"Father, I have sinned against heaven and you"

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."

So he told them this parable: And he said, "There was a man who had two sons;  and the younger of them said to his father, `Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in  loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, `How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants."' And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced  him and kissed him. And the son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, `Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry. "Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, `Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, `Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I  might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!' And he said to him, `Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"
- Luke 15:1-3,11-32

Meditation: How can you love someone who turns their back on you and still forgive them from the heart? The prophets remind us that God does not abandon us, even if we turn our backs on him (Micah 7:18). He calls us back to himself - over and over and over again. Jesus' story of the father and his two sons (sometimes called the parable of the prodigal son) is the longest parable in the Gospels.

"Lord Jesus, may I never doubt your love nor take for granted the mercy you have shown to me. Fill me with your transforming love that I may be merciful as you are merciful."

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Army troopers discover NPA camps in Kalinga

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All systems go for Kalinga's 22nd founding anniversary, first Bodong fest

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Kalinga enterprise council strengthens convergence

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DENR pushes bamboo production in Kalinga

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RDC-CAR adopts 2017 work and financial plan

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The safe closure and rehabilitation of disposal facility of Kiangan

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MASA MASID teams to be organized in barangays




 LAGAWE, Ifugao, Mar.8 (PIA) - - Mayor Martin Habawel, Jr   of this town  has ordered the creation of the Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA MASID) teams   in the 20 barangays of the municipality.

“This is to heighten community involvement by mobilizing the support of local stakeholders, volunteers, civic organizations, faith-based organizations, and the private sectors in the fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption,” he  explained.

The MASA MASID team will be composed of the barangay captain, chairman of the Peace and Order Committee and a representative from the non-government organization in the community.

The team will be tasked to conduct information and education campaigns, organize forums, seminars and related activities on prevention and demand reduction, coordinate and partner with the schools for possible partnership on information drive against illegal drugs, and secure the support of local media such as radio, print and on the use of social media.

It will also encourage the support of interfaith leaders in incorporating anti-illegal drug advocacy in their services and forge partnership with local organizations whose primary mission is to fight illegal drugs.  

MASA MASID is a barangay-based anti-criminality, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs program which encourages multi-sectoral partnership to intensify the spirit of volunteerism at the community level. By: Marcelo B. Lihgawon  (JDP/MBL-– PIA CAR, Ifugao)

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60 individuals trained as security guards under DSWD’s SLP

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Daily Reading

"You are not far from the kingdom of God"

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which  commandment is the first of all?"  Jesus answered, "The first is, `Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; 

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"God's kingdom has come upon you"

Now he was casting out a demon that was dumb; when the demon had gone out, the dumb man spoke, and the people marveled.

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"Whoever relaxes one of the commandments "

"Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.

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"How often shall I forgive?"

Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?"

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Joseph did as the angel commanded him

Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 

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A spring of water welling up to eternal life

So he came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.  Jacob's well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

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"Father, I have sinned against heaven and you"

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."

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