Be on Fire

Mass of the Holy SpiritMiriam College19 June 2008 The Mass of the Holy Spirit that opens the school-year is, to me, one of the most beautiful tradition of being in a Catholic school. It is a time for us to celebrate friendships; when we see our classmates again after a long summer, or even seeingContinue reading “Be on Fire”

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Leadership Succession

18 June 2008 Wednesday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time2 Kings 2, 1, 6-14; Psalm 31, 20-24; Matthew 6, 1-18 In the first reading, Elisha succeeds Elijah. This opening segment gives us a picture of leadership succession. How was the succession given? First, Elijah asked Elisha to come with him to the Jordan River.Continue reading “Leadership Succession”

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Perfection

17 June 2008 Tuesday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time1 Kings 21, 17-29; Psalm 51; Matthew 5, 43-48 The verse in the Gospel today ends with “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” This verse is interpreted by many Christians as an admonition to be completely faultless, unblemished and sinless. AndContinue reading “Perfection”

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While We Were Still Sinners

15 June 2008 11th Sunday in Ordinary TimeExodus 19, 2-6a; Psalm 100; Rom 5, 6-11; Matthew 9, 36 – 10,8 There is a beautiful verse from Paul’s letter to the Romans in the 2nd Reading: “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5, 8)” This verse gives us another angle to theContinue reading “While We Were Still Sinners”

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Barnabas: Son of Encouragement

11 June 2008 Memorial of St. Barnabas, ApostleActs 11: 21-26, 12: 1-3 Today we hear of another apostle, Barnabas who was first to welcome St. Paul (a former persecutor) into the church in Antioch. With the community in Antioch, Paul and Barnabas worked together to build the community there. Hence, in was in Antioch thatContinue reading “Barnabas: Son of Encouragement”

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Meant to be Seen

10 June 2008 Tuesday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time1 Kings 17, 7-16; Psalm 4; Matthew 5, 13-16 Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD) was a Roman historian and scientist whose book, Natural History, contains natural and scientific knowledge. In his work, he said, “Nothing is more useful than salt and sunshine.” The Gospel todayContinue reading “Meant to be Seen”

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What We Need to Become

9 June 2008 Monday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time1 Kgs 17, 1-6; Psalm 121; Matthew 5, 1-12 The Ten Commandments often overshadow the Beatitudes. It lists ten things we should NOT do. The Beatitudes, on the other hand, presents what we ought to do. The negative (prohibitions) presents a limit: if you areContinue reading “What We Need to Become”

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When We Extricate Ourselves

8 June 2008 10th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMark 9, 9-13 The Call of MatthewVerse 10 of the Gospel today distinguishes tax collectors from sinners with the conjunction and. Tax collectors were collaborators with the Roman government, thus they were considered disloyal and were suspected of treason by the Jews. And since they were not paidContinue reading “When We Extricate Ourselves”

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Strong Foundations for Contemporary Christians

1 June 2008 9th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 7, 21-27 Faith and Justice The Gospel teaches us that no one will emerge triumphant in the last judgement on the sole basis of right words or spectacular deeds of spiritual power. We will be saved only with a life of love and justice. Matthew therefore challengesContinue reading “Strong Foundations for Contemporary Christians”

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Success Points

29 May 2008 Thursday of the 8th Week in Ordinary TimeMark 10, 46-52 Bartimaeus Jericho was 15 miles away from Jerusalem. Jesus was taking the road to Jerusalem. Jericho was along the way. He would pass Jericho to celebrate the Passover, as was the custom for those who lived within 15 miles from Jerusalem. ThoseContinue reading “Success Points”

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Rediscovering What Binds Us

25 May 2008 Solemnity of the Body and Blood of ChristDt 8, 2-3, 14b-16a; Ps 147; 1 Cor 10, 16-17; John 6, 51-58 In the second reading, the image of the bread is the image of unity. St. Paul said, “because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for weContinue reading “Rediscovering What Binds Us”

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Trinity Sunday

18 May 2008 Solemnity of the Most Holy TrinityExodus 34, 4-9; Dn 3, 52-56; 2 Cor 13, 11-13, John 3, 16-18 At some point in our lives, many of us have danced, or at least, dared to move our feet to the rhythm of a song. First, there are those, who couldn’t dance. Their bodiesContinue reading “Trinity Sunday”

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The Gentle and Rough Spirit

12 May 2008 Pentecost SundayActs 2, 1-11; Psalm 104; 1 Cor 12, 3-13; John 20, 19-24 The feast of Pentecost marks the end of great rejoicing in the Season of Easter; Pentecost is the fiftieth day from Easter (Pentecoste, Gk “50th”). The 50th day corresponds to the Hebrew Feast of Weeks or Shabuoth, a timeContinue reading “The Gentle and Rough Spirit”

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Missionaries of Hope

8 May 2008. Thursday of the 7th Week of EasterActs 22,30, 23:6-11; Psalm 16; John 17, 20-26 The readings talk about safety for missionaries. First, the missionary might experience grave threats to their lives: Paul is an example. In the first reading, Paul is set to trial at the Sanhedrin’s court in Jerusalem. In theContinue reading “Missionaries of Hope”

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How to be Steep in Faith

7 May 2008. Wednesday of the 7th Week of EasterActs 20, 28-38; John 17, 11-19 How to be Steep in FaithThe first reading and the Gospel are like parallel stories. They both speak about the challenges Christian face in the world. Paul warns them about the “wolves” and those that pervert the truth. Jesus praysContinue reading “How to be Steep in Faith”

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