Category: Year C

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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 LOST” (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 – World Mission Sunday) 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 Today, we celebrate the world mission Sunday. In his message for the celebration this year, Pope Francis reminds us that by virtue of our baptism, we are called to be missionaries. Everyone of us is important to that call in his/her different capacity. He emphasizes that no one should shy away from being part of that mission. Each of us must contribute in our own little way. As it is...

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“IT IS GOOD TO GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD”

⏰Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) ????2 Kgs 5:14-17; Psalm 981, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.2); 2 Tim 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19 ????“IT IS GOOD TO GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD” It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your truth in the watches of the night (Psalm 92).???? Thanksgiving is a language that is cross-cultural. The Eucharist which we celebrate daily, in its etymology and significance, means thanksgiving. Everyone enjoys the tone of thanksgiving and abhors that of ingratitude. The readings we have...

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“LORD, INCREASE OUR FAITH”

⏰Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) ????Hab 1:2-3; 2:2-4; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9; 2Tim 1:6-8, 13-14; Luke 17:5-10 ????“LORD, INCREASE OUR FAITH” Faith is a major theme that runs through the three readings that we have in our Liturgy of today. In the First Reading, the Prophet Habakkuk was crying out in desperation. Like the prophets before him, the burden of the peoples welfare was on him and he cried out against the injustice that had befallen his society.???? It was as if the Lord had abandoned the city to suffer despite the obvious turning of many from unrighteousness....

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“OUR HELP COMES FROM THE LORD” (Ps 121:2)

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) – 29 Sept 2019 Amos 6:1a, 4-7; Ps. 146:6c-7, 8-a, 9bc-10 (R.v.1b); 1 Tim 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31 “OUR HELP COMES FROM THE LORD” (Ps 121:2) My dear, do you really believe that God is the only one who has the solution to all your problems, and that with him by your side, you shall lack nothing? Note this! Your tears may last all through the night but with God by your side, joy will certainly come with the morning (see Ps 30:5). Are you passing through difficult time at the moment? I want...

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“SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD”

⏰Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) ????Amos 8:4-7; Ps. 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8 (R.v.1a, 7a); 1Tim 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13 ????“SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD” It is a truism that where your treasure is, there lies your heart. If we love God so much, in God would our attention subsist but if it is material possession that we treasure more, it will definitely take away our attention from God. The people of Israel were patiently awaiting the Day of the Lord, when God would restore peace in Jerusalem. But they do this without bothering to keep themselves holy for...

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THE DOUBTING THOMAS, COMMUNITY LIFE AND THE DIVINE MERCY

⏰Second Sunday of Easter (Year C) 📖Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118:2-4, 22-24, 25-27a (R.v.1); Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31 🎤THE DOUBTING THOMAS, COMMUNITY LIFE AND THE DIVINE MERCY In the past two liturgical years – A & B – the liturgy of this very day, that is Second Sunday (Divine Mercy Sunday),L brought to our view the roles of faith and love in the life of every Christian. This year, while those roles are still kept in view, the centrality and primacy of the Word of God in Christian life are emphasized. This emphasis is made basically in the First...