What Happens If you Reject God?

5 July 2009. 14th Sunday in Ordinary TimeEzekiel 2, 2-5; Psalm 123; 2 Cor 12, 7-10; Mark 6, 1-6 Have you ever returned a different person to your birthplace? When we come home, we bring with us a wide array of experiences and encounters that changes us. We are not like the teenager we usedContinue reading “What Happens If you Reject God?”

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Our Lives at Sea

21 June 2009. 12th Sunday in Ordinary TimeJob 38, 1, 8-11; Psalm 107; 2 Cor 5, 14-17; Mark 4, 35-41 The climate of our lives is constantly changing the same way as the weather around us is unpredictable. Since time immemorial, we have described the turbulence within our hearts using the terms from nature. TheContinue reading “Our Lives at Sea”

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The Covenant Relationship

14 June 2009. Solemnity of the Body and Blood of ChristExodus 24, 3-8; Psalm 116; Heb 9, 11-15; Mark 14, 12-16, 22-26 One comment from Youtube said that Catholics are cannibals because of what we believe about receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. But it is not the first time I heard this comment;Continue reading “The Covenant Relationship”

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In Awe and Wonder

3 June 2009. Wednesday of the 9th Week in Ordinary TimeTobit 3, 1-17; Psalm 25; Mark 12, 18-27 The Gospel tells us that Jesus and the Jewish leaders were in conflict. The Gospel today speaks about questioning the belief in the resurrection and life after death. A group of Jewish leaders like the Sadducees didContinue reading “In Awe and Wonder”

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Glimpses of Glory

8 March 2009 2nd Sunday of LentGen 22, 1-18; Psalm 116; Rom 8, 31-34; Mark 9, 2-10 The Transfiguration is the revelation of Christ’s glory on Mt. Tabor in Galilee. Jesus appeared dazzling in His glory, as a manifestation of His true divinity. For Peter, James and John, it was a taste of heaven andContinue reading “Glimpses of Glory”

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The Desert and our Temptations

1 March 2009 1st Sunday of LentGenesis 9, 8-15; Psalm 25; 1 Peter 3, 18-22; Mark 1, 12-15 Mark is very economical with his words about the temptations of Jesus in the desert, unlike the accounts of Matthew and Luke. Mark tells it in brief simplicity. The Spirit leads Jesus in the desert. He wasContinue reading “The Desert and our Temptations”

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Help My Unbelief

23 February 2009 Monday of the 7th Week in Ordinary TimeSirach 1, 1-10; Psalm 93; Mark 9, 14-29 The message of the Gospel is simple: Anything is possible for those who trust God (v. 23) and trust is deepened by prayer (v. 29). In the story, the disciples were unable to drive out the demons.Continue reading “Help My Unbelief”

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The Healing We Need

22 February 2009 7th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 43, 18-25; Psalm 41; 2 Cor 1, 18-22; Mark 2, 1-12 The readings today are all about healing. Our physical bodies have been damaged by disease. Our psycho-emotional state have been disturbed by a painful history. Our spiritual lives have been injured by sin. Healing is aboutContinue reading “The Healing We Need”

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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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What We Can Bear for the One We Love

12 February 2009. Thursday of the 5th Week in Ordinary TimeGen 2, 18-25; Psalm 128; Mark 7, 24-30There were two things that made the story of the healing of the daughter of the Syro-Pheonician amazing. The mother was a woman and a Gentile. For many Jews, women were secondary citizens, almost the possession of men.Continue reading “What We Can Bear for the One We Love”

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God Disciplines His Children

4 February 2009. Wednesday of the 4th Week in Ordinary TimeHebrews 12, 4-15; Psalm 103; Mark 6, 1-6 The first reading strikes me today. It tells us that the Lord disciplines us, like a father who disciplines his son. My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord
or lose heart when reproved by him;
forContinue reading “God Disciplines His Children”

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Our Radical Faith

20 January 2009. Tuesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary TimeHebrew 6, 10-20; Psalm 111; Mark 2, 18-22 (Monday) & 23-28 (Today)There are many times when conflict situations arise in every Christian’s life. In fact, in many ways, the Gospel’s true meaning can be potent, jarring, shocking and threatening to our set ways of living.Continue reading “Our Radical Faith”

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The Faith of Friends

16 January 2009. Friday of the 1st Week in Ordinary TimeHebrew 4, 1-5; Psalm 78; Mark 2, 1-12 The faith of friends is the focus of the Gospel today. I remember the question of one of my students. He said, “Will our prayer for a friend of ours who is ill be effective when heContinue reading “The Faith of Friends”

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Afraid of What God Wills

15 January 2009. Thursday of the 1st Week of Ordinary TimeHebrew 3, 7-14; Psalm 95; Mark 1, 40-45 What strikes me today in the Gospel reading is that the leper said that he wanted to be cured IF Jesus would will it. And thus, Jesus declared that He did will it. So the leper wasContinue reading “Afraid of What God Wills”

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