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DISCERNING MY VOCATION

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Con­tents1 Introduction2 The lamb of God….3 Con­clu­sion Intro­duc­tion Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, the sin of unbe­lief, which char­ac­ter­izes the words and actions of men and women of the present time. At such recog­ni­tion and affirm­a­tion, the two dis­ciples who were with John the bap­tizer could not avoid run­ning to Jesus. On see­ing them, Jesus asked them: What do you want? Yes! What do you want from God this year? What do you want from your fellows?…

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BAPTIZED CHRISTIANS

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Con­tents1 Introduction2 Bap­tism as covenant3 Con­clu­sion Intro­duc­tion Accord­ing to the indic­a­tions of the Sunday missal, the First Read­ing (Isa 42:1–4.6–7), the respon­sori­al Psalm (Ps 29⁄28), the Second Read­ing (Acts 10:34–38), and Gos­pel acclam­a­tion giv­en for Year A, may be used, with the Gos­pel accord­ing to Mark 1:7–11. Or the altern­at­ive read­ings from Isai­ah and the First Let­ter of John may be used. Since we already have the reflec­tion for the read­ings of Year I, let us ana­lyze the altern­at­ive read­ings for the Year II. This…

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THE DIVINE AGENDA

Read­ing Time: 3 minutes Con­tents1 What is epiphany?2 What we celebrate3 Con­clu­sion What is epi­phany? Ordin­ar­ily, epi­phany refers to that very moment when a per­son sud­denly feels that he or she under­stands, or sud­denly becomes con­scious of some­thing that is very import­ant. On the oth­er hand, it is a potent reli­gious exper­i­ence. The Mer­­ri­am-Web­ster Dic­tion­ary renders it as sud­den mani­fest­a­tion or per­cep­tion of the essen­tial nature or mean­ing of some­thing; an illu­min­at­ing dis­cov­ery, real­iz­a­tion, or dis­clos­ure; a reveal­ing scene or moment. It is the appear­ance or mani­fest­a­tion espe­cially of a divine being. Accord­ing to its Greek ori­gin, epi­phany derives…

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THE HOLY FAMILY

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Intro­duc­tion Happy Christ­mas and com­pli­ments of the sea­son! The Church in her wis­dom ded­ic­ates the Sunday fol­low­ing Christ­mas to the fam­il­ies, rep­res­en­ted by the Naz­areth fam­ily, com­posed of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. That is, fath­er, moth­er and son. Some­times, it is dif­fi­cult to present this fam­ily as a mod­el for oth­er fam­il­ies. The reas­on is that this is a fam­ily where the super­nat­ur­al dom­in­ated and greatly influ­enced the human dimen­sion. That not­with­stand­ing, this was a fam­ily were fath­er, moth­er and child feared God and walked…

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SURRENDERING TO GOD

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Con­tents1 Introduction2 Role of the mes­si­ah Intro­duc­tion With the cel­eb­ra­tion of the fourth and last Sunday, the peri­od of Advent comes to an end. In the first Sunday of Advent, Jesus exhorts the dis­ciples and the entire Chris­ti­an faith­ful to be watch­ful. This invit­a­tion is expressed in and with the for­mula “be watchful/be on your guard, keep alert/stay alert/stay awake, for you do not know when the time will come” (Mark 13:33). In the second Sunday, Mark presents the Gos­pel as a mes­sage of salvation,…

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