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).

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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Reflection for Tuesday July 29, Saint Martha; John 11:19-27

Gospel: John 11:19-27
Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother [Lazarus, who had died]. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”
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Reflection:
What compelled Martha to meet Jesus while HE was on HIS way to their house? It was her faith.

Martha was in grief because of the death of her brother Lazarus but when she heard that Jesus was going to their house to comfort them. Her grief was immediately replaced by hope for Martha has deep faith in Jesus being their close friend Martha also knew Jesus very well.

What do we do when we are sorrowful and in distress? Don’t we also run to Jesus? Of course we also run to Jesus, the energy that compels us to go to HIM is fueled by our deep faith, hope and friendship with Jesus. We are very blessed because we have this deep relationship with Jesus for we know where to go when we are in distress with the many trials of this world.

But how about those who do not know Jesus deeply or those who do not know Jesus? Where will they go when they encounter life’s trials? They may never go to Jesus, instead they may wallow in self-pity, they may drown themselves with their vices for temporal alleviation of their distress.

This is where we must come-in and illuminate those who do not know Jesus with HIS light. We must have the courage to share Jesus and our faith so that those who are in distress will now go to Jesus for hope and salvation.

Our faith in Jesus must not be an exclusive faith that is only limited to ourselves. It must always be an inclusive faith so that others too may feel the love, healing, hope and friendship of Jesus.

Is your faith in Jesus an exclusive or inclusive faith?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Reflection for Monday July 28, Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 13:31-35

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Gospel: Matthew 13:31-35
Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.

He spoke to them another parable. “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.”

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet: I will open my mouth in parables, I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world.
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Reflection:
Everything in life starts small. For example, when we were born in this world we were small. Then, due to the nourishment that we received from our parents we got bigger and bigger, this is how life starts.

What will make us grow in faith so others could benefit from us? It’s the spiritual nourishment that we give to our life. For example, we go to Holy Mass without fail and we enrich our minds by our habitual reading of the bible. As we do these acts of faith we would be surprised to discover that we slowly grow in faith. And we will be further astonished that as we grow in faith we also learn how to share our faith. 

Perhaps the two parables that Jesus gives us today in the gospel is a reminder for all of us. We, who all want to grow in faith, if we want to grow in faith and if we want others to benefit from our wisdom. We must therefore feed ourselves with our regular presence at Holy Mass, we must feed ourselves by way of regular reading of the bible and we must also do everything that could help us grow in faith.

Jesus will certainly want us all to grow in faith. But how can we grow in faith and how can others benefit from us through our faith? If we seldom attend Holy Mass and if we seldom read the bible? How can we grow in faith if we seldom pray the Rosary? And how can we grow in faith if we don’t help those who are in need most especially the poor?

Our faith is a gift from God but we must also nurture this gift of faith so that it could grow. 

Reflection for Sunday July 27, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time; Matthew 13:44-52

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Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52
(Jesus told his disciples) “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.

“Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”
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Reflection:
A mother who has four children from four different men was on the verge of giving-up on her life. She had nowhere to go for she was disowned already by her family for her wayward lifestyle. "She said to herself, I feel alone and nobody trust me anymore, yet I don’t blame anyone but myself."

While aimlessly walking she saw a sign with these words: If you feel nobody wants you anymore, come to us. So she went and she found out that it was a shelter for unwanted mothers run by nuns. To make a long story short, the nuns cared for her unconditionally and through them she discovered the unconditional love of God.

Through God and the nuns she found restoration, hope and healing. With gratitude she said to the nuns; you took care of me when nobody else cared. You gave me the unconditional love of God when no one else bothered to give it to me. Through you I found the greatest treasure in this world which is the unconditional love of God.

Everyone of us has a purpose and mission in this world and this is none other than to introduce the greatest treasure and the most precious pearl in this world which is rarely found by others. This greatest treasure and rarest pearl is God. We must take time therefore to know Him and share Him so that others may discover Him through us.

How could others discover Jesus through us? We must give hope instead of judgment, we must encourage rather than discourage and we must always sow love rather than hatred.  

Repleksyon para sa July 27, Ika-17 na Linggo sa Karaniwang Panahon; Mateo 13:44-46

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Mabuting Balita: Mateo 13:44-46
 "Ang kaharian ng langit ay katulad ng kayamanang nakabaon sa isang bukid. Nahukay ito ng isang tao ngunit agad itong tinabunan. Tuwang-tuwa siyang umalis at ibinenta ang lahat ng kanyang ari-arian upang bilhin ang bukid na iyon."  Ang kaharian ng langit ay katulad din ng isang negosyante na naghahanap ng mga mamahaling perlas. Nang makakita siya ng isang perlas na napakahalaga, umuwi siya't ipinagbili ang lahat ng kanyang ari-arian at binili ang perlas na iyon."
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Repleksyon:
May isang ina na nagkaroon ng apat na anak sa apat na lalaki. Dahil sa kanyang mabigat na pagsubok na ito ay parang ayaw na niyang mabuhay. Wala na siyang mapuntahan sa dahilang siya ay itinakwil narin ng kanyang pamilya. Kaya sabi niya sa sarili: Nag iisa na ako wala na akong mapuntahan wala ng nagtitiwala sa akin pero wala rin naman akong sinisisi kundi ang sarili ko.”  

Habang siya ay nag lalakad na walang dereksyon ay may nabasa siyang nakasulat na ganito ang sinasabi, “Kung sa tingin mo ikaw ay nag-iisa at wala nag mamahal sa iyo ay mag punta ka sa amin.” Kaya yun ang ginawa niya at nalaman niya na iyong lugar pala ay pansamantalang tuluyan ng mga ina na walang direksyon ang buhay at ito ay pinamamahalaan ng mga madre.  Sa madaling salita siya ay inalagaan ng mabuti ng mga madre at sa pamamagitan nila ay nakilala niya ang walang hangang pag-ibig ng Diyos.

Sa pamamagitan ng Diyos at ng mga madre ay muling nanumbalik ang kanyang sigla at nagkaroon uli siya ng pag-asa. Bilang pag papasalamat ay sinabi niya sa mga madre; “Tinulungan ninyo ako at ipinadama ninyo sa akin na may Diyos. At sa pamamagitan ninyo ay nadama ko ang pinakadakilang kayamanan at pinakamahalagang perlas sa mundong ito, walang iba kundi ang walang hangang pag-ibig ng Diyos.

Lahat po tayo ay may misyon sa mundong ito at ito ay walang iba kundi ang ipakilala ang pinakadakilang kayaman at pinakamahalagang perlas sa mundong ito na hindi pa nakikita ng karamihan. Ang pinakadakilang kayamanan at pinakamahalagang perlas ay walang iba kundi ang Diyos. Dapat po ay mag bigay tayo ng panahon para mas makilala siya at maibahagi siya sa ating kapwa para makilala rin nila and Diyos sa pamamagitan natin.

Paano nga po ba makikilala ng iba ang Diyos sa pamamagitan natin? Dapat po tayo ay nagbibigay ng pag-asa at hindi panghuhusga, dapat po tayo ay tumutulong at hindi nang-aapi at nag sasalita ng hindi maganda sa ating kapwa. Dapat tayo ay palaging nag tatanim ng pag-ibig at hindi galit o paghihiganti.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Reflection for Saturday July 26, Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Matthew 13:24-30

Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30
Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”
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Reflection:
In the beginning of our lives the Good Lord sowed nothing but goodness into our being. Yet as we grow-up the many influence of this world tried to corrupt us and bring us away from the love of God. 

If for example, we are one of those who allowed ourselves to be corrupted by the devil and we allowed the devil to bring us away from the love of God. What are we going to do? Should we remain with the devil and allow him to permanently shield us from the infinite love of God? Of course not! We must do something to immediately be free from the shackles of the devil so that we could go back to the loving embrace of God.

If we decide to go back to the loving embrace of God, HE will never anymore ask us for the bad and evil things that we have done. What God will look for is our repentant heart/s that is very  much willing to ask for forgiveness.

If we are living in sin now, there’s still hope for us. For God will clean and heal us once again. No questions asked, God will simply wipe away all of our sins. The Good Lord  is patiently waiting for us to go back to HIS loving and forgiving embrace once again.   

Reflection for Friday July 25, Saint James, Apostle; Matthew 20:20-28

Gospel: Matthew 20:20-28
The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her, “What do you wish?” She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom.” Jesus said in reply, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?” They said to him, “We can.” He replied, “My chalice you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus summoned them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
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Reflection:
Prominence or to be with someone influential is something that we all want. For example, we love to post pictures on facebook and other social media portals the places that we’ve been through.

We love to post our pictures with influential people, this is perhaps human nature, who wouldn’t want to be photographed with a famous personality?  We all want it, but the essence of life is not about the famous places that we’ve been through or the famous personalities that we’ve been seen with.     

The true essence of life is to serve anyone who is need of our help. It doesn’t matter anymore if the acts of compassion that we do are seen or not what is important is we’re able to help. As we follow Jesus let us always be reminded that HE never walked in this world to gain publicity and prominence.

Jesus walked on this world to serve and not be served, HE never aspired to become famous. All HE wanted was to simply follow the will of God for HIM no matter how difficult it was. This must also be our guiding principle as we continue to walk on this world.

What is your guiding principle in this world?