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A Letter to Friends
Friday, 31 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
A Letter to Friends

Reading I: Philippians 1:1-11
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 111:1-2,5-6
Gospel Reading: Luke 14:1-6

The Philippian community was one of Paul’s favorite communities, if not the favorite.  One can immediately feel it from the opening lines.  …

Ready for Battle
Thursday, 30 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | One Comment
Ready for Battle

Reading I: Ephesians 6:10-20
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 144:1,9-10
Gospel Reading:  Luke 13:31-35

Ephesians 6:10-20 is one of those passages we are reminded in the rite of confirmation when the bishop tells us that by the …

The Christian Household
Wednesday, 29 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | One Comment
The Christian Household

Reading I: Ephesians 6:1-9
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 145:10-11,13-14
Gospel Reading:  Luke 13;22-30

After Paul admonishes husbands and wives to love one another in the way that Christ loves his Church, he moves on to parent-children and master-slave …

The Word of God in Creation
Tuesday, 28 Oct, 2008 – 0:38 | No Comment
The Word of God in Creation

Feast of Simon and Jude, Apostles

Reading I: Ephesians 2:19-22
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 19:2-3,4-5
Gospel Reading:  Luke 6:12-16

Psalm 19 is most often used as the responsorial psalm for the feast of an apostle.  It is a psalm …

Summary: Message of the Synod 2008
Monday, 27 Oct, 2008 – 11:00 | 2 Comments
Summary: Message of the Synod 2008

The Message of the Synod of Bishops 2008 on The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church is accompanied by the following synthesis, also prepared by Card. Gianfranco Ravasi and …

Be Imitators of God
Monday, 27 Oct, 2008 – 9:48 | No Comment
Be Imitators of God

Reading I: Ephesians 4:32-5:8
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 1:1-2,6
Gospel Reading:  Luke 13:10-17

Click on the image above to see a larger image of the text of Ephesians 4:32-5-9.  There are three sections in the selection with the …

Recovered Blogs
Sunday, 26 Oct, 2008 – 0:22 | No Comment
Recovered Blogs

This is probably the third time that I am making available the blogs of AgustinongPinoy between the years 2004 and 2005. These are the same blogs that included articles about the Iglesya Ni Kristo ni …

A Shower of Gifts for the Building up of the Church
Saturday, 25 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
A Shower of Gifts for the Building up of the Church

Reading I: Ephesians 4:7-16
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 122:1-2,4-5
Gospel Reading:Luke 13:1-9


Communion is not just being together, it is building-up the Church that it may grow to maturity.  And building-up the Church means investing …

Being Church and Communion
Friday, 24 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Being Church and Communion

Reading I: Ephesians 4:1-6
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 24:1-2,5-6
Gospel Reading: Luke 12:54-59

At the head of Paul’s moral teaching in the letter to the Galatians, is his exhortation to communion.  Take note of the …

Paul’s Prayer
Thursday, 23 Oct, 2008 – 1:04 | No Comment
Paul’s Prayer

Reading I: Ephesians 3:14-21
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 33:1-2,18-19
Gospel Reading:  Luke 12:49-53


Paul prays for strength to be granted the Ephesians.  It is the strength that comes from the indwelling of Christ through faith and …

Draw From The Waters of Salvation
Wednesday, 22 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Draw From The Waters of Salvation

Reading I: Ephesians 3:2-12
Resp. Psalm:  Isaiah 12:2-3,4.5-6
Gospel Reading:  Luke 12:39-48

Isaiah 12 is the cry of thanksgiving for the day of the Messiah prophesied in Isaiah 11.  The root of Jesse whose growth will usher …

Tuesday, 21 Oct, 2008 – 17:49 | No Comment

If you would like to be updated on the goings on at the Synod on the Word of God, go to http://www.scripturesynod.com.  It is a resource site that Jeff Cavins — remember him? — …

A New Creation in Christ
Tuesday, 21 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
A New Creation in Christ

Reading I:  Ephesians 2:12-22
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 85:9-10,13-14
Gospel Reading: Luke 12:35-38


Ephesians 2:12-22 continues from yesterday’s selection.  I have chosen Cerezo’s illustration for All Saints’ day as the passage’s pictorial application.  The image …

Saved By Grace
Monday, 20 Oct, 2008 – 2:39 | One Comment
Saved By Grace

In this selection from the first reading of the day1, St. Paul describes how the Ephesian community has become "His handiworks", God’s poemata (Ephesians 2:10), created in Christ, made for good works so as …

And He Sent Another Seventy-Two
Saturday, 18 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
And He Sent Another Seventy-Two

Reading I: 2 Timothy 4:10-17
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 145:10-11,17-18
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:1-9

Luke 10:1-24 is anticipated in 9:52 by the messengers ( aggelouV) that Jesus sends ahead of him to Jerusalem. The unit …

Predestined To Share In His Glory
Friday, 17 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | One Comment
Predestined To Share In His Glory

Reading I: Ephesians 1:11-14
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 33:1-2,12-13
Gospel Reading: Luke 12:1-7


It is narrated that the Devil tried to tempt St. Theresa of Avila.  He caught her while she was in the comfort room sitting on …

A Waterfall of Graces
Thursday, 16 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
A Waterfall of Graces

Reading I: Ephesians 1:1-10
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 98:1,5-6
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:47-54

Right at the beginning of his letter to the Ephesians, Paul explodes with a blessing, a berakah, to God who, he writes …

How To Read A Psalm?
Wednesday, 15 Oct, 2008 – 19:53 | No Comment
How To Read A Psalm?

"Parallelism and balance are two distinctive features of biblical poetry, " writes Laverdierre. These will be the topic of the present article. By using examples from the poetic sections of the Bible, I will …

Fruits of the Spirit
Wednesday, 15 Oct, 2008 – 3:56 | No Comment
Fruits of the Spirit

Reading I: Galatians 5:18-25
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 1:1-2,3-4.6
Gospel Reading:Luke 11:42-46


Galatians 5:18-25 must be understood within Paul’s earlier pronouncements about the Galatians having been freed by Christ for freedom (Galatians 5:1).  Their …

Inside The Cup
Tuesday, 14 Oct, 2008 – 0:38 | No Comment
Inside The Cup

Reading I: Galatians 5:1-6
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 119:41,47-48
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:37-41

There are three things about the way the evangelists portray the Pharisees that aid us in interpreting today’s gospel selection.

Pharisees are hypocrites.  …

Freedom’s Children
Monday, 13 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Freedom’s Children

Reading I: Galatians 4:22-24,31–5:1
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5a and 6-7
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:29-32

Paul explains the idea that the Galatian church has become children of Abraham. He had previously said that …

Come of Age
Saturday, 11 Oct, 2008 – 3:19 | One Comment
Come of Age

Reading I: Galatians 3:22-29
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 105:2-3,6-7
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:27-28

The day’s reading from the letter of Paul to the Galatians builds up from what has been stated about the freedom of …

Turning the Curse Around
Friday, 10 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Turning the Curse Around

Reading I: Galatians 3:7-14
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 111:1-2,5-6
Gospel: Luke 11:15-26

The Law’s Curse Turned Around

Christ ransomed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us,
for it is written, Cursed be everyone who …

Grace and Prayer
Thursday, 9 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Grace and Prayer

Reading I: Galatians 3:1-5
Resp. Psalm:  Luke 1:69-70,73
Gospel Reading:  Luke 11:5-13

Why Are The Psalms Numbered Differently?
Wednesday, 8 Oct, 2008 – 15:01 | No Comment
Why Are The Psalms Numbered Differently?

QuestionWhy is it that some psalms in the Jerusalem Bible have two sets of number: one that is normally printed and another that is in the margins? E.g., “Psalm 74″ in bold and then right …

Wednesday, 8 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | One Comment

Reading I: Galatians 2:1-2,7-14
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 117:1-2
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:1-4

Here is another post that incorporates the Pope’s catechesis about Paul. The readings for today reminded me of the catechesis so I …

Synod on the Word of God
Tuesday, 7 Oct, 2008 – 23:18 | No Comment
Synod on the Word of God

The Synod on the Word of God is underway.  It started on October 5 and will continue until the 26th of the month.  The attendance for the Synod is quite impressive.  H2O News provides the …

Sentence Flows: References from the Web
Tuesday, 7 Oct, 2008 – 0:15 | No Comment
Sentence Flows: References from the Web

The habit of studying the text using a diagramming method called "The Sentence Flow" is not my creation. Actually, I saw my first sentence flow on the note handouts of one of our seminarians. It …

To Be In Communion
Tuesday, 7 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
To Be In Communion

Reading I: Galatians 1:13-24
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 139:1-3,14-15
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:38-42

There was a time when it was considered "advanced" to think that Paul was the one who "invented" Christianity.  Even seminarians who …

Freedom to Love
Sunday, 5 Oct, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Freedom to Love

Reading I: Galatians 1:6-12
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 111:1-2,9-10
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:25-37

When I was still in high school, I first heard this passage from Paul used by a proselytizer to argue that Catholics have …