Category: Twenty-Fourth Week

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TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS EXPECTED

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (20 Sept. 2018 – Memorial of St. Andrew Kim Tae-Gon and Companions) 📖1 Cor 15:1-11; Ps 118:1-2, 15c-17, 28 (R.v.1a); Luke 7:36-50 There are striking similarities between St Paul and the woman in Luke 7:36-50 – they received tremendous mercy from God and they responded with great devotion and dedication. Jesus observed this fact in his dialogue with Simon, his host, while St Paul confirmed this himself (cf. 1Cor 15:8-10; Luke 7:40-47). The truth is that since God does show any partiality (cf. Acts 10:34; Rom 2:11), it means that everyone...

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“EARNESTLY DESIRE THE HIGHER GIFTS OF LOVE” (1 Cor 12:31; 13:13)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (19 Sept. 2018) 📖1 Cor 12:31 – 13:13; Ps 33:2-3, 4-5, 12 and 22 (R.v.3c); Luke 7:31-35 Yesterday, we reflected on the importance of using our gifts for the healing of our societal wounds of division. Today, St Paul tries to encourage us on acquiring right disposition in seeking the gifts (cf. 1Cor 12:31 – 13:13). Why would St Paul encourage us to seek love as the greatest gift? It is because God is love and he who abides in love abide in God (1 John 4:16). Love indeed is what...

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WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE SAME BODY OF CHRIST

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 Sept. 2018) 📖1 Cor 12:12-41; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.3c); Luke 7:11-17 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 against the very manifesto of Jesus in Luke 4:18-19. That means, he works against the plans...

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“WHOEVER LOSES HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE WILL FIND IT” (Matt 10:39; 16:25)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 Sept. 2018) 📕1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49; Ps 56:10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.14cd); Luke 8:4-15 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Bearing authentic witness for Christ requires a mortification of our body. Against the Greek philosophy which sees the human flesh as a prison for the soul and poses a threat to the idea of resurrection, St Paul teaches that this perishable body would give way for the rising of a glorious body at resurrection (cf....

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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...