Category: Year C

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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...

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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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“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...