Category: Twenty-Fifth Week

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YOUR DRY BONE SHALL RISE AGAIN

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (30 Sept. 2017 – Memorial of St. Jerome) ????Zech 2:1-5, 10-11a; Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 (R.v.10d); Luke 9:43b-45 Are you in any way suffering because of what you lost? Are you already getting discouraged and saying that you cannot rise again? Have people suggested to you that your case is hopeless? Listen! You are not alone in that. Your brothers all over the world are suffering the same thing (1 Pet 5:9). The Israelites faced the same kind of discouragement when they came back to their land and met it a...

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NOW IS THE TIME TO BUILD A HOUSE FOR THE LORD

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (28 Sept. 2017) ????Haggai 1:1-8; Ps 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9bc (R.v.4a); Luke 9:7-9 After Ezra had settled the people in their land, things were so difficult for them and so, they put off the reconstruction of the temple first while they went on rebuilding their own homes. Some of the leaders who should have cautioned them instead supported them with the normal excuse, “God will understand.” It was at this time that God sent the prophet Haggai to the people. The major message Haggai gave the people was on the...

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LIVE FOR GOD AND FOR OTHERS

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 Sept. 2017 – Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul) ????Ezra 9:5-9; Tob 13:1b-2, 3-4a, 6efgh, 6ij, 8 (R.v.1b); Luke 9:1-6 Do you want to be faithful to God? Then you definitely need to be very selfless. Think about God and others first, and be sure that God will never leave you empty handed. That is an important message that we must pick out from Luke 9:1-6, which is seen lived out by Ezra in Ezra 9:5-9, by carrying the burden of his people and intercepting for in humility. Jesus sent...

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“MY MOTHER AND MY BRETHREN ARE THOSE WHO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD AND DO IT” (Luke 8:21)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 Sept. 2017) ????Ezra 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20; Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5 (R.v.1); Luke 8:19-21 My dear, do you understand why the Israelites had to be taken into exile in Babylon in the first place? It is simply due to disobedience to the word of God. And the spiritual implication of the exilic life is that the people were taken away from the presence of God. So, more than being a mere account of how the people returned from Exile and rebuilt the city, the book of Ezra serves to direct the...

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GOD SHALL LIFT YOU UP AGAIN!

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (25 Sept. 2017) ????Ezra 1:1-6; Ps 126:1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.3a); Luke 8:16-18 ????GOD SHALL LIFT YOU UP AGAIN! Amen! Child of God, I may not be able to say exactly what you are going through at the moment. I may not even be able to say what would happen to you next. Yet, there is one thing that I am sure of: The Lord does not abandon his own. At the appointed time, he would surely lift you up. At that time, even your enemies would begin to work for...