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Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord – A

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord – A

Readings: Dn 7: 9-10, 13-14; Ps 97: 1-2, 5-6, 9; 2 Pt 1: 16-19; Mt 17: 1-9 Transfigure us, O Lord! I’m sure you are familiar with this expression: ‘No pain, no gain; no thorn, no crown; no suffering, no … Continue reading

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: 1 Kgs 3: 5. 7-12; Ps 119: 57, 72, 76-77, 127-130; Rom 8: 28-30; Mt 13: 44-52 “LORD, YOU ARE MY GREATEST TREASURE!” A story is told of a teacher who asked a class of students, “What would you … Continue reading

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Wis 12: 13, 16-19; Ps 86: 5-6, 9-10, 15-16; Rom 8: 26-27; Mt 13: 24-43 “LORD, YOU ARE GOOD AND FORGIVING.” There is the story of a young lady who was a bright student. Unfortunately, she did not have … Continue reading

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Is 55: 10-11; Ps 65: 10, 11-14 (Lk 8:8); Rom 8: 18-23; Mt 13: 1-23 THE SEED IS THE WORD OF GOD, CHRIST IS THE SOWER ALL WHO COME TO HIM WILL HAVE LIFE FOREVER. The First Reading is … Continue reading

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Zech 9:9-10; Ps 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14; Rom 8:9, 11-13; Mt 11:25-30 Know Christ and you will know rest. No Christ and there will be no rest! … In this life or the one to come! A man had a … Continue reading

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: 2 Kgs 4:8–11, 14–16; Ps 89:2–3,16–19; Rom 6:3–4,8–11; Mt 10:37–42 A CHOSEN RACE, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION! A young man who had been raised as an atheist was training to be an Olympic diver. The only religious … Continue reading

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Jer 20:10-13; Ps 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35; Rom 5:12-15; Mt 10:26-33 “Be not afraid! Your Father cares for you!” Biologists say that fear is not only a universal emotion but the first of emotions to be developed in man … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – A

Readings: Deut 8:2-3, 14-16; Ps 147:12-15, 19-20; 1 Cor 10:16-17; Jn 6:51-58 THE EUCHARIST IS JESUS! “Always remain close to the Catholic Church, because it alone can give you true peace, since it alone possesses Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, … Continue reading

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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – A

Readings: Ex 34:4-6, 8-9; Dan 3:52-56; 2 Cor 13:11-13; Jn 3:16-18 IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON AND OF THE THE HOLY SPIRIT The TRINITY is one of the most basic doctrines of our Christian faith. When we … Continue reading

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Pentecost Sunday – A

Readings: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104:1,24,29-31,34; 1 Cor 12:3-7,12-13; Jn 20:19-23 “Come, Holy Spirit! Live in me and in all of us as you lived in Mary and the Apostles.” Today is “Pentecost Sunday,” the fiftieth day after the Resurrection. On … Continue reading

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Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord – A

Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9; Eph 1:17-23; Mt 28:16-20 His Ascension is not His Separation from His People, but the Ascension of His Throne and the Beginning of His reign as Head of the Church. When you try … Continue reading

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Sixth Sunday of Easter – A

Readings: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Ps 66:1-7, 16, 20; 1 Pt 3:15-18; Jn 14:15-21 ALIVE IN THE SPIRIT Speaking to a large audience, Bishop Fulton Sheen, held up a glass and asked, “How can I get the air out of this … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday of Easter – A

Readings: Acts 6:1-7; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19; 1 Pt 2:4-9; Jn 14:1-12 “I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE CAN COME TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.” During the 2nd World War, in Malaya, a … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Easter – A

Readings: Acts 2:14, 36-41; Ps 23:1-6; 1 Pt 2:20-25; Jn 10:1-10 GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY “The Lord is your shepherd; don’t ever say “I am lost”. He leads you to green pastures; don’t ever say “I am broke”. Let the weak … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Easter – A

Readings: Acts 2:14,22-28; Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-11; 1 Pt 1:17-21; Lk 24:13-35 THE EMMAUS JOURNEY: Talking, Walking, Sharing and Knowing. I read about a minister who was given the honor of preaching at an important meeting of his denomination. Just … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) – A

Readings: Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; 1 Pt 1:3-9; Jn 20:19-31 He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of the Lord

Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9 JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN, INDEED, TO DIE NO MORE! ALLELUIA! Today is Easter Sunday, and on this feast day we joyfully celebrate the glorious Resurrection … Continue reading

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Good Friday – A

Readings: Is 52:13—53:12; Ps 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25; Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9; Jn 18:1—19:42 HIS DESTINY WAS THE CROSS HIS PURPOSE WAS LOVE HIS REASON WAS YOU “It is finished’; and he bowed his head and handed over his … Continue reading

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Holy Thursday – A

Readings: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Jn 13:34; Jn 13:1-15 LOVE cannot remain by itself- it has no meaning. LOVE has to be put into action and that action is SERVICE – Mother Teresa- Evening … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday – A

Readings: Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24; Phil 2:6-11; Mt 27:11-54 HOSANNA TO THE KING OF KINGS! After five and a half weeks of preparation, we now enter into the climax of the Lenten season viz. Holy Week, the chief … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday of Lent – A

Readings: Ezek 37:12-14; Ps 130:1-8; Rom 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45 Everybody has troubles but not everybody has JESUS. JESUS MAKES THE DIFFERENCE I dreamed that I went to heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Lent – A

Readings: 1 Sam 16:1b,6-7,10-13a; Ps 23:1-6; Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 Little Faith will bring your Soul to Heaven, But Great Faith will bring Heaven to your Soul. The Fourth Sunday of Lent customarily is called “Laetare Sunday,” and it takes … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Lent – A

Readings: Ex 17:3-7; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Rom 5:1-2, 5-8; Jn 4:5-15,19-26,39-42 LIKE THE WOMAN AT THE WELL, WE ARE SEEKING- FOR THINGS THAT CANNOT SATISFY Many of you might still remember the hollywood Marilyn Monroe of the 1950s? Monroe had … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Lent – A

Readings: Gen 12:1-4; Ps 33:4-5,18-20, 22; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Mt 17:1-9 “IT’S BETTER HIGHER UP!” There is a story told of a certain woman who was always bright, cheerful and optimistic, even though she was confined to her room because … Continue reading

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First Sunday of Lent – A

Readings: Gen 2:7-9; 3:1-7; Ps 51:3-6; 12-14,17; Rom 5:12-19; Mt 4:1-11 One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. The story is told of a pastor who was asked … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday – A

Readings: Jl 2:12-18; Ps 51; 2 Cor 5:20—6:2; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18 If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. In our fast-paced world, it is always a challenge to focus on our spiritual lives and the discipline required … Continue reading

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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Is 49:14–15; Ps 62:2–3, 6–9; 1 Cor 4:1–5; Mt 6:24–24 “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow; it only saps today of its joy.” — Leo Buscaglia The readings of today IS A STRONG CHALLENGE to the lifestyle that … Continue reading

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Is 58:7-10; Ps 112:4-9; 1 Cor 2:1-5; Mt 5:13-16 “BE HOLY AS I AM HOLY” Why Go to Church? A church goer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to … Continue reading

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Sir 15:15-20; Ps 119:1–2, 4–5, 17–18, 33–34; 1Cor2:6-10; Mt 5:17-37 The New Covenant is a Law that God Writes on the Heart It once happened that two sinners visited a holy man and asked his advice. ” We have … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Is 58:7-10; Ps 112:4-9; 1 Cor 2:1-5; Mt 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.” We were moving to a new state after my husband had been out of work for many … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Zeph 2:3; 3:12-13; Ps 146:6-10; 1 Cor 1:26-31; Mt 5:1-12 “Happy is the man who trusts in the Lord!” All the Scripture Readings of today speak about how to achieve true and lasting happiness which comes from God, and … Continue reading

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Is 8:23–9:3; I Cor 1:10-13, 17; Mt 4:12-23 The World calls the Qualified, but God qualifies the Called! A story is told that one day a middle-aged, single woman came to see a holy old priest to confide to … Continue reading

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Solemnity of Our Lady of Arabia

Readings: Is 60:1-6; Ps 71: 1-2, 7-8, 10-13; Rom 12:9-16; Lk 1:45 QUEEN OF ARABIA! QUEEN OF PEACE! Our Lady of Arabia is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding a scapular and the Child Jesus as … Continue reading

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Epiphany of the Lord – A

Readings: Is 60: 1-6; Ps 72: 1-2, 7-8. 10-13; Eph 3: 2-3, 5-6; Mt 2: 1-12 COME, LET US ADORE HIM! A survey was made among school children asking the question why they enjoyed reading Harry Potter novels and watching … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God – A

Readings: Nm 6: 22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Gal 4: 4-7; Lk 2: 16-21 “A NEW BEGINNING FOR A NEW YEAR!” A story is told that at the beginning of a new year, a high school principal decided to … Continue reading

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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – A

Readings: Sir 3: 2-6, 12-14 or Col 3: 12-21; Ps 128: 1-5; Mt 2: 13-15, 19-23 THE HOLY FAMILY, A MODEL FOR EVERY FAMILY A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson. The … Continue reading

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Readings: Is 52:7-10; Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN Recognizing Jesus One of my favorite Christmas stories is about the old shoe cobbler who dreamed one Christmas Eve that Jesus would … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Advent – A

Readings: Is 7:10-14; Ps 24:1-6; Rom 1:1-7; Mt 1:18-2 HERE I AM, I COME TO OBEY YOUR WILL, O GOD! Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent – the final Sunday before Christmas. Christmas is only a few days away … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Advent – A

Readings: Is 35:1-6,10; Ps 146:6-10; Jam 5:7-10; Mt 11:2-11 “REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS! THE LORD IS NEAR.” When Einstein fled Nazi Germany, he came to America and bought an old two-story house within walking distance of Princeton University. There … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Advent – A

Readings: Is 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Rom 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12 “PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE STRAIGHT HIS PATHS.” Once, when a conference of ministers was held in a certain town, a certain old preacher sat quietly … Continue reading

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First Sunday of Advent – A

Readings: Is 2:1-5; Ps 122:1-9; Rom 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44 COME, LET US WALK IN THE LIGHT OF THE LORD! Today we begin a new Liturgical Year and indeed, it is the First Sunday of Advent. Here we go again! Another … Continue reading

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Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Readings: 2 Sam 5:1-3; Ps 122:1-5; Col 1:12-20; Lk 23:35-43 Christus Vincit. Christus Regnat. Christus Imperat. Christ conquers. Christ reigns. Christ commands. Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He … Continue reading

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Mal 3:19-20a; Ps 98:5-6, 7-8, 9; 2 Thes 3:7-12; Lk 21:5-19 OUR REDEMPTION IS NEAR With just one week left to come to the end of the Church’s liturgical calendar, (Year C), and about six weeks to draw the … Continue reading

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: 2 Mac 7:1-2, 9-14; Ps 17:1,5-6,8,15; 2 Thes 2:16-3:5; Lk 20:27-38 THE RESSURECTION GIVES MY LIFE MEANING, DIRECTION AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO START OVER A memo from God to You: I am God. Today I will be handling all … Continue reading

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The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

Readings: Wis 3:1-9; Ps 23:1-3, 3-6; Rom 5:5-11; Jn 6:37-40 Come, you who are blessed by my Father; Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Today I am going to tell you something that ought … Continue reading

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Solemnity of All Saints

Readings: Rev 7:2-4, 9-14; Ps 24:1-6; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12 Rejoice and be Glad, for your Reward will be Great in Heaven! Today’s solemnity commemorates every Saint, known and unknown. To better understand the significance of All Saints’ Day, … Continue reading

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Wis 11, 22-12, 2; Ps: 144, 1-2. 11-14; 2 Thes 1, 11-2, 2; Lk 19, 1-10 Scrutinized by People, But Admired by God   Jon Pedley lived the life of a swinging millionaire until an alcohol-fueled car accident in … Continue reading

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C (Mission Sunday)

Readings: Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; Ps 34:2-3,17-19, 23; 2 Tim 4:6-8,16-18; Lk 18:9-14 THE HUMBLE WILL BE EXALTED A man received a promotion to the position of Vice President of the company he worked for. The promotion went to his head, … Continue reading

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Ex 17:8-13; Ps 121:1-8; 2 Tim 3:14-4:2; Lk 18:1-8 “We must pray with our eyes on God… not on the difficulties.” — Oswald Chambers God only gives three answers to prayer: 1. Yes! 2. Not yet. 3. I have … Continue reading

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: 2 Kgs 5:14-17; Ps 98:1-4; 2 Tim 2:8-13; Lk 17:11-19 “Each grateful thought we hold is a healing balm that transforms our lives” A poor woman would always sit among others in a certain market place selling bunches of … Continue reading

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