The Farmer and the Wheat: A Story

8 July 2009 Wednesday of the 14th Week in Ordinary TimeGenesis 41, 55-57; 42, 5-24; Psalm 33; Matthew 10, 1-7 Once there was a farmer who pleaded with God saying, “Lord, would you let me have control of the weather for one year? I think that I could raise a good quality of wheat.” TheContinue reading “The Farmer and the Wheat: A Story”

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Do You Sometimes Wish to Change Your Name?

7 July 2009. Tuesday of the 14th Week in Ordinary TimeGenesis 32, 23-33; Psalm 17; Matthew 9, 32-38The first reading is about Jacob’s encounter with God. After sending his wives, children and possessions across the river, Jacob wrestles with a “man” until dawn. The “man” cannot prevail so he wounds Jacob’s hip, particularly the sciaticContinue reading “Do You Sometimes Wish to Change Your Name?”

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How Does a Place Become Sacred?

6 July 2009. Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary TimeGenesis 28, 10-22; Psalm 91; Matthew 9, 18-26 How does a place become sacred? The first reading is a story of the origins of Bethel as a divine shrine. Fleeing Esau’s wrath in the land of Canaan, Jacob profoundly experiences God in Bethel. He usesContinue reading “How Does a Place Become Sacred?”

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What Happens If you Reject God?

5 July 2009. 14th Sunday in Ordinary TimeEzekiel 2, 2-5; Psalm 123; 2 Cor 12, 7-10; Mark 6, 1-6 Have you ever returned a different person to your birthplace? When we come home, we bring with us a wide array of experiences and encounters that changes us. We are not like the teenager we usedContinue reading “What Happens If you Reject God?”

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Will God Heal A Bad Person?

2 July 2009. Thursday of the 13th Week in Ordinary TimeGen 22, 1-19; Psalm 115; Matthew 9, 1-8 In the Gospel, the malicious thought of the scribes provides a setting to highlight Jesus’ power to heal both our physical illness such as a paralytic and our spiritual malady that needs the forgiveness of sins. TheContinue reading “Will God Heal A Bad Person?”

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A Feast of Foundations

29 June 2009. Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, ApostlesActs 12, 1-11; Psalm 34; 2 Tim 4, 6-18; Matthew 16, 13-19The Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul is a feast of foundations, of beginnings, and, most of all, of the people who forged the basic principles by which we live. For Catholics all over theContinue reading “A Feast of Foundations”

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How should we Heal?

28 June 2009. 13th Sunday in Ordinary TimeWisdom 1, 13-15; 2, 23-24; Psalm 30; 2 Cor 8, 7-15; Mark 5, 21-43 In an age of pandemics such as the influenza A(H1N1) virus, today we hear of healing when it is most appropriate. In the Gospel, Jesus encounters two women: the daughter of Jairus and theContinue reading “How should we Heal?”

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We can Heal!

26 June 2009. Friday of the 12th Week in Ordinary TimeGenesis 17, 1-22; Psalm 128; Matthew 8, 1-4 As a Jesuit novice, I was assigned to Tala Leprosarium for my hospital trials in 1990. I was cleaning their wounds with a disinfectant, using long forceps. But they never complained about pain. Since leprosy kills theContinue reading “We can Heal!”

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The Covenant Relationship

14 June 2009. Solemnity of the Body and Blood of ChristExodus 24, 3-8; Psalm 116; Heb 9, 11-15; Mark 14, 12-16, 22-26 One comment from Youtube said that Catholics are cannibals because of what we believe about receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. But it is not the first time I heard this comment;Continue reading “The Covenant Relationship”

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Attributes of the Trinity

7 June 2007. Solemnity of the Most Blessed TrinityDeuteronomy 4, 32-40; Psalm 33; Rom 8, 14-17; Matthew 28, 16-20 Just as we begin with a sign of the cross, an invocation to the Blessed Trinity, we also greet one another in the Trinity, with the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians:Continue reading “Attributes of the Trinity”

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The Story of Tobit

4 June 2009. Thursday of the 9th Week in Ordinary TimeTobit 6:1-11, 7:1 & 9-17; 8:4-9 Psalm 128; Mark 12, 28-34Let’s take the introduction from the New Jerome Biblical Commentary. The Book of Tobit is a Hebrew romance. It tells us of the love story of Tobiah and Sarah at its helm; but the focusContinue reading “The Story of Tobit”

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In Awe and Wonder

3 June 2009. Wednesday of the 9th Week in Ordinary TimeTobit 3, 1-17; Psalm 25; Mark 12, 18-27 The Gospel tells us that Jesus and the Jewish leaders were in conflict. The Gospel today speaks about questioning the belief in the resurrection and life after death. A group of Jewish leaders like the Sadducees didContinue reading “In Awe and Wonder”

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Building Community

31 May 2009: Pentecost SundayActs 2, 1-11; Ps 104; 1 Cor 12, 3-7, 12-13; John 15, 26-27; 16, 12-15 The early Christians did not doubt the descent of the Spirit upon them because of the manifestations of the Spirit’s gifts (1 Cor 12-14). John’s community effectively experienced this Divine presence. These gifts were discernible inContinue reading “Building Community”

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Araw ng Pentekostes (Filipino)

31 Mayo 2009 Araw ng PentekostesGawa 2, 1-11; Salmo 104; 1 Cor 12, 3-7, 12-13; Juan 15, 26-27 at 16, 12-15 Note: This article appears in Sambuhay a publication of the Society of St. Paul. Hindi maipagkakaila ng mga unang Kristiyano ang mga pagbabagong naidulot ng pagbaba ng Espiritu Santo sa kanila sa araw ngContinue reading “Araw ng Pentekostes (Filipino)”

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When Someone Prays for Me

28 May 2009. Thursday of the 7th Week of EasterActs 22, 30 – 23,6-11; Psalm 16; John 17, 20-26 If we reflect on the prayer of Jesus, which is today’s Gospel, it reaches beyond his immediate circle of friends. It includes everyone, all of us, in his oneness with the Father. For John, communion withContinue reading “When Someone Prays for Me”

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