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).

Preach the gospel at all times use words if necessary. - St. Francis of Asisi

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

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reflection for Wednesday October 22, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 12:39-48

Gospel: Luke 12:39-48
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Then Peter said, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” And the Lord replied, “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish the servant severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
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When a typhoon is about to hit a certain area the government would always remind its citizens to be prepared or even relocate for a period of time. The reason behind is very basic: to avoid destruction of lives and properties. Those who would hear the call for preparedness would survive and those who wouldn’t would suffer from their indifference.

In today’s gospel Jesus once again calls us to be prepared for He will come to us when we least expect Him to come into our lives. But does Jesus really come to our lives without prior warning? Does He really surprise us with His immediate presence thus we are caught unaware?

Before Jesus comes to us He would first knock into our hearts so that we could open our hearts to Him and embrace His offer of renewal with open arms.  By doing so we hear His call for us to be prepared.

But for those who would pretend not to hear even if they hear, those who would continue with their sinful lives even if Jesus is calling him/her for renewal. They may be awakened to the sad reality of life and this sad reality is the sufferings that they may face for the reason that they did not listen to Jesus.    

Nevertheless, everything is not lost yet, for as long as we breathe there’s always a chance to listen to the voice of Jesus coursed through people around us or even events around us. Who earnestly call upon us to be prepared by means of walking away from all of our sinfulness.  

In Revelation 3:19-20, the Lord tells us: I reprimand and correct all those I love. Be earnest and Change your ways. Look I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my call and opens the door. I will come into him and have supper with him. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Monday, October 20, 2014

Reflection for Tuesday October 21, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 12:35-38

Gospel: Luke 12:35-38
Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.”
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Why does Jesus tells us to be vigilant? Because we never know when he will come, He may come any day that we least expect. This is how much Jesus loves us! If Jesus doesn’t love us He wouldn’t bother to tell us to be prepared. But in truth and in fact Jesus loves us dearly, are we able to reciprocate this great love of Jesus for us?

If we continue to do good; if we continue to be humble, if we are able to submit ourselves to the Sacrament of Confession. If we continue to bring others closer to Jesus and so forth then we are prepared. Are these already enough preparation for the coming of the Lord? We never know for we don’t have the capacity to read the mind of God.

Nevertheless, Jesus has already given us the lead on how we could best prepare ourselves for the great coming of the Lord. What if we are not prepared? We have nobody to blame but ourselves for this simply means that we refused to heed the call of Jesus.

But there are many who live their lives as if they own it for themselves, as if they are in-charge of their lives. But nobody is in-charge except Jesus that’s why we must always be prepared.

Life is never permanent we may be in the pink of health today but we never know what may happen to us the next day or even the next minute. We never know if the breath that we will take before we sleep tonight is our last or not, this is how fragile life is.

This gospel is a wake-up call for all of us to always be prepared. Are you prepared? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Monday October 20, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 12:13-21

Gospel: Luke 12:13-21
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest? And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry! But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”
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What will be the scenario when we are a few inches away from the doorway of death? Would we still be concerned about our wealth? No, not anymore what would be of prime importance during that time are the relationships that we’ve built.

The first that will matter is the relationship that we’ve built with God, the next is the relationship that we’ve built with our relatives and friends. Our wealth no matter how enormous will not occupy a space in our minds.

Why is this so? Because wealth will not count as our ticket to heaven, what will count is the relationship that we have created with God. What will count are the good deeds that we’ve done to those who are in need.

 But the paradox is so many of us today who are alive and healthy are actively in pursuit of wealth. That we don’t anymore care how many lives would we be stepping on just to have it. We don’t anymore care if we will be called greedy or corrupt just to have it.

In our gospel for this Monday, Jesus is teaching us not to live our lives for the accumulation of wealth, He teaches us not to be greedy. Jesus teaches us instead to build a relationship with Him. To spread and share our blessings with others most especially with those who are in need.

For what is wealth when it will not count as your ticket to heaven? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Reflection for Sunday October 19, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time; Matthew 22:15-21

Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21
The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion, for you do not regard a person's status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?" Knowing their malice, Jesus said, "Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax." Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?" They replied, "Caesar's." At that he said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."
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Can we think of anything that we have given back to God? Perhaps we will pause and think about what we have given back God for all the blessings that He has been giving us all these years. After pausing maybe we still cannot think of anything that we have given God and the reason for this is maybe we have not given back God yet.

Every blessing that we have comes from God although we may think that what we have now came from our own hard work. But the truth is every blessing that we have God has generously given us including our very life now.

In our gospel for today Jesus tells us give to Caesar what belongs to him and give to God what belongs to God (Matthew 22:21). In modern language this means that we give what belongs to the government by way of paying the right taxes and other duties that the government has a rightful claim.

What then can we give God? We give God something special that comes from our hearts. Where is God then so that we could give back to Him? God is not hard to find, we simply have to look around us and we will see God. For God is with the poor, the hungry, the sick, the abandoned and anybody who needs our help, God is with them. Let us give generously to them so that we could give back to God.

In the gospel of Matthew somebody asked the king: Lord when did we see you hungry and give you food; thirsty and give you drink, or a stranger and welcome you or naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to see you? The king answered, truly I say to you: whenever you did this to one of the least you did it to me (Matthew 25:37-40).    

Have we already done something for God? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Repleksyon para sa Oktubre 19, Ika-29 na Linggo sa Karaniwang Panahon; Mateo 22:15-21

Mabuting Balita: Mateo 22:15-21
15 Umurong ang mga Pariseo at nagpulong kung paano nila huhulihin si Jesus sa sarili niyang mga salita. 16 Kaya ipinadala nila ang kanilang mga alagad kasama ng mga kampi kay Herodes. Sinabi nila kay Jesus: “Guro, nalalaman namin na tapat kang tao at tunay na nagtuturo ng daan ng Diyos; hindi ka napadadala sa iba at nagsasa¬lita hindi ayon sa kalagayan ng tao. 17 Kaya ano ang palagay mo: ayon ba sa Batas na magbayad ng buwis sa Cesar? Dapat ba tayong magbayad sa kanya o hindi?”

18 Alam naman ni Jesus ang ma¬sama nilang pakay, at sinabi niya sa kanila: “Mga mapagkunwari! Bakit ninyo ako sinusubukan? 19 Ipakita ninyo sa akin ang perang pambuwis.” Ipinakita nila ang isang denaryo, 20 at sinabi sa kanila ni Jesus: “Sino ang naka¬larawan dito, na narito rin ang kanyang pangalan?” 21 Sumagot sila: “Ang Cesar.” At sinabi niya sa kanila: “Kung gayon, ibigay sa Cesar ang para sa Cesar, at sa Diyos ang para sa Diyos.”
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May naibalik na po ba tayo sa  Diyos para sa mga kabutihang ginawa niya sa atin? Marahil po ay mag iisip tayo ay kung ano na nga ba ang ating naibalik sa ating Panginoon. Pagkatapos nating mag-isip ay baka wala parin tayong maalala na naibalik natin sa Diyos dahil sa katunayan ay baka talagang wala pa tayong nagagawa para sa Diyos. 

Lahat po ng biyaya na mayroon tayo ngayon ay galing sa Panginoong Diyos pero baka may ilan sa atin na iisipin na galing sa ating sariling pagsisikap kung ano mang mayroon tayo ngayon. Pero sa totoo po ay lahat ay nag mula sa Diyos kahit na ang ating buhay galing sa kanya.

Sa atin pong mabuting balita ay sinasabi ni Jesus sa atin na ibigay sa Cesar ang sa Cesar at ibigay sa Diyos ang sa Diyos (Mateo 22:21). Kung ito po ay isasalin natin sa ating makabagong panahon ngayon ay sinasabi ni Jesus na ibigay natin ang para sa ating gobyerno. Sa pamamagitan ng pag babayad ng tamang buwis at ng ating iba pang obligasyon sa gobyerno.

Ano naman po ang maibibigay natin sa Panginoong Diyos? Magbibigay tayo ng espesyal para sa Diyos na nangagaling sa ating mga puso. Pero saan nga ba ang Diyos at saan ba natin siya makikita para makapagbigay tayo ng nararapat para sa kanya?

Hindi naman po mahirap hanapin ang Diyos ang kailagan lang po ay tumingin tayo sa ating kapaligiran at makikita natin siya. Dahil ang Diyos ay nasa mahihirap, nagugutom, may sakit, mga pinabayaan at kung sino man na nangangailagan ng ating tulong. Ang Panginoon ay nasa kanila, kung magbibigay po tayo ng taos puso sa kanila at para narin tayong nangbibigay sa Panginoong Diyos.

Sa mabuting balita ayon kay San Mateo ay may nag tanong sa Hari ng  ganito: Panginoon, kailan ka namin nakitang nagugutom at pinakain, nauuhaw at pinainom, isang dayuhan at pinatuloy at walang soot at dinamitan? Kailan ka namin nakitang maysakit o nasa bilangguan at nilapitan? Sumagot ang Hari: Sinasabi ko sa inyo anuman ang gawin ninyo sa isa sa maliliit na ito na mga kapatid ko, sa akin ninyo ginawa (Mateo 25:37-40).

May nagawa o naibigay  na po ba tayo sa Panginoong Diyos? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reflection for Saturday October 18, Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist; Luke 10:1-9

Gospel: Luke 10:1-9
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’”
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How could we become effective bearers of the teachings of Jesus? We should live simply, we should lean on Jesus in everyday of our lives. This doesn’t mean that we just lay idle and wait for the bread from heaven to come to us. This means that we still have to work but at the same time we will not let our work control us we would rather let the values of Jesus take control of us while we work.   

Is it still possible to live simply today where the culture of greed and accumulation rules? Of course it’s still very much possible it’s actually upon our hands on how we would live in this world. If we would let the culture of greed and accumulation rule us or we would let the simple lifestyle of Jesus rule us.

 It’s all in our hands because Jesus gave us the freedom of choice. But it would be prudent to follow the desire of Jesus for us none other than to live our lives simply and to depend on Him at all times and not depend on us or anyone.  

When Jesus sent the seventy-two disciples to their mission He advocated total dependence on Him which translates to simple living. Why? Because it’s only through this that they could become effective bearers of the good news of Jesus.  

How are you living your life today? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Reflection for Friday October 17, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr; Luke 12:1-7

Gospel: Luke 12:1-7
(At that time) So many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples, “Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees.

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one. Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”
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To whom do we entrust our lives in this world?  Do we entrust it to Jesus or we always entrust it to ourselves? If we say that we are in control of our lives this simply means that we take the driver seat and let Jesus take the passenger seat. However, when we take the driver seat we also open ourselves to many worrying circumstances that would continuously disturb us for as long as we live.

In our gospel Jesus tells us that He knows everything about us; our deepest fears and worries. Even the number of our hairs He knows how many, then He assures us not to be afraid for we are worth more than many sparrows (Luke 12:7).

When we let Jesus take the driver seat of our lives we will have no more fear of anything that may befall us; even death we will not fear anymore. For this is one of the countless blessings that we would receive from Jesus once we let Him take the driver seat of our lives.

There may come a time that we will hit a wall and everything in our lives will come to a halt. And we will begin to ask ourselves: Where am I going and what is the purpose of my life in this world? This would come because we are always at the driver seat in full control of our lives this world.

Why not let Jesus take the driver seat and we stay at the passenger seat? - Marino J. Dasmarinas