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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - To inherit life

Today’s gospel reading begins with two questions from Jesus: What shall I do to inherit eternal life? What is written in the law?
 
The rabbi promptly appeals to two biblical texts. The first is well known, because every pious Israelite recited it at morning and evening prayer: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
 








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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time- I come to offer peace

The Gospel recounts how Jesus sent messengers in pairs. The first missionaries—Peter and John, Paul and Barnabas did not only go two by two, but they were also sent and  represented their community.
 
They are sent like lambs among wolves. The wolf is a symbol of violence, arrogance. The lamb indicates gentility, weakness and frailty.
 








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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Nothing should stop us following Christ

In the gospel today, Jesus resolutely journeys to Jerusalem where crucifixion and death await him. He, like the suffering servant of Yahweh, takes on the pain, for he knows, that is the way the love of the Father is to be manifested.  
 








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The banquet of the word and the bread

Luke takes an episode from the life of Jesus—the multiplication of the loaves—and rereads it in view of the Eucharist. 
 
The deserted place (v.12) has a theological significance: remember the journey of the people of Israel who, having left the land of slavery, started their journey to freedom and were fed with manna. 
 








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Pentecost - The Spirit— hope of a new world

We are at the Last Supper and Jesus promises not to leave the disciples alone, without protection and without guidance. 
 
He will pray to the Father, and he “will send another Paraclete” that will remain with them forever (v.16). It is the promise of the gift of that Spirit that Jesus possessed in fullness (Luke 4:1,14,18) and that will be poured out on the disciples.
 








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Ascension of the Lord - The reasons for hope and joy

Luke’s Gospel ends with the story of the Ascension (vv. 50-53). Before entering the glory of the Father, Jesus blesses the disciples (v.51). 
 
At the end of the liturgical celebrations in the temple, the priest came out of the holy place and pronounced a solemn blessing on the faithful gathered for prayer (Sirach 50:20). After the blessing they returned to their jobs, confident that the Lord would bring to fruition all their efforts and all their hard work. 
 








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Fifth Sunday of Easter - The new commandment

I give you a new commandment: Love one another just as I have loved you!” (John 13:34).
 
To underline the importance of loving one another, Jesus repeats it twice before walking to Gethsemane: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12),(John 15:17). 
 
He speaks like someone who wants to leave an inheritance as he says I give (v.34).
 








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The good shepherd

The first image of the Good Shepherd in our mind is that of the Master who holds a lamb in his arms or on the shoulders. It is true: Jesus is the good shepherd who goes out of his way to search for the lost sheep, an image from the Gospel of Luke (15:4-8).








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The invitation to the shore

John, the evangelist narrates another manifestation of the Risen Lord to his disciples and this episode is full of symbolisms.
 








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Second Sunday of Easter - Kapayapaan mula kay Kristo!

WAS THOMAS REALLY the only one to had doubts, while the other disciples would have easily and immediately believed in the Risen One? It does not seem that things went that way.