Category: Sixteenth Week

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“HE WHO HEARS THE WORD AND UNDERSTANDS IT; HE INDEED BEARS FRUIT” (Matt 13:23)

⏰Friday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (28 July 2017) ????Exod 20:1-17; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (R. John 6:68c); Matt 13:18-23 Where is the Word of God planted in your life? How is it growing up in you? Does it have a rich soil in you to germinate? As we already have seen, what determines the kind of soil we provide for the growth of the word of God in us is our disposition. It is about what we understand about it and how we do so. There are some of us who only believes because the...

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“BLESSED ARE YOUR EYES, FOR THEY SEE, AND YOUR EARS, FOR THEY HEAR” (Matt 13:16)

⏰Thursday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 July 2017) ????Exod 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20b; Dan 3:29-30, 31, 33, 32, 34 (R.v.29b); Matt 13:10-17 God is all powerful yet he has made himself so simple for us to experience and encounter. From the encounter the people of Israel had with God in the First Reading, we see the desire he has to reveal himself to man. That revelation is for our good. For the Israelites, it served to encourage them and build their trust around Moses and in the promised salvation. Yet, to have that encounter with God, it...

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“THE LORD GAVE THEM BREAD FROM HEAVEN” (Ps 78:24)

⏰Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 July 2017 – Memorial of Ss Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary) ????Exod 16:1-5, 9-15; Ps 78:18-19, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28 (R.v.24b); Matt 13:1-19 Have you lived or stayed with someone who is always complaining, almost about everything? Such persons can be so irritating and unfortunately, at the situations they complain about, they would become the worst of all. If you have encountered such people, it will be easier for you to understand how God ought to feel at the complaints of the Israelites. Just imagine! On Monday,...

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“FEAR NOT, STAND FIRM, AND SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD” (Exod 14:13)

⏰Monday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (24 July 2017) ????Exod 14:5-18; Exod 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.1a); Matt 12:38-42 Again, at the beginning of this new working week, I remember that artwork I saw first on Facebook which has the following inscriptions: DON’T TELL GOD THAT YOU HAVE A BIG PROBLEM; TELL YOUR PROBLEM THAT YOU HAVE A BIG GOD! When God had delivered the Israelites from Egypt, the Egyptians soon realised that they were going to miss their services, and so pursued them (cf. Exod 14:5ff). So, as the Israelites saw themselves trapped the Red Sea and...