Category: Year II

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“I CAN DO ALL THINGS IN HIM WHO STRENGTHENS ME” (Phil 4:13)

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 Nov. 2020) 📖Phil 4:10-19; Ps 112:1b-2, 5-6, 8a and 9 (R.v.1a); Luke 16:9-15 🎤”I CAN DO ALL THINGS IN HIM WHO STRENGTHENS ME” (Phil 4:13) Beloved in Christ, I pray for you today, using the words of St Paul in Phil 4:19, “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Amen. I can imagine that you said amen to that prayer to claim it. And I sincerely pray that its manifestation be felt in your life through Christ our Lord. Amen....

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“MY SOUL IS THIRSTING FOR YOU, THE LIVING GOD” (Ps 42:3)

⏰Saturday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (31 October 2020) 📕Phil 1:18b-26; Ps 42:2, 3, 5cdefg (R.v.3ab); Luke 14:1, 7-11 In order to appreciate the Letter of St Paul to the Philippians well, especially in  relation to the portion we are reflecting on today, it is important for us to understand the disposition of Paul. It is believed that he wrote this Letter while he was suffering in the prison. So there was that war between his desire for physical freedom from the prison and spiritual freedom which the suffering would earn him. In our world today, this...

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“GREAT ARE THE WORKS OF THE LORD” (Ps 111:2a)

⏰Friday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (30 Oct. 2020) 📖Phil 1:1-11; Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.2a); Luke 14:1-6 🎤“GREAT ARE THE WORKS OF THE LORD” (Ps 111:2a) Beloved in Christ, “grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:2), Amen. God is always in the business of making things easier for us. He is always after our welfare, and would go to any length to ensure that we get satisfaction from our union with him. He is our saviour and no opposition would stop him from working for our good....

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ONE WITH GOD IS MAJORITY

⏰Thursday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (29 Oct. 2020) 📖Eph 6:10-20; Ps 144:1, 2, 9-10 (R.v.1a); Luke 13:31-35 🎤ONE WITH GOD IS MAJORITY! Beloved in Christ, we are really in a war front in this world. St Paul understood that so well that he warned us ahead of time to prepare for our defence by putting on the armoury of God (Eph 6:10-20). In the Gospel of St John, that theme of warfare is also very prevalent and is often depicted with the opposition between light and darkness. Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12);...

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I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS!

⏰Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 Sept. 2020) 📖1Cor 15:12-20; Ps 16:1, 6-8, 15 (R.v.15); Luke 8:1-3 🎤I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS! It is important to note that one of the problems of the Church in Corinth is on the nature of the resurrection. They were expecting an imminent parousia but it was not forthcoming. So many of them began to question some of their articles of faith including the resurrection of the dead. Besides, there was a group, the Sadducees who taught that there is nothing like the resurrection of the dead (cf. Acts...

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TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS EXPECTED

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 Sept. 2020) 📖1 Cor 15:1-11; Ps 118:1-2, 15c-17, 28 (R.v.1a); Luke 7:36-50 🎤TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS EXPECTED There are striking similarities between St Paul and the woman in Luke 7:36-50 – they received tremendous mercy from God and they responded with great devotion and dedication. Jesus observed this fact in his dialogue with Simon, his host, while St Paul confirmed this himself (cf. 1Cor 15:8-10; Luke 7:40-47). The truth is that since God does show any partiality (cf. Acts 10:34; Rom 2:11), it means that everyone of...

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BE WEARY OF SCANDAL!

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (10 September 2020) 📖1 Cor 8:1b-7, 11-13; Ps 139:1-3, 13-14ab, 23-24 (R.v.24b); Luke 6:27-38 🎤BE WEARY OF SCANDAL! May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit dwell and abide with you. Amen. Do you remember that saying that, “A clear conscience fears no accusation?” It is still very much valid. But now, that clear conscience must also embrace the virtue of PRUDENCE in order not to be deceitful. In Matt 18:6, Jesus warned, “If anyone should cause one of these...

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I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE CRUCIFIED

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (31 August 2020) 📖1 Cor 2:1-5; Ps 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102 (R.v.97a); Luke 4:16-30 🎤I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE CRUCIFIED Congratulations as you made it to the end of this month, and warming up to embrace the new month. May this month end also bring to an end, all your worries and troubles so that the new month will usher in spiritual, economic and health renewal in your life. Amen. In 1 Cor 2:1-5, St Paul tells us that our success in life and salvation do not depend...

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TALKING ABOUT TRADITION…

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (26 August 2020) 📖2 Thess 3:6-10, 16-18; Ps 128:1-2, 4-5 (R.v.1a); Matt 23:27-32 🎤TALKING ABOUT TRADITION… At a stage in his life, Jesus stopped to ask his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of man is?” (Matt 16:13). The responses he got from this question were conditioned by what people saw him doing. St Paul, an exemplary Christian, would always tell his followers, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ” (1 Cor 11:1; 4:6). That is because the examples he gives them are very good ones. In 2 Thess 3:6-10, 16-18,...

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“LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU!” (2 Thess 2:3)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (25 August 2020) 📖2 Thess 2:1-3a, 14-17; Ps 96:10, 11-12ab, 12b-13 (R.v.13b); Matt 23:23-26 🎤”LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU!” (2 Thess 2:3) One of the signs of the end time that Jesus enlisted when he was asked by his disciples is this: “Many will come using my name, and saying: ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many people” (Matt 24:5). Hence he warned them, “Be on your guard and let no one mislead you” (Matt 24:4). St. Paul repeated the same warning to us today just as he did...