Humbled Then Exalted

Consider the following somewhat theoretical discussion.  In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus declared, “…he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Reflecting on the entirety of Holy Writ, one can conclude this to be an axiom of God’s kingdom.  It is repeated in similar wording...

Where Do You Come From?

To those pleading to enter through the closed door of Christ’s eternal kingdom the Lord answers:  “I do not know where you come from.” (Luke 12:25).  When they give what they think constitutes eligibility to enter, the Lord repeats:  “I tell you, I do not know where...

Fire and Baptism

Jesus longingly states in Sunday’s Gospel, “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled!”  (Luke 12:49).  Note how Christ longs for this fire-kindling event to be finished. This fire-kindling statement is describing the same event that...

A Pregnant Saying

So often when the Lord Jesus speaks, his preaching is profoundly pregnant, each statement being packed with themes that interconnect with the rest of Scripture.   Thus in Luke 12:32 (from Sunday’s Gospel) Jesus promises: Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father...