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Brother and sister and mother

  IN the Near East where kinship ties are very strong, it is customary to call cousins or close rela­tives as “brothers” or “sisters.” Affiliation to Jesus, how­ever, goes beyond blood relations. Jesus presents a new dimension to be part of his new family – a rela­tionship of faith. Anyone who listens to his words […]

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Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing

  IN writing his gospel, the evan­gelist Luke states his intention to establish a link between the Old Covenant/Testament and the New, with Jesus Christ as the main connection. He writes to a certain Theophilus, who may be construed as the patron who pays for the manuscripts ac­cording to the custom of his time (no […]

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Proclaim the gospel to every creature

  GOSPEL exe­getes believe that the original version of Mark’s Gospel ended with the women afraid to tell the story about the resurrection of Jesus (cf 16:8). To dispel the lingering doubts among the disciples and the Eleven Apostles, a later redactor (with a differ­ent literary style) added a sec­tion (Mk 16:9-20) to include the […]

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Seventy-two other disciples

    IN an earlier account Luke describes Jesus as sending the Twelve Apos­tles (represent­ing the Twelve tribes) on a mis­sion to the whole people of Israel (cf Lk 9:1-6). In the Gospel, Luke reports of a parallel mission given to 72 disciples, recalling the 72 el­ders who were anointed to assist Moses in his […]

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A large number of people followed

  MARK mentions that the people come from seven geographical areas, thereby implying the universal character of Jesus’ mission. The salvific actions of Jesus – teaching, healing, casting out evil spirits – are meant for the whole world. The crowd presses upon Jesus because of the healing miracles and the power of his preaching. But […]

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The man with a withered hand

  WHILE the Pharisees adhere to the strict observance of the law that prohibits work on the Sabbath (cf Ex 31:12-17), Jesus’ gaze goes beyond the legal casuistry as he heals the man with a withered hand. It is an accepted prin­ciple among the Jewish rabbis that “any danger to life takes precedence over the […]

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