August 10, 2019
The Father’s Gift
Two Sundays ago, Jesus taught us to pray for to the Father that “Your kingdom come” and “give us each day our daily bread.”
Last week, Jesus told us the parable of a person who is self-centered, ungrateful to God, and has no concerns for others. He only cares about his earthly possessions and the pleasure of this passing life.
Today, Jesus tells us that the Father “is pleased to give you the kingdom.”
We need to live this earthly life knowing that we are already living in God’s kingdom, even though its fullness has not yet been a reality.
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August 3, 2019
Prior to today’s Gospel, Jesus was preaching to the crowd. Among the things Jesus said to them were these two verses, “Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12: 6-7)
And here, in the same crowd, a person asks Jesus to be a judge of a family matter over their inheritance.
That context gives us some possible insights to the parable.
It is the land that “produced a bountiful harvest.” In other words, the rich man could hardly take credit for his wealth  .
He does not acknowledge God who has given him the harvest. Nor does he pay attention to the poor people around him, and there were many poor people in Palestine at the time of Jesus.
The rich man’s self-centeredness costs him his sensibility, the purpose of his life, and in fact, life itself.
He has become a fool.
July 27, 2019
“Teach Us to Pray”
Having watched Jesus praying, “one of his disciples” asked him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Jesus’ relationship with his Father must be so evident and inspiring.
Maybe today, I can thank God for the people who have taught me to pray. What do I learn from their relationship with God?
And how is my relationship with God? Is it in anyway evident?
July 20, 2019
At His Feet, Listening
We continue listening to Luke, Chapter 10. Two weeks ago, as Jesus sent to 72 disciples out, he affirmed the value of hospitality. He distinguished two attitudes, “Whatever town you enter and they welcome you” and “Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you” and the consequences.
Then last week, also in Chapter 10, Luke gives us the parable of the Good Samaritan, one who goes out of his way to serve the needs of another person.
That Jesus spoke of the importance of hospitality and generous service helps us to better understand what he says to Martha in today’s Gospel.
Martha does what she thinks is best to welcome Jesus.
But that does not seem to be what Jesus is looking for.
In serving others, sometimes with good intentions, we might give others what we think they need, not what they actually need.
And when we serve Jesus, there are moments when Jesus wants us to be with him, at his feet, listening to him, not busy running around doing things.
July 13, 2019
The Compassion and Mercy of the Kingdom of God
Jesus continues to travel toward Jerusalem to fulfill his mission. Last week, we learned that he sent out his disciples to proclaim “the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Their message includes the gift of peace.
Today, Jesus continues the proclamation of the Kingdom of God in calling us to live with compassion and mercy.
In between the two passages, Jesus declares that his Gospel is a gift from the Father, “Lord of heaven and earth,” to “the childlike.” Moreover, it is “hidden from the wise and the learned” (10:21).
The Jewish audience of the parable of the Good Samaritan is in for a big surprise. Jesus challenges them, Jewish people, to imitate a Samaritan. This outsider “was moved with compassion” for the victim of the robbers. He goes out of his way to care for the victim. He spends money, the amount equaled to two days’ worth of labor, and even goes into debt for whatever it might cost him, to make sure the victim is cared for while he is absent.
The Samaritan indeed has “treated him with mercy.”
July 6, 2019
The Kingdom of Peace
“Peace to this household” and “The kingdom of God is at hand for you.”
These two messages that Jesus sends the seventy-two to proclaim remind us that the presence of the Kingdom of God is the presence of peace.
Thus, the proclaimers of the Kingdom must also be the proclaimers and builders of God’s peace.
June 29, 2019
Jesus Resolutely Determined to Journey to Jerusalem
Jesus had a mission that God the Father had given to him. By his “being taken up” we are saved. That is the purpose of Jesus’ mission.
Out of love, Jesus freely embraced this mission that the Father had given him.
And he “resolutely determined” to carry it out, knowing what awaited him in Jerusalem.