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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...
Afraid at Night, Uneasy at Daylight

Peace and Reconciliation at All Costs

Christ is our peace.  He breaks down, through his flesh, the wall of hatred that separates us from one another. Justice and peace are what the commandment, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,” seeks.  It forbids vengeance like that of Lamech, who boasts, “I...

Afraid at Night, Uneasy at Daylight

Salt of the Earth and Light of the World

Jesus is the first to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  He appoints the disciples to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world also. First, salt cleans and preserves food.  It also seasons it, giving it taste.  Hence, to say Jesus is salt...

Afraid at Night, Uneasy at Daylight

Free from All Sin, All Anxiety and Worries

Jesus is the most eminent among those who, free from sin and anxiety, commit themselves to God and the neighbor. Having Moses as mediator, God announced the commandments on Mount Sinai.  But in these last days, God, speaking to us through his Son, also on a mountain,...

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Chosen and Appointed to Bear Lasting Fruit

Jesus is the one who has chosen and appointed us to bear fruit. Jesus’ chosen way breaks the mold.  Unlike the religious leaders who are settled in Jerusalem, he withdraws to Galilee. His withdrawal to Galilee shows his courage.  He has chosen not to turn back as...

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Know the Son, Servant and Lamb of God

The only Son is the one who reveals God.  Without the Son, we can neither know God nor attain salvation. No one knows the Father except the Son.  And only those to whom the Son wants to reveal the Father can know the Father.  Hence, Jesus is indispensable. We need...

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Worship of God in Spirit and Truth

Only through Christ can we give to the Father the pleasing worship in Spirit and truth.  And we come to the one who alone suffices only through Jesus. In Jerusalem, magi from the east ask a question.  They want  to know where the newborn king of the Jews is and to...

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Awesome and Alluring Blessing

Jesus is our only Savior, and he saves in an awesome and alluring way.  He will bless us when as priests through our baptism, we invoke his name upon one another. There is no other name by which salvation comes to us but the name of Jesus.  And since he is our all...

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Light for our Path Is the Word of God

The creative and sustaining Word, made flesh and dwelling among us, is the true light that enlightens everyone. The comforting oracle through prophet Isaiah comes to fulfillment with the coming of Jesus.  In him, too, the great light that people walking in...

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