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In a final examination in college, a student who figured he didn’t do so well, wrote on his exam paper, “Blessed are the merciful.”

Why God became human

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Once there was a flock of ducks frantically flopping amidst a brewing storm. Apparently they were looking for some warmth and shelter. A certain farmer saw them and, moved to compassion, got out and tried to shoo the poor ducks into a warm shed, but the more he “shooed,” the more they panicked.

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The spotlight in this Fourth Sunday of Advent is focused on St. Joseph, who was a man of few words that’s why little is known about him.

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In the gospel reading this 2nd Sunday of Advent, Jesus’ forerunner John the Baptist’s message to all creatures is: “Reform your lives. The reign of God is at hand.” Unless we change our course to God’s way, we are headed for destruction.

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Today is the feast of Christ the King. When Jesus was crucified, a crude, wooden sign (caratola) was nailed over his head with the inscription INRI, which in Latin means “Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum.” In English, “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews.”

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Missionaries at home

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One Sunday morning after saying Mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Kamuning some years ago, a couple approached me, their baby cuddled by the wife. “Father, we’re from this parish,” they greeted.

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