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WHAT MUST WE DO?

 

Third Sunday of Advent Reflection.

(Lk 3,10-18)

 

 “When all the people asked him, "What must we do, then?"  he answered, "Anyone who has two tunics must share with the one who has none, and anyone with something to eat must do the same."

There were tax collectors, too, who came for baptism, and these said to him, "Master, what must we do?"  He said to them, "Exact no more than the appointed rate." Some soldiers asked him in their turn, "What about us? What must we do?" He said to them, "No intimidation! No extortion! Be content with your pay!"

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THE LIFE THAT GOD WANTS

1st Sunday of Advent Year – C

In the second reading, taken from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians, after having prayed for them that the Lord be generous in increasing their love for one another and for the whole human race, Saint Paul urges them to make more progress in the life that God wants. What is the life that God really wants?

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CHRIST THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE

34th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

     This Sunday – a solemnity – brings to an end the liturgical year  (Year B). It is a fitting celebration, the crowning of the whole year. He – Jesus – is the alpha and omega (the beginning and the end), the one who remains for ever

(the Lord who was, is and is to come). The one who conquers, who judges and rewards. His word is final and remains forever.

      Jesus’ kingship (rule, glory) was announced through the prophets: cf. Daniel (First Reading). Daniel calls him a “Son of Man” on whom is conferred sovereignty (supreme power), in fact ‘eternal’ sovereignty. Most probably his identity was obscure to prophet Daniel.

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A POOR WIDOW PUT IN TWO SMALL COINS

Reflection 32nd  Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B    11th November 2018

In the passage of the Gospel of St. Mark that we are going to hear this coming Sunday, we find Jesus in the temple of Jerusalem, at the end of his journey, during which he spent a great amount of time instructing his disciples.

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"MASTER, LET ME SEE AGAIN!

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time,   Year B          28th October 2018.

I still remember the blind woman in my home town, when she would not perceive me, a young boy, quietly  coming up to sit down beside her; she was very nice with me and I enjoyed talking with her. She had so many sweet stories and experiences to tell a young boy! She was grateful for every minute I spent with her and I always left her with a sense of joy and peace.

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PREPARE THE ROAD

I have just come back to my mission of Sierra Leone after four months at home, in Italy, including a serious prostate operation at the end of September. I am making mention of this because there I left stores and streets and restaurants overflowing with lights, decorations, and promises of a very Merry Christmas, if only one buys a lot of items, expensive gifts, and fine foods … to no end.

Within this “worldly” context, the call of John the Baptist for repentance in the Gospel of this second Sunday of Advent is then hard to fall on ready-to-listen ears. We are too busy with so many lovely things that to remember our sins now and to start walking on the path of repentance does not make much sense.

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CHRIST THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE

34th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

     This Sunday – a solemnity – brings to an end the liturgical year  (Year B). It is a fitting celebration, the crowning of the whole year. He – Jesus – is the alpha and omega (the beginning and the end), the one who remains for ever

(the Lord who was, is and is to come). The one who conquers, who judges and rewards. His word is final and remains forever.

      Jesus’ kingship (rule, glory) was announced through the prophets: cf. Daniel (First Reading). Daniel calls him a “Son of Man” on whom is conferred sovereignty (supreme power), in fact ‘eternal’ sovereignty. Most probably his identity was obscure to prophet Daniel.

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HEAVEN AND EARTH WILL PASS AWAY

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

We are coming to the end of the liturgical year during which we have been seeing the years of Christ's public ministry through the eyes of St Mark. As we approach the conclusion of the year it is appropriate that we consider Christ's words about the Last Days. Jesus tells his disciples that, 'In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.' We are not meant to take these words in an absolutely literal sense. What Jesus is using is an Old Testament way of speaking.

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"WHAT IS IT THAT GOD REALLY WANTS US TO DO TO PLEASE HIM?"

Reflection on the readings of the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

 Was the scribe  serious when he asked Jesus what was the first of all the commandments? Did he want to know the answer, or was he trying to make Jesus look bad in front everybody? There were 613 laws that Moses gave in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.
The scribe asked a question, "Which of these 613 was the most important?"

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