Category: Sundays

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“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD… AND YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF” (Luke 10:27)

⏰Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📖Deut 30:10-14; Ps 69:13 and 16, 29-30, 32-33, 35ab and 36 (R.v.32); Col 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37 🎤”YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD… AND YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF” (Luke 10:27) Remember the focus of the liturgy of last Sunday – Bearing the mark of Christ in us and taking him to others. We have the same focus in our liturgy today. That tells us that this is a matter of great importance to Jesus. In the field of Christian ethics, we have a progression from what we call the “ethics of doing” to...

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“I BEAR THE MARKS OF JESUS” (Gal 6:17

⏰Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Isa 66:10-14c; Ps 66:1-3a, 4-5, 6-7a, 16 and 20 (R.v.1); Gal 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 “I BEAR THE MARKS OF JESUS” (Gal 6:17) “May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit” (Gal 6:18), Amen. Last Sunday, we noted that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation (cf. 2 Cor 5:17). That is the reason St. Paul could make this all important claim today, in the Second Reading, saying that he bears the mark of Jesus (Gal 6:18). In fact, in another place, he makes it more categorical,...

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“NO ONE WHO PUTS HIS HANDS TO THE PLOUGH AND LOOKS BACK IS FIT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD” (Luke 9:62)

⏰Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-25; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.5a); Gal 5:1, 13-18; Luke 9:51-62 🎤”NO ONE WHO PUTS HIS HANDS TO THE PLOUGH AND LOOKS BACK IS FIT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD” (Luke 9:62) Do you remember where we left off in our reflection of last Sunday? Just before he journeyed into Jerusalem, Jesus led his disciples to the real understanding of his identity as a suffering Messiah. Hence, anyone who wants to follow him must also carry his Cross and follow. As soon as he finished his duty...

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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...

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

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (Year C) Prov 8:22-31; Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7a, 7b-9, (R.v.2a); Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS (Rom 5:5) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. The theology of the Holy Trinity remains a mystery which is beyond full human understanding. The reality of the idea of the three persons in one God spreads through the entire scriptures but it is more obvious in the New Testament....

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“…FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS” (Luke 6:45)

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Sam 27:4-7; Ps. 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 (R.v.2a); 1 Cor 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45 “…FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS” (Luke 6:45) My dear, on this last Sunday before Lent, the liturgy, providentially instructs us on one important disposition we need to embrace at this time and beyond. That important disposition is self introspection. This is a time to look into our lives and try to find out those things that we need to separate ourselves from in order to become good and perfect Christians. The gospel gives us an...

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“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) How was the election atmosphere in your area yesterday? To God be the glory that it was peaceful in most parts. As for the victims of the violence that erupted in some areas, we pray that God may heal and help the wounded and deprived and have mercy on the souls of the dead. Amen. Whatever the outcome eventually becomes at the end of the day, we must be...

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“BLESSED THE MAN WHO HAS PLACED HIS TRUST IN THE LORD” (Ps 40:5)

⏰Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕Jer 17:5-8; Ps. 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6, (R. Ps. 40:5ab); 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26 🎤”BLESSED THE MAN WHO HAS PLACED HIS TRUST IN THE LORD” (Ps 40:5) How did you feel yesterday with the postponement of the election? I felt very bad because of the so much time I had put in with the preparation of the observers for the day and had to get the information only after I had traveled to my polling unit which is far from where I stay now. So I can imagine how...

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A VOCATION TO HOLINESS

⏰Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕Isa 6:1-2a, 3-8; Psalm 138:1ac-2a, 2bc-3, 4-5, 7c-8 (R.v.1b); 1 Cor 11:1-15; Luke 5:1-11 🎤A VOCATION TO HOLINESS Have you ever paused to consider the profile of the twelve apostles of Jesus or that of the prophets before him? Most of them are those whom the society today might consider as nonentities and unqualified. But God used them because the success of the mission does not depend on the called but on the caller. All the characters in the three readings in our liturgy today found themselves unworthy of the call. In the...

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THE FRUIT OF THE WORD OF GOD

⏰Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕Jer 1:4-5, 17-19; Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15ab and 17 (R.v.15ab); 1 Cor 12:31 13:13; Luke 4:21-30 🎤THE FRUIT OF THE WORD OF GOD Last Sunday, we reflected on our disposition towards the Word of God and what it means to our lives. Indeed, we concluded that the word of God has a transforming power and can influence our lives greatly. More importantly, it serves to engender an abundance of life and joy in us. However, we could see from the Gospel of today that that same word has a different effect upon...