Category: First Week

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I WILL FOLLOW JESUS

⏰Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time 1 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (19 Jan 2017) 📖Heb 7:25 – 8:6; Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17 (R.v.8a, 9a); Mark 3:7-12 🎤I WILL FOLLOW JESUS Do you remember what we said yesterday about Jesus and the plans of the Pharisees and the Herodians against him? They planned to make life unbearable for him in the synagogue. So Jesus had to leave the synagogue for them; he moved to the street to meet the common people who have need of him (cf. Mark 3:7-12). Yes, when he moved, “a great...

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JESUS BECAME ONE LIKE US TO SAVE US

⏰Wednesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time Year 1 (16 Jan 2019) 📖Heb 2:14-18; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.8a); Mark 1:29-39 🎤JESUS BECAME ONE LIKE US TO SAVE US Following the prophecy of Isaiah, the name of the child to be born the saviour is Immanuel, which means, God is with us (Isa 7:14). That prophecy is interpreted as having its perfect fulfilment in Jesus (Matt 1:23). Rightly so, Jesus came and immersed himself in the midst of the people. Remember what we said on Sunday concerning his baptism; he joined the queue of sinners going for baptism...

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GIVE JESUS A CHANCE!

⏰Tuesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time Year 1 (15 Jan 2019) 📖Heb 2:5-12; Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7a, 7b-9 (R.v.7a); Mark 1:21b-28 🎤GIVE JESUS A CHANCE! In Matt 28:18, Jesus had exclaimed, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” That is not just a mere claim because when Jesus was exercising his ministry, the people could feel that authority oozing from him (Mark 1:22). Even the evil spirit perceived it and cried out, “Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God” (Mark 1:23-24). Why not!...

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JESUS, THE WOUNDED HEALER!

⏰SATURDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK 📖Heb 4:12-16; Ps 19: 8, 9, 10, 15 (R. see John 6:63c); Mark 2:13-17 Can you try and make a spiritual journey with me for a moment? Assume the position of Levi in Mark 2:13-17. Imagine yourself at the commercial centre of the city making serious money like Levi, and then Jesus comes along to call you. Can you leave all your wealth behind to follow him as Levi did? Apart from that, Levi was considered a public sinner by the same society to which Jesus belonged. Yet Jesus broke protocols to call him. That...

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FAITH IS YOUR KEY!

⏰FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK 📖Heb 4:1-5, 11; Ps 78: 3 and 4bc, 6c7, 8 (R.v.7b); Mark 2:1-12 Are you sure you have faith in God? If you do, you need a little perseverance to support it. There is bound to be challenges to your faith; you might even meet obstacles on your way to meet Christ. Do not be shaken! Your victory is in Christ (cf. Rom 8:37), and the key to unlock that victory is faith. Consider the case of the paralytic in Mark 2:1-12. The crowd formed an obstacle to him and his friends who were helping...

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SURRENDER YOUR LIFE TO JESUS

⏰THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK 📖Heb 3:7-14; Ps 95: 6-7abc, 7d and 8-9, 10-11 (R.v.8a); Mark 1:40-45 My dear, the word of God in 2 Chron 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” The leper in Mark 1:40-45 humbled himself and sought help from Jesus, and indeed, he got his desired healing. His statement, “If you will, you can make me clean” (Mark 1:40) is an expression...

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“You Too Go Into My Vineyard!” (Matt 20:4)

⏰MONDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK (14 January 2019) 📑Heb 1:1-6; Ps 97:1 and 2b, 6 and 7c, 9 (R.v.7c); Mark 1:14-20 There is something very spectacular that takes place in the Catholic Church today. We made a reference to it yesterday. There is once again a change in the liturgical colour as we begin fully the Ordinary time of the Year. Meanwhile, we did say that the “Ordinary Time of the Year” is so called not because it is less important that other seasons, but because of the orderly way it is arranged into 34 weeks. So, we use the...