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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Why I Pray the Rosary

7 October 2008. Memorial of Our Lady of the RosaryGalatians 1, 13-24; Psalm 139; Luke 10, 38-42As we celebrate the memorial of our Lady of the Rosary, allow me to talk about the rosary personally. If you were to ask me why I pray the rosary, I would probably answer you this way. First, theContinue reading “Why I Pray the Rosary”

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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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If Everything is Vanity

25 September 2008 Thursday of the 25th Week in Ordinary TimeEcclesiastes 1, 2-11; Luke 9, 7-9 The name, Ecclesiastes, was a title made up from the Greek word for ‘church’ or synagogue, and has been a rough translation of the Hebrew, “Qoheleth.” Qoheleth lived somewhere between 300-200 BC. He was thought to be a teacherContinue reading “If Everything is Vanity”

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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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Against Egocentric Competitiveness

16 September 2008 Memorial of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian1 Corinthians 12, 12-14, 27-31 Against Egocentric Competitiveness We are one body. This is one of the famous quotes of St. Paul taken from the first reading today. But Paul was unlikely to be the source of this concept. The idea of a society as one bodyContinue reading “Against Egocentric Competitiveness”

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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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Feedback-Giving

7 September 2008 23rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 18, 15-20 Feedback-giving Note: This is a re-post of the homily on a Wednesday, 18 August 2008. In addition, I will say this homily for TV5 Mass (formerly ABC 5) at 8:00 AM this Sunday, 7 Sept 08.  Have you ever wanted to tell a family-member, aContinue reading “Feedback-Giving”

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Intellectual Pride

4 September 2008 Thursday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time1 Corinthians 3, 18-23 Intellectual Pride We have said in yesterday’s homily that Paul believes that authentic faith is expressed in our relationship with each other in community. For Paul, that community is the Church, the Temple of God. If community is about fostering unity,Continue reading “Intellectual Pride”

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Psyche and the Pneuma

2 September 2008 Tuesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time1 Cor 2, 10-16 Psyche and the PneumaThere many things about our real self which only our very depths keep and know. Our secrets, the real reason about the things we do, and our most intimate desires belong to these inmost realm. These are thingsContinue reading “Psyche and the Pneuma”

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Seduced

31 August 2008. 22nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeJeremiah 20, 7-9; Psalm 63; Romans 12; Matthew 16, 21-27In the first reading, Jeremiah lamented to Yahweh. He used a very bold word about Yahweh: “You duped me! And I let myself be duped!” Niloko mo ako, at nagpaloko din ako! He added, “You were too strong forContinue reading “Seduced”

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Vigilance

28 August 2008 Memorial of St. AugustineMatthew 24, 42-51 Vigilance The Gospel begins with an exhortation: “Stay awake!” The exhortation primarily refers to the Second Coming of Christ. Paul in the first reading reminds his people to remain faithful to the Lord until the end of days. Because it will come like a thief inContinue reading “Vigilance”

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Mary and the Youth

22 August 2008 Memorial of Mary the QueenLuke 1, 26-38 Mary, Queen of the Young Homily at the Parish of Mary, the Queen “Let no one despise your youth, but become an example of the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (1 Tim 4, 12) Our images ofContinue reading “Mary and the Youth”

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Without Rewards

20 August 2008 Wednesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary TimeMatthew 20, 1-16 Love Without Rewards The Gospel is in contrast with our notion of justice. Salaries are paid to according to the labor rendered, and the time we spent at work. In the parable, the vineyard owner hires laborers— idle men chosen from theContinue reading “Without Rewards”

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So We Can Give More

19 August 2008 Tuesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary TimeMatthew 19, 23-30 Jesus tells us that a rich person will find it hard to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Riches pose spiritual dangers because crime is sometimes involved in gaining them. And once possessed, riches can distract one from God, cut us off fromContinue reading “So We Can Give More”

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