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“THE LORD IS GOD!” (1Kings 18:39)

⏰Wednesday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (10 June 2020) 📖1 Kgs 18:20-39; Ps 16:1-2a, 4, 5 and 8, 11 (R.v.1); Matt 5:17-19 Whenever you take up your bible to read the encounter between Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal (1Kings 18:17-40), do not be distracted so much by the drama and the numbers. Though the numbers are all very significant, the underlying message is the fact of God’s love and his supremacy over all. Note that that encounter is not a PROOF of God’s supremacy (God does not engage in any contest with anyone or anything...

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“THE JAR OF MEAL WAS NOT SPENT, NEITHER DID THE PITCHER OF OIL FAIL” (1Kings 17:16)

⏰Tuesday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 June 2018) 📖1 Kgs 17:7-16; Ps 4:2-3, 4-5, 7a and 8 (R.v.7b); Matt 5:13-16 My dear, have you ever bothered to think well about the details of that story about Elijah and the widow of Zarephath? For a moment, forget about the miracle of abundance and think of what engineered it! By giving out that last meal to Elijah, this widow gave out her life to save Elijah’s. Imagine that she had refused giving to Elijah based on the very valid reason that she does not have more to accommodate...

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“THE LORD HAS SHOWN HIS DELIVERANCE TO THE NATIONS” (Ps 98:2)

⏰Memorial of St. Barnabas (11 June 2020) 📖Acts 11:21b-26, 13:1-3; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6 (R.v.2b); Matt 10:7-13 In celebrating the lives of the saints, the Church invites us to emulate their faith and virtues (cf. Heb 13:7) and, with her belief on the communion of the saints, prays for their intercession on our behalf. The name “Barnabas” means “son of encouragement or consolation” (Acts 4:36). That name indeed reflects most of his missionary works. We were told of his charity in Acts 4:36 and he must have contributed in encouraging others to do the same (Acts 11:28-30). Then, at...

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“WITH THE LORD THERE IS MERCY, IN HIM IS IS PLENTIFUL OF REDEMPTION” (Ps 130:7)

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Gen 3:9-15; Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7b-8 (R.v.7bc); 2 Cor 4:13 – 5:1; Mark 3:20-35 There is something I have come to know and appreciate about Jesus, he never stops working for our good and he is never tired of doing good. Even when he comes home to rest, he never does so once he sees any face that is in need. That is a good news my dear. It means that he is working now for my good; he is equally working for your good. And no opposition or power can stop...

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“…AND HIS MOTHER KEPT ALL THESE THINGS IN HER HEART” (Luke 2:51)

⏰Saturday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (09 June 2018 – Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) 📖2 Tim 4:1-8; Ps 71:8-9, 14-15ab, 16-17, 22 (R.v.15ab); Luke 2:41-51 My dear, St. Paul goes on encouraging us through his Second Letter to Timothy to be steadfast in faith and in the truth of the Gospel. He warned us beforehand of this period when many would no longer want to follow the truth but rather seek to twist the Gospel to suit their selfish interest (cf. 2 Tim 4:2-5). That calls for a strong faith in the omnipotence of...

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SACRED HEART OF LOVE

⏰Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Year B (08 June 2018) 📖Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9; Isa 12:2-3, 4bcde, 5-6 (R.v.3); Eph 3:8-12, 14-19; John 19:31-37 In 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, poirt which has so loved men that it has spared nothing to testify its love for them, even to the exhausting and consuming of itself for...

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“THE LOVERS OF YOUR LAW HAVE GREAT PEACE, LORD” (Ps 119:165)

⏰Friday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 2 (08 June 2018) 📖2 Tim 3:10-17; Ps 119:157, 160, 161, 165, 166, 168 (R.v.165a); Mark 12:35-37 My dear friend in Christ, reading through 2 Tim 3:10-11, I kept asking myself if I can sincerely use my life as an example of what it means to follow Christ faithfully. I am deeply inspired by the boldness of St. Paul in using himself to preach the gospel. Indeed, his life became the gospel the people had to read. I also want to be like St. Paul; I want to be an example of...

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“O LORD, MAKE ME KNOW YOUR WAYS”

⏰Thursday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 June 2018) 📖2 Tim 2:8-15; Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14 (R.v.4a); Mark 12:28b-34 Do you remember what we discussed yesterday concerning the Sadducees and their philosophy of the resurrection which makes them to be living as they want? It is as if St. Paul is telling us today that if we don’t want to be marked out for doom too, we must try to live our lives in Christ so that we might rise with him at resurrection. There is one Latin adage that says that no one can...

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GOD CAN DO ALL THINGS!

⏰Wednesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (06 June 2016) 📖2 Tim 1:1-3, 6-12; Ps 123:1-2ab, 2cdef (R.v.1a); Mark 12:18-27 My dear, may grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus (2 Tim 1:2) be with you in this new month and beyond. Do you know that our view of life normally influences how we embrace it? For those who believe that everything ends in this present world, anything goes. And they can afford to live as they wish without the thought of eternal life. But we believe that there is life after death...

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“WAIT FOR AND HASTEN THE COMING OF THE DAY OF GOD” (2 Pet 3:12)

⏰Tuesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (02 June 2020) 📖2 Pet 3:12-15a, 17-18; Ps 90:2, 3-4, 10, 14 and 16 (R.v.1); Mark 12:13-17 🎤”WAIT FOR AND HASTEN THE COMING OF THE DAY OF GOD” (cf. 2 Pet 1:4) Beloved in Christ, God’s blessings are always available to us. But in order to reap them, we must cooperate with that grace, which has been made available to us, by shunning worldly pleasures and corruption, and embracing divine nature (cf. 2 Pet 1:4). For a very long time, we have been praying for God’s intervention in the situation of...

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