HE SEES AND BELIEVES

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION (White) Cycle B/Year II (April 1, 2018) Acts 10:34, 37-43/Col 3:1-4/Jn 20:1-9 It seems that what John the Apostle and Evangelist experienced in the empty tomb – He sees and believes – was an application of the famous saying: “To see...

THE BETRAYAL OF JESUS

PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION (Red) Cycle B/Year II (March 25, 2018) Is 50:4-7/ Phil 2:6-11/ Mk 14:1 – 15:47 One of the saddest moments in Jesus’ life was when one of His Apostles, Judas Iscariot, betrayed Him. It was unimaginable that a closed disciple of...

JESUS REACHES OUT

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle B/Year II (February 11, 2018) Lv 13:1-2, 44-46/1Cor 10:31-11:1/Mk 1:40-45 “A man with leprosy came to Jesus and begged Him on his knees: ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out His hand and touched the...

THE GREATEST AMONG YOU MUST BE YOUR SERVANT

THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A/Year I (November 5, 2017) Mal 1:14-2:8-10/ 1 Thes 2:7-9, 13/Mt 23:1-12 If we are to be asked if we want to become great especially in the eyes of the people around us, certainly we will say that...

Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A/Year I (October 15, 2017) Is 25:6-10/Phil 4:12-14, 19-20/Mt 22:1-14 One of the famous religious maxims is this: “Many are called but few are chosen.” More often than not, this dictum is used for priesthood since usually there are many...

How Often Must I Forgive

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A/Year I (September 17, 2017) Sir 27:30-28:7/Rom 14:7-9/Mt 18:21-35 Peter asked Jesus Christ these questions: “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times? (Mt 18:21)” Actually, the questions...

Fraternal Correction

TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A/Year I (September 10, 2017) Ez 33:7-9/Rom 13:8-10/Mt 18:15-20 “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” These famous words of an English classic poet in...

Whatever You Bind On Earth Shall Be Bound In Heaven

TWENTY FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A/Year I (August 27, 2017) Is 22:19-23/Rom 11:33-36/Mt 16:13-20 When Jesus asked His apostles “Who do you say that I am,” Peter immediately replied “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Mt. 16:16b). Jesus Christ said...

The Canaanite Woman’s Faith

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A/Year I (August 20, 2017) Is 56:1, 6-7/Rom 11:13-15, 29-32/Mt 15:21-28 THE CANAANITE WOMAN’S FAITH The story about the Canaanite woman is important in the mission of Jesus. It is one of the very few occasions in which we...

Courage! It Is I, Do Not Be Afraid

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A/Year I (August 13, 2017) 1 Kgs 1:9, 11-13/Rom 9:1-5/Mt 14:22-33 Christian life is indeed not an easy life. It is a life of a constant battle against the things that may weaken our faith in the Lord. And...