The End of Time

The Destruction of the Temple My dear friends, today’s Gospel presents an interesting discussion about the temple of Jerusalem which was the pride of the Jews at the time of Jesus. They admired its magnificence especially the decorations which were of fine stonework of golden jewels and votive offerings. The Jews believed that it would…

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Urgent Call to Repentance

Jesus’ Stand on Good and Evil My dear friends, the Gospel today begins with two incidences of disasters that can challenge one’s faith and belief in God. This is because we normally have the wrong notion – as some of the Jews did at the time of Jesus – that material prosperity is a sign…

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The Power of Conscience

My dear friends, the gospel today is a very interesting one. It calls to mind the incident that happened between John the Baptist and Herod the Tetrarch. Herod put John in prison and later murdered him in favor of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for the condemnation of their adulterous acts. It seemed…

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Condemnation of Hypocrisy of Leaders

My dear friends, in the Gospel today, Matthew presents the first four of the seven ‘woes’ of Jesus against the Scribes and Pharisees. He criticizes them for their hypocrisy and deceptive life. Jesus repeatedly calls them ‘blind’, ‘hypocrites’, and ‘fools’ because of their lifestyle and their commitment in following not the spirit, but the letters…

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Divine Assurance

My dear friends, there is always divine assurance and reassurance in our relationship with God. He promised that he would not leave us orphans but would come to us in a little while (John 14:18). He speaks to us in various ways and means especially in our quiet moments. The first reading from the book…

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They Were Filled with the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit

‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem, but… to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 1: 8) My dear friends, today, the Church celebrates the solemnity of Pentecost. It is a prestigious feast that commemorates the official birthday of the…

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Warning About Persecution

Jesus Suffered on the Cross

My dear friends, on this memorial of Saint George, who suffered and died for the gospel, I reflect on the Lord Jesus’ suffering. Jesus suffered, died and rose. He has become a source of inspiration to us in our moments of suffering. Jesus Suffered The Lord Jesus suffered and died for our sake. Jesus died…

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Impatience: A Setback in Our SpirituaL Journey

My dear friends, the first reading of today from the book of Numbers 21:4-9 is revealing. It mirrors our behaviour sometimes toward God when we are in a fix. We often forget the goodness of the Lord when life is easy and smooth, only to remember him when life is challenging as it is evident…

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The Lord’s Prayer: A Guide to Our Prayer

Love for the Word

My dear friends, as we have entered the Lenten season, we should have an increased emphasis on prayer and Penance.  Today in the gospel of Matthew, Jesus sets the pace of prayer.  He gives the guide, a pattern and a model of prayer to his disciples when he said to them: “so you should pray like…

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