Eating the Scroll

24 November 2006: Friday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary TimeRevelations 10, 8-11: Andrew Dung-Lac and companions The first reading from the book of Revelation tells us that the visionary was told twice by God to take the scroll from the angel’s hands. It is not handed to him, even when he asks the angelContinue reading “Eating the Scroll”

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The Story of Onesimus

16 November 2006: Thursday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary TimePaul’s letter to Philemon The letter of Paul to Philemon is unique, because it is the only personal letter of Paul which we possess. Paul may have written a lot of personal letters, but this is the only one we’ve got. The letter is addressedContinue reading “The Story of Onesimus”

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The Crown of our Lives

10 November 2006: St. Leo the GreatPhilippians 3, 17 -4,1; Luke 16, 1-8 St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians said, “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, beloved” (Phil 4,1). Paul did not hide his affection toContinue reading “The Crown of our Lives”

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The Epistle of Joy

3 November 2006: Friday of the 30th Week in Ordinary TimePhilippians 1, 1-11: St. Martin de Porres The city of Philippi in Macedonia was founded in 368 BC by Philip, the father of Alexander the Great, and it is his name that it bears. It was built on an ancient city named Krēnidēs or theContinue reading “The Epistle of Joy”

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The Veneration of Saints

1 November 2006: Feast of All Saints Our Catholic heritage teaches us to venerate saints which we do today on the Feast of All Saints. In the breviary, St. Bernard of Clairvaux makes this point for us: “We long to share in the citizenship of heaven, to dwell with the spirits of the blessed, toContinue reading “The Veneration of Saints”

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The Privilege of Leadership

25 October 2006: Wednesday of the 29th Week in Ordinary TimeEphesians 3, 2-12; Is 12, 2-6; Luke 12, 39-48: Privilege of Leadership In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul uses the Greek word, polupoikilos to describe God’s grace. Polupoikilos is loosely translated as manifold or many-coloured. It means that God’s grace is suitable to allContinue reading “The Privilege of Leadership”

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Fences and Barriers

24 October 2006: Tuesday of the 29th Week in Ordinary TimeEphesians 2, 12-22; Psalm 85; Luke 12-35-38 In the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, the end of Ramadan, Muslim leaders declared in a khutba (sermon) senseless violence haram (unlawful), three times. “Allah has made it haram to kill children; Allah has made it haram to killContinue reading “Fences and Barriers”

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The Way of Grace

17 October 2006: Tuesday of the 28th Week in Ordinary TimeGalatians 5, 1-6; Psalm 119; Luke 11, 37-41St. Ignatius of Antioch and the 10th Death Anniversary of Richie Fernando Today, the readings warn us about our pharisaic tendency to reduce our faith in a series of laws. The Way of Law: The Pharisaic Tendency. LetContinue reading “The Way of Grace”

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If you are without love

20 September 2006: Wednesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time1 Cor 12, 31-13,13; Psalm 33, 2-5, 12, 22; Luke 7, 31-35 Many claim that the 1st 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 inContinue reading “If you are without love”

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St. Lawrence and Deacons

11 August 2006: Friday of the 18th Year in Ordinary TimeSt. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr St. Lawrence is one of the most famous Roman martyrs, was a deacon. Killed four days after Pope Sixtus, Lawrence became famous because of his youth, evangelical love for the poor, courage before his torturers, and sense of humor whileContinue reading “St. Lawrence and Deacons”

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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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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 Conversion of St. Paul

25 January 2006: Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul The readings especially from the Acts of the Apostles (22:3-11) tell us about conversion. St. Paul relates his radical conversion to us: after persecuting those who believed in Jesus, Paul proceeded to Damascus, where a blinding light from heaven shown about him. Paul heard aContinue reading “The Conversion of St. Paul”

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