The Life of Discipleship

Today the Church commemorates St Dominic, the founder of the Dominican Order popularly known as Order of Preachers. Dominic was a great preacher and pious religious priest who led many souls to piety and to religious life. My reflection comes from the readings suggested for today’s Memorial (1 Cor 2:1-10; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10;…

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Assurance of Peace to Those Who Trust in God

Assurance of Peace to Those Who Trust in God

The first reading of today from the prophecy of Hosea 14:2-10 presents us with a call to repentance, namely, amending what is not straight in one’s life and/or at least taking note of them. The gospel from Matthew 10:16-23 offers us insights on radical trust in divine providence – something that becomes meaningful daily as…

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The Problem of ‘Othering’

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Jeremiah and Jesus Judged and Condemned We are drawing closer to the end of the Lenten season and nearing the Holy Week when we recall Jesus’ perseverance in doing the will of God. In addition to the works of penance, prayer, and almsgiving, we are challenged by the readings occurring at this period to reflect…

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Forgive Others Their Transgressions

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Today’s gospel (Mt 6:7-15) presents us with the charge to forgive others their transgressions. It is said that forgiveness is divine because it is seemingly not in the nature of human beings to let go of hurts done to them by others. The normal human instinct would be to retaliate – to take our own…

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Believing the Right Way

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In today’s readings (1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30; Mk 7:1-13), we are faced with two traditions that present varied patterns of ways of living out the faith. In the first reading, Solomon presents us with ardent faith that is concretized in a life of prayer backed up by humility. The gestures of Solomon expose much of…

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Finding Fulfillment in One’s Calling

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John the Baptist as the Forerunner of Jesus Today’s Gospel (Jn 3:22-30) demonstrates the transition from the ministry of John the Baptist to that of Jesus. And offers some intriguing points about Jesus’ ministry and the role of John as the forerunner of Jesus. The encounter that took place between John the Baptist and his…

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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“Be it done unto me according to your Word” Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Feast centers on the fulfilment of God’s plans for the redemption of humankind. Mary, destined to be the Mother of Jesus the redeemer of humanity, was preserved from every stain…

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Be On Your Guard Against Sin

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Temptations To Sin When I returned to my religious community at the completion of my studies, I faced a lot of personal challenges. Being scholarly well-informed about the renewals and reforms that have taken place in Catholicism, and schooled in the intellectual movements of modernity and enlightenment, I became critical of many things. I saw…

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