Category: Year II

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BE A FAITHFUL AND HUMBLE STEWARD

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (13 Nov. 2018) 📖Titus 2:1-8, 11-14; Ps 37:3-4, 18 and 23, 27 and 29 (R.v.39a); Luke 17:7-10 When I was in the major seminary, one quotation from the scriptures that every one of us expected to hear from our Bishop is Luke 17:10. He used that to remind us of the importance of humility even when you feel that you have performed excellently in your pastoral duty because, the work is not ours but the God’s work (cf. John 10:32; 17:4), and so, it is a privilege that we partake in...

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BE AN EXAMPLE THAT OTHERS CAN FOLLOW (1 Pet 5:3)

⏰Monday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 Nov. 2018 – Memorial of St. Josaphat) 📖Titus 1:1-9; Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R.v.6); Luke 17:1-6 May grace and peace be with you from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour (Tit 1:4). Imagine how much time we spend criticizing our leaders in the society of bad leadership! The time could be put into better use but trying to do better. No matter how small a leader is, he must have diehard followers. These try as much as they can to do what he does. The identity of the...

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“I CAN DO ALL THINGS IN HIM WHO STRENGTHENS ME” (Phil 4:13)

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (10 Nov. 2018 – Memorial of St. Leo the Great) 📖Phil 4:10-19; Ps 112:1b-2, 5-6, 8a and 9 (R.v.1a); Luke 16:9-15 My dear, I pray for you today, using the words of St Paul in Phil 4:19, “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Amen. I can imagine that you said amen to that prayer to claim it. And I sincerely pray that its manifestation be felt in your life through Christ our Lord. Amen. Yes! That would be your portion...

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BE AN AUTHENTIC DISCIPLE!

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 November 2018) 📖Phil 2:12-18; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.v.1a); Luke 14:25-33 When was the last time you made a good examination of conscience? Look down into your life and consider whether what people sees about you is really what you are. I am doing mine now and I am asking myself whether I am really A CATHOLIC PRIEST that people call me. Would God also point me out as a Catholic priest on the last day? St Paul encouraged the Philippians to remain faithful to his teachings even when he...

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“HE EMPTIED HIMSELF, TAKING THE FORM OF A SERVANT” (Phil 2:7)

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (06 November 2018) 📖Phil 2:5-11; Ps 22:26b-27, 28, 29-30, 31-32 (R.v.26a); Luke 14:15-24 Unless a can is emptied, it cannot be filled with new content. Our life is like that too. So, if you want to be blessed, try to be a blessing to others; if you want to be shown mercy, be merciful yourself, and if you want to be raised up, you need to come down. Nobody who is on top can be raised up again. Unfortunately, the person might have been on top in a wrong place. Pride...

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“CHRIST IS OUR PEACE” (Eph 2:14)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 October 2018) 📖Eph 2:11-22; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.9b); Luke 12:35-38 As at the time St Paul was preaching and writing his letters to different Churches, both Jews and gentiles make up his audience. Both groups resented themselves so much – the Jews claimed religious superiority and despised the gentiles while the gentiles resented the Jews for that attitude of exclusivity. So, in Eph 2:11-22, St Paul points out that that is not the will of God for his Church since Christ has “broken down the dividing wall...

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“THE LORD MADE US; WE BELONG TO HIM” (Ps 100:3)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 October 2018 – Memorial of St. Pope John Paul II) 📖Eph 2:1-10; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.3b); Luke 12:13-21 May the grace and peace of Christ be with you. Amen. At the beginning of this new working week, St Paul reminds us that by the grace of God, we have been given a place to live with Jesus at the time we were dead in sin (cf. Eph 2:1-10). Now, the place is already prepared for us but we need to follow Jesus to get to the place because...

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YOU ARE NOT A SLAVE BUT A FREE BORN!

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (15 October 2018 – Memorial of St. Theresa of Avila) 📖Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 – 5:1; Ps 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5a and 6-7 (R.v.2); Luke 11:29-32 Do you really believe that Christ has set you free from all kinds of slavery and oppression? Do you believe that no power on earth is greater than his power (19:11) and that all power belongs to him (Matt 28:18)? Why then are you still worried on how to overcome little challenges that you face? At the beginning of this working week, St Paul encourages us...

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THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH (Gal 3:11)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 October 2018) 📖Gal 3:7-14; Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.5b); Luke 11:15-26 May the peace of Christ be with you. What is the point which St. Paul tried to drive home in Gal 3:7-14? Was he really condemning the law? No! We must try not to misinterpret Paul as doing that. Paul was a Jew and a Pharisee at that. He had respect for Moses, and Moses was the one who received the Law from God. So St Paul must be understood as elevating an understanding of the spirit of the...

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THE LORD IS WITH YOU!

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (09 October 2018) 📖Gal 1:13-24; Ps 139:1-3, 13-14, 15 (R.v.24b); Luke 10:38-42 My dear, the presence of God in your life can create so much difference in the kind of fruit you bear. Yesterday, we talked about bearing the fruit of love instead of discrimination; it is only by the presence of God in our life that we can choose to love. In Gal 1:13-24, St. Paul testified that his zeal to preach was informed by his encounter with Christ, and the content of his message was a revelation from Christ,...