Amen

12 June 2007 Tuesday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time2 Cor 1, 18-22; Matthew 5, 13-16 Amen The first reading tells us that the response to the proclamation of the Gospel is always an “Amen” — a ‘yes’ to God. In a way, it does not demand of a person to choose whether heContinue reading “Amen”

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Against Discrimination

21 September 2006: Feast of St. Matthew the ApostleMatthew 9, 9-13 Against Discrimination There are two things to be said about the Feast of St. Matthew, apostle and evangelist. First, about who he is. St. Matthew, one of the twelve Apostles, is the author of the first Gospel. This has been the constant tradition ofContinue reading “Against Discrimination”

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There is Work in Heaven and None in Hell

30 August 2006: Wednesday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time2 Thess 3, 6-10, 16-18; Matthew 23, 27-32 Indira Gandhi tells us about her grandfather. Her grandfather said that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take credit. He told her that she should try to be inContinue reading “There is Work in Heaven and None in Hell”

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Having Eyes But Cannot See

27 July 2006: Thursday of the 16th Week in Ordinary TimeMatthew 13, 10-17: Having eyes but do not see The truth is simple in the Gospel today: Jesus came to reveal the Truth, but people failed to understand it. I have three points as experienced by prophets, by Jesus, and all those whose role isContinue reading “Having Eyes But Cannot See”

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At Wit’s End, Never at Hope’s End

25 July 2006. Feast of St. James, the Apostle2 Cor 4, 7-15; Psalm 126; Matthew 20, 20-28 St. Paul, in his second letter to the Corinthians tells us what Christian life is. First, he said, “We are persecuted by men, but never abandoned by God.” In other words, whatever happens to us, whoever abandons us,Continue reading “At Wit’s End, Never at Hope’s End”

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The Importance of Friends

6 July 2006: Thursday of the 13th Week in Ordinary TimeMatthew 9, 1-8: Cure of the Paralytic From Mark 2,1 we learn that this incident took place in Capernaum; and it is interesting to note that by this time Jesus had become so identified with Capernaum that it could be called his own town. AtContinue reading “The Importance of Friends”

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False Prophets

28 June 2006: Wednesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary TimeMatthew 7, 15-20: False Prophets The Jewish people know what false prophets are. Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Zephaniah, Paul and Jesus encountered and warned against these prophets. False rulers and prophets were called in those days, wolves. Thus, Jesus says that He is sending out his disciplesContinue reading “False Prophets”

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Back to the Basic: Fulfilling the Law

22 March 2006: Wednesday of the 3rd Week of LentMatthew 5, 17-19: The Law Lifestyle Channel promotes a going back to the basics. This is precisely what the Gospel asks of us today. Jesus makes a surprising statement at His sermon on the mount: “I have come not to abolish [the law] but to fulfillContinue reading “Back to the Basic: Fulfilling the Law”

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Thy Will Be Done: a UP Baccalaureate Mass

A UP Baccalaureate Homily in the Season of LentMatthew 6, 7-15: Focus on “Thy Will be Done” in the Lord’s Prayer I wish to thank you sincerely for this distinct honor to celebrate the Baccalaureate mass for the graduates of the University of the Philippines. And let me begin with what I want to say:Continue reading “Thy Will Be Done: a UP Baccalaureate Mass”

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The Working Presence of God

8 January 2006: The Epiphany of Our LordIsaiah 60, 1-6; Psalm 72; Eph 3, 2-6; Matthew 2, 1-12 The Epiphany celebrates God’s revealing His presence to us. The experience of the three wise men recognizing God in a little child is an Epiphany. The experience of the shepherds seeing God in a child wrapped inContinue reading “The Working Presence of God”

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On Violence

2 October 2005: 27th Sunday of the YearMatthew 21:33-43 On ViolenceToday’s gospel can be interpreted on many levels, but today I want to focus on the violence it contains. This is, as you sadly know, a timely topic. Violence forms the subtext of our daily lives. Nations, peoples, individuals of all ages–even kids–are routinely hurting,Continue reading “On Violence”

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