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November 2014

Nov 28

5th Sunday in Lent, April 6, 2014 Year A ( Lazarus )2014

·      A III Century A.D. preacher – THEODORET – summed up the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus so eloquently: -      “ The Crucifixion is a new and strange method of healing; THE DOCTOR suffered the cost, THE SICK Received the HEALING”...
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Nov 28

1st Sunday in Lent, February 26, 2012

Salvation history finds its culmination in the person of Jesus. This history is unfolded in or through 7 major covenants. As we begin 2012 season of Lent, church gives us for our liturgy of the word , the example of the covenant - God enters into with humanity through noah. It is for all the Christians a type of baptism in NT. Lent calls us...
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Nov 28

21st Sunday in ordinary time, August 22, 2010

Nature asks with fear and concern: will we be good enough? Will we make it? We do belong; we are included in Jesus’ embrace of us all from the cross. In you and I our natural and superficial are in tension all the time. Grace and nature form the struggle of our life of faith. Our nature enslave us, even in the way we think of God. In...
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Nov 28

4th Sunday of Easter, April 23rd 2012

The Act of the Apostles has been called, “The gospel of the Holy Spirit". It is called such because of the experience of the Spirit among the Apostles, then in the various Christian communities in Jerusalem and beyond Judea, even in Rome of the empire. Act of the Apostles is precisely the book we read, meditate how and rediscover...
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Nov 28

33 Sunday in ordinary time, November 13th, 2011

The reading for the 33rd sun directs our eyes toward the coming of our Jesus’ end and fulfillment of salvation history. The intent is to stress the importance of HERE and NOW -  of the present time. To make the best use of it always remembering that the past is just a history, long gone, the future is in the clouds....
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Nov 28

Good Friday, April 6th 2012

The crucifixion is a new and strange method of healing. The doctor suffered the cost, the sick received the healing. One of my junior students shared a very eye opening message with me. He reported that he received one of his online dictionaries for a definition of Calvary. Every year I am convinced more and more that the only person capable to...
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Nov 28

11th Sunday in ordinary time, June 17th 2012

My friends in Christ, many rabbi's of Christ’s times said, religion consists primarily in Sacrifice. Many scribes would correct them and say that religion is concerned principally with the Law. What do you think? What is the primary concern of religion? For the last couple of meditations we have been journeying through are rather...
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Nov 28

27th Sunday in ordinary time, October 2nd, 2011

Matthews’s gospel is insistent on the necessity to harmonize the doing with saying. Practice and faith. Last weekend, this and next shows clearly that to be faithful to the Lord, one must follow Jesus. Today’s parable teaches us: it concerns the kingdom of God, Jesus speaks about Gods conduct towards his people, and Jesus shows...
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Nov 28

Epiphany, Jan 8th, 2012

In the year 1764, the only female car in Russian history- Katharina the Great, founded a very special museum. Today that museum collects our 3 million items and it is the largest museums of paintings in the world! One of the Rembrant's paintings, ( explain of how teh master Van Rjin uses ligt and shade) simple oil on canvas, called,...
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Nov 28

February 13th, 2011

Today we hear Jesus explanation of the beatitudes, that is: What is the relationship between righteousness” of the OT and the one proclaimed by Jesus? What attitude should we have concerning tradition  - commandments? What is teh difference between the Law of MOses and teh Tradition of the Elders? Why Jesus questions the Tradition of...
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Nov 28

Nativity of the Lord, December 25th, 2011

The Vigil for Christmas is, in a sense, the marriage of God and humanity; light in the darkness and hope in the world of despair. The irony of Christmas is that it is too short! Yet each year at the same time god reminds up it is better to light a star then to wear darkness. It is relatively easy to believe Christmas. Legend has it, that an old...
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Nov 28

3rd Sunday in Lent, March 11th, 2012

Lent is moving along so quickly and to the ears of each one of us the Messiah is whispering, do amaze me in the 3 weeks left of lent. For many among us the Season of Lent is a time fo preparation to finally enter into a full communion with Jesus and his church. After he became a full blown catholic, asked his pastor to recommend a book on...
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Nov 28

August 13th, 2012, 20th Sunday in ordinary time

My friends in Christ, on each Sunday, the first reading is chosen in relation to the gospel. Todays first reading taken from the Book of Proverbs sets the stage for our gospel today: Wisdom has set the banquet and calls us to “come, eat my food and drink my wine.” Jesus, whose relationship to wisdom and other synopses highlight so...
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Nov 28

Sunday, January 29th, 2011

A translation from so called infancy (childhood) narrative of Jesus into his public ministry: striking event of Jesus’s baptism, Jesus preaching about the kingdom of heaven being at hand. Gospel of Matthew gives us a sequence of chapters known as the “sermon on the mount” and in such sequence we see the inauguration of...
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Nov 28

4th Sunday in ordinary, January 23, 2012

After having recorded the call of the first 4 fishers of man, Mark shows how Jesus excersis his ministry. To do so, Mark presents to us the activities of one day of Sabbath, in synagogue; Mark and his gospel earliest of the synagogue. He gives us an account of Jesus and his ministry through the eyes of St. Peter. Since Mark is Peters secretary...
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Nov 28

7th Sunday of Easter, May 19th, 2012

Easter Season is the time when we learn about the importance of community. Jesus did all he did for the community; later called His church. Not just for me and not just for you and not just for himself, but he did it for all of us because only in a relationship we realize the fullest capacity of our humanity. The revelation of Easter is...
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Nov 28

Christ the King Sunday, November 21, 2010

1)      Christ the King A)     Solemnity- churches reaction to complex reality and culture pressure. a)      Marxsism and Leninism b)      Totalitarian systems c)       To keep up the faith as being a guardian of...
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Nov 28

October 14, 2012, 28th Sunday in Ordinary time

My friends in Christ, contrary to our common belief, the opposite of faith are not atheism or agnosticism or doubt. It is fear. In synoptic gospels alone the word, fear, appears over 30 times. Today’s gospel periscope from Mark, is a testimony to that. You recall very well my friends of how Jesus stayed in the large, comfortable house of...
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Nov 28

30th Sunday in ordinary time, year a, October 23, 2011

Last weekend Jesus left the religious leaders speechless- so eloquently. He answered the question about the taxes. (So did father Jones in his homily). Soon after, the religious leaders of the time were back with more questions to trap Jesus. This weekend’s gospel reading they asked, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the...
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