When Rejected, Be a Cornerstone!

5 March 2010 Friday of the 2nd Week of LentGenesis 37, 3-28; Psalm 105; Matthew 21, 33-46 Have you ever been rejected? I guess many of us are used to repeated rejections, but never liked the feeling of being turned down. We feel rejected when someone we like don’t want to go out with us;Continue reading “When Rejected, Be a Cornerstone!”

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Can God Start with a Wrong to End with a Right?

9 July 2009. Thursday of the 14th Week in Ordinary TimeGenesis 44, 18-29; 45, 1-5; Psalm 105; Matthew 10, 7-15 “Come closer to me,” he told his brothers. When they had done so, he said: “I am your brother Joseph, whom you once sold into Egypt. But now do not be distressed, and do notContinue reading “Can God Start with a Wrong to End with a Right?”

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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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Do You Know Where You’re Going?

23 June 2009. Tuesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary TimeGen 13, 2, 5-18; Psalm 15; Matthew 7, 12-14 Nomads such as Abraham and Lot searched for pastures for their flock. The larger a flock got, the more arguments arose among the herdsmen and their owners. Here, Abraham and Lot decided to separate ways toContinue reading “Do You Know Where You’re Going?”

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Gradual Healing

18 February 2009. Wednesday of the 6th Week in Ordinary TimeGenesis 8, 6-22; Psalm 116; Mark 8, 22-26 The stories of the readings today is about seeing a new creation, and thus starting anew. Genesis is about Noah and those in the ark finally experiencing a new earth after the flood. God has given themContinue reading “Gradual Healing”

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Learning from Experience

17 February 2009 Tuesday of the 6th Week in Ordinary TimeGenesis 6: 5-8 and 7:1-5, 10; Psalm 29; Mark 8, 14-21 An old adage say, “Experience is the best teacher.” But it is not true to many of us. We have not learned from our experiences! Genesis tells us about our wickedness that motivated GodContinue reading “Learning from Experience”

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Grow Up!

10 February 2008 1st Week of LentGen 2, 7-9; 3. 1-7; Rom 5, 12-19; Matthew 4, 1-11 Let us first put the readings into perspective. The vocation of a Christian is to grow. St. Paul would say “to advance on the way to the Lord”. I believe this is important to us today. We areContinue reading “Grow Up!”

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Facing Our Fears

14 July 2007 Saturday of the 14th Week in Ordinary TimeGenesis 49, 29-32 & 50, 15-26a. Matthew 10, 24-33 Facing our Fears The first reading and the Gospel lies a basic feeling of fear. When Jacob died, Joseph’s brothers feared that Joseph would avenge their ill-treatment of them. They thought that Joseph had been holdingContinue reading “Facing Our Fears”

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People Change

12 July 2007 Thursday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time Genesis 44: 18-21, 23b-29, 45:1-5 People change People change. The first reading tells us of Judah, the brother of Joseph. Upon returning with his brothers to the palace, afraid of what might befall them when Joseph’s steward found his silver goblet in Benjamin’s sackContinue reading “People Change”

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Joseph

11 July 2007 Memorial of St. Benedict, AbbottGen 41, 55-7; 42, 5-7, 17-24: Joseph The first reading is one of the most touching and dramatic stories in the Bible: the story of Joseph. Joseph was the first born of Jacob and Rachel. He easily became the favorite of Jacob and the cause of his brothers’sContinue reading “Joseph”

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Struggling with God

10 July 2007 Tuesday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time Genesis 32, 23-33 Jacob and the Angel The story of Jacob wrestling with the angel in the first reading today has been depicted in art. Rembrandt van Rijn (1569), Gustave Dore (1855), Eugene Delacroix (1861) and Paul Gauguin (1888) are among the many paintersContinue reading “Struggling with God”

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Let’s Get our Hands Dirty

4 July 2007 Wednesday of the 13th Week in Ordinary TimeGenesis 21, 5, 8-20a; Psalm 34; Matthew 8, 28-34 In liturgy, the Responsorial Psalm also provides the point of the readings. Today, this function is pretty obvious: The Lord hears the cry of the poor. In the first reading, God hears the cry of IshmaelContinue reading “Let’s Get our Hands Dirty”

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