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GOD HAS COME DOWN TO US (Acts 14:12)

⏰Thursday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (26 July 2018 – Memorial of Ss. Joachim and Anne) 📖Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13; Ps 36:6-7ab, 8-9, 10-11 (R.v.10a); Matt 13:10-17 Today, the Church celebrates the memorial of Ss. Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary and the grandparents of Jesus. With their deep faith in God, garnished by holy patience in the midst of difficulties, God did not abandon them. Their faith was rewarded with the gift of Mary in their advanced age, thus becoming one of the instruments God used in making incarnation possible. Have you ever been bothered...

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“WHOEVER DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER IN HEAVEN IS MY BROTHER, AND SISTER, AND MOTHER” (Matt 12:50)

⏰Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (24 July 2018) 📖Mic 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 85:2-4, 5-6, 7-8 (R.v.8a); Matt 12:46-50 The book of the prophet Micah ends with a prayer of forgiveness and an expression of hope in God for restoration. This is the hope that finds its fulfilment in Christ, who had said in John 12:32, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw everyone to myself.” What many misread today as Jesus’ insult on his mother was actually a way of expressing the magnanimity of God’s mercy. Among the Jews, blood relationship is...

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“DO JUSTICE, AND LOVE KINDNESS AND WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD” (Mic 6:8)

⏰Monday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 July 2018) 📖Mic 6:1-4, 6-8; Ps 50:5-6, 8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 (R.v.23bc); Matt 12:38-42 It is a brand new week my dear and the prophet Micah offers us the above tips to enable us receive God’s approval. 👉To do justice entails proper conducts towards others in every facet of societal living. 👉To love kindness means to act with mercy, loyalty and fidelity towards them. 👉To walk humbly with God refers to being in the presence of God and depending totally on him. Those who are able to keep to...

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“I WILL GATHER THE REMNANT OF MY FLOCK…I WILL SET SHEPHERDS OVER THEM WHO WILL CARE FOR THEM” (Jer 23:3-4)

⏰SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕Jer 23:1-6; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Eph 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 Last Sunday, we reflected on the difference between the true and false prophets. That distinction continues today in our liturgy with a wider perspective to also include all the leaders in the society. The attention is on their role as the shepherds of the people. The Book of Jeremiah dwelt so much on the prophets and prophecy, and denounced the false prophets in many ways and places. It considers the problem of the land as having a lot to do with...

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THE LORD DOES NOT FORGET THE POOR

⏰Saturday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 July 2018) 📖Micah 2:1-5; Ps 10:1-2, 3-4a, 7-8b, 14 (R.v.12b); Matt 12:14-21 The situation in Judah at the time that the prophet Micah prophesied was similar to that in the Northern Kingdom when Amos and Hosea prophesied. The rich were using their wealth power to oppress the poor. The Lord, who always listens to the cry of the poor then warned through the prophet Micah that he would soon punish those who perpetrate this evil (cf. Mic 2:5). Can you see how God is mindful of the poor? In Matt...

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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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