Pray to Change

5 March 2009 Thursday of the 1st Week of LentEsther C, 12-25; Psalm 138; Matthew 7, 7-12 The readings today are all about prayer. Prayer brings us to our very depths; to the innermost and central core of our life. There we meet God. Thus, prayer is about our relationship with God. Prayer then transformsContinue reading “Pray to Change”

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Perversion and Love

17 September 2008 Wednesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time1 Cor 12, 31 – 13, 13 and Luke 7, 31-35Jesus called his generation as people who ruined or frustrated God’s purpose for them. God had a great plan for all, but due to perversity, the people ruined what good was meant for them. JohnContinue reading “Perversion and Love”

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To Recreate the World

9 September 2008 Memorial of Peter Claver1 Cor 6, 1-11 and Luke 6, 12-19 To Recreate the World The Gospel tells us about Jesus choosing his disciples after he went to the mountain to pray. The reading mentioned that Jesus chose His Twelve among all other disciples. To these closest company, He had given aContinue reading “To Recreate the World”

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Tough Loving

5 September 2008 Friday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time1 Corinthians 4, 1-5 Tough Love Paul loved the Corinthians. He was very fond of them. He stayed in Corinth than in any other city, except Ephesus. He was first with Aquila and Priscilla while teaching in the synagogue. When the Jews became hostile toContinue reading “Tough Loving”

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Regularity and Pretensions

26 June 2008 Thursday of the 12th Week in Ordinary TimeMatthew 7, 21-29 Regularity We always wondered why there were many reports of miracles during ancient times than today. Was the Lord more present before than the present age? Ancient peoples regarded every single — and common — sickness as the work of demons. WhenContinue reading “Regularity and Pretensions”

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The End of Days

18 November 2007. 33rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeMalachi 3, 19-20; Psalm 98; 2 Thes 3, 7-12; Luke 21, 5-19 As the liturgical calendar ends, the readings turn towards the end of time. Malachi, Psalm 98, and the Gospel speak of the final judgment when the “Lord comes to rule the earth with justice”. To me,Continue reading “The End of Days”

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As light on a stand

24 September 2007 Monday of the 25th Week in Ordinary TimeLuke 8, 16-18 The light on a lampstand The need for light is basic and fundamental. Life is dependent on light. Before electricity, people relied on gas, oil and candles for artificial light especially in the evenings. I still remember Petromax, the paraffin pressure lampContinue reading “As light on a stand”

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Before Becoming Big-Time

23 September 2007. 25th Sunday in Ordinary TimeLuke 16, 10-13 Before Becoming Big-Time 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 at a funeral home. She said, “DeathContinue reading “Before Becoming Big-Time”

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Redemptive Suffering

14 September 2007 Exaltation of the CrossNumbers 21, 4b-9; Philippians 2, 6-11; John 3, 13-17 Today, we celebrate the exaltation of the cross. How can the cross — a symbol of suffering and death — be a source of adoration? Let us look first into the symbol of the cross. When one looks at theContinue reading “Redemptive Suffering”

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When Disaster Comes

4 September 2007. Tuesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time1 Thess 5, 1-6, 9-11 Encouragement There are things which are inevitable. The pregnant woman will surely experience birth pains. All of us will grow old and die. No one can escape these eventualities. And there are things which come suddenly and unexpectedly. The motherContinue reading “When Disaster Comes”

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Presence and Wisdom

30 August 2007 Thursday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time1 Thessalonians 3, 7-13 Paul’s Prayer “Night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith.” Paul sent Timothy to the Thessalonians to establish and encourage them in their faith. And Timothy returns with good news.Continue reading “Presence and Wisdom”

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Forgiveness for a Happier and Healthier Life

16 August 2007 Thursday of the 19th Week in Ordinary TimeMatthew 18,21 – 19,1 Forgiveness If you watched Spiderman 3, you probably saw the underlying theme of forgiveness. Marko, the Sandman, was the killer of Ben Parker, Spiderman’s uncle (though in the comics’ series, Marko is not Ben Parker’s killer). In the end, Peter ParkerContinue reading “Forgiveness for a Happier and Healthier Life”

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Talk without Speaking

26 July 2007. Thursday of the 16th Week in Ordinary TimeMatthew 13, 10-17 Talk without Speaking There are things we do in our ordinary lives; some ordinary things; mundane and banal. Like walking to the jeepney stop or to the shopping center. Washing our clothes, cleaning our rooms or reading our textbooks. Some things youContinue reading “Talk without Speaking”

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Never Defeated

25 July 2007 Feast of St. James, the Apostle2 Corinthians 4, 7-15 Never Defeated Have you ever experienced being pushed against the wall and there is nothing you can do? Or encounter a dilemma or a predicament where there is no solution in sight? Or faced with a physical disability that hinder your movement? LifeContinue reading “Never Defeated”

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Being Made Worthy

13 June 2007 Wednesday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time2 Cor 3, 4-11, Matthew 5, 17-19 The Gospel tells us that Jesus came not to destroy the law but to fulfill it. Meaning, Jesus came to bring out the real meaning of the law. You see, the scribes and the Pharisees interpreted the LawContinue reading “Being Made Worthy”

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