July 9, 2016

15th Sunday - C (July 10, 2016)


Moved with Compassion”

The Samaritan “was moved with compassion at the sight” of the victim of robbers.

This same expression appears two other times in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus uses it to describe the forgiving father at the sight of his prodigal son returning in Luke 15. The other time, it is used by Luke to describe Jesus when he sees the suffering widow of Nain whose son has died in Luke 7.

This expression is similar to saying, “the person's heart aches at the sight.”

The Samaritan's aching heart (compassion) moves him to act as the neighbor to the victim.

So is God's heart for us in our sufferings.

So is the heart of Jesus at the sight of our pains, struggles, and sins.

Looking at this parable in this way, it is a parable of God's mercy and compassion for us.

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us allow the compassionate heart of God to touch us.

July 2, 2016

14th Sunday - C


Luke 10: 1-12, 17-20

The Kingdom of God is at Hand

Last Sunday, at the end of Chapter 9 in Luke, we heard of Jesus telling some people the first priority in life is to proclaim the Kingdom of God.

Today, at the beginning of Chapter 10, Jesus sends out 72 disciples to do that.

And Jesus gives them the content of the message they are to proclaim:  "Peace" and "The Kingdom of God is at hand."

Jesus today continues to call and send us, his disciples, to proclaim the same message: the Kingdom of God is peace.

And this is a message we are to proclaim not just by words, but also by attitude and actions.  We are to reach out to people and accept who they are and what they have to offer.   We are to cure the sick and transform people's lives with the peace of God.   

Mother Teresa puts it well, "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness, kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile."  

14th Sunday - C (July 3, 2016)


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June 25, 2016

13th Sunday - C

Luke 9: 51 - 62

"First, Let Me"

Jesus is not unreasonable. Nor is he telling people not to honor their parents or their commitments or responsibilities.

In fact, he upholds honoring one's parents as God commands it. When asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?,” he responds, "You know the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother.’” (Luke 18: 18, 20)

In this passage, Luke points out the contrast between the attitude of Jesus and that of the two who cannot follow him.

The passage begins, "When the days for Jesus' being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem." Now is the time appointed by God for him to offer his life for allof all humanity. He knows what awaits him in Jerusalem. More importantly, he knows what God plans for him and all of God's children. So, he resolutely determines to go and carry out that plan. He puts God first.

In contrast, the two people who cannot follow him puts themselves first. One says, "Let me go first..." And the other says similarly, "First, let me..." They put themselves and their plans first, not God or God's plan.

Jesus puts God first and determines to carry out God's plan. It is his response of love.

He, who died for his beloved now tells us, "You, go and proclaim the kingdom of God."

Let us ask God, "Lord, let me put you first. Let me put my brothers and sisters first. In so doing, may I proclaim your Kingdom of love and mercy."

13th Sunday - C (June 26, 2016)


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June 18, 2016

12th Sunday - C


The Christ of God

The disciples see Jesus at prayer.

And when Jesus asks for their opinion of who he is, Peter says, “The Christ of God.”

Peter and the other disciples recognize Jesus' identity through his communication with God.

At this point in their following of Jesus, they do not fully know what that means. They are not ready for the cross.

Yet, they know Jesus is the Christ of God.

So it is with me. I can only become my true self when I am in touch with God, my heavenly Father.

Happy Father's Day to all fathers.  Thank you for leading us to God, the heavenly Father.

12th Sunday, C (June 19, 2016)