Long Gray Line. The Philippine Military Academy SINAGLAHI (Sundalong Isinilang na may Angking Galing at Lakas, Handang Ipaglaban ang Bayan) graduating class of 2015 toss their chako during their graduation rites at the Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City on Sunday last week. 172 strong cadets of the SINAGLAHI graduated from the academy and were given the rank of marine ensigns or second lieutenants in the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force. RMC PIA-CAR
Baguio Boy Cadet First Class Arwi Chiday Martinez flocked by his proud parents, Dancio and Lolita Martinez, during the Philippine Military Academy SINAGLAHI (Sundalong Isinilang na may Angking Galing at Lakas, Handang Ipaglaban ang Bayan) 2015 Graduation rites at the Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City on Sunday last week. Martinez urged his colleagues not to rush into military actions at the cost of peace in his valedictory address as he lead the 172 strong cadets during the graduation rites with President Aquino as the guest of honor and speaker. RMC PIA-CAR
The 172 strong cadets of the Philippine Military Academy SINAGLAHI (Sundalong Isinilang na may Angking Galing at Lakas, Handang Ipaglaban ang Bayan) Graduating Class of 2015 marching courageously at the Borromeo Field during the commencement exercises on Sunday March 15. RMC PIA-CAR
Proud Igorot. Baguio Boy Cadet First Class Arwi Chiday Martinez receives the Presidential Saber from President Benigno Aquino III during the Philippine Military Academy SINAGLAHI (Sundalong Isinilang na may Angking Galing at Lakas, Handang Ipaglaban ang Bayan) 2015 Graduation rites at the Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City on Sunday last week. Martinez urged his colleagues not to rush into military actions at the cost of peace in his valedictory address as he lead the 172 strong cadets during the graduation rites with President Aquino as the guest of honor and speaker. RMC PIA-CAR

Daily Reading

"Before Abraham was, I am"

Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death." The Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, as did the prophets;

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"You have found favor with God"

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David;

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"When you have lifted up the Son of man"

Again he said to them, "I go away, and you will seek me and die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come."

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"Go, and do not sin again"

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.

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"When I am lifted up - I will draw all people to myself"

Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.

"Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? `Father, save me from this hour'? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify thy name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again." The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him." Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out; and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." He said this to show by what death he was to die.

- John 12:20-33

Meditation: How does God bring us into an inseparable bond of love and unity with himself? God is a covenant-maker who draws men and women to himself in a bond of peace and friendship. God established a covenant with his people when he freed them from slavery in Egypt and brought them to his holy mountain at Sinai. "I will be your God, and you will be my people" (Exodus 6:7; Leviticus 26:12). But his people time and again broke covenant with him and did not follow his ways (Jeremiah 31:32) - "each did what was right in his or her own eyes" (Judges 17:26 and 21:25). God, nonetheless, continued to send his prophets to draw his people back.

 

Reaction to Jesus' words

When they heard these words, some of the people said, "This is really the prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Is the Christ to come from Galilee?

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