The Zodiac and Revelations

19 November 2008 Wednesday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary TimeRevelations 4, 1-11; Psalm 150; Luke 19, 11-28 Many of us find signs and symbols like horoscopes amusing. We don’t put our faith in it, but we enjoy the ‘classification’ because it somehow gives us a certain handle in understanding people. Many do find someContinue reading “The Zodiac and Revelations”

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Being Lukewarm

18 November 2008 Tuesday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary TimeRev 3, 1-22; Psalm 15; Luke 19, 1-10 Being Lukewarm In the first reading from Revelation, two cities are mentioned: Sardis and Laodicea. Both of these cities were in the earthquake belt. Sardis had been rebuilt after it was devastated by an earthquake in 17Continue reading “Being Lukewarm”

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Pieces of God’s Heart

17 November 2008 Monday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary TimeLuke 18, 35-43 Pieces of God’s Heart The Gospel is about the cure of the blind man. The beggar’s name was given by Mark the Evangelist. His name is Bartimeaus. In this incident, the disciples try to keep an “insignificant person” from bothering Jesus. ButContinue reading “Pieces of God’s Heart”

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A New Order

13 November 2008 Thursday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary TimePhilemon 7-20: A New Order There are secular conventions and laws. For example, there is a specific behavior expected of an employee when he or she deals with the boss. This is our present social order. But as Christians, there are times when we areContinue reading “A New Order”

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Gratitude as a Christian Virtue and Behavior

12 November 2008. Memorial of St. JosaphatLuke 17, 11-19 Gratitude as a Christian Virtue and Behavior At the beginning of the second semester of school year 2008-2009, the readings today are timely and appropriate. We find in the Gospel one leper returning to Jesus to pay his gratitude to Him. The image of the gratefulContinue reading “Gratitude as a Christian Virtue and Behavior”

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The Public Face of Christian Life

11 November 2008 Memorial of St. Martin of ToursTitus 2, 1-14; Psalm 37; Luke 17, 7-10 The first reading is concerned with our domestic life and its ‘public face’. It is a list of virtues and vices. The list is addressed to recognizable social groups such as older men and women, young men and women.Continue reading “The Public Face of Christian Life”

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Does Jesus encourage Dishonesty?

7 November 2008 Friday of the 31st Week in Ordinary TimePhil 3, 3:17 – 4,1; Psalm 122; Luke 16, 1-8 The Gospel today is about one of the most intriguing parables of Jesus. It is about the dishonest steward whom the master praised for his corruption. Does Jesus encourage dishonesty? In the parable, the masterContinue reading “Does Jesus encourage Dishonesty?”

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Excuses, Excuses

4 November 2008 Tuesday of the 31st Week in Ordinary TimePhil 2, 5-11; Psalm 22; Luke 14, 15-24 Excuses The parable of Jesus in the Gospel today is about a man who prepared a great dinner for everyone. During the time of Jesus, one does not prepare a great banquet without sending the invitations beforehand.Continue reading “Excuses, Excuses”

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To Pass the Narrow Gate

29 October 2008. Wednesday of the 30th Week in Ordinary TimeEph 6, 1-9; Psalm 145; Luke 13, 22-33 The image of the narrow gate in the Gospel is a powerful image of decision-making. The image Jesus used refers to a real gate in His time. There was a ‘people-only’ gate in the walls of Jerusalem.Continue reading “To Pass the Narrow Gate”

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Up to the Mountain

28 October 2008 Feasts of Sts. Simon and JudeEphesians 2, 19-22; Psalm 19; Luke 6, 12-16 The Gospel today begins by telling us that Jesus ‘went to the mountain to pray and he spent the night in prayer to God’. After praying, he called his disciples, and from them, He chose Twelve, whom he calledContinue reading “Up to the Mountain”

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God’s Greater Glory

23 October 2008 Thursday of the 29th Week in Ordinary TimeEphesians 3, 14-21; Psalm 33; Luke 12, 29-53 The phrase, “for the greater glory of God” has become common to many who grew up with Jesuits and those who share the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Many Ateneans would place, on top of theirContinue reading “God’s Greater Glory”

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Climbing the Corporate Ladder

22 October 2008 Wednesday of the 29th Year in Ordinary TimeEphesians 3, 2-12; Isaiah 12; Luke 12, 39-48 Central to the test of our faith is the challenge to be constantly ready for the Master’s return. In the parable today, Jesus emphasizes that His return is guaranteed, but the timing is not. His return isContinue reading “Climbing the Corporate Ladder”

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Unity through Peace

21 October 2008 Tuesday of the 29th Week in Ordinary TimeEphesians 2, 12-22; Psalm 85 The first reading talks about the relationship between the Jews and the Gentiles. In the past the Gentiles has been excluded by the Jewish community. They had to part of the covenant relationship with God, and so did not shareContinue reading “Unity through Peace”

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Faith on the Go

24 September 2008 Wednesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary TimeLuke 9, 1-6 Faith on the Go When Jesus chose the Twelve apostles, He decided to share His mission with them. In the Gospel today, Jesus sent them to do what He does: to preach and proclaim the Kingdom of God and heal people ofContinue reading “Faith on the Go”

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Why We Exalt the Cross

14 September 2008 Feast of the Exaltation of the CrossNumbers 21, 4b-9; Psalm 78; Phil 2, 6-11; John 3, 13-17 Nicodemus is identified as an archon, a leader of the Jews, probably a member of the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin is the civil ‘court’ of the Jewish community in Jerusalem. Previous to the Gospel readings, NicodemusContinue reading “Why We Exalt the Cross”

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