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Ang pagbabalik

Ang pagbabalik ng aligbughang anak ay kasaysayan ng isang tao na naghangad mamuhay ng sarili sa pag-aakalang may sapat na siyang kakayahan, kayamanan, at kaisipan.  

Naisip niyang lisanin ang piling ng ama sapagkat ayon sa kanyang paghuhusga ay magiging mas masaya at marangya ang kanyang buhay. Maaring sa mga unang araw ng kanyang pag-alis ay totoo ang kanyang iniisip.  








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Pagbabagong anyo

Kamanghamangha ang mga ‘magic picture’ na doble ang larawan sa loob. Kung titingnan mo ito sa isang anggulo ay may makikita kang larawan, halimbawa ay Sacred Heart of Jesus. Ngunit kung ibaling mo naman ang iyong pagsipat mula sa ibang anggulo ay biglang ibang larawan ang makikita mo, halimbawa, ito ay nagiging imahen ng Immaculate Heart of Mary. Isang larawan ngunit dalawa ang pangitaing iyong naaaninagan. 








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Following Jesus in his exodus

In today’s Mass we focus on some significantly particular aspects of the transfiguration that are found only in Luke’s version of the gospel. This evangelist alone specifies why Jesus goes up the mountain: he goes to pray (v.28).








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Second Week of Lent

FEBRUARY 21 – SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT. Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface for Sunday in Lent (violet).
Readings: 
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18; Philippians 3:17 – 4:1; Luke 9:28b-36.

FEBRUARY 22 – CHAIR OF ST. PETER. Mass of the feast, Gloria, preface of the Apostles (white). 
Readings: 1 Peter 5:1-4; Matthew 16:13-19.








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Fifth week in ordinary time, Ash Wednesday, days after Ash Wednesday

FEBRUARY 7 – FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.
Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11.
(Mass of Eve of Lunar New Year permitted in evening.)








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Liturgy arrangements for New Year and Lent

HONG KONG (SE): Special liturgical prayers for a Thanksgiving Mass celebrated on the eve of the Lunar New Year of the Monkey and for the Mass of the Lunar New Year itself, which falls on February 8, have been approved for use by Hong Kong diocese.

Although Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, falls within the three-day New Year holiday celebration on February 10, the diocese has, as is its custom in other years, given a dispensation from the usual discipline of fast and abstinence.








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Malling for Sunday Mass

MANILA (UCAN): Malling, or hanging around shopping malls is a popular pastime in The Philippines, and the proliferation of Sunday Masses being celebrated in shopping malls is proving to be extremely popular, leaving some wondering about the future of parish churches.

“We find it convenient,” a 53-year-old father of five, Miguel Espiño, says, adding that he believes that “wherever there are two or more people gathered in the name of God, he would listen.”

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Washing of feet no longer male preserve

VATICAN (SE): On Holy Thursday in 2014, Pope Francis created a canonical uproar when he washed the feet of a Muslim and a woman at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a rehabilitation centre in Rome.

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Third week in ordinary time

JANUARY 24 – THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21.








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Lord’s message of deliverance

The second part of today’s gospel (Luke 4:14-21) is the beginning of Jesus’ public life in his hometown, Nazareth. He visits the synagogue and takes this opportunity to launch his message (v.16). 

The first detail, though seemingly superfluous, is the opening of the book that was presented to him.