Category: Thirteenth Week

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“BEWARE OF JACOB’S PORRIDGE”

⏰Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (08 July 2017) ????Gen 27:1-5, 15-29; Ps 135:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.3a); Matt 9:14-17 In Gen 25:29-34, out of the desire to temporarily satisfy his hunger, and possibly, his ‘longer throat,’ Esau made an oath transferring his birthright as the firstborn to Jacob in exchange for a plate of porridge. To Esau, that was not a serious action (cf. Gen 25:32, 34), but that provided the ground for what happened in Gen 27:1ff, not minding that it was destined so even before their birth (cf. Gen 25:23). That Jacob’s porridge still exists...

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FOLLOW JESUS SO THAT HE MAY GIVE YOU REST

⏰Friday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (07 July 2017) ????Gen 23:1-4, 19, 24:1-8, 62-67; Ps 106:1b-2, 3-4ab, 4c-5 (R.v.1b); Matt 9:9-13 In Gen 12:1ff, God asked Abraham to leave his people and his country and move to a place he would show him. In other words, he was asked to leave his old life in which he has been comfortable and making a living from. He was not sure of where God was leading him to but he followed God without doubt. The result of that and other faithful actions of Abraham was that God blessed him...

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“…BECAUSE YOU HAVE DONE THIS…I WILL INDEED BLESS YOU” (Gen 22:16-17)

⏰Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (06 July 2017) ????Gen 22:1-19; Ps 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 (R.v.9); Matt 9:1-8 Every action we take in life has its corresponding consequence. The blessing of Abraham which we always sing about was a result of his deep faith in God which made him to want to go on with the plans to sacrifice his son (cf. Gen 22:1-10) despite the seeming hopelessness of getting another. That is faith in action! Remember that Jesus said that even our little faith can move mountains (cf. Matt 17:20). So, just as Abraham’s faith...

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GOD IS BIGGER THAN ALL YOUR PROBLEMS

⏰Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (05 July 2017) ????Gen 21:5, 8-20; Ps 34:7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.7a); Matt 8:28-34 Yesterday, we saw Jesus take the battle to the seat of power of the evil one, that is the sea, and silenced the evil one to the amazement of his disciples. Today, Jesus continues the clean-up exercise for which he came. And the details of today’s activities are very interesting. The country of the Gadarenes (which Mark 5:1 and Luke 8:26 have as Gerasenes) was a pagan territory. There, two demoniacs who came up from the tombs met...

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DO NOT LOOK BACK; FOCUS ON JESUS!

⏰Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (04 July 2017) ????Gen 19:15-29; Ps 26:2-3, 9-10, 11-12 (R.v.3a); Matt 8:23-27 My dear, one of the evidences of the power of Jesus which we get from scriptures is the calming of the storm, the seat of evil power in Matt 8:23-27. That Jesus calmed the storm means that he has power over the evil powers. Remember that all powers belong to him (Matt 28:18). Hence, St. Paul said that in Christ, we are more than conquerors (Rom 8:37). St John added that he that is in us is more powerful...