Ross Dizon

Attend to Others according to Their Needs

Jesus is David’s just shoot and his name is “The-Lord-our-justice.”  As King and Messiah, then, he cannot but attend to all the people with justice and mercy.  Through him, we can go near the Father in one Spirit. To attend to his sent ones who now come back from...

Sent Ones, Men and Women, of Jesus

As the Father sends him, so Jesus sends his disciples.  These sent ones carry out what their Teacher tells them to do.  By the sheer grace and will of God through Christ, the apostles preach, cast out many demons, and heal the sick. For they do not do so on their own;...

Break the Mold with the Prophet Jesus

Jesus, since he is weak, is strong. Those who follow him break the mold, too, as they affirm, “When we are weak, then we are strong.” The folks of Jesus’ hometown do not doubt that he is a wise teacher who does mighty works. Yet there is one thing about him that...

Generous to All like Jesus Christ

Jesus is so very generous to all to the end.  Those who believe in him and seek the kingdom of God are generous also to all. Jesus wants us to be generous to all, not just to those we like, who are good or like us. For we are to be like our Father in heaven who is...
Homage to the King of the Jews and of All Nations

Justify Those Who Are Not Wholly Just

Jesus is “God-with-us.”  This name makes known that the one who alone is holy is with us who are not holy; he wants to justify us. The angel of Joseph’s dream seems to justify Mary, to show her not guilty, to say that she has been true to him.  But there are those who...

Homage to the King of the Jews and of All Nations

Announce the Good News to the Poor

Jesus is God’s Anointed and Sent One to announce the Good News to the poor.  To belong to God and to Jesus is to belong to the poor. John the Baptist seems to go into crisis, and his whole group with him.  For what he hears in prison about Jesus does not sound...

Homage to the King of the Jews and of All Nations

Prepare the Way of the Lord Jesus

Jesus is the King who comes to rule the earth with justice.  We all have to repent and prepare for his coming. To prepare the way of the Lord, this is what all of John the Baptist’s being and doing is about.  To prepare means, first of all, to preach repentance, to...

Homage to the King of the Jews and of All Nations

Fix our Gaze on our Lord Jesus

After putting up with the shameful cross, Jesus has been lifted up to the highest place.  To fix our eyes on him means not to lose heart. A new year starts in the Church, but she asks us to fix our gaze on the end.  It tells us, “Eyes on the prize.”   It is the...

Homage to the King of the Jews and of All Nations

Sun of Justice That Saves and Heals

Jesus is the sun of justice that enlightens us who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. The Ukrainians suffer very much due to the war.  And life will be harder still for millions.  For they are plunged into the cold and the dark; thanks to the sun for heat and...

Homage to the King of the Jews and of All Nations

Believers, and Not Just Thinkers

Jesus is the resurrection and the life.  It is enough for us to be believers in him to conquer death. The problem of religion does not lie in those who are not believers but in those who are believers.  It does not lie in the publican, but in the Pharisee that looks...

Homage to the King of the Jews and of All Nations

Save What Is Lost, This Is What It Is About

Jesus, the Son of Man, has come to seek and to save what is lost.  No, there are no lost cases for him. St. Luke tells us that Zacchaeus is a chief publican and a wealthy man.  This means that, in the eyes of others, no one can save him. For he is a publican, that is...

Homage to the King of the Jews and of All Nations

Just Servants of the Holy Lord

Jesus is the image of the all-just God who alone is good.  Before him and before God, no one is just. Last Sunday’s theme on prayer is back today.  For Jesus tells the parable of the Pharisee and the publican.  The two are in the temple to pray.  And St. Luke lets us...

Cries of Those Who Are Poor for Justice

Cries of Those Who Are Poor for Justice

Jesus is the help that comes from above.  He is at once the unflagging prayer for the poor and the saving answer to their cries. Jesus tells his disciples the parable of the widow and the judge.  He wants to teach them how they should pray to the one who hears the...

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