What Face Do You Have?

21 December 2008 Fourth Sunday of Advent2 Samuel 7, 1-16, Psalm 89, Rom 16, 25-27 and Luke 1, 26-38: The Annunciation Note: The Gospel is the same for both the 20th and 21st December 2008. This homily can be used for both the dawn masses and the 4th Sunday of Advent. The internet uses emoticonsContinue reading “What Face Do You Have?”

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Celebrate the Possibility

19 December 2008 Simbanggabi/ Friday of the 3rd Week of AdventJudges 13, 2-7, 24-25; Psalm 71; Luke 1, 5-25 In the Seasons of Advent and Christmas, we celebrate possibilities. The readings today are stories of the impossible becoming possible. Two barren women, the wife of Manoah (we do not know her name) and Elizabeth, theContinue reading “Celebrate the Possibility”

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The Three Names of Jesus

18 December 2008 Thursday of the 3rd Week of AdventJeremiah 23, 5-8; Psalm 72, 1-19; Matthew 1, 18-25 There are three names of Jesus that are important in this angle of the story of His birth. First, Jesus is “Son of David.” As an extension of the genealogy of Jesus, the story is about JesusContinue reading “The Three Names of Jesus”

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Tatlong Pangalan ni Hesus

18 Disyembre 2008 Thursday of the 3rd Week of AdventJeremiah 23, 5-8; Psalm 72, 1-19; Matthew 1, 18-25 Note: This appears in Sambuhay, a publication of the Society of St. Paul. Tatlong pangalan ang mahalagang maunawaan sa kuwento ng pagkapanganak kay Hesus. Una, ang “Anak ni Dabid”. Bilang kakabit ng kaangkanan ni Hesus, kinukuwento ngContinue reading “Tatlong Pangalan ni Hesus”

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At the End of UP’s Centennial Celebrations

17 December 2008. Dawn Mass at the End of UP’s Centennial CelebrationsGenesis 49, 2, 8-10; Psalm 72; Matthew 1, 1-17 Note: This homily is intended for the community of the University of the Philippines at the end of the Centennial Celebrations. President Dr. Emerlinda Roman will be present. But the points apply to a generalContinue reading “At the End of UP’s Centennial Celebrations”

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In God’s Hands

15 December 2008. Monday of the 3rd Week of AdventNumbers 24, 2-17; Psalm 25, 4-9; Matthew 21, 23-27 The debate about Jesus’ authority in the Gospel today is part of a series of controversies that would put Jesus to death. In this debate, the chief priests and elders are the opponents. Eventually, they would beContinue reading “In God’s Hands”

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Joy in the Season of Advent

14 December 2008. 3rd Sunday of AdventIsaiah 61, 1-11; Luke 1, 46-54; 1 Thes 5, 16-24; John 1, 6-8.19-28Many people have the impression that the core of Christian life is suffering, especially when Catholic popular piety have influenced a large part of their culture. But the readings today remind us that the center of ourContinue reading “Joy in the Season of Advent”

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Ang Saya sa Adbiento

14 December 2008. 3rd Sunday of AdventIsaiah 61, 1-11; Luke 1, 46-54; 1 Thes 5, 16-24; John 1, 6-8. 19-28 Note: This Filipino homily appears in Sambuhay this Sunday. Sambuhay is a publication of the Society of St. Paul. The English translation will be uploaded. Maraming nag-aakala ang pananampalatayang Kristiyano naka-batay sa pagdurusa at pagpapakasakit. NgunitContinue reading “Ang Saya sa Adbiento”

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Our Hunger and Thirst

11 December 2008 Thursday of the 2nd Week of AdventIsaiah 41, 13-20; Psalm 145; Matthew 11, 11-15 The readings today tell us about our thirst. The first reading conjures the images of the afflicted and needy whose tongue seeks water like desert seeking water. But those thirsting for water will find water through the graciousnessContinue reading “Our Hunger and Thirst”

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If God does not remove our burdens, how do we find rest?

10 December 2008 Wednesday of the 2nd Week of AdventIsaiah 40, 25-31; Psalm 103; Matthew 11, 28-30 The readings today encourage and assure us in our waiting. When we are waiting for our dreams to be fulfilled, we often find ourselves losing hope or we get tired of hoping. When we are waiting for theContinue reading “If God does not remove our burdens, how do we find rest?”

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The Immaculate Conception

8 December 2008 Solemnity of the Immaculate ConceptionGen 3, 9-15,20; Psalm 98; Eph 1, 3-12; Luke 1, 26-38 The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is indeed an extraordinary event. It tells us that God has ordained that Mary, who would be the Mother of Jesus, would be free from the stain of sin.Continue reading “The Immaculate Conception”

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Unadulterated Desire

2 December 2008 Tuesday of the First Week of AdventIsaiah 11, 1-10; Psalm 72; Luke 10, 21-24 The Israelites pined their hopes on a future king, in the line of David, “from the stump of Jesse”. They prayed for a king that is far greater than any other king because the Lord is upon him.Continue reading “Unadulterated Desire”

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Waiting is Sacred

30 November 2008 1st Sunday of AdventIsaiah 63: 16-19, 64:2-7; Psalm 80; 1 Cor 1, 3-9; Mark 13, 33-37 Have you ever waited for someone to come, or something to arrive that you have oriented your life, your decisions, your attention to it? Many people have experienced this type of waiting. Some pined for theContinue reading “Waiting is Sacred”

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Christ the King

23 November 2008 Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the KingEzekiel 34, 11-17; Psalm 23, 1-6; 1 Cor 15, 20-28; Matthew 25, 31-36 The Solemnity of Christ the King is celebrated at the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year. In the past, it was celebrated with pomp and pageantry. But today, many churches celebrate thisContinue reading “Christ the King”

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The Meaning of the Book of Revelation

20 November 2008 Thursday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary TimeRevelation 5, 1-10; Psalm 149; Luke 19, 41-44 We continue our reflection on Revelation, the first reading. In yesterday’s reading (Rev 4, 6-11), we’ve seen how symbols are used in the book of Revelation. Put together, the message was the praise and glory of God.Continue reading “The Meaning of the Book of Revelation”

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