Category: Weekdays

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“THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION” (Ps 27:1)

⏰Friday of the First Week of Advent (2 December 2016) ????Isa 29:17-24; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14, (R.v.1a); Matt 9:27-31 “THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION” (Ps 27:1) The transition from darkness to light is one of the phenomena that is often used to describe the messianic era in the scriptures. The prophet Isaiah used it to describe the events surrounding the birth of the Child, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. A light has dawned upon those who lived in the land as dark as death” (Isa 9:2). The evangelist Matthew also borrowed...

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LET YOUR FAITH BECOME PERFECT BY YOUR WORKS (cf. Jas 2:22)

⏰Thursday of the First Week of Advent (07 Dec 2017) ????Isa 26:1-6; Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27 (R.v.26a); Matt 7:21, 24-27 My dear, in borrowing the ideas of St. James in the above quotation, instead of using work merely in the context of charity and generosity, we shall extend it here to also mean our active response to our faith in God. We are often distracted from that focus by many worries. Whichever way our worries come from, the prophet Isaiah reminds us that in God, our security is ensured. For them who trust in the Lord, the Lord...

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“WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE” (Luke 1:37)

⏰Tuesday of the First Week of Advent (05 Dec. 2017) ????Isa 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 (R.v.7); Luke 10:21-24 My dear, yesterday, the prophet Isaiah informed us that the coming Messiah shall purify the land and save his people. Today, in Isa 11:1-10, he reminds us of the promise of God to establish a kingdom of justice and peace for his people. To be just to the text, it was a reaction against the moral bankruptcy of the leaders in Israel, hence God’s promise of an ideal leader who would uphold justice and righteousness. But there is something very...

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YOU TOO CAN BE AMONG AMONG THE SAVED

⏰Monday of the First Week of Advent (04 December 2017) ????Isa 4:2-6; Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.1); Matt 8:5-11 ????YOU TOO CAN BE AMONG AMONG THE SAVED Have you heard of this thing called the remnant theology? The prophets in Israel used that to talk about the ones that would be survive among the people, through whom God shall continue and actualize his promises to Abraham. These remnant ones often come from the righteous ones. So, at the beginning of this new working week, and just as we kick off the advent period to the fullest, we are...

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TAKE HEED AND BE PREPARED FOR THE END

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (01 December 2018) 📖Rev 22:1-7; Ps 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7abc (R. 1 Cor 16:22b; Rev 22:20c); Luke 21:34-36 A very close friend of mine who was just converted into the Catholic faith once asked me when this ordinary time will finish. Finally, today is the long awaited last day of the Churchs Liturgical Year and the last day of the ordinary time Year 2. After long weeks of preparing for this end, we are again advised on the importance of remaining focused on our goal, which is, to see God face to...

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WE SHALL BE JUDGED BY WHAT WE HAVE DONE (cf. Rev 20:12)

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (25 Nov 2016) ????Rev 20:1-4, 11 – 21:2; Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a (R. Rev 21:3b); Luke 21:29-33 ????WE SHALL BE JUDGED BY WHAT WE HAVE DONE (cf. Rev 20:12) Even though the book of Revelation tries to confront the prevailing issues of the moment, it also predicts what shall happen in the future. Remember that it is also a prophecy (cf. Rev 1:3). So while it consoles and encourages the Christians in the face of their persecuting enemy, it also warns about the deceiving enemy, satan which leads us...

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LET YOUR BABYLON BE FALLEN

⏰Thursday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (24 Nov 2016 – Memorial of St. Andrew Dûng-Lac and Companions) ????Rev 18:1-2, 21-23, 19:1-3, 9a; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R. Rev 19:9a); Luke 21:20-28 ????LET YOUR BABYLON BE FALLEN What comes to your mind when you think of Babylon? For the Israelites, it was a place of exile, alienation from their fatherland, backwardness, oppression, slavery, etc. Babylon offered them nothing but pains. Remember that the book of Revelation uses coded language in talking so that only the people it is addressing would understand. So, at the time the Christians...

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YOUR ENDURANCE SHALL WIN YOU YOUR LIFE (Luke 21:19)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (28 Nov 2018) 📕Rev 15:1-4; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 7-8, 9 (R. Rev 15:3b); Luke 21:12-19 In Rev. 15:1, John saw a vision of seven angels with seven plagues to bring Gods wrath to its climax. In the passage that we made reference to yesterday, that is Rev 14:14-19, there were different angels with sickle in their hands preparing for harvest, thus indicating an impending time of judgement. That paints a fearful picture. Moreover, in Luke 21:12-16 indicates that his disciples shall be hated and persecuted for the sake of his name....

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BE WISE! THERE IS NO TIME!

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 Nov 2016 – Memorial of St. Cecilia) ????Rev 14:14-19; Ps 96:10, 11-12, 13 (R.v.13b); Luke 21:5-11 ????BE WISE! THERE IS NO TIME! What is your understanding of the eschatological discourses of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke 21? Many understood that to mean that there is still plenty of time, but that is not so. Remember that these Gospels were written down at the time the early Christians were still building up and were facing many temptations. There were sufferings everywhere and people were rising to give interpretations of these...

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“WILL ONLY A FEW BE SAVED?” (Luke 13:23)

⏰Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 Nov 2016 – Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) ????Rev 14:1-3, 4b-5; Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R.v.6); Luke 21:1-4 ????”WILL ONLY A FEW BE SAVED?” (Luke 13:23) A misreading of Rev 14 has always created confusion for people. It talks about a vision of 144,000 who are marked with the seal of the Lamb, and who alone were capable of hearing the voice of the Lamb. So some people now assume that heaven must have been filled up. Hmmmmm! Remember that Jesus said, “My sheep hears my...