Jesus’ Daily Schedule

8 February 2009. 5th Sunday in Ordinary TimeJob 7, 1-4, 6-7; Psalm 147; 1 Cor 9, 16-19, 22-23; Mark 1, 29-39 We continue to get to know Jesus and His public life during the Liturgical Season of Ordinary Time. The Gospel today gives us a glimpse of a day in the life of Jesus. ItContinue reading “Jesus’ Daily Schedule”

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Jesus Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

6 February 2009. St. Paul Miki, Joan Soan de Goto, James Kisai and companionsHebrew 13, 1-8; Psalm 27; Mark 6, 14-29 The reading from the letter to the Hebrews is taken from Chapter 13, which are various exhortations and practical instructions. It tells us about the importance of brotherly/sisterly love, hospitality, concern for prisoners andContinue reading “Jesus Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”

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God Disciplines His Children

4 February 2009. Wednesday of the 4th Week in Ordinary TimeHebrews 12, 4-15; Psalm 103; Mark 6, 1-6 The first reading strikes me today. It tells us that the Lord disciplines us, like a father who disciplines his son. My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord
or lose heart when reproved by him;
forContinue reading “God Disciplines His Children”

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Simeon and Anna

2 February 2009. Feast of the Presentation of Our LordMal 3, 1-4; Psalm 24; Heb 2, 14-18; Luke 2, 22-40 Mary and Joseph were devout Jews, fulfilling the prescriptions of presenting or offering the first-born to the Lord, because the first-born sons ‘belong’ to the Lord. Remember, the Lord saved and spared the first bornsContinue reading “Simeon and Anna”

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The Eternal Priesthood

22 January 2009 Thursday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary TimeHebrews 7, 25-8,6; Psalm 40; Mark 3, 7-12In the first reading from Hebrews, there are three “priesthoods” being referred to. The first is the priesthood of Melchizedek, an ancient figure in the time of Abraham. Who is Melchizedek? We do not know his birth norContinue reading “The Eternal Priesthood”

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Our Radical Faith

20 January 2009. Tuesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary TimeHebrew 6, 10-20; Psalm 111; Mark 2, 18-22 (Monday) & 23-28 (Today)There are many times when conflict situations arise in every Christian’s life. In fact, in many ways, the Gospel’s true meaning can be potent, jarring, shocking and threatening to our set ways of living.Continue reading “Our Radical Faith”

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How To Show Devotion to the Child Jesus (Sto. Nino) (Filipino)

18 January 2009. Feast of the Sto. Nino de CebuProper Feast in the Philippines: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 9, 1-6; Psalm 97; Ephesians 1, 3-18; Mark 10, 13-16 Note: English version below: in previous post. Pinagdiriwang natin ngayon ang kapistahan ng Sto. Nino. Sa kapistahang ito, nagpupunyagi tayo sa Panginoon bilang pasasalamat sa atingContinue reading “How To Show Devotion to the Child Jesus (Sto. Nino) (Filipino)”

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The Faith of Friends

16 January 2009. Friday of the 1st Week in Ordinary TimeHebrew 4, 1-5; Psalm 78; Mark 2, 1-12 The faith of friends is the focus of the Gospel today. I remember the question of one of my students. He said, “Will our prayer for a friend of ours who is ill be effective when heContinue reading “The Faith of Friends”

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Afraid of What God Wills

15 January 2009. Thursday of the 1st Week of Ordinary TimeHebrew 3, 7-14; Psalm 95; Mark 1, 40-45 What strikes me today in the Gospel reading is that the leper said that he wanted to be cured IF Jesus would will it. And thus, Jesus declared that He did will it. So the leper wasContinue reading “Afraid of What God Wills”

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After the Amazement, What’s Next?

12 January 2009. Tuesday of the 1st Week in Ordinary TimeHebrew 2, 5-12; Psalm 8; Mark 1, 21-28 I would like to say something about the Ordinary Season. The liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter focus on a specific aspect of the life of Jesus. Ordinary Time is that season of the liturgicalContinue reading “After the Amazement, What’s Next?”

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Baptism Is About Identity

11 January 2009 Feast of the Baptism of Our LordIsaiah 42, 1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 10, 34-38; Mark 1, 7-11 The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is about an inauguration to a new identity. The Gospel of Mark introduces Jesus to us. Having established John the Baptist in the previous passages, the GospelContinue reading “Baptism Is About Identity”

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An Issue of Loyalty

10 January 2009. Saturday after the Epiphany1 John 5, 14-21; Psalm 149; John 3, 22-30 The issue in the Gospel today is loyalty. Jesus had been baptized and He was drawing larger crowds to his baptism. John’s disciples were jealous that their former followers had moved to Jesus. And so John reiterated what he saidContinue reading “An Issue of Loyalty”

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Giving What We’ve Got

6 January 2009. Tuesday after the Epiphany1 John 4, 7-10; Psalm 72; Mark 6, 34-44 In the Gospel today, the Lord trusts in our capacity to help. He fed their spiritual thirst with His teaching; and their physical hunger with the multiplication of the loaves and fish. The feeding of the five thousand begins withContinue reading “Giving What We’ve Got”

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About God Wanting Us To Find Him

4 January 2009. The Epiphany of Our Lord JesusIsaiah 60, 1-6; Psalm 72; Eph 3, 2-6; Matthew 2, 1-12 As the Church continues to discern its life in the present age, she also modifies and changes certain things, hoping that the change will deepen and correct certain practices of the faith. Today is an example.Continue reading “About God Wanting Us To Find Him”

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Proof that God’s Way is Not our Way

25 December 2008. Solemnity of the Nativity of Our LordIsaiah 9, 1-6; Psalm 96; Titus 2, 11-14; Luke 2, 10-11 When God said that His ways are different from us, the best proof is Christmas. First, we celebrate God’s unusual way of choosing people. She chose an ordinary woman to be the Mother of HisContinue reading “Proof that God’s Way is Not our Way”

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