Category: Fifth Week

0

“THEY ATE, AND WERE SATISFIED” (Mark 8:8)

⏰Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (10 February 2018 – Memorial of St. Scholastica) ????1 Kgs 12:26-32, 13:33-34; Ps 106:6-7ab, 19-20, 21-22 (R.v.4a); Mark 8:1-10 Have you ever paused to reflect on what is the authentic source of satisfaction and security in man? On a daily basis, we struggle to gain those two in our lives. With a deep reflection, one can see that satisfaction and security come more from what we help others to have than what we acquire for ourselves. In other words, generosity and selflessness works better on our behalf than greed and...

0

“EPHPHATHA… BE OPENED” (Mark 7:34)

⏰Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (9 February 2018) ????1 Kgs 11:29-32, 12:19; Ps 81:10-11ab, 12-13, 14-15 (R.v.11a, 9a); Mark 7:31-37 My dear, the scriptures, in Lam 3:37 asks, “Who can command and execute what the Lord has not decreed?” The answer is very obvious, “nobody!” Yes! Nobody can safely do that and go unpunished. Solomon tried it and the result was the division of the kingdom of Israel. So it brings no good to anyone who tries such. Remember that one way that we do that is through sin. Sin is disobedience to the decrees...

1

THE MERCIFUL LOVE OF THE LORD NEVER CEASES

⏰Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (8 February 2018) ????1 Kgs 11:4-13; Ps 106:3-4, 35-36, 37 and 40 (R.v.4a); Mark 7:24-30 Did you find time to make the self-evaluation we recommended yesterday? Hope you were able to put on the veil of Christ so as to reflect him in all that you do. It is actually to our benefits if we could do so. You know why? God is ever faithful to those who put their trust in him. More importantly, this faithfulness has no end. You care to know where I got that insight? Remember...

0

WHO AM I BEFORE GOD?

⏰Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (7 February 2018) ????1 Kgs 10:1-10; Ps 37:5-6, 30-31, 39-40 (R.v.30a); Mark 7:14-23 We ended our reflection yesterday with a call to allow our lives be transformed by the faith which we profess. The crisis we normally observe among Christians today is that of hypocrisy. It is hard these days to get Christians whose lifestyle could easily be connected to their Christian faith. This is a time of self-evaluation for me. After listening to the words from my mouth, do people give glory to God, whose priest I am as...

0

BUILD UP A HOME FOR THE LORD IN YOUR HEART

⏰Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (6 February 2018 – Memorial of St. Paul Miki and his Companions) ????1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30; Ps 84:3, 4, 5 and 10, 11 (R.v.2); Mark 7:1-13 Do you remember what happened, as we read yesterday, when the Ark of the Covenant was brought into the temple? The glory of the Lord filled the temple, indicating the presence of God in the temple (cf. 1 Kgs 8:11-13). Note that the content of that Ark was the two tablets of stone which Moses placed in it at Horeb (cf. 1 Kgs 8:9;...

0

“… THE GLORY OF THE LORD FILLED THE HOUSE OF THE LORD” (1 Kgs 8:11)

⏰Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (5 February 2018 – Memorial of St. Agatha) ????1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13; Ps 132:6-7, 8-10 (R.v.8a); Mark 6:53-56 It is another beginning of a new working week. Just as the presence of the Ark of the Lord made the glory of the Lord to fill the house of the Lord, so shall God make a renewed entrance into your home so that his glory may remain ever fresh in your life. Amen. Jesus is the Ark personified. No longer is the glory of God confined to the Ark in the...