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

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Reflection for Wednesday July 18, Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 11:25-27


Gospel: Matthew 11:25-27
At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
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Reflection:
What is the key to know Gods will for you? It’s childlike humility,  a humble person is ever ready to listen to the voice and will of God. He/she doesn’t go against the will of God he/she rather allows God’s will to work in his/her life. In the process of allowing God’s will to rule his/her life he/she discovers more about God.

When you are humble you open yourself to the countless blessings that emanates from God. You may ask, how am I going to be humble before God? You have to follow the rules of the church which Jesus founded through St. Peter.  

For example the rule of Sunday Holy Mass obligation, a humble person would always see to it that he/she is always present in this sacred celebration. Another example is our submission to the sacraments most especially the sacrament of reconciliation. A humble person would always find time to confess his/her sins to a priest who is there in the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus always looks kindly to those who are childlike and humble. Why? Because this is the nature of God: He loves those who are humble and He opens Himself more to the humble. 

Do you want to know more about God? And do you want to have a deeper friendship with God? – Marino J. Dasmarinas   

Reflection for Tuesday July 17, Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 11:20-24

Gospel: Matthew 11:20-24
Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And as for you, Capernaum: Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.

For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
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Reflection:
Do you get frustrated or even get angry every once in a while? It’s ok for as long as your frustration and anger is for a good reason. And for as long as your anger doesn’t stay for long in your heart.  For example, you advice a relative or a friend to mend his/her ways but she/he doesn’t listen to you.  

In his humanity Jesus also gets frustrated like us and it is shown in the gospel. When He reproached the towns of Chorazin and Bethsaida due to their refusal to repent. Jesus wanted the inhabitants of the two towns to change their wicked ways and accept His good news.

Some of us if not majority of us are like the people of Chorazin and Bethsaida full of stubbornness. Yes, we believe that there’s a God but believing is very different from listening to God and letting Him live in our hearts.

In pushing His good news to us Jesus touches us in so many ways. There are also times when He uses our fellowmen and other forms of modern medium such as the internet in order to touch us. Yet we often times don’t listen or pay attention, we remain stubborn and continue to commit sin. However, until when we are going to sin? Until such time that sin destroys us?

Let us avoid sin because sin is evil and whomever embraces sin will eventually be destroyed by sin. – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Reflection for Monday July 16, Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 10:34-11:1


Gospel: Matthew 10:34-11:1
(Jesus said to the Apostles) Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple–amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples, he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.
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Reflection:
A man was pondering on how he could bring peace to his fractured family. One night he had a dream and on that dream Jesus said to him, you need to become a priest for you to have healing in your family. But the young man was very worldly he loved the treasures of this world. Yet he also loved dearly his family.

So, he headed the voice of Jesus, he studied for the priesthood and whenever he had a vacation he would always gather his family for a recollection inside their house. To make a long story short, the once factional and fractured family slowly became unified. After a few years he eventually became a priest and true enough his becoming a priest ushered healing in his family.

Jesus tells us in the gospel that HE is a cause of division and disunity inside a family. On the other hand Jesus is also a healing instrument inside a family. How would this happen? If you fight for the teachings of Jesus inside your family naturally there would be initial resistance and division.

Members of the family would initially resist it but for as long as you will not give-up. And for as long as you offer to Jesus whatever you do inside your family even if it causes initial division sooner or later there would be healing and reconciliation. Many of us already discount the healing power of Jesus but it has already been proven time and again that Jesus heals families.

Have you tried introducing Jesus to your family through HIS life story in the bible?  Perhaps not yet, now is the most opportune time, do it slowly and patiently. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Reflection for Sunday July 15, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Mark 6:7-13

Gospel: Mark 6:7-13
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick –no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them. So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
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Reflection:
Part of the growing-up experience of a child is to be summoned and instructed by his/her parents to do this and that. As the child enters school the teacher will also play the role of the parents by summoning and giving instructions to the child.

The child will now become an adult and will be through with his college studies. Perhaps he will tell himself: At long last! I am through from being summoned and being instructed, but not yet. There shall be a very powerful voice that will perpetually summon, tell and guide him on how he must properly live his life.

This very powerful voice is no other than the voice of Jesus who speaks to us thru the homily of a priest. The voice of Jesus who speaks to us thru the voice of a Godly relative or friend. And the voice of Jesus who will speak to us the moment we read the bible with reverence.  If we will listen to this powerful voice of Jesus we would be assured of a worthy and well lived life in this world.

In our gospel the apostles were summoned, given authority and instructed by Jesus after which He sent them to their mission two by two. These were the instructions of Jesus: “Take nothing for the journey but a walking stick-- no food, no sack, no money, wear sandals, wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them."

The apostles faithfully followed these instructions that’s why they were very successful with their given mission. One of the countless concrete evidence of their success is the faith that we have right now. We attribute the Catholic faith that we hold on today to their faithful discipleship to Jesus. They responded to the voice of Jesus and faithfully followed His instructions.

We too are being summoned and instructed by Jesus to help Him and the apostles spread the faith. Are you doing something to help Jesus and the apostles propagate the faith? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Saturday July 14, Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 10:24-33

Gospel: Matthew 10:24-33
(Jesus said to the twelve Apostles) “No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household!

“Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
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Reflection:
There is a story of a dying man who rarely attends Holy Mass and who was very much afraid to die. When his relatives told him that they will call a priest for him to be conferred with the Sacrament of the Anointment of the Sick. He asked them, Am I going to die already (For this was his usual notion)?

To make a long story short, the priest arrived, and he was conferred the sacrament. After the priest left, the dying man told his relatives, now I am prepared to die. From being afraid to not being afraid to die and the reason of it all is the courage that Jesus gave him through the anointment of the sick.

Are you not afraid to die? Of course you are, But why are you afraid to die? Perhaps the reason is you have not found Jesus yet and surely Jesus is not yet part of your way of life. This is perhaps the primary reason why you are afraid to die. However, once Jesus  is already part of your way of life you will not anymore be afraid to die.
  
When we have Jesus in our lives we already have the courage to face anything that may befall us.   We are not anymore afraid to stare at earthly death because we now know that soon after we will be with Jesus in heaven.

Are you still afraid to die? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Friday July 13, Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 10:16-23


Gospel: Matthew 10:16-23
Jesus said to his Apostles: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.

But beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”
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Reflection:
Are you ready to give your life for the mission of Jesus? This is a very hard question to answer but there are many already who dared to willingly give their lives for the mission of Jesus. What fuels them to give their lives when they have a choice to save it?

 It’s their burning desire to witness for Jesus. The same Jesus who strengthens them to endure and continue with their mission even at the cost of their lives. To be a real follower of Jesus is easier said than done. It’s easy to say I am a Christian but to live this Christian pronouncement is another story altogether. How about you? Are you willing to give your life for the mission of Jesus?   

When you give your life to Jesus you will face persecution as well. But what is consoling here is the midst of your trials and persecution you also will feel the abiding presence of Jesus in your life. For the reason that Jesus has never abandoned anyone who gave his/her life for His mission in this world.

Be not afraid to give your life for the mission of Jesus. For when you decide to do so you will soon after find the real purpose of your life. – Marino J. Dasmarinas      

Reflection for Thursday July 12, Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 10:7-15

Gospel: Matthew 10:7-15
Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words— go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the Day of Judgment than for that town.
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Reflection:
Do you expect to receive something in return for the things that you do for the greater glory of God? Better not expect because when our expectations are not meet we would be disappointed. Let’s just do good and be content with the fact that we’ve done good to our fellowmen.

Money rules they say, but for those who follow Jesus money does not rule and money doesn’t dictate. It’s Jesus who rules and dictates, when we allow Jesus to rule and dictate our life. We are free from worries that emanates from this world and we are not beholden to anybody in this world.     

When Jesus was sending off his twelve apostles to their mission. One of His specific declarations for them is this: not to let money or anything that is worldly rule over them. Jesus instead wanted His apostles to let Him rule their lives.

When we let Jesus rule our lives we will not anymore care about worldly possessions. We instead will be satisfied with what we have no matter how meager the things that we have. This is for the reason that we already believe that the essence and fullness of life is not measured by material ownership.

What is with material things when it can be taken away from you anytime? Seek Jesus in your life for when you have Jesus you have everything. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Monday, July 9, 2018

Reflection for Wednesday July 11, Saint Benedict, Abbot: Matthew 10:1-7

Gospel: Matthew 10:1-7
Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.
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Reflection:
Where does The Kingdom of Heaven lies? It lies within us and it has been with us since we’ve been baptized. But we may say, if the kingdom of heaven is within us, why is it that our life is still problematic? This is for the reason that we refuse to live our life according to God’s will for us. Thus, we live our life according to our own will and not according to God’s will.

So what happens when we live our life according to our own terms? We open our life to many problems, problems that we could actually avoid if we only live our life according to the will of God. However, many of us do not have an awareness of the will of God because we overpower it with our own selfish will for ourselves.

It’s not difficult to know God’s will for us, by going to Holy Mass we will begin to discern God’s will for our life. By reading our bible we will discern the will of God for us. By our frequent interactions with Jesus through our prayers we will discern the will of God.  

Many of us are lost in this world because we are not always in touch with Jesus. Yet we are always in touch with materialism, hedonism and other worldly things. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Reflection for Tuesday July 10, Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 9:32-38


Gospel: Matthew 9:32-38
A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
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Reflection:
How does the gospel speak to you today? Does it tell you that you need to do something for the kingdom of God? Jesus tells the disciples in our gospel and He tells this to you too! “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:37)”.

Indeed, the harvest is abundant yet those who venture to volunteer their time for God’s kingdom are still few. We don’t know the reason behind but perhaps we could guess that we have become very materialistic. We devote our entire time for our own glory in this world. So we forget that there is a much greater purpose and glory beyond this world that awaits us and that is the kingdom of God.  

When we are near death already the labors that we have given to this world will not matter anymore. We will not think about how big our bank accounts. We will not think about our many worldly achievements.

What we will be thinking about is the status of our soul after we die. This is what confronts a dying person: The status of his/her soul after it departs from his/her body. Therefore to avoid this dilemma let us do something for the advancement of the kingdom of God in this world.

Any effort that we do today for God no matter how small for so long as we sincerely do it for His greater glory. Will be permanently etched in  the heart of God and will become our passport to heaven when our departure time comes. - Marino J. Dasmarinas    

Reflection for Monday July 9, Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 9:18-26

Gospel: Matthew 9:18-26
While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured.

When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping. And they ridiculed him. When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. And news of this spread throughout all that land.
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Reflection:
Do you believe that Jesus can cure you of whatever sickness that you have? The woman who had been bleeding for twelve years believed that she would be healed by Jesus. She believed that the moment she touched even the tassel of Jesus cloak she would be healed. What a display of deep faith!

Sometimes we don’t get what we wish from Jesus because we doubt. We allow the devil to disturb our faith thus we don’t get what we want. We see in the gospel a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages she obviously has deep faith. Faith that is willing to overcome whatever obstacles that are put in front of her.  Do you have the same deep faith as this woman in the gospel?

When Jesus noticed this woman of faith, He told her, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you (Matthew 9:22).” And the result was immediate physical healing coming from Jesus and surely the woman was completely healed.

Are you suffering from any form sickness right now? Pray to Jesus and ask Him to heal you! Beseech Him to give you the same healing that He gave the woman in the gospel. Jesus will surely heal you for He will not refuse anyone who approaches Him with deep faith and humility. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Reflection for Sunday July 8, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Mark 6:1-6

Gospel Mark 6:1-6
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, "Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?" 

And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house." So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
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Reflection:
What usually happens when we belittle or look down on someone: For example a relative or friend. We normally are deprived of the privilege of knowing that person more deeply. Not only that we are deprived we also miss the opportunity to be blessed by that person’s insight and wisdom.

In marriage there’s a saying that goes: “Familiarity breeds contempt” this means that once you know your spouse well enough you somehow stop respecting him or her. This frequently happens most especially when the couple has been together for several years already. This animosity could even lead to their separation. Thus, they are deprived of the many blessings that are due to couples that stay faithful to their vows of marriage.   

The moment these two relationships (friendship and marriage) fail to successfully materialize. There’s one common deprivation that happens: The deprivation of many blessings. The blessing of insight, wisdom, happiness and friendship just to name a few.

The townmates of Jesus where amazed when they saw Jesus teaching and healing in the synagogue. They were wondering as to where did Jesus imbibed all of His wisdom and healing power. They said: “Where did this man get all this?” Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joset, Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?"

They were full of contemptuous feeling towards Jesus because they know Him well as an ordinary carpenter. They could not accept that this ordinary man that they know very well is now an emphatic speaker and healer.

Since Jesus was ridiculed by His own townmates they missed the opportunity to know Him well, they missed the opportunity to partake of His wisdom and they missed the golden opportunity to be spiritually and physically healed by Him.

This is also what we will miss if we would not listen and if we would continue to belittle  Jesus who continuously speaks to us through the daily events in our lives. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Saturday July 7, Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 9:14-17

Gospel: Matthew 9:14-17
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse. People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”
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Reflection:
Do you already have Jesus in your life? When you already have Jesus in your life you are already like a fresh wineskin. Fresh or new wineskin is sturdy and strong. It can withstand the pressure when a new wine is poured into it.

This is what we become when we already have Jesus in our lives. We can withstand whatever problems that life would bring to us. Nobody and no problem no matter how difficult can break us because we have Jesus in our lives.

It’s so hard for many of us to feel the presence of Jesus because we hardly have time for Him. We don’t invest time with Jesus yet we can invest time for other worldly things. Some of us would even reason out that we hardly have time to be with Jesus because of the many pressures of life.   

But how come we have time for worldly things? For example, why is it that we can squeeze in chit-chat or gossip time?  If we can chi-chat and do other worldly things why can’t we have time for Jesus our life giver? This is the paradox of our modern time right now: We don’t have time for Jesus yet we create time for other worldly things.

If you want to have a fresh and positive viewpoint about your future and about life in general. Let Jesus come into your life do not close your heart to Him in favor of the things of this world. Which would bring you nothing at the end except more troubles and pressures. – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

Reflection for Friday July 6, Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 9:9-13


Gospel: Matthew 9:9-13
As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
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Reflection:
Does Jesus have a soft spot for sinners? Yes Jesus has a soft spot for all of us: sinners. For example in our gospel HE called a tax collector and a sinful man named Matthew. After calling Matthew Jesus went to his house to dine with tax collectors and sinners.

All of us are sinners and Jesus is continuously calling upon us to leave for good our sinfulness and follow HIM. The gravity of our sins are not anymore important for Jesus what is important for HIM is we respond to HIS call same as how Matthew in our gospel responded.

Perhaps you may ask, why is Jesus calling me to follow HIM? Among many other reasons Jesus wants us to be freed from the bondage of sin; HE wants us to be enlightened by HIS grace. And Jesus wants to save us from going to the kingdom of the devil. These are reasons why HE calls us to follow HIM.

Your life will never be the same again once you accept this offer of Jesus. There will be healing in your family; you will now become averse to commit any form of sin and you will be freed from its bondage.  Are you not tired of sinning? Are you not tired of a life without peace and contentment?

Why not respond and see for yourself the miracle and healing that Jesus will bring into your life. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Thursday July 5, Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 9:1-8


Gospel: Matthew  9:1-8
After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, :Why do you harbor evil thoughts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”– he then said to the paralytic, “Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” He rose and went home. When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and glorified God who had given such authority to men.
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Reflection:
What does this story of the paralytic who was brought to Jesus tells us? It tells us that we too need to go to Jesus for Him to heal us and to forgive us of all our sins. This tells us as well that we also need to bring others to Jesus to be healed and forgiven by Him too!

We all have a need for Jesus in our lives. We may not need Him now because we are in the pink of health and financially capable. But time will certainly come that we will be forced to go to Jesus even beg Jesus so that He could heal us also.

Let us not anymore wait for that time to come when we are already sick before we go to Jesus. Let us go to Him now while we are still healthy, let us not delay for tomorrow may be late already.   

In like manner we too are encouraged by the gospel to bring others to Jesus. This we could do best through our acts of love, mercy and compassion. The reason behind is we can’t bring others to Jesus without loving them, without showing them our mercy and compassion.

We certainly can’t bring others to Jesus if we are judgmental, not merciful and not compassionate. Let us be more patient with them. So that they could be enlightened by Jesus as Jesus has enlightened us. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Reflection for Wednesday July 4, Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 8:28-34

Gospel: Matthew 8:28-34
When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him. They were so savage that no one could travel by that road. They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?” Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding. The demons pleaded with him, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.” And he said to them, “Go then!” They came out and entered the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea where they drowned. The swineherds ran away, and when they came to the town they reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs. Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.
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Reflection:
What can demons do to us if we have Jesus in our lives? Nothing absolutely nothing! We are untouchable by any demonic power if we have Jesus in our lives. But do we still have Jesus in our lives today?

This is the big question now; do we still have Jesus in our lives today? Or it might be that we are very preoccupied with worldliness that we hardly have time for Jesus anymore. And when we hardly have time for Jesus that is when the devil comes to swiftly possess us.

As evidenced by our gospel today, the demons were no match for Jesus they capitulate in surrender to Jesus. This is the power of Jesus; it can subject anyone including the devil to HIS will. But it’s sad that many of us today don’t realize this anymore for the simple reason that we have no more time for Jesus yet we create time for this world.

 Where are we leading if we go with this world? It will lead us closer to the devil hiding beneath the many pleasures of this world. We must realize this urgency before it’s too late. Let us disengage ourselves from our worldliness and let us engage Jesus for we will never go wrong with HIM.  

The closer we go to Jesus the farther we go away from the devil. The closer we go to Jesus the more that we have peace and serenity in our lives. Do you believe this? – Marino J. Dasmarinas