God’s Time

You who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him– provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven.” From the Epistle to the Colossians. (1:21)

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Who do you say I am?

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” From the Gospel of St. Luke.

Jesus was a controversial person in Jerusalem. He had done things no other prophet had done since Elijah. He healed the centurion’s servant. He raised the widow’s son from the dead. When he was invited to the house of Simon the Pharisee, he allowed a woman, a notorious sinner to bathe his feet with her tears, to dry them with her hair, to kiss his feet and anoint them. He was a prophet like none they had ever seen. So when Jesus asked the disciples who the people said he was, he knew they would be as confused as Simon. Continue Reading

Faith, Love and Forgiveness

Luke 7:36-50

Jesus he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

This story shows us the difference between miserly and extravagant love. Simon, a Pharisee who invited Jesus to dinner probably did so out of curiosity. He had likely heard of Jesus’ teaching, and how he healed the servant of the centurion, and raised the widow’s son who had died. So perhaps he had to see for himself who Jesus was, and if any of what he had heard was true. Continue Reading