Sunday, November 20, 2016

Christ the King

Kingdom of Christ

Luke 23:35-43 

What is it like in the kingdom where Jesus is King and Lord of all heaven and earth?

It's like this:

The kingdom of heaven is filled with disciples.

Only disciples are allowed to enter heaven.  People who consider themselves as good and have done good works on earth may be entering heaven based on the merits of their good works.  But have they heeded God's words?  Have then done Jesus' will?  Did they pass through the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus?

Second, the kingdom of Jesus is also on earth through the Church.

The Church is icon of the Holy Trinity.  It is the body of Christ.  It lives in unity in Christ, sharing all gifts and charisms.  Did we really consider ourselves as active members of Christ's body.

Third, the kingdom of heaven is found on the passion and death of Jesus.

He fulfilled his kingship not through the crown or throne, but on the cross, a symbol of the forgiveness of sins through his passion, death, and resurrection.  Do we also embrace our crosses?  Are our crosses the means to save others?

Let the kingdom of heaven be upon us through Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

33rd sunday in ordinary time, C

The problem is we don't seem to connect heaven and earth.  Heaven is future while what we have right now is earth.

But we can't delay heaven.  God is not future.  He is today.

We have to correct the notion of separation of heaven and earth:

1. kingdom of God is now, it started while we were children and it is on-going.  
2. Jesus - how much have we known him?  We need to identify with Jesus now.
3. love - not only families, but also the poor.  Love now.

This is how we connect heaven and earth.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, C


Luke 20:27-38 

"Resurrection" is the theme of today's readings.  In the Book of Maccabees, the seven brothers would rather give glory to God rather than sacrifice their faith.  They believed that they would receive everlasting life.

In the gospel, Jesus took the discussion of whose wife will the widow be to another level.  "They shall not marry because they are like angels..."

Let us also take our lives to the next level.  How often do we sacrifice spiritual life for money, power, comforts of this world, or even reputation?  These do no not have any merits in heaven.  But Jesus said, "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Mt. 6, 20)

What do we store in heaven?

First, focus on heavenly things.  Remember your childhood when you were asked, "Who wants to go to heaven?" And we raised our hands.  What happened after all these years?  Focus on Jesus, the king of heaven and earth.  Move out from there.

Second, our lives on earth is itself our journey to heaven.  Imagine what heaven would be like.  Live exactly like it on earth.  All saints in heaven were disciples while they were on earth.  Let's be disciples of Jesus.

Third, lead others to heaven.  By the conduct of our lives, we already know whether we are going to heaven or not.  But much more, everything that we do to our brothers and sisters account for our entrance to heaven.  Lives of faithful service will get us to heaven.