Reflections for our Times — Jesus

Volume 5 of the Romero Series is now available

Volume 5 of the Romero Series is now available

Tags: Francis, Gospel, Homilies, jesus, Liberation Theology, martyrdom, Oscar Romero, Politics, Romero, Sermons, spirituality

This fifth volume gathers together Romero’s homilies during five grimly dramatic months in El Salvador, beginning with the archbishop’s mourning for another of his priests who was gunned down by a death squad. Despite the ongoing slaughter of innocent persons and the ruthless treatment of any dissident voice, he continued to speak out courageously in his weekly homilies to the nation and the world. These homilies reveal Romero above all as a pastor who trusted his people. And the people, intuitively sensing this great trust, responded in kind. Romero often acknowledged that his homilies were collaborative creations, involving not just...

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Do We believe in Jesus?

Tags: forgiveness, gospel, homilies, jesus, meditation, messiah, new testament, Pagola, spirituality

Meditation on Luke 9, 18-24    Once when Jesus was praying  in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist;  others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ  of God.”  Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law,  and he must be killed  and on the...

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Compassion as a principle of action

Tags: Compassion, Historical Jesus, Jesus, Pagola

The research on Jesus reaches a fairly widespread conclusion. Jesus of Nazareth was a man, perhaps the only one, who lived and communicated a sane experience of God, without distorting it with the fears, ambition and fantasies which different religions ordinarily project on to the divinity. Jesus never speaks of God as indifferent or distant, uninvolved with the life of human beings or interested only in his honor, his glory and his rights. At the heart of his experience we do not find the image of a lawgiver God who wants to govern the world through laws, while threatening his...

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Dusty Path

Tags: compassion, Crucifixion, jesus, lent, mercy, passion, spirituality

We have turned time into such an important aspect of our lives. It rules our days and is deeply rooted in each of our plans. It is an important aspect of discipline and a very strong reason for stress in our lives. As our age increases, the awareness of time and our own mortality becomes more obvious, due in part to the fact that the years we may still have available to live with health are more limited as time passes.After experiencing different ages in our lives, we slowly begin to concentrate the span of our attention within this tunnel...

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The Passion of Jesus

Tags: compassion, Crucifixion, curesma, Good Friday, jesus, lent, mercy, pasión, passion

To justify the death of an innocent victim like that of Jesus and, still more, to say that it was the divine will, would be to make of evil a human way of behaving, justifiable on the part of God and of human beings. Hence it would be very relevant to understand the historical fact and the theological meaning of the passion and death of Jesus not as a simple story one hears in Lent, but as an event that reveals a tragic reality that should make us wonder as to how far we are capable of going if we...

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Crisis? What crisis?

Tags: crisis, jesus, mercy, new testament, old testament, reign of god, solidarity

In our world the word “crisis” has become a talking point. It refers to the tremendous fiasco of national and European political structures and its terrible social and economic consequences. In Greece, as in so many other places, the state of prosperity is collapsing and millions of people are pushed into poverty. In vain will we search for the term “crisis” in modern translations of the Bible. We would rather have to search for expressions such as “hunger” which, in fact, runs through the experience of the people of God from the times of the patriarch Abraham (who because of famine...

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The Nativity of the Lord

Tags: Christmas, Compassion, jesus, love, mercy, Pagola, solidarity

Christmas is a feast full of nostalgia. Peace is what we sing about, but we do not know how to make it happen. We look for happiness, but it seems ever more difficult to be happy. We buy each other gifts, but what we need is tenderness and affection. We sing to a God who is a child, but in our hearts, faith lies extinguished. Life is not what we would like it to be, but we do not know how to make it better.    Christmas is not the only thing we think about this way. Our whole life...

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Forgiveness as a horizon

Tags: Compassion, forgiveness, jesus, love, mercy, Pope Francis, sin, solidarity

What caused most scandal and hostility towards Jesus during his activity in Galilee was his friendship with sinners. Never had anything like it happened in Israel. No prophet had gone to them with an attitude of respect, friendship and sympathy. What Jesus did was unheard of. The impression that John the Baptist had left was very different. John had denounced sinners. He had reminded them of the punishment that awaited them, and had introduced a major rite of purification and penance to free them from sin. His activity did not scandalize anyone. It was what one expected of a prophet,...

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Healing as a program

Tags: christology, Compassion, gospel, healing, Historical Jesus, jesus, miracles, pagola, Spirituality

There is no doubt that Jesus loved, protected and devoted his attention to the poorest and most vulnerable members of society. There wasn’t anything original about this. Many others had done the same before and after Jesus. What is strikingly admirable is that Jesus valued nothing above them, he loved nothing more than them: not religion, the Law or the security of his people. The sources leave no room for doubt. The most important thing for Jesus is the life of the people, not religion. Sin, morality or the Law are not the fundamental reason for which Jesus is centered...

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Believe in Heaven

Tags: christology, Compassion, gospel, heaven, Historical Jesus, homilies, jesus, pagola, solidarity

BELIEVE IN HEAVEN On this Christian feast of All Saints, I wish to clarify how I understand and try to live some aspects of my faith in eternal life. Whoever knows and follows Jesus Christ will understand me.    For me to believe in heaven is to refuse to accept that the life of all and each one of us is only a small parenthesis between two immense voids. Founded on Jesus, I perceive, sense, desire, and believe that God is leading the desire for life, for justice and for peace built into creation and into the heart of humanity...

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Creer en el Cielo

Tags: cielo, espiritualidad, evangelio, gospel, heaven, jesus, pagola, Spirituality

CREER EN EL CIELO En esta fiesta cristiana de Todos los Santos, quiero decir cómo entiendo y trato de vivir algunos rasgos de mi fe en la vida eterna. Quienes conocen y siguen a Jesucristo me entenderán. Creer en el cielo es para mí resistirme a aceptar que la vida de todos y de cada uno de nosotros es solo un pequeño paréntesis entre dos inmensos vacíos. Apoyándome en Jesús, intuyo, presiento, deseo y creo que Dios está conduciendo hacia su verdadera plenitud el deseo de vida, de justicia y de paz que se encierra en la creación y en...

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The vocation of Human Transcendence (Oscar Romero, 1979)

Tags: anthropology, homilies, humanity, jesus, justice, martyr, martyrdom, non violence, oscar romero, peace, preaching, Religious experience, romero, social justice, solidarity, Spirituality, transcendence

Dear sisters and brothers, When I was a seminarian I heard a story that comes to mind given the circumstances of today, and I want to share it with you. It was a story about a sailor who was sent to fix something high on the mast; as he climbed high up and looked down at the roiling sea, he became dizzy and was about to fall. When the captain noticed this, he told him, «Young fellow, look upward!» and that was his salvation. When he looked upward he could no longer see the heaving ocean, and he did the...

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VIDEO: What can we know about the Historical Jesus? (Part 1), by Jose A. Pagola

Tags: christology, Historical Jesus, jesus, Pagola

Biblical scholar José Antonio Pagola reconstructs the historical Jesus with a scholarly exegetical and theological approach. He addresses basic questions about who Jesus was; how he understood his life; what was the originality of his message; how the vision of the Kingdom of God centered his life; and why he was executed and who intervened in the process. The author presents a lively and passionate narrative of Jesus of Nazareth within the milieu of the first century, locating him in his social, economical, political and religious contexts based on current and accepted research. He also analyzes the perspectives and conclusions...

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