Category: Seventeenth Week

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“DO NOT BE AFRAID…THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS BUT GOD’S” (2 Chron 20:15)

⏰Saturday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (04 August 2018 – Memorial of St. John Mary Vianney) 📖Jer 26:11-16, 24; Ps 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34 (R.v.14); Matt 14:1-12 Can you see how the spirit of John the Baptist was hunting Herod even in death? Trust God when he said, “vengeance is mine” (Deut 32:35) as St Paul reechoed in Rom 12:10. If it is God’s will, your enemy will not harm you. Even if he allows it, still trust him with all your heart just like the three young Jews who refused to worship the golden statue of Nebuchadnezzar...

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“A PROPHET IS NOT WITHOUT HONOUR EXCEPT IN HIS OWN COUNTRY AND IN HIS OWN HOUSE” (Matt 13:57)

⏰Friday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (03 August 2018) 📖Jer 26:1-9; Ps 69:5, 8-10, 14 (R.v.14c); Matt 13:54-58 Overfamiliarity has indeed been the bane of many people; many have lost their blessings through that. Jeremiah’s message was probably rejected today because the people knew where he comes from (see Jer 26:1-9). In the same way, Jesus was not also recognized among his own people, and because of that, he did not performe many miracles there (cf. Matt 13:54-58). Obviously, the present rate of decline in faith in the world could not be completely dissociated from the development...

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MOULD ME, O LORD, ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL

⏰Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (02 August 2018) 📖Jer 18:1-6; Ps 146:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab (R.v.5a); Matt 13:47-53 One very important criterion that ensures the efficiency of any football team is the presence of a good coach. Most times, the team’s good or poor performance is praised or blamed on him. But we also know that sometimes, some players decide on their own to play against the coach’s instructions. This can make the coach to sideline the player for a long time and many have ruined their football career in this way. The story of Nikola Kalinic...

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“I AM WITH YOU TO SAVE YOU AND DELIVER YOU…OUT OF THE HAND OF THE WICKED” (Jer 15:21)

⏰Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (01 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori) 📖Jer 15:10, 16-21; Ps 59:2-3, 4, 10-11, 17, 18 (R.v.17d); Matt 13:44-46 At the end of the prayer-complaint of the prophet Jeremiah in Jer 15:10-18, God finally spoke to Jeremiah concerning his people Israel. Remember that like the loincloth that has already been soiled and made unfit to be used close to the loins (cf. Jer 13:1-11), Israel had sinned and thus separated themselves from the love and protection of God. It was God’s firm decision to punish Israel (Jer 15:1-9), which...

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YOU SHALL BE FOR GOD: A PEOPLE, A NAME, A PRAISE AND A GLORY (cf. Jer 13:11)

⏰Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (30 July 2018) 📖Jer 13:1-11; Deut 32:18-19, 20, 21 (R.v.18b); Matt 13:31-35 My dear, God’s will for you at the beginning of this working week, just as always, is for your good. He always want to make us essentially part of himself. But many times, we separate ourselves from the blessings of God due to our sins. The drama that God made Jeremiah to play in Jer 13:1-11 represent this fact. While the waistcloth was good, it glued close to the body but when it spoiled, it could no longer be...