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Reflection 28thSunday OT. Year B

Wis 7: -11; Ps 89; He 4: 12-13; Mk 10: 17-30

At the heart of the 28th Sunday Ordinary Time year B, there is a question addressed to Jesus by a person whom Matthew calls only ‘the young man’ (Mt 19: 22). For Mark (and Luke), he seems to have been an older man who asks how to inherit life. He wanted to get not any kind of life, but life forever, life to the full, eternal life (Mk 10:17). The man we encounter in the Gospel was surely a real religious man. He may be called today a ‘good church goer’. In fact, without any doubt he said that he has kept all the precepts of God (Mk 10: 20).

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JESUS IS GOOD

26th  SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

The Gospel reading of this Sunday brings us the deepening of Jesus' teaching the disciples the meaning of: "open your mind and follow me." For example, their affirmation "Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he does not follow us." That is, when John and the others discovered that someone who was not part of their group was also ministering in Jesus' name.

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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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MY REAL BONES … MY REAL FLESH

"THIS ONE, AT LAST, IS BONE OF MY BONES AND FLESH OF MY FLESH"

The story of Creation is a lovely story. God, in the very first place, wanted to create a living being that could share in the Trinity’s inmost characteristic, called deep  love. For all eternity the three persons in God had loved each other so intensely that they are one. Unfortunately, in the sequence of the world, God made small mistake. Yes. He created the male first. God however diminished this mistake by drawing a partner for the man. Instead of creating the partner out of the earth, the Lord God made the man fall into a deep sleep and removed a rib from the him and fashioned it  into a woman.

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WITNESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD THROUGH SELF-EFFACING LIFESTYLE AND SELF-GIVING SERVICE

25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B REFLECTION.

  ReflexionThese Sundays we are listening to the Gospel according to Saint Mark. Those of us who are a bit familiar with this gospel can recall very well the words of our Lord Jesus, right at the beginning of his public ministry in Galilee: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near, repent, and believe in the good news” Mk 1:15. Now, when we talk of the Kingdom of God, we mean, to live in the way God expects us namely « to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mk12 :31).

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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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