Eternal Life

26 May 2009. Tuesday of the 7th Week of EasterActs 20, 17-27; Psalm 68; John 17, 1-11: On Eternal Life The Gospel today tells us the great understanding of eternal life in the New Testament. In Greek is is aiōnis. This word is not about the duration of life or what we know as lifeContinue reading “Eternal Life”

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Pamamaalam sa Pag-akyat ni Hesus (Ascension Filipino)

24 Mayo 2009. Kapistahan ng Pag-akyat ni Hesus (Ascension)Acts 1, 1-11; Psalm 47; Eph 1, 17-23; Mark 16, 15-20 Tunay na hiwaga ang Kapistahan ng Pag-akyat ng Panginoon sa Langit, o Feast of the Ascension. Pilit nitong isinasalita ang hindi masasambit, at pilit nitong ilarawan ang hindi mailarawan. Ang pag-akyat ng Panginoon sa Langit ayContinue reading “Pamamaalam sa Pag-akyat ni Hesus (Ascension Filipino)”

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The Power of Words

19 May 2009 Tuesday of the 6th Week of EasterActs 16, 22-34 & John 16, 5-11 In the story in the Acts of the Apostles, Paul and Silas had endured blows and then, were thrown into prison in Philippi. In the innermost prison, while their feet were chained, Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymnsContinue reading “The Power of Words”

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Why We Need our Emotions to be Complete

17 May 2009. 6th Sunday of EasterActs 10, 25-28; Psalm 98; 1 Jn 4, 7-10; John 15, 9-17 Note: there is an alternative homily for this Sunday. It’s the article before this post. Jesus said that in order for our joy to be complete, we must love one another as He loved us, as aContinue reading “Why We Need our Emotions to be Complete”

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We Belong to One Heart

10 May 2009 5th Sunday of EasterActs 9, 26-31; Psalm 22; 1 John 3, 18-24; John 15, 1-8There is always a need for us to connect. To be part of someone else’s life. To be a member of a family, a group of friends, or a greater social network. Even the most withdrawn and recluseContinue reading “We Belong to One Heart”

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Being Shepherd and Being the Gate

3 May 2009. Fourth Sunday of EasterActs 4, 8-12; Psalm 118; 1 John 3, 1-2; John 10, 11-18 Our image of the Good Shepherd as a leadership principle traces its roots centuries ago in the Jewish history. Not without reason: the shepherd puts his life at stake for his flock. It was not easy toContinue reading “Being Shepherd and Being the Gate”

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How to Move with the Spirit

28 April 2009 Tuesday of the 3rd Week of EasterActs 7, 51 – 8,1; Psalm 31; John 6, 30-35The first reading from the Acts of the Apostles is the story of Stephen, the first martyr of the Christian faith. And as first martyr, the way of his death is like a parallel to the deathContinue reading “How to Move with the Spirit”

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Nothing Can Stop the Lord

22 April 2009 Wednesday of the 2nd Week of EasterActs 5, 27-33; Psalm 34; John 3, 31-36 We continue meditating on the themes of Easter. The Gospel gives us a summary: the life of Jesus is God’s way of granting us eternal life because of his love for us. “God so loved the world thatContinue reading “Nothing Can Stop the Lord”

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Witnessing to the Resurrection

21 April 2009 Tuesday of the 2nd Week of EasterActs 4, 32-37; Psalm 93; John 3, 7-15 The readings in the Season of Easter still meditate on the Resurrection of Christ. The story of Nicodemus in the Gospel continues theme of movement from darkness into light. Nicodemus was an admirer of Jesus from a distance.Continue reading “Witnessing to the Resurrection”

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Healing in the Lord’s Name

15 April 2009 Wednesday in the Octave of EasterActs 3, 1-10 Healing in the Lord’s Name The first reading from Acts gives us a very important message. The healing of the crippled is a sign on earth that just as Jesus healed before His death, He continues to work through the outpouring of the Spirit.Continue reading “Healing in the Lord’s Name”

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Easter Sunday: Believe then Proclaim!

12 April 2009 Easter SundayActs 10, 34a, 37-43; Psalm 118; Col 3, 1-4 or 1 Cor 5, 6-8; John 20, 1-9 The readings tell us what we are to proclaim on Easter Sunday, “Jesus Christ has risen! Alleluia!” No matter what Resurrection account about Jesus appearing to the disciples after crucifixion, the importance of theseContinue reading “Easter Sunday: Believe then Proclaim!”

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Prayer Points for the Holy Week

Celebrating Holy Week MeaningfullyPrayer Points for the Days of Holy Week Note: Since I will be gone for the holy week, I thought of sharing these notes from a recollection I gave to a parish community. I will also use these for my reflection this holy week. I promise to keep all of you inContinue reading “Prayer Points for the Holy Week”

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When in Distress, Try This!

3 April 2009 Friday of the 5th Week of LentJeremiah 20, 10-13; Psalm 18; John 10, 31-42 The responsorial psalm functions as a bridge from the first reading to the next; or it summarizes the readings. Today, it is the latter. It says, “In my distress, I called upon the Lord, and He heard myContinue reading “When in Distress, Try This!”

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The Essence of Life is Death

29 March 2009 5th Sunday of LentJer 31, 31-34; Psalm 51; Hebrew 5, 7-9; John 12, 20-33 The Responsorial Psalm today sums up the purpose of the Season of Lent: to create in us a renewed and clean heart. What does a new heart have? A new heart will have God’s law and covenant asContinue reading “The Essence of Life is Death”

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Graduation Address

27 March 2009High School GraduationAteneo de Zamboanga UniversityZamboanga City, Philippines Note: this is not a homily; but an address to high school graduates of the high school of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University. I hope this may also be useful for all of us. I made this speech as their guest speaker. When Sch. NeoContinue reading “Graduation Address”

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