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Monday, March 5, 2007

Unless You Repent

Luke 13:1-9 can be divided into two parts: (a) verses 1-5 (Jesus on tragic deaths) and verses 6-9 (the parable of the barren fig tree). Both of these pericopes are found in Luke alone. In verses 1-5, a matter for discussion is raised. It is about the Galilaeans who were killed while they were... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Transfiguration of Jesus in Luke

The Transfiguration gives us a foretaste of Christ's glorious coming, when he "will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body." But it also recalls that "it is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God." (CCC, 556) The account of the Transfiguration of Jesus is a... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The One Who Trusts In The Lord (Psalm 91)

Psalm 91 is about trust and confidence in God. It opens with an invitation addressed to one "who dwells in the shelter of the Most High" (i.e., the Temple) and describes the condition of him who habitually trusts in the Lord (v.9). The invitation is to invoke the Lord with the words: "My refuge, My... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Luke 4:1-13 The Temptation In The Desert

In the gospel of Luke, the account of the Temptation in the Desert not only highlights the identity of Jesus as "son of God" but also that of the Servant of Yahweh and the trajectory of his mission: Jerusalem. In schematic form, Luke gives his readers an idea of how Jesus will carry out his mission... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Love, Give, Forgive

Luke 6:27-38 is part of a series of sayings that go from Luke 6:20b-49. This whole section is paralleled in Matthew 5-7, coming as it does from a source -- that biblical scholars have christened Q (Quelle) -- which both Matthew and Luke employ. Scholars agree that the original is reflected in Luke.... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Call of Simon the Fisherman

The event that Luke narrates in 5:1-11 may have been originally a post-resurrection event rewritten so as to explain the Primacy of Peter (similar to that of Matthew 16), and the saying "I will make you fishers of men" (cf. Mark 1) while at the same time providing his account of the call of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

National Bible Week

Today we begin our celebration of National Bible Week. National Bible Weeks began to be celebrated in the second half of the 1980s in the Philippines following a Synod on the Bible. There is some truth in the idea that we Filipinos only began to take the Scriptures seriously after that National... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

The Three Kings

The Feast of the Epiphany recalls the manifestation of the Lord to the Gentiles. The classic text is that of Matthew 12:1-12 which has been popularly entitled "The Visit of the Magi". The story can be outlined as follows: Verses Description 1-2 The Appearance of the Magi 3-8 The reaction of Herod.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 11, 2006

What Should We Do?

Introduction Luke 3:10-18 actually continues vv. 7-9; together with this latter, the passage puts into perspective the mission of John. The expectation of the last days has been raised by his call to repentance and baptism. Verses 7-9 is a statement of the Baptist regarding those who should repent.... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

The Word of God Came... In The Desert

The selection from Luke 3:1-6 differs from its parallels in Mark (1:1-3) and Matthew (3:1-3) in that Luke adds a historical reference (vv. 1-2a), he presents the ministry of John in the classical prophetic mode through the phrase " the word of God came to John son of Zacharea in the desert" ) and... Sign in to see full entry.

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