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, February 28, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for March 1, Sunday Mark 1:12-15

My Reflections:
Have you been into feeling of emptiness and brokenness in your Life? Wherein you question the purpose of your life and eventually you question God as to why you have to go through this period of emptiness? Some of us may come out of this period of emptiness with fully charged faith and some of us comes out of this moments of emptiness with lowly spirit then we begin to develop coldness towards God.

Perhaps this is our own desert experience in which the Holy Spirit purposely leads us to test the true mettle of our faith and discipleship. During this period of brokenness perhaps Satan is there also to test us and the angels are there also to assure us that amidst these moments of emptiness God is always there for us to assure us of His abiding presence.

During this spiritual dryness we must not lose sight of the fact that God uses this period to strengthen us and not to weaken us. We must not lose sight of the fact that God wants us all to come out of these desert experiences always triumphant.

Jesus had His own desert experience; He was lead there by the Holy Spirit. While there He was tempted by the devil but He did not allowed the devil to gain foothold in His life. Because He knew His Mission in life he instead used His desert experience as His launching point to start His three years public ministry.

At this very moment in our lives we maybe are in the midst of emptiness and brokenness. Let us not lose heart; let us continue to hold on to God no matter what happens.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for February 20, Friday Mark 8:34-9:1

My Reflections:
A short-sighted or materialistic individual would normally look down on these very meaningful words of Jesus: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the Gospel will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? What could one give in exchange for his life? Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."

But for those who deeply discern; these words are like manna from heaven that will forever nourish their lives until eternity.

There are not so many who discern these words ; may we be one of them. ...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The True Meaning of Love according to Saint Paul: 1st Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not arrogant, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not harbor ill feelings over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Love never fails. If there are foresights, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is Love.

Happy Saint Valentine’s Day to all!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for February 5, Thursday Mark 6:7-13

My Reflections:
According to a written commentary in Judaism there is a need for two witnesses to attest to the reality of a completed accomplishment. That’s why Jesus sent the apostles two by two to serve as witness to each others good deeds. But more than that I think the twelve were sent two by two to be of help to each other, to strengthen each other whenever they feel like giving up in making a positive impact in the lives of their fellowmen.

Jesus emphasized to the apostles their complete trust and confidence on Him because He will provide for them. That’s why He said: “Take nothing with you except for your walking stick: “No food, no sack, no money in your belts.”

By our Baptism we also share in the mission of the twelve, we are also being commissioned by Jesus to heal those who are emotionally and spiritually wounded because of poverty largely created by the harsh economic environment that we are in right now.

There’s a lot of them nowadays maybe they’re your poor siblings, parents, neighbor or even a complete stranger just passing by you. Let’s not worry about ourselves Jesus will take care of us in return as what He did with the apostles.