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THERE IS GOD!

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (17 Nov. 2023 – Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary) 📖Wis 7:22 – 8:1; Ps 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175 (R.v.89a); Luke 17:20-25 🎤THERE IS GOD! Do you still have any doubts, either by your actions or in your mind or even manner of speech, that there is God? Funny question, abi? OK. Let’s see how funny it is. There are different ways to doubt the existence of God:👉That time I was in a big trouble and decided to seek solutions in the house of witch doctors, or give out...

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“I WILL BE WITH YOU… DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE” (Judges 6:16, 23)

⏰Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time 2 (22 Aug. 2023 – Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary) 📖Judges 6:11-24; Ps 85:9, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.9b); Matt 19:23-30 🎤”I WILL BE WITH YOU… DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE” (Judges 6:16, 23) Beloved in Christ, in the Queenship of Mary, we celebrate her privileged connection with Jesus who is the King of Kings. Such honour is not an invention of man but a setting by God whose angel delivered the message to Mary, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Luke...

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“LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN” (Matt 6:20)

⏰Friday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (23 June 2023) 📖2 Cor 11:18, 21b-30; Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.18b); Matt 6:19-23 🎤”LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN” (Matt 6:20) In our world that is bedeviled by quest for consumerism and vain glory, the message of Jesus in Matt 6:19-23 makes an important meaning to us. What is the goal of my worship to God? Is it for the glory of God or for my own glory? Like Jesus who encouraged us to seek eternal treasure, St Paul reminds us in 2 Cor 11:18-30 of the importance of...

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WE ARE A CHOSEN RACE (cf. 1Pet 2:9)

⏰Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 📖Exod 19:2-6a; Psalm 100; Rom 5:6-11; Matt 9:36 – 10:8 🎤WE ARE A CHOSEN RACE (cf. 1Pet 2:9) All the readings of today, including the responsorial Psalm, and especially the First Reading and the Gospel, point out the fact of God’s choice of us to be his people. In the first reading, the people of Israel became our representatives in that choice. Remember that Israel as a nation is made up of 12 tribes corresponding to the 12 sons of Jacob. Then, as Israel is considered the vessel of God’s salvation following their...

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JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD!

⏰SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) 📖Isa 49:3, 5-6; Ps 40:2 and 4b, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R.v.8a and 9a); 1 Cor 1:1-3; John 1:29-34 🎤JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD! The bulk of the cult of Isaiah (Isaiah’s prophecy) recorded in chapters 40 to 55 is regarded as the Second Book of Isaiah, which is as well seen as coming from the exilic era. That is the period when the people of Israel were on exile. Let us remember that the prophet had, in the First Book (Isaiah 1 – 31) called the people to turn from their sins, otherwise...

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GIVE JESUS A CHANCE!

⏰Tuesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time Year 1 (10 Jan 2023)

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LIFE IS CHANGED THROUGH DEATH

⏰Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 2 Macc 7:1-2, 9-14; Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8 and 15 (R.v.15b); 2 Thess 2:16 – 3:5; Luke 20:27-38 LIFE IS CHANGED THROUGH DEATH The three readings that we have in our Liturgy of today, in one way or another, point to the fact of afterlife. We are on journey in this present life and our destination is in eternal life. For every Christian, this eternal life is founded on the love which God has shown in Christ Jesus, as St. Paul explained to us in Second Reading. He encouraged the Thessalonians to remain...

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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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