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BE HUMAN! BE HUMBLE! BE HOLY!

⏰Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 August 2020) 📖Ezek 28:1-10; Deut 32:26-27ab, 27cd-28, 30, 35cd-36ab; Matt 19:23-30 🎤BE HUMAN! BE HUMBLE! BE HOLY! Yesterday, we talked about the need to set our values right. In actual fact, we do not recommend an extraordinary attitude. Being yourself would be enough. The problems we normally have arises from our quest to answer what we are not. This reaches to the extreme when we try to play God. Even when you seem to have an extraordinary gift, try and remain human. It is in that state that God wishes...

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SET YOUR VALUES RIGHT!

⏰Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 August 2020) 📖Ezek 24:15-24; Deut 32:18-19, 20, 21 (R.v.18b); Matt 19:16-22 🎤SET YOUR VALUES RIGHT! May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you (2 Cor 13:13). God created everything good for us (Gen 1:31) and he wills that we may reap good fruits of all he had made. All that we need to enjoy this favour is to be with God. So forget about your worries in life and seek God. He shall not disappoint you....

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“WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED IN MY NAME, THERE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM” (Matt 18:20)

⏰Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 August 2020) 📖Ezek 9:1-7, 10:18-22; Ps 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.4b); Matt 18:15-20 🎤”WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED IN MY NAME, THERE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM” (Matt 18:20) In his formation of a new community out of his disciples, Jesus gave them rules to enable them live well in that community and so enjoy the fruits of mutual love and development. Two of those rules that we considered yesterday are humility and forgiveness of one another. The third, reconciliation (cf. Matt 18:15-20) is an extension of the...

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ON ACCEPTING THE WORD OF GOD

⏰Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (11 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Clare of Assisi) 📖Ezek 2:8 – 3:4; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 (R.v.103a); Matt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 🎤ON ACCEPTING THE WORD OF GOD The word of God is instructive, corrective and redemptive. It may not come to us the way we expect or like, and that is why it is at times painful. But its purpose is always for our own good. Some other times, it may be very sweet to our hearing but its demands, very painful to us. Consider that...

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“GOD WILL REPAY EVERYONE ACCORDING TO HIS CONDUCT” (Matt 16:27)

⏰Friday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 August 2020) 📖Nah 1:15, 2:2, 3:1-3, 6-7; Deut 32:35cd-36ab, 39abcd, 41 (R.v.39c); Matt 16:24-28 🎤”GOD WILL REPAY EVERYONE ACCORDING TO HIS CONDUCT” (Matt 16:27) Our Catholic Catechism teaches us that God created us to know him, love him, serve him in this world, and be happy with him in the next. That happiness with him in the next is the next is what we call life in abundance, which is what God willed for his people and Jesus came to accomplish (John 10:10). Gaining that life can only be ours...

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“THE LORD HAS SAVED HIS PEOPLE, THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL” (Jer 31:7)

⏰Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (05 August 2020) 📖Jer 31:1-7; Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 (R.v.10d); Matt 15:21-28 🎤”THE LORD HAS SAVED HIS PEOPLE, THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL” (Jer 31:7) Yesterday, we reflected on the overwhelming mercy of God which compels him to still love us not minding our waywardness. Once we turn around and come back to him, he is ever ready to welcome us into his warm embrace and make our lives better. The prophet Jeremiah tells us what awaits those who are courageous enough to make that journey back to God. God will be...

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THE BANE OF FALSE PROPHECY

⏰Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (03 August 2020) 📖Jer 28:1-17; Ps 119:29, 43, 79, 80, 95, 102 (R.v.68b); Matt 14:13-24 🎤THE BANE OF FALSE PROPHECY In ancient Israel, there are three criteria that were used to determine authentic prophets:💥The prophecy must not contradict the Law (cf. Deut 12:32 – 13:4);💥The prophet must be a prophet like Moses, who is seen as the ideal prophet (cf. Deut 18:15-20);💥The prophecy must come to fulfilment (cf. Deut 18:21-22). Consider the confrontation between Jeremiah and Hananiah (Jer 28:1-17) in that light. The people would obviously be confused at whom to...

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“DO NOT BE AFRAID… THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS BUT GOD’S” (2 Chron 20:15)

⏰Saturday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (01 August 2020 – Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori) 📖Jer 26:11-16, 24; Ps 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34 (R.v.14); Matt 14:1-12 🎤”DO NOT BE AFRAID… THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS BUT GOD’S” 2 Chron 20:15 Can you see how the spirit of John the Baptist was hunting Herod even in death? Trust God when he said, “vengeance is mine” (Deut 32:35) as St Paul reechoed in Rom 12:10. If it is God’s will, your enemy will not harm you. Even if he allows it, still trust him with all your heart just like...

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THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE LIKE THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM OF THEIR FATHER (Matt 13:43)

⏰Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (28 July 2020) 📖Jer 14:17b-22; Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13 (R.v.9bc); Matt 13:36-43 🎤THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE LIKE THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM OF THEIR FATHER (Matt 13:43) Revelation 22:14 says, “Happy are those who wash their garments clean for they will have free access to the tree of life and enter the city through the gates.” The saints are those who have washed their garments clean. They belong to that “great crowd that no one could count…standing before the throne and the Lamb, clothed in white” (Rev 7:9). No one...

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GOD HAS COME DOWN TO US (Acts 14:12)

⏰Thursday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 July 2020) 📖Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13; Ps 36:6-7ab, 8-9, 10-11 (R.v.10a); Matt 13:10-17 🎤GOD HAS COME DOWN TO US (Acts 14:12) Have you ever been bothered to ask questions, as many people do, on the purpose of the Incarnation? All positive answers to this point to the fact that Jesus took the human nature in order to redeem it and take it back to God, that is, for salvation. This has been a project that God took on since the fall of man. Through the prophets, he has always brought...