Category: Ordinary Time

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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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

“…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...

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...

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...

“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...

“LOVE YOUR ENEMIES AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO PERSECUTE YOU, SO THAT YOU MAY BE CHILDREN OF YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN” (Matt 5:44-45)

⏰Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (23 January 2022) 📖2 Sam 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27; Ps 80:2-3, 3-4, 5-7 (R.v.4b); Mark 3:20-21 🎤”LOVE YOUR ENEMIES AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO PERSECUTE YOU, SO THAT YOU MAY BE CHILDREN OF YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN” (Matt 5:44-45) Yesterday, we considered some of the attitudes of David that earned him the title of a man after God’s heart. His archenemy, Saul was placed in his hands, but instead of destroying him, he spared his life because he could see the divine in him despite his inclination to evil. Not...