Articles for Ross Dizon

Overcome through Him Who Loves Us

Christ Jesus fully reveals the love of God. And since no one and nothing at all can separate us from this love, we more than overcome. Does not the reality or possibility of natural disasters and social unrests frighten us? Do we, then, not wonder if we could save our...

Alive by God’s Love in Christ Jesus

Jesus is the last and surest proof that God loves us. Because of this love, God is not the God of the dead, but of the living; all are alive for him. The Sadducees deny that there is a resurrection or that the dead can be alive again because of it. So, with their...

Call to Repentance and Salvation

The Son of Man has come to seek out and save sinners. We can answer him because he is the first to call us to repentance and salvation. Zacchaeus badly wants to see who Jesus is. Never mind that he is short. Wouldn’t it be sad if those who call out to say Jesus is...

Crown of Glory, Crown of Thorns

Jesus wears the crown of glory because he first wore the crown of thorns. He proves true the teaching that God lifts up the lowly. The crown of glory that will never fade awaits the faithful shepherds of God’s flock (1 Pt 5, 1-4). But it will be theirs only when the...
Alive by God’s Love in Christ Jesus

Cry out to God Always and Not Lose Heart

Jesus, “a man of the greatest prayer” (SV.EN IX:326), pleads with God for us always. And his blood cries out to him more loudly than that of Abel. Surely, God brings justice without delay to those who cry out with faith as Jesus. The Gospel this Sunday tells us that...

Alive by God’s Love in Christ Jesus

Thankful for Healing and Salvation

Jesus is the last revelation of divine salvation to Israel and the nations. It is right, then, that all show themselves thankful to him always and everywhere. Nine of the ten lepers that Jesus has healed do not show that they are thankful. For only a Samaritan, who...

Alive by God’s Love in Christ Jesus

Increase Faith and Stir It into Flame

Jesus Christ is the leader and perfecter of our faith (Heb 12, 2). It is right, then, that we ask him to increase always our faith. Faith is a divine gift (Rom 12, 3; Phil 1, 29; 2 Pt 1, 1). That is, God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit gives it to us. We ask it, then, from...

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Care and Concern for Those in Need

Jesus fulfills the law and the prophets. He teaches us by words and deeds to care for the poor, their misery making us ill. The parable of the rich man and Lazarus teaches us to care for those who are poor. Though we can safely say that the helpless beggar is resigned...

Alive by God’s Love in Christ Jesus

Serve God Alone and Not Money

Jesus shows us the way to serve God absolutely and not money ever. Do we Christians, and Vincentians besides, really learn from him? Jesus does not love money. He is not all like those who sneer at him on hearing him say, “You cannot serve both God and wealth.”...

Alive by God’s Love in Christ Jesus

Mercy That We Find Hard to Understand

Jesus Christ is the incarnation and personification of divine mercy (DM 2). Dwelling among us, he hopes that God’s mercy will rub on us human beings. Sinners draw near to listen to Jesus. He welcomes them, and he even eats with them, which bothers the Pharisees and...

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Learning Well from Our Master and Teacher

Jesus Christ is our one Teacher. Those who do not stop learning from him, following him on the way of the cross, are truly his disciples. Great crowds travel with Jesus. But quality matters to him more than quantity. He wants disciples who do not only go with him but...

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Lowly Followers of Jesus Christ

Jesus is the definitive proof that God lifts up the lowly and repays those who reaches out to them. Our Teacher calls us to the same lowliness and outreach. Jesus is a guest of one of the leading Pharisees. In other words, he is not among the lowly folks. Rather,...

Alive by God’s Love in Christ Jesus

Narrowness to Go Through and Overcome

Jesus himself goes in through the narrow gate.   His example gives us strength to go through and overcome all narrowness. Someone asks Jesus, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” The question, in other words, is whether there is wideness in God’s mercy or...

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