Category: Year I

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CHRIST WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME TO SAVE THOSE WHO ARE WAITING EAGERLY FOR HIM (cf. Heb 9:28)

⏰Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time 1 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (23 Jan 2017) ????Heb 9:15, 24-28; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6 (R.v.1ab); Mark 3:22-30 CHRIST WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME TO SAVE THOSE WHO ARE WAITING EAGERLY FOR HIM (cf. Heb 9:28) My dear, in this new working week, I pray that you may emerge victorious in all things especially in your spiritual battles against the enemies of Christ. Amen. Do you understand why St. Paul said in Rom 8:37 that in Christ Jesus our Lord, we are more than conquerors? It is based...

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HOW COMMITTED AM I?

⏰Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time 1 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (21 Jan 2017 – Memorial of St. Agnes) ????Heb 7:1-3, 15-17; Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 (R.v.4bc); Mark 3:1-6 HOW COMMITTED AM I? The world today is more interested in bearing titles than in carrying out the duties attached to the titles. You often hear people say, “Do you know I am?” And I normally reply to those people, “Six feet!” That’s if the people are kind enough to even dig up to that when burying the person. Some will not answer their names...

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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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“AND THEY WATCHED HIM…” (Mark 3:2)

⏰Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time 1 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (23 Jan 2019) 📖Heb 7:1-3, 15-17; Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 (R.v.4bc); Mark 3:1-6 🎤”AND THEY WATCHED HIM…” (Mark 3:2) Mark 3:1-6 contains the last of the controversy stories in the Gospel of Mark. At the end of the story in Mark 3:6, the Pharisees and the Herodians would unite against Jesus, re-echoing the words of Psalm 2:2, “The kings of the earth brace themselves, and the rulers together take their stand against the Lord and his anointed.” What was the crime of Jesus...

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PRAY FOR YOUR PRIESTS; PRAY FOR ME

⏰Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time 1 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (21 Jan 2019) 📖Heb 5:1-10; Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 (R.v.4cd); Mark 2:18-22 🎤PRAY FOR YOUR PRIESTS; PRAY FOR ME It is the will of God that all things be gathered together under Christ. Christ himself prayed that we may be one. It is through that that we might join hand to defeat our common enemy – the devil and all his agents. So we pray in this week that God himself may heal the wound of division among Christians so that with one...

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JESUS BECAME ONE LIKE US TO REDEEM US

⏰Wednesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time Year 1 (11 Jan 2017) ????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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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...