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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Saturday, November 22, 2008

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday: November 23, Matthew 25:31-46. (Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus: Christ the King)

My Reflections:
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus, Christ the King. This is how we celebrate this solemnity in our parish. After the 5:30 pm anticipated Mass our Pastor will expose the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament for the Parish organization and the parishioners to adore. It will be exposed until the next early morning. Then, at exactly 4:30 am, the parish community will have a procession. The Priest will carry the monstrance with the Exposed Blessed Sacrament inside it. We will be accompanying Jesus by carrying a golden white cloth above the Blessed Sacrament. I think this serves as a symbol of respect and veneration for Christ our King.

In the gospel, Jesus created a narrative on how the King separated the sheep from the goats, the sheep was on His right and the goats were 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.’

Christ kingship is already here and now and He resides in our hearts and minds once we emulate the actions of those on His right. When we feed those who are hungry and thirsty, welcomed a total stranger on our doorstep that badly needs our help, when we care for the sick regardless if we know them or not. 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 embrace Jesus with our whole being and His kingdom is already within us. Sometimes we may wonder; why am I doing all these Good thing to my fellowmen? We are doing this for the simple reason that we have already allowed Jesus to reign within us.

Those on the Kings left (goats) have actually not committed any sin but they were simply insensitive to the plight of those who were hungry, those who were in need of their help, those who were sick, those who were in prison and those who were in need of their forgiveness. Those who are insensitive (this may include us) have not yet tasted that heavenly feeling of Christ Kingship.

The Kingdom of Christ is already here and now, some of us feel His Kingship deep in our bones, some of us are simply numb of His Kingship for we are insensitive…

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My Gospel Reflections for the 33rd Sunday in ordinary time. November 16, Matthew 25:14-30 (The parable of the talents)

My Reflections:
There were three servants who were entrusted with talents by the Master who went on a journey. The first servant was given five talents, the second two and third one. The talents were given to them according to their abilities.

After a period of time the Master came back and settled accounts with them. There were no problem with the first two for both of them were productive, they were able to exactly follow what the Master wanted them. However, this is where the trouble started for the third servant for he was not productive with the talent that was given to him. The Master was so angry with him that He lectured him that it was much better if he had put the money in the bank so that it could have earned interest. Then, he was punished. The talent was taken from him and he was banished into the darkness outside, where there was wailing and grinding of teeth.

What a frightening punishment for the unproductive servant, if only he risked in doing business with the one talent that was given him. He could have avoided the embarrassment and the chilling punishment.

What does this gospel say about us? About our talents that we choose to keep to ourselves rather than share it with the church and our fellowmen. Some of us are just content to just come and go to the church every Sunday for Mass and give money during collection. We think that this is already enough. But if only we are sensitive to the needs of the church we will notice that from time to time it announces its need for parishioners to share whatever talents that they can share to us people of God.

You may have the talent for singing, why not join the choir? You may have the charism for service; why not join the Mother Butler or any other community oriented organization in the church. You may have the talent for teaching, why not join the catechist? And so on and so forth.

Let us learn to share the talent that we have to our church and to our fellowmen so that it will grow and bear much fruit in the hearts and minds of our fellowmen. Let us share it not because we are afraid of the punishment that may befall us if we will not. Let us share our talents out of our love for Jesus and for all of humanity that He loves so much.

Are we now willing to share our entrusted talents?