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'I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.' Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A. [In the Philippines, The Feast of the Santo Niño]

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The Gospel of John (1:29-34) Directed by Philip Saville

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GospelJohn 1:29-34 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.’ And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God…

'He is God not of the dead, but of the living.' Sunday Reflections, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Moses Before the Burning Bush Domenico Fetti [Web Gallery of Art]

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GospelLuke 20:27-38 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, ‘Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in …

Fukushima Cleanup: Slow Progress

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A tsunami flooded the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant eight years ago.

Fires, explosions and meltdowns followed.

Folks living within 20 kilometers were told to leave the area.

Radiation levels are dropping. A few folks are moving back. Clearing debris and removing radioactive fuel rods is taking more time than expected....

(More, at A Catholic Citizen in America)

Keiko Uemura, a spring flower in the desert. Sunday Reflections, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Keiko Uemura on her First Communion Day, December 1971 Keiko died 27 April 1972, aged 14
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GospelMark 6:1-6 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition)
Jesus left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ And he could do no deed of power there, except…