Sweet-Bitter

Last Sunday, I attended Mass in a nearby parish, and there was another visiting priest. The Parish Priest was away on a spiritual retreat. I presided at the Mass while the other priest preached the homily. He was very good and made a positive impression in his preaching. The parishioners remained thrilled all through, and…

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Honoring Saint Luke the Evangelist

With joy today the Church remembers and honors Saint Luke the Evangelist. Luke, a disciple of Paul of Tarsus, a native of Antioch. And, recognized as the author of the third Gospel as well as the Acts of the Apostles. He is a very great personality. The Saints as Real People The Church, in her…

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We are all Administrators

Life in general has shown that we are all administrators in one way or the other; of our lives, talents, and the goods bequeathed to us by God. But sometimes, we can cheat and manipulate others around us in the way we live our lives. In our personal vocabulary, the verbs ‘to cheat’ and ‘to…

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Gift of a New Heart

The prophet Ezekiel, in the first reading of today, announces an extraordinary outpouring of the Spirit, whereby the Lord pours out in the hearts of the people a feeling of sincere repentance for their sins (Ez 36:25). And a passionate search for the divine will. The vertex of the passage is at vv. 26f, in…

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Looking for a Sign

When we look for a sign of why we lack trust in the Lord, our religious quest is no longer authentic, and we fall into the economy of success, rejecting the humble one of the kingdom. Of course, we say that we are looking for signs, success, to give glory to God, but in reality,…

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Looking Beyond our Role Models

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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