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December 21, 2018
4th Sunday of Advent It always seems that the couple days before Christmas there is this enormous tension and pressure. People are running around the stores getting their last minute gifts, your family might be preparing food for Christmas Eve dinner, or you are making sure...
John the Baptist
December 14, 2018
3rd Sunday of Advent Sometimes I read too quickly. Today as I was about to look over the readings before writing this, I got a few texts and emails all at once and got a bit distracted. So when I finally started reading the Gospel, my eyes saw something about cro...
Prepare the Way
December 08, 2018
2nd Sunday of Advent “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low.” The Christmas season affects me in a different way each year. Some years I feel incredibly prepare...
November 30, 2018
First Sunday of Advent Have you ever thought about how many signs you may run into in one day? There are signs at traffic lights that instruct drivers, pedestrians crossing the street. In school, we see different flyers and announcements on walls and bulletin boards. These sig...
The Feast of Christ the President?
November 21, 2018
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was great. Pretty standard; we had the usual: turkey, mashed potatoes, and avoidance of anything resembling a political conversation. I bet yours was much the same.&n...
November 16, 2018
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Our world loves to deal in seasons. Every sport has its season. Accountants have tax season. Office supply stores have back-to-school season. And of course the most culturally permeating season of all seasons, the Ch...
November 08, 2018
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time I have always loved pizza since the moment I set foot on this earth. I couldn’t imagine life without pizza. My life would be drastically different if I never tasted the cheesy delicacy. We all have something that we love that we can&...
Fear the Lord?
November 01, 2018
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Choice of words is important. I’m sure all of us have been in the position before where a remark has left our lips, only to be instantly regretted. “Wow, I should have phrased that differently.” You can a...
Pray Your Boldest Prayer
October 25, 2018
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time From the time we are young, our parents strive to teach us “good manners”. We start with the simple things like “please” and “thank you”, and as we grow we move on to more nuanced ideas. Always o...
Legends Never Die
October 19, 2018
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Football season is well underway. Baseball is days away from its grand finale. As I write this reflection, I’m watching the New York Knicks win their season opener, and I remember why Scripture is so relevant. What be...
One More Thing
October 12, 2018
28th Sunday of Ordinary Time “This sounds too good to be true, what’s the catch?” I often find myself thinking that way when I hear an ad for some product or another. I know that either the quality isn’t that great, or that there are so...
A Suitable Partner
October 04, 2018
27th Sunday of Ordinary Time Have you ever heard the expression, “Wow, he/she really married up!”? It means that someone’s husband or wife is way out of their league. That this spouse is so amazing, you wonder how on earth they ever ended up ...
The Person of Jesus
September 28, 2018
26th Sunday of Ordinary Time Have you ever thought about Jesus being fully human and fully divine? I often find myself thinking about Jesus in a divine sense being that he is the Son of God. Which, by the way, is 100% correct? But I remember a few years ago struggli...
They Just Don't Get It!
September 21, 2018
25th Sunday of Ordinary Time Have you even sat in class at school, maybe in Algebra or Geometry, and had the same concept explained to you a number of times, but it was still confusing and your brain just wasn’t getting it? That class was General Chemistry for me. I...
September 13, 2018
24th Sunday of Ordinary Time There is a battle that exists today in the world, but not in the traditional sense. Its arena is not isolated to one part of the world, nor is it fought across party lines. The weapons used are not guns, missiles, tanks, or submarines. This ba...
September 06, 2018
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time If you were asked to count all the blessings you have received from God in your life, you could probably fill up an entire notebook with your responses. You’d realize that you’re thankful for food, water, Netflix, indoor plumbin...
Disappointing Cookie Monstor
August 29, 2018
Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time My 2 year old son loves Cookie Monster. He has Cookie Monster pajamas, and every time he sees Cookie Monster while watching Sesame Street, he shoves imaginary cookies into his mouth and says “nom nom nom.” I thought...
Yankees vs. Red Sox
August 23, 2018
Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time My grandfather is a New York Yankees hater. It’s not even that he is a die-hard fan of another team. He probably watches the Yankees more often than any other team, but he roots for them to lose. When the Yankees los...
Bread from the...Philippines?
August 17, 2018
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Growing up in a Filipino household with Filipino parents, you get used to the dinner table always being filled with a feast whenever it’s dinner time. Whenever my friends or cousins are over, the first thing my parents do is ask them, &l...
August 09, 2018
Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time What comes to mind when you hear the word “imported”? For me the word “fancy” comes to mind. Someone who’s got some money in the bank might wear fine Italian fashions imported from Milan. If you...
I am the Bread of Life
August 03, 2018
Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time The Gospel reading this week takes place just after last week’s Gospel, the well-known story of how Jesus fed the crowd with just five loaves of bread and two fish. We may not know this part of the story as well, but it is actuall...
How Will We Feed Them?
July 26, 2018
Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time In real life, I’m a bit of a character. I love stories and plays. I love seeing a scene acted out before my eyes. So whenever I encounter a scripture passage with many characters, I ask myself, “Who am I in this scene? Who might ...
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