What’s Jesus Advice to Travelers?

12 July 2009: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeMark 6, 7-13 Instructions for the Twelve Note: Taglish version below. If you’re a Filipino please read the Taglish version. The story is appropriated to you. Thank you very much. The episode in the Gospel today presents the sending of the Twelve on a mission to heal andContinue reading “What’s Jesus Advice to Travelers?”

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Mga Tagubilin sa Labingdalawa

12 July 2009: Ika-labinglimang Linggo sa Karaniwang PanahonMarcos 6, 7-13 Mga tagubilin sa Labingdalawa (This Taglish version is the homily today in TV 5’s Humayo’t Ihayag, a televised mass.) The episode in the Gospel today presents the sending of the Twelve on a mission to heal and to preach the Good News. The mission ofContinue reading “Mga Tagubilin sa Labingdalawa”

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How should we Heal?

28 June 2009. 13th Sunday in Ordinary TimeWisdom 1, 13-15; 2, 23-24; Psalm 30; 2 Cor 8, 7-15; Mark 5, 21-43 In an age of pandemics such as the influenza A(H1N1) virus, today we hear of healing when it is most appropriate. In the Gospel, Jesus encounters two women: the daughter of Jairus and theContinue reading “How should we Heal?”

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Our Lives at Sea

21 June 2009. 12th Sunday in Ordinary TimeJob 38, 1, 8-11; Psalm 107; 2 Cor 5, 14-17; Mark 4, 35-41 The climate of our lives is constantly changing the same way as the weather around us is unpredictable. Since time immemorial, we have described the turbulence within our hearts using the terms from nature. TheContinue reading “Our Lives at Sea”

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We Belong to One Heart

10 May 2009 5th Sunday of EasterActs 9, 26-31; Psalm 22; 1 John 3, 18-24; John 15, 1-8There is always a need for us to connect. To be part of someone else’s life. To be a member of a family, a group of friends, or a greater social network. Even the most withdrawn and recluseContinue reading “We Belong to One Heart”

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Being Shepherd and Being the Gate

3 May 2009. Fourth Sunday of EasterActs 4, 8-12; Psalm 118; 1 John 3, 1-2; John 10, 11-18 Our image of the Good Shepherd as a leadership principle traces its roots centuries ago in the Jewish history. Not without reason: the shepherd puts his life at stake for his flock. It was not easy toContinue reading “Being Shepherd and Being the Gate”

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Easter Sunday: Believe then Proclaim!

12 April 2009 Easter SundayActs 10, 34a, 37-43; Psalm 118; Col 3, 1-4 or 1 Cor 5, 6-8; John 20, 1-9 The readings tell us what we are to proclaim on Easter Sunday, “Jesus Christ has risen! Alleluia!” No matter what Resurrection account about Jesus appearing to the disciples after crucifixion, the importance of theseContinue reading “Easter Sunday: Believe then Proclaim!”

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Easter Sunday Homily

12 April 2009 Pasko ng Muling PagkabuhayActs 10, 34a, 37-43; Psalm 118; Col 3, 1-4 or 1 Cor 5, 6-8; John 20, 1-9 Note: This homily appeared in SAMBUHAY of the Society of St. Paul for their Filipino issue; and the TV 5 Easter Sunday mass, “Humayo’t Ihayag”. Nagpakita si Hesus sa iilang mga taoContinue reading “Easter Sunday Homily”

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Joy in the Season of Lent

22 March 2009 4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)2 Chr 36, 14-23; Psalm 137; Eph 2, 4-10; John 3, 14-21 Let me introduce this particular Sunday in the context of the whole Liturgical Year. In the liturgical life of the Church, the Seasons of Advent and Lent are weeks of preparation for Christmas and EasterContinue reading “Joy in the Season of Lent”

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Glimpses of Glory

8 March 2009 2nd Sunday of LentGen 22, 1-18; Psalm 116; Rom 8, 31-34; Mark 9, 2-10 The Transfiguration is the revelation of Christ’s glory on Mt. Tabor in Galilee. Jesus appeared dazzling in His glory, as a manifestation of His true divinity. For Peter, James and John, it was a taste of heaven andContinue reading “Glimpses of Glory”

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The Desert and our Temptations

1 March 2009 1st Sunday of LentGenesis 9, 8-15; Psalm 25; 1 Peter 3, 18-22; Mark 1, 12-15 Mark is very economical with his words about the temptations of Jesus in the desert, unlike the accounts of Matthew and Luke. Mark tells it in brief simplicity. The Spirit leads Jesus in the desert. He wasContinue reading “The Desert and our Temptations”

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The Healing We Need

22 February 2009 7th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 43, 18-25; Psalm 41; 2 Cor 1, 18-22; Mark 2, 1-12 The readings today are all about healing. Our physical bodies have been damaged by disease. Our psycho-emotional state have been disturbed by a painful history. Our spiritual lives have been injured by sin. Healing is aboutContinue reading “The Healing We Need”

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Jesus’ Daily Schedule

8 February 2009. 5th Sunday in Ordinary TimeJob 7, 1-4, 6-7; Psalm 147; 1 Cor 9, 16-19, 22-23; Mark 1, 29-39 We continue to get to know Jesus and His public life during the Liturgical Season of Ordinary Time. The Gospel today gives us a glimpse of a day in the life of Jesus. ItContinue reading “Jesus’ Daily Schedule”

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Astonishing Words

1 February 2009 4th Sunday of Ordinary TimeDt. 18, 15-20; Psalm 95; 1 Cor 7, 32-35; Matthew 1, 21-28 There are times when we find the Lord’s words refreshing as waters from a brook. These are the times when the weariness of life’s takes its toll on us. When our heavy workload or the lackContinue reading “Astonishing Words”

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Our Damascus Experience

25 January 2009 Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul in this “Year of St. Paul”Acts 22, 3-16 or Acts 9, 1-22; Psalm 117; 1 Cor 7, 29-31; Mark 16, 15-18 Conversion is intrinsic to our faith. John the Baptist and Jesus began their ministry with a proclamation: “The time has come; the kingdom ofContinue reading “Our Damascus Experience”

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