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Jesus, the source of wellness and life

Jesus, the source of wellness and life

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mk 5:21-24, 35b-43 (B) June 28, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB SUFFERING and death are part and parcel of human existence. They strike all: strong and weak, poor and rich, young and old, good and bad alike. Such truth makes them an even deeper mystery which no one will [...]

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mk 4:35-41 (B) June 21, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE disciples that evening expected a smooth and fast crossing, but their hopes were dashed by the increasing violence of the wind. Soon the gentle waves of the lake of Gennesareth swelled into mountain-like crests which seemed determined to [...]

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Witnesses and partners of God’s wonders

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mk 4:26-34 (B) June 14, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB WE live in a world of wonders. Even the simplest flower, the smallest insect, the chicks trotting behind their mother hen, the playful dolphins . . . anything that has life and can give origin to similar beings fills [...]

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A covenant that leads to communion

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Mk 14:12-16, 22-26 (B) June 7, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE Eucharistic celebration is the core of Catholic worship and the renewal of our covenant with God. This renewal has its “apex” in sacramental Communion. That is the moment when the two “contracting parties” reach [...]

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Blessed Trinity: the source and fulfillment of all love

Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity, Matthew 28:16-20 (B) May 31, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB CREATED in the image and likeness of God, man is the most noble of all creatures. Without baptism, however, we are only the privileged recipients of God’s creative love. Through baptism, instead, we also receive God’s redeeming and elevating [...]

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The Holy Spirit, the source of all gifts in the Church

Solemnity of Pentecost, John 20:19-23 (B) May 24, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB AN extraordinary outpouring of the divine Spirit on all mankind had been foretold by the prophet Joel (see Jl 3:1-5), but the effect of the fulfillment of such a prophecy went beyond every expectation. PENTECOST was not just a matter of [...]

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Sent to carry on Christ’s evangelizing mission

  Ascension of the Lord,  Jn 17:11b-19 (B) 49th World Communications Sunday May 17, 2015 THE glorification of Christ at his Ascension ushered in the time of the Church–the time of the proclamation of the Gospel addressed to all peoples through the cracking voice of men who were themselves frail and sinful. By human standards, [...]

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What makes us one with God and neighbor

6th Sunday of Easter, John 15:9-17  (B) Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015 There is in us an instinctive selfishness – an unmistakable sign of the deep wound inflicted on all the descendants of Adam by original sin. It is a wound continuously kept open by all subsequent sins. Because of this, we often feel tempted [...]

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Gift and challenge:  to be one in Christ  and with Christ

5th Sunday of Easter, John 15:1-18 (B) Feast of Christ, King of Divine Mercy May 3, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE claim, “Apart from me, you can do nothing,” would sound empty or offensive and off-putting even on the lips of the most popular leader. Yet, when it comes to Jesus, we have [...]

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“Junior Good Shepherds” today

4th Sunday of Easter, John 10:11-18 (B) Good Shepherd Sunday April 26, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB BEING mostly a shepherding people, Israel enjoyed thinking of the Lord as its divine “Shepherd.” The pious Jews expressed their trust in God’s providential care and protection by singing: “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall want [...]

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The Risen Christ opens for us the  treasures of the Scriptures

3rd Sunday of Easter, Luke 24:35-48 (B) April 19, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB ALL pious Jews, including the disciples of Christ, were familiar with the content of the sacred writings. But although they knew the prophecies about the Messiah, they were unable to understand a very important part of their essential message—the mission [...]

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Believing and witnessing to the reality of  the resurrection

2nd Sunday of Easter, John 20L19-31 (B) Feast of Christ, King of Divine Mercy April 12, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB WHO could blame Thomas for his refusal to believe what his co-disciples were saying about the apparition of the risen Jesus? He was a concrete, “positive” man. To believe what his friends were [...]

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EASTER SUNDAY April 5, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE Resurrection is, first of all, an event that concerns Jesus Christ. He experienced it in all its transforming vitality, just as he had experienced the destructive power of sin in his agony and death. The resurrection can be seen as “God’s greatest comeback” in [...]

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, Mark 14:1 – 15:47 (B) “Alay Kapwa” Sunday, March 29, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB JESUS’ entry into Jerusalem was the first scene in the last act of his life. That was a day of glory in his life, the apex of his popularity. It could have been [...]

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5th Sunday of Lent, John 11:1-45 (B) March 22, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB VALUABLE items have a high price. Important achievements are the crowning of courage, determination, effort, and perseverance. Medals, whether gained in sports, civil service or war time are never a formality. Behind that small piece of metal there lies a [...]

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4th Sunday of Lent, John 3:14-21 (B) March 15, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB FATHERS are expected to be loving, forgiving, and selfless. Unfortunately, not a few fall short of this expectation. And even the very good ones sometimes do fail, due to the weakness of human nature. There is only one father who [...]

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