Category Archives: Gospel Toon

INVITED TO DANCE WITH GOD – 15 October 2017 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Is 25:6-10A; Phil 4:12-14, 19-20; Mt 22:1-14
Fr Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications

The wedding feast is the biblical image of the encounter of love between the Lord and Israel. In the parable, the bridegroom is Jesus, he is the son, and the bride is the whole of humanity.

The banquet is the happiness of the Messianic era. Whoever accepts the proposal of the Gospel and enters into the kingdom of God experiences the most authentic and deep joy.

AGREEING WITH THE FATHER’S DESIGNS – 1 October 2017 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Ez 18:25-28; Phil 2:1-11; Mt 21:28-32
Fr Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications

The parable of today’s gospel depicts three characters: a father and two sons. At the invitation of his father to go to work in the vineyard, the firstborn zealously and readily answered: Yes, sir,  but then did not go. Why did he not go? Was it because he had more important engagments? No, even when he had said yes, he was not at all in accord with the program of his father. He had only spoken empty words.

HE FREELY REWARDS – 24 September 2017 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Is 55:6-9; Phil 1:20C-24, 27A; M 20:1-16A
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications

In the parable, the master provokes the anger of the workers of the first hour, who cannot even hold up for fatigue, are forced to witness an irritating scene of paying to the idlers the same wages that they were promised. It is in this surprising and disconcerting behavior of the master that the message of the parable is perceived. Let us analyze it deeper.

FORGIVENESS: THE FEAST OF GOD AND MAN – 17 September 2017 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Sir 27:30—28:7; Rom 14:7-9; Mt 18:21-35
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications

A debtor who owed ten thousand talents was presented to the king. The talent is about thirty-six kilograms of gold; its value multiplied by ten thousand—the most elevated figure of the Greek language—amounts to a huge sum that corresponds to the salary of 200,000 years of work, 2,400,000 payrolls. It’s unthinkable that someone could repay such amount.

FRATERNAL CORRECTION IS WORK OF MERCY – 10 September 2017 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ez 33:7-9; Rom 13:8-10; Mt 18:15-20
Benedict XVI

Then comes “exortamini invicem.” Fraternal correction is a work of mercy. None of us sees himself or his shortcomings clearly. It is therefore an act of love to complement one another, to help one another see each other better, and correct each other.

FAITH MATURE IN MOMENTS OF CRISIS – 13 August 2017 – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

1 Kgs 19:9A, 11-13A; Rom 9:1-5; Mt 14:22-33
Fr Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications

“When evening came” indicates, in the symbolic language of the evangelist, the conclusion of Jesus’ day. It is the end of his life. It is the moment in which he “climbs the mountain” alone, moves away from the crowds and definitely enters the world of God. This is why the disciples find themselves in the dark. Darkness is the image of disorientation; doubt that captures even the most convinced believer. At times, even one who is driven by a strong faith feels alone.

TO CONTEMPLATE HIS TRANSFIGURED FACE IS FOR EVERY DISCIPLE – 6 August 2017 – Transfiguration of the Lord

Dn 7:9-10, 13-14; 2 Pt 1:16-19; Mt 17:1-9 
Fr Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications

The mountain, in the Bible—as, indeed, among all peoples of antiquity—was the site of the encounter with God. It was on the mountain that Moses had the manifestation of God. In Exodus 24 we find that Moses, “after six days” (Ex 24:16) went up; he did not go alone, but took Aaron, Nadab and Abihu with him (Ex 24:1,9), and was enveloped in a cloud. On the mountain, even his face was transfigured by the splendor of God’s glory (Ex 34:30). It is enough to conclude that, with these Old Testament allusions, the evangelist intended to communicate a message. He intends to present Jesus as the new Moses.

FOUR GROUNDS IN THE SAME HEART – 16 July 2017 – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Is 55:10-11; Rom 8:18-23; Mt 13:1-23
Fr Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications

The farmer in the parable is apparently working in vain and wasting seed and energy. It is hard to believe that, in a field reduced to that state, something can sprout. 

THE ONLY HONORIFIC TITLE RECOGNIZED IN HEAVEN – 9 July 2017 – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Zech 9:9-10; Rom 8:9, 11-13; Mt 11:25-30
Fr Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications

The solemn exclamation with which today’s gospel begins is one of the few prayers of Jesus reported in the gospels: “Father, Lord of heaven and earth… revealed them to simple people.” Jesus states a fact: the poor, the humble, the marginalized people are the first to welcome his word of deliverance. They feel the need of God’s tenderness. They hunger and thirst for righteousness. They are blessed because for them the kingdom of God has come.

WELCOMING THE MESSENGER – 2 July 2017 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

2 Kgs 4:8-11, 14-16A; Rom 6:3-4, 8-11; Mt 10:37-42
Fr Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications

Matthew wrote his Gospel in a time of persecution. The disciples have often had the experience that, to remain faithful to Christ, they had to accept the breaking of ties with the people who matter most. The rabbis had made the decision to expel the Christians from the synagogues. They had ordered that those who adhered to the Christian faith, be considered heretical, be disowned by their families. The consequences of this exclusion were severe and painful, not only from the emotional point of view but also social and economic.