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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Saturday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 6,43-49): Jesus said to the crowd, «(…) Why do you call me: ‘Lord! Lord!’ and not do what I say? I will show you what the one who comes to me and listens to my words and acts accordingly, is like. That one is like the builder who dug deep and laid the foundations of his house on rock. The river overflowed and the stream dashed against the house, but could not carry it off because the house had been well built (…)».

The "power" of Jesus: obedience to His Father

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, Christ reveals the source of his "power": perfect obedience to His Father. In Jesus Christ obedience is not a secondary, added, factor, but an essential one. His power does not have any limit from the outside, but a limit that comes from within: the will of the Father, freely consented to the point of renouncing himself totally.

Jesus becomes one with God, so God’s power becomes His own power. The power He now proclaims comes from the sources of the Cross and therefore, is the antithesis of the arbitrary power of total possession, of total permission and of total possibility. The redemption of the world rests in the prayer of the Mount of Olives: "Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done", prayer that the Lord taught us in the "Lord’s Prayer".

—O Lord. do take and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my will, all my having and all my owning; You gave it to me, I give it back, O Lord, to You.