Your Priest is Not the Angel of Death: Here’s How To Heal

12 February 2010 Friday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time1 Kings 11, 29 – 12, 19; Psalm 81; Mark 7, 31-37 The stories of yesterday’s Syro-Phoenician woman and the deaf-mute of today’s Gospel are fascinating tales of healing. Aside from Jesus, the protagonists are “outsiders” who come from a non-Jewish part of Palestine (v.Continue reading “Your Priest is Not the Angel of Death: Here’s How To Heal”

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Need to Withdraw

11 February 2010. Thursday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time1 Kings 11, 4-13; Psalm 106; Mark 7, 24-30I posted this note on the wall. I wanted some space away from the maddening crowd. The entire area had been a place where musicians, students and friends stayed and created music. But once in a whileContinue reading “Need to Withdraw”

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Knowledge and Wisdom

10 February 2010 Memorial of St. Scholastica1 Kings 10, 1-10; Psalm 37; Mark 7, 14-23 Today we learn three things. 1. The difference between knowledge and wisdom.2. The reason why we can eat anything. We don’t have food restrictions such as pork or blood.3. How to know when we’re proud and when we’re humble. ThereContinue reading “Knowledge and Wisdom”

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Focus on God

8 February 2010 Monday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time1 Kings 8, 1-13; Psalm 132; Mark 6, 53-56The readings today, when meditated well, focus us on God alone. The first reading is about a promised fulfilled. In 2 Sam 7, Yahweh promises David that his son will sit on the throne and would buildContinue reading “Focus on God”

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Exposed Breasts on a Platter

5 February 2010 Memorial of St. AgathaSirach 47, 2-11; Psalm 18; Mark 6, 14-29 St. Agatha, the saint of the day, is familiar to many of us who listen to the words of the priest at mass. In the first form of the Eucharistic Prayer, she’s always mentioned together with six other women martyrs (Felicity,Continue reading “Exposed Breasts on a Platter”

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To Be Rich You Have to be Empty

27 January 2010. Wednesday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time2 Sam 7, 4-17; Psalm 89; Mark 4, 1-20 In 2 Samuel 7, we see a turn-about. Establishing peace among the nations in his kingdom, King David now has the time for internal concerns, such as establishing a house for the Lord for public worship.Continue reading “To Be Rich You Have to be Empty”

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Were there Tensions among the Disciples?

11 January 2010. Monday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time1 Sam 1, 1-8; Psalm 116; Mark 1, 14-20 Yesterday, we celebrated the feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. The event marked Jesus’ first appearance in public, the beginning of His mission. Today, Mark’s Gospel narrates how Jesus calls his first four followers atContinue reading “Were there Tensions among the Disciples?”

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Are You Blind?

24 October 2009: 30th Sunday in Ordinary TimeJeremiah 31, 7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrew 5, 1-6; Mark 10, 46-52 The readings today tell us about movement. The first reading from Jeremiah is part of a series of poems celebrating the return from the Babylonian Exile. This hymn stresses the return of the weak, the blind, theContinue reading “Are You Blind?”

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Will You Love God Even Without the Promise of Heaven?

18 October 2009. 29th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 53, 10-11; Psalm 33; Heb 4, 14-16; Mark 10, 35-45 Note: This is the homily on TV5 Sunday mass “Humayo’t Ihayag”. The previous post is about mission (Today is Mission Sunday). Use whichever you find useful. Apologies to non-Filipino readers. Paraphrase translations are in italics and atContinue reading “Will You Love God Even Without the Promise of Heaven?”

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Animals in the Forest

27 September 2009: 26th Sunday in Ordinary TimeNumbers 11, 25-29; Psalm 19; James 5, 1-6; Mark 9, 38-48 Once upon a time, the animals decided they should do something meaningful to meet the problems of the new world. So they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum of running, climbing, swimming and flying. ToContinue reading “Animals in the Forest”

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Bestfriends: Faith and Work

13 September 2009 24th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 50, 4-9; Psalm 116; James 2, 14-18; Mark 8, 27-35 The letter of St. James tells us that faith and works authenticate each other. Good works prove a living faith; and faith validates good works. We cannot just pray for someone to get well; it is necessaryContinue reading “Bestfriends: Faith and Work”

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Can You Transfigure like Jesus?

6 August 2009. Feast of the Transfiguration of Our LordDeuteronomy 7, 9-14; Psalm 97; 2 Peter 1, 16-19; Mark 9, 2-10 The Transfiguration was one of the greatest hinges in Jesus’ life. From this point, He went out to Jerusalem and thus straight to the cross. Before this event, He asked His disciples who HeContinue reading “Can You Transfigure like Jesus?”

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be President of the Country?

19 July 2009. Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeJeremiah 23, 1-6; Psalm 22; Ephesians 2, 13-18; Mark 6, 30-34 Note: Filipino version in the previous post. In the history of the Jewish people, the shepherd was the image of leadership. It was not easy to be a shepherd during those times. They had to find greenerContinue reading “Do You Have What It Takes To Be President of the Country?”

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Bagay Ka Bang Maging Pinuno?

Ika-19 ng Hulyo 2009. Ika-16 Linggo sa Karaniwang PanahonJeremiah 23, 1-6; Psalm 22; Ephesians 2, 13-18; Mark 6, 30-34 Note: This Filipino version appears in today’s Sunday Sambuhay, a publication by the Society of St. Paul; missalettes for the Sunday liturgy. The English version is above. Sa kasaysayan ng mga Judio, ang pastol ang tinaguriangContinue reading “Bagay Ka Bang Maging Pinuno?”

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What’s Jesus Advice to Travelers?

12 July 2009: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeMark 6, 7-13 Instructions for the Twelve Note: Taglish version below. If you’re a Filipino please read the Taglish version. The story is appropriated to you. Thank you very much. The episode in the Gospel today presents the sending of the Twelve on a mission to heal andContinue reading “What’s Jesus Advice to Travelers?”

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