January 2017

Kung Hei Fat Choi!
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

The rooster crows hope

On the front page of this issue of the Sunday Examiner, Christian artist, Susan Chan Siu-chu, has painted a rooster crowing in the Lunar New Year. A new beginning has come.

In traditional agricultural society, the crow of the rooster at the crack of dawn awakens the farmer, signalling the beginning of a...

Tawag para sa Kabanalan at Kaligtasan!
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

Sa paglalakad ni Hesus sa tabi ng Lawa ng Galilea, nakita niya ang dalawang mangingisda, si Simon na tinatawag na Pedro, at ang kapatid niyang si Andres. Sila’y naghahagis ng lambat. Sinabi niya sa kanila, “Sumunod kayo sa akin, at gagawin ko kayong mamalakaya ng mga tao.” Noon di’y iniwan nila ang kanilang mga lambat at sumunod kay Hesus” (Mt. 4:18-20).


U-turn conversion but non-stop commitment
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

After the conclusion of John the Baptist’s mission, Jesus moved from Nazareth to Capernaum. It became the centre of his activities for nearly three years.

Matthew does not merely record Jesus’ change of residence. Galilee was inhabited by Israelites regarded by all as semi-pagans, because they were born from the intermingling of different peoples.

The Jews of...

Third Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

Mass of the day, Gloria, Creed, preface of Sundays (green).
Isaiah 8:23b—9:3; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17; Matthew 4:12-23.


Mass of the day (green).
Readings: Hebrews 9:15,...

Depending on Christ every day
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

Devotion to Christ means depending on him every day. When you first begin a relationship with Jesus, you are like the fishermen of Galilee: you are asked to follow him. As you come to know him better, you realise that he is taking you to places where you must trust him completely.

Think of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. It was one thing to follow Jesus to the hillside. But it was quite...

How many hours uninterrupted rest do you get?
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

My work usually finishes around 10:00pm and I sleep at 11:30 in the evening. I wake up around 7.00am and I still have enough sleep. But on Saturdays I get up around 8.00am. I fully support the proposal of migrant rights groups for maximum working hours, because as domestic workers we need enough rest and strength for the next day. If we don’t have enough sleep we will get weak and easily get sick.


Thoughts at 55
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

When we age honestly,

we understand more about love.

When our physical eyesight dimmer,

our spiritual eyesight gets clearer.

As our body weakens,

our mind stays more willing.



A myriad birds
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds,

gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your 

Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t 

you worth much more than birds?” 

(Matthew 6:26)



Bible without religion
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

MANILA (SE) : In one breath, the president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, told his people that they should not believe in religion, especially the Catholic religion, and in the next intake of air on January 5, declared January National Bible Month.

By signing a proclamation announcing the Bible Month he seems to be advocating the value of the bible without religion. 


Across the board religious concern for creation
(Saturday, 21 January 2017 )

July 2016 was the hottest month since records began in 1880. Jos Lelieveld, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute, has warned that large areas of the planet could become so hot that they would be virtually uninhabitable for humans.

This would trigger an exodus of hundreds of millions of refugees. Lelieveld maintains, “The July temperatures must underline the urgency of the crisis....