Category: Year B

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WE HAVE A SHARE IN THE LIFE OF CHRIST

⏰The Baptism of the Lord (Year B) 📖Isa 55:1-11; Isa 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6 (R.v.3); 1 John 5:1-9; Mark 1:7-11 🎤WE HAVE A SHARE IN THE LIFE OF CHRIST According to the Catholic Catechism of Christian Doctrine, “Baptism is a sacrament which cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians, children of God and members of the Church.” John’s baptism, which Jesus participated in was also called a “baptism of repentance.” With the above in mind, it is of little wonder why the early Christians felt embarrassed at the thought of the Baptism of Jesus. Would that mean that Jesus was...

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JESUS IS THE TRUE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD, THE SON OF DAVID, THE SON OF MARY

⏰FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT, YEAR B 📖2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29 (R.2a); Rom 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 🎤JESUS IS THE TRUE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD, THE SON OF DAVID, THE SON OF MARY It is the last Sunday before Christmas! The liturgy of today exposes to us the real identity of Jesus and challenges us on our contribution in revealing that identity of Jesus to the world. In the First Reading, God makes a promise through the prophet Nathan to build an eternal dynasty for David and that his son would sit on...

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PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD

⏰Second Sunday in Advent (Year B) 📖Isa 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.8); 2 Pet 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 🎤PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD At the beginning of Advent last Sunday, we were informed of the basic components of Advent period. It is a period of waiting for the King of kings, which is why we use the purple colour in the Church at this time, indicating expectancy, repentance and royalty. Last Sunday, being watchful dominated the message. But on this Second Sunday, the theme of preparing the way for the Lord runs through all the readings....

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COME LORD JESUS

FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT YEAR B Isa 63:16d-17, 64:1, 3b-8; Ps 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16a, 18-19 (R.v.4); 1 Cor 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37 It is the first day of the Church’s Liturgical Year, and I say happy new year to you. My prayer is that in this new liturgical year, our spiritual strength would be more strengthened and we be more prepared to meet Christ any time he calls us to come back to him. Amen. We also call this Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent. It is a period of waiting for the coming of the Lord. The prophet Isaiah...

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“MY KINGSHIP IS NOT OF THIS WORLD…I HAVE COME INTO THE WORLD TO BEAR WITNESS TO THE TRUTH” (John 18:36-37)

⏰LAST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE 📕Dan 7:13-14; Ps 93:1ab, 1d-2, 5 (R.v.1a); Rev 1:5-8; John 18:33b-37 It is finally here! We have been talking about it for a long time now and have been waiting patiently for it. It is the Last Sunday of the Church’s Liturgical Year. As we go through our reflection for today, I wish to invite you to also be thinking about something we have also been waiting for THE END TIME! Assuming that end time happens to you now while you read...

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IN THE END, WE SHALL BE VICTORIOUS!

THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Dan 12:1-3; Ps 16:5 and 8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.1); Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32 My dear, the end is very imminent, with just one more Sunday to go. Recall one very important point that we made last Sunday. It is the fact that God has done everything well for us, and whatever we might decide to give him is in appreciation to that which he already did for us. That point was solidified today even while the readings tried to remind us of the certainty of the end time. Ordinarily, when the end...

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“GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER (2 Cor 9:7)

⏰THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕1 Kgs 17:10-16; Ps 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 (R.v.1b); Heb 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 We are gradually coming to the end of the Churchs Liturgical Year and the end of the secular calendar year. What are you going to use for a thanksgiving to God for seeing you through to these ends and for enriching you with his blessings? The liturgy of today tells us that whatever we shall give must be something that comes within our hearts and not what we shall give for a show or what we are compelled to give by...

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THE INSEPARABLE TWIN LOVE

⏰Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 📕Deut 6:2-6; Psalm 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 47 and 51ab (R.v.2); Heb 7:23-28; Mark 12:28-34 There is this story that was told of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. It was said that she was preaching Christ to someone and the man asked her, “Mother, does this Jesus look like you?” She replied that she was only struggling to be like him. Instantly, the man accepted Christ. That was because Mother Teresa was able to make great impact on the people through love. She said, “I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself,...

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“I WILL LEAD THEM BACK… IN A STRAIGHT PATH IN WHICH THEY SHALL NOT STUMBLE” (Jer 31:9)

⏰THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕Jer 31:7-9; Ps 126:1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.3); Heb 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 In the past few weeks, our liturgy has been reminding us of the end of time and the importance of remaining attached to Jesus if we are to survive the travails of that end. In today’s liturgy, especially, knowing that many of us have wandered away in the valley of the shadows of death, like the Israelites in exile, we are given hope once more that the Lord himself will lead us back to himself. In the First Reading, after spending...

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CALLED TO SERVE IN THE MISSION LAND

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Isa 53:10-11; Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v.22); Heb 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45 In our liturgy last Sunday, we were instructed on the need to be detached from the material things of this world in order to prepare a rich and better abode in heaven. Today, the call extends also to the way we embrace power and positions of authority. As members of Christ’s body, we are to imitate Christ in all things, and he is, above all things, a servant-leader who is ever ready to lay down his life for his followers....