Category: Twentieth Week

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“INDEED THUS SHALL BE BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 128:4)

⏰Saturday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 August 2017) ????Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11, 4:13-17; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.4); Matt 23:1-12 Yesterday, I had a beautiful discussion with a brother priest who had called to wish me a belated happy anniversary. Eventually, our discussion gradually drifted into the kind of life we live as priests. He reminded me that priesthood is a state of life which we must use to live out our baptismal identity. By that he means that every priest must first remember that he is a Christian who must be judged by Christian principles....

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“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD…[AND] YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF (Matt 22:37-39)

⏰Friday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (25 August 2017) ????Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22; Ps 146:5-6ab, 6c-7, 8-9b, 9bc-10 (R.v.1b); Matt 22:34-40 We can never say it enough, neither can we put it better than the love evangelist himself who said, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ while he hates his brother, he is a liar. How can he love God whom he does not see if he hates his brother whom he can see?” (1 John 4:20). There is a necessary correlation between the love of God and the love of neighbour. That could be why Jesus...

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GIVE GOD A CHANCE TO LEAD YOU

⏰Wednesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (23 August 2017) ????Judges 9:6-15; Ps 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.2a); Matt 20:1-16a In Ps 23, the Lord the Good Shepherd leads his flock along the right path to green pastures, where all things good are available. Why not give him a chance to also lead you into that pasture? Surely, you won’t regret doing that. The citizens of Shechem made a grave mistake in choosing Abimelech to be their king when the Lord was supposed to reign over them. His brother, Jotham, warned them of the disastrous consequences of such an action,...

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THE VOICE OF CHANGE

⏰Sunday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (21 August 2017 – Memorial of St. Pius X) ????Judges 2:11-19; Ps 106:34-37, 39-40, 43-44 (R.v.4ab); Matt 19:16-22 My dear, sin is an abomination before God. In fact, we can say that it is sin that cannot withstand the presence of God. Hence, whenever we sin, we move away from the presence of God, and so, exposed to the dangers which the wicked one tries to unleash in the world. This was exactly what was happening with the relationship which God had with the Israelites. Whenever they committed sin, they made themselves...