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Noel Ethan Tan

Jesus’ Last Words

There is something inescapably sacred about a person’s last words. When a dying person speaks, their last words reveal the true intentions of their hearts:

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Noel Ethan Tan

Death of the Son

Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This

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Parable of the Talents
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Noel Ethan Tan

An Accounting

There is an accounting that will happen at the end of our lives. The usage of our gifts and talents that we possess will be

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Noel Ethan Tan

Mornings and Forgiveness

There is a mysterious serenity and peace in the early hours of dawn, just before the sun rises. There are times where we feel tired

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Noel Ethan Tan

Commitment to Change

A friend of mine texted me last night. This was a friend who is quite intellectual, but he enjoys talking about conspiracy theories such as

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Noel Ethan Tan

Our Gifts Are On Loan

My family had our Chinese New Year reunion dinner this year at the Church of the Transfiguration. During the dinner, there was a lucky draw.

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Noel Ethan Tan

Rays of Truth

One verse struck me pretty hard today from the Gospel: And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom

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Noel Ethan Tan

Paradox of the Cross

I remember the very first time I saw my client’s medicine box, my heart shattered. Seeing especially the young ones (those in their 20s), eating

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nets catch vocation
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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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