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I DESIRE MERCY AND NOT SACRIFICE (Matt 12:7)

⏰Friday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (20 July 2018) 📖Isa 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8; Isa 38:10, 11, 12abcd and 16 (R.v.17cd); Matt 12:1-8 My dear, I pray for you today, that God may bless your day with good fortunes and also make all your ventures a success. Amen. All you need to make that materialize is to trust God, and God alone. Indeed, it is better to put trust in God than to trust in men. Note the contrast between God and the Pharisees as we read today. In Isa 38:1-22, Hezekiah cried out to after receiving a...

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“YOU MAKE SMOOTH THE PATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS” (Isa 26:7)

⏰Thursday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (19 July 2018) 📖Isa 26:7-9, 12, 16-19; Ps 102:13-14ab and 15, 16-18, 19-21 (R.v.20b); Matt 11:28-30 The book of the prophe Isaiah is normally divided into three parts in relation to Israel’s exile: Chapters 1-39 (seen as pre-exilic collections – prophecies before the exile); Chapters 40-55 (exilic collections – prophecies during the exile); Chapters 56-66 (post-exilic collections – prophecies after the exile. Even though Chapters 25-27 are included in the first 39 Chapters, that is the pre-exilic collections, they are actually and rightly considered as belonging to the post-exilic era. These...

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I HAVE NO POWER OF MY OWN…ALL POWERS BELONG TO GOD

⏰Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 July 2018) 📖Isa 10:5-7, 13-16; Ps 94:5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15 (R.v.14a); Matt 11:25-27 The wise know the mind of God, what he wants of us, and then follow it. No one can know the mind of God if it has not been revealed to him by Jesus. The only ones disposed to listen to Jesus are those who humble themselves like little children. It is to these that the mind of God has been revealed (see Matt 11:25-27). The madness and pride of Assyria prevented her from recognizing that she...

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GOD ESTABLISHES HIS CITY FOREVER (Ps 48:9)

⏰Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 July 2018) 📖Isa 7:1-9; Ps 48:2-3ab, 3c-4, 5-6, 7-8 (R.v.9cd); Matt 11:20-24 My dear, I want to let you know that no matter how much the enemy threaten to destroy you; no matter the evil they have declared upon you, as long as God is on the throne, “It shall not stand, and it shall not come to pass” (Isa 7:7), Amen. God continues to assure us of his protection and provision. There is nothing we can do without him. He continues to talk to us through the different events...

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LOVE CONQUERS ALL THINGS

⏰Monday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (16 July 2018) 📖Isa 1:10-17; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 (R.v.23bc); Matt 10:34 – 11:1 My dear, at the beginning of this new working week, the prophet Isaiah instructs us that showing love to one another worths more than offering sacrifice to God (see Isa 1:10-17). Remember that we cannot love God perfectly if we have not learnt to love one another. The family is a kind of perfect love that ought to exist among us. In a normal family, everybody supposedly think of what would benefit others, that is,...

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A PROPHET LIKE MOSES

⏰FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕Amos 7:12-15; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.8); Eph 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13 Today, all the readings that we have in our liturgy give us one important message an invitation to share in the ministry of evangelization as God would want us to do and not as we would want it. Reflecting on this, the character of Moses as the ideal prophet in Israel comes to mind: 👉Moses was called by God; he did not call himself (cf. Exod 3); 👉He was selfless and an intercessor (cf. Exod 32:11-14); 👉He encouraged people to...

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“THE WHOLE EARTH IS FULL OF HIS GLORY” (Isa 6:3)

⏰Saturday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (14 July 2018) 📖Isa 11:1-8; Ps 93:1abc, 1d-2, 5 (R.v.1a); Matt 10:24-33 In the second account of the call of Isaiah, the prophet saw a vision of the glory of God but considered himself unfit to behold that glory, being a man of unclean lips. But God purified his lips and made him fit to behold that glory. Thenceforth, Isaiah set out on mission to bring others in to also behold that glory. This glory of God guarantees happiness and joy just as the psalmist said, “You will show me the...

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BE WISE AS SERPENTS AND INNOCENT AS DOVES (Matt 10:16)

⏰Friday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (13 July 2018) 📖Hos 14:1-9; Ps 51:3-4, 8-9, 12-13, 14 and 17 (R.v.17b); Matt 10:16-23 The prophet Hosea continues to call on us to repent and return to the Lord our God (Hosea 14:1). This return promises good tidings. Listen to this: “They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow, they shall flourish as a garden; they shall blossom as the vine, their fragrance shall be like the wine of Lebanon” (Hosea 14:8). That shows that under the shadow of God, there shall be fullness of joy. Only the wise can...

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GOD IS INDEED A LOVING FATHER

⏰Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (11 July 2018) 📖Hos 11:1-4, 8c-9; Ps 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16 (R.v.4b); Matt 10:7-15 It is as if the more the people sinned and turned away from God, the more he loved them. One gets this picture from Hosea 11:1-9. The prophet starts off with an obvious intention: presenting God as a loving parent who meant so well for his child (cf. Hosea 11:1). This loving gesture was always repaid with rejection from man (see Hosea 11:2) but that did not deter God from loving them and trying to lure them...

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“THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND” (Matt 10:7)

⏰Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (11 July 2018 – Memorial of St. Benedict) 📖Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12; Ps 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.4b); Matt 10:1-7 At the time of the prophet Hosea, just as it was the case with Amos, Israel experienced a time of prosperity. Instead of that drawing them closer to God, they began to indulge in different kinds of atrocities. Both prophets condemned this. Amos paid more attention to how this affects communal and spiritual life of the people but Hosea paid more attention on how this attitude destroys the covenant which God made...

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