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THE NARROW DOOR

Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 13:22-30 – THIRTIETH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Jesus speaks about the narrow door. There will come a time when the master shuts the door and no one will be able to enter. The immediate reference here is to the judgment and to those who have refused to enter. To all of us, it refers to our death as the time when further opportunities for us to grow in the Lord will cease.

It can also refer to our opportunities in this life that we have lost. We can all recall those times in school, work or a particular relationship when  someone either died or moved away with whom we were unreconciled. If we have had such an experience, we know what it is like to fail to redeem the time. Time moves on and we cannot freeze all our important opportunities in a state of cryonic suspension until we decide to address them as the Lord’s disciples. Grace-filled opportunity is lost by inaction and the passage of time.

Our eternity will be filled with the knowledge of opportunities lost or fulfilled.

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PSALM 108:5 [KJV]

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MUSTARD SEED AND YEAST

Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 13:18-21 – THIRTIETH WEEK OF THE YEAR:  Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Jesus did not come just to establish a Church. He came to bring all people into the Kingdom. He formed a community as a vehicle for that primary goal.

In today’s Gospel reading, the Lord speaks about the mustard seed that starts very small in size. Luke emphasizes its eventual global embrace. Just as yeast “influences” dough, so the Kingdom will eventually permeate the world.

This does not mean that the entire world will become Roman Catholic – at least not in the sense in which we presently know it. It does mean that all people will be influenced by the presence of the Kingdom. The pain of the world is condensed in us as we give birth to the new creation.

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TUESDAY GOOD MORNING BLESSING: Morning stands for HOPE … Have a blessed day!

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JESUS HEALS A CRIPPLED WOMAN

Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 13:10-17 – THIRTIETH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Monday, 29 October 2018

Jesus healed on the Sabbath not because He did not respect the Sabbath but because He placed the rules into perspective.

The Holy Spirit enables us to interpret and apply rules that without such wisdom an easily become the opposite of what was originally intended. Rules are not ends in themselves but tools of maturity.

The uses of our communion fasting rules are examples. A rigid, precise application of the rules (58 minute fast before communion) can contravene their original purpose which is respect for the Eucharist.

Rules are tools to help us grow. Their purpose is to bring us to a point where they are unnecessary.

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PSALM 16:11 [KJV]

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ROMANS 10:17 [KJV]

Jakarta, 28 October 2018

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MASTER, I WANT TO SEE: 30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME [YEAR B] – Mark 10:46-52

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THE BLIND BEGGAR WHO WAS NOT BLIND SPIRITUALLY

THE BLIND BEGGAR WHO WAS NOT BLIND SPIRITUALLY

(A biblical refection on THE 30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME [YEAR B] – 28 October 2018)

Gospel Reading: Mark 10:46-52 

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalms: Psalm 126:1-6; Second Reading: Hebrews 5:1-6 

The Scripture Text

And they came to Jericho; and as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; rise, He is calling you.” And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Master, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Him on the way. (Mark 10:46-52 RSV)

In today’s Gospel, a blind beggar calls Jesus the Son of David. Since Jesus’ father was Joseph, who is this other person the blind man is talking about?

David who, according to the Bible, was both a shepherd boy and a skilled harpist, was a very important figure in the history of the Jewish people. He was the same David who used a slingshot to kill Goliath, the Philistine giant, and he later became the greatest king of the Jews.

As king, David first made Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish nation; then ordered the Ark of the Covenant (the chest in which the Jews kept the Ten Commandments) be brought there. At that time, the Jews housed the Ark (a visible sign of God’s presence) in a special tent.

One of the first things David did after becoming king was build himself a palace of the finest materials but it wasn’t long before he began feeling a little guilty about living in luxury while the Ark of the Covenant was in a tent. Therefore, David decided he would build a house for the Lord, a magnificent temple unequalled by any other building in the world. However, in a dream God told the prophet Nathan that David should not carry out his plans. Instead, God would build a house (a dynasty) for David and would bless it with peace and prosperity. Furthermore, God said one of David’s descendants would occupy the throne forever.

At first, the Jews understood God’s promises to mean David’s son would rule after him and his son’s son would rule after that and so on. Historically, that did not prove to be true because on military power after another conquered the Jewish nation and executed the last of the Jewish kings.

Since God would not lie, the Jews reasoned they must have misunderstood what He meant and concluded that God’s promises referred to a future descendant of David. They believed this descendant or Son of David would be the Messiah who would conquer the world and rule forever with peace and justice.

So, when Bartimaeus calls Jesus “Son of David” instead of “Son of Joseph”, he acknowledges that Jesus is the promised Messiah, the descendant of David through whom God would fulfill His promises.

Being unable to see is only one type of blindness. We can also be spiritually blind when we fail to see how God is working in our lives.

(Adapted from Jerome J. Sabatowich, Cycling Through the Gospels – Gospel Commentaries for Cycles A, B, and C, pages 216-217.)

Prayer: Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! Forgive me for my spiritual blindness. By Your Holy Spirit, enable me to recognize the many ways God is working in my life and shows His love for me everyday. Amen.

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JESUS TALKS ABOUT REPENTANCE

Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 13:1-9 – TWENTY-NINTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Saturday, 27 October 2018

Jesus refers in this important passage to the apparently accidental death of eighteen people beneath a fallen tower. He states that such a horrible death did not imply that they were greater sinners than anyone else. We cannot correlate material success or failure with grace or sin so easily.

The Lord states that those who do not repent will experience a more terrible spiritual death. Spiritual collapse is more death-dealing than physical death because its implications are eternal.

The Lord then gives us a comforting image of a fruitless tree. There is always time to change until the final harvest. At that time, we are stuck with what we have done and left undone. Until that point, however, there is always time to find a fresh direction for our life.

We can allow our lives to follow their inertial tendency toward sin or we can consciously direct them toward God. In either case, we are responsible for hat we will have become.

Jakarta, 27 October 2018

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