Category: Year I

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“LOVE YOUR ENEMIES AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO PERSECUTE YOU” (Matt 5:44)

⏰Tuesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (19 June 2019) 📖2 Cor 8:1-9; Ps 146:1b-2, 5-6ab, 6c-7, 8-9a (R.v.1b); Matt 5:43-48 My dear, in our reflection yesterday, we pointed out that one of our guiding principles in this new working week should be to shun revenge as Jesus taught us in Matt 5:38-42. However, Jesus wants us to do more than shunning revenge; he wants us to love those who hurt us and pray for them. This is really a hard teaching for us in this age when “Back to Sender” is now a label of an anointing...

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“THE LORD HAS MADE KNOWN HIS SALVATION” (Ps 98:2)

⏰Monday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (19 June 2017) ????2 Cor 6:1-10; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.2a); Matt 5:38-42   My dear, I welcome you to this new working week. We are ever grateful to the psalmist for introducing us into this week with the above beautiful message of the Lord’s salvation. St Paul also makes an important claim for us that, “…now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2). Do you want to be a partaker of that salvation? St Paul tells us how – you must not dwell in self-glory; rather see yourself as...

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“THE LOVE OF CHRIST URGES US ON” (2 Cor 5:14)

⏰Saturday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (17 June 2017) ????2 Cor 5:14-21; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8-9, 11-12 (R.v.8a); Matt 5:33-37 What is your motivation in serving God? Miracle? Protection? I mean, “Is it just about your selfish interest or is it about the love of God?” What is it that has changed in you since you accepted Christ? For some days we have been trying to decolonise our minds from too much attachment to the law which may block our view of what really matters – God. 1 John 4:16 tells us that God is love. So,...

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“IT IS NO LONGER I WHO LIVE, BUT CHRIST WHO LIVES IN ME” (Gal 2:20)

⏰Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (16 June 2017) ????2 Cor 4:7-15, 3-6; Ps 116:10-11, 15-16, 17-18 (R.v.17a); Matt 5:27-32 Yesterday, we talked about the freedom which we received for being part of Jesus. That freedom enables us to live beyond mere observance of the Law but live rather in imitation of Christ who called us. St Paul tells us of the importance of staying focused on that course not minding the challenges that come our way. The result shall be that we shall now be a reflection of Christ with our lifestyle bearing witness to what...

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“WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM” (2 Cor 3:17)

⏰Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (15 June 2017) ????2 Cor 3:15 – 4:1, 3-6; Ps 85:9-13 (R.v.2ab); Matt 5:20-26 My dear, have you considered the significance of the tearing of the the veil covering the temple’s sanctuary at the death of Jesus (cf. Mark 15:38)? It is a sign that with Jesus, there is no longer any limitation for anyone to be enriched in God. That was a shift from the existing status quo. The Israelites of the Old Testament lived an isolated life which assumes that they are the only ones known and loved by...

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“I HAVE COME NOT TO ABOLISH [THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS] BUT TO FULFILL THEM” (Matt 5:17)

⏰Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (14 June 2017) ????2 Cor 3:4-11; Ps 99:5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (R.v.9c); Matt 5:17-19 Of all the Gospels, Matthew shows more sympathy to the Jewish traditions. The interest of the Gospel is more on purification and renewal of those traditions rather than complete obliteration and replacement. That explains the statement of Jesus that we quoted above. Remember that the prophet Jeremiah had prophesied of a time when God would make a new covenant with his people, in which the letters of the law would be written in the hearts of...

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BE AN AUTHENTIC AND DEDICATED WITNESS

⏰Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (13 June 2017 – Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua) ????2 Cor 1:18-22; Ps 119:129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135 (R.v.135a); Matt 5:13-16 Immediately after his teaching on the beatitudes, Jesus went on to teach them on how they can be effective in transforming the world, using three important allegories – light of the world, salt of the earth and city built on a hill. Light has many roles; it dispels darkness and illuminates the world. As Christians, we are expected to also dispel the darkness of evil and hatred in...

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“BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL, FOR THEY SHALL OBTAIN MERCY” (Matt 5:7)

⏰Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (12 June 2017) ????2 Cor 1:1-7; Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.9a); Matt 5:1-12 My dear, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Cor 1:2), amen. As we begin this new working week, Jesus gives us a set of Beatitudes to guide our conducts today and beyond (cf. Matt 5:1-12). These beatitudes teach us the right way to behave in order to be true disciples of Jesus, disciples of love (cf. John 13:35). The setting of the Sermon on the Mount, during which...

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ALL OUR DEEDS ARE OPEN TO THE LORD

⏰Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (10 June 2017) ????Tob 12:1, 5-15, 20; Tob 13:1b and 2, 3-4a, 6efgh, 6ij, 8 (R.v.1b); Mark 12:38-44 There is this song that we used in our early days in the Minor Seminary: You cannot hide it from God (4x) You may cover your sins, nobody will know But you cannot hide it from God. In Mark 12:38-44, Jesus condemned the hypocritical attitude of trying to do good for public acclamation. Our good deeds must be borne out of pure love of God and absolute trust in divine Providence as the...

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“YOUR LIGHT WILL BREAK FORTH LIKE THE DAWN” (Isa 58:8)

⏰Friday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (09 June 2017) ????Tob 11:5-15; Ps 146:1b, 2, 6c, 7, 8-9a, 9c-10 (R.v.1b); Mark 12:35-37 Did you say AMEN to that? And so shall it be in your life through Christ our Lord. Amen. All you need to do is to persevere in faith in God. The family of Tobit gives us an example of that. The wife of Tobit, Anna, has been carrying the family burden patiently, and eagerly looking forward to God’s intervention (cf. Tob 11:5). Imagine her joy at witnessing that divine intervention, such that like Simeon, she...