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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Friday, October 16, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for October 18; twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time October 18 Sunday: Mark 10:35-45

My Reflections:
It is very obvious that James and John had on their minds the concept of the glorious/ triumphant Jesus. That’s why they both wanted to sit beside Him in His glory. However there is another side of Jesus that we often miss to see and follow. That side is the suffering Jesus; we must not let ourselves be blurred by the triumphant Jesus let us also walk through Jesus’ sufferings.

Jesus asked both James and John: “Can you drink the cup that I drink?” they said yes but I doubt if they would have still said yes if they saw the sufferings that Jesus had to walk through. To follow Jesus is not easy; we have to swallow our pride, we have to take orders from people whom we think doesn’t deserve to tell us what to do. We have to shed our ego and be full of humility. This is the kind of cup that Jesus have in His possession.

Can we share and drink in that cup of sufferings also?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for October 11; twenty-eighth Sunday in ordinary time: Mark 10:17-30

My Reflections:
What can our possessions/riches do to us? Will it buy us food? Yes of course. Will it buy us health? Yes it will. It can also buy us material possessions. However, when we buy food and eat it after a few hours we will be hungry again. After paying our bills in the hospital that made us well we will get sick again, it will be a cycle until we die. The material possession that we have? it will eventually leave us or we will leave it.

In the gospel for this Sunday there is a rich man who was so near yet far on having eternal life and be a certified follower of Jesus. Near because he followed all the commandments; however he was also far for the simple reason that he cannot let go of his riches. When Jesus told him to sell his material possessions and give the proceeds to the poor. His face fell and went away very sad for he had many possession. In the process he badly missed having the eternal wealth that cannot be taken away from him. Wealth that he can even take with him after his death; that eternal wealth is Jesus. The rich man badly missed being a close follower in favor of his wealth.

Wealth per see is not bad it can even be our passport to heaven but we also need to know how to share our wealth. We need to share our wealth not from our excess; we need to share our wealth until it hurt our own pockets. When we are like that-wealth becomes our passport to be a true follower of Jesus.

There are many of us who cannot let-go of our possessions even if we don’t need it anymore. Because of sentimental reasons many of us will even want our possession to rot than share it with those who badly need it. Because of our greed we amass unprecedented dirty wealth by stealing from the government or from other private organizations. These type of possessions are all temporary and passing.

How many of us are willing to give until it hurts our pockets? How many of us are willing to give-up our possessions for the sake of following Jesus?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for October 4; twenty-seventh Sunday in ordinary time: Mark 10:2-16

My Reflections:
There’s a story of a married couple they started out very well and it seems that their marriage is made to last until their deaths. After a year of being together God gifted them with a baby; it made their bond stronger.

After four years the seemingly strong marriage started to show little cracks. They were already often arguing on petty things. The arguments lead to verbal abuse then to physical confrontation it eventually led to their separation. On the sidelines was their innocent child silently crying and confused on what is going-on.

Here’s another story of a couple who’ve been together for twenty five years they already have grown-up children. After all those years of being together the wife suddenly realized that she had enough of her husband’s irresponsible behavior thus she fell out of love and decided to file for nullity of their Marriage.

Divorce or separation is always the easy way out. These tragic stories about married life is for real it may happen to our friends and it may happen to us too.

In the gospel Jesus is confronted with a probing question by the Pharisees: "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?" Jesus replied: "What did Moses command you?" They replied, "Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her." (Deuteronomy 24:1). Jesus told them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment.

This answer of Jesus still rings true today; because of the hardness of our hearts we choose to be selfish and decide to file for divorce. Not minding the irreparable damage that it will cause our children; we still choose to separate. This is a very selfish reason that is rooted in our lack of faith in God!

Why do married couples separate? The simple reason is this: God is not anymore in the center of their lives. If God is at the center of their lives they will certainly not choose the easy way out that is separation/divorce.

If Jesus is in the center of their lives they will choose to swallow their prides and talk things over. Perhaps even seek the help of a competent third party to help them rekindle the fire of love in their relationship.

God’s plan for married couple is marriage for eternity. In the Sacrament of Marriage Jesus commands us through the officiating Priest to be faithful to our marriage vows: “To have & to hold, to this day onward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish until death do you part.”

One secret to a lasting family life is to pray as a family, to worship God in our church as a family. What a sight to behold a family that prays together, a family that worships God during the celebration of the Holy Mass. If a family is like that it will never go wrong because at the center of that family is the omnipotent God whose desire for married couples is to be married for life.

How’s your married/family life?