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Author: Romo Valentinus Bayuhadi Ruseno OP

God’s Loving Touch

God’s Loving Touch

Fifth Sunday of Lent [A]
March 29, 2020
John 11:1-45

Among the five human senses, the sense of touch is the most basic and foundation to other senses. The sense of sight needs to be in touch with the light spectrum. The sense of taste requires to be in contact with the chemical in the food. The sense of hearing must receive air vibration or sound waves. This sense makes us a human being, a bodily being. No wonder that many traumatic experiences [even mental problems] are rooted in the lack (or excess) of touch.

Spittle and Eyes

Spittle and Eyes

Fourth Sunday of Lent [A]
March 22, 2020
John 9:1-41

In healing the blind man, Jesus did something a bit unusual: He spat on the ground, made clay with His saliva, and smeared the clay on the blind man’s eyes. In this time we are battling the Covid-10, the fast-spreading strain of the coronavirus, we are educated that the one of the medium of contamination is the human droplets like our saliva, and the entire point of this virus is contact with our eyes. When the infectious saliva meets the eyes, it is the sure reason we fall victim to this terrible virus.

Jesus, Our Bridegroom

Jesus, Our Bridegroom

Third Sunday of Lent [A]
March 15, 2020
John 4:5-42

We relate with Jesus in many ways. Some consider Him as a teacher, some calls Him as friend, and some others would simply acclaim Him as Lord and Savior. However, little known to us that the Gospel introduces Him as the bridegroom.

Love at the Heart

Love at the Heart

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time [A]
February 23, 2020
Matthew 5:38-48

At the heart of Jesus’ teaching in the Mount is the formation of the heart. However, the heart in the Bible is not limited to our affective side or emotions. It also stands for the center of intellectual capacity and freedom. The heart is the seat of life itself, and thus, represents who the man or woman is.

Return to Our Hearts

Return to Our Hearts

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time [A]
February 16, 2020
Mat 5:17-37

Jesus is accused of unfaithful to the Law of Moses and the traditions of the elders. He no longer requires His disciples to performs ceremonial washings and many traditions of the elders [Mat 15:2]. Jesus heals people even during the Sabbath [Mark 3:1-6]. Jesus declares that all food is clean [Mark 7:19]. The worst part is when Jesus commands His disciples to drink His blood [see Lev 17:14; Mat 26:27-28]. Is Jesus breaking and changing the Law of Moses?


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