The Test of Freedom

13 March 2011 1st Sunday of LentGenesis 2: 7-9, 3:1-7; Psalm 51; Romans 5: 12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 Note. This is a scheduled post. Blogger publishes this entry at the date I intended it to come out in my blog. Please pray for us, 8 Jesuits, making the 30-Day Retreat, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.Continue reading “The Test of Freedom”

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A Common Day of Mourning

9 March 2011 Ash WednesdayJoel 2:12-18; Psalm 51; 2 Cor 5:20-6:2; Matthew 6:1-18 There are varied ways in Catholic Rites to celebrate the beginning of Lent. For many Catholic churches of the Eastern Rite such as the Orthodox Churches, they begin it two days ahead of us from the Roman or Latin Rite. So theyContinue reading “A Common Day of Mourning”

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Shut Up!

6 March 2011 9th Sunday in Ordinary TimeDeuteronomy 11:18-32; Psalm 31; Romans 3:21-28; Matthew 7:21-27Jesus says in the Gospel today, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.” If not everyone, then some will. Who will then qualify? He continued, “only the one who does the will of MyContinue reading “Shut Up!”

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What Attracted You to the Faith?

2 March 2011. Wednesday of the 8th Week in Ordinary TimeSirach 36: 1-17; Psalm 79; Mark 10: 32-45 What attracted you to the faith? Yes, I know, I was like you: I was baptized when I was an infant. But there was a point in our lives when, we had to own the faith. WeContinue reading “What Attracted You to the Faith?”

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Are You Burdened?

27 February 2011 8th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 49:14-15; 1 Cor 4:1-5; Matthew 6: 24-34 There is a lesson we can pick up from my family. Two uncles claim that they have taken the wrong course in their lives. The eldest wanted to become a lawyer, but was forced to take medicine because a doctorContinue reading “Are You Burdened?”

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Is it possible to see God’s grace outside of our walls?

23 February 2011 Memorial of St. Polycarp, bishop and martyrSirach 4:12-22; Psalm 118; Matthew 9: 38-40The readings today is particularly important in evaluating our ‘exclusive’ tendencies. This closed mentality is what Jesus calls the “yeast of the Pharisees.” The disciple John complains about other people who do not belong to their group, but nevertheless performContinue reading “Is it possible to see God’s grace outside of our walls?”

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The Power of Kindness

13 February 2011 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary TimeSirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119; 1 Cor 2:6-10; Matthew 5:20-37 Carlos is 52 years old. He is a recovering alcoholic and drug dependent. He has been in the streets of Mexico for 22 years. What has pushed him to leave home is resentment. As a child, his mother didn’tContinue reading “The Power of Kindness”

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Can food make you sinful?

9 February 2011 Wednesday of the 5th week in Ordinary TimeGenesis 2: 4-17; Psalm 104; Mark 7: 14-23 Catholics have abandoned diet restrictions for religious reasons. Pork that was associated with pagan rituals in the Old Testament has been allowed for us for many centuries, while some religions have maintained it. The conversion of manyContinue reading “Can food make you sinful?”

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Be as Christ’s Light

6 February 2011 5th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 58: 7-10; 1 Cor 2: 1-5; Matthew 5:13-16There are ways in which we become witnesses of Jesus. We can let His light shine through us. We can live out His teaching. And we can suffer for Christ when His teaching is ignored or attacked by people aroundContinue reading “Be as Christ’s Light”

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Let Mutual Love Continue

4 February 2011 Friday of the 4th week in Ordinary TimeHebrews 13: 1-8; Psalm 27; Mark 6: 14-29 “Let mutual love continue… Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment, and of the I’ll-treated as of yourselves, for you also are in the body.” Hebrews 13: 1-3 Eliseo worked in the Middle East forContinue reading “Let Mutual Love Continue”

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When the Light Goes Out

23 January 2011 3rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 8:23 – 9:3; Psalm 17; 2 Cor 1: 10-13.17; Matthew 4:12-17 In the summer of 2009, I made my second entry into Sagada, a scenic and pretty town in the Mountain Province of the Philippines. It is characterized by the abundance of flowers, dramatic limestone peaks andContinue reading “When the Light Goes Out”

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Basketball And Jesus

21 January 2011 Memorial of St. AgnesHebrew 8: 6-13; Psalm 85; Mark 3: 13-19If you’re in a sports event and the coach calls for ONLY 12 people, what do you think he is forming? Your guess is probably right: a basketball team. Each team consists of five players. In actual basketball, each team adds 7Continue reading “Basketball And Jesus”

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Can You Break "God’s Law" for a Person in Need?

19 January 2011 Wednesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary TimeHebrews 7, 1-17; Psalm 110; Mark 3: 1-6 There are blatant sins. But there are sins which are seemingly right, but slowly kills the spirit. This is the sin of the hardhearted. The Pharisees are not evil. They want what we all dream in aContinue reading “Can You Break "God’s Law" for a Person in Need?”

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What’s Keeping You from Changing?

17 January 2011. Memorial of St. Anthony, abbottHebrews 5: 1-10; Psalm 110; Mark 2: 18-22 St. Ignatius proposes to the one who makes the Spiritual Exercises to meditate on God continually creating us. To see that we are works of art in the making. To discover that our life is a process. And also toContinue reading “What’s Keeping You from Changing?”

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Is it Difficult to Pray What You Cannot Accept for Yourself?

12 January 2011 Wednesday of the 1st Week in Ordinary TimeHebrews 2: 14-18; Psalm 105; Mark 1: 29-39 “Knowing” is the word for today. When we say that we “know” a person, we can mean different things. They can be acquaintances, those you’ve been introduced to, or even those whom you know, but they don’tContinue reading “Is it Difficult to Pray What You Cannot Accept for Yourself?”

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