PASTOR'S CORNER

November 2020

Nov 20

SOLEMNITY OF THE CHRIST THE KING A20

On the Solemnity ofJesus Christ the King, the closing Sunday of the liturgical year, Matthew dramatically and graphically portrays (like a masterpiece) the eschatological scene of God’s final judgment. We have seen images, paintings, frescoes of the great last judgment and reminded of the scenario of Jesus appearing as the pantocrator...
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Nov 15

33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME A20

The parable of the talents is an extraordinary display of God confidently entrusting us the wealth of his kingdom, the treasures of his reign. The fact that the text has been placed in the 25th chapter of Matthew, towards the end of the gospel, powerfully depicts the religious conduct of a follower while awaiting the last judgment. While in the...
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Nov 10

PASTOR'S MUSINGS 111020

The feast of the dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica known as the Mother of all Churches is a celebration of the Universal Church honoring the residence of the Holy Father for many centuries as well as a reminder of the importance of visible churches: the beauty of the facade, the splendid interior, the magnificence of the...
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Nov 8

32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME A20

As the liturgical season slowly winds down, approaching the darkest moments of the pandemic and amid the stressful elections, today is a time to take a deep breath and dig deeper into the parable of the ten maidens, an inspiring story that takes us into the end of times, the age of fulfillment, the last things, and the heavenly dimension of...
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Nov 3

PASTOR'S MUSINGS 110320

The commemoration of the faithful departed brought tears to so many, myself included as we once again remember our dearly beloved who have gone before us in faith.  As you know, my hometown Virac in the island province of Catanduanes was recently hit by the strongest typhoon (hurricane/cyclone) on earth in record history in 2020. You...
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Nov 1

SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS

THE SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS is a special time to honor the canonized (those who have been officially put on the list), the official, the known whose entry into heaven is certain as well as the countless unknown whose lives have been singlehandedly devoted to Christ perhaps, deceased members of our families, relatives and friends who didn't...
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