Category: Sundays

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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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“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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GOD IS BIGGER THAN ALL YOUR PROBLEMS

⏰Fourtenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 📖Zech 9:9-10; Psalm 145; Rom 8:9,11-13; Matt 11:25-30 🎤GOD IS BIGGER THAN ALL YOUR PROBLEMS Are you a Christian? Then you must be a friend of Jesus, and if you are a friend of Jesus, you have nothing to worry about because Jesus always takes care of the worries of his friends. The Gospel says that much. In the first place, Jesus thanks God for revealing the mysteries about God and salvation to those considered as the little ones of the world. Mark that word, ‘little ones’. That does not just mean little...

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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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BE PERFECT AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS PERFECT

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Lev 19:1-2, 17-18; Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13 (R.v.8a); 1 Cor 3:16-23; Matt 5:38-48 BE PERFECT AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS PERFECT Christian vocation is a vocation to love because in it we are called to live in imitation of Christ who is love par excellence. 1 John 4:16 tells us that “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in him.” So it is only through loving others that we can come to be perfect as our heavenly Father, following the calls we have in the First...

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WE HAVE A SHARE IN THE LIFE OF CHRIST

⏰The Baptism of the Lord (Year A) 📖Isa 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29:1a and 2, 3ac-4, 3b and 9c-10 (R.v.11b); Acts 10:34-38; Matt 3:13-17 🎤WE HAVE A SHARE IN THE LIFE OF CHRIST According to the Catholic Catechism of Christian Doctrine, “Baptism is a sacrament which cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians, children of God and members of the Church.” Johns baptism, which Jesus participated in was also called a “baptism of repentance.” With the above in mind, it is of little wonder why the early Christians felt embarrassed at the thought of the Baptism of Jesus. Would that...

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“SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD”

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) – 18 Sept 2016 Amos 8:4-7; Ps. 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8 (R.v.1a, 7a); 1Tim 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13 “SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD” It is a truism that where your treasure is, there lies your heart. If we love God so much, in God would our attention subsist but if it is material possession that we treasure more, it will definitely take away our attention from God. The people of Israel were patiently awaiting the Day of the Lord, when God would restore peace in Jerusalem. But they do this without bothering to...

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A CELEBRATION OF GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

⏰Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) – 15 Sept 2019 📖Exod 32:7-11,13-14; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17 and 19 (R. Luke 15:18); 1Tim 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32 🎤A CELEBRATION OF GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE The three readings that we have in our Liturgy of today point out, in a very clear manner, the imperfection of man and God’s unconditional love towards man. In the First Reading, the people of Israel deserted God and chose to worship a molten calf. Worst still, they ascribed to the molten calf, the glory which ought to be given to God, saying: “These are your gods, O...

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“EVERYONE WHO EXALTS HIMSELF WILL BE HUMBLED AND HE WHO HUMBLES HIMSELF WILL BE EXALTED” (Luke 14:11)

⏰Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Sirach 3:17-20, 28-29; Ps 68:4-5ac, 6-7ab, 10-11 (R.v.11b); Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a; Luke 14:7-14 🎤”EVERY ONE WHO EXALTS HIMSELF WILL BE HUMBLED AND HE WHO HUMBLES HIMSELF WILL BE EXALTED” (Luke 14:11) Last Sunday, Jesus called on us to follow the narrow gate if we want to get into the kingdom of God. As we know, nothing that is big can pass through that narrow gate. Pride bloats and makes one big. Can you now see the wisdom of God in choosing to teach us the necessity of humility today? The evangelist Luke used...

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“STRIVE TO ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Luke 13:24)

⏰Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Isa 66:18-21; Ps 117:1, 2 (R. Mark 16:15); Heb 12:5-7, 11-13; Luke 13:22-30 🎤”STRIVE TO ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Luke 13:24) My dear, the evangelist Luke chooses to remind us today that Jesus is still on his way to Jerusalem. What awaits him in Jerusalem is the Cross. It is through the Cross that he would depart this world, and he knew about it. When he began this journey, he invited his disciples to carry their crosses and follow him (cf. Luke 9:23). If the one who asked him the question about...