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Walk before the Lord with Faith

Jesus gives us a model to follow so that we may do what he does.  We only need to walk with him to learn to walk before the Lord. One can guess that Abraham cannot help to walk sometimes with nearby peoples.  It would be odd, then, if he does not know that they make...

Moments of Trial and Fall, Triumph and Grace

Jesus is the Good News for all the moments of joy, light, sorrow and glory.  Are we his followers such Good News? Matthew’s account of the temptation of Jesus has eleven verses; Luke’s, thirteen.  But there are just two in Mark's.  The two show that Jesus spends...

Hands Outstretched to the Quarantined

Jesus stretches out his hand to the quarantined, marginalized, excluded, unclean.  His followers are to stretch out their hands to them, too. The law asks quarantine for those with leprosy, though this may be no more than a skin eruption.  And others should not touch...

Persevere in the Faith and in Service

Jesus does not lose heart till he brings justice to the earth.  As disciples we are to follow him and to persevere in the faith and in service. Job muses that life is but a drudgery.  Hence, he seems to lose heart; it seems he is not going to persevere.  Never mind...
Moments of Trial and Fall, Triumph and Grace

Speak as Our Teacher Commands Us to Do

Jesus is the Word of the Father.  So, he does not speak on his own; the Father who has sent him commands him what to say (Jn 12, 49).  We, in turn, should only speak what Jesus tells us. God starts to speak, and just like that creation gets underway.  That means, he...

Moments of Trial and Fall, Triumph and Grace

Willing to Hear and Proclaim Jesus

Jesus is the Firstborn among the prophets who are willing to hear and proclaim the word of God.  He does not tire until he brings forth justice on earth. Peter and Andrew are so willing to follow Jesus that they answer his call just like that.  They do not ask the...

Moments of Trial and Fall, Triumph and Grace

Hide in Jesus Christ and Let Him Fill Us

Jesus saves us, shelters us and gives us our fill.  Those who go to him, and ask to hide in him and to have his fullness, are never disappointed. We are back to the Ordinary Time (OT).  Each week only gets the “ordinal” number.  Hence, the word “ordinary.”  And so,...

Moments of Trial and Fall, Triumph and Grace

Nationalism, Racism, Exclusivism

Jesus is the Suffering Servant of God who anoints him with the Spirit.  He brings forth justice to the nations.  Hence, he and nationalism cannot mix. What he himself has seen and what Cornelius has told him make Peter sure that God is not partial.  That is to say,...

Moments of Trial and Fall, Triumph and Grace

Nations, All Nations, Will Worship the Lord

Jesus is the light of the nations.  That is why to follow him means to welcome Gentiles from all races, tongues, peoples and nations. Ps 149, 6 asks that praise be on the lips of the faithful.  And swords in their hands to take revenge on the nations. Is it due to...

Moments of Trial and Fall, Triumph and Grace

Faces of God, of Jesus, of Those in Need

Jesus embodies the blessing that God pours out on us through the Holy Spirit.  His face shines on us, so that our faces may mirror his. The faces of Mary and Joseph gleam since on them shines the face of Jesus.  He is the great eternal high priest (Heb 2, 17; 4, 14;...

Moments of Trial and Fall, Triumph and Grace

Amazing and Challenging Good News

In an amazing way, God becomes the son of the human family, so that we may belong to the family of God. The parents find amazing what they hear about their baby boy. It is as though an angel never brought them the amazing Good News about their son. But that is how the...

Moments of Trial and Fall, Triumph and Grace

Spread the Unbelievable Good News

A Savior has been born for us, who is Christ and Lord.  This is the Good News of great joy that the angel brings.  It must spread, for it is for all the people. The decree that there be a census cannot but spread.  And that is why those of the house and family of king...

Moments of Trial and Fall, Triumph and Grace

Abode of Prayer and Hope for All

Jesus makes his abode among us.  He is the house of prayer and hope for all peoples.  And he fulfills God’s promise to David. David plans to build a house that will be the Lord’s abode.  The Lord answers and reminds him of the great things that he has done for him....

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