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“IF YOUR HAND CAUSES YOU TO SIN, CUT IT OFF” (Mark 9:43)

⏰Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (24 May 2018) 📖Jam 5:1-6; Ps 49:12-15, 15d-16, 17-18, 19-20 (R. Matt 5:3); Mark 9:41-50 The Greek term ‘skandalon’ is used to describe an obstacle that hinders progress. Our action or inaction can become an obstacle to others. For instance, if I do anything, it doesn’t matter if it is right or wrong, and people get affected by it, maybe to the extent that they stopped coming to Church, I have become a stumbling block for them. Again, this is a time for introspection. Is there anything I do that scandalizes...

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“WHOEVER KNOWS WHAT IS RIGHT TO DO AND FAILS TO DO IT, FOR HIM IT IS A SIN” (cf. Jam 4:17)

⏰Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 May 2018) 📖Jam 4:13-17; Ps 49:2-3, 6-7, 8-10, 11 (R. Matt 5:3); Mark 9:38-40 Have you ever heard of the natural law? Yeah! Even Philosophy believes in the existence of this law in each person. It is in you, and it tries always to talk to you whenever you want to do anything. It tells you what is good or bad. It is well articulated in your conscience. So, if you listen to the promptings of a good and informed conscience, you shall be led aright by the natural law....

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“… FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD”

⏰Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 May 2018) 📖Jam 4:1-10; Ps 55:7-8, 9-10a, 10b-11, 23 (R.v.23ab); Mark 9:30-37 Some people had often opined that the reason the disciples of Jesus were unable to heal the deaf and mute child was because they were jostling among themselves over who would heal the child and take the glory. This is just an insinuation but we have to take it seriously for our purpose today. Why? It is not by accident that Jesus reminded them that prayer and fasting (i.e. total dependence on God) are the supplements they needed...

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“WOMAN, BEHOLD YOUR SON…BEHOLD, YOUR MOTHER!”

⏰MEMORIAL OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH (01 June 2020) 📕Gen 3:9-15, 20; Ps 87:1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7; John 19:25-34 We thank the good Lord for the opportunity and the strength he continues to give us to reflect on his word. As he has assured us of gaining life in his word, may he accompany us with his life-giving spirit throughout this new working week and new month and even beyond. May the work of our hands bear great fruit in abundance through Christ our Lord. Amen. Yesterday, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Pentecost, marked...

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“YOU WILL RECEIVE POWER WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES UPON YOU” (Acts 1:8)

⏰Pentecost Sunday (Year B) 📕Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1ab and 24ac, 29bc-30, 31 and 34 (R.v30); Gal 5:16-25; John 15:26-27, 16:12-15 Happy birthday to all of us, sons and daughters of the Church. This is the day when we celebrate the birth of the Church. On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus and those gathered with them (cf. Acts 2:1-11), a fulfillment of Jesus promise to them. This outpouring serves one important purpose, which is empowerment. Remember that towards the end of his earthly life, he was constantly telling...

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MAY THE BE ONE, EVEN AS WE ARE ONE (John 17:11)

⏰SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B) WORLD COMMUNICATION SUNDAY 📕Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26; Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab (R.v.19a); 1 John 4:11-16; John 17:11b-19 The unity of all believers is undoubtedly paramount in the mind of Jesus when he made his priestly prayer in John 17. This unity is one which comes through our common heritage in God through Christ. As we gradually draw to the close of the Easter season, we are presented with this theme because that is what would guarantee the success of the task which Jesus gives us to go into the world and make disciples of...

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“DO NOT BE AFRAID… FOR I AM WITH YOU” (Acts 18:9)

⏰Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter (After Ascension – 06 May 2016) 📖Acts 18:9-18; Ps 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7; John 16:20-23a There was a time when multiple chariots of the Arameans came to arrest the prophet Elisha. His servant felt helpless at that sight. With the prayers of the prophet, the servant’s eyes were opened and he saw that chariots of fire that were protecting the prophet was greater than that of the Arameans (2 Kings 6:15-17). Remember what we reflected on yesterday. We noted that Christ’s ascension into heaven does not really mean a departure from us. In fact,...

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JESUS IS EVER PRESENT WITH US

⏰Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – Year B (10 May 2018) 📖Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.6); Eph 1:17-23; Mark 16:15-20 May the grace of Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you always. Since the time Jesus began his earthly life, a lot of miracles, signs and wonders accompanied his actions. Now, he is prepared to return back to the Father from who he had come. His impending departure was very disheartening to his disciples. Hence, he decided to explain to them the meaning of his departure....

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LESSONS FROM ST PAUL AT THE COUNCIL OF AREOPAGUS (Acts 17:22-34)

⏰Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter (20 May 2020) 📖Acts 17:15, 22 – 18:1; Ps 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14; John 16:12-15 There are a number of very important lessons that we can learn from St Paul’s meeting with the Council of Areopagus: 👉We must appreciate and respect the values in the life of others as Paul did with the religion of the Greeks while condemning the bad in them (cf. Acts 17:22-25); 👉God may be invisible but he is very much present and available to us (Acts 17:24, 27b); 👉Conversion does not depend on the expertise of the preacher...

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“BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS, AND YOU WILL BE SAVED, YOU AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD” (Acts 16:31)

⏰Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter (19 May 2020) 📖Acts 16:22-34; Ps 13b:1ac-2a, 2bcd-3, 7c-8 (R.v.7c); John 16:5-11 Jesus had warned his discipled, ahead of time, that they were going to face persecution for the sake of their faith (John 16:1-4). But the Holy Spirit would be with them to teach and enlighten them as well as encourage them (John 16:7-15). More so, he would be with them always till the end of time (Matt 28:20). Paul and Silas got their own share of the persecution that Jesus warned them about and taught us an important lesson on how...

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