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“BEHOLD THE HANDMAID OF GOD…” (Luke 1:38)

⏰Thursday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time 2 (22 Aug. 2019 – Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary) 📖Judges 11:29-39a; Ps 40:5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R.v.8a); Matt 22:1-14 🎤”BEHOLD THE HANDMAID OF GOD…” (Luke 1:38) In my little number of years in this pilgrimage of faith, I have come to learn that truth does not subsist in a doctrine I have practiced over the time or what I was taught. I have rather learnt to give reason a chance because God did not make a mistake in creating me with the brain. That is just a...

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“I WILL BE WITH YOU… DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE” (Judges 6:16, 23)

⏰Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (20 August 2019) 📖Judges 6:11-24; Ps 85:9, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.9b); Matt 19:23-30 🎤”I WILL BE WITH YOU… DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE” (Judges 6:16, 23) God would not give you a task that you cannot handle nor allow you to go through a situation that would leave you helpless. This is because he is bigger than all our situations, and embracing him would usher in the needed solution for all our seeming difficulties. Moreover, God does not commission us for an assignment without equipping us. Consider the example of Gideon...

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THE VOICE OF CHANGE

⏰Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (19 August 2019) 📖Judges 2:11-19; Ps 106:34-37, 39-40, 43-44 (R.v.4ab); Matt 19:16-22 🎤THE VOICE OF CHANGE My dear, sin is an abomination before God. In fact, we can say that it is sin that cannot withstand the presence of God. Hence, whenever we sin, we move away from the presence of God, and so, exposed to the dangers which the wicked one tries to unleash in the world. This was exactly what was happening with the relationship which God had with the Israelites. Whenever they committed sin, they made themselves vulnerable to...

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“I CAME TO CAST FIRE UPON THE EARTH” (Luke 12:49)

⏰Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Jer 38:4-6, 8-10; Ps 40:2, 3, 4, 18 (R.v.14b); Heb 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53 🎤”I CAME TO CAST FIRE UPON THE EARTH” (Luke 12:49) My dear, in order to understand the drama in today’s liturgy, we shall need to go back to the focus of the Thirteenth Week of the Ordinary Time when Jesus challenged his disciples on the need to remain focused on the call to discipleship. On that day, Elijah was indignant with Elisha for his reluctance at the call (cf. 1 Kgs 19:19-20). As for Jesus, there are no two ways;...

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“UNLESS YOU TURN AND BECOME LIKE CHILDREN, YOU WILL NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 18:3)

⏰Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (13 August 2019) 📖Deut 31:1-8; Deut 32:3-4ab, 7, 8, 9 and 12 (R.v.9a); Matt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 🎤”UNLESS YOU TURN AND BECOME LIKE CHILDREN, YOU WILL NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 18:3) My dear, yesterday, we concluded our reflection with a call to participate effectively in Jesus’ mission of setting others free. We cannot really do that without humility and simplicity, the type often associated with children. That is the message that Jesus gives us in Matt 18:1-14. Notice his progression from the use of children (cf. Matt 18:3, 5)...

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YOU ARE FREE INDEED!

⏰Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (12 August 2019) 📖Deut 10:12-22; Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 (R.v.12a); Matt 17:22-27 🎤YOU ARE FREE INDEED! By virtue of your baptism, you have been set free from the bondage of sin and initiated into the royal family of God. And the good news is this, “If the Son makes you free, you will be really free” (John 8:36). When you enjoy that freedom, there is nothing that can tie you down again and no earthly power can oppress you. Jesus already paid a price for you. In Matt 17:27, he paid a...

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“BLESSED ARE THOSE SERVANTS WHOM THE MASTER FINDS AWAKE WHEN HE COMES” (Luke 12:37)

⏰Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Wis 18:6-9; Ps 33:1 and 12, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v.1); Heb 11:1-2, 8-19; Luke 12:32-48 🎤”BLESSED ARE THOSE SERVANTS WHOM THE MASTER FINDS AWAKE WHEN HE COMES” (Luke 12:37) Last Sunday, we were instructed on the need to use the gifts which God has given to us to build up a rich treasure for ourselves in heaven. One of the most effective ways which the Church encourages us to do that is through charity. Apart from his obvious relegation of God to the ground, the rich fool (Matt 12:16-21) must have been...

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KEEP THE STATUTES AND COMMANDMENTS OF GOD THAT IT MAY GO WITH YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN AFTER YOU

⏰Friday of the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 (09 August 2019) 📖Deut 4:32-40; Ps 77:12-13, 14-15, 16 and 21 (R.v.12a); Matt 16:24-28 🎤KEEP THE STATUTES AND COMMANDMENTS OF GOD THAT IT MAY GO WITH YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN AFTER YOU The Book of Deuteronomy tries to make one point very clearly, the fact that God is always on our side because he loves us, and he is able to do all things for us if we remain faithful to him. In Deut 4:32-40, Moses reminded the people of the privileged they have enjoyed as the people of God, and...

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THAT I MAY BE SAVED WITH YOU!

⏰Thursday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (08 August 2019 – Memorial of St. Dominic) 📖Num 20:1-13; Ps 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9 (R.v.7d.ba); Matt 16:13-23 🎤THAT I MAY BE SAVED WITH YOU! My dear, I want to beg you today for a special favour. Take out some time today to pray for me. As I preach the gospel to you and prove to be an instrument in the hands of God for drawing out water from the rock of salvation for you, that I may not be left out of that salvation when the Lord comes. As you pray...

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“THIS IS MY SON, MY CHOSEN, LISTEN TO HIM” (Luke 9:35)

⏰Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord C (06 August 2019) 📖Dan 7:9-10, 13-14; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 (R.v.1a, 9a); Luke 9:28b-36 🎤”THIS IS MY SON, MY CHOSEN, LISTEN TO HIM” (Luke 9:35) Among other reasons, the transfiguration of Jesus serves to encourage the disciples and strengthen their faith in view of the impending passion of Jesus. It is true that Peter had just identified him as the Messiah of God (cf. Luke 9:20) but now, God himself puts a stamp upon that answer (Luke 9:35), thus clearing any doubt that might still in their mind. See the conviction with...

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