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“WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?”

Reflection on the 24th Sunday in  Ordinary Time Year B (September 16 )

(First Reading:  Isaiah 50, 5-9; Ps 114: 1-6, 8-9; Second Reading:  James 2: 14-18; Gospel: Mark 8, 27-35)

The twenty fourth Sunday of ordinary time suggests to us the theme of the Suffering Messiah. The gospel of Mark puts at the central stage Jesus as the messiah, while it clears away all the misleading ideas about him. This Gospel is placed at the center of the Gospel of Mark when the fame of Jesus is at the peak and is the fruit of the miracles he has accomplished: the healing of a Syrophaenician woman’s daughter, the healing of a deaf and dumb man, the feeding the of crowd Mark 8, 1-10 and the healing of the blind man Mark 8, 22-26.

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“HEAR ME, ALL OF YOU!”

  1. There is a confrontation between Jesus and some Pharisees and Scribes who have come from Jerusalem to discuss one of the main issues of the Jewish religion: ‘Purification before meals’.
  2. At the time of Jesus every Jew was bound to wash thoroughly all the parts of his body that had come into contact with a non-Jew or even to wash any other object considered unclean.

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“HOW CAN THIS MAN GIVE US HIS FLESH TO EAT?”

  20th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME YEAR B

“What is this man talking about? Eating his flesh and drinking his blood?  Are we to become cannibals? The man is mad. He should be locked up in a mad house! Let us go...” The crowd, the Jews, were angry and grumbling and so parted company with Jesus and went away.

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LOOK AT THE MOON NOT AT THE FINGER

18th SUNDAY   ORDINARY  TIME  YEAR  B

 

The miracle of the multiplication of the bread impressed so much the apostles, that the evangelists recorded six versions of the same event. Many tried to explain what really happened that day. Someone considered it a classic miracle, something that went beyond any human explanation; for others it was just a catechetical story meant to teach that the generosity of one boy, who offered his five bread and two fish to help Jesus, can trigger the generosity hidden in the heart of many and awaken in them the desire to imitate the boy.

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THE CHURCH IS THE FRUIT OF THE CROSS OF JESUS

XVI Sunday ordinary time. 22 July 2018

Imagine you started a project or an enterprise with friends. You shared ideas, plans, work, difficulties and achievements. You worked hard together for years, sharing responsibilities and gains for the enjoyment of all. But at a certain moment one or two of the co-workers began to steal money to fill their own pockets and broke the loyalty to the company. You, who first conceived the initiative and the idea of the business, would surely feel disappointed, and with angry words would dismiss those individuals and look for others more competent and more deserving of your trust. 

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NO DISTINCTION OF PEOPLE

 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

I just want to recall the most quoted passage of Prophet Isaiah when he said, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways” (Is. 55:8-9). This is how the mind of God works. This is the wisdom of our God. We do not know the mind of God. Sometimes we people like to challenge the ways of God. We want to assert our own ways.

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“YOU HAVE THE MESSAGE OF ETERNAL LIFE”

22nd Sunday Ordinary  Time Year  B

For four Sundays we have been hearing from Jesus about the Bread of Life. But his teaching sounds absurd, unreasonable, “intolerable”. Yet

 

 -  Nobody has ever spoken like him, the temple police reported to their superiors          

 - See the signs/miracles he performs, the healings, his power...

 - He gives preference to the poor, the simple, the “mere children”...

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“GET UP AND EAT, OR ELSE YOU'LL GET TOO TIRED TO TRAVEL”

19th Sunday Ordinary Time Year B

During these Sundays we have been reading chapter 6 of John’s gospel. It starts with the multiplication of the 5 loaves of bread to feed the 5,000 people. Having performed that miracle – or sign – Jesus crossed the sea to escape from being made king. To the crowd that chased him and found him in Capernaum, Jesus explained that he is the ‘Bread from heaven’.

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LOVE, FAITH, SHARING

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME YEAR B

The miracle described in the first reading shows God´s concern for his people during a time of famine. The bread was meant to be offered to God. But instead of offering to God, Elisha, the prophet of the old covenant, gave it to the people. The left-overs stress God´s generosity.

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