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GOD’S MERCY OVERCOMES THE ELASTICITY OF HIS ANGER

⏰Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 August 2018) 📖Jer 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22; Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23 (R.v.17); Matt 14:22-36 In Physics, we learnt that every spring has an elastic limit, that is, the point where it would exceed and not expected to return to its original length. Can we say that God’s anger can operate in that manner? It would seem so, given the kind of message God sent Jeremiah to go and deliver to the people, “Your hurt is incurable… Your hurt is incurable. Because your guilt is great…” (Jer 30:12-15). One of...

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“MASTER, IT IS WELL THAT WE ARE HERE” (Mark 9:5)

⏰FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD – YEAR B (06 August 2018) 📖Dan 7:9-10, 13-14; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 (R.v.1a, 9a); Mark 9:2b-10 Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Among many reasons for the celebration, it served to encourage the disciples and strengthen their faith in view of the impending passion of Jesus. The most important encouragement comes from the fact that God is always with them in his Son, Jesus. The apocalyptic prophecy of Daniel made that point very obvious (cf. Daniel 7:9-14). The title of Ancient of Days who is ageless and...

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“DO NOT LABOUR FOR FOOD WHICH PERISHES, BUT FOR FOOD WHICH ENDURES TO ETERNAL LIFE” (John 6:27)

⏰EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕Exod 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78:3 and 4bc, 23-24, 25 and 54 (R.v.24b); Eph 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35 The miracles of Jesus in the Gospel of John are called signs. The reason is because the miracles ought not to be ends in themselves but means to an end. The end is the belief in God, and Jesus Christ whom he has sent (John 6:29, 17:3). Like sign posts that direct one to a place, miracles ought to direct us to that belief in God. Unfortunately, the people in the Gospel of today believed in...

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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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THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE LIKE THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM OF THEIR FATHER (Matt 13:43)

⏰Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (31 July 2018 – Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola) 📖Jer 14:17b-22; Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13 (R.v.9bc); Matt 13:36-43 Revelation 22:14 says, “Happy are those who wash their garments clean for they will have free access to the tree of life and enter the city through the gates.” The saints are those who have washed their garments clean. They belong to that “great crowd that no one could count…standing before the throne and the Lamb, clothed in white” (Rev 7:9). No one can really belong to that great crowd without...

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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...

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WE ARE THE EUCHARIST!

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 2 Kings 4:42-44; Ps 145:10-11,15-16,17-18(R.v.16); Eph 4:1-6; John 6:1-15 All the readings that we have in our liturgy today make reference to what we must do to make our society a better place, beginning with making efforts to see that we take care of the needs of those around us in best way that we can. Have you paid attention to some of the other options for the conclusion of the Holy Mass? Some of them tells us outrightly what we are commanded to do. One of them say, “Go forth, the Mass...

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