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The challenge to be humble and generous

The challenge to be humble and generous

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 14:7-14 August 28, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB A LITERAL and superficial interpretation of the conclusion of the first part of today’s Gospel passage can be misleading. It sounds as if one should choose the lowest place in order to be invited to move higher, right in [...]

The challenge to enter through the “narrow gate”

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 13:22-30 August 21, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE question posed by Jesus’ interviewer sounded almost impertinent, in its superficial curiosity: “Will only a few people be saved?” Clearly, the interviewer was interested in numbers, in statistics . . . . But he was missing the whole [...]

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Mary’s Assumption: a source of joy and hope

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Luke 1:39-56, August 15, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB ALL the members of a group or family rejoice at the natural gifts, good fortune and achievements of one of them. And with good reason, for those assets and triumphs are also theirs, to some extent, as they all [...]

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Making Gospel-inspired choices, come what may

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 12:49-53 August 14, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB IN an era characterized by pluralism and relativisms, many hold that one choice may be as good as another, and that all depends on who chooses what and why. One can belong to one party or another, prefer one [...]

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The dynamic preciousness of our faith

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 12:32-48 Parish Priests’ Sunday, August 7,2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB FAITH is not just an intellectual assent to truths revealed by God. A living faith is a vital relationship with God who continually makes His presence felt in our lives. It is a response of total openness, [...]

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The challenge to become rich in God’s sight

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 12:13-21 Fil-Mission Sunday, July 31, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB   ALL that God creates has value, for He imprints in all creatures the mark of His wisdom and power. But not all creatures have the same value. Just as there are different degrees of perfection and [...]

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An invitation to pray with trust-filled hope

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 11:1-13 July 24, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB   IN today’s First Reading, we have a moving example of prayer of intercession, while the Gospel offers a clear invitation to pray with perseverance, full of hope. Abraham, the man of faith and the friend of God, upon [...]

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Meeting the Lord through action and contemplation

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 10:38-42 July 17, 2016   By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB NOWADAYS, technology and competition force people to be more active and creative. In many cases, it is a question of survival. All this entails the danger that man may live a superficial life, even a noisy and agitated [...]

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Love without borders

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 10:25-37 July 10, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE Christian concept of neighbor is easy to define in words–neighbor is every human being, especially one who is in need of help. But it may be quite hard to accept it in practice, for it is very demanding [...]

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The universal call to proclaim and build  God’s Kingdom

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 July 3, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB   SO few workers for such an abundant harvest! This remark, justified in the time of Jesus, is more than appropriate today. There is the whole world to be brought to Jesus. Or better, Jesus has to be [...]

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One with Christ in sorrow and joy

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 9:51-62 June 26, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB JESUS was aware of the dramatic end that awaited him in Jerusalem and had already informed his disciples about it in no ambiguous terms. (Lk 9:44.) Had he followed his survival instinct, he would have delayed his going to [...]

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Demands and reward of discipleship

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 9:18-24 June 19, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THERE are people who consider religious faith as a form of “safety insurance” or even “success insurance.” Itʼs the theory of what some call “prosperity-faith.” They believe that if they are faithful to the Lord, nothing unpleasant will befall [...]

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The roots and fruits of forgiveness

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 7:36-8: June 12, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB TODAY’S Gospel episode (together with the reflection we can make on it) fits perfectly the central theme of the “Year of Mercy” that we are celebrating: the theme of Godʼs merciful love, which finds its privileged manifestation in forgiving [...]

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Our God is the God of life

  10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 7:11-17 June 5, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB There are people who believe that life on earth has appeared by chance, the fruit of a blind evolution that has no mind, no heart, no purpose . . . They are grossly wrong! This nonsensical explanation of [...]

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The Eucharist:  Christ’s most precious and challenging gift

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, (C)  Lk 9:11b-17 May 29, 2016> By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE Second Vatican Council has called the Eucharist “the source and summit of the Church’s life.” (See Apostolic Constitution “Lumen Gentium” #11.) Its preciousness is simply unimaginable for us, frail human beings, for the Eucharist is [...]

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The God of love from we whom come, in whom we live,  to whom we go

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity(C), John 16:12-15 May 22, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB OUR belief in the Trinity—One God in three “Persons”—is no vain fantasizing about a remote mathematical riddle. Rather, it is the humble and grateful acceptance in faith of the great mystery of Divine Love which was revealed by Our [...]

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