Leadership Succession

18 June 2008 Wednesday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time2 Kings 2, 1, 6-14; Psalm 31, 20-24; Matthew 6, 1-18 In the first reading, Elisha succeeds Elijah. This opening segment gives us a picture of leadership succession. How was the succession given? First, Elijah asked Elisha to come with him to the Jordan River.Continue reading “Leadership Succession”

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Foundation Stones

6 December 2007 Thursday of the 1st Week of AdventIsaiah 26, 1-6; Matthew 7, 21, 24-27 The readings today are about strong foundations. The book of Isaiah says, “the city of the Lord is built on rock”, and therefore no enemy can destroy it. In Jerusalem, there is a famous landmark called, the Dome ofContinue reading “Foundation Stones”

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The Sumilao Farmers

5 December 2007 Wednesday of the 1st Week of AdventIsaiah 25, 6-10; Matthew 15, 29-37 The first reading from the book of Isaiah tells us about what the Lord will do in the end of days. He said that He will “destroy the veil that veils all people”. On that day, we will look onContinue reading “The Sumilao Farmers”

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The Final Hour

29 November 2007 Thursday of the 34th Week in Ordinary TimeDaniel 6, 12-28; Daniel 3; Luke 21, 20-28 When I attended the funeral mass of Fr. Albert Ricard SJ at Loyola House of Studies last Tuesday, November 27, 2007, I thought about death. Frs. Jun Viray SJ and Julian Hernando SJ who presided in hisContinue reading “The Final Hour”

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A Mother’s Suffering

19 November 2007 Wednesday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time2 Maccabees 7, 1, 20-31 A Mother’s Suffering We encounter many sufferings in our lifetime. Our hearts get bruised and broken. Our self-esteem gets wounded. We are treated badly or condescendingly. We are oppressed by others who are powerful or who occupy a position ofContinue reading “A Mother’s Suffering”

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The Cloud of Witnesses

20 November 2007 Tuesday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time2 Maccabees 6, 18-31; Psalm 3; Luke 19, 1-10 The readings today speak about witnessing. The Greek word that denotes witnessing is martyr (μαρτυς). The first reading is about Eleazar, a true martyr or witness of the faith, who chose to die rather than toContinue reading “The Cloud of Witnesses”

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Following our Conscience

19 November 2007 Monday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time 1 Mc 1, 10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63; Psalm 119; Luke 18, 35-43 We take our reflections from the first reading. The book of Maccabees mentions Antiochus Epiphanes. He is actually known as Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who desecrated the temple by slaughtering a pig (uncleanContinue reading “Following our Conscience”

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The Resurrection of the Body

11 November 2007 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time2 Mc 7, 1-14; Psalm 17; 2 Thes 2,16 – 3,5; Luke 20, 27-38 The underlying topic of the readings today is the belief in the resurrection of the body. Scriptural texts support this belief: the 3rd Maccabees martyr professed, “It is my choice to die at theContinue reading “The Resurrection of the Body”

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Comparing Ourselves With Others

28 October 2007. 30th Sunday in Ordinary TimeSirach 35, 12-18; Psalm 34; 2 Tim 4, 6-18; Luke 18, 9-14 Many of us have the bad habit of always comparing ourselves with others, especially in a very competitive world. It happens in two extremes. First, we have the image of the Pharisee who compares himself withContinue reading “Comparing Ourselves With Others”

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Work and Persistent Prayer

21 October 2007. 28th Sunday in Ordinary TimeExodus 17, 8-13; Psalm 121; 2 Tim 3, 14 – 4,2; Luke 18, 1-8 The readings today affirm the importance of work and prayer in proclaiming the Word of God. The parable of the judge and the widow and the letter of Paul to Timothy show why persistentContinue reading “Work and Persistent Prayer”

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Angels are Presences of God

29 September 2007. Feast of the Archangels Rafael, Michael and GabrielDaniel 7, 9-14; Revelations 12, 7-12; John 1, 47-51 We are fascinated by angels. One of fastest growing businesses today is the angel industry: specialty stores that sells pictures, statues and cross-stitch patterns of angels. In the last few years until the present, we alsoContinue reading “Angels are Presences of God”

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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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Understanding the Queenship of Mary

22 August 2007 Wednesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time The Memorial of the Queenship of Mary I think it would be more helpful for us to think of “Queenship” in this feast of the Queenship of Mary in terms of the Queen Mother of the present day. The Queen Mother is the motherContinue reading “Understanding the Queenship of Mary”

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Meaningful Name-Giving

23 December 2006. SimbanggabiMalachi 3, 1-4, 23-24; Luke 1, 57-66 When Zechariah and Elizabeth had to name their son, they have to make the occasion very special. It was the custom in Palestine that the naming of a boy should be eight days after childbirth, and usually the son is named after his father orContinue reading “Meaningful Name-Giving”

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The Four Living Creatures

22 November 2006: Wednesday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary TimeRevelation 4, 1-11: The Four Living Creatures I have always been fascinated by Church art. In many churches with paintings on its roof or dome, we see the four evangelists being represented by four creatures: Matthew the Lion; Mark the Man; Luke the Ox; andContinue reading “The Four Living Creatures”

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