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Unless you people see signs

We have a penchant for signs (Greek semeion) or miracles (dynamis). For us, to see is to believe. Jesus invites us to believe in him,…


The parable of the lost son

LUKE 15:1-3, 11-32 [or JOHN 9:1-41] The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began…


Hear, o Israel!

The Hebrew imperative shema that precedes the statement of the great commandment is a very important call. Obedience to God’s commands presupposes listening and understanding.…


Kingdom divided

Jesus’ enemies—the scribes and the Pharisees—do everything to discredit him. They accuse Jesus of accomplishing his signs, like driving out demons, by the power of…


Not to abolish but to fulfill

Jesus is accused of not keeping the Law or the Prophets, especially when he seems to break the Sabbath law. But Jesus makes it clear…


Seventy-seven times

We are familiar with the idea of “unlimited” or “bottomless.” This means we are given the freedom to enjoy as much as we want of…