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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...

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...

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...

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...
Manifestations, Revelations, Apparitions

Clouds by Day, and Fire by Night

Jesus, our Shepherd, leads us along the right path.  He spreads clouds as cover and fire to light up the night.  He wants us to hope, not to fear. Today’s gospel speaks about signs in the sun, the moon and the stars.  They show that the Son of Man will come soon in...

Manifestations, Revelations, Apparitions

Widow who Offers All She Has to Live on

Jesus wholly offers himself to take away our sins.  In this sacrifice shares the widow who gives all she has to live on. In the Bible, as we know, to be a widow, orphan or a foreigner means, in general, to be poor.  That is why the generosity of the widow of Zarephath...

Manifestations, Revelations, Apparitions

Hear, the Lord our God is Lord Alone

Jesus embodies the one who created us, men and women, in his image, after his likeness.  Rightly does he tell us, then, that to love and hear God is to love and hear the neighbor. A scribe asks Jesus, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”  And he answers that...

Manifestations, Revelations, Apparitions

Edge of the Road Leading to Jerusalem

Jesus is merciful.  For he cares for those who call on him in their needs.  He does not leave them at the edge of the road; he takes them with him. The one who has come to be a sacrifice for all cannot pass over those who are poor.  Those, though, who take seats of...

Manifestations, Revelations, Apparitions

Throne of Grace, Goodness and Mercy

Jesus endured the cross and now sits at the right of the throne of God.  We will reign with him if we persevere with him in suffering and service. Even the disciples obsess about becoming great; they argue about who is the greatest.  And to preempt all discussion and...

Manifestations, Revelations, Apparitions

Obsess about Having Money and Security

Jesus teaches by word and deed that we cannot serve God and money.  Hence, to obsess about making money is to reject his teaching. The man who draws to Jesus seems to obsess about being saved.  For he runs up to him and quickly kneels down.  Of course, he also...

Manifestations, Revelations, Apparitions

Delight Others, and Not Ourselves

The wisdom of God made flesh dwells with us.  He is delighted to be with us.  But he wants, first of all, to delight us. The scribes and the Pharisees time and again test Jesus.  At best, they seek to connect with him.  At worse, they set a snare for his steps.  But...

Manifestations, Revelations, Apparitions

Constitutive, Indispensable, Crucial

Jesus is constitutive of the Christian community.  Do we say and live this as St. Vincent? Moises makes clear what truly matters.  Jesus does so too.  For the two of them, it is not about us.  Or the group that we make up, chosen and gifted so as to serve others. ...

Manifestations, Revelations, Apparitions

Zealous for the House, the Kingdom, of God

Jesus burns with zeal for the house, for the kingdom, of God.  Needless to say, the disciples are to be as zealous as their Teacher. John and Joshua show that they are zealous.  John’s zeal is for those to whom Jesus has given the power to drive out demons.  And...

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