Hands off the Lord’s Anointed!

Readings: 1 Sam 26,2.7-9.12-13.22.23; Ps103,1-2.3-; 1 Cor 15,45-49: Lk 6,27-38

The word of God for us on the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time invites to contemplate the sacrosanct dignity we receive as His anointed. There is a constancy of the grace we receive in sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders) despite the consequences of the flawed choices (mistakes) we make in life. We are more than the mistakes we make.

Read more: 7th Sunday in ordinary time, Year C

Readings:  Jeremiah 17:5-8. Psalm 1:1-2.3.4 and 6, 1 Corinthians 15:12.16-20, Luke 6:17.20-26

Blessed, are you!

When we think about the concept of being blessed, our understanding of it, we shall realize that it does not much with the kind of blessedness that we hear Jesus proclaiming to his disciples and the crowds in today’s gospel. Humanly speaking, the poor in not blessed, the hungry neither, not even those who are weeping or hated.

Read more: 6th Sunday in ordinary time, year C

Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-5.17-19, Psalm 71:1-2.3-4,5-6,15ab&17, 1Corinthians 12:31-13:13, Luke 4:21-30

Familiarity breeds contempt

Today’s gospel which is a continuation of last Sunday’s, presents to us Jesus who is facing rejection and contempt from his own people in Nazareth. The feeling of rejection humanly speaking can cause a lot of dejection to one who is rejected. It evokes so many negative emotions and if one is not careful, it can also lead to depression and self-rejection. However, we learn from Jesus how to deal about with this, he affronts and confronts the incredulity of the people by condemning their disbelief. Jesus calls a spade a spade not a big spoon.

Read more: 4th Sunday in ordinary time

A wondrous and transformative  encounter

Readings: Is 6,1-8; Ps 138,1-8; 1 Cor 15,1-11; Lk5,1-11

The word of God on the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time invites us to see ourselves in the presence of God. In this encounter we recognize who we are and who we are called to become. It is an encounter that invites us to surrender ourselves to holiness in order to be transformed. The action of grace in us prepares us to win more friends for God. God has a reason for calling unworthy persons who are ready for a transormative adventure with Him.

Read more: 5th Sunday in ordinary time, year C

Being beloved – a foundational message

Readings: Is 40,1-5.9-11; Ps 104,1-2.3-4.24-25.27-28.29-30; Ti 2, 11-14.3,4-7; Lk 3, 15-16.21-22

The word of God for us on the Feast of the Lord’s baptism presents to us foundational message of being beloved by God. What God says about His only begotten Son is what He says about each one of us. We ought to listen to that life-giving word: You are a beloved son/daughter of God, chosen and favoured! This is the positive foundation with which we are to begin our spiritual journeys.

Read more: The Baptism of the Lord

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