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Friday, August 24, 2007

Dining With Jesus

Luke 14:1-24 shows Jesus invited to a dinner with the Pharisees. It is a section in Luke's "Journey to Jerusalem" that draws out principles for behavior for those who have been invited to participate in the eschatological banquet alluded to in Luke 13:22-30. If in this latter the reaction of those... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Those Who Will Be Saved

Luke 13:22-30 is a collection of Jesus sayings that the evangelist has put together to explore a specific theme: whether many are to be saved. The sayings are common with those found in certain parts of Matthew. What I am going to do in this article is to see how Matthew uses those sayings and on... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 6, 2007

I Have Come To Cast Fire On The Earth

Luke 12:49-53 ( Matthew 10:34-36 ) contains sayings that taken out of their context can be misunderstood. The violent imagery of fire being cast into the earth and burning (v. 49) it up coupled with that of a household where its members are divided against each other (v. 52-53) seem to be contrary... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Servants Who Obey and Wait

Luke 12:32-48 is like a commentary to the text: "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.(v.31)" Thus the two parts of the selection: 32-34: The kingdom of God as one's priority 35-48: Seeking the kingdom of God 35-40: Seek the kingdom of God... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Colossians 3:1-17 Put On The New Man

Colossians 3:1-17 begins the exhortatory section of the letter. The section actually goes on until 4:7 but the liturgical selection for the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C limits the reading until verse 11 1. In our discussion of the liturgical selection we will assume a section that ends in... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Being With Christ

Colossians 2:12-14 may on the surface look similar to other passages where Paul speaks about baptism. An example of a similar passage is Rom. 6:4-6 By our baptism, then, we were buried with him and shared his death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from death by the glorious power of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

The One and the Many

Luke 10:38-42 introduces two characters, Martha and Mary. John associates these names with the sisters of Lazarus ( John 11 ) and puts their home at Bethany. Luke however tells the story as Filipinos would of "si Pedro at si Juan" 1 -- names aren't important, the message is. "Mary" and "Martha" were... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Col. 1:15-20 Hymn To Christ Glorified

Colossians 1:15-20 is a hymn that was already used in the liturgy and incorporated in the letter to the Colossians as part of its introductory thanksgiving. The place of the hymn within this opening section of Paul can be traced thus: Paul thanks God for the way the Colossians have accepted the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Galatians 6:14-16 The Cross and the New Creation

Galatians 6:14-16 may not be one of the more important passages in Paul's treatise on Christian liberty. But it does summarize the more important ideas he spells out about freedom in Christ, life in the Spirit and the new status of the Christian before God. What is important to note here, I think,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Freedom to be Free

In Galatians 5-6:10, Paul draws the ethical implications of the freedom that Christians have received in Christ. Verses 2-12 are threads that connect the present section to topics he had previously expounded on: the Gentiles, the decision of the Council of Jerusalem and Paul's consistency in abiding... Sign in to see full entry.

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