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Noel Ethan Tan

Into the Deep

Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 138, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Luke 5:1-11 Being a fisherman, Peter knew when to call it a day when there was no catch.

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Apologetics
Noel Ethan Tan

Traditions of Men

Genesis 1:20-2:4, Psalm 8, Mark 7:1-13 ‘You put aside the commandment of God to cling to human traditions’ (Mk 7:8). The words of our Lord

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Noel Ethan Tan

Fever

We feel Jesus’s sense of urgency as the Gospel tells us how He ‘went immediately to the house of Simon and Andrew’ upon hearing that

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Judgment Day
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Noel Ethan Tan

Beatific Vision

All of us desire to be happy. To be precise, all our souls desire the greatest good. That greatest good however, can never be found

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Noel Ethan Tan

Only You, Lord

“Non Nise Ti Domine.” This was the hallmark phrase St. Thomas Aquinas said when Jesus asked him what he wanted in the world. Pretty similar

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Noel Ethan Tan

Looking Inward

The closer a person approaches God, the less worthy he or she feels. A painting under a candlelight shows fewer defects than under the brilliance

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Epiphany
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Noel Ethan Tan

Epiphany of the Lord

There were three types of people seeking the Baby Jesus. We have Herod, the Shepherds, and the Wise Men (or Magi). All three types of

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Noel Ethan Tan

Fox & Birds

Amos 2:6-16, Psalm 50, Matthew 8:18-22 The book of Amos teaches a most pure monotheism. Throughout his book, there isn’t a single reference to other

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Noel Ethan Tan

Mary, Mother of God

A friend told me once: “Mary is NOT the Mother of God, that’s blasphemous!” Very calmly, I answered him: “Tell me then, WHO is Jesus

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Noel Ethan Tan

Such Faith

Lamentations 2:2-19, Psalm 74, Matthew 8:5-17 In the first reading, the Prophet lamented with a poetic sense of beauty on Israel’s defeat. Both the North

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Noel Ethan Tan

The Markan Sandwich

Wisdom 1:13-2:24 , Psalm 30, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43 Mark 5 mentions the raising of Jairus’ daughter, switches to the woman with a hemorrhage,

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Noel Ethan Tan

A Vision

Who am I to deserve a place inside the house of the highest King? After almost 7 years, I finally attended a praise and worship

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Noel Ethan Tan

By Their Fruits You Will Know Them

2 Kings 22:8-23:3, Psalm 119, Matthew 7:15-20 Faith, Hope, Love, Fear of the Lord, Humility, Patience, Obedience. These are hallmarks of the greatest fruits we

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Noel Ethan Tan

I Planted, Apollos Watered

1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Psalm 33, Luke 4:38-44 In the first reading, Paul discusses the problems that exist in the Corinthian congregation. He uses harsh words,

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Noel Ethan Tan

Holy One of God

1 Corinthians 2:10-16, Psalm 145, Luke 4:31-37 In calling Jesus “the Holy One of God”, the demon recognizes that Jesus is more than a wise

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Noel Ethan Tan

Love and Time

How can I love Jesus more deeply? This is a question I try to ask myself daily. Or if, sadly — and these things happen

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Judgment Day
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Noel Ethan Tan

How to Get to Heaven?

The shortest answer to this question is from St. Paul: “Faith, Hope and Charity. But the greatest of these is Charity.” (1 Cor 13:13) Indeed,

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Noel Ethan Tan

God’s Way

Throughout the Old Testament, it is evident that God’s ways are not our ways. God passes over the bigger, stronger and older (Ishmael, Esau, Pharaoh,

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Noel Ethan Tan

The Apostolic Priesthood

It is very critical that Jesus specially commissioned His Apostles to become shepherds to the people, instructing them to not only spread the good news,

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Noel Ethan Tan

The Mass

Something greater than Jonah is here (Mt 12:41b). I remember when I first read John 6:53-58, I was so touched that tears welled in my

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Noel Ethan Tan

Affliction

Yesterday, I was nursing a very bad migraine which got worse as the day went by. I got off work slightly earlier than usual and

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