Stand Up, Do Not Be Afraid

FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD (White) Cycle A/Year I (August 6, 2017) Dn 7:9-10, 13-14/ 2 Pt 1:16-19/Mt 17:1-9 One of the leading British playwrights in the name of George Bernard Shaw once said: “There is only one universal passion: fear.” Indeed, man is constantly...

One Of Great Value

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A/Year I (July 30, 2017) 1Kgs 3:5, 7-12/Rom 8:20-30/Mt 13:44-52 Perhaps many of you are familiar with the story told by Russell Conwell entitled “Acres of Diamonds.” Conwell was an American Baptist minister and lawyer who founded and became...

Five Life Lessons Of The Parable

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A, Year I (July 23, 2017) Wis 12:13, 16-19/Rom 8:26-27/Mt 13:24-43 William Barclay, a biblical scholar, says that the parable of the weeds teaches us some important and practical lessons in life. First of all, it teaches us that...

Take My Yoke

FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A/Year I (July 9, 2017) Zec 9:9-10/ Rom 8:9, 11-13/ Mt 11:25-30 William Barclay said that according to a legend, Jesus Christ was the best ox-yoke maker. Jesus made the best ox-yokes in all Galilee, and that from all...

The Condition Of Christian Discipleship

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A/Year I (July 2, 2017) 2 Kgs 4:8-11/Rom 6:3-4, 8-11/Mt 10:37-42 Following Jesus Christ is not an easy task. It demands a lot of sacrifices. The gospel tells us that we have to sacrifice our love for our...

Do Not Be Afraid

TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A/Year I (June 25, 2017) Jer 20:10-13/Rom 5:12-15/Mt 10:26-33 After Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, His very first message to His disciples is this: do not be afraid. This teaching is actually found in the many passages...

The Bread Is My Flesh

SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (White) Cycle A/Year I (June 18, 2017) Dt 8:2-3, 14-16/1 Cor 10:16-17/Jn 6:51-58 It is a sad reality that many of Catholic believers do not have genuine faith in the real presence of Christ’s body and blood in...

God Gives His Only Son

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST BLESSED TRINITY (White) Cycle A/ Year I (June 11, 2017) Ex 34:4b-6, 8-9/2 Cor 13:11-13/Jn 3:16-18 Before the coming of Jesus Christ, the Jews believed in Yahweh who is the almighty God, creator of heaven and earth. When Jesus arrived, He...

If You Forgive Anyone’s Sin, They Are Forgiven

PENTECOST SUNDAY (Red) Cycle A/ Year I (June 4, 2017) Acts 2:1-11/1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13/Jn 20:19-23 No human being is perfect. All of us commit the same and different kinds of sins in one way or another. Some commit grievous and mortal sins while many commit minor...

Jesus Ascends To Heaven

SOLEMNITY OF THE LORD’S ASCENSION (White) Cycle C/Year I (May 28, 2017) Acts 1:1-11/Eph 1:17-23/Mt 28:16-20 There is a growing tendency in our secular world to feel and consider God as if God is up there in the sky and has little thing to do with our...