February 6, 2016

5th Sunday - C


Commentary


The Word of God

Last week, Jesus went to Nazareth. He reached out to his townfolk. Yet, they drove him away.

Today, the crowd come to Jesus. They even “press in on” him and “listen to the word of God.”

They must have recognized who he is. It is worth to note that here Luke uses the Greek noun “logos” - translated to “word” in the singular. The people do not just listen to some person's words. Is Luke drawing the readers' attention to the fact that Jesus is God's Word made flesh?

How about me? Do I have the same hunger or eagerness to press in on Jesus and listen the Word of God?

Consider spending time with Jesus in Sacred Scriptures during the Season of Lent.

5th Sunday - C (February 7, 2016)


Readings


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January 30, 2016

4th Sunday - C


Commentary


Entitlement

Do here in your native place the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.”

These are the words the people of Nazareth said to Jesus in his first public appearance in his hometown. They must have heard of his mighty deeds and his powerful preaching elsewhere.

Yet, their words do not express a sense of pride. Neither are they words of disbelief.

Rather, these words seem to express the people's desire to keep Jesus to themselves.

They do not realize that Jesus cannot be contained. Nobody is entitled to the gift of God. Nor can any group of people keep God's salvation to themselves.

Earlier in this Gospel, Luke emphasized that Jesus is the Savior of all. He is “a light for revelation to the Gentiles” (2:32) and that “all flesh shall see the salvation of God” (3:6) [1] .

More specifically, immediately before the exchange of words with his townsfolks, in 4:18-19, Jesus indicated that he has been sent to the poor, the captives, the oppressed, and not to those who feel entitled to God's gift. Like the prophets, Jesus – the new Prophet – has been sent to the poor, the widows, the lepers, and the outcasts of society, the widow in Zarephathp and the Naaman the Syrian of his time.

What attitude do I have towards the gift of Jesus? And as a beloved child of God, am I sharing God's salvation to all, especially the poor, the widows, the lepers, and the outcasts?

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[1] Luke Timothy Johnson, The Gospel of Luke, Sacra Pagina Series. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press; p. 82.

January 31st is the Feast Day of St. John Bosco, our Founder.  Please pray for us, that we may grow in holiness following his example, and continue to bring God to young people, especially those who are poor.
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4th Sunday - C (January 31, 2016)


Readings

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January 23, 2016

3rd Sunday - C


Commentary


Today … In Your Hearing …

Jesus came to Nazareth anointed and sent by “the Spirit of the Lord.”

To his neighbors, Jesus proclaims, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

God's salvation – glad tidings to the poor, liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed, and a year acceptable to the Lord – is fulfilled today, in our hearing. It is real, here and now.

Nazareth was an insignificant town of probably 400 people [1] . It was so insignificant that there is no mentioning of it in the entire Old Testament [2]. And outside of the Gospels, it is only mentioned for the first time in the 3rd Century [3]. (Next Sunday, as we continue with Luke's Chapter 4, even the people of Nazareth do not see themselves too highly).

To the people in this insignificant town, today, this Scripture passage is fulfilled in their hearing.

It is so with us. Today, God's salvation is fulfilled in our hearing, regardless of who we are.

And just like Jesus, as children of God, we have been anointed and sent by the “Spirit of the Lord.” We are commissioned to proclaim the same message to all people. May they know that it is today God's salvation is fulfilled in their hearing also.

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[1] Scott Korb, Life in Year One, quoted by Wikipedia
[2] Catholic Encyclopedia, www.newadvent.org
[3] Anchor Bible Dictionary, quoted by Wikipedia 

3rd Sunday - C


Readings

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January 16, 2016

2nd Sunday - C


Commentary


The Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary

Most often, we reflect on this Gospel passage of the wedding at Cana looking at Mary, or the disciples, or the couple, particularly at wedding Masses, or Jesus as he performs his first sign here in John's Gospel.

Today, on this 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, let's look at the waiters.

The waiters simply do their job: doing what the guests ask, filling up water jars, taking water to the headwaiter. They do their ordinary tasks.

The key is that they do these ordinary tasks in Jesus' presence and at his command.

And the result is extraordinary. Gallons and gallons of good wine. The waiters, Mary, and Jesus save the day.

The waiters are firsthand witnesses of Jesus' very first sign.

Jesus is likewise present in our daily and so often ordinary lives. His presence makes our lives extraordinary. Thus, every ordinary thing we carry out can be extraordinary if we do them at his command, and with him at our side.

And may our eyes be open to see the extraordinary things Jesus is doing in our lives.