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Pinoys’ got talent

Magandang araw! Sa nakaraang dekada ay lumaganap ang mga programa na patungkol sa mga talents.  Nag karoong ng ibat-ibang version katulad ng America’s, British’s, Asia’s at Pilipinas’ Got Talent. 
Upag malaman kung patok ang talent, bibigyan ka nila ng Yes, o kaya ay X, subalit ang pinakahintay  ng lahat ay ang Golden Buzzer. Hindi man isang isang talent contest show, subalit tungkol sa talent ang ating pagninilayan. 

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The devout and religious may be far from God

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus is talking about the behaviour of the Pharisees towards the crowds and his disciples. They too are people at risk of behaving like Pharisees. Today, there is danger for Christians of becoming Pharisaic.
The Pharisee is a stereotypical character: he represents a way of thinking, judging and acting which is opposite to the gospel; the arguments and beliefs of the Pharisees infiltrate subtly among the disciples and are easily assimilated.

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Correct your neighbour only with honourable intentions

Today we are invited to reflect on Jesus’ recommendations on how to find someone who fail or gets lost.  Jesus says, “Your Father in heaven doesn’t want even one of these little ones to perish.” 
It is up to the shepherd, of course, to search for the sheep that is lost, wounded or at risk of falling into a deep and dark ravine.

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Constant and generous self-sacrifice

Matthew wrote his gospel in a time of persecution. The disciples have often had the experience that, to remain faithful to Christ, they had to accept the breaking of ties with the people who matter most. The rabbis had made the decision to expel the Christians from the synagogues. They had ordered that those who adhered to the Christian faith be considered heretical, be disowned by their families.