Category: Year I

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THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE LIKE THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM OF THEIR FATHER (Matt 13:43)

⏰Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (31 July 2018 – Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola) đź“–Jer 14:17b-22; Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13 (R.v.9bc); Matt 13:36-43 Revelation 22:14 says, “Happy are those who wash their garments clean for they will have free access to the tree of life and enter the city through the gates.” The saints are those who have washed their garments clean. They belong to that “great crowd that no one could count…standing before the throne and the Lamb, clothed in white” (Rev 7:9). No one can really belong to that great crowd without...

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BE PATIENT! IT IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT!

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (02 Dec 2017) ????Dan 7:15-27; Dan 3:60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65 (R.v.60b); Luke 21:34-36 We have finally come to the last day of another liturgical year of the Church. By tomorrow, we shall be beginning a new liturgical year in the Church with the First Sunday of Advent. Were you able to achieve the spiritual target you did set for yourself in this past year? Get yourself ready for onward movement to the next level because you are a conqueror in Christ Jesus! Truly, things are generally very difficult these...

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ARE YOU READY FOR ETERNITY?

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (01 Dec 2017) ????Dan 7:2-14; Dan 3:53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59 (R.v.53b); Luke 21:29-33 Today is the first day in the month of December. The mention of the month already scares some people because of the too many demands that go with the time and the danger being posed by those who want to make it quick. But I pray for you today, that instead of sorrow, joy and laughter shall be visitors in this month. In place of drought, may you be blessed with plenty. Your life shall...

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“YOU WILL BE HATED BY ALL FOR MY NAME’S SAKE. BUT NOT A HAIR OF YOUR HEAD WILL PERISH” (Luke 21:17-18)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (29 Nov 2017) ????Dan 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28; Ps 3:40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 (R.v.40b); Luke 21:12-19 Do you think you are suffering in this life? Are you hated by people? Why are you suffering? Why are you hated? Some of us suffer for wrong purposes. Consider the reason for the handwriting on the wall of the palace of King Belshazzar (cf. Dan 5). In this case, the king was not suffering for God’s sake but for standing against God. If your suffering now even when all your hope is...

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WHAT DO YOU SEEK IN LIFE?

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (28 Nov 2017) ????Dan 2:31-45; Dan 3:35, 37, 38, 39 (R.v.35b); Luke 21:5-11 The book of the prophet Daniel is one of the most often misinterpreted books of the Bible concerning the end time. In fact, there has been many interpretations that brings in the American government into the picture of Dan 2:31-45, all in the bid to explain the end time. Jesus warns us against listening to such end time false prophesies. Nonetheless, one sure message there is that the end is imminent for all of us. For me, it...

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YOU SHALL PROSPER BEFORE YOUR ENEMIES

⏰Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 Nov 2017) ????Dan 1:1-6, 8-20; Dan 3:29-30, 31, 33, 32, 34 (R.v.29b); Luke 21:1-4 My dear, in Dan 1:1-20, Daniel and his three Jewish countrymen were placed with other with other young men being trained in the King’s courtyard. The king is to choose the best of them for service in his court. The others were being fed from the King’s kitchen but Daniel and his countrymen had another provider – God. So in the end, they were chosen as the best. It is not about how much you work...

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THE WORD OF GOD SHALL FOREVER TRIUMPH!

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (25 Nov 2017) ????1 Mac 6:1-13; Ps 9:2-3, 4 and 6, 16 and 19 (R.v.15c); Luke 20:27-40 Does that not give you a cause to be joyous? That means that whatever the word of God says about you shall come to pass. And he says in John 20:19, “Peace be with you.” And in another place he says, “I have come that [you] may have life, life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). To you who are sick, “By his stripes, you are healed” (1 Pet 2:24). To the barren, “Be...

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“MY HOUSE SHALL BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER” (Luke 19:46)

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (24 November 2017 – Memorial of St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions) ????1 Mac 4:36-37, 52-59; 1 Chron 29:10, 11abc, 11d-12a, 12bc (R.v.13b); Luke 19:45-48 Is that your understanding of the house of God? Or are you among those who have converted the house of God into a phone charging point? ????????Or turned the house of God into a house for exchanging pleasantries, thus engineering noise instead of prayer? ????????Is the house of God now a place to buy and sell ‘miracles’ – where people now buy miraculous oil, miraculous salt, miraculous...

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STAND OUT FOR CHRIST!

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (23 November 2017) ????1 Macc 2:15-29; Ps 50:1-2, 5-6, 14-15 (R.v.23bc); Luke 19:41-44 Jesus is close by in the city! Can you not feel his approaching presence? He is the Prince of Peace and the Lord of Lords (see Isa 9:6; Eph 2:7). He has come into our life to bring us peace. Unfortunately, we are joining the world not to recognise him (cf. John 1:10). Hence, he weeps over our city (cf. Luke 19:41) as he wept at the death of Lazarus (cf. John 11:35). It tells me that not...

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“…SHE BORE IT WITH GOOD COURAGE BECAUSE OF HER HOPE IN THE LORD” (2 Macc 7:20)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (22 Nov. 2017 – Memorial of St. Cecilia) ????2 Macc 7:1, 20-31; Ps 17:1, 5-6, 8 and 15 (R.v.15b); Luke 19:11-28 The prophet Isaiah encouraged the exilic Israelites, who were downcast and already being seduced into accepting the Babylonian religion saying that, “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow tired” (Isa 40:31). Yesterday, from the Second Book of Maccabees, we read of the martyrdom of Eleazar and his...