Category: Year I

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PRAYER IS THE MASTER KEY

⏰Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (08 June 2017) ????Tob 6:9-12, 7:1cd, 9-12, 16; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.1a); Mark 12:28b-34 Reading through the book of Tobit, chapters 3, 6, 7 and 8, I remembered this song: “Prayer is the key; (2x) “Prayer is the master key; “Jesus started with prayer, and ended with prayer; “Prayer is the master key.” Indeed prayer is the key that opens locked doors. Do you have any locked door now? It could the door of good health, marriage, fertility, employment, admission, exam success, prosperity, etc. The key is in your hand;...

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GOD CAN DO ALL THINGS!

⏰Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (07 June 2017) ????Tob 3:1-11, 16-17a; Ps 25:2-3, 4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9 (R.v.1); Mark 12:18-27 Our view of life influences how we embrace it. For those who believe that everything ends in this present world, anything goes. And they can afford to live as they wish without the thought of eternal life. But we believe that there is life after death where those who have died go into eternal bliss or eternal damnation. The Sadducees belong to the elite class among the Jews. Things were obviously going well for them...

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“…GIVE TO GOD WHAT BELONGS TO GOD” (Mark 12:17)

⏰Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (06 June 2017) ????Tob 2:9-14; Ps 112:1b-2, 7-8, 9 (R.v.7b); Mark 12:13-17 This is one of the most misread portions of the scripture. Many use it as a justification of their worldliness. But was that the message Jesus tries to pass across there? In the first place, Jesus must have meant by that statement that they should give everything back to God, since even Caesar himself belonged to God. However, the main message lies in the second part of that statement, “Render to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17)....

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“BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 112:1)

⏰Monday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (05 June 2017 – Memorial of St. Boniface) ????Tob 1:3, 2:1-8; Ps 112:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.1b); Mark 12:1-12 My dear, I welcome you back to the ordinary time of the year on this new day in a new working week. Listen to the prayers of the psalmist for you today: ????Your descendants would be powerful on earth and your generation blest (Ps 112:2), amen. ????Again, that riches and wealth shall be in your house and a light would rise to enlighten the darkness before you (Ps 112:3-4), amen. ????And it shall...

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“GIVE GENEROUSLY TO THE LORD…HE WILL REPAY YOU SEVENFOLD” (Sirach 35:9-10)

⏰Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (28 Feb 2017) ????Sir 35:1-12; Ps 50:5-6, 7-8, 14 and 23 (R.v.23bc); Mark 10:28-31 “GIVE GENEROUSLY TO THE LORD…HE WILL REPAY YOU SEVENFOLD” (Sirach 35:9-10) Do you remember what we discussed yesterday concerning charity especially as it concerns that rich young man that came to Jesus to find out what he must do to gain eternal life? The rich young man has obviously been righteous, only that he lacked charity (cf. Mark 10:19-21). On account of his righteousness, the disciples wondered whether they can gain anything from following Jesus (cf. Mark...

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NOW IS THE TIME OF CHANGE; TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE!

⏰Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (27 Feb 2017) ????Sir 17:24-29; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7 (R.v.11a); Mark 10:17-27 NOW IS THE TIME OF CHANGE; TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE! My dear, I welcome you to this new working week. I pray that it may be a week of abundant rain of blessings and divine protection for you. May God give you a reason to be congratulated and celebrated this week and beyond. Amen Indeed, the Lord wants to bless you and restore your joy. Yet, there is something you must do to gain that blessing. The...

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“THE MERCY OF THE LORD IS EVERLASTING UPON THOSE WHO HOLD HIM IN FEAR” (Ps 103:17)

⏰Saturday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 Feb 2017) ????Sir 17:1-15; Ps 103:13-14, 15-16, 17-18 (R.v.17ab); Mark 10:13-16 “THE MERCY OF THE LORD IS EVERLASTING UPON THOSE WHO HOLD HIM IN FEAR” (Ps 103:17) Do you realise that there is nothing about you that is hidden to God? Why? He created you in his image and placed you in the position you occupy right now. Hence, the book of Sirach reminds us that our ways are always open before him (Sir 17:15). My dear, it is true that, two days ago, we were warned against scandals. But...

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“WHAT THEREFORE GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER, LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER” (Mark 10:10)

⏰Friday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (24 Feb 2017) ????Sir 6:5-17; Ps 119:12, 16, 18, 27, 34, 35 (R.v.35a); Mark 10:1-12 ????”WHAT THEREFORE GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER, LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER” (Mark 10:10) My dear, God has made us for himself, and he continues to take care of us in all situations. Sometimes, difficulties and distractions can come our way and affect us badly to an extent that we begin to question if God is still on the throne. Yet, his presence among us is everlasting (cf. Matt 28:20). So, the book of Sirach tells us...

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

⏰Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (23 Feb 2017) ????Sir 5:1-8; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. Ps 40:5ab); Mark 9:41-50 ????”BLESSED THE MAN WHO HAS PLACED HIS TRUST IN THE LORD” (Ps 40:5) Do you know anyone who brags with his wealth or position of authority or intelligence? He indeed needs some pity. This is because whatever we have is given to us by God for the service of others. When we allow those ephemerals to blow us up to the extent that we look down on others and see ourselves as demigods, we are...

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“… IF YOU HAVE DECIDED TO SERVE THE LORD, PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE TRIALS” (Sir 2:1)

⏰Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (21 Feb 2017) ????Sir 2:1-11; Ps 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40 (R.v.5); Mark 9:30-37 ????”… IF YOU HAVE DECIDED TO SERVE THE LORD, PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE TRIALS” (Sir 2:1) 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? Many of us today who claim to...