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THE MERCIFUL LOVE OF THE LORD NEVER CEASES

⏰Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (8 February 2018) ????1 Kgs 11:4-13; Ps 106:3-4, 35-36, 37 and 40 (R.v.4a); Mark 7:24-30 Did you find time to make the self-evaluation we recommended yesterday? Hope you were able to put on the veil of Christ so as to reflect him in all that you do. It is actually to our benefits if we could do so. You know why? God is ever faithful to those who put their trust in him. More importantly, this faithfulness has no end. You care to know where I got that insight? Remember...

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WHO AM I BEFORE GOD?

⏰Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (7 February 2018) ????1 Kgs 10:1-10; Ps 37:5-6, 30-31, 39-40 (R.v.30a); Mark 7:14-23 We ended our reflection yesterday with a call to allow our lives be transformed by the faith which we profess. The crisis we normally observe among Christians today is that of hypocrisy. It is hard these days to get Christians whose lifestyle could easily be connected to their Christian faith. This is a time of self-evaluation for me. After listening to the words from my mouth, do people give glory to God, whose priest I am as...

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BUILD UP A HOME FOR THE LORD IN YOUR HEART

⏰Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (6 February 2018 – Memorial of St. Paul Miki and his Companions) ????1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30; Ps 84:3, 4, 5 and 10, 11 (R.v.2); Mark 7:1-13 Do you remember what happened, as we read yesterday, when the Ark of the Covenant was brought into the temple? The glory of the Lord filled the temple, indicating the presence of God in the temple (cf. 1 Kgs 8:11-13). Note that the content of that Ark was the two tablets of stone which Moses placed in it at Horeb (cf. 1 Kgs 8:9;...

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“… THE GLORY OF THE LORD FILLED THE HOUSE OF THE LORD” (1 Kgs 8:11)

⏰Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (5 February 2018 – Memorial of St. Agatha) ????1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13; Ps 132:6-7, 8-10 (R.v.8a); Mark 6:53-56 It is another beginning of a new working week. Just as the presence of the Ark of the Lord made the glory of the Lord to fill the house of the Lord, so shall God make a renewed entrance into your home so that his glory may remain ever fresh in your life. Amen. Jesus is the Ark personified. No longer is the glory of God confined to the Ark in the...

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BEING ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE (cf. 1 Cor 9:23)

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R. see v.3a); 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39 In our world of today, suffering abounds in great measure in such a way that the book of Job would not be difficult for most people to understand. What is normally difficult to understand is why righteous men do suffer too, when suffering is often associated with evil. That was the confusion in Jobs case that led to his lamentation. It was also a problem in Jesus time (cf. John 9:2) and very rampant in our time,...

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“KEEP THE CHARGE OF THE LORD YOUR GOD… THAT YOU MAY PROSPER IN ALL THAT YOU DO” (1 Kgs 2:3)

⏰Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (1 February 2018) ????1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12; 1 Chron 29:10b, 11ab, 11d-12a, 12bcd (R.v.12b); Mark 6:7-13 At long last, the month of January has given way to February. For some people, it was as if the month became longer than 31 days. For such people, they can at least see that nothing lasts forever. It does not matter how long difficulty persists, it shall surely come to an end one day. As we begin this new month therefore, I pray that your difficulties may give way to abundant blessings and...

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TRUST GOD IN ALL THINGS, AT ALL TIMES

⏰Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (31 January 2018 – Memorial of St. JohnBosco) ????2 Sam 24:2, 9-17; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6-7 (R.v.5a); Mark 6:1-6 It is once again my feast day, the memorial of St JohnBosco. I request your prayers in a special way especially for an increase in faith. I need to possess that kind of faith that moves mountain which will enable me to believe God and obey him in all things without doubt (cf. Matt 17:20). Now, one might begin to wonder what was the big deal with the census which David...

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“DO NOT FEAR, ONLY BELIEVE” (Mark 5:36)

⏰Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (30 January 2018) ????2 Sam 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30 – 19:3; Ps 86:1-2, -3-4, 5-6 (R.v.1a); Mark 5:21-43 Yesterday, we reflected on the importance of building a deep trust in Jesus despite the situation we may find ourselves. David saw himself in most ugly situations, but he never allowed his quest for solutions drive him away from the presence of God. For that reason, God always came to his aid. Today, in the First Reading, we could see a testimony of how God fights for David. His son Absalom, who...

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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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