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JUDGEMENT BY LOVE

MONDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK Readings: Lev 19:1-2, 11-18; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 15 (R. see John 6:63c); Matt 25:31-46 St John of the Cross is often quoted as saying that at the end of our lives, we shall be judged on love. And I think he was expressing just the obvious because love is the greatest commandment (Matt 22:36-40). If we are governed by love, then we do not necessarily need to begin to pick out the details of Lev 19:1-18. If we love others, we shall not steal from them as that would be depriving them of their...

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YOU CAN NEVER OUTDO GOD IN GENEROSITY

SATURDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY Readings: Isa 58:9c-14; Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.11ab); Luke 5:27-32 Do you know that fasting does not only imply abstinence from food? It also involves keeping away from certain pleasures especially those of them that offend God. There is no such effort that we make on our spiritual journey that God does not reward hundred-fold. The more charity we do, the more grace and blessings he gives us (cf. Isa 58:10-12). Note that that does not mean that God rewards us only because we have done something for him or that whatever blessing we get is...

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FASTING IN LOVE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS

FRIDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY Readings: Isa 58:1-9a; Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19 (R.v.19bc); Matt 9:14-15 As we continue our Lenten observances, Jesus encourages us to focus on him as the reason and guide of all we do. His response to the question on why his disciples are not joining the crowd to fast says that much; the presence of the bridegroom determines the nature of fasting (cf. Matt 9:14-15). In that case, since Jesus is God (John 1:1; Phil 2:6) and God is love (1 John 4:16), all that we do at this time must be borne out of love –...

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THE FUNDAMENTAL OPTION: FOR LIFE OR FOR DEATH

THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY Readings: Deut 30:15-20; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. Ps 40:5ab); Luke 9:22-25 God created us in freedom to make choices in life. However, the choice we make always determine what we get. But it is not the will of God that evil shall befall us because his plan for us is for our peace, to give us hope and a good future (cf. Jer 29:11). But if we want to get all that, we need to follow him faithfully. In his somewhat like farewell speech to the Israelites, Moses presented to them the two...

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COME BACK TO THE LORD

ASH WEDNESDAY Readings: Joel 2:12-18; Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17 (R.v.3a); 2 Cor 5:20 – 6:2; Matt 6:1-6, 16-18 The long awaited and spoken of period is here. It is the Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40 days of Lent, a period set aside for a closer relationship with God. The Prophet Joel tells us what to do at this period and how it benefits us:“”‘Even now,’’ says the Lord, ‘’return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping and with mourning; and tear your hearts and not your garments.’ Return to the Lord for...

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“It Is Finished!” (John 19:30)

GOOD FRIDAY Readings: Isa 52:13 – 53:12; Ps 31:2 and 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17 and 25 (R. Luke 23:46b); Heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1 – 19:42 What is it that finished? That is an expression of fulfillment. It is our sin that is consumed as he came to save us from the slavery of sin. Isa 53:12 tells us that he has our sins and our transgressions. It is equally our life problems that have been taken care of as he came that we may have life in abundance (John 10:10) and so he beckons on us, “Come to me...

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“Do This In Memory of Me” (Luke 22:19)

HOLY THURSDAY Readings: Exod 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc (R. 1 Cor 10:16); 1 Cor 11:23-26; John 13:1-15 Today is a very special day in the life of the Church. On this day, the Church celebrates the institution of the Sacred Ministerial Priesthood, the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and the special ministry of love and service. In most local Churches today, the priests gather around their Bishop to renew their vows and commitment to obedience to the Church and of love and service to God’s people.   Today, we will hear the voice of Jesus asking us...

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“You Too Go Into My Vineyard!” (Matt 20:4)

MONDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK Readings: Heb 1:1-6; Ps 97:1 and 2b, 6 and 7c, 9 (R.v.7c); Mark 1:14-20 There is something very spectacular that takes place in the Catholic Church today. There is once again a change in the liturgical colour as we begin fully the Ordinary time of the Year. Meanwhile, the “Ordinary Time of the Year” is so called not because it is less important that other seasons, but because of the orderly way it is arranged into 34 weeks. So, we use the green colour at this Ordinary Time. Green is a sign of life, a...

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