THIRD SUNDAY AFTER SHUNOYO
Jesus Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised.” What he foretold was concerning Him; that he should be betrayed and killed. He perfectly knew, before, all things that should happen to him, and yet undertook the work of our redemption. His passion greatly commends his selfless love; and this love to human made all sufferings easy to him. THIRD SUNDAY AFTER SHUNOYO
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER SHUNOYO: KEEP ASKING, SEEKING, KNOCKING!
Jesus gave the disciples a good example by praying constantly. He said that everyone who asks would receive. How about being diligent in our search; being hungry in our quest, and being relentless in our pilgrimage. God reward those who seek him. Let’s meditate this Sunday; in what ways are we ‘diligently’ seeking after God? How often do we pray? What do we pray about? Are we asking for what we need, or are we just communicating with God? Or are we having a communion with God?
First Sunday after Shunoyo
James and John use their friendship with Jesus in order to manipulate him into giving them a place beside him, thinking it will bring them prestige and power. It must not have seemed improper to them at the time, nor do our “order-placing” prayers look that bad to us. If we are honest, a lot of our prayers consist of politely telling God how things should be.
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRANSFIGURATION (The Parable of the Two Sons: Doing the will of God)
Jesus asks the question: “Which of you is doing the will of my Father?” He is asking several questions at once: Are we participating in the kingdom of God, not yet, but already arrived? Are we committed to active response and obedience to God and not just lip service? Thereby are we becoming a member of Jesus’ spiritual family? Are we showing a commitment to saving the lost and excluded? Are we willing to sacrifice when necessary, on behalf of the kingdom? Again, ask ourselves: Which of us is doing the will of God?
EIGHT SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Once again Jesus feeding a hungry crowd! The disciples forget that providing for people’s need is Jesus specialty; they find it hard to understand that Jesus is Christ! Our encounters and experience with God- the times when he has rescued, comforted, confronted and challenged us- should teach us to relay on his miraculous power. They should help us understand how he has cared for us in the past, especially at times of agony and sufferings. Since we are humans, we always forget His mercies, and our forgetfulness hardens our hearts. Let’s this Sunday recall His mercies and blessings; recall the last time God confronted, comforted, or guided us. Let’s…