25 August 2011 Thursday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time 1 Thessalonians 3:7-13; Psalm 90; Matthew 24:42-51 Time is an important element in the Gospel today. But it tells us the value of the present time, in view of the uncertain future. The time to prepare is now because we do not know whatContinue reading “When We Always Say Tomorrow!”
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Take Your Branches to the Church
17 April 2011 Palm SundayIsaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22; Phil 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14 – 27:66Take your palm branches to the church and have it blessed. Attend mass, but don’t leave without holy water sprinkled on your decorated palms. Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. This has been a tradition since the 4th century,Continue reading “Take Your Branches to the Church”
Live in Hope
20 March 2011. 2nd Sunday of LentGen 12:1-4; Psalm 33; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Matthew 17:1-9 Note: This is a scheduled post. Every article published in this blog has been written long before the 11th of March 2011, the beginning of my 30-day retreat. The rest will come out at the date and time I haveContinue reading “Live in Hope”
The Test of Freedom
13 March 2011 1st Sunday of LentGenesis 2: 7-9, 3:1-7; Psalm 51; Romans 5: 12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 Note. This is a scheduled post. Blogger publishes this entry at the date I intended it to come out in my blog. Please pray for us, 8 Jesuits, making the 30-Day Retreat, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.Continue reading “The Test of Freedom”
6 March 2011 9th Sunday in Ordinary TimeDeuteronomy 11:18-32; Psalm 31; Romans 3:21-28; Matthew 7:21-27Jesus says in the Gospel today, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.” If not everyone, then some will. Who will then qualify? He continued, “only the one who does the will of MyContinue reading “Shut Up!”
Are You Burdened?
27 February 2011 8th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 49:14-15; 1 Cor 4:1-5; Matthew 6: 24-34 There is a lesson we can pick up from my family. Two uncles claim that they have taken the wrong course in their lives. The eldest wanted to become a lawyer, but was forced to take medicine because a doctorContinue reading “Are You Burdened?”
Is it possible to see God’s grace outside of our walls?
23 February 2011 Memorial of St. Polycarp, bishop and martyrSirach 4:12-22; Psalm 118; Matthew 9: 38-40The readings today is particularly important in evaluating our ‘exclusive’ tendencies. This closed mentality is what Jesus calls the “yeast of the Pharisees.” The disciple John complains about other people who do not belong to their group, but nevertheless performContinue reading “Is it possible to see God’s grace outside of our walls?”
The Power of Kindness
13 February 2011 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary TimeSirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119; 1 Cor 2:6-10; Matthew 5:20-37 Carlos is 52 years old. He is a recovering alcoholic and drug dependent. He has been in the streets of Mexico for 22 years. What has pushed him to leave home is resentment. As a child, his mother didn’tContinue reading “The Power of Kindness”
Be as Christ’s Light
6 February 2011 5th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 58: 7-10; 1 Cor 2: 1-5; Matthew 5:13-16There are ways in which we become witnesses of Jesus. We can let His light shine through us. We can live out His teaching. And we can suffer for Christ when His teaching is ignored or attacked by people aroundContinue reading “Be as Christ’s Light”
Is Your Relationship Built on Trust?
2 December 2010 Thursday of the 1st Week of AdventIsaiah 26: 1-6; Psalm 118; Matthew 7: 21-27 Trust has always been an issue in many aspects of our lives. We trust a product because of previous experiences. We have shared our experiences of durability. We are given a year’s warranty just in case we areContinue reading “Is Your Relationship Built on Trust?”
The Last Say is Not our Sinfulness
21 September 2010 Feast of St. Matthew, apostle and evangelistEphesians 4: 1-7,11-13; Psalm 19; Matthew 9, 9-13 Let me summarize what I want to say in one brief statement: We are sinners yet called to follow Jesus. I have three points that correspond to all the readings today including the readings from the breviary’s MorningContinue reading “The Last Say is Not our Sinfulness”
The Three Field Mice
27 August 2010 Memorial of St. Monica1 Corinthians 1, 17-25; Psalm 33; Matthew 25, 1-13 The lesson in today’s Gospel is constant watchfulness or vigilance in preparation for the coming of Christ. Here is the context of the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids. In the Palestinian wedding, the groom sets out to the bride’s houseContinue reading “The Three Field Mice”
When Is It Right to Pretend?
25 August 2010 Wednesday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time2 Thessalonians 3, 6-18; Psalm 128; Matthew 23, 27-32 When a “woe” is pronounced in Scripture, it expresses one’s sadness on the state of someone or a group of people. It is also a warning of the very bad consequences to follow. Thus, a “woe”Continue reading “When Is It Right to Pretend?”
The Wicked Shepherds
18 August 2010 Wednesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary TimeEzekiel 34, 1-11; Psalm 23; Matthew 20, 1-6 The readings today are parables of shepherding. In the section from the book of the prophet Ezekiel, God declares the end of the wicked shepherds. God entrusted shepherds to take care for Israel, but instead they malignedContinue reading “The Wicked Shepherds”
Anong Maaring Ipagyabang?
17 August 2010 Martes ng ika-20 Linggo ng TaonEzekiel 28, 1-10; RPsalm: Dt 32; Matthew 19, 23-30 Sabi ni Hesus sa Ebanghelio ngayon: “Mahirap pumasok ang isang mayaman sa kaharian ng langit.” Dahil dito, lubhang nagtaka ang mga alagad at nagtanong: “Kung gayon, sino ang makaliligtas?” Sinagot sila ni Hesus, “Sa mga tao, hindi itoContinue reading “Anong Maaring Ipagyabang?”