Not rendering powerless God’s goodness Throughout his prophetic journey, Jesus insisted time and again on communicating his experience of God as “a mystery of unfathomable goodness” that breaks through all our calculations. His message is so revolutionary that even after twenty centuries there are still Christians who do not dare to take it seriously. In order to infect everyone with his experience of this Good God, Jesus compares God’s behavior to that of a lord of a vineyard. He goes out in person up to [...] → [Read the full text]
May my life be solely for Jesus and my neighbor so that, by means of this unifying love, I may love all that Jesus loves, and through the power of this love which has as its center the eternal love of God for His creatures, I may obtain from His goodness the graces which His mercy wills to bestow upon me.
Conduct worthy of the Gospel (Phil 1, 27) God wants all human beings to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. Those who really know him and the truth have concern, just like Jesus, for everyone. Jesus is determined to accomplish his project. Time and again he invites to the heavenly kingdom all the people he meets. He does not find tiring or tedious doing repeatedly the same thing. Nor does he appear picky with those who are coming forward, ready [...] → [Read the full text]
Looking at Jesus crucified with faith The feast that we Christians celebrate today is incomprehensible and even absurd to someone who does not understand the meaning of our Christian faith in Jesus crucified. What sense could celebrating a feast called the “Exaltation of the Cross” have in a society that passionately pursues comfort and maximum well-being? More than one person will wonder how it is still possible today to keep exalting the cross. Have we not once and for all gotten over this morbid way [...] → [Read the full text]
God greatly exalted him (Phil 2, 9) No one has greater faith than the one who, feeling totally forsaken and helpless, still commends his spirit into the hands of the Father. Whoever believes in this greatest Believer and catches his faith will be saved. Faith, in part, is the evidence of things not seen. Hence, those who have it see beyond appearances. They are different from us—“ready cash is the only wealth we understand” (St. Teresa of Ávila). Neither are they like those who seemed [...] → [Read the full text]
He is in our midst Although Jesus’ words that Matthew recorded are of great importance for the life of Christian communities, they rarely attract the attention of commentators and preachers. This is Jesus’ promise: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Jesus is not thinking of celebrations attended by huge crowds, like those at St. Peter’s Square in Rome. Though there are only two or three, there he is among them. It is not [...] → [Read the full text]
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another (Rom 13, 8) In the end, love is what it is all about. It is God. It never fails. It keeps no records of wrongs (“If you, Lord, record our sins, who can stand?), but it does not rejoice over injustice either. Though it bears all things, it impels us, nevertheless, to correct and reform ourselves, so that we may love better every time. The first reaction of love is not to wag the finger in [...] → [Read the full text]
Learning how to lose The saying is recorded in all the gospels and gets repeated up to six times: “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Jesus is not talking about a religious theme. He is expounding to his disciples where the true value of life lies. The saying is expressed in a paradoxical and provoking way. There are two very different ways of directing our life: one leads to salvation, the [...] → [Read the full text]