Developing a Sense for the Other

Photo by Bok Pioquid Christian Service Involvement Program Ateneo de Manila High School 9 June 2013. 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kings 17:17-24; Psalm 30; Galatians 1: 11-19; Luke 7:11-17 The story of the widow of Nain is found only in the Gospel of Luke. And just like the stories of Jesus who raisedContinue reading “Developing a Sense for the Other”

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Are You Tired of Your Life?

26 November 2010 Friday of the 31st Week in Ordinary TimeRev 20: 1-4, 11 – 21:2; Psalm 84; Luke 21: 29-33 There are times when our life’s journey becomes tiresome. The weariness is often caused by a realization that we are not going anywhere like walking on a treadmill. We think that we are notContinue reading “Are You Tired of Your Life?”

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Lamentations and Regrets

18 November 2010 Thursday of the 33rd WeekRev 1, 1-10; Psalm 149; Luke 19, 41-44 Note: Sorry for the long hiatus. Been overwhelmed by many concerns. The Gospel today is both a lament and a challenge for us. Jesus weeps as He sees Jerusalem. He knows that Jerusalem will be the place of His suffering.Continue reading “Lamentations and Regrets”

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Pananampalatayang Walang Hinihintay na Kapalit

3 October 2010 27th Sunday in Ordinary TimeHabakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4; Psalm 94; 2 Tim 1:6-8. 13-14; Lk 17:5-10 Note: This appears in today’s Sambuhay, a publication of the Society of St. Paul in the Philippines. Ang pananampalataya natin sa Diyos ang itinutukoy ng mga pagbasa ngayon. Makikita natin ang iba’t ibang aspeto ng pananampalataya saContinue reading “Pananampalatayang Walang Hinihintay na Kapalit”

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How to Hit it Big!

19 September 2010. 25th Sunday in Ordinary TimeAmos 8, 4-7; Psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2, 1-8; Luke 16, 10-13 Wesley Snipes before becoming famous worked as a parking assistant at Columbia University. Whoopi Goldberg was a bricklayer on a San Diego Zoo construction project in California. Then she become a make-up artist for corpses atContinue reading “How to Hit it Big!”

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Assessing Our Resources

5 September 2010 23rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeWisdom 9, 13-18; Psalm 90; Phil 9-10,12-17; Luke 14, 25-33The Gospel today holds with it two stories: the Tower Builder and the King going to war. In itself, these two parables convey a clear meaning: Before undertaking an important project, a person must consider whether he has sufficientContinue reading “Assessing Our Resources”

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Turf Wars

1 September 2010 Wednesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time1 Corinthians 3, 1-9; Psalm 33; Luke 4, 38-44 It is a common occurrence that parishioners are divided according to their favorite priests. A group prefers Fr. X because he says great homilies and makes them laugh. Another favors Fr. Y because he spends timeContinue reading “Turf Wars”

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Para sa Takot sa Mga Multo’t Demonyo

31 August 2010 Martes ng ika-22 Linggo ng Taon1 Corinthians 2, 10-16; Psalm 145; Luke 4, 31-37Naniniwala ang mga tao noong unang panahon na lahat ng mga sakit nangagaling sa mga demonyo. Sa mga taga-Ehipto, may 36 na butas sa ating mga katawan kung saan labas-pasok ang mga masasamang espiritu. Ngunit ipinamalas ni Hesus naContinue reading “Para sa Takot sa Mga Multo’t Demonyo”

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Probing our Base Motives

29 August 2010 22nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeSirach 3, 17-18; Psalm 68; Hebrews 12, 18-24; Luke 14, 1-14 Today Jesus addresses our base motives. I have two points: First, a word about humility. Humility is not low self-esteem or self-abasement. We are not to behave in a way so as to degrade or belittle ourselves.Continue reading “Probing our Base Motives”

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Through the Narrow Gate

22 August 2010 21st Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 66, 18-21; Psalm 117; Hebrews 12, 5-13; Luke 13, 22-30 Let’s put all the readings together. First, where we are. Life has its melodrama of separations and reunions. Goodbyes are necessary in order to advance and develop. The older we are the more farewells we have said.Continue reading “Through the Narrow Gate”

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Constant Readiness

8 August 2010 19th Sunday in Ordinary TimeWisdom 18, 6-9; Psalm 33; Hebrews 11, 1-19; Luke 12, 35-40 or 32-48 Have you ever experienced being caught unawares because you weren’t prepared? How many of us were surprised by the floods of Ondoy? How many of us failed a surprise quiz because we did not study?Continue reading “Constant Readiness”

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What Matters

1 August 2010 18th Sunday in Ordinary TimeEcclesiastes 1: 2; 2:21-23; Psalm 89; Col 3:1-5; 9-11; Luke 12, 13-21 There are many questions we ask repeatedly. What will make me happy? What will give meaning to my life? What direction should I take? How am I going to pursue what I desire? All of theseContinue reading “What Matters”

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Paano Masusugpo ang Kasakiman?

ika-1 ng Agosto 2010. Ika-18 Linggo ng Karaniwang PanahonSt. John Marie Vianney SundayMangangaral 1:2; 2:21-23; Slm 89; Colosas 3:1-5, 9-11; Lc 12,13-21 Note: This article appears in Sambuhay today. Sambuhay is a publication and ministry of the Society of St. Paul in the Philippines. Kuhang-kuha ni San Lucas ang bahaging ginagampanan ng materyal na bagayContinue reading “Paano Masusugpo ang Kasakiman?”

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Relentless Prayer

25 July 2010. 17th Sunday in Ordinary TimeGenesis 18, 20-32; Psalm 138; Col 2, 12-14; Luke 11, 1-13 Persistence is the name of the game for the first reading and the Gospel today. Upon Abraham’s intercessions, God is willing to spare a sinful city from doom for a handful of good people. Abraham then bargainsContinue reading “Relentless Prayer”

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A Balanced Life

18 July 2010 16th Sunday in Ordinary TimeGenesis 18, 1-10; Psalm 15; Luke 10, 38-42 Let us do a different reading of the Martha and Mary story in Luke. Sometimes we have to see the previous story in Scripture to find the context of the present Gospel. The story of Martha and Mary comes afterContinue reading “A Balanced Life”

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