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BEARING FRUITS OF ETERNAL LIFE

⏰Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) ????Isa 55:10-11; Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14 (R. Luke 8:8); Rom 8:18-23; Matt 13:1-23 Christianity is like a tree that is planted in the soil, wherein the soil is our heart. In Agricultural Science, we learn that the growth and productivity of different fruit trees depend so much on the type of soil in the place where such trees are planted. In addition to that, how much manure that is applied to the soil is equally important especially in places where there are no much nutrients in the soil. The parable of the...

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“EVEN THE HAIRS OF YOUR HEAD ARE ALL NUMBERED” (Matt 10:30)

⏰Saturday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (15 July 2017 – Memorial of St. Bonaventure) ????Gen 49:29-33, 50:15-26a; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7 (R. Ps 69:33); Matt 10:24-33 As a child, St. Bonaventure was struck with a serious ailment which made his mother to beg St. Francis to pray for him. At that time, his name was John but when St. Francis was praying for the young boy, his eyes were opened to the boy’s future and he cried out, “O buona ventura” – O good fortune! That was how he got his name Bonaventure. And indeed, he was...

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“FROM THE LORD COMES THE SALVATION OF THE JUST” (Ps 37:39)

⏰Friday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (14 July 2017) ????Gen 46:1-7, 28-30; Ps 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40 (R.v.39a); Matt 10:16-23 Life is not always a bed of roses, and even if it were, rose plants still have thorns. In the same way, life comes with lots of challenges but those who put their trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion that cannot be shaken but stands firm forever (Ps 125:1). It does not matter how long it has been bad with you, there is always a light at the end of a tunnel. The story of...

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“I AM YOUR BROTHER, JOSEPH…GOD SENT ME BEFORE YOU TO PRESERVE LIFE” (Gen 45:4-5)

⏰Thursday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (13 July 2017) ????Gen 44:18-21, 23b-29; Ps 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21 (R.v.5a); Matt 10:7-15 My dear, “if God is with us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31). The obvious answer is that nobody can; not even the most powerful agent of the devil. In fact, instead of pushing you away from your destiny, they will aid you to reach it. Amen. The siblings of Joseph sold him to the Egyptian merchants (Gen 37:27-28) because he told them that he dreamt of being their leader and they were bowing before him (Gen...

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REPENT AND LIVE

⏰Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (12 July 2017) ????Gen 41:55-57, 42:5-7a, 17-24a; Ps 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19 (R.v.22); Matt 10:1-7 The prophet Ezekiel said in Ezek 18:21, “If a sinner turns away from his sin, observes my decrees and practices what is right and just, he will live; he will not die.” Consider what transpired between Joseph and his brothers from that angle (cf. Gen 42:20-24). The brothers showed remorse for their evil against him and he was moved to tears. Our catechism teaches us that an act of contrition is an essential part of the Sacrament...

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GOD HAS A NEW NAME FOR YOU!

⏰Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (11 July 2017 – Memorial of St. Benedict) ????Gen 32:22-32; Ps 17:1, 2-3, 6-7, 8 and 15 (R.v.15a); Matt 9:32-38 The story of Jacob in Gen 32:24-25 is indeed the story of many of people. Jacob had always had his way in most things before this time. That success was probably getting into his head and he felt that he could get everything he wants by the power of his hand. That could be why God decided to wrestle with him to teach him humility. Sometimes too, when we are going...

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“I AM WITH YOU…I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU UNTIL I HAVE DONE THAT OF WHICH I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU” (Gen 28:15)

⏰Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (10 July 2017) ????Gen 28:10-22a; Ps 91:1-2, 3-4ab, 14-15ab (R.v.2b); Matt 9:18-26 What a beautiful way to begin this new working week! On his way to the place he was sent to by his father, Jacob stopped to rest at nightfall. He must be tired by then and probably filled with guilt after taking his brother’s position. And he was already some distance off home. He might be thinking that God has deserted him. Then came the vision in Gen 28:10ff. So, today, God reassures us that no matter how far...

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GOD IS ABLE TO SAVE YOU FROM ALL YOUR PROBLEMS

⏰Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) ????Zech 9:9-10; Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13cd-14 (R.v.1); Rom 8:9,11-13; Matt 11:25-30 Are you a Christian? Then you must be a friend of Jesus, and if you are a friend of Jesus, you have nothing to worry about because Jesus always takes care of the worries of his friends. The Gospel says that much. In the first place, Jesus thanks God for revealing the mysteries about God and salvation to those considered as the little ones of the world. Mark that word, little ones. That does not just mean little children as in...

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“BEWARE OF JACOB’S PORRIDGE”

⏰Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (08 July 2017) ????Gen 27:1-5, 15-29; Ps 135:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.3a); Matt 9:14-17 In Gen 25:29-34, out of the desire to temporarily satisfy his hunger, and possibly, his ‘longer throat,’ Esau made an oath transferring his birthright as the firstborn to Jacob in exchange for a plate of porridge. To Esau, that was not a serious action (cf. Gen 25:32, 34), but that provided the ground for what happened in Gen 27:1ff, not minding that it was destined so even before their birth (cf. Gen 25:23). That Jacob’s porridge still exists...

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FOLLOW JESUS SO THAT HE MAY GIVE YOU REST

⏰Friday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (07 July 2017) ????Gen 23:1-4, 19, 24:1-8, 62-67; Ps 106:1b-2, 3-4ab, 4c-5 (R.v.1b); Matt 9:9-13 In Gen 12:1ff, God asked Abraham to leave his people and his country and move to a place he would show him. In other words, he was asked to leave his old life in which he has been comfortable and making a living from. He was not sure of where God was leading him to but he followed God without doubt. The result of that and other faithful actions of Abraham was that God blessed him...

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