VeritasPH

The Word, The Truth

 335 total views

The gospel today (Lk 6:27-38) is the continuation of Jesus’ sermon on the plain in which He challenges his followers in treating one’s enemies in particular. The non-judgmental, non condemnatory, pardoning and generous posture is a clear trait of Lucan Jesus, a positve attitude of love for enemies that naturally flows to generosity in giving. This theme of mercy and generosity is central to Luke, repeatedly noted in Jesus’ comportment and teaching (7:11-17, 36-48; 14:12-24).

The phenomenon of forgiveness in the Bible is complex and multi-faceted and employs a broad range of semantic material in both testaments. But a consistency of usage is noticable throughout Scripture when applied to God: that forgiveness is something that may be obtained from Him, flowing freely as it does from his being. It is his nature to be forgiving (cf. Neh 9:17; Ps 130:4; Dan 9:9).

In Luke it is interesting to note that he used the verb ‘apolyõ ‘ (ἀπολύω), which literally means ‘loose (from)’ and connotes the sense of ‘let go, release, send, divorce’. Only here (out of 9 occurences) it is translated as ‘forgive’. According to scholars the verb has an economic force; in that sense it fits well with the Lucan teaching in 6:27-39. It teaches a new ethic, a new way of dealing with one another that goes beyond normal, business-like and expected reciprocity.

Time and again we hear Jesus challenging teaching on forgiveness and pardon. As illuatrated by David to Saul (1 Sam 26:2-23), it was basically an expression of respect, a first step toward, but hardly co-extensive with, Jesus words on total forgiveness. Luke further points, in general, to boundless charity without expecting recompense (from others, as the usual ethic of reiprocity dictates; but from God it will be super-abundant v.38) and in particular, unlimited forgiveness in the face of hurt or opposition. And this is what Christian love is, the spirit of Jesus himself, the Christian holiness where God’s own nature is reflected in human conduct: “ He pardons all your iniquities, heals all your ills. He redeems your life from destruction, crowns you with kindness and compassion. Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. Not according to our sins does he deal with us, nor does he requite us according to our crimes” (Ps 103:1-13). In that constitutes our ‘otherness’, making us different from non-disciples: “This is how all will know you are my disciples”, (John 13:35).

Screenshot 2024-04-26 121114
ads
ads
2
3
4
previous arrow
next arrow

Veritas Editorial

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

President of Radio Veritas

Kalidad ng pagtuturo

 988 total views

 988 total views Mga Kapanalig, itinalaga na ni Pangulong Bongbong Marcos, Jr si Senador Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara bilang bagong kalihim o secretary ng Department of Education kapalit ni Vice President Sara Duterte. Sa isang editoryal, binanggit natin ang kahilingan ng ilang grupo ng mga guro na sana, ang bagong kalihim ng DepEd ay isang educator

Read More »

Mga payaso sa sirko

 8,524 total views

 8,524 total views Mga Kapanalig, may kasabihan sa Ingles na “elect a clown, expect a circus.” Kapag bumoto raw tayo ng mga payaso, asahan nating magiging sirko ang gobyerno.  Pasintabi po sa mga ang hanapbuhay ay ang pagiging payaso. Ipinaaalala lamang ng kasabihang ito kung gaano kaseryoso ang paggiging lingkod-bayan. Ang pagsisilbi sa pamahalaan ay hindi

Read More »

BPO industry

 24,510 total views

 24,510 total views Kapanalig, hindi natin maitatanggi, ang laking tulong, ginhawa, at pag-asa ang dinala Business Process Outprocessing industry o BPO, sa maraming manggagawang Filipino. Nabigyan ng opsyon ang marami nating mga mamamayan – graduate, o bagong graduate, middle aged, o kahit retired na, part-time, full-time – marami ang nagkaroon ng pagkakataon kumita dahil dito. Nakakapamili

Read More »

Balik Probinsya

 32,555 total views

 32,555 total views Kapanalig, marami ngayong Filipino ang nahahalina at pumipiling magbuhay probinsya. Malaking pagbabago ito, dahil bago mag pandemic, ang ating mga syudad, partikular na ang National Capital Region ang pangunahing migration destination sa ating bayan. Trabaho ang pangunahing rason – sa mga syudad kasi makikita ang karamihan sa mga oportunidad sa bayan. Pero iba

Read More »

Kuryente

 37,635 total views

 37,635 total views Kapanalig, kahit ano pang pagpipikit mata natin o bulagbugan, hindi natin matitiis na ang mahal ng halaga ng kuryente sa ating bansa. Lalo ngayon kapanalig, na tumataas ang halaga ng dolyar, pihado, madarama na natin ang panibagong aray sa kuryente. Nauna na nga ang pasakit ng halaga ng krudo at gas, hindi ba?

Read More »
catholink
Shadow
truthshop
Shadow

Related Story

Latest Blog
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

Missioning

 93 total views

 93 total views 15th Sunday B Amos 7:12-15 Amos was a native of Judah, whose work had been that of a shepherd and caretaker of trees. He is not a prophet by trade but Yahweh had missioned him to Israel, the northern kingdom, (vv 14-15). Because of his prophecy about the demise of the king and

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

Rejected Prophet

 1,335 total views

 1,335 total views s1S#198 Rejected Prophet 14th Sunday (B) Ez 2:2-5 Just like the vocation stories of other prophets such as Isaiah and Jeremiah (cf, (Is 6:9f; Jer 1:17f), Ezekiel’s calling has common basic elements. The call is from God, and the prophet received the Spirit of God that empowers him to grasp and convey God’s

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

God of Life

 801 total views

 801 total views 13th Sunday (B) Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24 The Book of Wisdom speaks of human imperishability. As the author of life, it is only with life that God is concerned (v13). Death here is understood as a total and final separation from God. Physical death does not figure prominently in the author’s thought. God is

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

(Over)Troubled Waters

 1,029 total views

 1,029 total views 12th Sunday (B) Job 38: 1, 8 – 11 The book of Job is considered a “wisdom in revolt”, that is, questioning the conventional, even, biblical wisdom that man suffers/is punished because of his sins. He has protested innocence in the face of the intense suffering he has endured. He has even questioned

Read More »
Blog - Rev. Fr. Jerico Habunal
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

ALWAYS CHANGE US

 1,027 total views

 1,027 total views Gospel Reading for June 20, 2024 – Matthew 6: 7-15 ALWAYS CHANGE US Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

God In Control

 1,612 total views

 1,612 total views Ez 17:22-24 The reading is part of an allegory (beginning from vv3-21) through which Ezekiel describes the political situation of Israel in exile and its consequent restoration. It speaks of an eagle planting a shoot that becomes a verdant vine (Israel) and another eagle (King Nebuchadnezzar) transplanting the verdant vine to a foreign

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

Good vs Evil

 1,569 total views

 1,569 total views Gen 3-15 The snake represents the forces of evil while the man and the woman are individuals representative of all humanity. The antipathy between the serpent and humans is to be perpetual (v15). But the human’s superior physical position in striking the snake’s head is understood as humanity’s eventual triumph over evil in

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

Eucharist

 1,563 total views

 1,563 total views The word Eucharist is the direct translation of the noun ‘eucharistia’ ( εὐχαριστία ) and is primarily an expression of gratitude to God (especially in the letters of St. Paul, e.g. 2Cor 4:15, 9:11,12), and in particular as thanksgiving to God in worship, (cf 1Cor 14:16; Rev 4:9,7:2). But what could allude to

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

 2,071 total views

 2,071 total views The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity celebrates the mystery of mysteries, “the central mystery of our faith and life” (CCC, 234): God is one God in Three Divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. “The belief in one God in three divine persons…is unique to the Christian faith but

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

Mary, Mother of the Church, our model disciple & companion in the mission

 2,282 total views

 2,282 total views The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday, Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church, 20 May 2024 Acts 1:12-14 ><}}}}*> + ><}}}}*> + ><}}}}*> John 19:25-34 Icon of Mary “Mater Ecclesiae” (Mother of the Church) in St. Peter’s Square from opusdei.org. What a

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

Holy Spirit

 2,287 total views

 2,287 total views The celebration of Pentecost Sunday is associated with the giving of the Holy Spirit by Jesus to the apostles on the evening of his resurrection (John 20:19-23). The Pentecost is one of the three great annual festivals which the Jews are obliged to observe as prescribed in Ex 23:14-17, (cf also 34:18-34; 2

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

Taken Up

 2,283 total views

 2,283 total views Talking about the Ascension, it is only Luke who “literally” described it or represented it as an established “historical” fact observed by sensible experience, (cf. Lk 24:46-53; Acts 1:1-11). And restraint characterizes these two accounts where only the departure is observed There is no specific moment of the Ascension in Matthew, Mark (short

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

Friend

 2,907 total views

 2,907 total views As the Easter Season celebration continues, the gospel (John 15:9-17) keeps up unraveling the fruits of the salvific action of God in Christ’s Paschal mystery. As Jesus shares his knowledge of the Father with his disciples (14:20), he shares his love as well (v9) and points out that it is the observance of

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

Lay Down

 3,469 total views

 3,469 total views The Fourth Sunday of Easter is called Good Shepherd Sunday. In describing himself as the Good Shepherd, (cf s1S#28, Shepherd, 4/25/21), Jesus repeated in today’s gospel (John 10:11-18) the verb “lay down” (his life for his sheep) 5 times (vv 11, 15, 17, 18 x2). tithēmi (τίθημι), is a common verb meaning “put,”

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Msgr. Wilfredo Andrey

Witness

 3,769 total views

 3,769 total views In Luke’s summary of the risen Christ’s first appearance to his disciples (24:35-48) aside from its apologetic slant (proving that He is the same Jesus and not a ghost, and asking for something to eat, vv38-43) he concludes with the apostles’ post-Easter mandate to preach repentance underlining it’s redemptive value (v47; cf first

Read More »

Latest Blogs

Scroll to Top