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Leaven

How is it you do not understand?” It was Jesus question to His disciples. It’s not started by Jesus explaining something to the disciples and then tested them…No. The problem was started when the disciples reasoning among themselves after Jesus told them to beware of the “leaven” of the Pharisees and “leaven” of Herod.

You can find it in today’s Gospel at Mark 8:14-21.

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Seek the Truth

Today in the Gospel, the Pharisees seeking a sign from Jesus to test Him. Then Jesus sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.” (Mark 8:12).

Are you seeking the truth? Have you found it?

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Love the Sinner

Are you a sinner? Are you craving of love?

Today the Catholic church celebrates the day of the sick. Many churches held healing services after today’s mass. Today is also a special Sunday, because it is a week before the pre-Easter period. I think it’s not a coincidence that this week the church celebrates the healing of the sick, just before the Easter preparation.

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Love the Sinner

Are you a sinner? Are you craving of love?

Today the Catholic church celebrates the day of the sick. Many churches held healing services after today’s mass. Today is also a special Sunday, because it is a week before the pre-Easter period. I think it’s not a coincidence that this week the church celebrates the healing of the sick, just before the Easter preparation.

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Insecure

Are you insecure?

Jeroboam, the former man whose most of Israel’s people had been given into, was so much insecure so that he betrayed God. On the other hand, Jesus, although He didn’t have much food when He had to fed thousands of people, trust in God and then miracle happened.

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Just the Two of Us

Does it sound like a romantic phrase? Maybe you’ve heard or said it several times, but have you ever said it to God? Have you heard God said that to you?

1 Kings 11:29-32;12:18, today’s first reading is about Ahijah, the prophet, blessed Jeroboam as God told him that parts of Solomon’s kingdom will be given to Jeroboam. Jeroboam was one of Solomon’s officer. (Then it came true what God told Solomon before, that He will give parts if Solomon’s kingdom to his servant.)

The Gospel today is taken from Mark 7:31-37. Its story is about Jesus healed someone who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech.

There is one common thing which is quite interesting in the two readings according to my reflection. It is the way Ahijah blessed Jeroboam and the way Jesus healed the sick. Both were done when there were “just the two of them“.

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Attached to God

Are you attached to God? Whom your heart attached to?

Today the first passage is from 1 Kings 11:4-13. After the previous story told about King Solomon’s wisdom, today’s reading is like a sad ending of the story. Well, today we read that King Solomon in his old age, loves many foreign women. It’s not about the origin of the women that actually matters. It’s about their beliefs and how they made Solomon following them. King Solomon turned his heart from God of Israel and prayed to the gods of his wives. This act made God angry. That’s why in the end of the story, God said, Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.” (1 Kings 11:11)

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