Category: Feasts and Solemnities

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CLOTHE YOURSELF IN HUMILITY AS YOU FOLLOW JESUS

⏰Feast of St. Mark (25 April 2018) 📕1 Pet 5:5b-14; Ps 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17 (R.v.2a); Mark 16:15-20 Today, in the Catholic Church, we celebrate the Feast Day of St Mark, the evangelist. St Peter describes him as son (1Peter 5:13). And he is equally described as a companion to Paul and Barnabas. The Gospel of St. Mark, which bears his name tries to reveal the identity of Jesus to a community that was undergoing some difficulties in professing their faith. It invites them into a discipleship that embraces the reality of suffering and the cross (cf. Mark 8:34). Of course,...

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FAITH, TRUST AND OBEDIENCE: THE EXAMPLE OF ST JOSEPH, SPOUSE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

⏰Solemnity  of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary  (19 March 2018) ????2 Sam 7:4-5, 12-14, 16; Ps 88:2-5, 27-29 (R.v.37); RLuke 5:1-11 There is indeed very little said of St. Joseph, the Spouse of Mary by the Scriptures? In none of the Gospels was he talked of beyond the third chapter except where it could be inferred when Jesus was called the Carpenter’s son in Luke 8:19. But, we must observe that in those places that he was explicitly mentioned, his roles bring out clearly what God wants us to learn from his life, namely, Faith in God....

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“YOU ARE PETER, AND ON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH” (Matt 16:18)

⏰Feast of the Chair of St. Peter (22 February 2017) ????1 Pet 5:1-4; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Matt 16:13-19 ????”YOU ARE PETER, AND ON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH” (Matt 16:18) Today we celebrate the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. In this, we celebrate the seat of power of the successor of St. Peter and its authority as coming from Christ himself (cf. Matt 16:18-19). The universality of the celebration is a sign of the unity of all, which is built around the successor of St. Peter, the Pope. However, one important significance of...

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“BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES…” (Mark 8:15)

⏰Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (14 Feb 2017 – Memorial of Ss Cyril & Methodius) ????Gen 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10; Ps 29:1a and 2, 3ac-4, 3b and 9c-10 (R.v.11b); Mark 8:14-21 “BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES…” (Mark 8:15) How did things get so bad that God would regret creating man (cf. Gen 6:6)? At the end of creation, God looked at all that he had done, and indeed, it was very good (Gen 1:31). However, great evil arose on earth and the extent and consequence of that as reported in Gen 6:5-8 show that all...

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GOD IS ENOUGH FOR YOU; BE CONTENTED WITH HIM

⏰Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (10 Feb 2017) ????Gen 3:1-8; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7 (R.v.1a); Mark 7:31-37 GOD IS ENOUGH FOR YOU; BE CONTENTED WITH HIM Do you trust God? Do you believe that he can never deceive you? Do you believe that with him beside you, there is nothing you shall want (Ps 23)? Then why would you want to play God? Eve was not contented with the envious position which God gave her as a human being; she wanted to be like God and have her eyes opened (Gen 3:5). So she believed...

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“HE SPOKE AND IT CAME TO BE” (Ps 33:9)

⏰Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (06 Feb 2017 – Memorial of St. Paul Miki and Companions) 📖Gen 1:1-19; Ps 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10 and 12, 24 and 35c (R.v.31b); Mark 6:53-56 ğŸŽ¤”HE SPOKE AND IT CAME TO BE” (Ps 33:9) The creation account in the Book of Genesis serves a number of purposes. It gives the theological explanation of the existence of all things that are. More than that however, it shows us the faithfulness and the all powerful nature of God, who spoke the word and things came into existence. The faithfulness was explained with the...

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THIS IS THE FAVOURABLE TIME; THIS IS THE DAY OF SALVATION (2 Cor 6:2)

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD Mal 3:1-4; Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10 (R.v.10bc); Heb 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40 THIS IS THE FAVOURABLE TIME; THIS IS THE DAY OF SALVATION (2 Cor 6:2) Presentation in the Temple is a Jewish rite in which the firstborn is presented to God and a sacrifice is made to redeem the child. This follows Gods instruction to Moses in Exod 13:2 Consecrate to me every firstborn. The first to open the womb among the Israelites, whether human or animal, is mine. Obeying that instruction would be an act of appreciation to God for sparing...

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HOPING EVEN AGAINST HOPE

⏰Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (31 Jan 2017) ????Heb 12:1-4; Ps 22:26b-27, 28 and 30, 31-32 (R.v.27b); Mark 5:21-43 HOPING EVEN AGAINST HOPE It is once again my feast day, the memorial of St JohnBosco. I request your prayers in a special way especially for an increase in faith. I need to possess that kind of faith that moves mountain (cf. Matt 17:20). Have you ever seen yourself in a condition that made you declare that quitting is the only option? This quitting could even be quitting life itself. Do you believe that Jesus can help...

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WHO IS CHRIST TO YOU?

⏰Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time 1 (24 Jan 2017 – Memorial of St. Frances de Sales) ????Heb 10:1-10; Ps 40:2 and 4ab, 7-8a, 10, 11 (R.v.8a, 9a); Mark 3:31-35 WHO IS CHRIST TO YOU? Is he your son, or your brother or your friend? In Mark 3:31-35, the family of Jesus came to take him home since people were now feeling he was going out of hand. So Jesus used the opportunity to catechize the people on the nature of his relationship with them because they lacked proper understanding of him. So he taught them that his...

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HOW COMMITTED AM I?

⏰Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time 1 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (21 Jan 2017 – Memorial of St. Agnes) ????Heb 7:1-3, 15-17; Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 (R.v.4bc); Mark 3:1-6 HOW COMMITTED AM I? The world today is more interested in bearing titles than in carrying out the duties attached to the titles. You often hear people say, “Do you know I am?” And I normally reply to those people, “Six feet!” That’s if the people are kind enough to even dig up to that when burying the person. Some will not answer their names...