Category: Year B

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JESUS IS EVER PRESENT WITH US

⏰Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – Year B (10 May 2018) 📖Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.6); Eph 1:17-23; Mark 16:15-20 May the grace of Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you always. Since the time Jesus began his earthly life, a lot of miracles, signs and wonders accompanied his actions. Now, he is prepared to return back to the Father from who he had come. His impending departure was very disheartening to his disciples. Hence, he decided to explain to them the meaning of his departure....

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HE IS THE VINE, WE ARE THE BRANCHES (cf. John 15:5)

⏰FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B) 📕Acts 9:26-31; Ps 22:26b-27, 28 and 30, 31-32 (R.v.26b); 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8 Last Sunday, we reflected on Jesus the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. Today, we reflect of Jesus, the vine that gives life and provides strength to his disciples, the branches. Without the vine, the branches are nothing. After all these lessons that show us how much God loves and cares for us, next Sunday, which would be the last Sunday before the Ascension of Jesus into heaven, Jesus would now send forth his disciples to...

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“THE GOOD SHEPHERD LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE SHEEP (John 10:11)

⏰FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B – GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY) 📕Acts 4:8-12; Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 21-23, 26 and 28-29 (R.v.22); 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18 Take a short trip back to the Old Testament. Most of the people that God appointed as leaders of Israel were professional shepherds: Jacob, Moses, David, etc. Apart from the fact that sometimes, sheep are stubborn and so need a man of patience, they are equally fragile and so need devoted protection. A good shepherd is always ready to lay down his life for the sake of his sheep (see 1 Sam 17:34-36). See...

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“BEHOLD THE POOREST KING THAT EVER LIVED…”

⏰Palm Sunday Year B 📕Isa 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18a, 19-20, 23-24 (R.v.2a); Phil 2:6-11; Mark 14:1 15:47 The above statement comes from the Stations of the Cross at the station where Jesus was stripped of his clothes. What does being poor mean here? It definitely does not mean poverty because another statement follows, “…Possessing nothing, I own all.” Hence that must be pointing to something in the neighborhood of one of the beatitudes that says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit…” (Matt 5:3) So as we celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, which is otherwise known as Palm...

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“THE HOUR HAS COME FOR THE SON OF MAN TO BE GLORIFIED” (John 12:23)

⏰Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year B.) ????Jer 31:31-34; Ps 51:3-4, 12-12, 14-15 (R.v.12a); Heb 5:7-9; John 12:20-33 With the Holy Week just some days away, the readings of today try to expose us to the extent and meaning of the Passion of Christ. At the thought of this passion, Jesus was troubled at heart (John 12:27). Yet, it was for this that he came. And so, he declared, probably with a sigh of fulfilment, The hour has come (John 12:23). What hour is Jesus talking about? He made reference to that hour while he was replying his mothers plea for...

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A NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT

First Sunday of Lent (Year B) ????Gen 9:8-15; Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.10); 1 Pet 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 Traditionally, in the Catholic Church, today, being the First Sunday in Lent, we begin a journey with the Catechumens who are to be baptised in Easter. This journey starts with the enrolment of their names at the Rite of Election. At this point, the catechumens are encouraged to advance towards Christ with even greater generosity. At Baptism, we enter into a covenant with God through Christ in the waters of the baptismal font. This water, as St. Peter tells us in the...

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JESUS SHOWS COMPASSION TO SINNERS

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Lev 13:1-2, 44-46; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 11 (R.v.7); 1 Cor 10:31 1:1; Mark 1:40-45 Following the Churchs Liturgical Calendar, the Forty Days of Lent begin with Ash Wednesday in this week. During the period, the voice of the Prophet Joel would ring out once more, “Even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping and with mourning; and tear your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord for he is gracious and merciful.” Providentially, today, being the last Sunday before the Lent begins, the...

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BEING ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE (cf. 1 Cor 9:23)

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R. see v.3a); 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39 In our world of today, suffering abounds in great measure in such a way that the book of Job would not be difficult for most people to understand. What is normally difficult to understand is why righteous men do suffer too, when suffering is often associated with evil. That was the confusion in Jobs case that led to his lamentation. It was also a problem in Jesus time (cf. John 9:2) and very rampant in our time,...

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“HE TAUGHT THEM AS ONE WHO HAD AUTHORITY (Mark 1:22)

⏰Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) ????Deut 18:15-20; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9 (R.v.7d, 8a); 1 Cor 7:32-35; Mark 1:21b-28 In this era, many people rise up on daily basis with a claim to possess prophetic voices. Of course, anyone who wakes up in that manner must have followers. But the problem comes when another person gets up with another prophetic voice that is completely in opposition to the other. In some cases even, one person speaks two opposite things about one subject at the same time frame, with the same prophetic voice. What then are we to believe? Is...

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COME BACK TO THE LORD (Hos 14:2)

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Isa 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.8); 2 Pet 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 Jesus began his ministry of preaching with a call to conversion, an indication of a continuity from where John left. But not just a continuity; there is an introduction of a new message that needs a radical change. That points to the strong desire of God to make sure that man gets the salvation he has prepared for him. Right from the moment man fell from grace, God began this mission of redeeming him. Hence, the story of...