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Passion Sunday - Being compassionate among suffering

The passion narrative of Luke emphasises the goodness and mercy of Jesus. He intervenes and severely rebukes Peter who countered the soldiers with his sword. Then he takes care of the wounded and healed him (Luke 22:51). 
 
The message that the evangelist wants to give is clear: the disciple not only cannot attack anyone but is always ready to remedy the troubles caused by others. He also takes care of those who did and still continues to want to hurt him.
 








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Fifth Sunday of Lent - God saves he does not condemn

A woman is caught … not while she was reciting the rosary! It is strange that the man was not caught. Aggression, violence, passion are unleashed always on the weakest; the strong always manage to escape from the law.
 








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Fourth Sunday of Lent - The return of the children

The prodigal son, perhaps this is the most beautiful of all the parables told in the gospels. The story is traditionally retold and explained focusing on the figure of the prodigal son or the prodigal father whereas the focus on elder brother in the original story is often lost in retelling the parable. 
 








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Third Sunday of Lent - To convert is to find one’s identity

The gospel is depicting the response of Jesus to two true stories reported to him: a crime committed by Pilate and the sudden collapse of a tower at the pool of Siloam.
 
The incident was like this. Some pilgrims had come from Galilee to offer sacrifices in the temple, probably on the occasion of Easter. They made some provocative gestures, and finally, from words, they passed on to action: some shoving and a fistfight. Pilate, then, orders the massacre of the Galileans. 
 








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Second Sunday of Lent - The mysterious reasons of the heart

Jesus goes up the mountain to pray. Jesus usually spends much time in prayer. It is in one of these intense spiritual moments that Jesus becomes aware that he is called to save people not through triumph but through defeat. During prayer, the aspect of his face changes. 
 








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First Sunday of Lent - An opportunity more than a threat

Every year, on the first Sunday of Lent, the liturgy wants to reflect on the temptations of Jesus. It presents the way in which the Master has confronted them to tell us how they can be recognised and overcome. 
 
The temptations is not a story of three isolated incidents in Jesus’ life, but three parables which state that Jesus was tempted in all points like us, with an only difference: he has never been won by sin (Hebrews 4:15). 
 








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Eighth Sunday in ordinary time - There is only one master

Today’s Gospel, consists of a series of the Lord’s sayings directed false teachers who dilute the essence of the teachings of Jesus. It starts with a well-known proverb: “Can a blind person lead another blind person?” 
 








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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - The prophet : a sign of contradiction

Today’s passage resumes from last Sunday’s reading that recounts what happened in the synagogue of Nazareth when Jesus proclaimed the beginning of the year of grace. What he read is like a manifesto of the whole mission of Jesus which included: the salvation of the poor, the weak, and the oppressed.
 








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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Trusting his voice

Simon Peter acknowledges his sinfulness and inadequacies and yet the Lord entrusts the ministry of leadership to him! Peter said, “Leave me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” It’s the way the Bible tells of the encounter with the Lord: Moses covers his face because he is afraid (Exodus 3:6); Elijah covers his face with his mantle (1 King 19:13). Like Isaiah—we saw it in the first reading—Peter also feels sinful.








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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time — Joy of my heart light to my feet

The first part of the gospel today is about the investigation of Luke in order to compile the gospel, verifying the truth of the stories that people talked about Jesus. The second part is the beginning of Jesus’ public life in his township Galilee, and the narrated episode is the programme of all the activities of Jesus. 
 
It was a Saturday. Like every pious Jew, Jesus goes to the synagogue.