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PERSEVERE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (23 September 2017 – Memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina) ????1 Tim 6:13-16; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.2b); Luke 8:4-15 At the end of the First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy, the apostle encouraged his audience, which now includes us, to hold on to the keeping of the commandments of God till the end, when Christ would come again (see 1 Tim 6:13-16). There are a number of things that can make us not to do so, and those things are well represented in the parable of the sower...

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“THERE IS GREAT GAIN IN GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT” (1 Tim 6:6)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (22 September 2017) ????1 Tim 6:2c-12; Ps 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20 (R. Matt 5:3); Luke 8:1-3 Where your treasure is, there would your heart be too (Matt 6:21). Yet, our hearts are meant for God, and would not rest until they rest in God. That is the reason it is wise to seek Godly ways while on earth so that you will not miss that way at the end of time. The way that leads to material things can indeed be deceptive. That way has made many pastors follow the way...

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“I AM WRITING THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO YOU SO THAT… YOU MAY KNOW HOW ONE OUGHT TO BEHAVE IN THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD” (1 Tim 3:14-15)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (20 September 2017 – Memorial of St. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Comp) ????1 Tim 3:14-16; Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.2a); Luke 7:31-35 In 1 Tim 3:14-16, St. Paul instructs the leaders to remain attached to the fundamental truths of the history of salvation which were handed down to us. Obviously, some people, out of selfish interests, try to deviate from those fundamental truths (see Luke 7:31-35). Trying to fault them would definitely lead to persecution. Do you see how the Jews especially the Pharisees and the leaders were...

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“DO NOT WEEP” (Luke 7:14)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (19 September 2017) ????1 Tim 3:1-13; Ps 101:1-2ab, 2cd-3ab, 5, 6 (R.v.2c); Luke 7:11-17 Child of God, wipe your tears! Look up and see your Savior coming. He does not want to see you in tears. He came to restore your lost hope and put a smile once more on your face. Let your mouth shout out for joy for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. He came for liberation; he wants to take you back to the original plan of God for you. The devil comes...

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HAVE YOU TOLD GOD ABOUT IT?

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (18 September 2017) ????1 Tim 2:1-8; Ps 28:2, 7, 8-9 (R.v.6); Luke 7:1-10 For some days, the tension in the country has escalated and there are lots of blames and counter-blames going on here and there. Many wants everything to come to a favourable end but, unfortunately, not many people have talked to God about it. There are three important arms that every Christian is called to carry today in the face of all these trials. They are faith, humility and prayer. What first comes to your mind when you are...

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“SET YOUR MINDS ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE” (Col 3:2)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (13 Sept. 2017 – Memorial of St. John Chrysosto) ????Col 3:1-11; Ps 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13ab (R.v.9a); Luke 6:20-26 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Amen. Being a Christian means being immersed into the identity of Christ in such a way that it is no longer the person who lives but Christ living in him (cf. Col 3:3-4; Gal 2:20-21). We must therefore aim to be where Christ is also. We cannot do that unless we...

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“HOW GOOD IS THE LORD TO ALL” (Ps 145:9)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (12 Sept. 2017) ????Col 2:6-15; Ps 145:1b-2, 8-9, 10-11 (R.v.9); Luke 6:12-19 Yesterday, we talked about retracing our steps from the materialistic tendencies that have bedeviled our world. St. Paul tells us to live above boards without doubts. “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (Col 2:6). Such a decision would most often come with troubles. The Psalmist says in Psalm 34:19, “Many are the troubles of the...

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“I REJOICE IN MY SUFFERINGS FOR YOUR SAKE” (Col 1:24)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (11 Sept. 2017) ????Col 1:24 – 2:3; Ps 62:6-7, 9 (R.v.8a); Luke 6:6-11 As I listened to Paul in Col 1:24 – 2:3, I began to reflect again on my response to God’s invitation to be his disciple and a minister among the so many disciples. Am I a servant-leader after the mind of Christ or am I a comfort-seeker? Jesus said in Matt 16:24, “If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” This reflected well in early missionaries who evangelized...

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PERSEVERE IN FAITH IN CHRIST

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (09 Sept. 2017) ????Col 1:21-23; Ps 54:3-4, 6 and 8 (R.v.6a); Luke 6:1-5 My dear, Christ died for our sake and it is by his wounds that we are healed (cf. Isa 53:5). He has made all things well for us (cf. Mark 7:37) and that is why we said before now that he is all that we need. If we keep our faith in him, he is able to do exceedingly more than we ever ask him. Yet, it is not even easy to keep faith in him at all...

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“AT YOUR WORD I WILL LET DOWN THE NETS” (Luke 5:5)

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (05 September 2019) 📖Col 1:9-14; Ps 98:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6 (R.v.2a); Luke 5:1-11 One of the problems in the Colossian Church which St. Paul had to handle in his letter to them is on the crisis of faith. False teachers were beginning to teach them wrong things about God, thus creating confusions among them, on whom to believe. Hence, St. Paul prays that God himself would fill them with the knowledge of his will to follow and grant them strength to do it (cf. Col 1:9-14). It is always important to discover...