Old Posts from Who Is Jesus—March

March 31, 2023

If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and Scripture cannot be set aside, can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?

Jn 10:31-42

Jesus is consecrated and sent into the world so that we could see the Father and return to him.

March 30, 2023

Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.”

Jn 8:51-59

Jesus is existence. When he says “I am”, he is saying that he is the source of all that is. Without him, we truly have nothing.

March 29, 2023

“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Jn 8:31-42

Jesus is our liberator. If we choose to remain in his word, then we will be truly free.

March 28, 2023

“I belong to what is above.”

Jn 8:21-30

Jesus belongs to what is above. He came down to us but he is lifted up so that we can all see who he is.

March 27, 2023

Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

Jn 8:1-11

Jesus writes secret words in the shifting sands of our hearts that only we can read. He wants to forgive us not condemn us.

March 26, 2023

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

Jn 11:1-45

Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life, the Christ and our Teacher. But he is also someone who loves and who weeps.

March 25, 2023

Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.

Lk 1:26-38

Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of Mary. As one of us, he understands our weakness. As God, he has the power to help us.

March 24, 2023

“But we know where he is from.”

—Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Jesus is the one sent by God. But we often do not recognize him because we think we know everything about him.

March 23, 2023

The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.

—Jn 5:31-47

Jesus is the one we must believe in. To help us believe we have the testimony of our Father, the works Jesus performed, the Scriptures and holy people like Moses and John the Baptist.

March 22, 2023

For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to the Son the possession of life in himself.

—Jn 5:17-30

Jesus is the possessor of life. If something is mine, I can give it to anyone I choose. Jesus can give life because all life is his.

March 21, 2023

Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”

—Jn 5:1-16

Jesus is compassionate. When he sees a man who has suffered a long time, he cures him even though this man will be ungrateful and unfaithful.

March 20, 2023

He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.

—Lk 2:41-51a

Jesus is obedient. He is always docile to the Holy Spirit as he does the will of his Father.

March 19, 2023

“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

—Jn 9:1-41

In today’s wonderful Gospel, Jesus is a worker, the Light of the World, a prophet, the Son of Man, and the giver of sight. But some people call him a sinner and he is also a cause of division. Who is Jesus?

March 18, 2023

I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.

—Lk 8:14

Jesus is the one who came down the lowest in humility and therefore he has risen up the highest. If we want to find him we have to be like him.

March 17, 2023

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

—Mk 12:28-34

Jesus is the answer to all of our questions. We seek to know and to love and he is Truth and Love.

March 16, 2023

When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils.

—Lk 11:14-23

Jesus is the strongest man. He calls us to be with him and to work with him so that we will enjoy the riches of the Kingdom.

March 15, 2023

“But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

—Mt 5:17-19

Jesus is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven because he obeyed and taught the commandments perfectly.

March 14, 2023

Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan.

—Mt 18:21-35

Jesus is merciful and just. He wants to give us what we give to others: mercy if we are merciful, justice if we demand “our due” from others.

March 13, 2023

Jesus said to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth: “Amen, I say to you,
no prophet is accepted in his own native place.”

—Lk 4:24-30

Jesus is a prophet who is not accepted in his native home town. His home is now our hearts. Does he feel welcomed or rejected there?

March 12, 2023

Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one speaking with you.”

—Jn 4:5-42

In today’s fascinating Gospel, Jesus is the Source of Living Water, the Messiah, and the Savior of the World. His mission is to announce the Kingdom, save us so that we can be part of it, and then make us into springs of water welling up to Eternal Life.

March 11, 2023

“While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.”

—Lk 15:1-3, 11-32

Jesus goes out to meet sinners whether they have squandered all his gifts or whether they are envious of his generosity.

March 10, 2023

“This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.”

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?

Mt 21:33-43, 45-46

Jesus is the heir. Everything the Father has belongs to the heir. But he has decided to share it all with us.

Jesus is also the cornerstone. All of our building should be done on him.

March 9, 2023

“If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.”

Lk 16:19-31

Jesus is someone who has risen from the dead. Are you persuaded to change your life?

March 8, 2023

“Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mt 20:17-28

Jesus is our ransom. He truly served us by his life, death and Resurrection. He freed us from our sins and brought us back into friendship with our Father.

March 7, 2023

“The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Mt 23:1-12

Jesus is the one who humbles himself. Have you ever considered how much he humbled himself? He became a man, he was counted as a sinner, he suffered a cruel death and all in order to beg his sinful creatures to love him so that they would be happy.

March 6, 2023

“For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”

Lk 6:36-38

Jesus is the Mercy of the Father. He forgives and gives generously. His measure is without measure. Our measure should be the same as his.

March 5, 2023

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

Mt 17:1-9

Jesus is the beloved Son of God and also the suffering Son of Man. He suffers because of his love for us and the Father is well pleased with this sacrifice.

March 4, 2023

“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Mt 5:43-48

Jesus is perfect because he is the perfect image of his Father. He loves his enemies and prays for them. He loves all of us even when we persecute him.

March 3, 2023

Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.”

Mt 5:20-26

Jesus is not only the door (March 2nd), he is also the Kingdom that we are entering. And how do we enter? Not by relying on our self-righteousness but by allowing him to transform our whole life into holiness.

March 2, 2023

Jesus said to his disciples: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

Mt 7:7-12

Jesus is the door. Jesus gives us access to the Father. We have confidence to ask, see and knock because this door is always open to us.

March 1, 2023

At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here.

Lk 11:29-32

Jesus is the Wisdom of God. The Wisdom of God is different than worldly wisdom. It is a generous outpouring of love on the undeserving. If this seems like foolishness to us, we are in danger of failing to see the sign that Jesus gives: the sign of his own life of self-sacrificing service on behalf of sinners.