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, September 26, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for September 27; twenty-sixth Sunday in ordinary time: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

My Reflections:We Christians have one common umbrella that shelters us all: it is our belief in one God who created us. We may have different Christian ideologies; we may use different versions of the bible. However we are still brought together by our common belief in a supreme God.

If we believe in one true God then why can’t we come together and be one? The answer to this perhaps is; yes we believe in one God. But those who leads other Christian ministries/ideologies believes that their doctrines are far more superior than that of the others.

These differences in doctrines sometimes creates a wedge that leads to animosity and worst of all they even try to destroy other Christian religion so that they can grow and multiply. Is this what Jesus wants us to do; to destroy the reputation of other Christian religions so that we can grow and multiply? Certainly not!

In today’s gospel John said to Jesus: "Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us." Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him.

Here in the Philippines (I am sure in other parts of the world too) there are Christian religion that does this. Instead of concentrating on the spiritual wellbeing of their flock they instead desperately try to tell their believers that they are the superior religion because they have this and that doctrines.

Is this what Jesus wants them to do? Certainly not!

Let us always be tolerant to our brethrens who are members of other Christian churches let us pray for them also. Let us not create walls to shun them; lets us rather build bridges with them. Let us encourage cooperation and understanding.

We may have our differences in doctrines but I am certain that we believe in one God who created us all. …

Saturday, September 12, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for September 13; Twenty-fourth Sunday in ordinary time: Mark 8:27-35

My Reflections:
The word Christ means Messiah or Savior; Jesus wanted to validate if the disciples knew Him very well that's why He asked them: "Who do people say that I am?" However not everyone knew his true identity except for Peter who said: “You are the Christ.” Why is it that among the disciples it was only Peter who knew the real identity of Jesus? The scriptures would tell us that Peter played a significant role in the life of Jesus. He was first among the disciples; he was also in the midst of many significant events in Jesus public ministry. To name one; it was thru Peter that Jesus founded the church that we are in today.

If Jesus will ask us now the same question can we confidently say that you’re my Christ? Knowing Jesus deeply or having that intimate wisdom about Jesus is something that we can all attain. That is if we are willing to invest our time with Him. This is almost the same with our friends; before we can call them our best friend forever (bff) there’s a need to have that higher intimacy with them. Then, we can say that we know our best friend deeply.

In the process with our deep friendship with Jesus some may hate or criticize us but let us not be bothered let us continue to move-on get intimate with Jesus. There shall be hurdles I am sure of it but let us not allow it to discourage us. It is only part of our purification; as we humbly go near Jesus. Let us always remember that Jesus will never refuse someone who humbly desires His intimacy.

As we grow in faith with Jesus we also must strive to put flesh in that intimacy by our actions. As Saint James tells us in the second reading: “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works can that faith save him?” (James 2:14)

When Jesus told the disciples of the sufferings and persecutions that He will pass thru Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. Jesus reprimanded Peter and said: “Get behind me, Satan; you are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” Peter’s attitude at that instance is frequently our behavior too; we think that since we are already following Jesus we will not be suffering anymore.

Let us always remember that Jesus loved us so much that He suffered for us. So let us not be averse of sufferings as we follow Jesus. It is when we suffer for Jesus that we intensely feel His abiding presence in our lives. …

Monday, September 7, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Tuesday September 8: Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 (Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

My Reflections:
Today Tuesday Sept. 8 is the Feast of the Nativity/Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Nativity of the Blessed Mother is celebrated as a liturgical feast in the Roman Catholic calendar nine months after the solemnity of her Immaculate Conception, celebrated on 8 December.

Today is also the birthday of my Mother (Natividad Jabonete Dasmarinas); she was born on September 8 1942. Her name Natividad is the Spanish translation of Nativity. I reflected on how she got that name and I came to this conclusion that my grandparents had that special devotion also to the Blessed Mother. Otherwise they would have not named my mother Natividad.

We Catholics have this very deep devotion to the Blessed Mother for the reason that she is our universal mother. The respect and devotion that we give her is the same respect and devotion that we gave our own mothers. How can we not venerate Mama Mary when she is the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If we do not have that special devotion to Mama Mary it goes without saying that we may not also have that devotion and respect for our own mothers.

Mama Mary is the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ; we must always give her the respect and devotion that she richly deserved.