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
Friday, June 26, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
It is written in the gospel of Matthew chapter 8; that just before this episode of the calming of the storm. The disciples were witnesses to many miracles they knew then that Jesus could do anything for them. Perhaps, because of these Jesus had this impression that the disciples were all His faithful believers but it was not so.
In our gospel this Sunday, Jesus and the disciples were in a boat. Jesus was soundly asleep when a violent storm buffeted their boat and it was already taking in water. In spite of the many miracles that Jesus had made; the disciples were still in distress. It in turn exposed their fickle faith.
Don’t we think that the disciple’s lack of faith is sometimes our own lack of faith too? In spite of the many miracles that Jesus has done for us there are still instances that we doubt God’s providence on us. We question God why unwanted things happen in our lives and it exposes also our own lack of trust and faith in God.
This gospel reminds us that we must always hold-on to our faith no matter the tribulations that we are facing. Let us not be like the disciples who in that instance were exposed as followers who were wanting in their faith in God.
In following Jesus, Let us always walk by our faith and not by our sight. …
Friday, June 19, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
We celebrate today the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. It teaches us that there are three divine persons in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit three distinct personalities yet only one. How can it be that the three becomes one? This is something that is hard to comprehend for those who don’t believe. But for those who have faith this is a mystery that they hold-on and believe without question.
Have you been given a responsibility: by your Parents, Boss, parish Priest or by somebody whom you highly respect? Did you faithfully follow the given responsibility without questions?
In today’s gospel Jesus commissioned his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. The apostolic succession of the church will tell us that this commissioning is still being said by Jesus to the Ordained Ministers of the church. This is also what Jesus is telling us: Spread the Good News about me and as you do this I will be with you always until the end of time.
These are powerful and profound words from Jesus addressed to all of us: Spread the good news about me. Have we already responded to His admonitions? Have we already shared the words of the gospel/bible to somebody?
It is very easy to say that I will share Jesus to someone but the question is: are we able to give flesh to the command of Jesus. It takes courage and bravery to do it.
We need not fear because Jesus himself assures us: “behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."
As we abide with Jesus’ command; the Holy Mass is always there to strengthen us.