In today’s readings, we find a theme of God working all things out for good (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28). In our first reading and Psalm, we are reminded of the story of Joseph, a tale that went from betrayal and suffering to redemption. God was with him the whole time, using it for good, ultimately uniting and saving his entire family and the Israelites from famine and death. In fact, we can draw many comparisons between Joseph and Jesus: both beloved, both betrayed, both imprisoned, and both, through their sufferings, brought triumph and victory.
It is this aspect that Jesus highlights in the parable of the tenants. There is a clear analogy presented in this parable: God is the landowner, the tenants are us or the Israelites, the servants are the prophets killed, and the son of the landowner is Jesus. Jesus cleverly catches the chief priests off guard, prompting them to admit their wrongdoing against God in their rejection of Jesus, but their hearts are too hardened.
However, we know that the model of the Good News is that the things often perceived as bad turn out to bring the most amount of good. God’s wonderful, merciful, redemptive love is incomprehensible to us. At a time when humans showed more and more evil, God poured on more of His love by sending His only Son (Genesis 37:14, Matthew 21:37; John 3:16).
Perhaps today, reflect on the areas of rejection, sin, and shame in your life where God wants to pour more and more love. Have faith and trust that God will work out all things for His good in your life, turning your eyes to Jesus on the cross
Claire O’Donohue is a current Oxley Passionist Youth Retreat Team member. While also in her final year of university, she is completing her bachelor’s degree with a major in visual art and theology.
Daniel 9: 4-10
Luke 6: 36-38
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2nd Sunday of Lent
I am presently in our Adelaide community. Back in 1968, when I was here as a young student, a famous artist made a new beaten copper altar for the Church.
In today’s readings, Jesus calls us to his higher way. Today’s first reading comes from the last part of the Book of Deuteronomy.
Today’s texts reminded me of my former French professor who used to teach in English with French accents to accommodate students from America and Asia in the Roman context
Feast of St.Peter’s Chair
1 Peter 5:1-4
The Feast of the Chair of Peter celebrates the leadership and authority of the Pope. It also provides us with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on leadership