The importance of what is small Christianity has been hurt over the centuries by triumphalism, the thirst for power and the craving to impose upon its adversaries. There are still Christians who remember with nostalgia a powerful Church that fills churches, seizes streets and imposes its religion on the entire society. We should read again the two small parables in which Jesus makes clear that the task of his followers is not to build a powerful religion, but rather to place themselves at the service [...] → [Read the full text]
This charity is obligatory; it’s a divine precept, which embraces several others. Each of us knows that the Law and the Prophets are included in the love of God and neighbor. Everything refers back to that; everything is directed to it; and this love has such strength and is so privileged that anyone who possesses it fulfills the laws of God because they all relate to this love, and this love helps us to do whatever God asks of us.
The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness (Rom 8, 26) The perfection of God is the source of his disinterested generosity, his lenient patience and his sharp vision. God’s perfect liberality does not settle for the human norm of paying back evil for evil, good for good. Our heavenly Father is kind to the just and the unjust. The perfectly Powerful is very secure besides in his mastery over all things. No one can thwart his plans. Hence, the temporary triumphs of evil [...] → [Read the full text]
Sowing After relating the parable of the sower, Jesus makes this invitation, “Whoever has ears ought to hear.” We are asked to pay close attention to the parable. But what do we have to reflect on? The sower? The seed? The different types of ground? Traditionally, we Christians have focused exclusively on the types of ground the seed falls on so that we may examine our attitude as we listen to the Gospel. But it is important to pay attention to the sower and how [...] → [Read the full text]
As we wait for redemption (Rom 8, 23) Jesus is the divine Word. Attuned to him and remaining in him, we will bear much fruit. God spoke through the prophets. He now speaks through his Son, the eternal Word made flesh, in order to reveal himself fully and definitively. This last Word is the last hope. For we, to whom God entrusted his vineyard, are not too trustworthy: we want to take ownership of it unjustly and of the whole vintage, boasting as though everything [...] → [Read the full text]
Three invitations from Jesus Matthew’s Gospel has recorded three invitations from Jesus that we his followers have to listen to attentively, for they can transform the climate of discouragement, weariness, boredom that sometimes prevails in some sectors of our communities. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” It is the first invitation. It is addressed to those who live their religion as a heavy burden. Christians who live burdened by their conscience are not few. They [...] → [Read the full text]
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him (Rom 8, 9) We are invited to a relaxing and renewing life together. And we can approach without apprehension the one who invites us. He reflects his merciful and gracious Father. He is not intimidating. He is not a warrior king who comes demanding vengeance, but rather a royal Savior, just and meek, who rides on triumphant on an ass for the cause of truth and justice. His kingdom spreads throughout the [...] → [Read the full text]
Only Jesus builds the Church The episode takes place in the pagan region of Caesarea Philippi. Jesus is interested to know what people say about his person. After knowing the diverse views there are among the people, he addresses directly his disciples, “But you who do you say that I am?” Jesus does not ask them what they think of the Sermon on the Mount or about his healing activity in the towns in Galilee. To follow Jesus, what is decisive is adherence to his [...] → [Read the full text]