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“ARISE, LORD, SAVE ME” (Ps 3:7)

⏰Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (29 January 2018) ????2 Sam 15:13-14, 30, 16:5-13a; Ps 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.7c); Mark 5:1-20 My dear, I warmly welcome you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to this great working week, in which we shall be witnessing the end of January and the beginning of February. I pray that God’s mercy will follow throughout this week and even beyond it so that you may equally witness the end of all that bring you distraction and pain, and the beginning of the overflow of God’s blessings in your...

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“HE TAUGHT THEM AS ONE WHO HAD AUTHORITY (Mark 1:22)

⏰Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) ????Deut 18:15-20; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9 (R.v.7d, 8a); 1 Cor 7:32-35; Mark 1:21b-28 In this era, many people rise up on daily basis with a claim to possess prophetic voices. Of course, anyone who wakes up in that manner must have followers. But the problem comes when another person gets up with another prophetic voice that is completely in opposition to the other. In some cases even, one person speaks two opposite things about one subject at the same time frame, with the same prophetic voice. What then are we to believe? Is...

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“PEACE! BE STILL!” (Mark 4:39)

⏰Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (27 January 2018) ????2 Sam 12:1-7a, 10-17; Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 (R.v.12a); Mark 4:35-41 Do you understand what Jesus meant when he said that all authority has been given to him (cf. Matt 28:18)? For me, it means that no other power can withstand him. Do you not see how he defeated the power of the devil in its very kingdom? The sea is often considered as the seat-power of the evil one. Today, while Jesus was passing by, this seat began to react against him (cf. Mark 4:35-41). Imagine...

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GOOD COLLABORATORS WITH CHRIST

⏰THE MEMORIAL OF SAINTS TIMOTHY AND TITUS (26 January 2018) ????2 Tim 1:1-8 (or Tit 1:1-5); Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10 (R.v.3); Luke 10:1-9 ????GOOD COLLABORATORS WITH CHRIST The Letter to the Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember your leaders, who preached the word of God to you, and as you reflect on the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith.” This is one reason why we celebrate the saints in the Church. So as we celebrate today, St. Timothy and St. Titus who were both coworkers with the apostle Paul, we learn from their lives that we too can become good...

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THE CAPACITY AND THE COURAGE TO CHANGE

⏰THE FEAST OF THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL (25 January 2018) ????Acts 22:3-16; Ps 117:1, 2, (R. Mark 16:15); Mark 16:15-18 ????THE CAPACITY AND THE COURAGE TO CHANGE May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit dwell with you (2 Cor 13:13) both now and forever, Amen. The celebration of the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, among other things, tells us that no matter how bad our past has been, we can begin anew. St. Paul was a zealous persecutor of the Christians before Jesus arrested him...

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THE STEADFAST LOVE OF THE LORD NEVER CEASES

⏰Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (24 January 2018 – Memorial of St. Francis de Sales) ????2 Sam 7:4-17; Ps 89:4-5, 27-28, 29-30 (R.v.29a); Mark 4:1-20 Did you hear what God said to David concerning his offspring? “When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him… but I will NOT take my merciful love from him” (2 Sam 7:14-15). That kind of everlasting love is what we are called to emulate. Jesus goes about taking this mercy to the people in places where they are. This is why he was mostly found in synagogues and beside the...

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IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD, THERE IS FULLNESS OF JOY (cf. Ps 16:11)

⏰Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time II (23 Jan 2018) ????2 Sam 6:12b-15, 17-19; Ps 24:7, 8, 9, 10 (R.v.8ab); Mark 3:31-35 ????When I come into your presence, I am so happy; When I come into your presence, I am so glad; In your presence there is anointing, and the spirit moves around me; In your presence, anointing breaks the yoke.???? There is nothing as beautiful as being in the presence of God and having God in your life. For the people of Israel, the Ark of the Covenant is a sign of the presence of God. When...

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YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE!

⏰Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time II (22 Jan 2018) ????2 Sam 5:1-7, 10; Ps 59:20, 21-22, 25-26 (R.v.25a); Mark 3:22-30 My dear, in this new working week, I pray that nothing shall stand in your way to achieving your destiny and that you may emerge victorious in all things especially in your spiritual battles against the enemies of Christ. Amen. Whatever God says you shall be is what you must be. The enemy might try for a while to plant an evil seed in your life in order to bring you pains, but your faith in God...

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COME BACK TO THE LORD (Hos 14:2)

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Isa 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.8); 2 Pet 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 Jesus began his ministry of preaching with a call to conversion, an indication of a continuity from where John left. But not just a continuity; there is an introduction of a new message that needs a radical change. That points to the strong desire of God to make sure that man gets the salvation he has prepared for him. Right from the moment man fell from grace, God began this mission of redeeming him. Hence, the story of...

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“BEHOLD, I WILL GIVE YOUR ENEMY INTO YOUR HAND, AND YOU SHALL DO TO HIM AS IT SHALL SEEM GOOD TO YOU” (1 Sam 24:5)

⏰Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (19 January 2018) ????1 Sam 24:2-20; Ps 57:2, 3-4, 6 and 11 (R.v.2a); Mark 3:13-19 There is one thing that is very certain; God does not abandon his own nor allow the enemy triumph over them. And once he makes any promise, he fulfils it to the latter. Consider the victory of David over Saul in that light. Saul was seeking to destroy David because God has destined him to be the king of Israel in his place. But God changed the table; it was now David who had the...

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