Easter in the Eyes of Two Marys

There are two Marys who are highlighted in the celebration of Easter: Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene to whom Jesus appeared at the tomb. The former is based on tradition; the latter, is based on Scripture.  The First Appearance of the Resurrection based on Tradition. St. Ignatius of Loyola writes in theContinue reading “Easter in the Eyes of Two Marys”

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Naranasan Mo Na Ba ang Kaligtasan?

Happy Easter po! Maligayang Paskuwa ng Pagkabuhay! Naranasan mo na ba ang kaligtasan sa iba’t ibang pagkakataon? Nakakuha ka ng mataas na marka, matapos dumanak ang pawis sa pag-aaral; O nagkaroon ka ng trabaho, pagkatapos ang mahabang paghihintay; O nakaahon ka sa kahirapan; O gumaling ka sa malubhang sakit. Sa lahat ng ating karanasan ngContinue reading “Naranasan Mo Na Ba ang Kaligtasan?”

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Pahalagahan ang Maliliit na Ritwal sa Bahay

Anong mga kinauugalian sa inyong bahay ang nakatutulong sa pagkakalapit ng bawat miyembro ng pamilya? Sa aking pamilya naaalala kong itinuro ng aking mga magulang ang paghalik sa kanila o sa kanilang kamay tuwing aalis at darating. Para sa akin, hindi lamang ito isang pagpapakita ng paggalang kundi ito ay isang pagbabasbas; isang pagpapahiwatig naContinue reading “Pahalagahan ang Maliliit na Ritwal sa Bahay”

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Ang Sukatan ng Tagumpay ay Nasa Lalim ng Naratnan

Happy Easter po sa inyong lahat! Ngayon po ipinagdiriwang natin ang tagumpay ni Kristo sa kamatayan! Ano nga ba ang tagumpay? Nasusukat ba ito sa taas ng iyong pinag-aralan, o sa posisyon na iyong hinahawakan? Sino ba ang matagumpay: ang isang mayor na nangungurakot o ang isang janitor na may malasakit? Sa mata ng mundo,Continue reading “Ang Sukatan ng Tagumpay ay Nasa Lalim ng Naratnan”

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Fresh and Simple in Easter

Easter Sunday is a celebration of what is new. This is actually the reason why our “Sabbath” is Sunday. The Jews celebrate the Sabbath on a Saturday. Since Jesus resurrected on a Sunday, Sunday became our Sabbaths. St. Paul says that the resurrection of Jesus is a new creation. What right do we have toContinue reading “Fresh and Simple in Easter”

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The Miracle of Easter

1 May 2011 2nd Sunday of EasterActs 2:42-47; Psalm 118; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31 The message of the Gospel today is the very miracle of Easter. That whatever is bound, enchained, enslaved, or unfree can be loosened, liberated and freed through forgiveness. By exercising this capacity to forgive, we free each other from whatContinue reading “The Miracle of Easter”

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Easter’s Shock

24 April 2011 Easter SundayActs 10:34-43; Psalm 118; 1 Cor 5:6-8; John 20:1-9 Allow me to begin a few hours ago. It was customary for early Christians to hold evening liturgies called vigils, especially the night before a great feast. In the universal Church these vigils are commonly done during the three most important feastsContinue reading “Easter’s Shock”

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Ang Ating Aleluya!

ika-23 ng Abril 2011. Kapistahan ng Muling Pagkabuhay ni HesusGen 1:1-2:2; Ps 104; Gen 22:1-18; Ps 16; Ex 14:15-15:1; Ex 15; Is 54:5-14; Ps 30; Is 55:1-11; Is 12; Bar 3:9-4:4; Ps 19; Ex 36:16-28; Ps 42; Rom 6:3-11; Ps 118; Mt 28:1-10 Note: This article appears in Sambuhay missalette today. Sambuhay is a publicationsContinue reading “Ang Ating Aleluya!”

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Nakatutok Ka ba sa Panginoon?

18 Abril 2010. Ika-3 Linggo ng Pasko ng PagkabuhayActs 5, 27-41; Psalm 30; Rev 5, 11-14; Jn 21, 1-19 Note: This article appears in Pandesal 2010, the Bible Diary of Claretian Publication.Nang bumalik sa Dagat ng Tiberias ang mga alagad upang mangisda, nakilala si Hesus ng alagad na mahal Niya. At nang marinig ni PedroContinue reading “Nakatutok Ka ba sa Panginoon?”

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An Easter Wish: I Want to be Naked

4 April 2010 Easter SundayActs 10, 34-43; Psalm 118; Col 3, 1-4 or 1 Cor 5, 6-8; John 20, 1-9/ Luke 24, 1-12/ Luke 24, 13-25 I want to be naked. I want to strip off my garments and dance spontaneously at the altar of the Lord like King David. This free and spontaneous expressionContinue reading “An Easter Wish: I Want to be Naked”

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Jesus our Security

26 April 2009 3rd Sunday of Easter Acts 3, 13-15, 1 John 2, 1-5, Luke 24, 35-48If we have parents or siblings who are lawyers, we feel secured when we have legal problems. If we have relatives who are doctors, we feel safe when we are sick. We know we have someone to run toContinue reading “Jesus our Security”

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Divine Mercy

19 April 2009 Divine Mercy SundayActs 4, 32-35; Psalm 118; 1 John 5, 1-6; John 20, 19-31In the first Sunday of the Easter Season, we celebrate the mercy of God, which is both His characteristic and at the same time what He has done to us. Mercy involves an identification with our human condition, meaning,Continue reading “Divine Mercy”

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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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Easter Sunday Homily

12 April 2009 Pasko ng Muling PagkabuhayActs 10, 34a, 37-43; Psalm 118; Col 3, 1-4 or 1 Cor 5, 6-8; John 20, 1-9 Note: This homily appeared in SAMBUHAY of the Society of St. Paul for their Filipino issue; and the TV 5 Easter Sunday mass, “Humayo’t Ihayag”. Nagpakita si Hesus sa iilang mga taoContinue reading “Easter Sunday Homily”

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The Process that Enables

25 March 2008 Wednesday in the Octave of EasterActs 3, 1-10; Luke 24, 13-35 The Process that Enables It is striking that the readings today hinges on some incapacities. The Responsorial Psalm says it all: “Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.” There is an enabling or empowering process. First, we begin with a limitation.Continue reading “The Process that Enables”

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