The Pharisee And The Tax Collector

THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle C/Year II (October 23, 2016) Sir 35:12-14, 16-18/2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18/Lk 18:9-14 The Pharisee and the tax collector went to the temple to pray. The Pharisee was known to be observant of the laws and rituals while the tax collector...

Christ The Shepherd

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (White) Cycle A/Year I (May 7, 2017) Acts 2:14a, 36-41/1 Pt 2:20b-25/Jn 10:1-10 One of the simplest, most common but noblest professions in the Old Testament times was the shepherding. Everywhere in the Old Testament books we can always find a figure of...

The Empty Tomb

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION (White) Cycle A/Year I (April 16, 2017) Acts 10:34, 37-43/Col 3:1-4/Jn 20:1-9 Mary Magdalene, Peter and John went to the tomb of Jesus early on the third day of the death of Jesus and they found out that the body...

How Can We Know The Way

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (White) Cycle A/Year I (May 14, 2017) Acts 6:1-7/1 Pt 2:4-9/Jn 14:1-12 “Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way” (Jn 14:5)? This question of Thomas the Apostle expressed the puzzlement of all the...

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...

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...

Worried About Many Things

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle C/Year II (July 17, 2016) Gn 18:1-10/ Col 1:24-28/Lk 10:38-42 When Jesus visited the sisters of Lazarus, only Martha was busy preparing things for the Lord. Mary was there at the feet of Jesus, listening to the words of the...

The Cleansing Of The Lepers

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle C/Year II (October 9, 2016) 2 Kgs 5:14-17/2 Tim 2:8-13/ Lk 17: 11-19 Journeying to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled through Samaria and Galilee. In a village, He was met by ten lepers asking Him for His mercy. The merciful Lord immediately...

The Parable Of The Persistent Widow

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle C/Year II (October 16, 2016) Ex 17:8-13/2 Tim 3:14-4, 2/ Lk 18:1-8 The widow was the symbol of all who were poor and defenseless, as commented by Barclay, a biblical expert, while the judge was a pagan judge who...

Simon The Pharisee And The Sinful Woman

Philippine Independence Day ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Green) Cycle C/ Year I (June 12, 2016) Jesus was invited for a dinner by Simon the Pharisee. During dinner, a woman went to Jesus and bathed Jesus’ feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair, kissed them...