March 16, 2019
The Son of God – A Review
As a good teacher, the Church gives us a timely review of the purpose of the Lenten journey as we get to the 2nd week of Lent.
This journey, in fact the journey of our life, has one goal – to reach our destiny of being children of God.
Last week, the Gospel told us of how Jesus, the Son of God, faced temptations. Like Jesus, we, children of God, face temptations also.
This week, we are given a vision of what is to come. Jesus will go to Jerusalem and will endure the cross. Yet, here we have a vision of his glories of the “chosen Son” of God.
On the journey, we will face temptations. We have our own Jerusalem and our own crosses.
But the journey does not end with death. There is more to come.
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March 9, 2019
The Son of God
Luke begins this passage connecting it with the baptism of Jesus. Reading “the Jordan” and “the Holy Spirit,” we are reminded of the baptism at the Jordan, where the Holy Spirit “descended upon” Jesus, and the Father’s voice from heaven declared, “You are my beloved Son” (Luke 3:22).
Now the devil challenged Jesus, “If you are the Son of God…”
And we know how Jesus took on those temptations.
In Baptism, Jesus has made us children of God.
Like Jesus, we continue to be tempted – the temptations of self-centeredness, of controlling others, and even of controlling God.
Lent gives us the chance to look at the example of Jesus and ask ourselves, “How am I living as a child of God?”
March 2, 2019
From the Fullness of the Heart
For three Sundays now, we have been listening to Chapter 6 of the Gospel According to Luke. The purpose of Jesus’ teaching in this chapter is to guide us to live as “children of the Most High” (last week’s section, Luke 6:35).
And Jesus continues today.
If we want live as children of God, we must first allow the love that God has planted in our hearts to grow to its fullness. Once the heart is full of God’s love, “the mouth speaks” God’s love. So will our thoughts and actions.
February 23, 2019
Way of Life of the Children of the Most High
Luke continues his account of Jesus’ teaching of the new world order – the order of God’s world.
The one reason of this new world order is that we are “children of the Most High,” who “himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.”
Moreover, Jesus is clear on who should follow his teaching: “you who hear.”
February 16, 2019
Blessings and Woes
One possible way of dividing or interpreting the blessings and the woes in today’s Gospel is whether they can either lead us to dependence on God or on ourselves.
Wealth, satisfaction, laughter, good reputation are good things. They become woes when we put our hearts on them or allow ourselves to depend on them, and not on God.
Sufferings in themselves are never easy. Yet, they can remind and challenge us to depend on God, who alone is true and lasting happiness.
February 9, 2019
Last Sunday, we heard people of Jesus’ own town rejecting him and his preaching.
Today, a chapter later, a different group of people was so eager to listen to Jesus that they were “pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God.”
Last week, people of Nazareth could not see Jesus beyond who they were familiar with, as “the son of Joseph.”
Today, having listened to Jesus and witnessing his power, Peter falls “at the knees of Jesus” and professes him as “Lord.” Then, Peter and his friends leave everything to follow Jesus.
What is my attitude when Jesus speaks to me? Who is Jesus for me?
February 2, 2019
God’s Gracious Words
The way the people of Nazareth react indicates that Jesus was much more successful and better received in Capernaum.
So why would Jesus return to Nazareth?
His mission is to bring God’s salvation to all people, regardless of the people’s attitude towards this gift.
The two prophets Elijah and Elisha foreshadowed this generosity of God. They shared God’s goodness with foreigners, outcasts, and even an enemy of Israel (in the case of Naaman, the Syrian general).
Jesus came to bring God’s salvation to all of God’s children.