Articles for Ross Dizon

Freely You Receive, Freely Give Also

Jesus has redeemed us by his blood.  We do not pay, nor can we pay, for our redemption; we receive it freely. Faith is a divine gift (Rom 12, 3; Phil 1, 29; 2 Pt 1, 1).  Those who believe only have it by God’s grace; they receive it freely.  And it is safe to say that...

Crucible That Tests Our Hearts

Jesus is the only one that his disciples need to know and speak of.  From the cross, he proclaims that those who are his go through the crucible.  They thus get to be just like him. “The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, but the one that tests...

Cut off from Us All Self-Sufficiency

Jesus is “God-with-us.”  And that is why disciples should not cut off God and their neighbor from their lives. The man whose life is one of luxury and show is very rich:  stylish clothes, lavish banquets.  He is cut off, for sure, from the beggar; the two are worlds...

Money That Is Not Deemed Righteous

Jesus teaches us to worship the Father in Spirit and truth.  He also warns us that we cannot serve God and money. Jesus frets till he serves to the utmost and gives up his body and sheds his blood to save us.  Those who trample on the poor, on the other hand, fret...
Foolish and Slow to Believe, and Afraid

Marks of Jesus in Those He Is Sending

Jesus tells us to go on our way.  He sends us like lambs among wolves, proclaiming that the kingdom of God is at hand and bearing his marks. Mission marks the followers of Jesus.  He sends the Twelve (Lk 9, 1-6), but also seventy-two others.  So, Jesus...

Foolish and Slow to Believe, and Afraid

Memory of Jesus Christ’s Inventive Love

Jesus gave himself up for us.  Because we break the bread and bless the cup, we keep alive the memory of his love to the end. The memory of Jesus surely comforted St. Vincent de Paul.  That was why he was able to comfort others.  He comforted, for instance, a dying...

Foolish and Slow to Believe, and Afraid

Mystery of God Hidden in Plain Sight

Jesus reveals that God, whom no one has ever seen, is love.  Those without love, then, do not know God nor, much less, the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Without doubt, Jesus is God’s last word to us human beings.  He is the mystery of God and in him are hidden all...

Foolish and Slow to Believe, and Afraid

Grow up and Get Ready for the Life to Come

Jesus embodies the way to grow up and get ready for the life to come. Following him, we will get to the place that he readies for us and we will be where he is. Just before going up to heaven, Jesus does for his followers what he has already done for two of them. For...

Foolish and Slow to Believe, and Afraid

Keeping the Word of Peace and Fellowship

Jesus is the one through whom God speaks definitively to his people.  Listening to Jesus and keeping his word leads to peace and fellowship. Jesus goes on to say goodbye to his followers.  And they must be listening very attentively in view of fondly recalling and...

Foolish and Slow to Believe, and Afraid

Dear, Precious, Very Costly Indeed

Jesus is the perfect model of love to the end. His true and dear followers, then, are those who love one another as he has loved them. Jesus’ followers are as dear to him as children are dear to their parents. And since he is going to be with them only a little while...

Foolish and Slow to Believe, and Afraid

One Are Jesus and His True Followers

Jesus and the Father are one.  And so are Jesus and his true followers.  Needless to say, then, true followers cannot but be one in heart and mind. One with us in every way, but in sinfulness, the Word made flesh feels the cold of winter.  So, he walks about in the...

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