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PSALM 40:8

Jakarta, 18 July 2018

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REPROACHES TO UNREPENTANT TOWNS

Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:20-24 – FIFTEENTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Jesus reproaches the towns that refused to believe His signs. There is a special meaning to the word sign. In its classic biblical sense, it is more than a miracle; it is the Word of God made visible.

It is in this sense that Isaiah (First Reading) could speak of God’s promise of an enduring dynasty coming true through a baby’s birth. In this same sense as well, Jesus’ healings and exorcisms were manifestation of His healing and liberating word. These were the signs that the towns around Capernaum refused to credit. It is not just individuals but organized entities that can become faithless. Refusal of the Lord’s word can bring collective as well as individual judgment.

The signs of God’s love and judgment can be present in political and economic events as well as in ecclesiastical ones. They are found not only in supernatural events but also in how natural events come together.

Jakarta, 17 July 2018

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PHILIPPIANS 4:7

Jakarta, 17 July 2018

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THE COMPLETE DEDICATION REQUIRED OF A DISCIPLE

Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:34-11:1 – FIFTEENTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Monday, 16 July 2018

Jesus makes a related point in today’s Gospel reading. He ends the missionary sermon by speaking of the complete dedication required of a disciple in very severe terms. The language in strong and total. Just a prayer is not a separate track but an expression of our lives, so “dedication” is not a certain thing or set of “things” we do but a way of doing everything else. Dedication is functionally an adjective rather than a noun. Our spiritual life, then, is not simply a collection of isolated prayerful moments in our daily schedule. It is a way of living.

We must take care not to let our spiritual life and our “real life” drift apart. Keeping the together is the mark of an adult and practiced Christian.

Jakarta, 16 July 2018

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MATTHEW 5:6 [KJV]

Jakarta, 16 July 2018

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MARK 2:27 [CSB]

Jakarta, 15 July 2018

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JESUS CALLED THE TWELVE: 15th ORDINARY SUNDAY [YEAR B] – Mark 6:7-13

Jakarta, 15 July 2018

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