Looking Beyond our Role Models

The Bible is the book that God has given us to let us know Him, and to let us know how to live. Sometimes, however, it is not always easy for us to understand the lesson. For example, one might ask: Of what relevance is the account of the lives of the many kings of…

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Resolving Crises in the Church

Recently, one of the frequently spoken words within the ecclesiastical circle is “synod.” Pope Francis, in October of last year, inaugurated the Synod, a two-year process of listening, speaking out, and dialogue in the Church. This will culminate in the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2023. The common theme…

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Make It Go Viral

“Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples.” (Mt 28:8) This is the essence of the Easter proclamation that sums up the perennial mission of the Church: with great joy and with due fear, we can all finally leave…

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Fratricide and Fraternity

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Two interventions from two of Joseph’s brothers strike a special chord in my heart while reflecting on today’s first reading which tells the story of Joseph and his brothers. When Reuben heard this, he tried to save him from their hands, saying, “We must not take his life. Instead of shedding blood,” he continued, “just…

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Beyond a Theoretical Faith

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St. James in his letter emphasizes the importance of good works as a testament of a good faith (Jas 2: 16ff). That is the theme of our First Reading today. It would almost seem that the words which St. James offers us in this letter of his are in contradiction with what St. Paul affirms…

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Be On Your Way

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In life there are often various moments of helplessness, which induce states of suffering and discomfort. When confronted, in particular, with grief and death, everything becomes more difficult to deal with and, often, to overcome and understand. Loss and Grief When the death of a significant person to us occurs (a parent, a child, a…

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The Dilemma of Joseph

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Crisis of Love Only Matthew and Luke tell us about the birth of Jesus. Matthew speaks of the birth of Jesus from the point of view of Joseph, while Luke does it from the point of view of Mary. For Matthew, it is important to show that Jesus really is descended from David and that…

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Plenty of Tears

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Strength in Tears In life, there are a lot of things which can make us to shed things. These things can be positive or negative in nature. Personally, a good movie can make me cry. Some lovely songs can also move me to shed tears. Some people cannot withhold their tears on receiving some acts…

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St. Luke, the Evangelist

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St. Luke the evangelist can be particularly dear to us because he is the “evangelist of Our Lady.” Only from him did we get handed down to us the accounts of annunciation, visitation, the scenes of Christmas, and the presentation in the temple of Jesus. And we can say he is the evangelist of the…

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SOWING THE SEED OF THE WORD IN OTHERS

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Going through the first reading today, I had a mental flashback to when I was growing up as a young boy in a family of 7 children. I remember the usual daily “moral instructions” from our parents then. My dad, a retired elementary school teacher, would often use this phrase, “As my father used to…

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