Theme: Only true love matters

Once in a while, the gloomy reporting of the world’s violence and hatred is pierced by an account of selfless courage and sacrifice. One such account featured the heroism of St. Maximilian Kolbe. He was a priest prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp between 1939 and 1945 when the Jews were being executed by Hitler. Fr. Kolbe surprised his executioners when he spontaneously offered himself to replace a randomly chosen prisoner who was to be killed in place of a prisoner who had escaped. This priest of courage, without hesitation, jumped into the line and asked to substitute one victim because he had family to take care of even if it meant a few days.

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Theme: To you Lord I surrender

God’s ways are not always our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts, yet what we can be sure of is that any human life lived in faith and spent in attending to the will of God, becomes meaningful since only God can provide true and durable life trends. Our concern today is the struggle of knowing and living God’s will even when such knowledge and the life-style entail suffering.

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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: Who has the key?

Today’s readings put the notion of authority before us. We ought to keep in mind right from the start that authority is not an easy concept to define. Although it is perhaps most often associated with legitimate power, authority and power are not necessarily the same thing. For example, a mugger with a weapon has power over his/her victim, but no valid authority. On the other hand, authentic authority does have something to do with influencing the thinking and behavior of people. The Lord Jesus is inviting us to have the keys that can open for us the doors of true authority.

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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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