“The Advocate Will Teach You Everything”, by Fr. Jesus

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives (peace) do I give it to you.” The Farewell Discourse of Jesus (John 13-17), to which today’s gospel belongs, is his last will and testament, wherein he gives his apostles precious pieces of advice in order to help themContinue reading ““The Advocate Will Teach You Everything”, by Fr. Jesus”

“Better for us to obey God than men”, by Fr. Jesus

When we read the gospels, one thing that strikes us is Jesus’ poor choice of disciples: rude fishermen, unlearned, incompetent men. Particularly, the choice of Peter, impulsive and cowardly, as leader of the group and caretaker of the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Nowadays, those men wouldn’t have a chance to be admitted toContinue reading ““Better for us to obey God than men”, by Fr. Jesus”

“Honoring God with the Heart”, by Fr. Jesus

In today’s gospel, Jesus argues with the Pharisees and the scribes, inviting them to look beyond the letter of the law and to discover the spirit of the law. He explains to them, and to us too, that true religion does not consist in the mere performance of external rituals and external cleanliness; rather itContinue reading ““Honoring God with the Heart”, by Fr. Jesus”

“This is my blood of the covenant”, by Fr. Jesus

The New Testament covenant, ratified by the blood of Christ, is eternal because Christ is eternally faithful to it by doing the will of the Father to the end. The feast of Corpus Christi is like an extension of the Holy Thursday celebration when our Lord instituted the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist during theContinue reading ““This is my blood of the covenant”, by Fr. Jesus”

“The First Fruits of the Resurrection”, by Fr. Jesus

…peace …mission …Holy Spirit …forgiveness and …faith That’s how today’s gospel (In 20: 19-31) might be titled. Jesus gives to his disciples, and to all of us, the first and choicest fruits of his passion, death and resurrection. First, he offers peace. Not once, not twice, but three times he greets his disciples with “PeaceContinue reading ““The First Fruits of the Resurrection”, by Fr. Jesus”