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...

Blind to the needy, blind to God

Fourth Sunday of Lent (A), March 30, 2014 – 1 Sam 16, 1b. 6-7. 10-13a; Eph 5, 8-14; Jn 9, 1-41 Light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth (Eph 5, 9) Jesus opens the eyes of the blind.  We are not blind if we believe in Jesus and go about doing...

The first thing he did was ask

Third Sunday of Lent (A), March 23, 2014 – Ex 17, 3-7; Rom 5, 1-2. 5-8; Jn 4, 5-42 While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom 5, 8) Jesus lives the true religion.  Those who follow his example adore the Father in Spirit and truth. The worship the Father...

Healthy and liberating insecurity

Second Sunday of Lent (A), March 16, 2014 – Gen 12, 1-4; 2 Tim 1, 8b-10; Mt 17, 1-9 Bear your share of hardship for the gospel (2 Tim 1, 8) Jesus came from the Father and has come into the world to save us.  We will be saved if we imitate him, leaving the familiar and...

No to “Every man for himself”

First Sunday of Lent (A), March 9, 2014 – Gen 2, 7-9; 3, 1-7; Rom 5, 12-19; Mt 4, 1-11 Through the obedience of the one, the many will be made righteous (Rom 5, 19) The new Adam overcomes temptations.  Through him, we are provided with a way out of trials, so that we...

Cherish yourself

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), March 2, 2014 – Is 49, 14-15; 1 Cor 4, 1-5; Mt 6, 24-34 You have been purchased at a price (1 Cor 6, 20) God considers us very dear and very precious.  Do we take ourselves according to his appreciation of us? Jesus teaches that we...

The real fool on the hill

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), February 23, 2014 – Lev 19, 1-2. 17-17; 1 Cor 3, 16-23; Mt 5, 38-48 Let him become a fool so as to be wise (1 Cor 3, 18) We can belong to Christ and his kingdom only if we prefer divine folly to human wisdom and remember always and...

Same ole same ole?

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A), February 16, 2014 – Sir 15, 15-20; 1 Cor 2, 6-10; Mt 5, 17-37 If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (2 Cor 5, 17) Jesus, with his announcement of the kingdom and his lifestyle, represents conversion and newness.  But radical...

Not just first aid

Not just first aid

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), July 14, 2013 – Dt 30, 10-14; Col 1, 1-20; Lk 10, 25-37 Learn the meaning of the words, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice (Mt 9, 13) James and John, impetuous and presumptuous—not unlike some of their modern counterparts—in thinking...

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