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The Tree of Life
Saturday, 29 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Tree of Life

Reading I: Revelation 22:1-7
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 95:1-2,6-7ab
Gospel Reading: Luke 21:34-36

The last page of the Apocalypse leaves us with the memory of five things:

the river of life-giving water
the tree of life
the …

The Thousand Year Reign
Friday, 28 Nov, 2008 – 1:41 | No Comment
The Thousand Year Reign

Reading I: Revelation 20:1-4,11 — 21:2
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 84:3-6,8
Gospel Reading: Luke 21:29-33

Here is another controverted passage in John’s Apocalypse.  It is difficult chiefly because of the mention of a thousand year …

Babylon the Whore
Thursday, 27 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Babylon the Whore

Reading I: Revelation 18:1-2,21-23; 19:1-3,9
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5
Gospel Reading: Luke 21:20-28

The high point of the series of frames depicting the last judgment is the Fall of the whore …

The Sea of Glass
Wednesday, 26 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Sea of Glass

Reading I: Revelation 15:1-14
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 98:1,9
Gospel Reading:  Luke 21:12-19

The image of the sea purified and turned into glass or becomes crystalline is an image of the Primordial Sea, the Enemy of God, …

Harvest Time
Tuesday, 25 Nov, 2008 – 17:12 | No Comment
Harvest Time

Reading I:  Revelation 14:14-19
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 96:10,13
Gospel Reading:  Luke 21:5-11

Revelation 14:14-19 is a transition scene that prepares for the judgment scene that follows in Rev. 15-16 which prepares for the great announcement of the …

To Wait for the Lord
Monday, 24 Nov, 2008 – 0:22 | No Comment
To Wait for the Lord

Advent Year B usually comes up with a gospel selection that summarizes the three or four last Sundays of the previous liturgical year which highlight the Church’s duty to wait for the Lord by …

The Lamb’s Elite
Monday, 24 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Lamb’s Elite

Reading I: Revelation 14:1-5
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 24:1-2,5-6
Gospel Reading: Luke 21:1-4


144000 and the Lamb
In Revelation 14:1, John presents a scene that contrasts with that of the Beast and its adherents. The Lamb …

Behold My Two Witnesses
Saturday, 22 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Behold My Two Witnesses

Reading I:  Revelation 11:4-12
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 144:1,9-10
Gospel Reading: Luke 20:27-40

One of the more boggling prophecies in the book of Revelation are the two witnesses?  Who are they exactly?  Below are some …

The Little Scroll
Friday, 21 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Little Scroll

Reading I: Revelation 10:8-11
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 119:14,131
Gospel Reading:  Luke 19:45-58

From the previous selection (5:1-10), we jump five chapters.  The seventh seal has been opened and seven trumpets have sounded with their corresponding events.  If …

The Reign of the Lamb
Thursday, 20 Nov, 2008 – 18:48 | No Comment
The Reign of the Lamb

Reading I: Revelation 5:1-10
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 149:1-2,9
Gospel Reading: Luke 19:41-44

The liturgical scenario that immediately begins after John’s description of the the center of power unfolds in dialogue form after a scroll is presented by …

The True Center of Power
Wednesday, 19 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
The True Center of Power

Reading I: Revelation 4:1-11
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 150:1-2,5-6
Gospel Reading: Luke 19:11-28

Revelation 4:1-11 opens up the series of visions that are intended for the seven churches which have been admonished and exhorted to …

The White Garment and a Victory Dinner
Tuesday, 18 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
The White Garment and a Victory Dinner

Reading I: Revelation 3:1-6,14-22
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 15:2-3,5
Gospel Reading:  Luke 19:1-10


The selection from the cover letters to Sardis and Laodicea are now presented.  The selection from the letter to Laodicea is well-known, especially because of the …

You Have Grown Cold
Monday, 17 Nov, 2008 – 23:06 | No Comment
You Have Grown Cold

Reading I: Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 1:1-2,6
Gospel Reading:  Luke 18:35-43

Today we begin the lectio cursiva of the Revelation to John.  The book is known by another name, "Apocalypse" which is based on the …

The Letter to Philemon
Thursday, 13 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Letter to Philemon

Reading I:  Philemon 7-20
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 146:7,9-10
Gospel Reading: Luke 17:20-25

Paul’s letter to Philemon is so short that it lends itself easily to sentence flows.  I usually give it as an example of a Pauline …

The Bathe of Rebirth and the Christian in the World
Wednesday, 12 Nov, 2008 – 21:59 | No Comment
The Bathe of Rebirth and the Christian in the World

Reading I: Titus 3:1-7
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 23:1-3,5-6
Gospel Reading: Luke 17:11-19

It is interesting how the Christian’s baptism empowers him to be a leaven for society.  Note how 2:11-14 and 3:4-7 on the one hand and 2:14c …

Sound Doctrine and Good Example
Tuesday, 11 Nov, 2008 – 14:35 | No Comment
Sound Doctrine and Good Example

Reading I: Titus 2:1-8.11-14
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 37:3-4,18 and 23, 27 and 29
Gospel Reading: Luke 17:7-10

"Sound doctrine" is here used in its more original connotation, not as a set of teachings to know, …

Great God and Savior
Monday, 10 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Great God and Savior

Reading I: Titus 1:1-9
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 24:1-2,5-6
Gospel Reading:  Luke 17:1-6

The Letters to Timothy and Titus are transition points in the history of the early church for here we find Paul the apostle …

Tell The World Of His Love
Sunday, 9 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Tell The World Of His Love

The video contains some footages from the World Youth Day 1995 held in Manila and the lyrics of the theme song.

Revelation 22:1-7View in: NAB NIV KJV NJB Vulg Greek1And he showed me a river of …

Of Gifts and the Gospel
Saturday, 8 Nov, 2008 – 1:13 | No Comment
Of Gifts and the Gospel

Reading I: Philippians 4:10-19
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 112:1-2,8-9
Gospel Reading: Luke 16:9-15

One can catalogue this selection from Paul in quite a number of ways. 

gratitude for help received in ministry  Philippians 4:10
biographical …

Their Glory is their Shame
Friday, 7 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Their Glory is their Shame

Reading I:  Philippians 3:17-21; 4:1
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 122:1-2,4-5
Gospel Reading: Luke 16:1-8

Who was Paul talking about when he says "their glory is their shame?"  The context suggests that these same people are …

Loss and Gain
Thursday, 6 Nov, 2008 – 15:09 | No Comment
Loss and Gain

Reading I:  Philippians 3:3-8
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 105:2-3,6-7
Gospel Reading: Luke 15:1-10

Anyone who thinks that this particular selection from Paul’s letter to the Philippians is about spiritual circumcision is wrong, even if circumcision …

Fear and Trembling
Wednesday, 5 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment
Fear and Trembling

Reading I:  Philippians 2:12-18
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 27:1,13-14
Gospel Reading:  Luke 14:25-33


The above image is a detail of Caravaggio’s depiction of the Old Testament scene where Abraham is stopped from sacrificing his son Isaac.  The angel …

Tuesday, 4 Nov, 2008 – 0:00 | No Comment

Reading I: Philippians 2:5-11
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 22:26-27,31-32
Gospel Reading: Luke 14:15-24

Paul admonishes the Philippians to take on the humility of Christ who though equal to God emptied himself and took on the …

Trust In The Lord
Monday, 3 Nov, 2008 – 21:46 | No Comment
Trust In The Lord

Reading I:  Philippians 2:1-4
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 131:1,2-3
Gospel Reading: Luke 14:12-14

Psalm 131 is a very short psalm that lends itself easily to analysis and interpretation.  Take note of the following types of parallelism
1.  Synonimous parallels
2.  …

Purgatory and Scriptures
Sunday, 2 Nov, 2008 – 8:35 | No Comment
Purgatory and Scriptures

A video — actually a powerpoint presentation turned into a video — that shows how purgatory is based not on one bible passage but on many that when reflected on brings out the reality of …