Category: Weekdays

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“IF YOUR HAND CAUSES YOU TO SIN, CUT IT OFF” (Mark 9:43)

⏰Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (24 May 2018) 📖Jam 5:1-6; Ps 49:12-15, 15d-16, 17-18, 19-20 (R. Matt 5:3); Mark 9:41-50 The Greek term ‘skandalon’ is used to describe an obstacle that hinders progress. Our action or inaction can become an obstacle to others. For instance, if I do anything, it doesn’t matter if it is right or wrong, and people get affected by it, maybe to the extent that they stopped coming to Church, I have become a stumbling block for them. Again, this is a time for introspection. Is there anything I do that scandalizes...

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“WHOEVER KNOWS WHAT IS RIGHT TO DO AND FAILS TO DO IT, FOR HIM IT IS A SIN” (cf. Jam 4:17)

⏰Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 May 2018) 📖Jam 4:13-17; Ps 49:2-3, 6-7, 8-10, 11 (R. Matt 5:3); Mark 9:38-40 Have you ever heard of the natural law? Yeah! Even Philosophy believes in the existence of this law in each person. It is in you, and it tries always to talk to you whenever you want to do anything. It tells you what is good or bad. It is well articulated in your conscience. So, if you listen to the promptings of a good and informed conscience, you shall be led aright by the natural law....

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“… FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD”

⏰Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 May 2018) 📖Jam 4:1-10; Ps 55:7-8, 9-10a, 10b-11, 23 (R.v.23ab); Mark 9:30-37 Some people had often opined that the reason the disciples of Jesus were unable to heal the deaf and mute child was because they were jostling among themselves over who would heal the child and take the glory. This is just an insinuation but we have to take it seriously for our purpose today. Why? It is not by accident that Jesus reminded them that prayer and fasting (i.e. total dependence on God) are the supplements they needed...

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FOCUS ON GOD NO MATTER THE TRIAL

⏰Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time II (12 Feb 2017) ????Jam 1:1-11; Ps 119:67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 76 (R.v.77); Mark 8:11-13 It is a new working week. I pray that God may visit you with renewed strength to do all you can this week to follow him faithfully and do your work with the good of others in mind. May you spend the end of this week recounting in testimonies, the multiple blessings of God. Amen. I often wonder what Jesus would call our generation now if he called his own generation a wicked one simply because...

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“THEY ATE, AND WERE SATISFIED” (Mark 8:8)

⏰Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (10 February 2018 – Memorial of St. Scholastica) ????1 Kgs 12:26-32, 13:33-34; Ps 106:6-7ab, 19-20, 21-22 (R.v.4a); Mark 8:1-10 Have you ever paused to reflect on what is the authentic source of satisfaction and security in man? On a daily basis, we struggle to gain those two in our lives. With a deep reflection, one can see that satisfaction and security come more from what we help others to have than what we acquire for ourselves. In other words, generosity and selflessness works better on our behalf than greed and...

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“EPHPHATHA… BE OPENED” (Mark 7:34)

⏰Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (9 February 2018) ????1 Kgs 11:29-32, 12:19; Ps 81:10-11ab, 12-13, 14-15 (R.v.11a, 9a); Mark 7:31-37 My dear, the scriptures, in Lam 3:37 asks, “Who can command and execute what the Lord has not decreed?” The answer is very obvious, “nobody!” Yes! Nobody can safely do that and go unpunished. Solomon tried it and the result was the division of the kingdom of Israel. So it brings no good to anyone who tries such. Remember that one way that we do that is through sin. Sin is disobedience to the decrees...

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THE MERCIFUL LOVE OF THE LORD NEVER CEASES

⏰Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (8 February 2018) ????1 Kgs 11:4-13; Ps 106:3-4, 35-36, 37 and 40 (R.v.4a); Mark 7:24-30 Did you find time to make the self-evaluation we recommended yesterday? Hope you were able to put on the veil of Christ so as to reflect him in all that you do. It is actually to our benefits if we could do so. You know why? God is ever faithful to those who put their trust in him. More importantly, this faithfulness has no end. You care to know where I got that insight? Remember...

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WHO AM I BEFORE GOD?

⏰Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (7 February 2018) ????1 Kgs 10:1-10; Ps 37:5-6, 30-31, 39-40 (R.v.30a); Mark 7:14-23 We ended our reflection yesterday with a call to allow our lives be transformed by the faith which we profess. The crisis we normally observe among Christians today is that of hypocrisy. It is hard these days to get Christians whose lifestyle could easily be connected to their Christian faith. This is a time of self-evaluation for me. After listening to the words from my mouth, do people give glory to God, whose priest I am as...

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“KEEP THE CHARGE OF THE LORD YOUR GOD… THAT YOU MAY PROSPER IN ALL THAT YOU DO” (1 Kgs 2:3)

⏰Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (1 February 2018) ????1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12; 1 Chron 29:10b, 11ab, 11d-12a, 12bcd (R.v.12b); Mark 6:7-13 At long last, the month of January has given way to February. For some people, it was as if the month became longer than 31 days. For such people, they can at least see that nothing lasts forever. It does not matter how long difficulty persists, it shall surely come to an end one day. As we begin this new month therefore, I pray that your difficulties may give way to abundant blessings and...

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TRUST GOD IN ALL THINGS, AT ALL TIMES

⏰Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (31 January 2018 – Memorial of St. JohnBosco) ????2 Sam 24:2, 9-17; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6-7 (R.v.5a); Mark 6:1-6 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 which will enable me to believe God and obey him in all things without doubt (cf. Matt 17:20). Now, one might begin to wonder what was the big deal with the census which David...