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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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I will be back in a few hours.

To everyone,
after two days without broadband connection I'm back again. I hope that you'll visit me again. Thanks for your patience.
God bless,
Marino

Saturday, April 4, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Palm Sunday April 5: Mark 11:1-10 and Mark 15:1-39

My Reflections:Today we celebrate Palm Sunday—the triumphant entry of Jesus to Jerusalem. People were rejoicing and shouting hosanna to high heavens the atmosphere is very festive. But as we journey into Holy Week the festivity will slowly be replaced by solemnity for we will remember the supreme sacrifice of Jesus for our salvation.

It was the destiny of Jesus to die on the cross for that was the plan of God for Him. But along the way towards His destiny there was also a feeling of trepidation on His part. That is normal for aside from His divine nature He was human too. He somewhat feared the uncertainty, the coming passion. However, after the feeling of anxiety He courageously faced all the passion that will come His way until He dies on the cross. For deep inside in His heart He knew that He has a mission to fulfill.

The people who were shouting hosanna upon His entry to Jerusalem were the very people who loudly shouted. Crucify Him! Crucify Him! They were also the same who told Him while He was hanging on the cross : "Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself by coming down from the cross."

The chief priest and the scribes also mocked Him: "He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe." On the cross Jesus was helpless He was at the mercy of His persecutors. Then, before His last gasp of breath He cried out loudly: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

Jesus endured all these punishments for our sake. He did not go through this agonizing experience with the hope that He will be exalted. His exaltation was never in His mind what was in His mind was our salvation. It was our welfare that was in His mind our well being, our liberation from sin.

What have we done for Jesus in return?