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SURRENDER YOUR LIFE TO JESUS

THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK Readings: Heb 3:7-14; Ps 95: 6-7abc, 7d and 8-9, 10-11 (R.v.8a); Mark 1:40-45 My dear, the word of God in 2 Chron 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” The leper in Mark 1:40-45 humbled himself and sought help from Jesus, and indeed, he got his desired healing. His statement, “If you will, you can make me clean” (Mark 1:40) is an...

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Jesus Became One Like Us to Save Us

WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK Readings: Heb 2:14-18; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.8a); Mark 1:29-39   Following the prophecy of Isaiah, the name of the child to be born the saviour is Immanuel, which means, God is with us (Isa 7:14). That prophecy is interpreted as having its perfect fulfillment in Jesus (Matt 1:23). Rightly so, Jesus came and immersed himself in the midst of the people. Remember what we said on Sunday concerning his baptism; he joined the queue of sinners going for baptism that he might identify with them. The Letter to the Hebrews reiterated the above...

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Give Jesus A Chance!

TUESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK Readings: Heb 2:5-12; Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7a, 7b-9 (R.v.7a); Mark 1:21b-28  In Matt 28:18, Jesus exclaimed, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” That is not just a mere claim because when Jesus was exercising his ministry, the people could feel that authority oozing from him (Mark 1:22). Even the evil spirit perceived it and cried out, “Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God” (Mark 1:23-24). Why not! Did he not walk over the sea (Mark 6:49) which is the...

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Jesus I Love You

TUESDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER Readings: Acts 2:36-41; Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v.5b); John 20:11-18 Have you learnt anything yet from Mary Magdalene since the resurrection of Jesus? She has taught me what it means to be a faithful disciple of Jesus. In addition, she seems to know what it means to have hope against hope. She has taught me what it means to love Jesus. Her encounter with Jesus in John 20:14-16 confirms the saying of Jesus in the story of the Good Shepherd (John 10); the sheep knows the Shepherd and listens to his voice...

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“…We All Are Witnesses” (Acts 2:32)

MONDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.1); Matt 28:8-15 After the resurrection of Jesus, several stories were spread through the land through the instrumentality of many witnesses. With our understanding of the term “witness” to mean someone who sees something happen and so is able to describe it to other people, one would have thought that the stories would be the same thing. But no! For the Jews till today, he was taken away by his disciples. But for the Apostles, he is risen. How did the division begin?...

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Get Ready For Jesus’ Arrival For The Party; His Victory Is Our Victory

HOLY SATURDAY GET READY FOR JESUS’ ARRIVAL FOR THE PARTY; HIS VICTORY IS OUR VICTORY Great silence has befallen the earth. Hope you can feel it in your area. Do you understand what it means? There seems to be a setback in the mission of Jesus. He has just been buried few hours ago. The devil is now very happy thinking that he is victorious. Little does he know that Jesus can never be conquered. Even in death, he went down to minister to the souls that has been waiting for redemption from him (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church,...

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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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