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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Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Gospel Reflections Nov. 29 First Sunday of Advent; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

My Reflections:There was a story of a man who was in the throes of death sensing that the end of his earthly journey is about to end. He asked his relatives to call a priest so that he will be given the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Afterwards the priest arrived and he asked him if he want to avail of the Sacrament of Confession. He said yes. Then, he was given the Sacrament of Holy Communion and after that the priest anointed him with Holy oil.

The man in the throes of death was able to properly prepare himself for his own end times experience in this world. This actually is the proper send-off for anyone to prepare himself to new phase in his life. That is everlasting life where he will finally meet God.

Jesus talks about the end times in the first part of the gospel of course we only have two choices on how we will meet this seemingly catastrophic end. First is to be afraid; who would not be afraid when the earth is crumbling before us? The second one is not to be afraid because there’s a higher being that tells us that we must take courage for the reason that there’s a new doorway going to eternity with God that awaits us.

In this season of Advent we prepare ourselves for the coming of our Savior and this is what Jesus is telling us in the second part of our gospel. Do we plan to submit ourselves to the Healing Sacrament of Confession so that we shall be worthy of His forthcoming birth. Do we plan to make amends with those whom we have not spoken to for sometime? Do we want to heal those who are hungry and suffering by doing Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy?

The best preparation for the coming of our Lord is always on the spiritual side, the things that money can’t buy. Things that will leave a healing imprint in our spirits and in the spirits of others. ...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for November 22 Sunday; The Solemnity of Christ the King: John 18:33-37


My Reflections:
Who doesn’t want to be King based on the perception of the world? I think each and everyone of us if given the opportunity would want to be King.

Who would want to be King based on the example of Jesus? I think none of us would want to go through what Jesus went through. Here lies the paradox of the kingship of Jesus. Jesus’ kingship is based on His powerlessness; it is based on His acceptance of the unwarranted pains and sufferings for our salvation. His kingship is based on self-less love rather than power.

None of us can measure-up to His kingship so the best thing for us to do is to honor Jesus by our selfless actions, by our humility, by our love for others.

Saint Paul in his letter to the Philippians best typified the Kingship of Jesus when he said: “Though being divine in nature He did not claim in fact equality with God, but emptied Himself, taking on the nature of a servant made in human likeness and in His appearance found as a man. He humbled himself by being obedient to death, death on the cross. That is why God exalted Him and gave Him the name which outshines all names.” Philippians 2:6-10

On a personal note, today is the Solemnity of Christ the King; have we already honored Jesus? I did, last night before the Mass ended I was one of the six Lay Ministers who carried the gold colored cloth over the Blessed Sacrament while it was being brought by our Parish Priest to the side chapel to be exposed and adored. Then, around 12 midnight I went to the chapel for our scheduled one hour adoration. At approximately 4:30 in the morning we had our procession in the municipality with the exposed Blessed Sacrament. This is my little way of honoring Jesus our Christ and our King.

Have you already honored Jesus today?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for November 15; thirty-third Sunday in ordinary time: Mark 12:24-32

My Reflections:
During the end of the millennium (1999) some people predicted that the end times would come. Some even stored food already but nothing happened. We were all successfully ushered to the next millennium. So when is the end times going to happen? Nobody knows but God.

However, each and everyone of us faces our own inevitable end times and that is our deaths. When someone is sick with cancer doctors would even predict the days or months that we are going to last until the inevitable end.

Do we need to be afraid of our own death? It depends; for someone who has not developed a personal relationship with Jesus death is like a plague that needs to be avoided. But for those who have developed an intimate union with Jesus death is nothing but a gateway to something that is beautiful and heavenly.

Jesus in the gospel predicted a frightening depiction of the end times (the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.) perhaps some of the people who was within hearing distance of Jesus were afraid; maybe a few of the disciples were afraid too.

Fear not, continue moving on with your life—if we have this intimate relationship with Jesus we will not be afraid of the end times or of our own deaths. There are even some who would willingly embrace natural death with open arms because they know that death is the start of our everlasting journey with God. When death comes we will be able to see God and we will experience rapturous joy for the reason that we are already with our creator who loved us more than anyone else.

On the other hand, the horrible end times being described by Jesus is also a reality that will certainly happen. This is reserved for those people who know God but refuse to follow His teachings. After their deaths, they will be forever in the dustbin of hell.

In the first reading it says: “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be on everlasting horror and disgrace (Daniel 12:2). …