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“I CAN DO ALL THINGS IN HIM WHO STRENGTHENS ME” (Phil 4:13)

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (10 Nov. 2018 – Memorial of St. Leo the Great) 📖Phil 4:10-19; Ps 112:1b-2, 5-6, 8a and 9 (R.v.1a); Luke 16:9-15 My dear, I pray for you today, using the words of St Paul in Phil 4:19, “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Amen. I can imagine that you said amen to that prayer to claim it. And I sincerely pray that its manifestation be felt in your life through Christ our Lord. Amen. Yes! That would be your portion...

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BE AN AUTHENTIC DISCIPLE!

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 November 2018) 📖Phil 2:12-18; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.v.1a); Luke 14:25-33 When was the last time you made a good examination of conscience? Look down into your life and consider whether what people sees about you is really what you are. I am doing mine now and I am asking myself whether I am really A CATHOLIC PRIEST that people call me. Would God also point me out as a Catholic priest on the last day? St Paul encouraged the Philippians to remain faithful to his teachings even when he...

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“HE EMPTIED HIMSELF, TAKING THE FORM OF A SERVANT” (Phil 2:7)

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (06 November 2018) 📖Phil 2:5-11; Ps 22:26b-27, 28, 29-30, 31-32 (R.v.26a); Luke 14:15-24 Unless a can is emptied, it cannot be filled with new content. Our life is like that too. So, if you want to be blessed, try to be a blessing to others; if you want to be shown mercy, be merciful yourself, and if you want to be raised up, you need to come down. Nobody who is on top can be raised up again. Unfortunately, the person might have been on top in a wrong place. Pride...

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THE INSEPARABLE TWIN LOVE

⏰Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 📕Deut 6:2-6; Psalm 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 47 and 51ab (R.v.2); Heb 7:23-28; Mark 12:28-34 There is this story that was told of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. It was said that she was preaching Christ to someone and the man asked her, “Mother, does this Jesus look like you?” She replied that she was only struggling to be like him. Instantly, the man accepted Christ. That was because Mother Teresa was able to make great impact on the people through love. She said, “I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself,...

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“I WILL LEAD THEM BACK… IN A STRAIGHT PATH IN WHICH THEY SHALL NOT STUMBLE” (Jer 31:9)

⏰THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕Jer 31:7-9; Ps 126:1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.3); Heb 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 In the past few weeks, our liturgy has been reminding us of the end of time and the importance of remaining attached to Jesus if we are to survive the travails of that end. In today’s liturgy, especially, knowing that many of us have wandered away in the valley of the shadows of death, like the Israelites in exile, we are given hope once more that the Lord himself will lead us back to himself. In the First Reading, after spending...

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“CHRIST IS OUR PEACE” (Eph 2:14)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 October 2018) 📖Eph 2:11-22; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.9b); Luke 12:35-38 As at the time St Paul was preaching and writing his letters to different Churches, both Jews and gentiles make up his audience. Both groups resented themselves so much – the Jews claimed religious superiority and despised the gentiles while the gentiles resented the Jews for that attitude of exclusivity. So, in Eph 2:11-22, St Paul points out that that is not the will of God for his Church since Christ has “broken down the dividing wall...

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“THE LORD MADE US; WE BELONG TO HIM” (Ps 100:3)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 October 2018 – Memorial of St. Pope John Paul II) 📖Eph 2:1-10; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.3b); Luke 12:13-21 May the grace and peace of Christ be with you. Amen. At the beginning of this new working week, St Paul reminds us that by the grace of God, we have been given a place to live with Jesus at the time we were dead in sin (cf. Eph 2:1-10). Now, the place is already prepared for us but we need to follow Jesus to get to the place because...

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CALLED TO SERVE IN THE MISSION LAND

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Isa 53:10-11; Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v.22); Heb 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45 In our liturgy last Sunday, we were instructed on the need to be detached from the material things of this world in order to prepare a rich and better abode in heaven. Today, the call extends also to the way we embrace power and positions of authority. As members of Christ’s body, we are to imitate Christ in all things, and he is, above all things, a servant-leader who is ever ready to lay down his life for his followers....

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YOU ARE NOT A SLAVE BUT A FREE BORN!

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (15 October 2018 – Memorial of St. Theresa of Avila) 📖Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 – 5:1; Ps 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5a and 6-7 (R.v.2); Luke 11:29-32 Do you really believe that Christ has set you free from all kinds of slavery and oppression? Do you believe that no power on earth is greater than his power (19:11) and that all power belongs to him (Matt 28:18)? Why then are you still worried on how to overcome little challenges that you face? At the beginning of this working week, St Paul encourages us...

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“BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 5:3)

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Wis 7:7-11; Ps 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 (R.v.14); Heb 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30 Last Sunday, with the example of marriage in which there is no separation once God has joined the two persons together into one, we were invited to be ever united with God without allowing anything to separate us from him. But it is quite true that the pursuit for material things has led many of us to miss the track of heaven. Hence, today’s liturgy is very important and timely in its call on us not to allow material things to separate...

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