Category: Year C

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GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS (Rom 5:5)

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (Year C) Prov 8:22-31; Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7a, 7b-9, (R.v.2a); Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS (Rom 5:5) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. The theology of the Holy Trinity remains a mystery which is beyond full human understanding. The reality of the idea of the three persons in one God spreads through the entire scriptures but it is more obvious in the New Testament....

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THE SPIRIT OF EMPOWERMENT

Pentecost Sunday (Year C) Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1ab and 24ac, 29bc-30, 31 and 34 (R.v30); Rom 8:8-17; John 14:15-16, 23b-26 THE SPIRIT OF EMPOWERMENT Happy birthday to all of us, sons and daughters of the Church. This is the day when we celebrate the birth of the Church. On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus and those gathered with them (cf. Acts 2:1-11), a fulfillment of Jesus promise to them. This outpouring serves one important purpose, which is empowerment. Remember that towards the end of his earthly life,...

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“PUT OFF YOUR SHOES FROM YOUR FEET” (Exod 3:5)

⏰THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C) – First Scrutiny 📖Exod 3:1-8a, 13-15; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8 and 11 (R.v.8a); 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Luke 13:1-9 🎤”PUT OFF YOUR SHOES FROM YOUR FEET” (Exod 3:5) I welcome you this third Sunday of Lent. In the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), which culminates in Baptism at Easter Vigil, this is the day in which we have what is called the First Scrutiny/Purification. The Second and Third Scrutiny would come up on the Fifth and Sixth Sundays of Lent respectively. The period of Scrutiny is a period of reflection and...

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“NO ONE WHO BELIEVES IN [JESUS] WILL BE PUT TO SHAME”

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C) Deut 26:4-10; Ps 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 (R.v.15b); Rom 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13 “NO ONE WHO BELIEVES IN [JESUS] WILL BE PUT TO SHAME” It is already some days into this season of grace Lent. Today, being the first Sunday of lent, the Liturgy reminds us of the reason for the celebration and encourages us to hold firm in faith despite the challenges that might come our way in the process of expressing our faith in God. The Gospel stands as a big warning to us If the devil was not afraid to tempt the...

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“…FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS” (Luke 6:45)

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Sam 27:4-7; Ps. 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 (R.v.2a); 1 Cor 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45 “…FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS” (Luke 6:45) My dear, on this last Sunday before Lent, the liturgy, providentially instructs us on one important disposition we need to embrace at this time and beyond. That important disposition is self introspection. This is a time to look into our lives and try to find out those things that we need to separate ourselves from in order to become good and perfect Christians. The gospel gives us an...

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“LOVE YOUR ENEMIES” (Luke 6:27)

⏰Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕1 Sam 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23; Ps. 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10, 12-13 (R.v.8a); 1 Cor 15:45-49; Luke 6:27-38 🎤”LOVE YOUR ENEMIES” (Luke 6:27) How was the election atmosphere in your area yesterday? To God be the glory that it was peaceful in most parts. As for the victims of the violence that erupted in some areas, we pray that God may heal and help the wounded and deprived and have mercy on the souls of the dead. Amen. Whatever the outcome eventually becomes at the end of the day, we must be...

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“BLESSED THE MAN WHO HAS PLACED HIS TRUST IN THE LORD” (Ps 40:5)

⏰Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕Jer 17:5-8; Ps. 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6, (R. Ps. 40:5ab); 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26 🎤”BLESSED THE MAN WHO HAS PLACED HIS TRUST IN THE LORD” (Ps 40:5) How did you feel yesterday with the postponement of the election? I felt very bad because of the so much time I had put in with the preparation of the observers for the day and had to get the information only after I had traveled to my polling unit which is far from where I stay now. So I can imagine how...

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A VOCATION TO HOLINESS

⏰Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕Isa 6:1-2a, 3-8; Psalm 138:1ac-2a, 2bc-3, 4-5, 7c-8 (R.v.1b); 1 Cor 11:1-15; Luke 5:1-11 🎤A VOCATION TO HOLINESS Have you ever paused to consider the profile of the twelve apostles of Jesus or that of the prophets before him? Most of them are those whom the society today might consider as nonentities and unqualified. But God used them because the success of the mission does not depend on the called but on the caller. All the characters in the three readings in our liturgy today found themselves unworthy of the call. In the...

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THE FRUIT OF THE WORD OF GOD

⏰Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕Jer 1:4-5, 17-19; Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15ab and 17 (R.v.15ab); 1 Cor 12:31 13:13; Luke 4:21-30 🎤THE FRUIT OF THE WORD OF GOD Last Sunday, we reflected on our disposition towards the Word of God and what it means to our lives. Indeed, we concluded that the word of God has a transforming power and can influence our lives greatly. More importantly, it serves to engender an abundance of life and joy in us. However, we could see from the Gospel of today that that same word has a different effect upon...

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“YOUR WORDS, O LORD, ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE” (cf. John 6:63)

⏰THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) 📕Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; Ps 19:7, 8, 9, 14 (R.see John 6:63c); 1 Cor 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21 🎤”YOUR WORDS, O LORD, ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE” (cf. John 6:63) How do you normally conceive and treat the Word of God? What is your attitude towards it especially while it is being celebrated in the Church or elsewhere? Are you among those who treat it with less concern and contempt by noise-making or doubt? Then, listen attentively to what today’s Liturgy has in stuck for you. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council called...