Msgr. Josefino S. Ramirez

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Why rejoice in the Lord?

This is the Third Sunday of Advent. It is also called “Gaudete” or “Rejoice” Sunday, taking the cue from the first word of the opening prayer of the Mass. It is the theme of today’s celebration: rejoicing.

Advent and repentance

The gospel of today is about John the Baptist. This cousin of Our Lord had the special mission of preparing for the coming of Christ. He helped the people to become receptive to the message of Christ.

Our resurrection and the sense of modesty

We have just been through two special days in the Church, when we commemorated all our deceased brothers in the faith (All Souls’ Day) and those among them who are already in heaven (All Saints’ Day). It is, therefore, very appropriate that the gospel of today talks about the future resurrection of all men. 

Against self-righteousness


hat a contrast! The Pharisee thought himself to be good, just because he was observing some external stipulations of God’s law. The publican, on the other hand, was “on the side of the oppressors,” but was deeply aware of his personal shortcomings and miseries.

Pray and do not get discouraged

The gospel of today contains the parable of the judge who was being pestered by a poor widow to do her justice. Although the unjust judge did not do it because of his sense of justice, he nevertheless avenged the poor widow because of her insistence.

Our sense of gratitude to God

The gospel of today narrates the incident of the 10 lepers who were cured by Jesus Christ. Of them, only one came back to manifest his gratitude, and it seems that Christ missed this gesture on the part of the other nine. 

God is a forgiving Father

The last part of this gospel reading is about the prodigal son. We are all familiar with the tale of that young boy, blinded by his sudden riches, living a dissipated life only to find himself at the lowest level of society, abandoned by his apparent friends and left with a penny.

Radicalness of the Christian life

As we look around us and see how many different structures are rising up, we occasionally see some structures that have never gotten finished. Behind those unfinished buildings is usually the story of the man who began to build, sinking a tremendous amount of capital, yet not having estimated properly.

Prayer for humility

The gospel reading today contains a very valuable piece of advice from Jesus Christ. “Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11)

Who can be saved?

“Lord, are only a few be saved?” (Luke 13:23). It is a very interesting questions that Jesus Christ did not answer. Instead, He urged his listeners to strive to “enter by the narrow gate” and He pointed out that some, who took their salvation for granted, would not be saved, because they were “workers of iniquity” (Luke 13:27).

Preparing for communion

The gospel reading for today’s Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ is about the miraculous multiplication of the loaves and fishes performed by Christ, in order to feed more than 5,000 people who had somehow forgotten their material needs in order to listen to the teachings of Christ.

The spirit acts within us

The Gospel of today is like a preparation for the approaching celebration of Pentecost. Just as Jesus Christ gradually prepared His followers for the coming of the Holy Spirit, so the Church prepares her children for the commemoration of that crucial event.

Lessons from an adulteress

THE gospel reading today presents us with the woman who was caught in the act of adultery and who had been dragged to the presence of Jesus Christ in order to see if He would proceed with her condemnation to death, as stipulated by Jewish law.