Faith: Fruit of Persistent Love

17 August 2008. 20th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 15, 21-28 Faith: The Fruit of Persistent Love Note: This homily appears at this Sunday’s Sambuhay of the Society of St. Paul. (Sorry for posting this earlier, August 10.) At the end of the Gospel, Jesus tells the woman, “O woman, great is your faith! Let itContinue reading “Faith: Fruit of Persistent Love”

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

15 August 2008 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin MaryRev 11, 19a; 12:1-6; 10ab; Psalm 45; 1 Cor 15, 20-27; Luke 1, 39-56 The Eastern, Oriental and Coptic Orthodox and the Catholic Churches teach and celebrate the Assumption of Mary. For Catholics, this belief was solemnly declared by Pope Pius XII on NovemberContinue reading “Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary”

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Shekinah on Transfiguration

6 August 2008. The TransfigurationDeut 7, 9-14; Psalm 97; 2 Peter 1, 16-19; Matthew 17, 1-9 There are little details that might make up a deep reflection on the Transfiguration — perhaps, another angle to what we usually hear about it. Moses, Elijah and Jesus encountered God on the mountain. Moses met God in Mt.Continue reading “Shekinah on Transfiguration”

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Why Jesus’ Yoke is Easy

6 July 2008 14th Sunday in Ordinary TimeZechariah 9, 9-10; Psalm 145; Romans 8, 9-13; Matthew 11, 2-30Let us relate the readings today. The reading from Zechariah tells us of the coming of an earthly king who establishes peace among his people after a divine victory. He is described as riding in an ‘ass’ (andContinue reading “Why Jesus’ Yoke is Easy”

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Storms

1 July 2008 Tuesday of the 13th Week in Ordinary TimeAm 3, 1-12; Psalm 5, 4-8; Matthew 8, 23-27 There are storms we cannot weather. Storms that we do not have control over. Like difficulties arising from our family history, the past, our secrets, and our fears. We cannot undo them. But we can changeContinue reading “Storms”

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To Whom We Die For

29 June 2008 Solemnity of Sts. Peter and PaulActs 12, 1-11; Psalm 34; 2 Tim 4, 6-18; Matthew 16, 13-19 There is a connection between the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul and the question of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Who do you say that I am?” Let us look at both disciples.Continue reading “To Whom We Die For”

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Regularity and Pretensions

26 June 2008 Thursday of the 12th Week in Ordinary TimeMatthew 7, 21-29 Regularity We always wondered why there were many reports of miracles during ancient times than today. Was the Lord more present before than the present age? Ancient peoples regarded every single — and common — sickness as the work of demons. WhenContinue reading “Regularity and Pretensions”

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False and True Prophets

25 June 2008 Wednesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary TimeMatthew 7, 15-20 We all know about false prophets. Jeremiah had conflicts with prophets who said that there was peace, when there was war (Jeremiah 6, 14). Ezekiel called them wolves. When sending his disciples, Jesus warned them about wolves, that his disciples will beContinue reading “False and True Prophets”

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Our Defining Moments

24 June 2008 Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the BaptistIsaiah 49, 1-6; Psalm 139; Acts 13, 22-26; Luke 1, 57-80There is one defining moment in our lives. All that we have been, all that we have achieved, all that we have prepared for suddenly converges to that one moment. For John the Baptist,Continue reading “Our Defining Moments”

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Jeremiah and John the Baptist

23 June 2008 Vigil of the Nativity of John the BaptistJeremiah 1, 4-10; Psalm 71; 1 Peter 1, 8-12; Luke 1, 5-17 There is reason for me to have some connection with St. John the Baptist. He is the patron saint of my parents, our pharmacy was named, “Farmacia San Juan”. Every time my familyContinue reading “Jeremiah and John the Baptist”

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Be not Afraid

22 June 2008 12th Sunday in Ordinary TimeJer 20, 10-13; Psalm 69; Rom 5, 12-15; Matthew 10, 26-33 Note: Because of the typhoon Frank, we shall move the Mass of the Holy Spirit next Sunday, 29 June 2008 at the 11:00 am mass, UP Parish of the Holy Sacrifice. I have been watching the firstContinue reading “Be not Afraid”

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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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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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