The Power of Two: Desires and Healing

14 August 2005: 20th Sunday of the YearMatthew 15:21-28 The Syrophoenician woman The Gospel today can be read as indicating our desire for God whatever or whoever we are. The Syrophoenician woman was Greek, and thus she was a stranger, a Gentile, someone who does not belong to the Jewish nation. And yet, the womanContinue reading “The Power of Two: Desires and Healing”

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In the Midst of the Storm

7 August 2005: 19th Sunday of the YearMatthew 14, 22-27: Walking on WaterThe significance of the Gospel is perfectly clear to us: in the hour of the disciples’ need, Jesus came to them. When the wind was contrary and life was a struggle, Jesus was there to help. In life, the wind is often contrary.Continue reading “In the Midst of the Storm”

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The Foundation of Our Faith

21 August 2005: 21st Sunday of the YearMatthew 16, 13-23: The Foundation of our Faith: Who is Jesus?Jesus in the Gospel asks his disciples two things: First, who is He according to other people? The disciples naturally answers Him that people think that He is John the Baptizer, that He is Elijah or one ofContinue reading “The Foundation of Our Faith”

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Saving One’s Life by Losing It

28 August 2005: 22nd Sunday of the YearMatthew 16, 21-27 Saving One’s Life by Losing itLet me concentrate on the passage, “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake, will find it.” There is a Sufi tale that best illustrate this gospel passage: Once upon aContinue reading “Saving One’s Life by Losing It”

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Kapatawaran: On Forgiveness

4 September 2005: 23rd Sunday of the YearMateo 18, 21-35: Kapatawaran Marami sa atin ang naghahanap ng isang ugnayan na magpakailanman. Sa mga love letters, hindi mo makakaligtaan ang mga katagang: sana tayo pa rin hanggang kamatayan. O sa mga magkakaibigan, parating may pangarap na kahit magkahiwalay, ang layo ay hindi magiging hadlang sa tunayContinue reading “Kapatawaran: On Forgiveness”

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Stages in Forgiveness

11 September 2005: 24th Sunday of the YearMatthew 18, 21-35: Part II on Forgiveness Toward the end of her almost epochal book, The Human Condition (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1958), the Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt turns finally to two neglected powers of the human spirit: forgiveness to heal our past, and promises to secure ourContinue reading “Stages in Forgiveness”

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Joy to the Latecomers

18 September 2005: 25th Sunday of the YearMatthew 20:1-16: The Workers in the VineyardA few things have to be said about the Gospel today. 1) Matthew only has this parable; 2) The vineyard owner normally goes to the market place only once, to hire the day’s laborers; on average, he hires all the manpower heContinue reading “Joy to the Latecomers”

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On Violence

2 October 2005: 27th Sunday of the YearMatthew 21:33-43 On ViolenceToday’s gospel can be interpreted on many levels, but today I want to focus on the violence it contains. This is, as you sadly know, a timely topic. Violence forms the subtext of our daily lives. Nations, peoples, individuals of all ages–even kids–are routinely hurting,Continue reading “On Violence”

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Forever at a Wedding Feast

9 October 2005: 28th Sunday of the YearMatthew 22, 1-14 The Wedding Banquet In Palestine, when a man plans a party, the date was announced long beforehand and invitations were sent and accepted. But the hour of the party was never announced. When everything was prepared, the servants were sent to the invited guests. Thus,Continue reading “Forever at a Wedding Feast”

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The Two Great Commandments

23 October 2005: 30th Sunday of the YearMatthew 22, 34-40 They said that Christianity is a simple religion. Today, we hear about how simple our faith is. Jesus has laid down for us only two commandments, a definite summary of all the commandments in the Old Testament, which we can memorize and live our livesContinue reading “The Two Great Commandments”

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The Meaning of Visiting the Grave

Matthew 23, 1-12. 31st Sunday of the YearHomily for All Souls Day and All Saints DayThe Gospel today speaks about practicing what we preach. But there are things which we practice but do not know why we preach it. For example, we come to Sunday mass but we totally do not understand what the massContinue reading “The Meaning of Visiting the Grave”

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