Category: Feasts and Solemnities

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O LORD, INCREASE MY FAITH

⏰Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time 1 (28 Jan 2017 – Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas) ????Heb 11:1-2, 8-19; Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75 (R.v.68); Mark 4:35-41 O LORD, INCREASE MY FAITH We all indeed need an increase in faith. We need to possess that kind of faith that moves mountain (cf. Matt 17:20). Heb 11:1 says that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it, the men of old received divine approval.” Abraham was an example of this. He hoped against hope. Even when they were almost passed child...

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BE HUMAN! BE HOLY!!

⏰THE SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS (01 November 2020) 📖Rev 7:2-4, 9-14; Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R.v.6a); 1 John 3:1-3; Matt 5:1-12a 🎤BE HUMAN! BE HOLY!! Back in our seminary days, this is a day to remember and anticipate, not just for the beautiful Latin chants but also for the beautiful liturgy that reminds us what we are called to do, “You must be holy because I, the LORD, am holy” (Lev 20:26). There is that prayerful hymn that we normally took: “O when the saints, go marching in (2x); O Lord I want to be in that number. O when...

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HUMANITY REUNITES WITH DIVINITY

⏰Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – Year A (21 May 2020) 📖Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.6); Eph 1:17-23; Matt 28:16-20 🎤HUMANITY REUNITES WITH DIVINITY May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you always. Jesus has ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-11), yet he is ever present to and with us. We believe so because he said so (Matt 28:20) and no lie is ever found in his mouth since he the truth par excellence (John 14:6). The truth that we celebrate today is...

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“GIVE PRAISE TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD, HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER” (Ps 118:1)

⏰SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY YEAR A) 📖Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118:2-4, 22-24, 25-27a (R.v.1); Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31 🎤”GIVE PRAISE TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD, HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER” (Ps 118:1) Dearly beloved in Christ, in the midst of the challenges of the present time, we celebrate today, the Feast of the Divine Mercy. Through this celebration, we get the reassurance that God, in his infinite mercy, will not abandon us to our fate but will come to our aid to rescue us all. Amen. As we prayerfully await the reign of that mercy...

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“EPHPHATHA… BE OPENED” (Mark 7:34)

⏰Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (14 February 2020 – Memorial of Ss. Cyril and Methodius) 📖1 Kgs 11:29-32, 12:19; Ps 81:10-11ab, 12-13, 14-15 (R.v.11a, 9a); Mark 7:31-37 🎤”EPHPHATHA… BE OPENED” (Mark 7:34) My dear, the scriptures, in Lam 3:37 asks, “Who can command and execute what the Lord has not decreed?” The answer is very obvious, “nobody!” Yes! Nobody can safely do that and go unpunished. Solomon tried it and the result was the division of the kingdom of Israel. So it brings no good to anyone who tries such. Remember that one way that...

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FAITHFUL DISCIPLESHIP

⏰Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist (18 October 2019) 📖2 Tim 4:10-17ab; Ps 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 17-18 (R.v.12a); Luke 10:1-9 🎤TRUE DISCIPLESHIP Today, we celebrate the feast of St. Luke the evangelist. He was a physician (cf. Col 4:14) by profession but went on to become a companion of St. Paul during his missionary journeys. There seems to be a consensus that the evangelist Luke did not meet Jesus in person but when he came in contact with the Christian message, he allowed himself to be transformed by it. In the second account of the Missionary journeys in the Gospel, we...

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“BEHOLD THE HANDMAID OF GOD…” (Luke 1:38)

⏰Thursday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time 2 (22 Aug. 2019 – Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary) 📖Judges 11:29-39a; Ps 40:5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R.v.8a); Matt 22:1-14 🎤”BEHOLD THE HANDMAID OF GOD…” (Luke 1:38) 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...

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“THIS IS MY SON, MY CHOSEN, LISTEN TO HIM” (Luke 9:35)

⏰Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord C (06 August 2019) 📖Dan 7:9-10, 13-14; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 (R.v.1a, 9a); Luke 9:28b-36 🎤”THIS IS MY SON, MY CHOSEN, LISTEN TO HIM” (Luke 9:35) Among other reasons, the transfiguration of Jesus serves to encourage the disciples and strengthen their faith in view of the impending passion of Jesus. It is true that Peter had just identified him as the Messiah of God (cf. Luke 9:20) but now, God himself puts a stamp upon that answer (Luke 9:35), thus clearing any doubt that might still in their mind. See the conviction with...

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“GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS” (Rom 5:5)

⏰Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus C (28 June 2019) 📖Ezek 34:11-16; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Luke 15:3-7 🎤”GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS” (Rom 5:5) My dear, in the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we celebrate love. The Heart of Jesus is the heart of love. Jesus is God and God is love (1 John 4:16). It then means that Jesus is love. In his apparition to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in France, Jesus said, pointing to his heart, “Behold this heart which has so loved men that it has spared...

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THIS CHALICE IS THE NEW COVENANT IN MY BLOOD (1 Cor 11:25)

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year C) Gen 14:18-20; Psalm 110:1-2, 3, 4 (R.v.4cd); 1 Cor 11:23-26; Luke 9:11b-17 THIS CHALICE IS THE NEW COVENANT IN MY BLOOD (1 Cor 11:25) The celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, in a very special way, invites us to reflect on the rich deposit of our faith which informs our celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Beyond that however, it affords us of the opportunity to reflect well on what we believe in so as to ensure that we are not dancing...