Category: Seventeenth Week

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THE RIGHT WAY TO CELEBRATE

⏰Saturday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (05 August 2017) ????Lev 25:1, 8-17; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 7-8 (R.v.4); Matt 14:1-12 Life is full of celebrations, and as we noted yesterday, such celebrations offer us the opportunity of reflecting on the faithfulness of God. That means, in our celebrations, we are simply celebrating God. Therefore, we must do as God wants. In Lev 25:8-17, God gives us some guidelines on how to celebrate. The bottomline is to shun exploitation of both human and material resources. All comes from God and must be treated as having the mark of God....

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GOD IS EVER FAITHFUL

⏰Friday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (04 August 2017 – Memorial of St. John Mary Vianney) ????Lev 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37; Ps 81:3-4, 5-6ab, 10-11ab (R.v.2a); Matt 13:54-58I don’t know what you make of the different celebrations we have in our Christian calendar in terms of memorials, feasts, solemnities, Holy Days of Obligation, etc. Many people consider them as inventions of the Catholic Church into worship. In that way, they are distractions that must be abhorred. However, reading through the Book of Leviticus, we see that not only did God sanction such celebrations, they serve to...

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“HOW LOVELY IS YOUR DWELLING PLACE, O LORD OF HOSTS!” (Ps 84:1)

⏰Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (03 August 2017) ????Exod 40:16-21, 34-38; Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a, 11 (R.v.2); Matt 13:47-53 It is good to be in in the presence of the Lord and to behold his glory. This encounter transformed Moses (cf. Exod 34:29-35) in such a way that the people were afraid to behold his face. In the same way, my dear, if you can abide in the presence of God, the enemy would always be afraid of looking at you anytime you approach. All you need to do is to do all that...

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“…THE SKIN OF HIS FACE SHONE BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN TALKING WITH GOD” (Exod 34:29)

⏰Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (02 August 2017) ????Exod 34:29-35; Ps 99:5, 6, 7, 9 (R.v.9c); Matt 13:44-46 In Luke 14:26-33, Jesus gives a condition for becoming his disciple – the applicant must be ready to give up everything else in order to be fully committed to Jesus. That is indeed a wise thing to do and Jesus today compares it with the action of a merchant who sells everything he has so that he can buy a treasure-laden field or a fine pearl of high value. What is it that you are required to give...

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WATCH AND PRAY!

⏰Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (01 August 2017 – Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori) ????Exod 33:7-11, 34:5b-9, 28; Ps 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.8a); Matt 13:36-43 Yesterday, we talked about focusing on the kingdom of God in our journey of faith. But we know that no matter how wide open our eyes are, if we are not supported by the grace of God, there won’t be any headway for us. That is why we must pray always for God’s abiding presence especially in moments when God seems to be very far from us. Moses gave us...

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FOCUS ON THE KINGDOM FOR YOUR BLESSING

⏰Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (31 July 2017 – Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola) ????Exod 32:15-24, 30-34; Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23 (R.v.1b); Matt 13:31-35 My dear, things might be rough, slow and unstable at the beginning, but if you put your trust in the Lord and persevere to the end, you shall reap the fruit of abundance. And as the month of July ends today, I pray that it may equally bring to an end, anything that hinders your progress or causes you pains. Amen. In our journey of faith, our destination is the kingdom...