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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Assumption of Mary

15 August 2007 Solemnity of the Assumption of MaryRevelations 11:19, 12:1-6, 10ab; 1 Cor 15, 20-27; Luke 1, 39-56 Let me first explain the celebration today. For Catholics, the Assumption of Mary flows immediately from the belief in her Immaculate Conception. First of all, we believe that death is the consequence of our sins. InContinue reading “Assumption of Mary”

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Faith and Reason

12 August 2007 19th Sunday in Ordinary TimeHebrews 11, 1-2 Faith and Reason Let us talk about faith. The second reading from the letter to the Hebrews (11,1) says, “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” ‘Realization’, as translated from the Greek word, hupostasis, means “a placingContinue reading “Faith and Reason”

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Praying Unceasingly

29 July 2007. 17th Sunday in Ordinary TimeLuke 11, 1-13 Praying Unceasingly The Gospel today tells about Jesus teaching his disciples to pray. And by baptism, He is teaching us how to pray. He teaches us His way of praying: the Our Father. He teaches us the attitude in prayer: perseverance and persistence. He teachesContinue reading “Praying Unceasingly”

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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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Study Towards Excellent Service

8 July 2007 14th Sunday in Ordinary TimeLuke 10, 1-9 Being Effective Ministers of the Word of God Jesus sends a lot of people. He sends the Twelve Apostles. Now, He sends seventy-two others in pairs, as emissaries ahead of him, “in every town and places He intends to visit.” Perhaps to check whether theContinue reading “Study Towards Excellent Service”

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A Stranger No More

3 July 2007 Feast of St. Thomas, the ApostleEphesians 2, 19-22 The first reading from the letter of Paul to the Ephesians reminds me of my experiences abroad. I have been to three countries in Asia, not on vacation, but on an errand: Taipei, for communications exposure; Palau, for Holy Week services to Overseas FilipinoContinue reading “A Stranger No More”

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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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Love One Another

11 May 2007: Friday of the 5th Week of EasterActs 15, 22-31 and John 15, 12-17 Love One Another The background of the first reading is the tension that arose between the churches of Jerusalem and Antioch. Here we see the major development of Christianity from a Jewish sect to a universal Church. It wasContinue reading “Love One Another”

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The Runner in a Race

31 January 2007. Memorial of St. John BoscoHebrews 12, 4-7, 11-15 The first reading from the letter to the Hebrews says, “In your struggle against sin, you have not resisted to the point of shedding blood.” Aristotle tells us of an athlete who falls to the ground collapsing after he passes the finish line. TheContinue reading “The Runner in a Race”

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Evaluating the Quality of our Love

27 January 2007. 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time1 Cor 12, 31-13,13 Evaluating the Quality of our Love Many claim that the 2nd reading from the Letter of Paul to the Corinthians is the most wonderful chapter in the New Testament. It is used very often in weddings and quoted in love notes. It will takeContinue reading “Evaluating the Quality of our Love”

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Timothy and Titus

26 January 2007. Memorial of Sts. Timothy and Titus2 Timothy 1, 1-8, Psalm 96, Luke 10, 1-9: The Way to Encourage Paul sent this letter to Timothy, whom he always spoke with affection. Timothy was from Lystra, Galatia, a colony of Rome. There was a Roman garrison in Lystra who controlled the Isaurian mountain tribes.Continue reading “Timothy and Titus”

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Our Common Priesthood

18 January 2007: Thursday in the 2nd Week in Ordinary TimeHebrews 7, 25- 8,6: The Priesthood according to the Melchizedek We continue our reflection about our common priesthood from the first reading to the Hebrews from yesterday. In the first reading, the writer of the Hebrews described what the priesthood according to Melchizedek means: itContinue reading “Our Common Priesthood”

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The Order of Melchizedek

17 January 2007: Wednesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary TimeHebrews 7, 1-3, 15-17: The Order of Melchizedek When we were baptized, we were given three roles or responsibilities: the roles of priest, prophet and king. The prophet preaches the faith; the king serves his people; and the priest builds bridges to God – pontifexContinue reading “The Order of Melchizedek”

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The Joy in Our Faith

17 December 2006: 3rd Sunday of AdventZephaniah 3, 14-18; Philippians 4, 4-7; Luke 3, 10-18: The Joy in our Faith John the Baptist lived in the desert that is dry and covered with brushwood. Often this image is used to describe many Christians. There is a type of Christianity that is gloomy and dark. TheContinue reading “The Joy in Our Faith”

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