Category: Year C

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“GOD WILL LEAD ISRAEL WITH JOY… WITH THE MERCY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT COME FROM HIM” (Bar 5:9)

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (YEAR C) Bar 5:1-9; Ps 126:1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.3); Phil 1:4-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6 As we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent today, the three readings we have for today’s liturgy invite us to anticipate the mercy of God and to prepare ourselves to receive it. In the First Reading, the prophet Baruch, who was, historically, the Secretary of the prophet Jeremiah, encouraged the exiled Jews who were suffering in foreign lands that God is going to restore their joy and visit them with mercy and righteousness (cf. Bar 5:9). Today, I pray that God...

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

⏰Christmas Day (25 December 2016) ????Isa 52:7-10; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6 (R.v.3cd); Heb 1:1-6; John 1:1-18 ????”ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD” (Isa 52:10) 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...

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“WHEN I AM LIFTED FROM THE EARTH, I SHALL DRAW ALL PEOPLE TO MYSELF” (John 12:32)

⏰Last Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe ????2 Sam 5:1-3; Psalm 122:1-2, 4-5 (R.v.1); Col 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43 ????“WHEN I AM LIFTED FROM THE EARTH, I SHALL DRAW ALL PEOPLE TO MYSELF” (John 12:32) Today is very unique in the life of the Church. This is because of the tripartite nature of the liturgical celebration. ????????Firstly, it is the last Sunday in the Churchs Liturgical Year and it bears the mark of the unmerited promise of paradise to anyone who repents and comes back to Christ. ????????Secondly, it...

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AUTHENTIC WITNESSING TO CHRIST IN THE WORLD

⏰Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) ????Mal 4:1-2a (3:19-20); Psalm 98:5-6, 7-9ab, 9bc (R.v.9cd); 2 Thess 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19 ????AUTHENTIC WITNESSING TO CHRIST IN THE WORLD As we approach the final days of the Churchs Liturgical year, with just one more Sunday to go, the three readings of we have in our Liturgy of today make reference to the fate and what is expected of Christians at the end of time, amidst the difficult times. The First Reading specifically mentioned what is to be the fate of the people when that day comes. In many of the prophetic books,...

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LIFE IS CHANGED THROUGH DEATH

⏰Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 2 Macc 7:1-2, 9-14; Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8 and 15 (R.v.15b); 2 Thess 2:16 – 3:5; Luke 20:27-38 LIFE IS CHANGED THROUGH DEATH The three readings that we have in our Liturgy of today, in one way or another, point to the fact of afterlife. We are on journey in this present life and our destination is in eternal life. For every Christian, this eternal life is founded on the love which God has shown in Christ Jesus, as St. Paul explained to us in Second Reading. He encouraged the Thessalonians to remain...

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BE HUMAN! BE HOLY!!

⏰THE SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS (01 November 2016) ????Rev 7:2-4, 9-14; Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R.v.6a); 1 John 3:1-3; Matt 5:1-12a ????BE HUMAN! BE HOLY!!???? Back in our seminary days, this is a day to remember and anticipate, not just for the beautiful Latin chants but also for the beautiful liturgy that reminds us what we are called to do, “You must be holy because I, the LORD, am holy” (Lev 20:26).???? There is that prayerful hymn that we normally took: _????”O when the saints, go marching in (2x); O Lord I want to be in that number. O when...

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“THE SON OF MAN CAME TO SEEK AND SAVE THE LOSTLOST” (Luke 19:10)

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Wisdom 11:22-12:2; Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13cd-14 (R.v.1); 2 Thess 1:11-2:2; Luke 19:1-10 “THE SON OF MAN CAME TO SEEK AND SAVE THE LOST (Luke 19:10) Today, the Liturgy presents us, among other things, the story of Zacchaeus in the Gospel. That story is indeed the story of each of us, depending on the nature of our embrace of the love of God for us. The First Reading reminds us that God is the lover of souls and would overlook the sins of people in order to give them room for change. This...

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HUMILITY: THE FOUNDATION OF EFFECTIVE PRAYER

⏰Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Sirarch 35:12c-14, 16-18b; Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19 and 23 (R.v.7a); 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 HUMILITY: THE FOUNDATION OF EFFECTIVE PRAYER Last Sunday, we learnt about two very important dispositions that are needed for our prayers to be very effective. Those important dispositions include perseverance and persistence.???? Today, the three readings we have in our liturgy, in a dramatic way, bring out an important virtue that must accompany those dispositions for our prayers to be effective. That is the virtue of humility.???? We must also remember that last Sunday, we came to...

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THE POWER OF PERSEVERANCE AND PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Exod 17:8-13; Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8; 2Tim 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8 THE POWER OF PERSEVERANCE AND PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER Prayer is a major theme that runs through the readings that we have in todays liturgy. The first reading and the Gospel brings out two very important dispositions that are needed for our prayers to be very effective. Those important dispositions include perseverance and persistence. It is true that our salvation does not so much depend on our effort since it is a GIFT of God to us and not what we MERIT through...