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The search for shelter is part of Christmas

MANILA (UCAN): Some 300 children from the sprawling slum areas of Manila marched to the beat of Christmas carols in a reenactment of the search made by Joseph and Mary to find shelter prior to the birth of Jesus on December 18.

“We see this event in the light of the urban poor children’s search for home, peace and a decent life,” Tina Jurado, a community organiser with the Urban Poor Associates, which sponsored the day, said.

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Octave of Christmas

Gloria, Creed, preface for the feast (white).
 1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28; 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24; Luke 2:41-52.

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Susmaryosep!” ay katagang Pilipino na nabibigkas sa pagkagulat o pagkadismaya. Mula ito sa isang maliit na panala﹣ngin ng mga Kastila upang tumawag kay Hesus, Maria, at Jose. Kapag mabilis mong binigkas ang banal na pangalan ng Sagrado Pamilya o Banal na Mag-anak, masasabi mo: “Susmaryosep!”

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Mary—the New Ark of the Covenant

If we pay close attention to the references in the Old Testament, Mary’s visit to Elizabeth could surely nourish our faith. The encounter begins with: “She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth” (v.40) and “the Baptist leapt for joy” (v.41). 

The Jews of that time like today’s, when they meet, greet each other with: Shalom-Peace. The prophet, Isaiah, called the Messiah the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:5). 

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Ngayong panahon ng kapaskuhan, marami na naman sa mga kababayan natin ang mag-uuwian sa kani-kanilang bayan. Bukod sa ating presencia ay nakaugalian na natin ang magdala ng pasalubong bilang pagpapadama ng ating pagmamahal at pag-alala. Ang number one na pasalubong ay chocolate, sinusundan ng damit at mga gamit sa katawan. Ang ating pagdalaw at pagdadala ng regalo o pasalubong kadalasa'y galak ang naidudulot sa ating mga dinadalaw.

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Third week of Advent

Mass of the Sunday, Creed, preface for Advent I (rose).
 Zephaniah 3:14-18a; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18.  

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True joy is a gift to be received

Let’s imagine that one of us, eager to prepare well for Christmas, asks the same question to those we consider experts in the field of religion (catechists, pastoral workers, sisters, priests). What would they tell us?

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The triumph of the defeated

At the dawn of the eve of the Passover, the Jews took Jesus and accused him of being a criminal.

The question formulated from the very first interrogation that the prosecutor puts to Jesus is the most delicate, “Are you the King of the Jews?”

The Jews had a gut hatred towards the foreign rule of the Romans, who had been ruling over Israel for years. There were unsuccessful attempts to overthrow them.

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Called to be angels of joy and hope

At the beginning of chapter 13, Mark the evangelist recalls the words of the Lord not to be deceived by the foolish discourses of those who preach the imminent end of the world: “Don’t let anyone mislead you. When you hear of wars and threats of war, don’t be troubled: this must occur, but the end is not yet” (Mark 13:5-8). 

Continuing from there, Jesus uses many images from today’s gospel, not to frighten the disciples, but to console them.

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Thirty-second Sunday of the Year

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
 1 Kings 17:10-16; Hebrews 9: 24-28; Mark 12:38-44.