Category: Year I

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“BE AN EXAMPLE THAT THE WHOLE FLOCK CAN FOLLOW” (1 Pet 5:3)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 August 2019 – Memorial of St. Monica) 📖1 Thess 2:1-8; Ps 139:1-3, 4-6 (R.v.1); Matt 23:23-26 “BE AN EXAMPLE THAT THE WHOLE FLOCK CAN FOLLOW” (1 Pet 5:3) My dear, in our reflection yesterday, we noted the invitation of both Jesus and St. Paul for us to bear true witness to the gospel by manner of life we live. Today, that call continues to be emphasized and God tells us that the best way to carry out our missions of evangelization fruitfully is by living lives worthy of emulation. Let...

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“YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF MEN WE PROVED TO BE AMONG YOU FOR YOUR SAKE” (1 Thess 1:5)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 August 2019) 📖1 Thess 1:1-5, 8b-10; Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9bc (R.v.4a); Matt 23:13-22 🎤“YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF MEN WE PROVED TO BE AMONG YOU FOR YOUR SAKE” (1 Thess 1:5) “May grace and peace be with you” (1 Thess 1:1), Amen. At the beginning of this working week, both Jesus and St Paul encourage us to be true witnesses of the gospel wherever we go so that we can help others to stand firm in God. The background of the First letter of St. Paul to the...

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“I WILL BE WITH YOU… DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE” (Judges 6:16, 23)

⏰Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (20 August 2019) 📖Judges 6:11-24; Ps 85:9, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.9b); Matt 19:23-30 🎤”I WILL BE WITH YOU… DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE” (Judges 6:16, 23) God would not give you a task that you cannot handle nor allow you to go through a situation that would leave you helpless. This is because he is bigger than all our situations, and embracing him would usher in the needed solution for all our seeming difficulties. Moreover, God does not commission us for an assignment without equipping us. Consider the example of Gideon...

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THE VOICE OF CHANGE

⏰Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time (19 August 2019) 📖Judges 2:11-19; Ps 106:34-37, 39-40, 43-44 (R.v.4ab); Matt 19:16-22 🎤THE VOICE OF CHANGE My dear, sin is an abomination before God. In fact, we can say that it is sin that cannot withstand the presence of God. Hence, whenever we sin, we move away from the presence of God, and so, exposed to the dangers which the wicked one tries to unleash in the world. This was exactly what was happening with the relationship which God had with the Israelites. Whenever they committed sin, they made themselves vulnerable to...

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“UNLESS YOU TURN AND BECOME LIKE CHILDREN, YOU WILL NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 18:3)

⏰Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (13 August 2019) 📖Deut 31:1-8; Deut 32:3-4ab, 7, 8, 9 and 12 (R.v.9a); Matt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 🎤”UNLESS YOU TURN AND BECOME LIKE CHILDREN, YOU WILL NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 18:3) My dear, yesterday, we concluded our reflection with a call to participate effectively in Jesus’ mission of setting others free. We cannot really do that without humility and simplicity, the type often associated with children. That is the message that Jesus gives us in Matt 18:1-14. Notice his progression from the use of children (cf. Matt 18:3, 5)...

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YOU ARE FREE INDEED!

⏰Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (12 August 2019) 📖Deut 10:12-22; Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 (R.v.12a); Matt 17:22-27 🎤YOU ARE FREE INDEED! By virtue of your baptism, you have been set free from the bondage of sin and initiated into the royal family of God. And the good news is this, “If the Son makes you free, you will be really free” (John 8:36). When you enjoy that freedom, there is nothing that can tie you down again and no earthly power can oppress you. Jesus already paid a price for you. In Matt 17:27, he paid a...

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KEEP THE STATUTES AND COMMANDMENTS OF GOD THAT IT MAY GO WITH YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN AFTER YOU

⏰Friday of the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 (09 August 2019) 📖Deut 4:32-40; Ps 77:12-13, 14-15, 16 and 21 (R.v.12a); Matt 16:24-28 🎤KEEP THE STATUTES AND COMMANDMENTS OF GOD THAT IT MAY GO WITH YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN AFTER YOU The Book of Deuteronomy tries to make one point very clearly, the fact that God is always on our side because he loves us, and he is able to do all things for us if we remain faithful to him. In Deut 4:32-40, Moses reminded the people of the privileged they have enjoyed as the people of God, and...

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THAT I MAY BE SAVED WITH YOU!

⏰Thursday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (08 August 2019 – Memorial of St. Dominic) 📖Num 20:1-13; Ps 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9 (R.v.7d.ba); Matt 16:13-23 🎤THAT I MAY BE SAVED WITH YOU! My dear, I want to beg you today for a special favour. Take out some time today to pray for me. As I preach the gospel to you and prove to be an instrument in the hands of God for drawing out water from the rock of salvation for you, that I may not be left out of that salvation when the Lord comes. As you pray...

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GOD IS EVER FAITHFUL

⏰Friday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (02 August 2019) 📖Lev 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37; Ps 81:3-4, 5-6ab, 10-11ab (R.v.2a); Matt 13:54-58I 🎤GOD IS EVER FAITHFUL I don’t know what you make of the different celebrations we have in our Christian calendar in terms of memorials, feasts, solemnities, Holy Days of Obligation, etc. Many people consider them as inventions of the Catholic Church into worship. In that way, they are distractions that must be abhorred. However, reading through the Book of Leviticus, we see that not only did God sanction such celebrations, they serve to remind us...

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WATCH AND PRAY!

⏰Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (30 July 2019) 📖Exod 33:7-11, 34:5b-9, 28; Ps 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.8a); Matt 13:36-43 🎤WATCH AND PRAY! We have, in the past, talked about focusing on the kingdom of God in our journey of faith. But we know that no matter how wide open your eyes are, if you are not supported by the grace of God, there won’t be any headway for us. That is why we must pray always for God’s abiding presence especially in moments when God seems to be very far from us. Moses gave us...