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.”
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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.