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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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Did you know that Jesus mentioned “television” in the gospel? After the Transfiguration at Mt. Tabor, he said: “Tel-e-vision to no one.” (Mark 9,9).

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Nanding B. was making good as a high-ranking executive of a giant beverage company in Makati. After many years of service, his friends and office mates were dumbfounded when he quit his high-paying job to work fulltime in the charismatic renewal apostolate.

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Several years ago a popular bumper sticker read, “Stop the world; I want to get off.” The slogan was in protest to all the violence and insanity going on in the world.

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