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“CUT OFF FROM ME, YOU CAN DO NOTHING” (John 15:5)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 Oct. 2022 – Memorial of St. Pope John Paul II) 📖Eph 4:7-16; Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5 (R.v.1); Luke 13:1-9 🎤”CUT OFF FROM ME, YOU CAN DO NOTHING” (John 15:5) May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Amen. We can never get tired of talking about unity because it is the will of Christ that we may all be one (cf. John 17:21). St Paul, therefore, reminds the Ephesians that all the gifts and positions the...

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THE POWER OF PERSEVERANCE AND PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER

⏰Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Exod 17:8-13; Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8; 2Tim 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8 🎤THE POWER OF PERSEVERANCE AND PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER Prayer is a major theme that runs through the readings that we have in todays liturgy. The first reading and the Gospel brings out two very important dispositions that are needed for our prayers to be very effective. Those important dispositions include perseverance and persistence. It is true that our salvation does not so much depend on our effort since it is a GIFT of God to us and not what we MERIT through...

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WE ARE MERE SERVANTS (cf. Luke 17:10)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (31 August 2022) 📖1 Cor 3:1-9; Ps 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21 (R.v.12b); Luke 4:38-44 🎤WE ARE MERE SERVANTS (cf. Luke 17:10) Congratulations as you made it to the end of this month, and warming up to embrace the new month. May this month end also bring to an end, all your worries and troubles so that the new month will usher in spiritual, economic and health renewal in your life. Amen. Who do people give praise to when you render service among them? Do you make it appear as if the strength...

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DO NOT TREAT THE WORD OF GOD WITH CONTEMPT

⏰Friday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (01 July 2022) 📖Amos 7:4-6, 9-12; Ps 119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131 (R. Matt 4:4); Matt 9:9-13 🎤DO NOT TREAT THE WORD OF GOD WITH CONTEMPT Beloved in Christ, it is once more a new month, the 7th in the order of months. According to Gen 2:2, “By the seventh day, the work God had done was completed, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had done.” I pray with you that in this 7th month of the year, the work of God may come...

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“…AND HIS MOTHER KEPT ALL THESE THINGS IN HER HEART” (Luke 2:51)

⏰Saturday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (25 June 2022 – Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) 📖Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19; Ps 74:1-2, 3-4, 5-7, 20-21 (R.v.19b); Luke 2:41-51 🎤”…AND HIS MOTHER KEPT ALL THESE THINGS IN HER HEART” (Luke 2:51) What is that seemingly hopeless situation you have found yourself in? Is it something that has defiled possible solutions? I’m sure it wouldn’t be worse than the conditions in which the Israelites found themselves while in exile as the book of the Lamentation shows. If the Lord could deliver them from such pain and misery, how...

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“FATHER! MAY THEY BE ONE!”

⏰SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C) WORLD COMMUNICATION DAY (29 MAY 2022) 📖1 Acts 7:55-60; Ps 97:1 and 2b, 6 and 7c, 9 (R.v.1a, 9a); Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20; Gospel Jn. 17:20-26 🎤”FATHER! MAY THEY BE ONE!” Christ, through the Church, today reminds us of His will and indeed, his Fathers will for us all, which is that we may all be one. This oneness is exemplified in the bond that holds the Trinity together. Even though they have their separate functions, they are bounded together in love and so St. Augustine calls them the inseparable separate. As Christ came into...

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JESUS IS EVER PRESENT WITH US

⏰Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – Year C (26 May 2022) 📖Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.6); Eph 1:17-23; Luke 24:46-53 🎤JESUS IS EVER PRESENT WITH US May the grace of Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you always. Since the time Jesus began his earthly life, a lot of miracles, signs and wonders accompanied his actions. Now, he is prepared to return back to the Father from who he had come. His impending departure was very disheartening to his disciples. Hence, he decided to explain to...

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LOVE YOUR ENEMIES” (Luke 6:27)

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 1 Sam 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23; Ps. 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10, 12-13 (R.v.8a); 1 Cor 15:45-49; Luke 6:27-38″ LOVE YOUR ENEMIES” (Luke 6:27) Beloved in Christ, the liturgy of today challenges us to begin the change we need to see in others from ourselves. In the gospel reading, Jesus challenges us to love our enemies. As is typical of the Lucan Jesus (Jesus as the gospel of Luke presents him), this love is an action word; it is a verb. It is not just a profession that comes from the lips. That...

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AN IDLE MIND IS THE DEVIL’S WORKSHOP

⏰Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (28 January 2022 – Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas) 📖2 Sam 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17; Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 6cd-7, 10-11 (R.v.3a); Mark 4:26-34 🎤AN IDLE MIND IS THE DEVIL’S WORKSHOP You see! Not only does the society abhor laziness or idleness, it is dangerous to our spiritual life. Can you not see what it did to David? The right thing was that David would lead the people to war as the king. Instead he stayed back at home whirling away in idleness. It was in that situation that the devil struck...

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“YOUR LIGHT MUST SHINE OUT BEFORE OTHERS” (Matt 5:16)

⏰Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (28 January 2022) 📖2 Sam 7:18-19, 24-29; Ps 132:1-2, 3-5, 11, 12, 13-14 (R. Luke 1:32b); Mark 4:21-25 🎤”YOUR LIGHT MUST SHINE OUT BEFORE OTHERS” (Matt 5:16) Christianity is not a private religion but a relational one. Our lives as Christians have influence on others, positively or negatively. Remember that Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12) and what we do as Christians is to try and follow him faithfully in order to become like him. Have we been able to become the light of the world too...

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