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Third Sunday of Lent: Body of Christ becomes the new temple

The house of prayer had been transformed into a market place during the time of Passover. Many pilgrims from distant countries to Jerusalem made sacrifices and renouncements for years to afford. Traders could accumulate more gains than throughout the rest of the years. It was difficult for the temple priests to resist the temptation to get into a so profitable turnover.
 








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Second Sunday of Lent: The glory before the Passion

The transfiguration scene is set in a secluded place, on a high mountain where Jesus led three of his disciples. They will be witnesses of his agony in Gethsemane (Mark 14:33). Mark stresses the fact that they were alone. 
 
The fact that Jesus reserved His revelation to some disciples and that he eventually told them not to disclose it indicates they were given a share of a very significant experience but still too high to be comprehended by all. 
 








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Sixth Sunday of the Year: The Messiah has begun!

In Jesus’ time curing a leper was equivalent to raising the dead. The priests could only “declare pure” a leper, not “make him pure.” They are not able to cure him because the healing of leprosy was reserved to God (2 Kings 5:7). 
 
The healing of a leper was therefore, the proof that the Messiah has arrived in the world.
 








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Fourth Sunday of the Year: Divine power in the word

Today’s gospel narrates the first healing miracle of Jesus in Mark’s gospel. It is not chosen at random. In Mark’s intention it constitutes the synthesis of the whole work of Jesus for the people.
 








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Fourth Sunday of Advent: Jesus is conceived from Mary’s Yes

While the eyes of those awaiting for the saving intervention of God facing Jerusalem, God set his eyes on a tiny village lost in the mountains of Galilee, such an insignificant place that in the whole of the Old Testament, it did not rate even one mention.
 








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Third Sunday of Advent: Joy of waiting for the dawn

At the end of the first century AD when John wrote his gospel, there were still many people who called themselves disciples of John the Baptist. So, the evangelist clarifies the position of the precursor vis-a-vis Christ.
 
The Baptist was not the light of the world. He was just the first to recognise “the true light that enlightens everyone” (John 1:9). He was not deceived by the flattery of being called the messiah. He kept himself faithful to his mission.
 








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Waiting for his coming

To be alert and to keep watch are the key words of this passage. The evangelist invites all members of his communities to be vigilant in waiting for the coming of the Lord.
 
What does to be alert mean? Why such insistence on the night? Why does the master, instead of coming during the day, arrive suddenly when nobody expects him? Who is the doorkeeper? Who is the master? Where did he go? What powers has he left to his servants?
 








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Of cowardice and prudence

In reflecting on the parable of the talents, we need to clarify some common misconceptions. It is not a moral lesson on honesty or how to invest the money, but rather on the commitment of putting to good use the treasures that belong to everyone.
 
Jesus did not have low esteem for the one who was given only one talent.
 








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Enough is never enough

When Matthew writes to a despondent community disappointed that the second coming of the Lord had not happened as they expected, he repurposes the original story that Jesus had addressed to Israel to sooth the despair of the glum and disappointed Christians.
 








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Offer your life if you don’t want to lose it

The apostles were convinced that the kingdom of God was imminent. But they believed in an earthly kingdom. 
 
They had followed Jesus to see their dreams of glory fulfilled. The only question pending was to determine who would be entitled to the first places of honour (Mark 9:34).