Baptism Is About Identity

11 January 2009 Feast of the Baptism of Our LordIsaiah 42, 1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 10, 34-38; Mark 1, 7-11 The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is about an inauguration to a new identity. The Gospel of Mark introduces Jesus to us. Having established John the Baptist in the previous passages, the GospelContinue reading “Baptism Is About Identity”

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About God Wanting Us To Find Him

4 January 2009. The Epiphany of Our Lord JesusIsaiah 60, 1-6; Psalm 72; Eph 3, 2-6; Matthew 2, 1-12 As the Church continues to discern its life in the present age, she also modifies and changes certain things, hoping that the change will deepen and correct certain practices of the faith. Today is an example.Continue reading “About God Wanting Us To Find Him”

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What Face Do You Have?

21 December 2008 Fourth Sunday of Advent2 Samuel 7, 1-16, Psalm 89, Rom 16, 25-27 and Luke 1, 26-38: The Annunciation Note: The Gospel is the same for both the 20th and 21st December 2008. This homily can be used for both the dawn masses and the 4th Sunday of Advent. The internet uses emoticonsContinue reading “What Face Do You Have?”

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Christ the King

23 November 2008 Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the KingEzekiel 34, 11-17; Psalm 23, 1-6; 1 Cor 15, 20-28; Matthew 25, 31-36 The Solemnity of Christ the King is celebrated at the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year. In the past, it was celebrated with pomp and pageantry. But today, many churches celebrate thisContinue reading “Christ the King”

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Why the Lateran Basilica?

9 November 2008 Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in RomeEzekiel 14, 1-12; Psalm 46; 1 Cor 3, 9-17; John 3, 13-22 The Temple Purification in the Gospel is a transformation story. To many Jews, the Temple was the center of worship. It was the site of God’s presence and a visible signContinue reading “Why the Lateran Basilica?”

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Remembering the Faithful Departed

1 & 2 November 2008. Commemoration of All the Faithful DepartedWis 3, 1-9; Psalm 23; Rom 5, 5-11; John 6, 37-40 I too have not been spared from the experience of death. My blood relatives and friends died both from natural and tragic causes. Some died from complications arising from diabetes and hypertension. One wasContinue reading “Remembering the Faithful Departed”

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Loving Passionately and Intensely

26 October 2008 30th Sunday in Ordinary TimeExodus 22, 20-26; Psalm 17; Thess 1, 5-10; Matthew 22, 34-40 The Gospel today is about the Pharisee who asked which commandment in the law is the greatest. And Jesus answered that there are two: Love God, and from this commandment flows one’s love for neighbors. The responsorialContinue reading “Loving Passionately and Intensely”

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God and Taxes

19 October 2008 29th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 45, 1-6; Psalm 96; 1 Thes 1, 1-5; Matthew 22, 15-21 Jesus, in the Gospel today, is in the middle of a controversy. The opponents are the Pharisees and the Herodians. The Pharisees resent paying taxes to the emperor, while the Herodians administer the tax system inContinue reading “God and Taxes”

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Updating for Faith

13 October 2008. Monday of the 28th Week in Ordinary TimeGalatians 4, 22-31 – 5,1; Psalm 113; Luke 11, 29-32Allow me to explain the Gospel today. We always want to have tangible evidence to establish the fact of a claim or a statement. But if the claim is fantastic, we demand spectacular proof. We wantContinue reading “Updating for Faith”

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Kasalang Para sa Lahat

October 12, 2008 28th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIndigenous People’s SundayIsaiah 25, 6-10; Psalm 23; Phil 4, 12-20; Matthew 22, 1-14 Note: This homily appears on this Sunday’s Sambuhay, a publication of the Society of St. Paul. Ang buong sambayanan ang nagdiriwang sa kasalan. Noong panahon ni Hesus, matagal nang inimbitahan ang mga panauhin upang mailaanContinue reading “Kasalang Para sa Lahat”

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The Song of the Vineyard

5 October 2008 27th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 5, 1-7; Psalm 80; Phil 4, 6-9; Mathew 21, 33-43 A note before we begin: The responsorial psalm between readings at mass functions as a bridge from the first reading to the next. The psalm summarizes the meaning of the readings and foster meditation on the wordContinue reading “The Song of the Vineyard”

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The Lord’s Way

28 September 2008 26th Sunday in Ordinary TimeEzekiel 18, 25-28; Psalm 25; Phil 2, 1-11; Matthew 21, 28-32The phrase, the ‘Lord’s way,’ repeats itself in the readings today. In the first reading, the people who were exiled in Babylon complained that the “Lord’s way” is unfair. They thought that their banishment from their land wasContinue reading “The Lord’s Way”

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Seek the Lord

21 September 2008 25th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 55, 6-9; Psalm 145; Phil 1, 20-27; Matthew 20, 1-16 The Book of Isaiah is divided into three parts: that of the Prophet Isaiah (742 BC, prophetic ministry in Jerusalem); Deutero-Isaiah (Babylonian Exile, Jerusalem is now destroyed); and Trito-Isaiah (Return to Jerusalem). Isaiah covers Chapter 1-39; Deutero-IsaiahContinue reading “Seek the Lord”

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