Category: Seventh Week

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“IS ANY AMONG YOU SICK? LET HIM CALL FOR THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH…” (Jam 5:14)

⏰Saturday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (26 May 2018) đź“–Jam 5:13-20; Ps 141:1-2, 3 and 8 (R.v.2a); Mark 10:13-16 Some time ago, one of my friends who was fighting to reject the Catholic teachings on the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints, pushed it to what I may call an “irreligious” end when he even rejected the fact that another person can pray for him. Well, St. James describes three levels of intercession in Jam 5:13-20 👉Personal intercession 👉Intercession by the priest, and; 👉Intercession by the community. The Catholic Church has a Sacrament which...

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“WHAT THEREFORE GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER, LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER” (Mark 10:10)

⏰Friday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (25 May 2018) 📖Jam 5:9-12; Ps 108:1-2, 3-4, 8-9, 11-12 (R.v.8a); Mark 10:1-12 My dear, God has made us for himself, and he continues to take care of us in all situations. Sometimes, difficulties and distractions can come our way and affect us badly to an extent that we begin to question if God is still on the throne. The presence of Jesus among us is everlasting; he said so himself (cf. Matt 28:20). Hence, St. James reminds us today that no matter what challenges we face in our profession of...

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“IF YOUR HAND CAUSES YOU TO SIN, CUT IT OFF” (Mark 9:43)

⏰Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (24 May 2018) đź“–Jam 5:1-6; Ps 49:12-15, 15d-16, 17-18, 19-20 (R. Matt 5:3); Mark 9:41-50 The Greek term ‘skandalon’ is used to describe an obstacle that hinders progress. Our action or inaction can become an obstacle to others. For instance, if I do anything, it doesn’t matter if it is right or wrong, and people get affected by it, maybe to the extent that they stopped coming to Church, I have become a stumbling block for them. Again, this is a time for introspection. Is there anything I do that scandalizes...

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“WHOEVER KNOWS WHAT IS RIGHT TO DO AND FAILS TO DO IT, FOR HIM IT IS A SIN” (cf. Jam 4:17)

⏰Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 May 2018) 📖Jam 4:13-17; Ps 49:2-3, 6-7, 8-10, 11 (R. Matt 5:3); Mark 9:38-40 Have you ever heard of the natural law? Yeah! Even Philosophy believes in the existence of this law in each person. It is in you, and it tries always to talk to you whenever you want to do anything. It tells you what is good or bad. It is well articulated in your conscience. So, if you listen to the promptings of a good and informed conscience, you shall be led aright by the natural law....

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“… FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD”

⏰Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 May 2018) 📖Jam 4:1-10; Ps 55:7-8, 9-10a, 10b-11, 23 (R.v.23ab); Mark 9:30-37 Some people had often opined that the reason the disciples of Jesus were unable to heal the deaf and mute child was because they were jostling among themselves over who would heal the child and take the glory. This is just an insinuation but we have to take it seriously for our purpose today. Why? It is not by accident that Jesus reminded them that prayer and fasting (i.e. total dependence on God) are the supplements they needed...