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Heavenly as Our Father Who Is in Heaven

Heavenly as Our Father Who Is in Heaven

Jesus, the second man is from heaven.  He bids us to be one with him, so that we who are of the earth may become heavenly also. We heard last Sunday that Jesus looked at his disciples and then announced the blessings and the woes.  Did he mean to say that he wanted...

Heavenly as Our Father Who Is in Heaven

Curses that Turn Out to Be Blessings

Jesus became a curse to free us from curses and fill us with blessings.  He became sinner and poor to make us just and rich. Those who are to catch men and women have much to learn still.  And today the one who has called them teaches them about curses and blessings....

Heavenly as Our Father Who Is in Heaven

Fishers of Men and Women, Sinners All

Jesus is the leading fisher of men and women.  Those he calls are also, though sinners, to be fishers of other sinners. Jesus tells Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”  And Simon answers, “Teacher, we have worked hard all night and have...

Heavenly as Our Father Who Is in Heaven

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...

Heavenly as Our Father Who Is in Heaven

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...

Heavenly as Our Father Who Is in Heaven

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...

Heavenly as Our Father Who Is in Heaven

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...

Heavenly as Our Father Who Is in Heaven

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. ...

Heavenly as Our Father Who Is in Heaven

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...

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