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The condition to enjoy a foretaste of heaven

The condition to enjoy a foretaste of heaven

  6th Sunday of Easter (C), John 14:23-29 May 1, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB IT is a matter of consistency—those who claim to believe in Christ and love him have to prove it through their actions. Jesus is not satisfied with verbal protestations of love and faithfulness. He wants action. Already at the [...]

God’s partners in creating a love-driven world

5th Sunday of Easter (C), John 13:31-33a; 34-35 April 24, 2016<   By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB WE Christians have something wonderful to look forward to: a totally “new world.” This will consist in a condition of perfect happiness, characterized by the absence of any form of suffering and by the deepest experience of God’s saving [...]

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Shepherds, strong in faith and full of love

4th Sunday of Easter (C), John 10:27-30 Good Shepherd Sunday, April 17, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB BEING mostly a shepherding people, the Israelites/Jews enjoyed thinking of the Lord as their divine “Shepherd.” They expressed their faith and trust in God’s provident care and protection by singing: “The Lord is my shepherd, there is [...]

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Peter, the head steward of Christ’s flock

3rd Sunday of Easter (C), John 21:1-19 April 10, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB AFTER the Resurrection, Jesus’ external appearance must have been quite altered if no one could recognize him at first sight . . . But what had not undergone any change in him was his love for his disciples, in spite [...]

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“Signs” of reality of the Resurrection

2nd Sunday of Easter (C), John 20:19-31 Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, 2016 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 saying about Jesus was [...]

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Christ’s resurrection: Glorious life for Him, new life for all!

Easter Sunday (C), John 20:1-9 March 27, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB   THE Resurrection is, first of all, an event that concerns Jesus Christ. It is his personal triumph over death, and the confirmation of the truth of his teaching. He had spoken about it before it happened. The fulfillment of that prophecy [...]

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The Eucharist:  Christ’s empowering and transforming gift

Holy Thursday (C), Luke 4:16-21 Commemoration of the Last Supper March 24, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB GIFT-GIVING is an interpersonal and social activity that is found in all human societies. A gift is a sign of love. This is what makes it precious and meaningful. The greater the love, the more precious the [...]

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Saved by Christ’s heroic love

  Passion (Palm) Sunday (C), Luke 22:14-23:56 Alay Kapwa Sunday, March 20, 2016   By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB JESUS had a mission to accomplish—to save mankind from the disastrous consequences of sin and establish the Kingdom of God on earth. That was the very reason why he was born. And the whole of his [...]

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Renewed and saved by God’s merciful love

5th Sunday of Lent (C), John 8:1-11 March 13, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THAT day Jerusalem was set to witness the public execution of a confessed sinner—a woman caught in adultery. The case was clear. The punishment was known to all: death by stoning. (See Lv 20:10 ff and Dt 22:22ff.) But that [...]

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Transfiguration: A lesson on the power of prayer

2nd Sunday of Lent (C), Lk 9:28b-36 February 21, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB   THE remark that Jesus was praying when “his face changed in appearance and his clothes became dazzling white” (Lk 9:29) is often glossed over as if it were a negligible detail, possibly because it is only Luke who mentions [...]

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Fighting the greatest “Liberation War”

  1st Sunday of Lent (C), Lk 4:1-13 Migrants’ Sunday,  February 14, 2016   By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB ONE of the first objectives of the devil is to convince us that he does not exist. If he does not succeed in that, he tries to make us believe that, after all, he is not [...]

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Lent: an opportunity to set our priorities right

Ash Wednesday (C), Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Beginning of the Lenten Season February 10, 2016   By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THERE is in each of us a potential “actor” who can transform our lives into a show of vanity and hypocrisy. Though in different degrees, we all experience the desire for praise and approval from [...]

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Strong and faithful to the end

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Lk 4:21-30 January 31, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB PROPHETS are a strange breed of people. Often a torment to themselves and others, they are the “critical conscience” of God’s people and of all mankind. Endowed with a unique knowledge of God’s will and plan, they evaluate events [...]

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The mission to set people free from all forms of evil

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 January 24, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB JESUS was a man with a mission, the most difficult and challenging mission, in fact – to save the whole of mankind! His mission had already been described by the prophet Isaiah when he spoke of the “Servant [...]

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Challenged to grow in wisdom and grace

Feast of the Sto. Niño (C), Lk 2:41-52 January 17, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB   THE news must have spread like fire in a forest of pine trees: there was in the Temple a wonder boy who kept amazing the teachers of the Law not only with his answers, but also with his [...]

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One with sinners to save them

Baptism of the Lord (C), Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 January 10, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB WE say that people make a “prophetic gesture” when they do something striking that is also a sign of greater things to come. Those gestures reveal the depth of their passion or commitment; they are meant to shake people [...]

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