TENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
The 10th Sunday of ordinary time suggests to us the challenge which Christ and God worshipers have to face in order to live out the Gospel. The family dynamic which was made to own Jesus led him to create and lay down the foundations of the new family. At the same time his opposition became radical to the point of ascribing his work to Beelzebub the chief of demons. The first reading and the Gospel have a common thread: sin makes people resist God’s will and kingdom; God even becomes repugnant for them. Genesis relates to us that after Adam and Eve have disobeyed God, not only they have disobeyed, they also have repulsion for everything that regards God.
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HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY
a) Matthew puts the meeting of Jesus with his Disciples in Galilee. Why?… The location of the meeting means that the Apostles, following their Master, are to begin the proclamation of the Gospel from the very place where Jesus began his public life.
“Why, dear Jesus, are you leaving us to ascend back to the Father? Didn’t you promise us that you would live with us till the end of time? Didn’t you ask us at the Last Supper to remain in you as you wanted to remain in us?
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
“Are you connected?” This is a routine question that youths nowadays ask when they want to know if you are online or not. The gadgets that the “millennials” are using now make them “connected” to the world but there is a risk to be disconnected with the people next to them. Paraphrasing one song, it looks like this, “They are near yet so far”. The image of Jesus as the True Vine in this Fifth Sunday of Easter is a good reminder for us that our connection with each other is through Jesus himself. St. Paul in his teaching emphasizes many times that Jesus is the head and we are his body. In Chapter 15 of John, John describes Jesus as the Vine and the disciples his branches. Both Paul and John share the idea that we can bear fruit or be useful only when we are connected to Jesus, our head and our Vine.
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
This is what Jesus tells his disciples, according to the Gospel story, when he appeared to them, who were so slow to believe, that he was not a ghost, but a real person, the person they had known and seen and heard for a long time, before he was arrested and crucified. In his address he does not stop there: he explains the purpose of his dying and rising “... so that repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all nations”. In other words, so that all men and women might be saved and be given a new life.