Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you. (Luke 1:30)

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Forgive my many grammatical and punctuation mistakes :). - mjdasma

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Reflection for May 2, Monday, Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor; John 15:26—16:4a

Gospel: John 15:26—16:4a
Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”
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Reflection:
Why do others kill for their religion? For example, those who blow themselves in the midst of people so that they could kill as many as possible. They do these because they do not know Jesus and God. Yes they have a God but what their God is teaching is not what Jesus is teaching us.

Jesus preaches compassion, love, sacrifice and humility this is always what Jesus is teaching us. Jesus never taught us to spread violence and to blow ourselves into kingdom come so that we could inflict damage and fear.

What are we going to do to them? Should we face violence with violence of course not for the simple reason that violence is not in the resume and teachings of Jesus. We should rather pray for them so that they can be converted and enlightened.   

Nothing is impossible for our God, we therefore should continue to pray for the conversion of those who continue to inflict hatred upon us. They may be members of our family, they may be our former friends or anybody whose objective is to create catastrophic damage and fear upon humanity.

Let us therefore pray for their enlightenment and conversion for nothing is impossible for our God. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Reflection for Sunday May 1, Sixth Sunday of Easter; John 14:23-29

Gospel: John 14:23-29
Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.”
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Reflection:
A husband and wife went shopping while shopping the wife noticed that it was only her which was buying things. Her husband was not buying anything for himself. So she asked her husband, honey why are you not buying anything for yourself? The husband replied, darling your needs are more important than my needs, nevermind what I need it’s nothing compared to what you need.

How do you love Jesus? Do you love Jesus by sacrificing your own needs for the sake of the propagation of the teachings of Jesus? Do you love Jesus by allowing Him to take the center stage and you content to be at the backstage? Do you love Jesus by doing things for His glory and not for your own earthly glorification?

If you truly love Jesus you would be willing to forgo whatever this world demands from you for the sake of Jesus. The truest form of love for Jesus and for God is when you have learned to follow His demand and desire for you instead of you following your own desire and your own demand for yourself.    

There’s always a struggle for supremacy within you, should it be your own supremacy or the supremacy of Jesus. The wisdom filled choice is to allow Jesus to reign supreme in your life. By doing so you tell and show Jesus the depth of your love for Him.

How deep is your love for Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Reflection for April 30, Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter, John 15:18-21

Gospel: John 15:18-21
Jesus said to his disciples: “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.”
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Reflection:
Where do you belong? Do you belong to this world or you belong to Jesus?

The world has many enticements for you to love it, these enticements maybe: money, ambition, self-centeredness, ego, popularity, power, women, lust, etc. If you will let it captivate  you,  you will slowly but surely be embracing it with all of your being. Eventually you will be captured by its lies until it destroys you.

What this world offers has a very short shelf life it has expiration and you too will eventually expire. And soon after God will measure you with his standards, surely you will not be able to measure-up for the simple reason that you love this world more than God.  

In the gospel Jesus is telling you that you don’t belong to this world, you belong to Him! However Jesus has also given you also the freedom of choice and it’s all up to you actually. However, you   need to be reminded that the things of this world are temporary it has an end and it will not bring you peace of mind.

The kingdom of God is heavenly eternal, peaceful and it has no end. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Reflection for April 29, Friday, Saint Catherine of Siena; Virgin and Doctor of the Church, John 15:12-17

Gospel: John 15:12-17
Jesus said to his disciples: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”
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Reflection:
What if we follow this commandment of Jesus about love?

There would be no more hatred and separation amongst married couples but only love. But the sad reality is we choose to turn a deaf ear to this love commandment of Jesus. For the simple reason that we love ourselves more than we love Jesus and our fellowmen.

There’s a saying that before we could give love we must love ourself first. For how could we know how to give love if we have not experienced loving ourselves first? However this statement does not jibe on how Jesus interprets love or on how Jesus gives the truest meaning of love.

For Jesus to love is not to love oneself first, to love is to lay down ones life for the beloved, for Jesus to love is to forgive the many hurts that has been hurled at you by your beloved. For at the end of the day if we love the way Jesus loves us what would remain in us is love no hatred but only love.

But how do we love? We love selectively and we love with measure, we calibrate the love that we give by the love that we receive. And we oftentimes do not love our fellowmen when they do not fulfil our selfish expectation for them.

Let us love without condition and let us love without expecting love in return.  -  Marino J. Dasmarinas     

Reflection for April 28 Thursday of Fifth Week of Easter, John 15:9-11

Gospel: John 15:9-11
Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.

“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”
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Reflection:
What makes marriage last forever? It’s love! Not love according to the meaning of this world but love according to the love of Jesus.  Unfortunately many of us express our love according to this world. Not the kind of love that Jesus mentions to us in the gospel. 

Otherwise if the love that binds a couple together in the sacrament of marriage is like the love of Jesus. There would be no divorce or separation amongst couples.

The word love has been devalued by the people of this modern world. Who is the culprit? No other than us! We have lowered to the gutter the word love because we’ve not been faithful to Jesus this is also the reason why we don’t feel the love of Jesus.

Let us go back and revisit the meaning of love as Jesus meant it to be in the sacrament of Marriage.

Here goes: For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part. – Marino J. Dasmarinas