Category: Year I

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“INDEED THUS SHALL BE BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 128:4)

⏰Saturday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 August 2017) ????Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11, 4:13-17; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.4); Matt 23:1-12 Yesterday, I had a beautiful discussion with a brother priest who had called to wish me a belated happy anniversary. Eventually, our discussion gradually drifted into the kind of life we live as priests. He reminded me that priesthood is a state of life which we must use to live out our baptismal identity. By that he means that every priest must first remember that he is a Christian who must be judged by Christian principles....

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“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD…[AND] YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF (Matt 22:37-39)

⏰Friday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (25 August 2017) ????Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22; Ps 146:5-6ab, 6c-7, 8-9b, 9bc-10 (R.v.1b); Matt 22:34-40 We can never say it enough, neither can we put it better than the love evangelist himself who said, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ while he hates his brother, he is a liar. How can he love God whom he does not see if he hates his brother whom he can see?” (1 John 4:20). There is a necessary correlation between the love of God and the love of neighbour. That could be why Jesus...

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GIVE GOD A CHANCE TO LEAD YOU

⏰Wednesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (23 August 2017) ????Judges 9:6-15; Ps 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.2a); Matt 20:1-16a In Ps 23, the Lord the Good Shepherd leads his flock along the right path to green pastures, where all things good are available. Why not give him a chance to also lead you into that pasture? Surely, you won’t regret doing that. The citizens of Shechem made a grave mistake in choosing Abimelech to be their king when the Lord was supposed to reign over them. His brother, Jotham, warned them of the disastrous consequences of such an action,...

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THE VOICE OF CHANGE

⏰Sunday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (21 August 2017 – Memorial of St. Pius X) ????Judges 2:11-19; Ps 106:34-37, 39-40, 43-44 (R.v.4ab); Matt 19:16-22 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...

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“LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME…FOR TO SUCH BELONGS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 19:14)

⏰Saturday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (19 August 2017) ????Josh 24:14-29; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 11 (R.v.5a); Matt 19:13-15 My dear, yesterday, we talked about the faithfulness of God which is everlasting and the need for us to reciprocate that faithfulness by becoming faithful to him too in our life decisions and in the manner of lives we live. Today, he tells us that for those who remain faithful to him, no force or opposition can keep them away from him. Remember that he compared the faithful to little children and declared that the ticket to making...

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THE FAITHFULNESS OF THE LORD NEVER CEASES

⏰Friday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (18 August 2017) ????Josh 24:1-13; Ps 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22 and 24 (R.v.1b); Matt 19:3-12 God is faithful at all times. Even at that time when you think that he has probably forgotten you, he is right there working for your good. Recall what the scriptures said in Deut 7:6-8. God is the one who took the initiative and chose the people of Israel from among the nations. Their relevance among the nations was also as a result of that choice. Then he established a covenant with them – an everlasting covenant. The...

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“IF YOU DO NOT FORGIVE OTHERS, THEN YOUR FATHER WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU EITHER” (Matt 6:15)

⏰Thursday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (17 August 2017) ????Josh 3:7-10a; Ps 114:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; Matt 18:21 – 19:1 Yesterday, we were talking about the necessity of forgiveness in order to build up a harmonious community. But today, we are reminded that forgiveness is a norm that must be observed by all. Peter might have recalled Jesus’ teaching in Matt 6:14-15, and then, since Jesus just brought up the matter of forgiveness again, he wanted to make sure he is doing the right thing. The number “7”, as we have often noted in this forum, indicates “completion” or...

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“WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED IN MY NAME, THREE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM” (Matt 18:20)

⏰Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (16 August 2017) ????Deut 34:1-12; Ps 66:1-3a, 5 and 8, 16-17 (R.v.20a, 9a); Matt 18:15-20 My dear, the unity of all Christians is at the heart of Christ (cf. John 17:20-23). In further answering the question he was asked by his disciples on who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus directs our minds towards holding hands together as that would help us to achieve our goals in greatness better (cf. Matt 18:15-20). Individualism is a disease that is killing most societies today. Most times, this is caused by ego,...

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YOU ARE FREE INDEED! 

⏰Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (14 August 2017 – Memorial of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe) ????Deut 10:12-22; Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 (R.v.12a); Matt 17:22-27 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,...

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FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE – THE GREATEST IS LOVE (1 Cor 13:13)

⏰Saturday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time (11 August 2017) ????Deut 6:4-13; Ps 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 47 and 51ab (R.v.2a); Matt 17:14-20 “Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down,...