Category: Ninth Week

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ALL OUR DEEDS ARE OPEN TO THE LORD

⏰Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (10 June 2017) ????Tob 12:1, 5-15, 20; Tob 13:1b and 2, 3-4a, 6efgh, 6ij, 8 (R.v.1b); Mark 12:38-44 There is this song that we used in our early days in the Minor Seminary: You cannot hide it from God (4x) You may cover your sins, nobody will know But you cannot hide it from God. In Mark 12:38-44, Jesus condemned the hypocritical attitude of trying to do good for public acclamation. Our good deeds must be borne out of pure love of God and absolute trust in divine Providence as the...

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“YOUR LIGHT WILL BREAK FORTH LIKE THE DAWN” (Isa 58:8)

⏰Friday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (09 June 2017) ????Tob 11:5-15; Ps 146:1b, 2, 6c, 7, 8-9a, 9c-10 (R.v.1b); Mark 12:35-37 Did you say AMEN to that? And so shall it be in your life through Christ our Lord. Amen. All you need to do is to persevere in faith in God. The family of Tobit gives us an example of that. The wife of Tobit, Anna, has been carrying the family burden patiently, and eagerly looking forward to God’s intervention (cf. Tob 11:5). Imagine her joy at witnessing that divine intervention, such that like Simeon, she...

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PRAYER IS THE MASTER KEY

⏰Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (08 June 2017) ????Tob 6:9-12, 7:1cd, 9-12, 16; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.1a); Mark 12:28b-34 Reading through the book of Tobit, chapters 3, 6, 7 and 8, I remembered this song: “Prayer is the key; (2x) “Prayer is the master key; “Jesus started with prayer, and ended with prayer; “Prayer is the master key.” Indeed prayer is the key that opens locked doors. Do you have any locked door now? It could the door of good health, marriage, fertility, employment, admission, exam success, prosperity, etc. The key is in your hand;...

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GOD CAN DO ALL THINGS!

⏰Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (07 June 2017) ????Tob 3:1-11, 16-17a; Ps 25:2-3, 4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9 (R.v.1); Mark 12:18-27 Our view of life influences how we embrace it. For those who believe that everything ends in this present world, anything goes. And they can afford to live as they wish without the thought of eternal life. But we believe that there is life after death where those who have died go into eternal bliss or eternal damnation. The Sadducees belong to the elite class among the Jews. Things were obviously going well for them...

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“…GIVE TO GOD WHAT BELONGS TO GOD” (Mark 12:17)

⏰Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (06 June 2017) ????Tob 2:9-14; Ps 112:1b-2, 7-8, 9 (R.v.7b); Mark 12:13-17 This is one of the most misread portions of the scripture. Many use it as a justification of their worldliness. But was that the message Jesus tries to pass across there? In the first place, Jesus must have meant by that statement that they should give everything back to God, since even Caesar himself belonged to God. However, the main message lies in the second part of that statement, “Render to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17)....

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“BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 112:1)

⏰Monday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (05 June 2017 – Memorial of St. Boniface) ????Tob 1:3, 2:1-8; Ps 112:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.1b); Mark 12:1-12 My dear, I welcome you back to the ordinary time of the year on this new day in a new working week. Listen to the prayers of the psalmist for you today: ????Your descendants would be powerful on earth and your generation blest (Ps 112:2), amen. ????Again, that riches and wealth shall be in your house and a light would rise to enlighten the darkness before you (Ps 112:3-4), amen. ????And it shall...