Ross Dizon

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Lover of Sinners and Outcast

Lover of Sinners and Outcast

Jesus is a lover of those whom religion and society shun:  sinners, widows, orphans and strangers.  They are dear to true Christians too. It seems the leaving out of “vengeance,” when Jesus read Is 61, 1-2, did not bother his fellow Nazareth citizens.  For they still...

Lover of Sinners and Outcast

Program of the One Anointed with the Spirit

Jesus is Good News to the poor.  To be such news is his program as the One that the Father has anointed with the Holy Spirt and sent.  True to what the voice from heaven told him at his baptism, the Son takes up the Servant’s program.  We heard two Sundays ago that...

Lover of Sinners and Outcast

Traditions, Customs, and Habits

Jesus makes all things new.  Hence, he questions traditions and customs, most of all, those that veil his true face. Jesus and his disciples are at a wedding.  There too is his mother.  And the wedding, no doubt, follows the traditions and customs of the Jews. But as...

Lover of Sinners and Outcast

Baptize with the Holy Spirit and Fire

Jesus is the one the Father has anointed with the Holy Spirit.  Hence, he cannot but baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire, and do good.  The baptized are to do the same. John the Baptist is simple and humble.  He does not want to let down those he has baptized or...

Lover of Sinners and Outcast

Manifestations, Revelations, Apparitions

Jesus is the best and the fullest of God’s manifestations to us humans.  It is enough to see and know him to see and know God. The word “epiphany” comes Greek and means “manifestation,” “revelation,” “apparition.”  And there are manifestations and manifestations. ...

Lover of Sinners and Outcast

Claims that Are Sacrilegious and Outrageous

Jesus is our Savior.  He saves us from sin and frees us from those with sacrilegious claims.  And he gives us his Holy Name. Jesus is born in Bethlehem.  And shepherds visit him, the ones that we deem the least to make claims to greatness.  But God makes known to them...

Lover of Sinners and Outcast

Keep Jesus Christ in Our Hearts

Jesus is the Son of God and the Brother of all men and women.  To belong to his family means to keep in the heart his teaching. Twelve-year old Jesus sits in the midst of the teachers.  He listens and asks them questions; all who hear him are amazed.  No doubt, it is...

Lover of Sinners and Outcast

Find Jesus Christ on the Outskirts

Jesus is born on the outskirts of Bethlehem, in a shelter for animals in bad weather.  There, yes, is where to find and touch him, and be touched by him. “Poignant and powerful, this is a real song, maybe just too real for some tastes.”  It is one of the many comments...

Lover of Sinners and Outcast

Visits that Are Christian, Marian, Vincentian

Jesus is the fullness of God’s visits to us humans to save us.  The visits we pay to our neighbor should be like Jesus’. Mary is besides herself after the angel Gabriel’s visit.  That is to say, she cannot keep her joy to herself.  So, she goes in haste, since she has...

Lover of Sinners and Outcast

Rejoice in the Lord, for He is Near

Jesus is near.  He will rule the world and all peoples with justice.  Hence, those who wait for him, and seek his kingdom, rejoice. The prophet Zephaniah bids those whom God has chosen to rejoice and sing with joy.  For the Lord who fights for them and frees them is...

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