SATURDAY: Third Week in Ordinary Time 2Sam.12:1-7.10-17/Ps.50:12-17/Mk.4:35-41 Nathan Called David to Repentance and Conversion Every conscientious person, regardless of age, nationality, creed, social or financial status, will one day be confronted by his or her past. Conscience never sleeps. It is provocative. It persuades people to avoid evil, practice righteousness, justice, peace and integrity. When people are deaf to the internal voice, God sends them external prods to
FRIDAY: Third Week in Ordinary Time 2Sam.11:1-4.5-10.13-17/Ps.50:3-7.10-11/Mk.4:26-34 God’s Mercy Endures Forever Connivance is treacherous. It relies totally on the impulses of the flesh to conceal our wrongdoings and to find a quick solution to cover-up our misjudgments. Once we lose sight of our sacredness, we are doomed to obey the dictates of the flesh. We are liable to become servants of deception and evil. Under such conditions, we believe our options are limited. Depr
THURSDAY: Third Week in Ordinary Time 2Sam.18-19.24-29/Ps.131:1-5.11-14/Mk.21-25 We are Lamps on Christ’s Altar God's grace in everyone is purposeful. It transforms those who receive it in good faith into invaluable and indispensable coinages of the economy of the kingdom of heaven. God can achieve all things through those who cooperate with his plan of salvation. David gloated his achievement in collaboration with God. He envisaged greater possibilities for himself and for h
WEDNESDAY: Third Week in Ordinary Time 2Sam.7:4-17/Ps.131:1-5.11-14/MK.4:21-25 Reaping the Fruits of Goodness, Discipline and Wisdom The righteous shall live secure as a tree with deep roots (Prov.12:3). From childhood to old age, the Psalmist opined, he never saw the children of the righteous begging for bread (Ps.37:25). But the roots of the wicked on the contrary are uprooted (Hab.4:2). Righteousness is a display of humility and obedience to God. To grow where you are pl
TUESDAY: Third Week in Ordinary Time 2Sam.6:12-15.17-19/Ps.23:7-10/Mk.3:31-35 The Old and New Covenants The old and the new covenants feature prominently in today's Liturgy of the Word. God found the first covenant was inadequate and incapable of achieving the level of perfection God expected of his people (Heb.8:7-8). God expects his people to be holy as He is holy (Lev.11:44-45; Matt.5:48; 1Pet.1:16). God terminated the first covenant and made provisions for a new. Through
MONDAY: Third Week in Ordinary Time 2Sam.5:1-7.10/Ps.23:7-10/Mk.3:31-34 The Breath of God and the Spirit of Holiness Presumptuous people are reckless in calculating their strength. Vaunting, they forget pride comes before defeat; the wise can discern ignorance from afar. Flaunting their arrogance, they wag their tongues, attempting to disquiet divine truth itself. The humility of Christ will not permit him to engage in diatribes. The mind of Christ is set like flint destined
THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 2Kgs.4:8-11.14-16/Ps.88:2-3.16-19/Rom.6:3-4.8-11/Matt.10:37-42 Discipleship with Christ God calls us through the Sacraments of Initiation to full membership and discipleship with his Son Jesus Christ. By the grace of these three sacraments, we assume the nature and substance of the Son of God. We become heirs with him to the kingdom. On earth, we are his Mystical Body. He lives and works through us and in us. The annual Liturgical Cycles enable
January 25: CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL Acts 22:3-16/Ps.116:1-2/Mk.16:15-18 God’s Love for Sinners The Lord teaches by example. He taught us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matt.5: 44). The Conversion of St. Paul is a classic example of Christ's sublime lead by example. There is an empathetic tone in the voice of Christ as he asked, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me (Acts 22:7)?" It is similar to his cry on the cross: "Father forgives them for they d
FRIDAY: Second Week in Ordinary Time 1Sam.24:3-21/Ps.56:2-4.6.11/Mk.3;13-19 Disciples of Forgiveness and Mercy Forgiveness is an unmerited gift of compassion, love, mercy and solidarity. It dwells in the present; it overlooks the past and thrives on faith, hope and love. It is never vengeful. It wears the scars of humility and obedience with divine joy. Salvation, redemption and liberation are impossible without forgiveness. It is the nature and substance of genuine peace.
FRIDAY: Second Week in Ordinary Time 1Sam.24:3-21/Ps.56:2-4.6.11/Mk.3:13-19 Disciples of Forgiveness and Mercy Forgiveness is an unmerited gift of compassion, love, mercy and solidarity. It dwells in the present; it overlooks the past and thrives on faith, hope and love. It is never vengeful. It wears the scars of humility and obedience with divine joy. Salvation, redemption and liberation are impossible without forgiveness. It is the nature and substance of genuine peace.