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DESPERATION AND REASSURANCE

Read­ing Time: < 1 minute (Ref. Texts: Ezek 37:12–14; Rom 8:8–11; John 11:1–47)   Con­tents1 Intro­duc­tion2 Jesus wept3 FOR DETAILS, GET YOUR OWN COPY OF THE BOOKTHE WORD OF LIFE” (vol.I)!! The reflec­tion for this First Sunday of Lent is found on pages 191–201. Happy read­ing! Intro­duc­tion Rein­ter­pret­ing the text of Isai­ah (61:1–2a) in Luke 4:16–20, the Evan­gel­ist Luke presents the mis­sion of Jesus as a mis­sion of hope, encour­age­ment, susten­ance, motiv­a­tions, lib­er­a­tion and psy­cho­lo­gic­al re-assur­ance. We saw this in last Sunday Gos­pel read­ing (John 9), and this Sunday…

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THE DYNAMISM OF FAITH

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes (Ref. Texts: 1Sam  16:1b.6–7.10–13a; Eph 5:8–14; John 9:1–41) Con­tents1 Intro­duc­tion2 Who sinned?3 FOR DETAILS, GET YOUR OWN COPY OF THE BOOKTHE WORD OF LIFE” (vol.I)!! The reflec­tion for this First Sunday of Lent is found on pages 179–190. Happy read­ing! Intro­duc­tion John chapter nine (John 9) is meant to show that things are not always the way they look and the way we think. As Isai­ah (55:8) rightly poin­ted out, God’s ways are quite dif­fer­ent from the human way. In John 4:5–42, Jesus suc­ceeded…

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JESUS THE FOUNTAIN OF LIFE

Read­ing Time: < 1 minute (Ref. Texts: Exod 17:3–7; Rom 5:1–2.5–8; John 4:5–42) Con­tents1 Intro­duc­tion2 FOR DETAILS, GET YOUR OWN COPY OF THE BOOKTHE WORD OF LIFE” (vol.I)!! The reflec­tion for this First Sunday of Lent is found on pages 164–178. Happy read­ing! Intro­duc­tion The Len­ten peri­od is gradu­ally pro­gress­ing towards the resur­rec­tion, the ful­fil­ment of sal­va­tion. The Len­ten Sundays con­tin­ue to enrich us with mes­sages that pre­pare us spir­itu­ally for the paschal mys­tery. While the First Sunday invited us not to allow food, power, and wealth suf­foc­ate our…

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CHANGE OF OFFICE

Read­ing Time: < 1 minute Con­tents1 Intro­duc­tion2 The Con­text of Mat­thew 17:1–93 Moses and Eli­jah4 FOR DETAILS, GET YOUR OWN COPY OF THE BOOKTHE WORD OF LIFE” (vol.I)!! The reflec­tion for this First Sunday of Lent is found on pages 150–163. Happy read­ing! Intro­duc­tion Hav­ing suc­cess­fully con­cluded his retreat, Jesus offi­cially begins his mis­sion. As soon as he came down from the wil­der­ness, and with the with­draw­al of John the Baptist, Jesus trans­ferred to Caper­naum, by the lake in the region of Zebu­lum and Neph­tali, where he began his…

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OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes Con­tents1 Intro­duc­tion2 The First Tri­al3 The Second Tri­al4 The Third Tri­al5 Con­clu­sion6 FOR DETAILS, GET YOUR OWN COPY OF THE BOOKTHE WORD OF LIFE” (vol.I)!! The reflec­tion for this First Sunday of Lent is found on pages 132–149. Happy read­ing! Intro­duc­tion The Len­ten sea­son recalls the bib­lic­al peri­od of forty days and forty nights Jesus spent in the desert in pre­par­a­tion for his mis­sion. Jesus’ forty days and forty nights in the desert recalls the forty days and forty nights that Moses spent on…

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