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HOPING EVEN AGAINST HOPE

⏰Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (05 February 2019 – Memorial of St. Agatha) 📖Heb 12:1-4; Ps 22:26b-27, 28 and 30, 31-32 (R.v.27b); Mark 5:21-43 🎤HOPING EVEN AGAINST HOPE Have you ever seen yourself in a condition that made you declare that quitting is the only option? This quitting could even be quitting life itself. Do you believe that Jesus can help you even in that hopeless situation? Yes, he can! You only need to believe in him. The two cases that were reported in Mark 5:21-43 can be seen as difficult and hopeless cases. The synagogue...

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THE FRUIT OF THE WORD OF GOD

⏰Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕Jer 1:4-5, 17-19; Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15ab and 17 (R.v.15ab); 1 Cor 12:31 13:13; Luke 4:21-30 🎤THE FRUIT OF THE WORD OF GOD Last Sunday, we reflected on our disposition towards the Word of God and what it means to our lives. Indeed, we concluded that the word of God has a transforming power and can influence our lives greatly. More importantly, it serves to engender an abundance of life and joy in us. However, we could see from the Gospel of today that that same word has a different effect upon...

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“LET US HOLD FAST TO THE CONFESSION THAT GIVES US HOPE” (Heb 10:23)

⏰Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time 1 (31 Jan 2019 – Memorial of St. JohnBosco) 📖Heb 10:19-25; Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R.v.6); Mark 4:21-25 🎤”LET US HOLD FAST TO THE CONFESSION THAT GIVES US HOPE” (Heb 10:23) Today is the feast day of St. JohnBosco, the patron saint of the youth. More importantly to me, he is my patron saint. So I beg you to pray for me today so that I can also achieve the level of sanctity he achieved and so appear before the throne of God on the last day, pure as he did. Once...

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IS YOUR HEART RICH ENOUGH FOR JESUS?

⏰Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time 1 (30 Jan 2019) 📖Heb 10:11-18; Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 (R.v.4bc); Mark 4:1-20 🎤IS YOUR HEART RICH ENOUGH FOR JESUS? The truth that we can never tired of speaking is that Jesus is all that we need. There is no achievement that we make in this life which can be compared to the glory and victory that is gained by being with him. Yes, nothing in this life satisfies. But Jesus has provided all we need. He says to us, “Come to me, all who labour and are overburdened, and I...

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WHO IS CHRIST TO YOU?

⏰Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time 1 (29 Jan 2019) 📖Heb 10:1-10; Ps 40:2 and 4ab, 7-8a, 10, 11 (R.v.8a, 9a); Mark 3:31-35 🎤WHO IS CHRIST TO YOU? Is he your son, or your brother or your friend? In Mark 3:31-35, the family of Jesus came to take him home since people were now feeling he was going out of hand. So Jesus used the opportunity to catechize the people on the nature of his relationship with them because they lacked proper understanding of him. So he taught them that his real relatives are those who do the...

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“YOUR WORDS, O LORD, ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE” (cf. John 6:63)

⏰THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) 📕Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; Ps 19:7, 8, 9, 14 (R.see John 6:63c); 1 Cor 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21 🎤”YOUR WORDS, O LORD, ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE” (cf. John 6:63) How do you normally conceive and treat the Word of God? What is your attitude towards it especially while it is being celebrated in the Church or elsewhere? Are you among those who treat it with less concern and contempt by noise-making or doubt? Then, listen attentively to what today’s Liturgy has in stuck for you. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council called...

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GOD IS MAKING ALL THINGS NEW

⏰SOLEMNITY OF MARY MOTHER OF GOD (01 January 2019 – World Day of Peace) 📕Num 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6 and 8; Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 Congratulation as you were among the number that made it to the end of this outgoing year 2018. I pray for you especially that it may also translate to an end of all things that oppose the purpose of God for your life. And as we cross over into the new year this night, may this new year be a year of testimonies upon testimonies for you and your family through Christ our Lord. Amen....

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“THE PEOPLE WHO WALKED IN DARKNESS HAVE SEEN A GREAT LIGHT” (Isa 9:2)

⏰CHRISTMAS EVE (MIDNIGHT MASS) 📖Isa 9:2-7; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 11-12, 13 (R. cf. Luke 2:11); Tit 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 We have come to a very significant night! We are all keeping Vigil and waiting for the appearing of the Messiah! Great signs accompany him as he appears. The prophet Isaiah points out that he shall appear as the light the enlightens the darkness of our lives. Darkness brings confusion and pains into our lives. It blocks away opportunities and introduces insecurity. This darkness can be in the form of poverty, sickness, unemployment, injustice, oppression, etc. But the Messiah comes with...

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REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS!

⏰Third Sunday in Advent (Year C) 📕Zeph 3:14-18a; Isa 12:2-3, 4bcde, 5-6 (R.v.6); Phil 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18 Obviously, Christmas is a period of joy for most people. Yet the reason for this joy differs from person to person. Some people, in fact, rejoice for wrong reasons and in wrong ways. Hence as the season gradually draws closer to its apex, the Liturgy of today tries to re-orientate us on the reason and ways to rejoice. Both the First and Second Readings inform us that the reason for our joy must come from the fact that the Lord, who is the...

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HE WHO FOLLOWS THE LORD WILL HAVE THE LIGHT OF LIFE (cf. John 8:12)

⏰Friday of the Second Week of Advent (14 December 2018 – Memorial of St. John of the Cross) 📖Isa 48:17-19; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. John 8:12); Matt 11:16-19 Coming into the presence of the Lord yields a much desired positive transformation. The prophet Isaiah informs us today that it would earn us peace, righteousness and every good thing, including having our names in his book of life (cf. Isa 48:17-19). To be in the presence of the Lord is to be without sin. The prophet Isaiah had also noted that it was our sins that separated us...

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