Articles for Ross Dizon

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...

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...

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...

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...
Alert to the Dangers the World Poses

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...

Alert to the Dangers the World Poses

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....

Alert to the Dangers the World Poses

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...

Alert to the Dangers the World Poses

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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Bless, Break, Share, and Serve

Christ shares his blood with us as we bless with him the cup of thanksgiving.  And he shares his body as we break the bread. Nowadays, we voice out not so noble feelings; we rant.  We are more ready to curse than to bless, to tell others to their faces their faults,...

Alert to the Dangers the World Poses

Pour out God’s Love into Hearts

Jesus loves us to the end, to giving his life for us.  To follow him means to give up our bodies and pour out our blood for others. Jesus does not speak expressly of the Most Holy Trinity.  He only shares with us and shows us his experience of God as a good and loving...

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Gifts of Christ Who Has Gone up to Heaven

Jesus Christ goes up to heaven and gives gifts to men and women.  He wants them to grow up fully and be wholly human as he. We ask our Father in heaven many things.  And the good things we ask for are summed up in his gift of the Holy Spirit (Lk 11, 13).  Hence, this...

Alert to the Dangers the World Poses

Wait for Jesus Christ to Come Back

Jesus, who came to the world from the Father, now leaves the world to go back to the Father.  True Christians cannot but wait for him to come back and take them with him. In Mt 28,16-20, Jesus gives to the eleven apostles the task to make disciples of all nations.  He...

Alert to the Dangers the World Poses

Upset, Dismay, Annoy, Distress

Jesus is the peace between natives and foreigners, whites and blacks, men and women.  One, then, need not be upset by the other. Jesus says good-bye at length to his disciples.  For he wants them to keep their faith in him; he does not want trials to upset them. No,...

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