Category: Year C

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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...

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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...