St. Luke

From Darkness to Light – John 9

From Darkness to Light – John 9

This is one of the most wonderful blessings of experiencing the healing touch of Christ in our lives. Our entire worldview is transformed. When we come to see him, we come to see everything else as it really is–and it is a far more beautiful sight than we ever dreamed. We may have thought this world an accident and a bad one at that; now we see it is deliberately created and that it is good. We may have believed in the law of “tooth and claw”; now we see that love prevails. We may have thought we were alone; now we see that He is with us and will never forsake us. We may have thought that this world was all there is; now we see that, in him, we have eternal life.

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A God Who Keeps His Promise – Luke 24

A God Who Keeps His Promise – Luke 24

Fulfillment is at the heart of the Easter message. Our God keeps his promises; every one of them. . God has promised salvation and what he has promised he has done! In fact, in Christ God has answered and is answering every promise He has ever made. The apostle Paul captures this beautifully in one great exclamations: ““For in him all the promises of God find their Yes! with him! That is why we utter the Amen through him to the glory of God.” ”(II Cor 1:20)

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Behold the Man – Luke 23

Behold the Man – Luke 23

The tragic irony is that they scoffed at what they assumed was his powerlessness when, in fact, all the power of the universe was aligned with him: he could have called ten thousand angels. As Satan himself quoted from Scripture on the Mount of Temptation,

“He will give his angels charge of you, to guard you and on their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone’.

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Denial and Conversion – Luke 22

Denial and Conversion – Luke 22

This is ultimately a story about the power of conversion. The gaze of Jesus towards Peter in that moment of his third denial was not condemnatory; it was a gaze of infinite love and mercy that made the horror and weight of his sin more apparent than ever (CCC 1429, 1432), but that also paved the way for his turning back towards— that is, his re-turn—to the very one whom he had denied.

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The Spirit of Sacrifice – Luke 21

The Spirit of Sacrifice – Luke 21

…sincere gratitude is expressed only with great difficulty. “Giving does not begin to be real giving until it hurts”. In Luke 21 we encounter the story of the poor woman who Jesus witnesses giving her last two groats in the temple. She gave these two pennies after two men had given a great bounty. Jesus observed to the men that although the woman had given less money, she had given more, because she had given of herself, she had given all that she had.

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Till Death Do Us Part?: Marriage and the Resurrection – Luke 20

Till Death Do Us Part?: Marriage and the Resurrection – Luke 20

Whatever goodness and beauty we come to know here on earth through the sacrament of marriage will not be discarded as no longer necessary, neither will it be arbitrarily transferred or transmuted into something so wholly different that it is completely unrecognizable. We are promised a New Heavens and New Earth in Scripture—one in which, by the unfailing Love and grace of God, all of creation will finally attain to the perfection for which it was made (CCC 302) The underlying implication is at once continuity and discontinuity—it will be enough like what we’ve come to know here as heaven and earth so as to merit a continuation of terminology, but so different that it brings with it everything that newness suggests—a beauty, freshness and goodness that is wholly incorrupt.

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An Extravagant Gift of Love – Luke 19

An Extravagant Gift of Love – Luke 19

In such a context, there can be no doubt that the crowds that met Jesus on his way into Jericho were intended to guide him to a banquet that had been prepared for him by the most highly esteemed members of society. But Luke gives us the clear impression that he was not impressed by their pomp and circumstance. He was passing through (v. 1). He did not stay for whatever festivities they had prepared in his honor.

Only one thing made him change his mind. The skeevy little man hiding up in the sycamore tree Jesus came across on his way out of town. He was a man despised by all for his treacherous collaboration with the occupying forces, but Jesus called him by name and invited himself to Zacchaeus house.

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Inexorably Aimed Toward Jerusalem – Luke 18

Inexorably Aimed Toward Jerusalem – Luke 18

If, then, following Jesus is the more demanding command, why order the rich man sell and give? Because this was the concrete incarnate way this particular man was to follow Jesus; it was his particular cross. Paul says of the meaning of the Cross: “You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich”(II Cor. 8:9) Isn’t that what he asked of this man? Isn’t that what he asks of us, each in our own way?

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Finding Our Place at His Feet – Luke 17

Finding Our Place at His Feet – Luke 17

This may seem like a simple case of ingratitude (as if such a thing could be simple when it comes to our response to God!), but in fact this story suggests otherwise. When the man returns to express his gratitude, Jesus says to him, ‘Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.’ To what faith is he referring? No doubt to the faith that informed his obedience in going to the priests with the other lepers in the first place, but also the faith that compelled him to turn around, go back and acknowledge the hand of God in the healing and new life he had just received. This faith is not so much an instance of cognitive certitude about God’s ability to work or act in a specific way, but rather an entire orientation of trust, obedience and gratitude that reaches its pinnacle in his impulsive act of worship at the feet of Jesus.

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An Unlikely Example – Luke 16

An Unlikely Example – Luke 16

The message is clear: we can either be driven by our devotion to mammon—that is, material possessions—which will inevitably fail, or store for ourselves treasures that do not fail in eternal habitations by giving it away. In neither case are the possessions ever really ours. They are entrusted to our care and our stewardship of them is a mark of our faithfulness to the Master.

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