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“I WILL RESTORE THE FORTUNES OF MY PEOPLE ISRAEL” (Amos 9:14)

⏰Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 July 2018) 📖Amos 9:11-15; Ps 85:9 and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.9); Matt 9:14-17 My dear, today is a very special day. It is the 7th day of the week as well as the 7th day in the 7th month of the year. According to Gen 2:2, “By the seventh day, the work God had done was completed, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had done.” I pray with you that today and always, the work of God may come to perfection in your life...

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DO NOT TREAT THE WORD OF GOD WITH CONTEMPT

⏰Friday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (06 July 2018) 📖Amos 7:4-6, 9-12; Ps 119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131 (R. Matt 4:4); Matt 9:9-13 While we pray for God’s blessing and deliverance as we were promised yesterday, there is an important warning given to us today. Some of us are now so familiar with God and the Word of God, or claim to be so close to him and very familiar with the Word of God such that they do not regard these with much importance again. That is a risk. The prophet Amos recounted how some...

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“RISE, TAKE YOUR BED AND GO HOME” (Matt 9:6)

⏰Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (05 July 2018) 📖Amos 7:10-17; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (R.v.10b); Matt 9:1-8 Hello dear, how is life treating you? Good as you want? Then give thanks to God. Otherwise, still never lose hope. Believe that God has not forgotten you. No matter how hopeless the situation might appear in human eye now, he is not done with you yet. Remember that Jesus said that even our little faith can move mountains (cf. Matt 17:20). We can see an instance of that in the faith of the friends of the paralyzed...

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WELCOME AND ACCEPT JESUS

⏰Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (04 July 2018) 📖Amos 5:14-15, 21-24; Ps 50:7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 16bc-17 (R.v.23bc); Matt 8:28-34 That is a popular saying! Abi no be so? Surely! But the question remains: HOW? Is it by being regular at Mass or Church gatherings; attending crusades, daily study of the scripture, long days of dry fasting, making fat donations to the Church? All these are quite important as they would help draw us closer to God and God’s people. Yet, only one thing is really very important: LOVE (1Cor. 13:1-13). Jesus summarized all that is...

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“WHAT I WANT IS MERCY, NOT SACRIFICE; KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, NOT HOLOCAUST” (Hos 6:6)

⏰Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (02 July 2018) 📖Amos 2:6-10, 13-16; Ps 50:16bc-17, 18-20, 21, 22-23 (R.v.22a); Matt 8:18-22 The prophet Amos is well known as a prophet of social justice. He was a simple farmer and shepherd from the tribe of Judah before God called him to prophesy in Northern Israel (cf. Amos 7:14-15). He was always crying out against the oppression of the poor. In Amos 2:6-16, he spoke out against religious desecration. Many at that time claimed to be religious elites, yet they got involved in different kinds of immoralities and oppression of...

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“I HAVE COME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE, LIFE IN ALL IS FULNESS” (John10:10)

⏰THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕Wis 1:13-15, 2:23-24; Ps 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b (R.v.2a); 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mark 5:21-43 The Liturgy of today continues to reveal the power of Jesus over all things, an indication of his divine power. Both the healing of the woman with a haemorrhage and that of the raising of the daughter of Jairus from death defied earthly powers, and the Gospel writer acknowledged this (cf. Marks26, 29:35, 42). While the supremacy of Jesus over all power is the most essential thing that the Liturgy points to, the themes...

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“HE TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND BORE OUR DISEASES” (Matt 8:17)

⏰Saturday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (30 June 2018) 📖Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19; Ps 74:1-2, 3-4, 5-7, 20-21 (R.v.19b); Matt 8:5-17 My dear, today marks the end of the month of June. Today, the first half of the year 2018 will officially come to an end. May it also bring to an end, your pains and afflictions, your disappointments and failures. May you be prepared to welcome new realities in your life and in all that concern you through Christ our Lord. Amen. You need to be sure of this my dear, God can do all things...

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HEAVEN HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES

⏰Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (28 June 2018 – Memorial of St. Iranaeus) 📖2 Kgs 24:8-17; Ps 79:1-2, 3-5, 8, 9 (R.v.9bc); Matt 7:21-29 Do you realize that, most times, when we make such comments as the above, we do so in relation to what might benefit us materially? Earthly comfort makes us to even dictate for God how we are to follow him. That is why we have that great orientation known as pro-choice. We want to be in charge of our lives, it does not matter whether we live outside the Law of God...

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BEWARE OF SOUND-LOOKING TREES WITH POISONOUS FRUIT

⏰Wednesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (27 June 2018) 📖2 Kgs 22:8-13, 23:1-3; Ps 119:33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40 (R.v.33a); Matt 7:15-20 My dear, while every sound tree bears good fruit” (Matt 7:17), it is indisputable that some deceptively-looking sound trees can be seen in the midst of really sound trees. Those are what Jesus described as false prophets who are wolves in sheep clothing. Jesus used the sermon on the mount (Matt 5:1 – 7:27) to expose the demands of the Kingdom of God to his disciples. The demand is beyond mere affiliation to the...

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BAD COMPANY DENIES YOU LIFE!

⏰Saturday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 June 2016) 📖2 Chron 24:17-25; Ps 89:4-5, 29-30, 31-32, 33-34 (R.v.29a); Matt 6:24-34 Who would have imagined that King Joash, who received much protection from the house of God when his life was under threat by the wicked Queen Athaliah (cf. 2 Kings 11:1-20) would one day turn against God and the household of the same priest, Jehoiada that protected him? This happened because of the bad counsel from the princes of Judah (cf. 2 Chron 24:17). Who are your friends? While you are making effort to be successful, materially...

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