Category: Year I

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USE WHAT YOU HAVE TO WIN YOUR SALVATION

⏰Friday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (10 Nov 2017 – Memorial of Pope St. Leo the Great) ????Rom 15:14-21; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.2b); Luke 16:1-8 Yes! I mean that very thing you have as a gift from God – your wealth, wisdom, strength, speech, time, even your phone… Yes, I mean your phone. Great opportunities abound for us to work out our salvation from, but how many of us take notice. Let me talk about your phone, for instance. I believe that is what you are using to read this message; you use it to operate...

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“LOVE IS THE FULFILLING OF THE LAW” (Rom 13:10)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (08 Nov 2017) ????Rom 13:8-10; Ps 112:1b-2, 4-5, 9 (R.v.5a); Luke 14:25-33 There is something that happened in Matt 22:34-40 that we need to pay attention to. The Pharisees are the teachers of the Law, and they try to preserve the Law against adulteration. Hence, they parade themselves as models. So, apart from tempting Jesus, they also wanted to prove their sanctity by their keeping of the Law. Jesus then educated them, just as St. Paul reiterates in Rom 13:8-10, that nobody can claim to be keeping the Law if he...

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“WE ARE ONE BODY IN CHRIST” (Rom 12:5)

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (07 Nov 2017) ????Rom 12:5-16a; Ps 131:1, 2, 3; Luke 14:15-24 In 1 Cor 12:12ff, St. Paul made an analogy of the body and how the individual parts of the body work together to achieve sustenance. In the end, as he also did in Rom 12:5-16, he made us to understand that we are those individual parts of the body, which is Christ. Since our goal is to be united with Christ, everyone of us must bring out what he has to assist others in growing. How much effort are you...

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“IN YOUR GREAT MERCY, ANSWER ME, O LORD” (Ps 69:14)

⏰Monday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (06 Nov 2017) ????Rom 11:29-36; Ps 69:30-31, 33-34, 36-37; Luke 14:12-14 My dear, it is a brand new working week. On this day, the Lord shall mercifully close down any door that might lead to shame in your life and open for you, doors of fame, miracle and extraordinary favour. Amen Those who used to look down on you will begin to make positive references with your name. The light of Christ will lead you to the place where your blessings wait for you. You shall no longer be pitied but...

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“THE LORD WILL NOT ABANDON HIS PEOPLE” (Ps 94:14)

⏰Saturday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (04 November 2017 – Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo) ????Rom 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29; Ps 94:12-13a, 14-15, 17-18 (R.v.14a); Luke 14:1, 7-11 This is the end of the week. On this day, I pray for you that God may also bring to an end, all your difficulties, failures, sorrows, and everything that draws you back. May he end your tears and put smiles back to your face. Amen. Don’t allow the evil plant a seed of depression in you, in case you have a target you are not able to meet yet...

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“THE GOOD SHEPHERD LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE SHEEP” (John 10:11)

Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (03 Nov 2017- Memorial of St. Martin de Poress) My dear, Jesus is the good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. He goes on working among us with the Father (cf. John 5:17). He does not need to take permission from anybody in order to carry on this work in us, and nobody or law can stop him (see Luke 14:1-6). Do you know what? Not even death could stop him from saving us. No angel of death and peril would stop him from saving you. Amen And...

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“THE CREATION ITSELF WILL BE SET FREE FROM ITS BONDAGE” (Rom 8:21)

⏰Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (31 October 2017) ????Rom 8:18-25; Ps 126:1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.3a); Luke 13:18-21 According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Hope is a supernatural gift of God, by which we firmly trust that God will give us eternal life and all means necessary to obtain it, if we do what he requires of us.” In our world today which is full of troubles and uncertainties, St. Paul reminds us, through his Letter to the Romans (Rom 8:18-25), of what the prophet Isaiah said in Isa 2:2, “It shall come to...

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“YOU ARE FREED FROM YOUR INFIRMITY” (Luke 13:12)

⏰Monday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (30 October 2017) ????Rom 8:12-17; Ps 68:2 and 4, 6-7ab, 20-21 (R.v.21a); Luke 13:10-17 ????”YOU ARE FREED FROM YOUR INFIRMITY” (Luke 13:12) Did you say ‘amen’ to that declaration? That is what Jesus says to you today as we begin this new working week. St. Paul had said that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Rom 8:1). Are you in Christ? Are you being possessed by the spirit of God or by the spirit of the world? St. Paul reminds us again today that the spirit of...

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DESIRE TO DO GOOD ALWAYS

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 October 2017) ????Rom 7:18-25a; Ps 119:66, 68, 76, 77, 93, 94 (R.v.68b); Luke 12:54-59 Have you often found yourself falling prey to sin even when you desire strongly to do the right thing? That is often explained as concupiscence – what some people call human frailty, limitation or weakness. It is the orientation that drags man to move toward the bad which he wants to avoid. St. Paul, too, often complained about this (see Rom 7:18-25). We know that some of us normally hide under that orientation to explain away...

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“THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, BUT THE FREE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE IN CHRIST” (Rom 6:23)

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 October 2017) ????Rom 6:19-23; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. Ps 40:5ab); Luke 12:49-53 You see, out of laziness or wickedness, and in a bid to run away from our family responsibilities, many of us try to appeal to religion as a tool of division. Imagine a brother telling his siblings that he will not take care of them until they have embraced his religious orientation. Is that Christ-like? Even Christ himself embraced sinners. So, what does Jesus mean when he says that he has come to bring division...