Category: Year A

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“BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 5:3)

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Zeph 2:3, 3:12-13; Psalm 146:6c-7, 8b-9a, 9bc-10 (R. Matt 5:3); 1Cor 1:26-31; Matt 5:1-12a “BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 5:3) Do you remember that Jesus said that even though we are in the world, we do not belong to the world (cf. John 15:19)? As Christians, our ways must be different from the ways of the world. This is the message of today’s liturgy. Looking closely at the Beatitudes which are presented in the Gospel of today, we shall see that they completely uphold...

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OUR LIGHT MUST HEAL THE DARKNESS OF DIVISION

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Isa 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.v.1a); 1Cor 1:10-13, 17; Matt 4:12-23 OUR LIGHT MUST HEAL THE DARKNESS OF DIVISION In the Sacred Scriptures and in most religious settings, darkness is most often associated with pain and sorrow whereas light is said to be a source of joy. That is why the Christmas season is viewed as a period of great joy since Christ, whose birth we celebrate at that time, is seen as the light to the nations. The Gospel (Matt 4:12-23) makes a reference to that fact when it narrates the...

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JESUS, THE LAMB OF GOD!

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) Isa 49:3, 5-6; Ps 40:2 and 4b, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R.v.8a and 9a); 1 Cor 1:1-3; John 1:29-34 JESUS, THE  LAMB OF GOD! The bulk of the cult of Isaiah (Isaiah’s prophecy) recorded in chapters 40 to 55 is regarded as the Second Book of Isaiah, which is as well seen as coming from the exilic era. That is the period when the people of Israel were on exile. Let us remember that the prophet had, in the First Book (Isaiah 1 – 31) called the people to turn from their sins, otherwise...

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“THE LORD WILL BLESS HIS PEOPLE WITH PEACE” (Ps 29:11)

⏰The Baptism of the Lord Year A (9 Jan 2017) ????Isa 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29:1a and 2, 3ac-4, 3b and 9c-10 (R.v.11b); Acts 10:34-38; Matt 3:13-17 ????”THE LORD WILL BLESS HIS PEOPLE WITH PEACE” (Ps 29:11) According to the Catholic Catechism of Christian Doctrine, Baptism is a sacrament which cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians, children of God and members of the Church. Johns baptism, which Jesus participated in was also called a baptism of repentance. With the above in mind, it is of little wonder why the early Christians felt embarrassed at the thought of the Baptism...

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“ARISE, SHINE; FOR YOUR LIGHT HAS COME, AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD HAS RISEN UPON YOU”

SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD Isa 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.11); Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matt 2:1-12 “ARISE, SHINE; FOR YOUR LIGHT HAS COME, AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD HAS RISEN UPON YOU” In the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, we celebrate Gods revelation of himself to all of humanity, unhindered by any human limitation. The Magi in the Gospel of today got this revelation through their astrology. That shows that God can reveal himself through any means or person he chooses. This calls us to guard against discrimination of any kind in our...

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OUR LIFE IN THE LIFE OF THE HOLY FAMILY

⏰FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH ????Sir 3:2-6, 12-14; Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.1); Col 3:12-21; Matt 2:13-15, 19-23 ????OUR LIFE IN THE LIFE OF THE HOLY FAMILY In Jesus, God unites himself to the entire human nature and human experience. It is in the family that this human experience is more pronounced. It is here that Jesus spent a greater part of his earthly life. What we know of his earthly ministry spans a period of about three years out of about thirty-three years he spent on earth. so this celebration offers us ample opportunity...

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“ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD” (Isa 52:10)

⏰Christmas Day (25 December 2018) 📕Isa 52:7-10; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6 (R.v.3cd); Heb 1:1-6; John 1:1-18 The sound of Christmas is in the air! There is great rejoicing all over the world! Celebrations abound everywhere! It is indeed worth celebrating. But what are we celebrating? Is it not possible that many of us do not even know? We are celebrating because “Long time ago in Bethlehem,  So the Holy Bible says, Mary’s Boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day. Hark now hear the angels sing, a new king born today, And man will live for evermore because...

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THE SOUND OF CHRISTMAS: IMMANUEL

⏰Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year A) ????Isa 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6, (R.v.7c, 10c); Rom 1:1-7; Matt 1:18-24 ????THE SOUND OF CHRISTMAS: IMMANUEL The Hebrew word, Immanuel, as we all probably know by now means “God-is-with-us.” This is reflected literally in both the First Reading and the Gospel. In both accounts, the promised child that would bear this name is a child that would portray the destiny of God’s people. This child is going to be a special child, though Isaiah, in the First Reading might not have had a clear view on how special the child was going to...

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OUR FAITH IS MADE STRONG IN DIFFICULTY

⏰Third Sunday of Advent (Year A) Gaudete Isa 35:1-6a, 10; Psalm 146:6c-7, 8-9a, 9bc-10 (R. Isa 35:4); Jam 5:7-10; Matt 11:2-11 OUR FAITH IS MADE STRONG IN DIFFICULTY The entrance antiphon for today’s liturgy says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.” Indeed, the Lord is near. In our world today, a lot of happenings deny us happiness and sometimes make us to begin to look elsewhere, besides God, for salvation. There are cases of religious violence, economic recession, unemployment, childlessness, great illness, sudden death of a close relation and so on. With all these, many people would...

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“IN HIS DAYS JUSTICE SHALL FLOURISH AND GREAT PEACE FOREVER” (Ps 72:7)

⏰Second Sunday of Advent Year A (4 December 2016) ????Isa 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Rom 15:4-9; Matt 3:1-12 ????”IN HIS DAYS JUSTICE SHALL FLOURISH AND GREAT PEACE FOREVER” (Ps 72:7) The wonderful season of Advent comes with a lot of promises, central of which is the exposition of God’s faithfulness on his people. The Book of Genesis tells us that when God had finished his work of creation, “He saw all he had made, and indeed it was very good” (Gen 1:31). Things remained in that good state until man sinned and lost the original grace in which...