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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.
 








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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.