who is undeniably evil, yet he thrives in all he does while you suffer....

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HOPING EVEN AGAINST HOPE

⏰Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (31 Jan 2017) ????Heb 12:1-4; Ps 22:26b-27, 28 and 30, 31-32 (R.v.27b); Mark 5:21-43 HOPING EVEN AGAINST HOPE It is once again my feast day, the memorial of St JohnBosco. I request your prayers in a special way especially for an increase in faith. I need to possess that kind of faith that moves mountain (cf. Matt 17:20). Have you ever seen yourself in a condition that made you declare that quitting is the only option? This quitting could even be quitting life itself. Do you believe that Jesus can help...

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ALL POWERS BELONG TO JESUS (cf. Matt 28:18)

⏰Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (30 Jan 2017) ????Heb 11:32-40; Ps 31:20, 21, 22, 23, 24 (R.v.25); Mark 5:1-20 ALL POWERS BELONG TO JESUS (cf. Matt 28:18) It is a beginning of yet another new working week. There would a lot of things to bother us in this new week. Many forces might even try to pull us down. It is also possible that there is a particular war we have been wedging with the enemy and it is as if we are going to lose. My dear, in all things, “we are more than conquerors...

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O LORD, INCREASE MY FAITH

⏰Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time 1 (28 Jan 2017 – Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas) ????Heb 11:1-2, 8-19; Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75 (R.v.68); Mark 4:35-41 O LORD, INCREASE MY FAITH We all indeed need an increase in faith. We need to possess that kind of faith that moves mountain (cf. Matt 17:20). Heb 11:1 says that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it, the men of old received divine approval.” Abraham was an example of this. He hoped against hope. Even when they were almost passed child...

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LET YOUR FAITH GROW LIKE THE MUSTARD

⏰Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time 1 (27 Jan 2017) ????Heb 10:32-39; Ps 37:3-4, 5-6, 23-24, 39-40 (R.v.39a); Mark 4:26-34 LET YOUR FAITH GROW LIKE THE MUSTARD I was just wondering why Jesus could have been so interested in the seed. Then a thought came to me; a seed can grow to produce more seeds but it has to die first. But if it is able to endure all that, it bears fruit in plenty. Do not allow whatever you might be passing through now to weigh you down and take away your faith. Your perseverance shall win...