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Forgive & be forgiven

This point was so important in the mind of Jesus that when he taught us to pray, he made it explicit: “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us” – words we pray over and over in the Mass, but do we really mean them?

Fraternal correction

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ONE woman told another: “My neighbor is always criticizing her husband. But look at me. My husband is irresponsible, lazy and a coward; but have I ever said anything bad about him?” (Look who’s talking!).

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A lot of love stories end with the words: “And they lived happily ever after.” Is that really true? There’s a guy who got married expecting to have a lasting marital bliss.

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Nicknames are given to people to describe one of their characteristics. That’s why we call some people “Shorty,” “Kulot” (curly haired), “Palito” or “Patpat” (skinny), and so on. In this 21st Sunday gospel, Jesus called Simon “Rock,” implying that he was solid and firm.

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Persevering prayer

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There’s an old saying which goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” (Obviously, this doesn’t apply to committing suicide!).

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The gospel story for this 19th Sunday relates about our Lord walking on water. Somebody joked that he did this because, being a poor man, he could not afford the exorbitant fare charged by the profiteering boat owners!

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