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We are loved—
that is why we love

Who is God? The disciple who, during dinner, rested his head on the breast of the Lord revealed to us that God is love, only love and everyone who loves is begotten of him. The disciple explains how he manifests himself: not as a legislator and judge, as the rabbis believed, but as love. “Let us love one another—he says—for love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Those who do not love have not known God, for God is love.”

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How about a drink?

This lengthy gospel account of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well is a story rich in lessons that are as relevant to life today as they were in the era of Jesus.

We can also apply them to the everyday situations that we encounter in our own era. Let’s look at three key elements of this account of a meeting with Jesus.

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A little cheer up

The feast of the Transfiguration comes in the middle of our Lenten preparation and could well be looked upon as a boost injected into possibly flagging spirits, something to cheer people up and give them something to hope for in the future.

This in all probability is a role that it played for the three disciples who were present.

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The odds against us

In our baptism, we have been baptised into Jesus Christ. We walk the journey of life in Jesus’ life. For the next five weeks, we will journey with Christ to his death and resurrection. But this is not just a journey into the past—it is also a journey into the present.

Today’s scripture readings contain symbols. The first reading is set in the Garden of Eden. It is still an expression of absolute tranquillity.

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A box of tricks

The Box with Ten Thousand Uses is just an expression, but English translation somehow reveals an abundance of possibilities.

We could think of 10,000 uses for such a box. Even thinking about a few hundred would get our imaginations working. Don’t restrict yourself to transport or storage—that is too obvious. How about packing gold, myrrh and frankincense for a trip to Bethlehem?

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Do unto others

One of the inclinations of people is to rewrite segments of the scriptures or popular wisdom to suit ourselves, in all probability, in an attempt to make life easier for ourselves.

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Fount of wisdom

Jesus continues to instruct the disciples in the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. The readings for liturgy today focus our attention on the nature of true wisdom.

The underlying lesson that it brings is that this is the true wisdom which prompts us to choose the right course of action. It is the true wisdom that can direct us in our interpretation of the law.

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Justice and peace embrace

Songwriters sometimes have a refreshing way of telling us what we already know. In today’s reading, there is a powerful theme of the virtues which are needed for a really happy life. But the songwriter, the psalmist, puts them in a dramatic way which gives them a lift.

The virtues have been around for a long time. The psalm was probably written long before Aristotle or Confucius. But just because something is old does not mean that it is irrelevant.

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Lunar New Year

Now families are gathering for the Lunar New Year. For some, this will be a joy. However, for other families it will be extremely difficult, because some people are so easily be offended!

No matter what you say, touchy people will be offended. You can give them a compliment and they will hear it as a rebuke. Yet if you forget to compliment them, they will be doubly offended. You can never please them.

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Living close to neighbour

The last lines of today’s reading are, to say the least, are highly appropriate for the citizens of any nation to pray as an expression of love of country.

“Jesus went round the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness among the people.”