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What matters in our life

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 (B) August 30, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB TRADITIONS and social conventions are part and parcel of our life. They are signs of our links with the past and our dependence on it. Such traditions and conventions can be a precious treasure enriching us in [...]

The courage to stand up for Jesus

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, John 6:60-69 (B) August 23, 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 [...]

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Eucharist, the food and drink of eternal life

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, John 6:51-58 (B) August 16, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THERE is an intrinsic connection between food and life. Food is indispensable to preserve and increase life. Likewise, there is an intrinsic connection between the Eucharist and man’s spiritual life. Jesus develops this theme in his discourse on the [...]

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Jesus, the life-giving bread from heaven

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, John 6:41-51 (B) August 9, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE Jews felt bewildered at Jesus’ claim that he was “the bread that came down from heaven” (Jn 6:41). They just couldn’t take it. They felt that they were very well informed about the origin of that young preacher: [...]

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Reach out for the stars!

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, John 6:24-35 (B) August 2, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE people that tracked down Jesus didn’t easily accept to lose sight of him. In their enthusiasm they crossed the lake and looked for him everywhere, till they found him at Capernaum. Frankly, their motivation was not very high: [...]

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The small gifts that feed the crowd

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, John 6:1-15 (B) Fil-Mission Sunday, July 26, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB IT was springtime around the Lake of Gennesareth and in the hearts of the people who followed Jesus. His presence, his words, the miracles he had been performing had aroused in them a joyful expectation never experienced [...]

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The caring Good Shepherd

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mk 6:30-34 (B) July 19, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB JESUS and the handful of his faithful disciples were on the brink of exhaustion. They had been on the go for weeks, trying to cope with an ever increasing demand from the people: preaching, healing diseases of every kind, [...]

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Empty hands and hearts full of love

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mk 6:7-13 (B) July 12, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE send-off of the Twelve was an act of tremendous importance in Jesus’ apostolic life. After a whole night spent in prayer, he called them one by one (see Lk 6:12f.), from various walks of life, to be his [...]

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mk 6:1-6 (B) July 5, 2015 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB BEING appreciated and accepted is a basic human need. Rejection always inflicts a moral wound which hurts us all the more when it comes from the people we love. Most of the prophets of Israel, especially Jeremiah and Ezekiel, [...]

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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 [...]

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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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