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“IT IS FINISHED!” (John 19:30)

⏰Good Friday (29 March 2018) 📕Isa 52:13 – 53:12; Ps 31:2 and 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17 and 25 (R. Luke 23:46b); Heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1 – 19:42 What is it that finished? That is an expression of fulfilment. It is our sin that is consumed as he came to save us from the slavery of sin. Isa 53:12 tells us that he bore our sins and pleads for our transgressions. It is equally our life problems that have been taken care of as he came that we may have life in abundance (John 10:10) and so he beckons on...

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“DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME” (Luke 22:19)

⏰HOLY THURSDAY (29 March 2018) Today is a very special day in the life of the Church. On this day, the Church celebrates the institution of the Sacred Ministerial Priesthood, the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and the special ministry of love and service. In most local Churches today, the priests gather around their Bishop to renew their vows and commitment to obedience to the Church and of love and service to God’s people (though some would do this on other days). Today, we will hear the voice of Jesus asking us again, “Do you realize what I have done...

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“BEHOLD, THE LORD GOD HELPS ME, WHO WILL DECLARE ME GUILTY?” (Isa 50:9)

⏰Wednesday of the Holy Week (12 April 2017) 📕Isa 50:4-9a; Ps 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 and 33-34 (R.v.14c, b); Matt 26:14-25 If God be for us, who can be against us? Nobody! So I want to encourage you, stick to doing good and embracing peace. The enemy might be threatening to frustrate you because of your righteousness, don’t worry. Let the third Servant Song that we read from Isa 50:4-9 encourage you to know that God never abandons his own. Like the servant in that third song, learn to listen to the voice of God and obey it even in the...

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“YOU ARE MY SERVANT…IN WHOM I WILL BE GLORIFIED” (Isa 49:3)

⏰Tuesday of the Holy Week (27 March 2018) 📕Isa 49:1-6; Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15ab and 17 (R.v.15ab); John 13:21-33, 36-38 There is something about the Servant Songs in the Book of the prophet Isaiah that we need to know. We have often reported in this forum that the contents of the second division of the Book of Isaiah (Isa 40 – 55) were written when the Israelites were suffering in exile. So the bulk of the prophetic messages in these chapters serve to encourage the people, telling them that God has not abandoned them. In that picture, there is...

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I WILL GIVE JESUS A PRECIOUS GIFT FOR HIS MISSION

⏰Monday of the Holy Week (26 March 2018) 📕Isa 42:1-7; Ps 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14 (R.v.1a); John 12:1-11 My dear, we are already in the part of Lenten Season that is its summit, a time that summarizes the whole events of our Christian life. It is called the Holy Week. In this Holy Week, we shall be commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus. By now, Jesus is sorrowful unto death (cf. John 12:27) and he needs us beside him. His friends at Bethany understood this. So they invited him to a dinner, probably to distract him from his sorrowful...

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“BEHOLD THE POOREST KING THAT EVER LIVED…”

⏰Palm Sunday (Year C) 📖Isa 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18a, 19-20, 23-24 (R.v.2a); Phil 2:6-11; Luke 22:14  23:56 🎤“BEHOLD THE POOREST KING THAT EVER LIVED…” The above statement comes from the Stations of the Cross at the station where Jesus was stripped of his clothes. What does being poor mean here? It definitely does not mean poverty because another statement follows, “…Possessing nothing, I own all.” Hence that must be pointing to something in the neighborhood of one of the beatitudes that says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:3). So as we...

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Faith, Trust and Obedience in St. Joseph

⏰The Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary ?2Sam 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16; Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29; Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22; Matt 1:16, 18-21, 24a ?Faith, Trust and Obedience Today, we celebrate the solemnity of St. Joseph, the Husband of Mary. In the history of the Catholic Church, he is the most cherished Saint, only next to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Devotion to him dates as far back as the 5th and 6th Centuries and since then, there has been great attention paid on him. This is despite the fact that there is very little said...

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AM I NOW TOO FAMILIAR WITH GOD?

⏰Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent (23 March 2018) 📕Jer 20:10-13; Ps 18:1-2a, 2bc-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.6); John 10:31-42 The Jews were always in the habit of picking stones to throw at those they considered sinners or blasphemers (see John 8:3-8, 59, 10:31). They claimed to be fighting for God to keep the society pure. Good motive! Isn’t it? But why were they fighting Jesus also? I can immediately see two reasons: over-familiarity and complacency.  They knew Jesus was a carpenter, so what is he going to tell them about God and righteousness? And they are children of Abraham and...

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AT YOUR WORD I WILL LET DOWN THE NETS

⏰Feast of St. Patrick (17 March 2020) 1 Pet 4:7b-11; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 9-10a and c (R.v.3); Luke 5:1-11 My dear, God does not demand for so much from us before he can do wonders in and through us. He only demands that we might have faith in him and be ready to cooperate with his grace in us. Consider the encounter between Jesus and Peter in Luke 5:1-11. Peter was a professional fisherman. And Jesus, if anything at all in the eyes of the society, was a carpenter. So Peter was in a better position to give orders...

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ABRAHAM’S BLESSINGS SHALL BE YOURS

⏰Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent (22 March 2018) 📕Gen 17:3-9; Ps 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.8a); John 8:51-59 My dear, I pray that the kind of the blessing God gave to Abraham (Gen 17:3-9) shall also be your lot through Christ our Lord. Amen. However, remember that it was Abraham’s faith in God that earned him that blessing because that faith was counted in his favour as righteousness (cf. Rom 4:13, 22). Abraham believed even in seemingly impossible situations (Rom 4:18) insofar as God has said it. It is through this faith that he was able to see the...

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