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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.”








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Thy will be done

After Jesus was baptised in the Jordan he returned home to Galilee to commence his ministry. Shortly after that there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee.

The mother of Jesus was there and so was Jesus, with a few of his disciples.

The story of what happened at this wedding found its way many years after the event into the Gospel according to St. John. Despite the passing of the years it has a very warm and personal feel.








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One of us

The brief reading from St. Matthew’s gospel in today’s liturgy conveys the essentials of our faith and spirituality








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A cosmic event

Epiphany as a word evokes the feeling and the concept of light. Epiphany, the feast we celebrate today, evokes in particular the light of the star which guided the Magi on their long journey in search of the infant king of the Jews.