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“INDEED THUS SHALL BE BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 128:4)

⏰Saturday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 August 2017) ????Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11, 4:13-17; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.4); Matt 23:1-12 Yesterday, I had a beautiful discussion with a brother priest who had called to wish me a belated happy anniversary. Eventually, our discussion gradually drifted into the kind of life we live as priests. He reminded me that priesthood is a state of life which we must use to live out our baptismal identity. By that he means that every priest must first remember that he is a Christian who must be judged by Christian principles....

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“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD…[AND] YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF (Matt 22:37-39)

⏰Friday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (25 August 2017) ????Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22; Ps 146:5-6ab, 6c-7, 8-9b, 9bc-10 (R.v.1b); Matt 22:34-40 We can never say it enough, neither can we put it better than the love evangelist himself who said, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ while he hates his brother, he is a liar. How can he love God whom he does not see if he hates his brother whom he can see?” (1 John 4:20). There is a necessary correlation between the love of God and the love of neighbour. That could be why Jesus...

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“BEHOLD, AN ISRAELITE INDEED, IN WHOM IS NO GUILE” (Jn 1:47)

⏰Feast of St. Bartholomew (24 Aug. 2018 – 5th Anniversary of my Priestly Ordination) 📕Rev 21:9b-14; Ps 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 17-18 (R.v.12a); John 1:45-51 Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen. My dear, this is the day the Lord has made, and we rejoice in it. Today marks the 5th year the Lord chose me. Unworthy though I am, his grace has been very sufficient for me (2 Cor 12:9). I renew my vows to him today, “Woe...

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GIVE GOD A CHANCE TO LEAD YOU

⏰Wednesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (23 August 2017) ????Judges 9:6-15; Ps 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.2a); Matt 20:1-16a In Ps 23, the Lord the Good Shepherd leads his flock along the right path to green pastures, where all things good are available. Why not give him a chance to also lead you into that pasture? Surely, you won’t regret doing that. The citizens of Shechem made a grave mistake in choosing Abimelech to be their king when the Lord was supposed to reign over them. His brother, Jotham, warned them of the disastrous consequences of such an action,...

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“DO NOT BE AFRAID, MARY, FOR YOU HAVE FOUND FAVOR WITH GOD” (Luke 1:30)

⏰Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (22 August 2017) ????Isa 9:2-7; Ps 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (R.v.2); Luke 1:26-38 In my little number of years in this pilgrimage of faith, I have come to learn that truth does not subsist in a doctrine I have practiced over the time or what I was taught. I have rather learnt to give reason a chance because God did not make a mistake in creating me with the brain. That is just a food for thought! The prophecy of Isaiah described a child who would be born, historically to the...

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THE VOICE OF CHANGE

⏰Sunday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (21 August 2017 – Memorial of St. Pius X) ????Judges 2:11-19; Ps 106:34-37, 39-40, 43-44 (R.v.4ab); Matt 19:16-22 My dear, sin is an abomination before God. In fact, we can say that it is sin that cannot withstand the presence of God. Hence, whenever we sin, we move away from the presence of God, and so, exposed to the dangers which the wicked one tries to unleash in the world. This was exactly what was happening with the relationship which God had with the Israelites. Whenever they committed sin, they made themselves...

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THE ASCENT OF FAITH AND THE UNIVERSAL MERCY OF GOD

Twentienth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Isaiah 56:1.6-7; Psalm 67:2-3.5.6 and 8 (R.4); Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Matt 15:21-28 In the readings of last Sunday, we saw audacity of faith that Peter displayed by daring to accept Jesus invitation to come to him walking on the sea. However, the insufficiency of that faith showed up when he was faced with the troubled sea and took his gaze off Jesus. In the gospel reading of today, the Canaanite woman is set before us as example of undoubting faith which does not take a ‘NO’ for an answer. The faith of this...

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“LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME…FOR TO SUCH BELONGS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 19:14)

⏰Saturday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (19 August 2017) ????Josh 24:14-29; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 11 (R.v.5a); Matt 19:13-15 My dear, yesterday, we talked about the faithfulness of God which is everlasting and the need for us to reciprocate that faithfulness by becoming faithful to him too in our life decisions and in the manner of lives we live. Today, he tells us that for those who remain faithful to him, no force or opposition can keep them away from him. Remember that he compared the faithful to little children and declared that the ticket to making...

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THE FAITHFULNESS OF THE LORD NEVER CEASES

⏰Friday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (18 August 2017) ????Josh 24:1-13; Ps 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22 and 24 (R.v.1b); Matt 19:3-12 God is faithful at all times. Even at that time when you think that he has probably forgotten you, he is right there working for your good. Recall what the scriptures said in Deut 7:6-8. God is the one who took the initiative and chose the people of Israel from among the nations. Their relevance among the nations was also as a result of that choice. Then he established a covenant with them – an everlasting covenant. The...

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“IF YOU DO NOT FORGIVE OTHERS, THEN YOUR FATHER WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU EITHER” (Matt 6:15)

⏰Thursday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (17 August 2017) ????Josh 3:7-10a; Ps 114:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; Matt 18:21 – 19:1 Yesterday, we were talking about the necessity of forgiveness in order to build up a harmonious community. But today, we are reminded that forgiveness is a norm that must be observed by all. Peter might have recalled Jesus’ teaching in Matt 6:14-15, and then, since Jesus just brought up the matter of forgiveness again, he wanted to make sure he is doing the right thing. The number “7”, as we have often noted in this forum, indicates “completion” or...

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