The Zodiac and Revelations

19 November 2008 Wednesday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary TimeRevelations 4, 1-11; Psalm 150; Luke 19, 11-28 Many of us find signs and symbols like horoscopes amusing. We don’t put our faith in it, but we enjoy the ‘classification’ because it somehow gives us a certain handle in understanding people. Many do find someContinue reading “The Zodiac and Revelations”

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Pieces of God’s Heart

17 November 2008 Monday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary TimeLuke 18, 35-43 Pieces of God’s Heart The Gospel is about the cure of the blind man. The beggar’s name was given by Mark the Evangelist. His name is Bartimeaus. In this incident, the disciples try to keep an “insignificant person” from bothering Jesus. ButContinue reading “Pieces of God’s Heart”

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Want to be Gifted?

16 November 2008 33rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeProv 31, 10-31; Psalm 128, 1-5; 1 Thess 5, 1-6; Matthew 25, 14-21The readings today deal with things of value. In the first reading, the skills of a good wife are to be proclaimed, praised and rewarded at the city gates. In the second reading, our vigilance andContinue reading “Want to be Gifted?”

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A New Order

13 November 2008 Thursday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary TimePhilemon 7-20: A New Order There are secular conventions and laws. For example, there is a specific behavior expected of an employee when he or she deals with the boss. This is our present social order. But as Christians, there are times when we areContinue reading “A New Order”

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Gratitude as a Christian Virtue and Behavior

12 November 2008. Memorial of St. JosaphatLuke 17, 11-19 Gratitude as a Christian Virtue and Behavior At the beginning of the second semester of school year 2008-2009, the readings today are timely and appropriate. We find in the Gospel one leper returning to Jesus to pay his gratitude to Him. The image of the gratefulContinue reading “Gratitude as a Christian Virtue and Behavior”

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The Public Face of Christian Life

11 November 2008 Memorial of St. Martin of ToursTitus 2, 1-14; Psalm 37; Luke 17, 7-10 The first reading is concerned with our domestic life and its ‘public face’. It is a list of virtues and vices. The list is addressed to recognizable social groups such as older men and women, young men and women.Continue reading “The Public Face of Christian Life”

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Why the Lateran Basilica?

9 November 2008 Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in RomeEzekiel 14, 1-12; Psalm 46; 1 Cor 3, 9-17; John 3, 13-22 The Temple Purification in the Gospel is a transformation story. To many Jews, the Temple was the center of worship. It was the site of God’s presence and a visible signContinue reading “Why the Lateran Basilica?”

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Lost and Found

6 November 2008 Thursday of the 31st Week in Ordinary TimePhil 3, 3-8; Psalm 105; Luke 15, 1-10 Lost and FoundThe two parables are bound together by the theme of joy over finding what was lost. The faithful shepherd left the ninety-nine sheep and looked for the lost one. The woman who lost one ofContinue reading “Lost and Found”

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Excuses, Excuses

4 November 2008 Tuesday of the 31st Week in Ordinary TimePhil 2, 5-11; Psalm 22; Luke 14, 15-24 Excuses The parable of Jesus in the Gospel today is about a man who prepared a great dinner for everyone. During the time of Jesus, one does not prepare a great banquet without sending the invitations beforehand.Continue reading “Excuses, Excuses”

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Remembering the Faithful Departed

1 & 2 November 2008. Commemoration of All the Faithful DepartedWis 3, 1-9; Psalm 23; Rom 5, 5-11; John 6, 37-40 I too have not been spared from the experience of death. My blood relatives and friends died both from natural and tragic causes. Some died from complications arising from diabetes and hypertension. One wasContinue reading “Remembering the Faithful Departed”

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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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Loving Passionately and Intensely

26 October 2008 30th Sunday in Ordinary TimeExodus 22, 20-26; Psalm 17; Thess 1, 5-10; Matthew 22, 34-40 The Gospel today is about the Pharisee who asked which commandment in the law is the greatest. And Jesus answered that there are two: Love God, and from this commandment flows one’s love for neighbors. The responsorialContinue reading “Loving Passionately and Intensely”

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God and Taxes

19 October 2008 29th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 45, 1-6; Psalm 96; 1 Thes 1, 1-5; Matthew 22, 15-21 Jesus, in the Gospel today, is in the middle of a controversy. The opponents are the Pharisees and the Herodians. The Pharisees resent paying taxes to the emperor, while the Herodians administer the tax system inContinue reading “God and Taxes”

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Following Christ Fearlessly

17 October 2008 Thursday of the 28th Week in Ordinary TimeLuke 12, 1-7 Following Christ FearlesslyJesus points publicly the hypocrisy of the Pharisees: they thought that their outward image of respectability will keep hidden their blemishes from being discovered. But not so. All personal secrets will be revealed — if not during our lifetime, butContinue reading “Following Christ Fearlessly”

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Introducing God

16 October 2008 Thursday of the 28th Week in Ordinary TimeEphesians 1, 1-10 The Knowledge of God Except for the first two verses, the first reading (v. 3-10) is a Jewish-Christian benediction. A benediction is an invocation to the Divine, usually seeking Divine help, blessing and guidance. It comes from the Latin, bene (good) andContinue reading “Introducing God”

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