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Christians: the only Bible that non-Christians will ever see

Christians: the only Bible that non-Christians will ever see

By Khushbakht Peters* I belong to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It is a Muslim majority country, where out of the population of 193 million only five per cent are religious minorities. 2.5 per cent are Christian, with the remaining 2.5 per cent comprising of Hindus, Sikhs, Baha’i, Kalasha, Parsis and Buddhists. Living in any country as a religious minority […]

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What does our faith look like?

What does our faith look like?

WHAT does faith look like? How does faith connect to power and wealth? What part do I play as we seek to trust in God? These are some of the questions that are evoked by the Lectionary readings for this week. They challenge our alliances, our use of our resources, our care for the most vulnerable in our world, and […]

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Learning to love really is the best way to discover the abundant life that Jesus offers

Learning to love really is the best way to discover the abundant life that Jesus offers

NOT much introduction is needed for this week’s Lectionary. It’s all about love for God and love for neighbor. Whether I explore this through Jesus’ conversation with the legal expert or through Ruth’s commitment to Naomi, the message remains the same: if I am seeking life, I must go by the way of love. The two themes that come together […]

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What do you want me to do for you?

What do you want me to do for you?

I AM often ask if I am a US citizen and/or Filipino. I would jokingly reply that I have a third citizenship and it is not from this earth and they would all be laughing. But there is a truth in those words, if only we have the eyes to see. I am an inhabitant of this earth but on […]

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Keep your eyes open

Keep your eyes open

IN this Sunday’s Gospel reading, we have the Gospel in Mark chapter 10,” the Son of man came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” In this Gospel he hear, the disciple John and James approaching Jesus with a request to let them sit at the left and the right hand when he comes in […]

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Martyr of San Salvador Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI Elevated To Sainthood

Archbishop Oscar Romero Oscar Romero, the murdered archbishop of San Salvador who spoke up for the poor and oppressed, and Pope Paul VI, the former pontiff who declared birth control “intrinsically wrong,” were declared saints on Sunday morning in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. The ceremony featured seven new saints all told, including, as the Vatican put […]

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Can you follow Jesus?

Can you follow Jesus?

THIS week we celebrate the 28th week/ Proper 23 year B in Ordinary time. Here we find a young man, seeking more, seeking something in his life. Jesus replies, “Go sell what you have and give the money to the poor and follow me.” And the rich young men went away sad. The young man is attracted to Christ, he […]

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Stumbling blocks

Stumbling blocks

Friends, our Gospel lesson for this Sunday includes of themes on Jesus tolerance for unknown exorcist and Jesus critique on the disciples exclusivism, the danger of being a stumbling block and the loss of identity/flavor. I will focus on the danger of stumbling blocks. The story begins with Jesus’ turning a spotlight on the disciples. The disciples complain about a […]

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Ang mga pinahihirapan, pinagkakaitan at inaapi sa lipunan*

Ang mga pinahihirapan, pinagkakaitan at inaapi sa lipunan*

NAPAKAGANDA ng Salita ng Diyos nitong nagdaang Linggo kaya hindi ko matiis na hindi ibahagi sa inyo ang aking mga salamisim o pansariling homilya kaugnay nito. Ang Salita ng Diyos ay hinalaw mula sa Aklat ni San Marcos (9:30-37)*. Ito ang isinasaad ng nasabing tala: 30 At nagsialis sila roon, at nangagdaan sa Galilea; at ayaw siyang sinomang tao’y makaalam […]

His “greatness” is also the path to life

His “greatness” is also the path to life

Friends, today’s Gospel gives us the story of what greatness and littleness is for Jesus. Jesus teaching his disciples of what true greatness looks like is not to be above others, but o be the least of all. It is not about ascending the social ladders of our society but rather to descend it. It is not about seeking the […]

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Faith will raise us to new life

Faith will raise us to new life

Proverbs 1:20-33 – Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 19    Alternate – Psalm 116:1-9 James 3:1-12   Supplementary – Wisdom of Solomon 7:26 – 8:1 Mark 8:27-38 JESUS’ disciples are undergoing a very intense apprenticeship with Jesus, and it is about to get intense as he begins his journey to Jerusalem. Before embarking on his journey to Jerusalem, Jesus pause and checks in with his disciples. […]

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We are bread for each other

We are bread for each other

IN the last month and a half, we have heard Jesus as the Bread of Life in our Sunday services. Our reflection in our Sunday services revolved around our call to abide in Jesus and what it means for us all to be bread for the world. I have posed questions for our prayerful reflections during sermon times on what […]

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My Daily Prayer

My Daily Prayer

The year 2018 has come and not without notice or caveat from the Creator. We had the whole of 2017 to prepare us for whatever these coming twelve months have in store for us. Don’t be sad! Don’t be scared! Don’t be too over-confident! Whatever we face this brand new year, perhaps, it might take us through the next the […]

Are we Faithful enough?

Are we Faithful enough?

The Gospel this Sunday, Jan. 8 (Epiphany) Matthew 2:1-12 New International Version (NIV) 2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When […]

A season for everything

A season for everything

The Gospel this Sunday (New Year) Matthew 2:13-23 New International Version (NIV) 13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” 14 So he got […]

How to bring Immanuel…

How to bring Immanuel…

The Gospel for the fourth Sunday of Advent. Matthew 1:18-24 New International Version (NIV) 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[b] did […]

It is when we are weak that we are strong

It is when we are weak that we are strong

The Gospel for the third Sunday of Advent. Matthew 11:2-11New International Version (NIV) 2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”4 Jesus replied,“Go back and report to John what you hear and see:5 The blind receive sight, […]

Certainty of uncertainness

Certainty of uncertainness

AS we observe the first Sunday of Advent, the first season of the Christian year leading to Christmas, we are reminded by the gospel (Matthew 24:37-44) that we are both waiting for the birth of Jesus and his second coming, when he will judge both the living and the dead. We are thus admonished by the gospel writers to always be […]

The Leadership Challenge

The Leadership Challenge

AS we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King this Sunday, the gospel (Luke 23:35-43) tells us what  kingship is all about and what to expect from those we serve and try to lead. It is important to understand that for Christians, the meaning of kingship should be taken in the context of the life and passion of our Lord […]

Never tire to do Good always

Never tire to do Good always

DOING good all the time is the right thing to do, even if we don’t have to for this is how we strengthen and live up with our covenant with God. In second Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul told the Church of the Thessalonians that they “should never tire of doing what is good” and that they should never be idle, […]