Storms

1 July 2008 Tuesday of the 13th Week in Ordinary TimeAm 3, 1-12; Psalm 5, 4-8; Matthew 8, 23-27 There are storms we cannot weather. Storms that we do not have control over. Like difficulties arising from our family history, the past, our secrets, and our fears. We cannot undo them. But we can changeContinue reading “Storms”

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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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Regularity and Pretensions

26 June 2008 Thursday of the 12th Week in Ordinary TimeMatthew 7, 21-29 Regularity We always wondered why there were many reports of miracles during ancient times than today. Was the Lord more present before than the present age? Ancient peoples regarded every single — and common — sickness as the work of demons. WhenContinue reading “Regularity and Pretensions”

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Perfection

17 June 2008 Tuesday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time1 Kings 21, 17-29; Psalm 51; Matthew 5, 43-48 The verse in the Gospel today ends with “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” This verse is interpreted by many Christians as an admonition to be completely faultless, unblemished and sinless. AndContinue reading “Perfection”

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Barnabas: Son of Encouragement

11 June 2008 Memorial of St. Barnabas, ApostleActs 11: 21-26, 12: 1-3 Today we hear of another apostle, Barnabas who was first to welcome St. Paul (a former persecutor) into the church in Antioch. With the community in Antioch, Paul and Barnabas worked together to build the community there. Hence, in was in Antioch thatContinue reading “Barnabas: Son of Encouragement”

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Meant to be Seen

10 June 2008 Tuesday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time1 Kings 17, 7-16; Psalm 4; Matthew 5, 13-16 Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD) was a Roman historian and scientist whose book, Natural History, contains natural and scientific knowledge. In his work, he said, “Nothing is more useful than salt and sunshine.” The Gospel todayContinue reading “Meant to be Seen”

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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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When We Extricate Ourselves

8 June 2008 10th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMark 9, 9-13 The Call of MatthewVerse 10 of the Gospel today distinguishes tax collectors from sinners with the conjunction and. Tax collectors were collaborators with the Roman government, thus they were considered disloyal and were suspected of treason by the Jews. And since they were not paidContinue reading “When We Extricate Ourselves”

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How Can One be at Peace When One Suffers

22 April 2008 Tuesday of the 5th Week of EasterActs 14, 19-28; John 14, 27-31 It is often difficult to reconcile the two themes of the readings today: the first reading accounts Paul’s suffering and the Gospel tells us that Jesus gives peace to us. How can one be at peace when one suffers? PaulContinue reading “How Can One be at Peace When One Suffers”

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Getting to Know the Bread of Life

10 April 2008 Thursday of the 3rd Week of EasterJohn 6, 44-55 Getting to Know the Bread of LifeJesus clearly says today in the Gospel, that the way to know the Father is getting to know the Son. Thus, Jesus made it easier for us to know God. All we have to do is toContinue reading “Getting to Know the Bread of Life”

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Movement and Growing in Faith

6 April 2008 3rd Sunday of EasterLuke 24, 13-35 Movement and Growing in FaithThe Christian vocation is to grow towards becoming like Christ. On God’s account, we must advance and move forward. St. Paul said, “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prizeContinue reading “Movement and Growing in Faith”

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Mercy at Easter

30 March 2008 2nd Sunday of EasterActs 2, 42-47; Peter 1, 3-9; John 20, 19-31The word of the day is empathy. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “the ability to identify mentally with a person… and so understand his or her feelings.” This is the experience when we become aware of our unity withContinue reading “Mercy at Easter”

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The Joy of the People of Easter

24 March 2008 Monday in the Octave of EasterActs 2, 14, 22-33; Matthew 28, 8-15 The Joy of the People of Easter Everyone wants a certain drama in a story. The luminous Easter begins with a predawn darkness with women on their way to the tomb to mourn Jesus’ death. At the opened tomb, anContinue reading “The Joy of the People of Easter”

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As Jesus Ordered Them

19 March 2008. Holy WednesdayMatthew 26, 14-25 As Jesus had Ordered Them The Passover is a feast that lasted a week and a day. Jerusalem was jammed with pilgrims. Jerusalem’s population was around 30,000 but during the feast it was calculated to grow to 130,000. Reservations have to be made and so Jesus asked theContinue reading “As Jesus Ordered Them”

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Betrayals

18 March 2008 Holy TuesdayJohn 13, 21-38 Betrayals To form a barkada or a group of friends is necessary in a very huge university such as UP. We remember the first time we came to the university and losing our way. We didn’t know how to get to Palma Hall, or where it was. WeContinue reading “Betrayals”

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