Category: Year II

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I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS!

⏰Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (16 Sept. 2016 – Memorial of Ss. Cornelius & Cyprian) ????Rev 20:1-4, 11 – 21:2; Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a (R. Rev 21:3b); Luke 21:29-33 ????I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS! It is important to note that one of the problems of the Church in Corinth is on the nature of the resurrection. They were expecting an imminent parousia but it was not forthcoming. So many of them began to question some of their articles of faith including the resurrection of the dead. Besides, there was a group, the Sadducees...

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WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE SAME BODY OF CHRIST

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (13 Sept. 2016 – Memorial of St. John Chrysostom) ????1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.3c); Luke 7:11-17 ????WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE SAME BODY OF CHRIST My dear, whatever you have that is lacking in others is meant to be used to supply for such lack. This includes your possession, position and race. Never look down on people because of what they are or where they come from; it annoys God. This is the point that St Paul makes in 1Cor 12:12-41. Anyone who discriminates is working...

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“THIS IS MY BODY WHICH IS FOR YOU” (1 Cor 11:24)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 Sept. 2018) 📑1 Cor 11:17-26, 33; Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17 (R. 1 Cor 11:26b); Luke 7:1-10 My dear, this is the beginning of a new working week and we are being introduced into the unconditional love of God which is best exemplified in the Holy Eucharist. There, Jesus offers himself to us as food for our body and soul. By participation in the Eucharist, we are made one with Christ, and so share in the inner life of the Blessed Trinity. We could not have been able to share...

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“YOU CANNOT DRINK THE CUP OF THE LORD AND ALSO THE CUP OF DEMONS” (1Cor 10:21)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (10 Sept. 2016) ????1 Cor 10:14-22; Ps 116:12-13, 17-18 (R.v.17a); Luke 6:43-49 ????”YOU CANNOT DRINK THE CUP OF THE LORD AND ALSO THE CUP OF DEMONS” (1Cor 10:21) Syncretism is a very bad attitude. Who is your master? Jesus or the devil????? Don’t be afraid; just follow one. Though I will encourage you to follow Jesus just like the Psalmist who declared, “To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise” (Psalm 116:17).???????? In 1Cor 10:14-22, St Paul took a definitive position in responding to one of the problems raised...

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“WOE TO ME IF I DO NOT PREACH THE GOSPEL” (1Cor 9:16)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (09 Sept. 2016) ????1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27; Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6, 12 (R.v.2); Luke 6:39-42 ????”WOE TO ME IF I DO NOT PREACH THE GOSPEL” (1Cor 9:16) May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.???????? Can you try to be silent for some time today and listen to the world around us? You would notice that there is so much noise in the world. Everyone is talking, even the deaf and mute. If you want to prove...

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TRY TO BE READY FOR CHRIST’S COMING!

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 September 2018) 📕1 Cor 7:25-31; Ps 45:11-12, 14-15, 16-17 (R.v.11a); Luke 6:20-26 My dear, assuming that Jesus comes back now while you are reading this message, will you be ready to welcome him? In order words, will he find you worthy to follow him back into eternity? I think, and rightly so, that that was the mind of St Paul in 1 Cor 7:25-31. Every other interpretation from this must be seen as secondary. We must not forget that one major problem of the Church in Corinth is that they...

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HAVE YOU TOLD GOD ABOUT IT?

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (11 September 2018) 📕1 Cor 6:1-11; Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4 3-4, 5-6a and 9b (R.v.4a); Luke 6:12-19 May the peace of Christ in all its fullness dwell with you. Amen. The Psalmist says in Psalm 34:19, “Many are the troubles of the just, but the Lord delivers them from them all.” Jesus himself says, “Come to me, all of you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens, and I will refresh you” (Matt 11:28). One problem that we normally have, as St Paul hinted in his letter to the Corinthians (cf....

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“LEAD ME, LORD, IN YOUR JUSTICE” (Ps 5:9a)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (05 September 2016 – Memorial of St. Teresa of Calcutta) ????1 Cor 5:1-8; Ps 5:5-6, 7, 12 (R.v.9a); Luke 6:6-11 ????”LEAD ME, LORD, IN YOUR JUSTICE” (Ps 5:9a) My dear, it is the beginning of a new working week. This new week promises good tidings for you. And you know what! God is out to intervene in whatever that concerns you. No matter the effort of the enemy to the contrary, you shall continue to make progress.???? Indeed the enemy labours day and night to ensure that your miracle and progress...

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TO DO YOUR WILL IS MY DESIRE (Ps 40:8)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (03 Sept. 2016 – Memorial of St. Gregory the Great) ????1 Cor 4:6b-15; Ps 145:17-18, 19-20, 21 (R.v.18a); Luke 6:1-5 ????TO DO YOUR WILL IS MY DESIRE (Ps 40:8) Whose will do you do in your worship of God? Your own will or the will of God? Do you even know that it is possible for you to be doing your personal will while thinking that you are doing the will of God? Consider the actions of the members of the Church in Corinth. Their internal division in that was a...

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JESUS MAKES THE DIFFERENCE!

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 September 2018) 📕1 Cor 4:1-5; Ps 37:3-4, 5-6, 27-28, 39-40 (R.v.39a); Luke 5:33-39 May the peace and love of Christ in all its fullness abide with you. Amen. Reading through Luke 5:33-39, it might not be so right to say that the fasting of the disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees was not right. They were fulfilling one of the essential requirements of the Law. The problem is that they did not realize that someone greater than Moses was in their midst (cf. Heb 3:3). In Rev 21:5,...