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SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY January 6, 2008

Choosing a Different Way
By Diane M. Houdek
When we hear the phrase “speaking truth to power,” we usually think of those particularly courageous and prophetic figures who confront tyrants and oppressors, often at the cost of their own lives. And while such people are essential to our world and our church, many, if not most, of us know in our hearts that we can’t be like those people. But facing this truth about ourselves doesn’t mean that we give up our values, our beliefs, our commitment to positive change. It just means we need to find our own way. We each have unique gifts to offer the world, and today’s solemnity of the Epiphany reminds us that we are called, first and foremost, to bring those gifts to the newborn King, the Messiah, the Christ child, the Lord of all who was born in a humble stable in Bethlehem. The story from Matthew’s Gospel about the visit of the Magi that forms the basis of this feast shows us that the kingdom of God will always be at odds with the kingdoms of this earth. Were these visitors kings, wise men, astrologers, astronomers, philosophers? We don’t know for sure. What we do know is that they were seekers. Their field of study had led them to an awareness of a great event taking place in a distant land, one that was worth a long and arduous journey, the journey of a lifetime. When they arrive in Jerusalem, their natural expectations are met with confusion, suspicion and subterfuge. King Herod, threatened by the idea of a new ruler supplanting him, subverts the work of his own scholars and wise men to find out the answer to the magi’s question for his own purpose. But the men from the east continue on their journey. They arrive in Bethlehem, worship the child and present him with symbolic gifts: gold for kingship, frankincense for divinity, myrrh for the death that he would both endure and conquer. And the reading concludes with a telling sentence: “And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.” As I reflect on this, I find myself thinking of a number of questions, all of them slightly disturbing. Was it their coming to Jerusalem with their curiosity and questions that alerted the wicked king to the baby’s existence? If they hadn’t asked, would the prophecies naming Bethlehem as the Messiah’s birthplace have remained in the dusty custody of the Torah scholars? We know that Joseph was similarly warned in a dream to take the child to Egypt, but might it have prevented the deaths of all those babies? They didn’t return to Jerusalem and Herod with the specific location of the child, but had the damage already been done? Clearly they weren’t in a position to stop Herod. What could three foreigners do in the face of that notorious despot? Two thousand years later, we still wrestle with these same issues. What is our role, our responsibility? How do we confront the despots in our life? What do we do to protect the innocent, whether it’s one child or many? Epiphany refers to the manifestation of God’s presence in our human world, the showing forth of the kingdom of heaven. The Magi found the child because they sought him. Herod sought only his own power and destruction followed in his wake but he didn’t find the child. Faced with the choice of darkness or light, destruction or peace, which will we choose?

SUNDAY READINGS
Isaiah 60:1-6
God’s holy people lead the way for the rest of the nations.The nations will walk by their light.

Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
Paul preaches the mystery that Jews and gentiles are to be united in Christ.

Matthew 2:1-12
Jesus the Messiah is manifested not to King Herod, but to Magi from the East, who present the newborn King of the Jews with gold, frankincense and myrrh.

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REFLECTION QUESTIONS NOITCELFER SNOITSEUQ
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Why is it difficult to proclaim of the gospel? How can your family live the virtue of hospitality? When have you stayed silent when you might have spoken (and vice versa)? With what result?

THE HOME CHURCH
By Jeanne Hunt

The use of incense has special meaning in Catholic ritual.When blessed it is a sacramental. It’s burning represents our devotion and fervor; its fragrance symbolizes virtue; its rising smoke, human prayer ascending to God. Incense was the magi’s gift to Jesus and it is still a prayer gift for Catholics.

N OOCON ECTIONOO O O
“In the bleak midwinter,” as the hymn goes, enters the Feast of Epiphany. The Christmas trees are hitting the curb and we are putting away Christmas. But today’s Gospel says, “Hold your horses, Jesus is not a little plastic statue in a nativity scene. He’s real and he’s worth looking for!” As the darkness of winter surrounds us, as the bills pile up, as the world returns to the problems of hatred, dysfunction and greed, the Magi appear to point their fingers toward a radical path where we encounter the Messiah. We cannot live without this Christ. In our homes the message of the Magi means keeping our hearts and homes open to the unexpected guest. The presence of Jesus Christ is often hidden in the person of a lonely friend, a needy relative or an attentionstarved child. What we have heard in the bleak midwinter is that believing in the incarnation means that we have an attitude of hospitality. The grace of this feast of Epiphany is meant to teach us how to extend our wealth to those who need us. This grace is an attitude that directs us to welcome others as the Christ. In fact, a gospel-centered home is not bothered by the bleakness of winter. There is plenty of Light to fill the rooms. An Epiphany custom is to mark and bless the entrances of the house inscribing the initials of the three Magi (Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar) above the doors with the chalk.The doors are inscribed with the following: 20 + C + M + B + 08.The initials are separated by crosses and the year above the door.The “CMB” also stands for the words "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" which means “May Christ bless this house.” This inscription above the entry of our house reminds us to be with and go with Christ throughout the year.

O Divine Messiah, You have a way of intruding on my comfort level. Keeping up with you means seeing you in others, talking about my faith to the stranger, sharing my wealth with the poor. Epiphany is a state of mind Bless my journey toward the Light. Amen.

PRAYER

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WEEKDAY READINGS
the Word
January 6, 2008

Monday 1 Jn 3:22—4:6/Mt 4:12-17, 23-25 Thursday Tuesday 1 Jn 4:7-10/Mk 6:34-44 Friday Wednesday 1 Jn 4:11-18/Mk 6:45-52 Saturday

1 Jn 4:19—5:4/Lk 4:14-22a 1 Jn 5:5-13/Lk 5:12-16 1 Jn 5:14-21/Jn 3:22-30

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BAPTISM OF THE LORD January 13, 2008

Not Needing to Be Right
By Diane M. Houdek
A legendary and somewhat humorous epitaph reads, “Here lies the body of Michael O’Day / who died defending the right of way.” We laugh somewhat ruefully because we all know the truth of it. If we admit it, there have been times in all our lives when we’ve been willing to go to extremes to defend the rightness of our position on something. Matthew’s account of the baptism of Jesus contains an interesting exchange that the other Gospels don’t include. John the Baptist protests, with some cause, that it is he who should be baptized by Jesus. He recognizes that his is the lesser calling, that he is the forerunner, not the Messiah. And he’s right. But Jesus tells him, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” This is a bit of a mouthful. We might be inclined to say, “It’s okay, let it slide for now.” It’s a recognition that there’s a larger perspective, a bigger picture, than the immediate issue at hand. In the case of Jesus and John, Jesus knows that his ministry is just beginning and must be seen to be part of the bigger story of salvation, that began with creation, with the calling of the chosen people, the exodus and the words of the prophets. He is the fulfillment of all that has gone before, not a renegade bursting on the scene set to take over and dominate everyone around him. He doesn’t need to prove that he’s greater than John the Baptist. We see a similar attitude in the other two readings for this feast. The prophet Isaiah notes that gentleness is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Servant of the Lord: “A bruised reed he shall not break, / and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, / until he establishes justice on the earth.” And in the second reading, we hear a bit of the revolutionary turn of events in the house of the gentile Cornelius. Peter, the leader of the Jerusalem church in the days after the resurrection and ascension, has been somewhat uneasy about Paul’s mission to the gentiles. In the early days of the Christian community, the question of the place of Jews and gentiles in the new dispensation was one of the biggest questions that needed to be resolved. So this event dramatizes Peter finally accepting that the gentiles were equal to the Jews. He proclaims, “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.” Again and again the Scriptures remind us that God is bigger than our human boundaries and power struggles. At times it takes a great deal of faith to believe that God has a higher purpose than we can discern at any given time. And the more we’re invested in a conflict, the harder it is to let God be God. We fall into the trap of needing to be right, and needing others to see that we’re right. And we don’t always care who we trample in our stampede toward rightness. It can be helpful in a difficult situation to take a step back and reflect on the difference between what’s merely right and what’s righteous, on the difference between human judgment and divine justice. The baptism of Jesus, like so many other events in his life and ministry, reminds us that while he closed the gap between the human and the divine, he did it in such a way that we would be able to resist the temptation in the Garden of Eden to be merely like gods. Through Jesus, we, too, are children of God. If we live that way, others will listen to us.

SUNDAY READINGS
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
God introduces a special Servant. He will show the world the way that leads to justice.

Acts 10:34-38
God the Father anointed Jesus with the Spirit at his baptism. Jesus then began his saving mission.

Matthew 3:13-17
Jesus is baptized by John, anointed with the Holy Spirit, and identified as God’s beloved Son. Jesus’ purpose is to fulfill God’s plan of salvation.

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REFLECTION QUESTIONS NOITCELFER SNOITSEUQ
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How important is it to you to be always right? If John the Baptist were alive today, how would he look? What would he do and say?
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

THE HOME CHURCH
By Jeanne Hunt

PRAYER

Baptism is a place of beginning in the family. It is a sacred moment. Welcoming a newborn child or an adult into our spiritual family carries deep significance. So the story of today’s Gospel is both a connection with Jesus’ life and a connection with our own journey. Both stand out as moments in time when faith was proclaimed and God responded. It is very good for us to stop in our tracks and revisit that moment. What place do those baptismal promises have in your family life today? Catholic homes are meant to be God’s home. The domestic church is a sacred place where our vocation as the baptized is lived out. This Sunday is good time to dust off our promise to God and see how we are measuring up to his standards of faithfulness. The old question still remains: “If discipleship were a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict us?” As the secular society lives more and more without God, it is becoming difficult to live holy and chaste lives. Before the sun sets on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, honestly ask yourself if Jesus would approve of your personal version of baptismal life. If he would not be particularly well pleased” with you, use this occasion for a fresh start.

The Apostles’ Creed is a statement of our beliefs as baptized Catholics. It is a summary of what the apostles believed about Jesus and about the newly formed community of faith. This creed is called the ancient, baptismal symbol of the Roman Church. Tradition holds that the creed comes to us from St. Peter the first apostle, and is our earliest faith statement. The Apostles’ Creed is said at the beginning of the rosary. The Creed we say at Mass is known as the Nicene Creed.

N OOCON ECTIONOO O O
Create a prayer center with a candle, a bowl of water and mementoes of family baptisms (baptismal candles, stoles, photos). Light the candle and talk about memories of the events and what significance they have in your life today. Close by renewing your baptismal vows or saying the Apostles’ Creed together.

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WEEKDAY READINGS
the Word
January 13, 2008

Monday 11 Sm 1:1-8/Mk 1:14-20 Tuesday 1 Sm 1:9-20/Mk 1:21-28 Wednesday 1 Sm 3:1-10, 19-20/Mk 1:29-39

Thursday Friday Saturday

1 Sm 4:1-11/Mk 1:40-45 1 Sm 8:4-7, 10-22a/Mk 2:1-12 1 Sm 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1a/Mk 2:13-17

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2ND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR January 20, 2008

The Real Work of Our Faith
By Diane M. Houdek
The Christmas season ended last Sunday with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. We celebrate the incarnation with a fitting combination of childlike wonder, nostalgia, feasting and merriment. But the cycle of the church year and the lectionary readings remind us that our faith is more than a commemoration of the birth of a baby in Bethlehem. That baby, like all babies, grew quickly. Our faith needs to grow and deepen as well. And the way it does that is through discipleship. We might think of Christmas as the elaborate window-dressing of our faith and the rest of the year as the day-today transactions that keep our faith alive and growing and invite others to join us on our journey. Many people are drawn to the church at Christmas, whether they’re approaching it for the first time or returning after an absence. The beauty and peace draw them in and the story of the incarnation soothes their souls. Rested, refreshed, they—and we—should be ready for the challenges that lie ahead in the new year. The story of John the Baptist is interwoven with the story of Jesus. Luke’s Gospel tells us that Mary and Elizabeth, mothers of these two towering figures, were relatives and friends. We see them greet each other and we hear that even in the womb, John recognized the greatness of his cousin’s presence. Last week we heard of their meeting on the banks of the Jordan. Elsewhere in the synoptic Gospels, we hear of followers of John coming to Jesus to ask if he truly is the Messiah that their master and teacher has been proclaiming. What was simple and obvious when they were children is suddenly clouded in doubt and uncertainty. In our reading today from the Gospel of John, we get a glimpse of this experience in John’s proclamation of Jesus as the Lamb of God. Twice he tells us, “I did not know him.” Just as at the end of John’s Gospel Mary Magdalene mistakes the risen Christ for the gardener, so John could not recognize the Chosen One without the sign of the Spirit’s descent. Entering into Ordinary Time can be like that for us. During the Christmas season we have a sort of soft-focus picture of the birth of Jesus, the visits by the shepherds and the kings. Christmas reflects the remarkable experience of first conversion, the initial acceptance of faith. We’re lost in the wonder of the intimate presence of God in our lives. We have heard the good news of God’s love and we believe. But our faith tells us that there is more to the covenant than a one-time conversion experience. And today we begin once again to explore what discipleship means in our life, how we live our faith in our daily lives. The second reading for this Sunday is the beginning of St.Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. His greeting is addressed to “you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy.” But as the letter continues in upcoming weeks, we will find out that the Corinthians are not always living this call to holiness. And Paul takes them to task for it and shows them what they need to do better. God’s spirit speaks to us in many ways—through the Scriptures, through other people, even through the evening news. If we’re alert to the signs around us, we will know how to respond.

SUNDAY READINGS
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
A Servant of God accepts the task to become a light to the nations guiding them along the path of faith.

1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Paul first reminds the people that he is an apostle of Christ Jesus. He recognizes that they have been “sanctified in Christ Jesus,” but he will also make them face their shortcomings.

John 1:29-34
John the Baptist reveals and bears witness to Jesus as both the Lamb of God and the Son of God, who will take away the sin of the world.

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REFLECTION QUESTIONS NOITCELFER SNOITSEUQ
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What events and people have led you to belief? What do you think is the relationship between catechesis and evangelization?

THE HOME CHURCH
By Jeanne Hunt

If you have a tendency to cling to the image of the baby Jesus, what might you be avoiding? “Seeing is believing,” goes the old proverb, but we Christians take a different slant. Like John we take belief up a notch and accept things we cannot prove. We take a lot of heat for this position, but those of us who walk by faith have come to know that not everything can be explained. John defends his encounter with Christ as the pivotal moment of faith. The experience of Jesus that brought him to belief. In our family lives we must teach faith in many ways. Evangelization and catechesis go hand in hand. But John the Baptist is telling us that he was evangelized first and then catechesis followed. I believe it is the same for us. We can memorize the entire catechism and never receive the gift of faith. Faith comes when we are willing to surrender to Jesus Christ. This surrender comes with a choice to be with Jesus in prayer and begin a conversation with him. We will meet Jesus and experience the same Lord of whom John the Baptist speaks. John was a courageous man who relinquished his pride and believed in Jesus. Prayer time should be a core activity in the Catholic family. It is an evangelizing moment that John the Baptist would understand.

Today’s Gospel calls Jesus the “Lamb of God” (Agnus Dei in Latin). This image reflects the Jewish temple sacrifice of a lamb to atone for the sins of the people. In the Passover ritual, the blood of a lamb offered protection for the chosen people from the avenging angel. In John’s Gospel, Jesus is introduced this way and later we find out that the Last Supper takes place as the Passover lambs are being slaughtered in the Temple. We hear these words in the Mass as we prepare to receive Eucharist.

Good St. John, Pray that we may be graced with a new spirit of faith as we begin this year. May your passion for the faith inspire us to be filled with the fire of Christ’s love. Amen.
Monday

PRAYER

N OOCON ECTIONOO O O
Put a pair of sandals on a table visible to all in the household. Attach this note: “We walk by faith and not by sight.” Alternatively, you might want to put the note on the closet where you keep your shoes. Seeing it daily will remind you to stay strong when doubt and uncertainty creeps into your mind and heart.

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WEEKDAY READINGS
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January 20, 2008

1 Sm 15:16-23/Mk 2:18-22 Agnes 1 Sm 16:1-13/Mk 2:23-28 Tuesday Wednesday 1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51/ Mk 3:1-6

Thursday Friday Saturday

1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7/Mk 3:7-12 Francis DeSales Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22/ Mk 16:15-18 Conversion of Paul 2 Tm 1:1-8 or Ti 1:1-5/Mk 3:20-21 Timothy and Titus

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3RD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR January 27, 2008

Hearing God’s Call
By Diane M. Houdek
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” This line from the words of Isaiah in our first reading has long been a personal favorite. As I reflected on today’s reading, though, I discovered the line that precedes it: “Anguish has taken wing, dispelled is darkness: for there is no gloom where but now there was distress.” In many ways it’s simply a rephrasing of the same idea. The wonder of the Sacred Scriptures is that they’re the living word of God. We hear them differently depending on what is happening in our lives, on what kind of mood we’re in, even on how closely we’re paying attention or not while they’re being proclaimed at Mass. And then sometimes God hits us with a line of Scripture in the manner of what a friend describes as “the divine clueby-four.” Today’s Gospel is the familiar call of the Galilean fisherman. Jesus invites them to leave their boats and nets and follow him. At different times in our lives, we might think they’re crazy. At other times, we think they’d be crazy not to follow his call. And then it dawns on us that the Lord calls us in much the same manner. St. Ignatius, in his Spiritual Exercises, encourages people to place themselves imaginatively in the stories from the Gospels, using all of their senses to enter into the experience of Jesus and the disciples. This passage is a common one to use for such a practice. The hot sun, the smell of fish, the breeze off the sea, the grittiness of the sand, the texture of the fishing nets, the rough wood of the boats—all these details make it easy to imagine what it was like for those fishermen who became Jesus’ first disciples. But sometimes those very details that help us imagine a time two thousand years ago can keep us from seeing ourselves in the same boat, as it were. For most of us, our lives are spent indoors, in offices and cubicles, in trucks and cars, operating heavy machinery or delicate medical instruments. And more an more of our time is spent with our hands on a keyboard and our eyes on an LCD screen. It’s easy to romanticize the life of a first-century fisherman because it’s so far removed from our everyday lives. Most people in the first century had few occupational choices. But work is work. And no matter what we do our how many choices we had or even have in what we do to earn our daily bread, the day-to-day experience is going to have ups and downs, periods of great satisfaction and dry spells of boredom and frustration. I suspect it was the same for those first-century fishermen. We think of them as being dedicated to their work, their nets, their father and coworkers. But maybe at the time Jesus came along the beach, they were having a bad day and were eager for a change. Only later did they discover what they had traded in their nets to embrace. One thing is certain in all of this: God may not pay very close attention to what we’re doing when he calls us. It’s up to us to hear the call, perhaps trading something we love for something we will come to love more, perhaps finding a welcome escape from a situation that has become difficult. God chooses to call us. It’s our choice to hear and to follow.

SUNDAY READINGS
Isaiah 8:23—9:3
A prophet sees a wonderful transformation taking place. Lands once poor and oppressed will enjoy the bounty of the Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Paul urges the community to be united in mind and purpose.The people must dedicate themselves to Christ crucified.

Matthew 4:12-23 or 4:12-17
Jesus begins his ministry by proclaiming the presence of the kingdom of heaven. He calls others to follow him as disciples and share in the spreading of the good news.

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REFLECTION QUESTIONS NOITCELFER SNOITSEUQ

What kind of nets should you be dropping to get on with your holy calling?

THE HOME CHURCH
By Jeanne Hunt

Describe your vocation.What makes it unique? What makes it holy?

What is your experience of reading Scripture? Of hearing it proclaimed at Mass? Leaving our nets behind is not as easy as it sounds. The apostles’ leave-taking sounds easy enough: One day they are fishermen, the next day they are on the “winning souls walking tour” with Jesus. The reality of this Gospel story is that all of us must be willing to abandon our agenda for God’s agenda. The virtue of poverty is the grace that we need in this situation. We are called to put aside how we would like to live for the way God calls us to live. It takes a willingness not to own our most precious commodity—our time—to make this happen. In our homes the message translates into looking at priorities. A preacher once said to me, “If you want to know what is most important to you, look at your bank account and your planner.” Therein lies the truth and the challenge of today’s Gospel. Just like James and John we must be willing to abandon our plans for God’s plans. The “nets” that we hold onto may be many things: job security, our routine, fear of the unknown, our possessions…. It’s our job to complete this list and then turn everything over to Jesus. He may just be inviting us to dare to abandon our nets and walk into the kingdom with him.

The apostles received a dramatic vocation call. However each of us has a special call from God as well. In Catholic language this is called a “vocation.” The word comes from the Latin vocatio, a calling, summoning; from vocare, to call. It is a call from God to a unique state of life, in which we can reach holiness.The Second Vatican Council tells us that there is a “universal call to holiness in the Church” (Lumen Gentium, 39).

N OOCON ECTIONOO O O
Take a look at your planner and bank account. Make an honest list of the way you spend your time and money. Then, create a new list with your parish at the top. Make a New Year’s resolution to spend more time, talent and treasure for Jesus. You can do this locally at your parish and/or globally through a favorite charity. Listen creatively to the way God is calling you to fish for the kingdom.

Jesus, Give me the desire and the motivation to put you first in my life. When you call me to drop what I am doing and serve you, help me not to hesitate. Amen.
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WEEKDAY READINGS
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January 27, 2008

2 Sm 5:1-7, 10/Mk 3:22-30 Thomas Aquinas 2 Sm 6:12b-15, 17-19/Mk Tuesday 3:31-35 Wednesday 2 Sm 7:4-17/Mk 4:1-20

Thursday 2 Sm 7:18-19, 24-29/Mk 4:21-25 John Bosco Friday 2 Sm 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17/Mk 4:26-34 Saturday Mal 3:1-4/Heb 2:14-18/Lk 2:22-40 Presentation of the Lord

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