No to the idolatry of money Money, turned into an absolute idol, is for Jesus the greatest enemy of the world that God wants, a world that is more worthy of human beings and where there is justice and solidarity. It has now been twenty centuries since the Prophet from Galilee strongly denounced the worship of Money as the greatest obstacle Humanity faces in its march toward to a life of fellowship that is in keeping with human dignity. Jesus’ logic is compelling: “You cannot [...] → [Read the full text]
Whatever you do through obedience is beneficial for you, and even a greater good since the act is good in itself.
You have been purchased at a price (1 Cor 6, 20) God considers us very dear and very precious. Do we take ourselves according to his appreciation of us? Jesus teaches that we human beings are worth much more than all the wealth we may have accumulated and may be able to amass. Hence, it is not right that we lower ourselves in order to serve mammon as though it would guarantee security and salvation. These belong to those who accept the invitation to be at [...] → [Read the full text]
A shocking call The call to love is always alluring. Surely, many graciously welcomed Jesus’ call to love God and the neighbor. It was the best synthesis of the Law. But what they could not imagine was that one day he would speak to them about loving their enemies. But Jesus did just that. Without any backing from biblical tradition and distancing himself from the psalms of vengeance, which nourished the prayer of his people, as well as confronting the general climate of hate that [...] → [Read the full text]
Let him become a fool so as to be wise (1 Cor 3, 18) We can belong to Christ and his kingdom only if we prefer divine folly to human wisdom and remember always and fondly the fool who died for sinners. What is normal is to treat the neighbor as he treats us. Does he love us? So, we love him. We hate him if he hates us. What is righteous: an eye for an eye. What is unrighteous: two eyes for an eye [...] → [Read the full text]
Radical Matthew 5: 17-37 February 16, 2014 The word ‘radical’ has gained numerous, sometimes conflicting, significations. It can mean going back to the ‘roots’ (Latin radix), i.e., something fundamental, innate or essential (radical origins). But it can also mean looking forward to something entirely new, totally different and utterly perfect state (radical reform). It means ‘extreme’ action (as in radical revolutionaries also understood as fanatic fundamentalists) whose superficial emotionalism also renders the person incapable of sound judgment. But the word can also mean a profound [...] → [Read the full text]
No to warring among ourselves The Jews spoke proudly about the Law of Moses. According to tradition, God himself had given it to his people. It was the best gift they had received from God. This Law embodies the will of the one true God. They can find there all they need to be faithful to God. For Jesus too, the Law is important, yet it is no longer at the center. Jesus has and shares a different life experience: God’s reign is coming; the [...] → [Read the full text]
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (2 Cor 5, 17) Jesus, with his announcement of the kingdom and his lifestyle, represents conversion and newness. But radical change implies return to the unchanging beginning that rejuvenates, if kept. Jesus returns to the law and the prophets, declaring them indispensable, wise and salutary. He is the new promulgator of laws as well as the prophesied seducer of the Israelites who, in the desert, talks to their hearts, so that they may respond as [...] → [Read the full text]