Lowliness, Simplicity, Truth and Freedom

Lowliness, Simplicity, Truth and Freedom

Jesus is the poorest of the poor on whom God looks with favor due to the simplicity, lowliness and awe of him that they show. Does it bother Jesus that his fellow guests, leading Pharisees, and maybe the host, too, watch him closely?  If he shows that it does, it may...

Lowliness, Simplicity, Truth and Freedom

Meal of Salvation, Meal of Judgment

Jesus is the meal to which we are all invited, so that we may not perish but have eternal life.  Do we come to it wearing the proper attire? To enter God’s kingdom, it is not enough to be in a meal with Jesus, once, twice or more.  He says so as he answers one who...

Lowliness, Simplicity, Truth and Freedom

Burn with Zeal for the Kingdom of God

Jesus cannot but burn with zeal for God’s kingdom.  For he has come to proclaim it, to bring it in, and to bring it about to the full. In many places, trees, houses and other things burn in fires.  We are sorry, of course, for the deaths, losses and harm that fires...

Lowliness, Simplicity, Truth and Freedom

Alert to the Dangers the World Poses

Jesus is the cry that seek to alert us of the risks that we run.  For we live in a world that fosters individualism and hoarding. Not a few of Jesus’ teachings, the paradoxes in particular, raise eyebrows and puzzle.  Through them, he holds those who hear him...

Lowliness, Simplicity, Truth and Freedom

Vanity of Vanities, All Is Vanity

Jesus is clear-headedness in person.  He brings to light the vanity, the emptiness, of the life of those who love and serve money. Jesus grants and does not grant what a man who feels disinherited asks him to do.  For, in the first place, the Teacher says  “no.”  He...

Lowliness, Simplicity, Truth and Freedom

Steadfast in their Prayers, and Trusting

Jesus is the reason why God does not hold back from those who are steadfast in their prayers the blessings they ask for with trust. The teaching today is that we should be steadfast in our prayers.  And it seems that what is good about being steadfast is that we annoy...

Lowliness, Simplicity, Truth and Freedom

Host to Jesus, the Word Made Flesh

Jesus is God’s most tender call to us humans.  He is at the same time the warmest human host to God that waits at the door to be let in. On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus stops where Martha and Mary live.  The sisters, not like those in Samaria, play host to him. Maybe...

Lowliness, Simplicity, Truth and Freedom

Roundabout Ways We Take to Get Our Way

Jesus is the image of the invisible God.  He is the roundabout way that means much more to us than all the other roundabout ways God has taken. Many, if not all, have taken roundabout ways.  The Hebrews, as God plans it, take a roundabout way as they leave Egypt....

Lowliness, Simplicity, Truth and Freedom

Laborers of the Lord of the Harvest

God’s Anointed and Sent One is here.  And with him comes great harvest.  That is why there is need for not a few laborers. God hears those who pray and ask, “May there be plenty of grain in the land.  May it sway on the peaks of the mountains.”  But, of course, to...

Lowliness, Simplicity, Truth and Freedom

Strong Resolve to Walk with Jesus

Jesus is strong in his resolve to go to Jerusalem to live his Paschal Mystery.  To be his disciple means to walk with him to the end. Jesus sets out for Jerusalem.  He has sent messengers ahead of him to prepare his way, as  John did.  On the way, the Teacher shows...

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