The Rich Man

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle C/Year II (September 25, 2016) Am 6:1, 4-7/1Tm 6:11-16/Lk 16:19-31 The rich man in the gospel’s parable is not named while the poor man is named Lazarus. This is opposite to what we can usually read in the newspapers or...

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...

Cast The Net

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER (White) Cycle C/Year II (April 10, 2016) Acts 5:27-32. 40-41; Rv 5:11-14; Jn 21:1-19 The disciples of Jesus were fishing the whole night but they caught nothing. Jesus appeared to them early morning of the following day and asked them if they...

They Are Like Angels

THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle C/Year II (November 6, 2016) 2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14/2 Thes 2:16-3, 5/Lk 20:27-38 Heaven is always a puzzle to us. We do not know what we will become in the second life, especially in heaven. Normally, we think of...

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...

The Unexpected Hour

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Violet) Cycle A/Year I (November 27, 2017) Is 2:1-5/Rom 13:11-14/Mt 24:37-44 William Barclay, a famous biblical scholar recounts a fable which tells of three apprentice devils who were coming to this earth to finish their apprenticeship. They were talking to Satan, the...

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...

HE OPENS THEIR MINDS

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER (White) Cycle B/Year II (April 15, 2018) Acts 3:13-15/1 Jn 2:1-5/Lk 24:35-48 The Jews had been expecting for the Messiah for a long time, more than a thousand years. They had their own idea about the Messiah based from the prophecies and the...

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...

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...