Reflections

Sunday Reflection: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

By Fray Alexus Mansueto, OAR / February 13, 2022 / Comments Off on Sunday Reflection: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord.” These are the words of the Prophet Jeremiah in our 1st Reading this Sunday who reminds us where true blessedness and hope is found. This is an invitation for us to examine ourselves of to whom we put entrust our lives.…

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Sunday Reflection: Feast of the Holy Family

By Fray Alexus Mansueto, OAR / December 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Sunday Reflection: Feast of the Holy Family

1st Reading      1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-282nd Reading     1 John 3:1-2, 21-24Gospel             Luke 2:41-52 Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. This celebration is very well connected with our celebration of Christmas. Here we celebrate the beauty of family life that God has planned from the beginning. In the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary,…

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Sunday Reflection: 4th Sunday of Advent, Cycle C

By Fray Alexus Mansueto, OAR / December 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Sunday Reflection: 4th Sunday of Advent, Cycle C

1st Reading      Micah 5:1-4a2nd Reading     Hebrews 10:5-10Gospel             Luke 1:39-45 As we are about to end the Advent Season, we are reminded of the right attitude of the one who waits for the coming of the Lord. The Gospel gives us the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the best model of how a Christian…

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Solidarity in the midst of a stronger storm

By Bro. Tagoy Jakosalem, OAR / December 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Solidarity in the midst of a stronger storm

It is not the usual Christmastime morning in the Philippines. Typhoon Rai, a super typhoon devastated the southern part of the country. Thousands of people have fled their homes and are now in evacuation centers. Churches and schools have opened their doors for evacuees. Churches are not only built for rituals, it is also meant…

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Sunday Reflection: 3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), Cycle C

By Fray Alexus Mansueto, OAR / December 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Sunday Reflection: 3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), Cycle C

1st reading       Zephaniah 3:14-18a2nd Reading     Philippians 4:4-7Gospel             Luke 3:10-18 The 3rd Sunday of Advent is a special day of rejoicing, hence the name Gaudete Sunday. This is a time for us to rejoice because the coming of the Lord is at hand. This Sunday, the readings are calling us to rejoice in the Lord. Advent…

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Sunday Reflection: 2nd Sunday of Advent, Cycle C

By Fray Alexus Mansueto, OAR / December 4, 2021 / Comments Off on Sunday Reflection: 2nd Sunday of Advent, Cycle C

1st Reading      Baruch 5:1-9 2nd Reading     Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11 Gospel             Luke 3:1-6 The voice of John in the desert calls us towards an authentic response to God who comes into our lives. The encounter of man with God calls towards conversion and rectification of self. “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths,”…

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Pursuing ecumenical dialogue in the synodal journey

By Bro. Tagoy Jakosalem, OAR / November 29, 2021 / Comments Off on Pursuing ecumenical dialogue in the synodal journey

Catholic faith communities must also see the ecumenical relevance of the synodal process The central theme of the synodal process points to communion—koinonia, a key element of ecumenism. The Roman Catholic faith communities must also see the ecumenical relevance of the synodal process, while it is important to deal first with the internal aspects of…

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Sunday Reflection: 1st Sunday of Advent, Cycle C

By Fray Alexus Mansueto, OAR / November 28, 2021 / Comments Off on Sunday Reflection: 1st Sunday of Advent, Cycle C

1st Reading      Jeremiah 33:14-162nd Reading     1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2Gospel             Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 This Sunday, we begin a new Liturgical Year. The Season of Advent reminds us of two things: first, the First Coming of Jesus or the Incarnation of God. Second, it reminds us also of Christ return in glory to judge the living and…

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Sunday Reflection: Solemnity of Christ the King, Cycle B

By Fray Alexus Mansueto, OAR / November 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Sunday Reflection: Solemnity of Christ the King, Cycle B

1st Reading      Daniel 7:13-14 2nd Reading     Revelation 1:5-8 Gospel             John 18:33b-37 Reflection: As we end the Liturgical Year, the last Sunday in Ordinary Time is the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King. As we end the year, we are reminded again by the Church that the sum of all our human experience should always end with the Kingship…

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Sunday Reflection: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

By Fray Alexus Mansueto, OAR / November 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Sunday Reflection: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

1st Reading      Daniel 12:1-32nd Reading     Hebrews 10:11-14, 18Gospel             Mark 13:24-32 As we are about end the Liturgical Year, our readings this Sunday invite us to re-examine our goals in life. Our lives are determined by the goal that we set. So, we have to be conscious of our choices. The Lord Jesus in our Gospel…

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