March 8, 2014
“Jesus was hungry.”
It is a moment of vulnerability for Jesus. And the tempter knows that.
The first temptation can happen when we are hungry in our body (hunger, thirst, physical exhaustion), in our heart (emotional exhaustion, stress, loneliness), in our mind (laziness, feeling stuck with unsolvable problems), or in our soul (spiritual dryness, doubt)…
The second temptation can happen when we are hungry for self-determination, for control of our own destiny, for a false sense of freedom from responsibilities and commitment, when we only think of ourselves, when we think we are our own gods.
The third temptation can happen when we are hungry for power, for domination, for popularity, for wealth, …
We know what Jesus did in that moment of vulnerability, and how he faced those temptations.
March 1, 2014
Matthew 6: 24 – 34
Does that Measure up to God?
The word mammon is thought to come from a Hebrew word for “that in which on places trust.” And it often refers to “wealth, money, property.” 
One of the invitations Jesus offers us in today’s Gospel passage is to examine ourselves in light of the question, “In what/whom do I place my trust?”
Would that thing or that person last forever?
Now, compare that thing or that person with God and the gift of life in God’s Kingdom, which God has already given to us, beginning in this earthly life.
 Daniel J. Harrington, The Gospel of Matthew; Sacra Pagina Series. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991; p. 101.
February 22, 2014
Another Purpose of the New Law
Three aspects of last week’s the Gospel passage from Matthew 5: 17 – 37 can help our reflection on today’s Gospel.
1. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophet.
3. In the new heaven and earth, we follow not rules and regulations, but Jesus Christ. (God’s law thus becomes the application of our following of Jesus Christ).
Today’s passage gives another insight into the meaning and value of the way of Jesus – the new law of God’s Kingdom.
When we live God’s law, we, children of God, reflect the goodness of our Heavenly Father.
And there are no limits to this law of love. “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
February 15, 2014
We Follow Not the Law, but a Person
Jesus has “come not to abolish but to fulfill” the Law and the Prophets.
In fact, the Law and the Prophets prepared for the coming of Jesus, the Messiah.
Thus, Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.
At the death of Jesus, heaven and earth have already “passed away.” At that time, “the earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were open.” Moreover, those who had died “were raised.” Then, after Jesus’ resurrection, “they entered the holy city and appeared to many.” (Matthew 27: 51 – 53) 
And, at Jesus’ resurrection, "there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven…. His appearance was like lightning.” (Matthew 28: 2 – 3) 
Jesus’ resurrection opens the age of a new heaven and a new earth.
We no longer follow the Law for its own sake. The Law, rather, now helps us to follow a person, Jesus Christ, who is the fulfillment of all things.
And He leads us to life in the new heaven and the new earth, to membership in the “kingdom of heaven.”
 Francis J. Moloney. The Gospel of the Lord: Reflections on the Gospel Readings: Year A. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1995; p. 140.
 Ibid., p. 140 – 141.