The Wicked Shepherds

18 August 2010 Wednesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary TimeEzekiel 34, 1-11; Psalm 23; Matthew 20, 1-6 The readings today are parables of shepherding. In the section from the book of the prophet Ezekiel, God declares the end of the wicked shepherds. God entrusted shepherds to take care for Israel, but instead they malignedContinue reading “The Wicked Shepherds”

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Shepherds After His Own Heart

23 July 2010 Friday of the 16th Week in Ordinary TimeJeremiah 3, 14-17; Psalm: Jeremiah 31:10-13; Matthew 13, 18-23 The Lord says to Jeremiah that the people have been wicked and rebellious. He desires their return to Him. He hopes to gather His children again in His Temple. In order to fulfill this desire, HeContinue reading “Shepherds After His Own Heart”

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How important are choices in commitments?

Choices in the life of a person cannot be underestimated. Mature and developed persons have made choices in their lives, and continually do so. They take great discerned risks. However, underdevelopment is a result of non-choices. Choices are done in a flash, in a brief moment, but commitment, which is one of our formal choices,Continue reading “How important are choices in commitments?”

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Did You Pray for Something You Realized You Didn’t Want?

15 January 2009. Friday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time1 Sam 8, 4-22; Psalm 89; Mark 2, 1-12 Have you asked the Lord something which He granted, and then realized that you don’t want it? That is exactly the story in the first reading. The Israelites demanded for a king. In the past, theyContinue reading “Did You Pray for Something You Realized You Didn’t Want?”

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Power is a Poison

20 September 2009 25th Sunday in Ordinary TimeWisdom 2, 12-20; Psalm 54; James 3, 16 – 4, 3; Mark 9, 30-37 There are many challenges in being and living in a Christian community. Even if we are with religious and pious members, we are not immune to the wiles of the world. The Gospel todayContinue reading “Power is a Poison”

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be President of the Country?

19 July 2009. Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeJeremiah 23, 1-6; Psalm 22; Ephesians 2, 13-18; Mark 6, 30-34 Note: Filipino version in the previous post. In the history of the Jewish people, the shepherd was the image of leadership. It was not easy to be a shepherd during those times. They had to find greenerContinue reading “Do You Have What It Takes To Be President of the Country?”

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Bagay Ka Bang Maging Pinuno?

Ika-19 ng Hulyo 2009. Ika-16 Linggo sa Karaniwang PanahonJeremiah 23, 1-6; Psalm 22; Ephesians 2, 13-18; Mark 6, 30-34 Note: This Filipino version appears in today’s Sunday Sambuhay, a publication by the Society of St. Paul; missalettes for the Sunday liturgy. The English version is above. Sa kasaysayan ng mga Judio, ang pastol ang tinaguriangContinue reading “Bagay Ka Bang Maging Pinuno?”

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Up to the Mountain

28 October 2008 Feasts of Sts. Simon and JudeEphesians 2, 19-22; Psalm 19; Luke 6, 12-16 The Gospel today begins by telling us that Jesus ‘went to the mountain to pray and he spent the night in prayer to God’. After praying, he called his disciples, and from them, He chose Twelve, whom he calledContinue reading “Up to the Mountain”

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Leadership Succession

18 June 2008 Wednesday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time2 Kings 2, 1, 6-14; Psalm 31, 20-24; Matthew 6, 1-18 In the first reading, Elisha succeeds Elijah. This opening segment gives us a picture of leadership succession. How was the succession given? First, Elijah asked Elisha to come with him to the Jordan River.Continue reading “Leadership Succession”

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