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Unexpected response from God

Sunday, 03 July 2011 00:00

Something must be terribly wrong with the world today. Despite technological developments to improve the quality of life and despite the reported upliftment of millions of people in developing nations from poverty, life across the globe is becoming more difficult. The World Bank reports that within a year, from April 2010 to April 2011, global food prices have increased by as much as 36 percent, partly due to the rising cost of crude oil, which has increased a staggering 21 percent during the first quarter alone of 2011. Consequently, an estimated 44 million additional human beings have fallen below the poverty threshold from June 2010 to June 2011.

When suffering becomes a virtue

Sunday, 03 April 2011 00:00

A theological impasse. In our Gospel reading today, the disciples of Jesus present to him a man born blind and ask for whose sins he is paying, his parents or his own? It was a theological conundrum for Jesus’ disciples; at stake was the credibility of God. If the man were paying for the sins of his parents,God would be unjust for inflicting punishment upon the innocent for the guilt of others. On the other hand, if he were paying for his own sins, God would be equally cruel for punishing an individual anticipatedly, by blinding him at birth for sins he had not yet committed.

Remedy for self-misery

Sunday, 06 February 2011 00:00

The prophet Isaiah instructs the faithful of Israel, “Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and homeless, clothe the naked”, moral commands that are shared by various religious traditions. But two aspects of Isaiah’s injunctions are quite ironic. First, his addressees are not the wealthy and influential, but rather, deportees in Babylon. He directs the dispossessed, impoverished and oppressed Israelites to give to the hungry and care for the exploited, to be charitable to those who share their miserable lot.

The infinite in the particulars of our lives

Sunday, 02 January 2011 00:00
Today, the Feast of the Epiphany, officially ends the Christmas season. Today’s feast, the Lord’s manifestation, and Christmas, the Incarnation of the Eternal Word, point to the same mystery—God’s Self-revelation to humankind in the person of Jesus Christ.

Can the wolf and lamb ever lie down together?

Sunday, 05 December 2010 00:00

A mother was in a quandary as to what to serve her children for dinner. The eldest demanded, “As an animal activist I refuse to eat meat. Haven’t you seen how they mercilessly slaughter cows, pigs and chickens? It’s obviously immoral to eat meat! And any rational person can see that.”

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