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MAY GOD MAKE US WORTHY OF HIS CALLING (2 Thess 1:11)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (27 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Monica) 📖2 Thess 1:1-5, 11b-12; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 4-5 (R.v.3); Matt 23:13-22 “May grace and peace be yours from God the Father and Jesus Christ the Lord” (2Thess 1:2), amen. At the beginning of this working week, St Paul encourages us just as he encouraged the Church in Thessalonica to work all the harder to live up to the status of our Christian faith not minding our different difficulties in life. This local Church was bedeviled with laxity because they were expecting an imminent...

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CHOOSE TO FOLLOW CHRIST AND LIVE

⏰TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📑Josh 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b; Ps 34:1-2, 15-16, 17-18, 19-20, 21-22 (R.v.8a); Eph 5:21-32; John 6:60-69 As part of his concluding discourses with the people of Israel, Moses did set before them two ways, one which contains the Law of God and leads to life and prosperity, and another which is the way of other gods and leads to death and calamity. He encouraged them to choose the way of God so that they may live and prosper (cf. Deut 30:15-20). All the readings of our liturgy today echo the same injunction. In the...

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“I WILL DWELL IN THE MIDST OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL FOREVER” (Ezek 43:7)

⏰Saturday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (25 August 2018) 📖Ezek 43:1-7a; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.10b); Matt 23:1-12 The people of Israel lamented the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and their being taken to exile. In all that, they concluded that God has abandoned them. Ezekiel’s message was one of consolation and restoration. The vision of God in the foreign land is an indication that God cannot be caged or restricted. Today’s prophecy (Ezek 43:1-7a) is an assurance that God is going to dwell in the rebuilt temple. Remember that in this Christian era,...

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“I SHALL GIVE YOU A NEW HEART AND PUT A NEW SPIRIT WITHIN YOU” (Ezek 36:26)

⏰Thursday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 August 2018) 📖Ezek 36:23-28; Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19 (R. Ezek 36:25); Matt 22:1-14 My dear, the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases nor gets exhausted (Lam 3:22). The problems of the Israelites came from many angles. Some were caused by the misguidance of the leaders, others from the sins of their ancestors, and some others from the sins (laissez-faire attitude) of the people themselves. Now, irrespective of the source, the Lord promises through the prophet to give them a new heart and spirit, that is a new disposition to...

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MARY IN THE LIGHT OF GOD’S UNIMAGINABLE GENEROSITY TO US

⏰Wednesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time 2 (22 Aug. 2018 – Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary) 📖Ezek 34:1-11; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Matt 20:1-16a 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...

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BE HUMAN! BE HUMBLE! BE HOLY!

⏰Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Pius Xth) 📖Ezek 28:1-10; Deut 32:26-27ab, 27cd-28, 30, 35cd-36ab; Matt 19:23-30 Yesterday, we talked about the need to set our values right. In actual fact, we do not recommend an extraordinary attitude. Being yourself would be enough. The problems we normally have arises from our quest to answer what we are not. This reaches to the extreme when we try to play God. Even when you seem to have an extraordinary gift, try and remain human. It is in that state that God wishes...

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SET YOUR VALUES RIGHT!

⏰Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (20 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Bernard) 📖Ezek 24:15-24; Deut 32:18-19, 20, 21 (R.v.18b); Matt 19:16-22 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you (2 Cor 13:13). God created everything good for us (Gen 1:31) and he wills that may reap good fruits of all he had made. All that we need to enjoy this favour is to be with God. So forget about your worries in life and seek God. He shall not disappoint you....

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“TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD” (Ps 34:8)

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Prov 9:1-6; Ps 34:1-2, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.8a); Eph 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 In our reflection last Sunday, we did observe that partaking in the food from heaven, that is the Body and Blood of Jesus, is not an option for anyone who wants to follow Jesus faithfully till the end. Today’s liturgy stresses that point well. In the Gospel reading, Jesus said, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal...

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“I WILL JUDGE EVERYONE ACCORDING TO HIS WAYS” (Ezek 18:30)

⏰Saturday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 August 2018) 📖Ezek 18:1-10, 13, 30-32; Ps 136; Matt 19:13-15 Remember that sometime ago, on the background of the prophecy of Ezekiel, we noted that the people were seeing their long suffering in exile as a punishment from God due to the sins of their forefathers. This kind of thought made them to begin to lose hope on God, thinking that the Lord has abandoned them. They also thought that their righteous living cannot change the mind of God. So Ezekiel came to restore their hope as well as set...

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THE FAITHFULNESS OF THE LORD NEVER CEASES

⏰Friday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 August 2018) 📖Ezek 16:1-15, 60, 63; Isa 12:2-3, 4bcde, 5-6 (R.v.1de); 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....

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