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By Mario Martinez

Mario Martinez For most, Easter Sunday is a social day when we look forward to sharing the company of others. Some will visit a loved one’s home, while others will open the doors of their home to host family and friends. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, hospitality is “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.” For some, this reception of others creates absolute delight, while for others utter dismay. Wherever we may find ourselves on the scale between delight and dismay, we can all agree that hospitality has very profound implications. More than opening our home, being friendly, or generous with others, reception is about opening our hearts to others and becoming a self-gift.

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By Maria Covarrubias

 At the beginning of our Lenten journey, the Lord, through the prophet Joel, was asking us: “Return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. ” [Joel 2, 11-13]

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By Maria Covarrubias

 The Gospel of John begins by narrating, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world” (John 1, 6-9). 

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