Theme: Ambassadors and Companions

Any good relations among nations begin with good relationships between individuals. In the light of this, we have the duty to develop the necessary reverence for the differences that exist among us without which a mature and honest interaction cannot occur. Every Baptized person should be an ambassador of common good. On this earth we are all foreigners thus reverence for the diversity that exists among us should be respected; without this, a mature and honest interaction cannot occur. Today we need to affirm that God’s saving plan for humanity admits of no exclusiveness. The covenant offered by God to his people has no limitations regarding race, gender or ethnicity.

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Theme: Present in peace and in panic

Above the office door of the Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung, hung a stone plaque inscribed with the words: Called or Not, God is Present. Jung’s sign summarized in a few words what the Bible has put forth in thousands of words indicating that the transcendent almighty God chooses to be with humanity, to communicate and move among us whether is called or not. Even a simple reading of Scripture will reveal that numerous human experiences of God were underscored by the assurance of God’s presence. Words such as: ‘I am with you’ are from God encouraging Abraham in Genesis 17:7 and ultimately, the steady presence of God took a name, Emmanuel in Isaiah 7:14.

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Theme: God, bless us with wisdom

Has it ever happened to you to imagine that one day you could find yourself the President, Prime minister, Inspector General of Police, a millionaire for a while; .... what would you do? What if you won the lottery; how would you spend it? Obviously, the answers to these ‘What if?’ queries would vary, depending upon the respondent’s age, background, circumstances in life and preferences. Young children, for example, may wish to meet Superman, but those mature in the business of living would probably reflect that maturity in their answers rooted in and shaped by the values a person holds.

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Theme: Come, eat, listen, learn and live

Researchers on world nutrition report that for 2/3 of our population lack of food daily. This class of people does not experience the slightest twinge of abdominal rumbling which may occur if a meal is skipped. There is also a group of people in deep pain, sunken-eyes, emaciating bodies with a type of hunger which is virtually starvation. In reality, every day, at least 1500 people die of hunger. To further compound this situation, billions of dollars are spent annually on a variety of weight loss products and programs because 1/3 of the world’s population is bursting with 75% of its food supply. For some of us who are among the fortunate that physical hunger is not a routine experience, it may be difficult to appreciate the impact of today’s readings but try to fit in.

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Theme: Patience pays

If we were compare the mercy and patience of God to the cruelty of some human persons, what strikes is a tremendous contrast of extremes. There is a tendency among us human beings to distinguish, discriminate and even to ridicule one another. This high measure of weakness and diminishment of personal value has in some occasions unfortunately proved to be a sufficient momentum for provoking some of the darkest periods in the history of humankind.

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