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“THE LORD IS YOUR LIGHT AND YOUR SALVATION” (Psalm 27:1)

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 Nov 2020) 📕Rev 3:1-6, 14-22; Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 (R. Rev 3:21); Luke 19:1-10 My dear, if you have begun the reading of the Book of Revelation as we requested yesterday, you would have already been struck with one basic reality about the Book; it is filled with the use of apocalyptic language and symbols. Behind these essential features is the message of encouragement and consolation to the people that God would save them from the hands of their oppressors. God made that promise to the people of Israel in...

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“BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 112:1b)

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (14 Nov. 2020) 📖3 John 5-8; Ps 112:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.1b); Luke 18:1-8 🎤”BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 112:1b) Remember that we already saw that love could be a veritable instrument of fostering unity. Now, the evangelist John goes ahead to encourage the early Christians on the importance of showing hospitality to strangers, especially the missionaries who have left everything for the sake of the Gospel (cf. 3 John 5-8). In doing that, we would once more be assisting Christ indirectly in line with the demands for the...

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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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BE HUMAN! BE HOLY!!

⏰THE SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS (01 November 2020) 📖Rev 7:2-4, 9-14; Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R.v.6a); 1 John 3:1-3; Matt 5:1-12a 🎤BE HUMAN! BE HOLY!! Back in our seminary days, this is a day to remember and anticipate, not just for the beautiful Latin chants but also for the beautiful liturgy that reminds us what we are called to do, “You must be holy because I, the LORD, am holy” (Lev 20:26). There is that prayerful hymn that we normally took: “O when the saints, go marching in (2x); O Lord I want to be in that number. O when...

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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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BY THEIR FRUITS YOU SHALL KNOW THEM (Matt 7:20)

⏰Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 📖Ezek 18:25-28; Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.6a); Phil 2:1-11; Matt 21:28-32 🎤BY THEIR FRUITS YOU SHALL KNOW THEM (Matt 7:20) It is said that actions speaks louder than voice. That is the major focus of our Liturgy today. The Gospel brings out this point clearer in that parable of the two sons of a man, both of whom he asked to go into his vineyard to work. While the Gospel seems to pay more attention on the action, the First and Second Readings help us to understand that the action that is meant...

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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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