Tag Archives: SON OF MAN

LUKE 18:8 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 18:1-8)

Jakarta, 13 November 2021

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MATTHEW 26:24 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 26:14-25)

The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. It had, been good for that man if he had not been borne. The doom of Judas is worse than non-existence. To have consorted with Christ as he had done, and then to deliver him into the hands of his enemies, sealed the traitor s eternal destiny. Jesus notes that His death and betrayal were prophesied. Yet that does not release Judas from his sin (Ps 49; Ps 41; Ps 69). Complicated issue, couldn’t Judas argue that it was his destiny to betray Jesus? Was Judas accountable? Yes.

Jakarta, 31 March 2021

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(A biblical reflection on THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT [YEAR B], 28 February 2021)

Gospel Reading: Mark 9:2-10

First Reading: Genesis 22:1-2,9-10,13,15-18; Psalms: Psalm 116:10,15-19; Second Reading: Romans 8:31-34

The Scripture Text

And after six days Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them, and His garments became glistening, intensely white, as no fuller on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were exceedingly afraid. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is My beloved Son; listen to Him.” And suddenly looking around they no longer saw any one with them but Jesus only.

And as they were coming down the mountain, He charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of man should have risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant.(Mark 9:2-10 RSV)

What was the motivation of Jesus to climb the mountain of transfiguration? Why would He take Peter, James, and John away for this brief interlude of prayer when He was so busy in His ministry? Jesus wanted to seek His Father’s face. Jesus had just revealed the mystery of His death to His apostles and was about to begin His final journey to Jerusalem, where He would be mocked, beaten, and crucified (See Mark 8:31; 10:32-34). Jesus was at a point in His ministry where He needed assurance from His Father in heaven.

God responded to Jesus’ prayer in the transfiguration. Yes, Jesus must die. But He would be raised up in glory, and all creation would be renewed in Him. He would shine with the Father’s glory, and His love would be poured out to all the world. Moses, the lawgiver, saw the law that would be written upon the hearts of the people. Elijah, the prophet of God, saw the one who would speak God’s still, small voice into human hearts. Seeing Jesus glorified, these servants of the Lord rejoiced that the fulfillment of God’s promises was at hand.

God wants us to experience the same compassion He had for Jesus. Everything is in His hands, and can trust Him completely. Consider Abraham’s anguish as he ascended the mountain to sacrifice Isaac, his only son, for whom he had prayed so long. How would Sarah ever understand? Still, Abraham went forward, trusting – and discovering – that a greater glory would come (see Genesis 22:1-18).

Abraham’s story and the transfiguration show that glory always comes when we accept God’s provision for us. God allows many things to occur that we may have a hard time understanding – a hard day, a difficult relationship, or even a sudden death in the family. In these times, we can cry out to God, trusting Paul’s words: “He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also give us all things with Him” (Romans 8:32). God wants us to cooperate with His plan for us and so experience victory in Him.

Prayer: Holy and Almighty God, in Your fatherly love, work in our lives. Prepare us for the glory that will be ours when Your Son returns. During this Lenten Season, help us to surrender any ways that oppose Your perfect plan. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Jakarta, 27 February 2021

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MARK 2:27-28 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 2:23-28)

Jakarta, 19 January 2021

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LUKE 5:24 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 5:17-26)

Jakarta, 7 December 2020

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LUKE 21:36 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 21:34-36)

Jakarta, 28 November 2020

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LUKE 17:33 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 17:26-37)

Jakarta, 13 November 2020

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LUKE 17:24-25 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 17:20-25)

Jakarta, 12 November 2020

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JOHN 3:14-15 (Today’s Gospel Reading: John 3:13-17)

Jakarta, 14 September 2020 [The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross]

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(A biblical refection on the FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT [Year A] – 1 December 2019)

Gospel Reading: Matthew 24:37-44 

First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalms: Psalm 122:1-2,4-9; Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14 

The Scripture Text

As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is  left. Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:37-44 RSV)

Christians usually call Jesus “the Son of God” but that was not Jesus’ favorite to describe Himself. Jesus actually preferred the title ”Son of Man”, which occurs 82 times in the Gospels. To this day, Scripture scholars cannot agree about what this title means.

The book of Daniel and another Jewish writing called the Similitudes of Enoch contain the term “Son of Man”. In both places, it refers to a Messiah-like figure God will send at the end of the world to bring salvation and judgment to all people. Some scholars believe this term applies to an individual while others think it stands for Israel. Jesus may have used this title to identify Himself as the Messiah.

Some of the Jewish people expected the Messiah to be a political and military figure who would lead them in battle against their enemies. They believed he would be a human being who, because he was gifted with God’s own Spirit, would be victorious in battle and would conquer the world. Through him, God would  establish a new order in the world, in which there would be no more wars, famines, or evil of any kind. This new order is what some Jews called “the reign of God” or “The Kingdom of God”.

Although Jesus did not fight any human enemies, He did score a victory over the most powerful enemy, the devil, and He promised to return one day to finish the job. When that happens, God will be in complete control of the world, and because the reign of God will be here in its entirety, there won’t be any more wars or evil of any kind.

In today’s Gospel, when Jesus tells us to prepare for the coming of the Son of Man He is really telling us to prepare for His own return. We do not know when this will happen so we must always be ready.

Two sentences in today’s Gospel particularly interest some Christian groups. Jesus says that two men will be in the field and two women will be at the grindstone. One man and one woman will be taken and the other two will be left. Because of this passage, some Christians believe that at Jesus’ second coming He will snatch up bodily those who are faithful to Him and will take them to heaven so they will spared the suffering that will take place at the end of the world. This is what some Christians call “th rapture”.

If the world ended today, would we (you and I) be ready to meet Jesus, the Messiah? How will you and your family use this Advent season to prepare for Jesus’ return?

(Adapted from Jerome J. Sabatowich, Cycling Through the Gospels – Gospel Commentaries for Cycles A, B, and C, pages 2-3.)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I want to devote Advent to preparing for Your coming into the world. Help me to immerse myself in Your love through the sacraments, prayer, Scripture, and repentance. Let the darkness of my sins give way to Your irresistible light. Thank You, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Jakarta, 30 November 2019 [Feast  of Saint Andrew, Apostle]  

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