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

Sunday, January 25, 2009

My Reflections on the first reading for January 25, Sunday Acts 22:3-16 (The Feast of Conversion of Saint Paul)

My Reflections:
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul. What has Saint Paul done to merit this great favor from God? To think that he was the number one persecutor of Christians during his time. He even took an active part in the killing of Saint Stephen, the first Deacon and the first martyr of the church.

This is a puzzler to all of us, why was he chosen by God to spread the gospel among the gentiles?

While on his way to Damascus he was blinded by a light then he heard a voice saying: “'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” then Saul asked: “Who are you sir?” and Jesus said: “I am Jesus the Nazarean whom you are persecuting.”

Upon reaching a certain point on his journey God used a man named Ananias to heal the blindness of Saul. Thereafter, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and began his mission of evangelization to the pagan nations.

The conversion of Saul was not his doing it was God who converted him to be His disciple. However Saul did his part also on his story of conversion for he was a changed man when he regained his sight.

Like Saul’s conversion, we too have heard a lot of stories of transformation from bad to good, from an atheist to an ardent believer, from a hardened sinner to a Saint. Perhaps we can relate to their stories of conversion because once upon a time we were sinners too. And we heard God’s call for us to follow Him. We were swept off our feet by God and we were never the same again for we have converted for the better.

Let us therefore be an instrument of conversion for those who have not yet heard about the good news that is Jesus.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday, January 18: Mark 10:13-16 (Feast of the Sto. Nino)

My Reflections:
Today we celebrate the feast of Sto. Nino, this is one of the most well attended and most popular feasts of the church here in the Philippines. Many also are devotees of Sto. Nino in fact we see the image of Sto. Nino in almost all of the catholic families here, in government/private offices there are also images of Sto. Nino; majority of politicians are devotees of the Sto. Nino. Because the Sto. Nino is present everywhere it may seem that our country is morally upright. Better think again, the country is still mired in corruption; we are consistently labelled as one of the most corrupt in the entire world.

Where is the influence of the Sto. Nino then? Do we allow our devotion to the Sto. Nino change us for the better? This is our big problem, we are fond of displaying images of our faith but the irony of it is this: Our faith remains on exterior display and it ends there.

If only we and our politicians most specially will learn to imbibe and internalize the virtues of the Sto. Nino who is a little child that is always humble and honest, it doesn’t know how to cheat or lie. It doesn’t know how to compromise with corruption. Our country will move forward and attain greatness once again.