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THE MUSTARD SEED WOULD GROW INTO A GIANT TREE

⏰Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 📕Ezek 17:22-24; Ps 92:1-2, 12-13, 14-15 (R.v.1a); 2 Cor 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34 The theme of today’s liturgical celebration finds its summary in the words of the prophet Habakkuk, “For this is a vision for the appointed time; it concerns the end and will not fail. If it lingers, wait for it, for it will surely come and will not be delayed” (Hab 2:3). In both the First Reading and the Gospel, the kingdom of God was compared to a growing shoot that continues steadily until it becomes a very big shrub that provides...

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LET WHAT YOU SAY BE SIMPLY ‘YES’ OR ‘NO’ (Matt 5:37)

⏰Saturday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (16 June 2018) 📖1 Kgs 19:19-21; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10 (R.v.5a); Matt We have this saying that honesty is the best policy. Deception is an evil that has kept the world in a seeming unredeemable condition. It was in fact what initiated the disastrous nature of our world today when the serpent deceived man into believing that he will be like God after eating the forbidden fruit (cf. Gen 3:1-5). Today, most people do not believe that they can be successful in life if they don’t tell a lie....

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“BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD” (Psalm 46:10)

⏰Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 June 2020) 📖1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16; Ps 27:7-8ab, 8c-9abc, 13-14 (R.v.8a); Matt 5:27-32 Have you noticed that God dwells in the quiet place of our heart more than in the noisy places of worship? Do not misunderstand this. I am just affirming the obvious. There is so much noise in the world that we most often fail to listen the gentle voice of God. A preacher once listed noise and crowd among the three things that draw the heart of men away from God. We always want to listen to...

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DIVINE UPLIFT AND CORRESPONDING RESPONSIBILITY

⏰Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (14 June 2018) 📖1 Kgs 18:41-46; Ps 65:10abcd, 10c-11, 12-13 (R.v.2ab); Matt 5:20-26 The hand of the LORD was on Elijah (1Kings 18:46) and so he was able to do unimaginable things and especially, winning the people over to God. Notice in that passage how Ahab, who was filled with hatred over Elijah before was now respecting Elijah in all things. That was because the hand of the Lord was upon Elijah. Child of God, listen! As we noted yesterday, divine touch brings liberation, healing and uplift. When you encounter the...

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“THE LORD IS GOD!” (1Kings 18:39)

⏰Wednesday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (10 June 2020) 📖1 Kgs 18:20-39; Ps 16:1-2a, 4, 5 and 8, 11 (R.v.1); Matt 5:17-19 Whenever you take up your bible to read the encounter between Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal (1Kings 18:17-40), do not be distracted so much by the drama and the numbers. Though the numbers are all very significant, the underlying message is the fact of God’s love and his supremacy over all. Note that that encounter is not a PROOF of God’s supremacy (God does not engage in any contest with anyone or anything...

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“THE JAR OF MEAL WAS NOT SPENT, NEITHER DID THE PITCHER OF OIL FAIL” (1Kings 17:16)

⏰Tuesday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 June 2018) 📖1 Kgs 17:7-16; Ps 4:2-3, 4-5, 7a and 8 (R.v.7b); Matt 5:13-16 My dear, have you ever bothered to think well about the details of that story about Elijah and the widow of Zarephath? For a moment, forget about the miracle of abundance and think of what engineered it! By giving out that last meal to Elijah, this widow gave out her life to save Elijah’s. Imagine that she had refused giving to Elijah based on the very valid reason that she does not have more to accommodate...

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“THE LORD HAS SHOWN HIS DELIVERANCE TO THE NATIONS” (Ps 98:2)

⏰Memorial of St. Barnabas (11 June 2020) 📖Acts 11:21b-26, 13:1-3; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6 (R.v.2b); Matt 10:7-13 In celebrating the lives of the saints, the Church invites us to emulate their faith and virtues (cf. Heb 13:7) and, with her belief on the communion of the saints, prays for their intercession on our behalf. The name “Barnabas” means “son of encouragement or consolation” (Acts 4:36). That name indeed reflects most of his missionary works. We were told of his charity in Acts 4:36 and he must have contributed in encouraging others to do the same (Acts 11:28-30). Then, at...

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“WITH THE LORD THERE IS MERCY, IN HIM IS IS PLENTIFUL OF REDEMPTION” (Ps 130:7)

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Gen 3:9-15; Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7b-8 (R.v.7bc); 2 Cor 4:13 – 5:1; Mark 3:20-35 There is something I have come to know and appreciate about Jesus, he never stops working for our good and he is never tired of doing good. Even when he comes home to rest, he never does so once he sees any face that is in need. That is a good news my dear. It means that he is working now for my good; he is equally working for your good. And no opposition or power can stop...

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“…AND HIS MOTHER KEPT ALL THESE THINGS IN HER HEART” (Luke 2:51)

⏰Saturday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (09 June 2018 – Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) 📖2 Tim 4:1-8; Ps 71:8-9, 14-15ab, 16-17, 22 (R.v.15ab); Luke 2:41-51 My dear, St. Paul goes on encouraging us through his Second Letter to Timothy to be steadfast in faith and in the truth of the Gospel. He warned us beforehand of this period when many would no longer want to follow the truth but rather seek to twist the Gospel to suit their selfish interest (cf. 2 Tim 4:2-5). That calls for a strong faith in the omnipotence of...

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SACRED HEART OF LOVE

⏰Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Year B (08 June 2018) 📖Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9; Isa 12:2-3, 4bcde, 5-6 (R.v.3); Eph 3:8-12, 14-19; John 19:31-37 In the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we celebrate love. The Heart of Jesus is the heart of love. Jesus is God and God is love (1 John 4:16). It then means that Jesus is love. In his apparition to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in France, Jesus said, poirt which has so loved men that it has spared nothing to testify its love for them, even to the exhausting and consuming of itself for...

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