Category: Ordinary Time

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“WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED IN MY NAME, THERE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM” (Matt 18:20)

⏰Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 August 2020) 📖Ezek 9:1-7, 10:18-22; Ps 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.4b); Matt 18:15-20 🎤”WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED IN MY NAME, THERE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM” (Matt 18:20) In his formation of a new community out of his disciples, Jesus gave them rules to enable them live well in that community and so enjoy the fruits of mutual love and development. Two of those rules that we considered yesterday are humility and forgiveness of one another. The third, reconciliation (cf. Matt 18:15-20) is an extension of the...

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ON ACCEPTING THE WORD OF GOD

⏰Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (11 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Clare of Assisi) 📖Ezek 2:8 – 3:4; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 (R.v.103a); Matt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 🎤ON ACCEPTING THE WORD OF GOD The word of God is instructive, corrective and redemptive. It may not come to us the way we expect or like, and that is why it is at times painful. But its purpose is always for our own good. Some other times, it may be very sweet to our hearing but its demands, very painful to us. Consider that...

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LOOK ONTO JESUS!

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a; Psalm 85:8ab and 9,10-11, 12-13 (R.v.7); Rom 9:1-5; Matt 14:22-33 LOOK ONTO JESUS! Every sportsman knows the importance of fixing his gaze on the target that would win him the desired point. For instance, every goalkeeper that wants to be efficient at the goalpost must not keep his eyes away from the ball. The same thing happens in our journey of faith. Jesus is object of faith. To win the prize, which is salvation, we must focus our gaze on him. Consider the drama that occurred in today’s Gospel...

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“GOD WILL REPAY EVERYONE ACCORDING TO HIS CONDUCT” (Matt 16:27)

⏰Friday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 August 2020) 📖Nah 1:15, 2:2, 3:1-3, 6-7; Deut 32:35cd-36ab, 39abcd, 41 (R.v.39c); Matt 16:24-28 🎤”GOD WILL REPAY EVERYONE ACCORDING TO HIS CONDUCT” (Matt 16:27) Our Catholic Catechism teaches us that God created us to know him, love him, serve him in this world, and be happy with him in the next. That happiness with him in the next is the next is what we call life in abundance, which is what God willed for his people and Jesus came to accomplish (John 10:10). Gaining that life can only be ours...

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“THE LORD HAS SAVED HIS PEOPLE, THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL” (Jer 31:7)

⏰Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (05 August 2020) 📖Jer 31:1-7; Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 (R.v.10d); Matt 15:21-28 🎤”THE LORD HAS SAVED HIS PEOPLE, THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL” (Jer 31:7) Yesterday, we reflected on the overwhelming mercy of God which compels him to still love us not minding our waywardness. Once we turn around and come back to him, he is ever ready to welcome us into his warm embrace and make our lives better. The prophet Jeremiah tells us what awaits those who are courageous enough to make that journey back to God. God will be...

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THE BANE OF FALSE PROPHECY

⏰Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (03 August 2020) 📖Jer 28:1-17; Ps 119:29, 43, 79, 80, 95, 102 (R.v.68b); Matt 14:13-24 🎤THE BANE OF FALSE PROPHECY In ancient Israel, there are three criteria that were used to determine authentic prophets:💥The prophecy must not contradict the Law (cf. Deut 12:32 – 13:4);💥The prophet must be a prophet like Moses, who is seen as the ideal prophet (cf. Deut 18:15-20);💥The prophecy must come to fulfilment (cf. Deut 18:21-22). Consider the confrontation between Jeremiah and Hananiah (Jer 28:1-17) in that light. The people would obviously be confused at whom to...

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“YOU OPEN YOUR HAND, LORD, AND YOU SATISFY US” (Ps 145:16)

⏰Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 📖Isa 55:1-3; Psalm 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18 (R.v.16); Rom 8:35, 37-39; Matt 4:4b; Matt 13:44-523 🎤”YOU OPEN YOUR HAND, LORD, AND YOU SATISFY US” (Ps 145:16) After their return from Babylonian exile, the Israelites observed that their once glorified city has been reduced to a state of ruin. Many of them could not just bear the sight of that and they started losing the hope of ever rising again. That was the origin of the invitation which the prophet Isaiah gave out to the people in the First Reading of today. There was the...

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“DO NOT BE AFRAID… THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS BUT GOD’S” (2 Chron 20:15)

⏰Saturday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (01 August 2020 – Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori) 📖Jer 26:11-16, 24; Ps 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34 (R.v.14); Matt 14:1-12 🎤”DO NOT BE AFRAID… THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS BUT GOD’S” 2 Chron 20:15 Can you see how the spirit of John the Baptist was hunting Herod even in death? Trust God when he said, “vengeance is mine” (Deut 32:35) as St Paul reechoed in Rom 12:10. If it is God’s will, your enemy will not harm you. Even if he allows it, still trust him with all your heart just like...

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THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE LIKE THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM OF THEIR FATHER (Matt 13:43)

⏰Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (28 July 2020) 📖Jer 14:17b-22; Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13 (R.v.9bc); Matt 13:36-43 🎤THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE LIKE THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM OF THEIR FATHER (Matt 13:43) Revelation 22:14 says, “Happy are those who wash their garments clean for they will have free access to the tree of life and enter the city through the gates.” The saints are those who have washed their garments clean. They belong to that “great crowd that no one could count…standing before the throne and the Lamb, clothed in white” (Rev 7:9). No one...

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GOD HAS COME DOWN TO US (Acts 14:12)

⏰Thursday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 July 2020) 📖Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13; Ps 36:6-7ab, 8-9, 10-11 (R.v.10a); Matt 13:10-17 🎤GOD HAS COME DOWN TO US (Acts 14:12) Have you ever been bothered to ask questions, as many people do, on the purpose of the Incarnation? All positive answers to this point to the fact that Jesus took the human nature in order to redeem it and take it back to God, that is, for salvation. This has been a project that God took on since the fall of man. Through the prophets, he has always brought...