You Shall Not Kill!

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A/Year I (February 12, 2017) Sir 15:15-20/1Cor 2:6-10/Mt 5:17-37 In one of the old Peanuts comic strips, Charles Schulz shows Sally trying to locate her memory verse for Sunday school. She has forgotten it, and can’t locate it...

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A/Year I (January 29, 2017) Zep 2:33; 3:12-13/1Cor 1:26-31/Mt 5:1-12 NATIONAL BIBLE SUNDAY There is a story about a policeman who made a difference. He said: “As a police officer, I frequently see people who are involved in destructive conflict. Enforcing...

Come After Me

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle A/Year I (Jan. 22, 2017) Is 8:23; 9:3/1 Cor 1:10-13, 17/Mt 4:12-23 William Barclay said that the Greeks used to tell how Xenophon first met Socrates. Socrates met him in a narrow lane and barred his path with his...

Become Like Children

FEAST OF STO NIÑO (White) Cycle A, Year I (Jan. 15, 2016) Is 9:1-6/Eph 1:3-6, 15-18/Mt 18:1-5, 10 There is a story about Todd, a little boy just two years old, who recently went with his mother to an art museum that was showing a special...

Magi From The East

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD (White) Cycle A/Year I (Jan. 8, 2017) Is 60:1-6/Eph 3:2, 5-6/Mt 2:1-12 After the three astronauts of Apollo 11 arrived safely on earth, they visited 23 countries in 45 days. One of the most striking and stirring moments of the trip,...

Mary Our Mother

MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD (White) Cycle A/Year I (January 1, 2017) Nm 6:22-27/Gal 4:4-7/Lk 2:16-21 The movie entitled Alive is based from the true story of Uruguayan rugby team who on October 13, 1972 boarded the Uruguayan Air force Flight 571 known as chartered...

The Word Becomes Flesh

NATIVITY OF THE LORD (White) Cycle A/Year I (December 25, 2016) Is 52:7-10/Heb 1:1-6/Jn 1:1-18 In 560 B.C. there was an Ephesian philosopher called Heraclitus whose basic idea was that everything is in a state of flux. His famous illustration was that it was impossible to step...

God Is With Us

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Violet) Cycle A/Year I (December 18, 2016) Is 7:10-14/Rom 1:1-7/Mt 1:18-24 There is a story about an Indian tribe whose way of knowing whether the boy is matured is leaving him at midnight in a very dark forest. One day, when a certain...

He Will Prepare Your Way

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Violet/Rose) Cycle A/Year I (December 11, 2016) Is 35:1-6, 10/Jas 5:7-10/Mt 11:2-11 Nathaniel Hawthorne, a famous American writer died in 1864 with an unfinished play on his desk. The play tells about the main character that never appears in the stage even though...

Produce Good Fruit

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Violet) Cycle A/Year I (December 4, 2016) Is 11:1-10/Rm 15:4-9/Mt 3:1-12 In his biblical commentary, Mark Link, a Jesuit exegete, told about Mark Twain who wrote a story called “The Terrible Catastrophe.” It concerns about a group of people who get...