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Recruiting workers for the Kingdom

Recruiting workers for the Kingdom

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, (Matt 4:12-23) January 22, 2017 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THERE are moments in life when something unexpected happens which makes all the difference. It happens to us. It happens in us. These are events which change the course of our life, often in a radical manner. Such [...]

Dissention and Division in the Church

Homily on the Third Sunday of Year A, (Matt 4:12-23) January 22, 2017 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD IT is not easy to unite a fractious nation such as Afghanistan that experienced more than two decades of bloodletting, where various ethnic groups vie for power, and the military has a well-entrenched control over the [...]

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The Humiliated God in the Image of Santo Niño

Homily on the Feast of Santo Niño, Year A, (Matt 18:1-5.10) January 15, 2017 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD IN a section on the life of Brother Juniper, one of the original companions of St Francis of Assisi, the book The Little Flower of St Francis relates that one day, when Brother Juniper saw [...]

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Encountering Jesus in the signs of  His presence in the Church

Homily on the Solemnity of Epiphany (A), Matthew 2:1-12 January 8, 2017 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD A NUMBER of Catholics have embraced “born-again” Christianity and Protestant Fundamentalism. Of course, there are various reasons for this phenomenon, some psychological, others sociological. But if there is anything of interest to us this Sunday, it has [...]

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Mother of God, Mother of peace

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Luke 2:16-21 World Day of Peace, January 1, 2017 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB EXTERNALLY, Mary looked like all other girls in the village: fresh and pretty, modest and kind, respectful of the elders and devout in her prayers. Her activities were in no way different from those of [...]

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Jesus, the light of our lives

Solemnity of Christmas (A), John 1:1-18 December 25, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THERE is no doubt that we live in a world darkened by sin—sin in its almost innumerable forms of pride, lust, exploitation, injustice, oppression, terrorism, hunger, war . . . . We are surrounded by this ocean of man-made forms of [...]

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Joseph: God’s humble, faithful partner

4th Sunday of Advent (A), Matthew 1:18-24 December 18, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB A LOT of people yearn to be associated with important or famous persons even for just a short while. We see this verified when crowds gather around sports or showbiz idols in the hope of being photographed near them; or [...]

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God Is With Us—That’s Enough Guarantee  of Our Salvation!

Homily on the 4th Sunday of Advent A, (Matt 1:18-24) December 18, 2016 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD A FEW years ago, I went to Cebu City to celebrate the birthday of a friend. I almost did not make it, however, because our trip from Ormoc to Cebu was nearly cancelled, as the tropical [...]

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Has Jesus as Messiah Proved to Be a Disappointment?

Homily on the 3rd Sunday of Advent A, (Matt 11:2-11) December 11, 2016 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD WHAT can transform our present world that is rife with suffering and evil into a paradise of love, justice and peace? Time was when many people, given the evils attendant upon Industrial Revolution, thought that Socialism [...]

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Mary of Nazareth, the “Advent Woman,” Our Model

Immaculate Conception, Luke 1:26-38 December 8, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB The title “Immaculate Conception” sounds familiar to Catholic ears. But the meaning which we should associate with this term may not always be as correct or as rich as it should be. In fact, some wrongly interpret it as “virgin birth,” while others [...]

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There is no room for complacency

Homily on the 2nd Sunday of Advent A (Matt 3:1-12) December 4, 2016 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD A Christian cannot simply assure himself that his being part of the Church is enough guarantee of his salvation. And the Gospel today’s cautions us against that frame of mind by telling us about the outlook [...]

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Do not be caught flat-footed

Homily on the 1st Sunday of Advent A (Matt 24:37-44) November 27, 2016 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD NOT so long ago, America was bullish about itself. For all the laying-off of workers in some giant corporations, Americans enjoyed an unprecedented prosperity that was probably unmatched in 20 years or so. The only world [...]

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Jesus’ Leadership as a Scathing Critique of Leadership in Churches and in the World

Homily on the Solemnity of Christ the King Luke 23:35-43, November 20, 2016 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD TWO decades ago or thereabouts, I read a book entitled Night, written by a Hungarian Jew—was it a certain Wiesel?—about the execution of three men by the Gestapo in front of thousands of spectators in a [...]

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The day of perfect justice

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 21:5-19 November 13, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB JERUSALEM was particularly dear to all the members of the Chosen People. And in the whole City, the dearest part of all was the Temple. This was the pride of every generation; the source of inspiration for every young [...]

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Jesus’ Resurrection–Our Assurance of Life after Death

An Exegetical Reflection on the Gospel of the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Luke 20:27-38, November 6, 2016 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD AS A CONSEQUENCE of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States when three hijacked commercial planes toppled the twin-towers in Manhattan and wrecked havoc on the [...]

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There is no room for complacency

Homily on the 2nd Sunday of Advent A (Matt 3:1-12) December 4, 2016 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD “Eat Bulaga!” is a noon-time variety show in the Philippines aired by GMA Network. That it is the longest running television show in the country and broadcast worldwide through GMA Pinoy TV is an indication that [...]

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