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“…AND HIS MOTHER KEPT ALL THESE THINGS IN HER HEART” (Luke 2:51)

⏰Saturday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (09 June 2018 – Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) 📖2 Tim 4:1-8; Ps 71:8-9, 14-15ab, 16-17, 22 (R.v.15ab); Luke 2:41-51 My dear, St. Paul goes on encouraging us through his Second Letter to Timothy to be steadfast in faith and in the truth of the Gospel. He warned us beforehand of this period when many would no longer want to follow the truth but rather seek to twist the Gospel to suit their selfish interest (cf. 2 Tim 4:2-5). That calls for a strong faith in the omnipotence of...

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SACRED HEART OF LOVE

⏰Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Year B (08 June 2018) 📖Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9; Isa 12:2-3, 4bcde, 5-6 (R.v.3); Eph 3:8-12, 14-19; John 19:31-37 In the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we celebrate love. The Heart of Jesus is the heart of love. Jesus is God and God is love (1 John 4:16). It then means that Jesus is love. In his apparition to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in France, Jesus said, poirt which has so loved men that it has spared nothing to testify its love for them, even to the exhausting and consuming of itself for...

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“THE LOVERS OF YOUR LAW HAVE GREAT PEACE, LORD” (Ps 119:165)

⏰Friday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 2 (08 June 2018) 📖2 Tim 3:10-17; Ps 119:157, 160, 161, 165, 166, 168 (R.v.165a); Mark 12:35-37 My dear friend in Christ, reading through 2 Tim 3:10-11, I kept asking myself if I can sincerely use my life as an example of what it means to follow Christ faithfully. I am deeply inspired by the boldness of St. Paul in using himself to preach the gospel. Indeed, his life became the gospel the people had to read. I also want to be like St. Paul; I want to be an example of...

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“O LORD, MAKE ME KNOW YOUR WAYS”

⏰Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 June 2018) 📖2 Tim 2:8-15; Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14 (R.v.4a); Mark 12:28b-34 Do you remember what we discussed yesterday concerning the Sadducees and their philosophy of the resurrection which makes them to be living as they want? It is as if St. Paul is telling us today that if we don’t want to be marked out for doom too, we must try to live our lives in Christ so that we might rise with him at resurrection. There is one Latin adage that says that no one can...

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GOD CAN DO ALL THINGS!

⏰Wednesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (06 June 2016) 📖2 Tim 1:1-3, 6-12; Ps 123:1-2ab, 2cdef (R.v.1a); Mark 12:18-27 My dear, may grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus (2 Tim 1:2) be with you in this new month and beyond. Do you know that our view of life normally influences how we embrace it? For those who believe that everything ends in this present world, anything goes. And they can afford to live as they wish without the thought of eternal life. But we believe that there is life after death...

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“WAIT FOR AND HASTEN THE COMING OF THE DAY OF GOD” (2 Pet 3:12)

⏰Tuesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (05 June 2018 – Memorial of St. Boniface) 📖2 Pet 3:12-15a, 17-18; Ps 90:2, 3-4, 10, 14 and 16 (R.v.1); Mark 12:13-17 Do you remember what we said yesterday concerning the blessings of God? We noted that God’s blessings are always available to us but in order to reap them, we must cooperate with that grace which has been made available to us by shunning worldly pleasures and corruption, and embracing divine nature (cf. 2 Pet 1:4). For a very long time, we have been praying for God’s intervention in the...

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YOU SHALL BECOME A PARTAKER OF THE DIVINE NATURE (cf. 2 Pet 1:4)

⏰Monday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (04 June 2018) 📖2 Pet 1:2-7; Ps 91:1-2, 14-15ab, 15c-16 (R.v.2b); Mark 12:1-12 My dear, it is a brand new week, full of promises from God. Listen to this from the Second Letter of St. Peter: ➕”May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Pet 1:2), Amen. I pray that that blessing and even more shall manifest in your life in this week and beyond, through Christ our Lord. Amen. Note that for us to stand a chance of gaining...

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“THIS IS MY BLOOD OF THE [NEW AND ETERNAL] COVENANT, WHICH IS POURED OUT FOR MANY” (Mark 14:24)

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year B) Exod 24:3-8; Psalm 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18 (R.v.13); Heb 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 The celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, in a very special way, invites us to reflect on the rich deposit of our faith which informs our celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Beyond that however, it affords us of the opportunity to reflect well on what we believe in so as to ensure that we are not dancing outside the beat. At this celebration last year, we were...

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“BUILD YOURSELVES UP ON YOUR MOST HOLY FAITH” (Jude 20)

⏰Saturday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (02 June 2018) 📖Jude 17, 20b-25; Ps 63:2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.2b); Mark 11:27-33 The Letter of St. Jude, which has only one chapter, addresses a number of things but, in a special way, it tackles the problem of false prophets and teachers that was trying to destroy that society. So we can say that that letter is meant for us too especially now that we are being bedevilled by many controversial and compromising prophesies. Among other solutions it puts forward to us, it asks us to have a strong faith and...

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“EMPLOY [YOUR GIFT] FOR ONE ANOTHER, AS GOOD STEWARDS OF GOD’S VARIED GRACE” (1 Pet 4:10)

⏰Friday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (01 June 2018 – Memorial of St. Justin) 📖1 Pet 4:7-11; Ps 96:10, 11-12, 13 (R.v.13b); Mark 11:11-25 I hope you have not forgotten what we said on Monday when we began our reflection on the First Letter of St. Peter. This letter was written as a source of encouragement to a suffering community and advise them on how to survive in the face of the trials. Today, the letter encourages us to use our God-given gifts to help alleviate the needs of one another. Of course, as St. Paul noted...

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