The Magi and Their Gifts

The Church celebrates the feast of epiphany today. However, in countries where this feast is not a holy day of obligation, it is celebrated on the Sunday occurring between 2 and 8 January. Epiphany is one of the beautiful feasts that highlight the joys and mysteries of Christmas. Giving Christmas is essentially the feast of…

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Power of Positivity

Today’s gospel centers on a paralyzed man who was healed by Jesus. This man could no longer help himself. He depended on others even for his miserable life. It seemed like there was no more hope for him. However, some men, perhaps his relatives and friends, refused to give up on him. They remained positive…

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The Sacrifice of Praise

In his closing words in the epistle to the Romans, Paul writes: “Give glory therefore to him through Jesus Christ for ever and ever. Amen.” The psalmist picks it up from here in the responsorial psalm and blesses the name of the Lord. He uses these beautiful words; “I will bless you day after day…

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The Golden Rule

The anger of Jonah in today’s first reading is palpitating and smoking. He is enraged to the point of death. Why? He preached the Word of God to the people of Nineveh, and they turned to God, abandoning their evil ways. God then showed them his loving mercy and compassion. For these reasons, Jonah became…

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The Most Important Part of the Body

I remembered an impressive story told by Saji Anthony as I was reflecting on the gospel of today. I thought that it could help transmit the lesson from the encounter between Jesus on the one hand and the Pharisees, the scribes and a man with a withered hand on the other. A mother asked her…

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Heaven is the Prize

We perhaps remember this ancient hymn: Yes, Heaven is the prize! When sorrows press around, Look up beyond the skies Where hope and strength are found. Ref. Tis Heaven!—’tis Heaven!—yes, Heaven is the prize! The feast of transfiguration reminds us of the amazing glory that awaits us. After the painful phase of the process of…

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A Call Ringing Over The Restless Waves

A group of people praying

As I read today’s gospel, I came across the statement, “And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd.” I remembered a song we used to sing in the seminary. There’s a call comes ringing over the restless wave “Send the light!…

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I Am Sorry!

A person comforting a young man

The 3-word expression “I am sorry” can be magical in its accomplishments. It has the power of music and can calm frayed nerves and sooth wounded heart. Like balm, it can console a troubled spirit and heal a bruised ego. “I am sorry” can neutralize heated tempers and blunt the edges of repercussions of misdemeanors…

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The Power of Love

Photo describing love by the Good Samaritan

Christianity is the most beautiful religion that has ever existed on earth. Only this religion has the ability to liberate our world from the stranglehold of evil. Only its principles and basic message can truly set both humanity and nature free from the pangs of wickedness that overshadows them. For only Christianity is the religion…

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Sorrow in the Night but Joy in the Morning

A rolling stone depicting the tomb of Christ

The tomb is empty. He is risen. The angels testify. Mary joyfully encounters Him, the Rabbuni. This is an incredible testimony to the fact that a long and rough night will eventually metamorphose into a bright joyful morning. For no human condition is permanent. “Everything gives way and nothing stays fixed”, says the philosopher Heraclitus.…

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