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“NO ONE WHO PUTS HIS HANDS TO THE PLOUGH AND LOOKS BACK IS FIT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD” (Luke 9:62)

⏰Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-25; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.5a); Gal 5:1, 13-18; Luke 9:51-62 🎤”NO ONE WHO PUTS HIS HANDS TO THE PLOUGH AND LOOKS BACK IS FIT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD” (Luke 9:62) Do you remember where we left off in our reflection of last Sunday? Just before he journeyed into Jerusalem, Jesus led his disciples to the real understanding of his identity as a suffering Messiah. Hence, anyone who wants to follow him must also carry his Cross and follow. As soon as he finished his duty...

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“GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS” (Rom 5:5)

⏰Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus C (28 June 2019) 📖Ezek 34:11-16; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Luke 15:3-7 🎤”GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS” (Rom 5:5) My dear, in the Solemnity of 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, pointing to his heart, “Behold this heart which has so loved men that it has spared...

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DO NOT BE IN A HURRY; HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

⏰Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 June 2019) 📖Gen 16:1-12, 15-16; Ps 106:1b-2, 3-4ab, 4c-5 (R.v.1b); Matt 7:21-29 🎤DO NOT BE IN A HURRY; HAVE FAITH IN GOD! My dear, what is normally the zeal that push you into going to worship God? Is it because you have faith in him or because you want him to be your ‘errand boy’ who you command to perform some miracles for you? At the end of his Sermon on the Mount, just before Matthew started a collation of his different miracles, Jesus reminds his followers that faith in...

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STAND AGAINST THE DECEITFUL ENEMY WITH A STRONG FAITH

⏰Wednesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 June 2019) 📖Gen 15:1-12, 17-18; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.8a); Matt 7:15-20 🎤STAND AGAINST THE DECEITFUL ENEMY WITH A STRONG FAITH My dear, while it is true that “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...

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“ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Matt 7:13)

⏰Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (25 June 2019) 📖Gen 13:2, 5-18; Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 (R.v.1a); Matt 7:6, 12-14 🎤”ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Matt 7:13) My dear, do you wish to be saved? If yes, then you must follow the way that leads to life and enter through the narrow gate (cf. Matt 7:13-14). That way is already identified by Jesus in the Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12). God wants all to be saved (cf. 1 Tim 2:4) but only a few choose to be saved (Matt 7:14; 22:14). Do you wish to be among those who...

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THIS CHALICE IS THE NEW COVENANT IN MY BLOOD (1 Cor 11:25)

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year C) Gen 14:18-20; Psalm 110:1-2, 3, 4 (R.v.4cd); 1 Cor 11:23-26; Luke 9:11b-17 THIS CHALICE IS THE NEW COVENANT IN MY BLOOD (1 Cor 11:25) 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...

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“MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU” (2 Cor 12:9)

⏰Saturday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (22 June 2019) 📖2 Cor 12:1-10; Ps 34:8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.9a); Matt 6:24-34 🎤”MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU” (2 Cor 12:9) There is something that we all must learn from St. Paul today. That is the art of seeing the hand of God at work in whatever happens to us in life. When Jesus says that he would be with us till the end of time (cf. Matt 28:20), he means it. And that also includes the dark and difficult moments of our lives. Everything works unto good for those...

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“GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER” (2 Cor 9:7)

⏰Wednesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (19 June 2019) 📖2 Cor 9:6-11; Ps 112:1b-2, 3-4, 9 (R.v.1b); Matt 6:1-6, 16-18 🎤”GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER” (2 Cor 9:7) Do you remember the story of that boy that donated his lunch pack to Jesus (John 6:9) and equipped Jesus with the things to perform the miracle of feeding so many people? That is also the effect our charity has. The joy is that, just as the boy was also a beneficiary of that feeding, we too would gain from any cheerful charity we undertake. Being cheerful is a...

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GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS (Rom 5:5)

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (Year C) Prov 8:22-31; Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7a, 7b-9, (R.v.2a); Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS (Rom 5:5) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. The theology of the Holy Trinity remains a mystery which is beyond full human understanding. The reality of the idea of the three persons in one God spreads through the entire scriptures but it is more obvious in the New Testament....

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THE SPIRIT OF EMPOWERMENT

Pentecost Sunday (Year C) Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1ab and 24ac, 29bc-30, 31 and 34 (R.v30); Rom 8:8-17; John 14:15-16, 23b-26 THE SPIRIT OF EMPOWERMENT Happy birthday to all of us, sons and daughters of the Church. This is the day when we celebrate the birth of the Church. On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus and those gathered with them (cf. Acts 2:1-11), a fulfillment of Jesus promise to them. This outpouring serves one important purpose, which is empowerment. Remember that towards the end of his earthly life,...

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