Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness

GOD FIRST

THEME: GOD FIRST READINGS: Deut. 26: 4 – 10/ Rom. 10:8-13/ Luke 4: 1 – 13 1st Sunday of Lent On this very first Sunday of Lent, the Word of God reminds us that God is first and he must be first in our lives!  So, beloved, if God is not holding the unique first…

FISHERS OF SOULS

THEME: FISHERS OF SOULS READINGS: Isaiah 6: 1-8/ 1 Cor. 15: 1-11/ Luke 5: 1-11 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time “Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will become a fisher of men.’  Then, bringing their boats back to land they left everything and followed him” (Lk. 5:10-11).  The urgency…

CREATED AND REDEEMED TO LOVE

THEME: CREATED AND REDEEMED TO LOVE READINGS: Jeremiah 1: 4-5, 17-19/ 1 Cor. 12: 31-13:13/ Luke 4: 21-30 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time The message of the Lord to the prophet Jeremiah is to all of us: ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you’ (Jer. 1:4).  Beloved, we have been created not…

Sermon on the Mount

PROCLAIMING THE WORD OF GOD

THEME: PROCLAIMING THE WORD OF GOD READINGS: Nehemiah 8: 2-6, 8-10/ Psalm 19/1 Cor. 12: 12-30/ Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Beloved, in the first reading the people of God assembled for hours listening to His Word.  And in the gospel reading, Jesus Christ read from the book of the prophet Isaiah…

THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

THEME: THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST READINGS: Isaiah 43:1-7/ Acts 8:14-17/ Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Feast of the Baptism of the Lord We sometimes wonder why Jesus Christ (divine and sinless) had to go in for the baptism (by John the Baptist) which was meant for repentance.  In fact, John himself initially resisted baptizing…

WHAT SHALL I RENDER THE LORD?

THEME: WHAT SHALL I RENDER THE LORD? READINGS: Isaiah 60:1-6/ Eph. 3: 2-3, 5-6/ Matthew 1:1-12 SOLEMN FEAST OF EPIPHANY Many of us are familiar with the verse from the Psalm 116 which says: ‘What shall I render the Lord for His goodness to me?’ (vr. 12).  Certainly aware of the Lord’s gracious gift of…

infant Jesus

CHRISTMAS – THE FEAST OF GIFTS

READINGS: Isaiah 52:7-10/ Heb. 1:1-6/ John 1:1-18 THEME: CHRISTMAS – THE FEAST OF GIFTS CHRISTMAS HOMILY Christmas is a feast of gifts:  God has given us the most precious gift in his only Son, Jesus, born in Bethlehem; and we, in turn, in appreciation to and in emulation of him, give gifts to others. Beloved,…

Christ is born

BETHLEHEM

READINGS: Micah 5:1-4/ Ps. 80/ Heb. 10:5-10/ Luke 1:39-45 THEME: BETHLEHEM 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT None of us determined where he/she was born, but some parents may plan and determine the exact places of birth of their children. Some young women of developing countries even travel abroad to give birth, so that their children could…

Sermon on the Mount

REJOICE

READINGS: Zeph. 3:14-18/ Resp. Ps [Is. 12: 2-6]/ Phil. 4: 4-7/ Lk. 3:10-18 THEME: REJOICE 3rd Sunday of Advent A theme which runs through the readings is ‘Rejoice!’ The first reading says: ‘Shout for joy …Rejoice, exult with all your heart’! The responsorial psalm says: ‘Sing and shout for joy, for great in your midst…