When a person is truly blessed

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:00:37 +0000

    THERE are people who seem to have everything. They are intel­ligent, kind, good-looking, of good family background, and socially well connected. Some families are considered blessed for the priests or religious in their clan. Others can afford to do charitable works because they and their children are financially stable. If some do not […]

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Enough bread to satisfy

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:00:53 +0000

    JESUS feels so much compassion for the crowd that he cannot simply dismiss them. The disciples know it is impossible for them to feed 4,000 people, and they are preoccupied. Jesus, however, keeps calm and handles the situation with just seven loaves and a few fish. Everyone is satisfied, and the disciples even […]

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Be opened!

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:00:32 +0000

    BEING deaf and mute must be ter­rible! For peo­ple with these disabilities, the world is literally shut or shrunk. Hearing and speaking are two of the most fundamental ways by which we establish relationships and, therefore, build life. Without them, life is shriveled. Hence, we cannot but rejoice over Jesus’ healing of the […]

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What defiles

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2019 16:00:20 +0000

  WHAT makes a person un­clean? Is it the pres­ence of external dirt on the body? Is it the failure to wash hands? We can be obsessed with physical hygiene or cleanliness; we squirm at seeing the slightest dirt. But Jesus makes it clear that it is not what goes in (what one eats) that […]

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The disciples with unclean hands

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:00:04 +0000

  Gospel: Mk 7:1-13 WHEN the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Je­rusalem gathered around Jesus, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. (For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews, do not eat without carefully washing their hands, keeping the tradition of the […]

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Jumping into the unknown

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2019 16:00:20 +0000

    WE may be skilled at car­pentry, painting, drawing, gardening, computers, or fish­ing. Part of this expertise is that sense of knowing when it is best to engage in the craft or what cir­cumstances need to be there. One cannot be pushed to play the piano or the violin if one is not in […]

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Rest a while

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2019 16:00:22 +0000

    JESUS teaches us a lesson: there is time, or we should make time, for every­thing. The Apostles have just returned from their “mission,” and Jesus knows they need some rest, so he asks them to find a suitable place. Jesus is sensitive to the needs of his followers and co-workers. He is not […]

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Herod feared John

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2019 16:00:52 +0000

    A PERSON with power and au­thority may begin to be uneasy before a possible threat. We feel we need to be on top of things always, not lose our privileg­es, or be relegated to secondary positions. Herod senses that he must look into Jesus who has become more known and admired for his […]

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Two by two

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2019 16:00:49 +0000

    TRAVELING alone can be scary, especially if one is not ad­venturous. Many things can go wrong and ren­der one helpless. But with a com­panion, one feels more secure and less vulnerable. Jesus’ sending the disciples two by two may have this consider­ation in mind. Given the newness and radicality of what they are […]

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Jesus is presented in the Temple

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2019 16:00:47 +0000

  Gospel: Lk 2:22-40   WHEN the days were complet­ed for their purifica­tion according to the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord… Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, […]

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