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

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Reflection for Saturday December 2, Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 21:34-36

Gospel: Luke 21:34-36
Jesus said to his disciples: "Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man."
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What will happen to us if we are so much busy with our worldly activities that we forget our intimacy with God?  We become worldly beings that exist only for this temporal world thus we eventually cutoff any contact with God in favor of this world.

This is dangerously happening now for example there are countries that prohibit the saying of prayers in schools. There are countries that proudly promote abortion and other anti-life measures. We must be watchful and try every possible way to counter this anti-life and anti-Christian policies and mindset espoused by the liberal minds of today.

Where would you start? Start inside your family, bring your children to Mass, pray the Rosary and worship God as a family. Teach them the basics of our faith; teach them how to read the Bible. And read to them the words of God in the bible and reflect on it as a family.

By doing so you will be deeply implanting the roots of our faith in their young minds and they will imbibe it as they grow. Therefore, they would be able to withstand whatever worldly tribulations and temptation that may come their way. – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

Reflection for Friday December 1, Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 21:29-33

Gospel: Luke 21:29-33
Jesus told his disciples a parable. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
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Do you have an awareness of the kingdom of God in your life?

What many of us are aware today is the kingdom of this world. Thus, we are very busy to earn for our own survival and self-gratification. We allow ourselves to be eaten by the rat race culture of this world. For example, in other countries where the presence of Jesus is almost non-existent in their people. Once they encounter major failures in their life some people don’t think twice of committing suicide.

Why is this so? Perhaps the reason behind this is they’ve already focused themselves on this world. Every aspect of their lives revolves around this world. There is no illumination of the presence of Jesus in their lives. Here lies the danger of not having God in one’s life. It’s like always the end times whenever they encounter failures/problems in their life.

We are therefore very fortunate that we know Jesus because we always have this fortress of hope where we can always hold on. Whatever personal problems that we may have and no matter how bleak the future may seem. We remain hopeful and this hope is always given to us by Jesus.

Let us therefore share the gift of Jesus with our fellowmen let us not keep this to ourselves. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Reflection for Thursday November 30, Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle: Matthew 4:18-22

Matthew 4:18-22
As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.
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Why did Jesus call Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John? Jesus wanted these four fishermen to share in His mission. There was no promise of riches, prosperity and power yet they responded. Their motivation to respond to Jesus call is very simple they just want to serve as Jesus served. No frills no publicity, as much as possible Jesus wanted it under the radar so that no one would know.

So these four selfless men followed Jesus they left everything even their very livelihood and trusted themselves under the care of Jesus. In these four men we get a valuable lesson on how to become true servants and followers of the Lord: Follow with reckless abandon!

When you decide to follow Jesus you should be ready to leave everything for the sake of the Lord.  No looking back simply trust Him for He will take care of you. Take care of you not in the sense that you will financially and materially prosper as what many prosperity gospel preachers promote.

Take care of you for He will make you rich spiritually so that you would be able to withstand the trials and rigors of His mission.

You too are being called by the Lord to follow and trust Him. Follow where? Follow in His mission of evangelization, don’t worry about anything for He will take care of everything. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Reflection for Wednesday November 29, Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 21:12-19

Gospel: Luke 21:12-19
(Jesus said to His disciples) Before the end happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
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Have you already suffered for faithfully following Jesus and are all of these sufferings all worth it? Every suffering that we go through for Jesus is all worth it. The people of this world will surely not agree but it’s all worth it!

If we suffer poverty for Jesus’ sake, if we are persecuted for following Jesus. And if the events in our lives are not turning out well based on worldly standards because we chose to follow Jesus. Let us not worry for someday in the great beyond we will surely receive our reward from Him.

Are all these worldly appendages worth it? It could slip out of our hands anytime, why are so many of us are so blinded by these worldly things? We covet it as if our life hinges on it. That’s why we covet these worldly things with all our might.   

However, at the end of our lives only one will matter and that’s none other than our faith faithfulness to Jesus. Strive to possess Jesus instead than obsessively striving to possess the fragile things of this world. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Reflection for Tuesday November 28, Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 21:5-11

Gospel: Luke 21:5-11
While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here–the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come. Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.
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Do you have fear of destructions and wars? Of course we all have these fears, we fear wars and destructions because it may be the sign of the end times. But why fear?  Jesus is telling us in our gospel today not to be terrified!

We are human beings and as such it’s natural for us to have fears in our hearts most especially when we see on TV destructions and wars. But Jesus words are more powerful than any wars and destructions combined!

In our gospel for this Tuesday Jesus mentions about destructions and wars. Jesus mentioned these words in the gospel hundreds of years ago. And what He mentioned then is actually happening right now. As you read this reflection there are many ongoing wars and destructions in many parts of the world. Are you going to tremble in fear? Of course not!   For the reason that we know deep in our hearts that there’s hope! And this hope is given to us by Jesus.

Jesus tells us not to be terrified for He is far more powerful than any wars and destructions. Therefore, what we must do is to have hope and faith in Jesus for when we have Jesus in our hearts we have nothing to fear. Even the most destructive wars and calamities we will not fear!

Do you still have fear in your heart? Surrender it all to Jesus let Him take over your life. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Monday November 27, Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 21:1-4

Gospel: Luke 21:1-4
When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”
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Do you know that you cannot outdo God’s generosity? Do you know that the more you give that more that you would receive? Many generous people including the poor widow who gave her whole livelihood knows all about this. Perhaps this is not the first time that the widow in our gospel offered her whole livelihood to the treasury.

Maybe she has been doing this act of extreme generosity for so many times already and time and again this poor yet generous woman has proven that whatever she gave out of her poverty comes back to her a hundredfold times.

You may ask, if what the poor woman gave comes back to her many times over. Then why is she still poor? Yes she is still poor based on our own materialistic eyes, but she is actually very rich in terms of her faith and spirituality this is the reason why she could give everything including her earnings from her livelihood. 

To be materially poor is OK for as long as you are rich in faith and spirituality. For what is the essence of material wealth when it can easily fly away from our hands anytime?

Are you generous like the poor woman in our gospel? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Sunday, November 26, The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe; Matthew 25:31-46

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus said to his disciples: "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?' And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.' Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.' Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?' He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.' And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."
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A dictatorial husband would always tell his wife and children that he is the king of their house. Being so, they are obliged to follow what he tells them to do. Therefore, whatever he tells his family they followed without question.

Do we have the kingship of Christ in our hearts right now? If our answer is yes, it is therefore incumbent upon us not to have a dictatorial mindset and attitude. This is for the reason that Jesus Christ was never a dictator. Jesus never exercised His authority with iron fist, He exercised His authority and power with love, gentleness and humility. 

Christ kingship is already here and now.  It resides in our hearts and minds if we are like those placed on the right side of the king. This happens when we feed those who are hungry and thirsty when we help a stranger at our doorstep.

When we care for the sick, when we visit those in prison. When we forgive those who have wronged us no matter how deep the wound that they have inflicted upon us. When we do all of these we make Jesus the king of our lives and His kingdom is already within us.

Is Jesus the King of your life?  – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Repleksyon para sa Nobyembre 26, Kapistahan ng Kristong Hari; Mateo 25:31-46

Mabuting Balita: Mateo 25:31-46
31 Pagdating ng Anak ng Tao sa kanyang Kaluwalhatian kasama ng lahat niyang mga anghel, uupo siya sa maluwalhati niyang trono. 32 Dadalhin sa harap niya ang lahat ng bansa at parang isang pastol na inihihiwalay ang mga tupa sa mga kambing, gayundin niya paghihiwa-hiwalayin ang mga tao.33 Ilalagay niya ang mga tupa sa kanan niya at ang mga kambing sa kaliwa. 34 Sasabihin ng Hari sa mga nasa kanan niya: ‘Halikayo, pinagpala ng aking Ama! Manahin ninyo ang kahariang inihanda para sa inyo mula pa sa simula ng daigdig. 35 Sapagkat nagutom ako at inyong pinakain, nauhaw ako at inyong pinainom. 36 Naging dayuhan ako at pinatuloy ninyo ako. Nang ako’y hubad, dinamitan ninyo ako; nang maysakit ako, binisita ninyo ako. Nang ako’y nasa bilangguan, dinalaw ninyo ako.’37 At itatanong sa kanya ng mabubuti: ‘Panginoon, kailan ka namin nakitang nagugutom at pinakain, nauuhaw at pinainom, 38 isang dayuhan at pinatuloy, at walang suot at dinamitan? 39 Kailan ka namin nakitang maysakit o nasa bilangguan at nilapitan?’ 40 Sasagutin sila ng Hari: ‘Talagang sinasabi ko sa inyo: anuman ang gawin ninyo sa isa sa maliliit na ito na mga kapatid ko, sa akin ninyo ginawa.’ 41 Pagkatapos ay sasabihin naman niya sa mga nasa kaliwa niya: ‘Mga isinumpa, lumayas kayo sa harap ko tungo sa apoy na walang katapusan na ini¬handa para sa diyablo at sa mga anghel nito! 42 Sapagkat nagutom ako at di ninyo binigyan ng makakain, nauhaw at di ninyo pina¬inom, 43 naging dayuhan ako at di ninyo pinatuloy, maysakit at nasa bilangguan at di ninyo binisita.’ 44 Kaya itatanong din nila: ‘Panginoon, kailan ka namin nakitang nagugutom, nauuhaw, dayuhan, hubad, may sakit o nakabilanggo, at di ka namin pinaglingkuran?’ 45 Sasagutin sila ng Hari: ‘Talagang sinasabi ko sa inyo: anuman ang di ninyo ginawa sa isa sa maliliit na ito, hindi ninyo ginawa sa akin.’ 46 At pupunta ang mga ito sa walang hanggang parusa, ngunit sa walang hanggang buhay naman ang mga makatarungan.”
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May isang diktador na asawa ang palaging nagsasabi sa kanyang maybahay at mga anak na siya ang hari ng kanilang bahay. At dahil diyan ay obligasyon nila na sundin ang bawat sabihin niya sa kanila. Kaya anuman ang sabihin niya ay kanilang sinusunod ng walang pasubali. 

Si Jesu Kristo napo ba ang naghahari sa ating mga puso ngayon? Kung ang sagot natin ay oo nararapat lamang na tayo ay hindi diktador at mainitin ang ulo. Ito po ay sa dahilan na si Jesus ay hindi diktador at hindi maiksi ang pasensya. Bagkus si Jesus po ay punong puno ng pag-ibig, kahinahuman at kababaan ng loob. 

Ang pag hahari ni Kristo ay nandito na at ngayon na. Ito ay nasa atin ng mga puso at isipan. Yan ay kung tayo ay katulad na ng mga inilagay sa bandang kanan ng hari sa ating mabuting balita. Ito po ay nangyayari pag pinapakain at pinaiinom natin ang mga nagugutom at nauuhaw. Pag tayo ay tumutulong sa mga nangangailagan.

Pag inaalagaan nating ang mga maysakit, pag binibisita natin ang mga nasa bilanguan. Pag tayo ay nagpapatawad gaano man kalalim ang sugat na ginawa sa atin. Pag ito po ay ginagawa na natin ng walang anumang hinihintay na kapalit ito po ay nag papahiwatig na si Jesus na ang nag hahari sa ating mga sarili.

Kaya imbes na ang ating mga ambisyon sa mundo at ang ating hindi magagandang ugali ang maging hari ng ating mga buhay. Bakit hindi natin hayaang si Jesus ang mag hari sa ating mga buhay? Ito ay sa dahilan na hindi tayo kailan man maliligaw ng landas pag si Jesus na ang naghahari sa atin.

Si Jesus na ba ang iyong Hari?  – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Reflection for Saturday November 25, Saturday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 20:27-40

Gospel: Luke 20:27-40
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, if someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless. Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless. Finally, the woman also died. Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her.” Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called ‘Lord’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive. Some of the scribes said in reply, “Teacher, you have answered well. And they no longer dared to ask him anything.
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Mr. X is a man who believed in the resurrection but the thing is this: he doesn’t live his life worthy enough to attain it. Will he have this heavenly resurrection?

In our gospel for today Jesus tells us that those who are deemed worthy will attain heavenly resurrection. The obvious answer for Mr. X is he will not have a heavenly resurrection.

Who amongst us is worthy enough to have resurrection?  Not one of us is worthy enough to have it for we are all sinners. Does this mean that we will now carelessly live our lives in sin because nobody is worthy? Of course not!

A sinner can attain instant salvation/resurrection provided there is repentance. Let us look at the sinner on the cross with Jesus who humbly said: “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus said to him: “Amen I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  (Luke 23:42-43)  

We must always faithfully follow the teachings of the church then let us just live everything to the divine mercy of God. For no one among us is worthy to claim it for ourselves. For salvation and resurrection is purely a grace from God. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Reflection for Friday November 24, Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs: Luke 19:45-48

Gospel: Luke 19:45-48
Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” And every day he was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words.
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There is an article that I’ve read about a confession of a young man who had a sex change. From male he became female, after a few months of going through the procedure this young man was already full of regrets.

According to him he was being deeply bothered by his conscience and he felt that something was wrong with the function of his body. I can’t remember if he died but there was something very unfortunate that happened to him after going through that procedure.

Are we aware that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit? Are we aware that Jesus is deeply saddened when we try to alter the physical composition of our body? Today with the help of science we could make ourselves appear younger. We can even make our bodies a walking expression of who we are by tattooing it.

Is this right? Of course not for God created our bodies to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. This is the reason why it does not deserve to be disrespected by the modernity of science and by our own wild imagination disguised as self-expression. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Thursday November 23, the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 19:41-44

Gospel: Luke 19:41-44
As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”
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Do you obey Jesus when He tells you to stop sinning or to avoid those people who only make you sin? Jesus does this to you using people close to you, for example Jesus may use a relative,  a friend or a life incident to tell you to walk away from sin.  

During the time of Jesus, He directly called for repentance, some listened to His call. But many of them did not listen, they instead continued with their sinful way of life. In so doing they wrapped themselves with problems that they could have easily avoided if they only listened to Jesus.

Come to think of it, in our own personal lives there are also many instances that we are advised to live a clean life. To renew our lives and walk away from all our sinfulness, but do we listen? Often times we don’t listen because we love to follow our own sinful desires, we allow the devil to possess us instead of Jesus.

Jesus is the best friend that we could ever have, He is our best adviser therefore it is a must that we always listen to Him. We have everything to gain and nothing to lose if we always listen to Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas