Category: Year I

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“I WILL BE WITH YOU… DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE” (Judges 6:16, 23)

⏰Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (20 August 2019) 📖Judges 6:11-24; Ps 85:9, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.9b); Matt 19:23-30 🎤”I WILL BE WITH YOU… DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE” (Judges 6:16, 23) God would not give you a task that you cannot handle nor allow you to go through a situation that would leave you helpless. This is because he is bigger than all our situations, and embracing him would usher in the needed solution for all our seeming difficulties. Moreover, God does not commission us for an assignment without equipping us. Consider the example of Gideon...

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THE VOICE OF CHANGE

⏰Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (19 August 2019) 📖Judges 2:11-19; Ps 106:34-37, 39-40, 43-44 (R.v.4ab); Matt 19:16-22 🎤THE VOICE OF CHANGE My dear, sin is an abomination before God. In fact, we can say that it is sin that cannot withstand the presence of God. Hence, whenever we sin, we move away from the presence of God, and so, exposed to the dangers which the wicked one tries to unleash in the world. This was exactly what was happening with the relationship which God had with the Israelites. Whenever they committed sin, they made themselves vulnerable to...

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“UNLESS YOU TURN AND BECOME LIKE CHILDREN, YOU WILL NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 18:3)

⏰Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (13 August 2019) 📖Deut 31:1-8; Deut 32:3-4ab, 7, 8, 9 and 12 (R.v.9a); Matt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 🎤”UNLESS YOU TURN AND BECOME LIKE CHILDREN, YOU WILL NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 18:3) My dear, yesterday, we concluded our reflection with a call to participate effectively in Jesus’ mission of setting others free. We cannot really do that without humility and simplicity, the type often associated with children. That is the message that Jesus gives us in Matt 18:1-14. Notice his progression from the use of children (cf. Matt 18:3, 5)...

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YOU ARE FREE INDEED!

⏰Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (12 August 2019) 📖Deut 10:12-22; Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 (R.v.12a); Matt 17:22-27 🎤YOU ARE FREE INDEED! By virtue of your baptism, you have been set free from the bondage of sin and initiated into the royal family of God. And the good news is this, “If the Son makes you free, you will be really free” (John 8:36). When you enjoy that freedom, there is nothing that can tie you down again and no earthly power can oppress you. Jesus already paid a price for you. In Matt 17:27, he paid a...

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KEEP THE STATUTES AND COMMANDMENTS OF GOD THAT IT MAY GO WITH YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN AFTER YOU

⏰Friday of the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 (09 August 2019) 📖Deut 4:32-40; Ps 77:12-13, 14-15, 16 and 21 (R.v.12a); Matt 16:24-28 🎤KEEP THE STATUTES AND COMMANDMENTS OF GOD THAT IT MAY GO WITH YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN AFTER YOU The Book of Deuteronomy tries to make one point very clearly, the fact that God is always on our side because he loves us, and he is able to do all things for us if we remain faithful to him. In Deut 4:32-40, Moses reminded the people of the privileged they have enjoyed as the people of God, and...

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THAT I MAY BE SAVED WITH YOU!

⏰Thursday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (08 August 2019 – Memorial of St. Dominic) 📖Num 20:1-13; Ps 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9 (R.v.7d.ba); Matt 16:13-23 🎤THAT I MAY BE SAVED WITH YOU! My dear, I want to beg you today for a special favour. Take out some time today to pray for me. As I preach the gospel to you and prove to be an instrument in the hands of God for drawing out water from the rock of salvation for you, that I may not be left out of that salvation when the Lord comes. As you pray...

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GOD IS EVER FAITHFUL

⏰Friday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (02 August 2019) 📖Lev 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37; Ps 81:3-4, 5-6ab, 10-11ab (R.v.2a); Matt 13:54-58I 🎤GOD IS EVER FAITHFUL I don’t know what you make of the different celebrations we have in our Christian calendar in terms of memorials, feasts, solemnities, Holy Days of Obligation, etc. Many people consider them as inventions of the Catholic Church into worship. In that way, they are distractions that must be abhorred. However, reading through the Book of Leviticus, we see that not only did God sanction such celebrations, they serve to remind us...

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WATCH AND PRAY!

⏰Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (30 July 2019) 📖Exod 33:7-11, 34:5b-9, 28; Ps 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.8a); Matt 13:36-43 🎤WATCH AND PRAY! We have, in the past, talked about focusing on the kingdom of God in our journey of faith. But we know that no matter how wide open your eyes are, if you are not supported by the grace of God, there won’t be any headway for us. That is why we must pray always for God’s abiding presence especially in moments when God seems to be very far from us. Moses gave us...

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ARE YOU WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB?

⏰Saturday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 July 2019) 📖Exod 24:3-8; Ps 50:1-2, 5-6, 14-15 (R.v.14a); Matt 13:24-30 🎤ARE YOU WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB? My dear, how has your spiritual journey been since we began reading from the book of Exodus? Do you try to evaluate yourself through the Israelites’ encounters with God? Have you seen the need to join them in this covenant renewal today? So far, we have seen a faithful God patiently managing an unfaithful people. During the week, we saw how they were complaining about everything around them. In fact,...

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“THE LORD GAVE THEM BREAD FROM HEAVEN” (Ps 78:24)

⏰Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (24 July 2019) 📖Exod 16:1-5, 9-15; Ps 78:18-19, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28 (R.v.24b); Matt 13:1-19 🎤”THE LORD GAVE THEM BREAD FROM HEAVEN” (Ps 78:24) Have you lived or stayed with someone who is always complaining, almost about everything? Such persons can be so irritating and unfortunately, at the situations they complain about, they would become the worst of all. If you have encountered such people, it will be easier for you to understand how God ought to feel at the complaints of the Israelites. Just imagine! Recently we read of how they...