To Go Out to the World

8 October 2008 Wednesday of the 27th Week in Ordinary TimeGalatians 2, 1-2 & 7-14; Psalm 117; Luke 11, 1-4The Responsorial Psalm summarizes the readings today, “Go out to all the world, and Tell the Good News.” Paul went to the Gentile world and offered them the Gospel. Paul’s letter to the Galatians tells usContinue reading “To Go Out to the World”

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Why I Pray the Rosary

7 October 2008. Memorial of Our Lady of the RosaryGalatians 1, 13-24; Psalm 139; Luke 10, 38-42As we celebrate the memorial of our Lady of the Rosary, allow me to talk about the rosary personally. If you were to ask me why I pray the rosary, I would probably answer you this way. First, theContinue reading “Why I Pray the Rosary”

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Faith on the Go

24 September 2008 Wednesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary TimeLuke 9, 1-6 Faith on the Go When Jesus chose the Twelve apostles, He decided to share His mission with them. In the Gospel today, Jesus sent them to do what He does: to preach and proclaim the Kingdom of God and heal people ofContinue reading “Faith on the Go”

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Perversion and Love

17 September 2008 Wednesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time1 Cor 12, 31 – 13, 13 and Luke 7, 31-35Jesus called his generation as people who ruined or frustrated God’s purpose for them. God had a great plan for all, but due to perversity, the people ruined what good was meant for them. JohnContinue reading “Perversion and Love”

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Against Egocentric Competitiveness

16 September 2008 Memorial of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian1 Corinthians 12, 12-14, 27-31 Against Egocentric Competitiveness We are one body. This is one of the famous quotes of St. Paul taken from the first reading today. But Paul was unlikely to be the source of this concept. The idea of a society as one bodyContinue reading “Against Egocentric Competitiveness”

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

15 August 2008 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin MaryRev 11, 19a; 12:1-6; 10ab; Psalm 45; 1 Cor 15, 20-27; Luke 1, 39-56 The Eastern, Oriental and Coptic Orthodox and the Catholic Churches teach and celebrate the Assumption of Mary. For Catholics, this belief was solemnly declared by Pope Pius XII on NovemberContinue reading “Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary”

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A Wonderful World

12 August 2008. Tuesday of 19th Week in Ordinary TimeEzekiel 2,8 – 3,4; Psalm 119; Matthew 18, 1-14 There is a little story found in tradition — thus it is unverified — that the child Jesus took in the Gospel today was Ignatius of Antioch. He became a great figure in the Church, a theologian,Continue reading “A Wonderful World”

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Faith: Fruit of Persistent Love

10 August 2008. 20th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 15, 21-28 Faith: The Fruit of Persistent Love Note: This homily appears at this Sunday’s Sambuhay of the Society of St. Paul. At the end of the Gospel, Jesus tells the woman, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”Continue reading “Faith: Fruit of Persistent Love”

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Our Deepest Hunger

2 August 2008 18th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIs 55, 1-3; Ps 145; Rom 8, 35-39; Matthew 14, 13-21 Feeding of the Five Thousand Allow me to divide the reflection into two parts: the levels of interpretations and some reflections. We can read the story of the feeding of the five thousand literally like a historicalContinue reading “Our Deepest Hunger”

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To Whom We Die For

29 June 2008 Solemnity of Sts. Peter and PaulActs 12, 1-11; Psalm 34; 2 Tim 4, 6-18; Matthew 16, 13-19 There is a connection between the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul and the question of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Who do you say that I am?” Let us look at both disciples.Continue reading “To Whom We Die For”

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False and True Prophets

25 June 2008 Wednesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary TimeMatthew 7, 15-20 We all know about false prophets. Jeremiah had conflicts with prophets who said that there was peace, when there was war (Jeremiah 6, 14). Ezekiel called them wolves. When sending his disciples, Jesus warned them about wolves, that his disciples will beContinue reading “False and True Prophets”

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Our Defining Moments

24 June 2008 Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the BaptistIsaiah 49, 1-6; Psalm 139; Acts 13, 22-26; Luke 1, 57-80There is one defining moment in our lives. All that we have been, all that we have achieved, all that we have prepared for suddenly converges to that one moment. For John the Baptist,Continue reading “Our Defining Moments”

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Jeremiah and John the Baptist

23 June 2008 Vigil of the Nativity of John the BaptistJeremiah 1, 4-10; Psalm 71; 1 Peter 1, 8-12; Luke 1, 5-17 There is reason for me to have some connection with St. John the Baptist. He is the patron saint of my parents, our pharmacy was named, “Farmacia San Juan”. Every time my familyContinue reading “Jeremiah and John the Baptist”

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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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What We Need to Become

9 June 2008 Monday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time1 Kgs 17, 1-6; Psalm 121; Matthew 5, 1-12 The Ten Commandments often overshadow the Beatitudes. It lists ten things we should NOT do. The Beatitudes, on the other hand, presents what we ought to do. The negative (prohibitions) presents a limit: if you areContinue reading “What We Need to Become”

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