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]
There is no act of charity that is not accompanied by justice or that permits us to do more than we reasonably can.
Living sacrifice (Rom 12, 1) Facing and accepting death, Jesus’ takes our place and carries what we human beings, bogged down in our human way of thinking, refuse to carry. Suffering and death are unavoidable. But we do not like them. Nor does Jesus, though they are avoidable to him, since no one takes his life from him, but rather he lays it down freely. Jesus shows his displeasure with suffering and death as he relieves the afflictions of the people and raises the dead. [...] → [Read the full text]
What do we say ourselves? Today also Jesus addresses to us Christians the same question he made to his disciples: “But who do you say that I am?” He does not ask us only so that we may make up our mind about his mysterious identity, but also so that we may examine our relationship with him. What reply can we give from the perspective of our Christian communities? Do we know Jesus better each time, or have we enclosed him in our boring old [...] → [Read the full text]
Oh, the depth of riches! (Rom 11, 33) God welcomes us to his household, so that everything he has may be ours. In his household, we are each handed a key. No matter which one we get, to receive it means to be a servant, it is to open to household members the treasures of divine love. Unfortunately, we can be as irresponsible as the servant who, losing hope in his master, begins to abuse those he supervises and to turn into a hedonist. If [...] → [Read the full text]
Jesus belongs to everyone A pagan woman takes the initiative of approaching Jesus even though she does not belong to the Jewish people. She is an anguished mother who has spent her life suffering with a daughter who is “tormented by a demon.” She goes to meet Jesus, shouting: “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!” Jesus’ first reaction is unexpected. He does not even stop to listen to her. It is not time yet to bring the Good News of God to the [...] → [Read the full text]
Rejection leading to reconciliation (Rom 11, 15) Even a terrible situation serves the purposes of God, who wants us to be optimistic and inventive too. The disciples find the situation intolerable: a woman, a Canaanite besides, calling out after them at the top of her voice. They ask Jesus to send her away, or attend to her—in some Spanish translations. But whether to send away or attend to, they want her to get lost Jesus speaks to her finally, though his words are none too [...] → [Read the full text]
In the midst of the crisis It is not difficult to see in Jesus’ disciples’ boat, tossed about by the waves and overcome by a strong headwind, the figure of today’s Church that is threatened from without by all kinds of adverse forces and tempted from within by fear and little faith. How do we read this Gospel account from the perspective of the crisis in which the Church today seems to be shipwrecked? According to the evangelist, “Jesus came toward them walking on the [...] → [Read the full text]