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).

Preach the gospel at all times use words if necessary. - St. Francis of Asisi

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Sunday, May 31, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Monday June 1: Mark 12:1-12

My Reflections:
Greed and ingratitude are the negative attitudes that personified the tenant farmers. They became greedy and ingrate that they did not want to share the produce of the vineyard. Which on the first place were not actually theirs.

Are we not like them once in a while? We become too greedy that we are not satisfied with the things that we have. We want to amass wealth that we will even compromise our values. We don’t even care to share the things that we have because we have this mindset that we’ve work hard for whatever things that we have right now.

Greed and ingratitude are both mediums of the evil one.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Pentecost Sunday May 31: John 20:19-23

My Reflections:
This Sunday the church celebrates Pentecost Sunday, we honor the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ.

In Isaiah 11:2 the gifts of the Holy Spirit are the following: Wisdom, Understanding, the gift of Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord. When Jesus said to them receive the Holy Spirit along with it I am very sure that they received these gifts also. That’s why when the disciples were commissioned by Jesus they were all full of zeal to spread the good news of our salvation even at the risk of their martyrdom.

How can we feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in us and how can we have the gifts that Isaiah mentions? We need first to develop a deep intimacy with Jesus and then without us knowing it we are slowly being ushered into the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives until such time that we have a full awareness of its presence in us.

The Holy Spirit dictates on us to always do good, to forgive those who have hurt us. It acts as our conscience that bothers us whenever we do wrong, it impels us to do good also. As much as possible it wants to permanently reside within us. But it also moves away from us the moment we start to do things contrary to the will of God for us. It is therefore imperative for us to always be attuned to what God wants us to do and that is to always follow His will.

On the first part of the gospel, Jesus greeted the disciples: “Peace be with you.” He did this twice to assure them that amidst the coming persecution from the Jews. The peace that Jesus gives us is priceless it cannot be quantified by any amount of money or any material possession.

Jesus gives this peace to us through the Holy Spirit the moment we start to have faith and trust in Him.

What are the things that bother you right now? Is it sickness, Money, Unstable family relationship? Humbly ask Jesus to give you His peace and invite the Holy Spirit to come into your life.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday May 30: John 21:20-25

My Reflections:
John is the disciple whom Jesus loved; there is that closeness between them and we can see it when John reclined upon His chest (John 13:23-25). John was also the only disciple who was with Jesus until His last gasp of breath on the cross.

In our present time it may be very odd to see a man reclining upon the chest of another man. Our vicious imaginations will conclude something else that is forbidden by the church but is somewhat accepted already by our society now.

But during Jesus’ time; it suggest pure intimacy between the Master/Teacher (Jesus) and His disciple (John). John has Jesus’ ears that he can ask Him questions whenever he wants too. The strength of their friendship was clearly evident when John stayed with Jesus until the very end.

This is the intimacy that Jesus wants from us. That we stay in His bosom regardless of our life’s predicament. We stay intimate with Jesus in our happy moments and the more that we become intimate with Jesus in our trying moments. ...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Friday May 29: John 21:15-19

My Reflections:
There’s always a responsibility attached to the word love. We cannot love without sacrifice; we cannot love without emptying ourselves for the person that we love. The word love is not a lip service word it is always coupled with positive action for those whom we love.

In the gospel Jesus asked Simon Peter three times: “Do you love me?” and whenever Simon Peter replies in the affirmative Jesus always gives him a responsibility (Feed my lambs, Tend my sheep, Feed my sheep) that he must do to substantiate his love.

This is also what Jesus wants us to do if we profess to love Him. For we cannot love God if we purposely turn a blind eye to the needs of others.

Do you really love Jesus?

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday May 28: John 17:20-26

My Reflections:
The selfless and loving character of Jesus is very evident in the gospel; He prayed for the disciples and to those who will believe Him through their preaching. He prayed for us that we will be one with Him and the Father.

We must also do our share of praying for those who don’t believe, for those who don’t take their faith in God seriously. They may be our friends and relatives; let us pray to God that He touches their hearts so that they will have an awareness of how good God is.

Let us also pray for those who have crossed to the afterlife, they also need our prayers; let us not forget them.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Wednesday May 27: John 17:11b-19

My Reflections:
We can see in the gospel reading for today how much Jesus wanted us to remain in Him through God. Jesus doesn’t want anyone of us to go astray He always wants us to be with Him, to do right and moral things all the time.

He also wants us to be in His company when our temporary journey in this world is already over. That’s the love of God for us.

However, we also commit Sin and that is when we allow the evil one to entice us with seemingly attractive things that is actually forbidden. We hurt God by sinning in the process we slowly cut ourselves from God and we start to live a chaotic life. …

Monday, May 25, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Tuesday May 26: John 17:1-11a

My Reflections:
How can we glorify God while we are in this world? It’s very simple: we must follow the path of Jesus. His path of sacrificial love, His path of Humility, His path of self-emptying and self-giving. Jesus was obedient to the Father’s will; He never questioned God as to why He must pass through suffering. He simply followed the will of God for Him.

We must be truthful in our desire to glorify God. Because sometimes instead of glorifying God. We instead push ourselves in-front to be glorified by the people. …

Saturday, May 23, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Monday May 25: John 16:29-33

My Reflections:
Jesus said to the disciples: “In the world you will have trouble.” How true! If we are people of the world we will have troubled lives for the world offers temporary happiness, material possessions that decay and temporary friendships that is often times based on personal interest.

What does Jesus offer us? He offers us Peace and happiness that no material things can compensate. He offers us everlasting life; He offers us friendship that is not bounded by time and space.

Let us no be blinded by the glitter of the things of this world for these are all passing. …

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday May 24, Ascension of the Lord: Mark 16:15-20

My Reflections:
There’s a story of a young husband who went abroad to work. The night before his departure he had a heart to heart talk with his wife. He told her of the things that he wanted to happen to his children and the discipline that he wants to be imposed on them. So that even if he is not present their children could still be properly guided by his wife. The wife said yes to all of their agreements.

After fifteen years he decided to retire from his work abroad, thus he went home for good with great expectations from his wife and his grown-up children. To his disappointment he found out that his family was in disarray. Some of his children were into drugs and wayward friendships, his wife had an illicit relationship. The husband was naturally very disappointed.

In the gospel, before Jesus was taken into heaven He gave an obligation to the disciples (Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15). They followed to the letter what Jesus had told them even at the expense of their lives.

By virtue of our Baptism we are also being tasked by Jesus to proclaim the gospel. Are we like the disciples who faithfully followed it?

Sometimes we are wary of sharing our faith to others, I don’t know for what reason. Are we ashamed to share God’s goodness to others? If we are really faithful followers of Jesus We must take courage to share Jesus and the miracles that He will do to their lives.

Once we do, we will also see that Jesus will bless us also (perhaps not in material things for we often equate God’s blessings to the material things that we receive from Him.) To know Him and have a deep friendship with Jesus is the greatest blessing that we can have. This is a blessing that He gives to those who faithfully follow His will.

Have you not yet shared Jesus and His teachings? It’s about time that you share the good news about Him, Start within your family first. ...

Friday, May 22, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday May 23: John 16:23b-28

My Reflections:
Our intimacy with Jesus comes in different shapes; an infancy intimacy is when we treat Jesus as a God who will give us what we need. We ask Him to help us in everything; nothing is wrong with that.

A more mature intimacy or adult intimacy is when we don’t ask Jesus anymore for our needs. We just rely by our faith that Jesus will give us everything for He is an all knowing God. We believe that He knows everything about our needs, our hurts and our sorrows too.

He will help us in His own time and terms, we just need to wait and be patient.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Friday May 22: John 16:20-23

My Reflections:
The cycle of life will always tell us that after our anguish there will be joy. Notice what happens during funeral; after intense crying (especially when the casket is being laid down to the grave)) comes smiles relatives will now exchange little smiles & talk.

Jesus in the gospel was already preparing the disciples for His eventual arrest & passion. But He followed it up by saying that after that you will all be joyful for I will rise again to be with you forever.

This feeling of joy that Jesus gives us is ours to take it’s perpetually there for us try to discover it. start by unburdening all your pains and hurts to Jesus and observe what happens next after you’ve unburden your worries to Him. ...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for May 21 Thursday: John 16:16-20

My Reflections:
When Jesus said to his disciples: “You will weep and mourn while the world rejoices; you will grieve but your grief will become joy.” Jesus was already alluding about his forthcoming passion that he has to go through and to his subsequent resurrection. He even compared it with a woman who is in labor pains but after she has given birth she will forget that painful experience altogether because of the great joy that the newly born child has given her.

Our walk with God will not always be a bed of roses, there will be trials, and sometimes we will be persecuted because of what we do for God.

In spite of these all let us continue to follow Jesus, for at the end there will be great rejoicing in store for those who are faithful to Him. …

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Wednesday May 20: John 16:12-15

My Reflections:
The Holy Spirit speaks to us through our conscience it always guides us to do what is right, just and moral. It always wants us to follow its leading for us because that is the right thing to do. But there are times that we don’t follow what it wants us to do.

We overpower it by following the selfish dictates of our own minds. For example: in a married couple’s relationship or even in friendship. There would always be instances that there are disagreements sometimes it leads to animosity. The Holy Spirit would speak to us through our conscience and it will tell us to make amends.

Often times we refuse to follow the Holy Spirit we instead choose to follow our own will which is always contrary to the will of God.

Monday, May 18, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Tuesday May 19: John 16:5-11

My Reflections:
Once in a while a felling of grief or sorrow pops-up into our lives; this is part and parcel of our life’s process. It is also during this point that we feel an utmost need for God. Because we feel it in our hearts that it is only through God where we can find comfort amidst our feeling of grief or sorrow. During these times money or any thing for that matter will not be able to compensate for God.

In the gospel, the feeling of grief was in the disciple’s hearts because Jesus will be leaving them soon. But Jesus promised them a constant companion that will be with them always as if He has not left them.

This is also the same companion that Jesus has given us during our Baptism and Confirmation. It’s within us; we just need to discern it. ...

Friday, May 15, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Monday May 18: John 15:26-16:4a

My Reflections:
Jesus talks about an Advocate that He will send to His disciples from the Father. This is the same Advocate that He gives us to enlighten us to open our minds about the truths of our faith. For us to be brave to bear witness about our faith. But not everyone is given this gift of knowing and feeling the presence of the Advocate within us.

We first need to develop that certain intimacy with Jesus. Once we do we will be ushered into knowing and sensing the presence of the Advocate in our lives.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday May 17: John 15:9-17

My Reflections:
Two months ago I received an email from a friend way back in college. This is what he wrote me: “What would I do if my wife cheated on me?” I told him: “you forgive her.” About two weeks ago I again received an email from him; he told me that he will be seeking a divorce.

Two days ago I received another email from another friend way back college. The first thing that I’ve asked her was about her husband. Last night I received a reply, she told me they’ve separated already.

I don’t know if these two stories of failed married lives is a mirror image of what is happening to married couples nowadays; I hope not. Then, we may ask: why did they fell out of love? We can only guess their reasons.

In the gospel Jesus, is telling us to remain in His love no matter what happens. To be faithful to Him and to His commandments as He is faithful to the Fathers commandments. (John 15:9-10)

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."

To some married couples these vows are just lip service, that’s why they fall-out of love. Married life is a work in progress until the very end of our lives. From time to time there will be temptations that will test the strength of the couples love amidst these trials we must resolve to always be faithful to our spouse. The secret therefore to a lasting married life is to be faithful to the vows as Jesus is faithful to the Fathers commandments.

Do you remain faithful to your spouse and to your married vows In spite of the temptations and trials of your marriage?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday May 16: John 15:18-21

My Reflections:
Once in a while our discipleship for Jesus will be tested: it comes when we steadfastly refuse to succumb to the temptation of the flesh, money and other things that would move us away from the love of God.

Temptation of the flesh comes in many forms for example a husband who is being seduced by a very willing officemate. To accept bribes and to corrupt or pocket money that is not ours is also very tempting. Once we refuse these evil things there will be those who will look at us differently and hate us in the process.

Let us all be steadfast in our discipleship for Christ let us not be afraid if people will look at us differently. Let us always remember that the trappings of this world is temporary, it’s fleeting. ...

My Gospel Reflections for Friday May 15: John 15:12-17

My Reflections:
The love that Jesus commands us is self-emptying, sacrificial and self-giving. This is the love of a mother/father to their children. This is the agape love of a husband/wife to his/her spouse.

This is not a love based on our selfish interest. Some of us are great love pretenders. We pretend to love because we can get something out of the person. We pretend to love because of the impression that we can get from the community at large.

Are you a faithful follower of the love commandment of Jesus?

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday May 14: John 15:9-17

My Reflections:
In the Old Testament there were Ten commandments-Exodus 20:2-17/Deuteronomy 5:6-21- given by God through Moses. In the New Testament these ten became the two greatest commandments about Love-Matthew 22:37-39-You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

In the gospel passage Jesus fused these two commandments when he said: “If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love indirectly Jesus was also saying that if they will not keep the commandment they will not remain in his love. When we don’t keep the commandment we sin and we are separated from God’s love. However our separation from God’s love is not eternal.

Jesus through his words and actions has also created the Sacrament of Confession for us to remain in his love.

In John 3:16 it says: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.

I think it is also correct to say: For Jesus so loved us that he gave us the Sacrament of Confession so that everyone who humbly submits to this Sacrament will always remain in his love.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Wednesday May 13: John 15:1-8

My Reflections:
Amongst the countless created beings of God we humans are the most superior. Because we have the freedom to do whatever we want, to go wherever we want. But often times we use this freedom of choice to commit sin. Before we know it we are already drifting away from God until we eventually cut-off our relationship with Him.

Does God want us to drift away from Him? No, He always wants us to be perpetually connected with Him, to always be righteous and to always follow His ways for He is our true Vine. ....

Sunday, May 10, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Tuesday May 12: John 14:27-31a

My Reflections:
The most peaceful feeling that we can have in this temporary world is the peace that Jesus’ gives us. It is always ours for the taking, perpetually there for us. His peace gives us contentment and it assures us that no matter what happens to us in our life’s journey He will always be there to give us peace.

However, some of us are not aware of this peaceful feeling that Jesus gives us. Discover this peace in the celebration of the Holy Mass. Jesus is always there to give you peace.

My Gospel Reflections for Monday May 11: John 14:21-26

My Reflections:
There’s a story about a couple who always go to Sunday Mass to fulfill their Sunday obligation. While in church they look pious and devoted to the faith. However when they go home their other side which is their real personality is suddenly revealed. They shout at their maid, they yell at their kids and they act as if they know everything in the house.

Do they love God? I don’t think so, their love for God is superficial and is limited inside the four walls of their church.

In the gospel Jesus says: “Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” Certainly Jesus and our Father the first two persons of the trinity has not revealed themselves to this couple.

Jesus further states: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.”

Sometimes it’s very hard for others to understand the mystery of the triune God simply because they are not true to their faith. What they hear and learn in the church during the Priest sermon/homily just comes in and out in their ears. They don’t live and give substance to their faith.

And some if not all of us are like that…

Friday, May 8, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for May 10 Sunday: John 15:1-8

My Reflections:
There’s a story of a pious man; he was active in their church, he was a responsible father and husband. His friends and relatives look-up to him for he lived his life worthy in the eyes of God and men. However, there was one instance wherein he meet a woman and that meeting created a fatal attraction between them. He threw away his Godly values and he coveted the woman.

In the process of his covetous desires his family and personal life started to suffer. Before he knew he was already living a miserable life.

This story happens to everyone of us, we sometimes choose to lead our lives our way not on God’s way. Often times we are very stubborn to follow what we want even if we know that what we want is wrong. We follow our selfish desires and not the desire of God.

In the gospel episode this Sunday Jesus tells us that He is our vine and God is our vine grower. He urges us to remain in Him no matter what happens in our lives. For through Him emanates all graces; sometimes there are instances wherein we also encounter trials/temptations. We must not let these trials/temptations be an instrument of our separation from God.

What are these temptations that often steers us away from God? It’s the temptation of the flesh, the temptation to engage in corrupt acts just to fatten our wallets. There’s a lot more temptation out there waiting to capture us.

We must not cut ourselves from the true Vine and the Vine grower for it is through them that we will experience happiness that will outlast our lifetime.

Eventually we will die, perhaps one of the questions that God will ask us before we are allowed entry into heaven is this: Did you remain with me in your lifetime? Did you not allow the temptations of the world cut you off from me; your True Vine?

How would we answer God then?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday May 9: John 14:7-14

My Reflections:
An intimate relationship with Jesus automatically translates to an intimacy with God the Father. It is by the grace of the Holy Spirit that we become intimate with God through Jesus. Once we deeply know who really is Jesus we will also be introduced to the majesty of the Triune God.

I believed that Philip’s bond with Jesus was not that profound. For how could he not know the Father when Jesus was already with him. It should have been automatic for Philip to know that the Father and Jesus was one and the same. Sadly, he was not aware it.

Our own intimacy with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit hinges on our personal desire to go deeper into our faith. If we will take time to know Jesus deeply, He will also take His time to open our minds on as to why Jesus and the Father are one and the same.

Thus, we will no be like Philip who said: “Master show us the Father.”

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Friday May 8: John 14:1-6

My Reflections:
What troubles you? Is it financial difficulty? Is it a problem in the family? Is it the uncertainty of life? It is a fact of life that there will be countless problems that will storm us as we journey in this world.

However, amidst these problems Jesus in the gospel is telling us not to be troubled we just need to have faith in God and to have faith in Him also.

Do you believe in this proclamation of Jesus?

How’s your faith in God?

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday May 7: John 13:16-20

My Reflections:
One of the many temptations of being a member in a church ministry is to be proud about it and to feel that you are somewhat different than the other ordinary church goer. Is this the right attitude? No, those who serve in the church must always be humble we should not think that we are on a higher plane than others who do not serve in the church.

Jesus washed the disciples’ feet to give us an example of what true humility is all about. If we want to be known as a true follower of Christ we must always remain humble. No matter how rich we are, no matter how educated we are. ...

Monday, May 4, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Wednesday May 6: John 12:44-50

My Reflections:
It is part of a charismatic renewal movement to have prayer meetings and in that prayer meeting members specially the new ones are encourage to share their personal experiences with God.

Sharers would often say: “I was formerly living my life in the darkness of sin but the merciful God has touched me and He showed me the light.” This is a true and moving statement because there’s always a part of our life’s journey that we commit sin, we fall down.

But God in His infinite mercy will always show us the path that leads to Him. God will use people or meaningful events in our lives to touch us and show us His light.

We must earnestly follow that light for it is the beginning of our blissful journey with God. Of course there will be bumps or trials once in a while. We will be able to overcome these bumps or trials for so long as we remain with the light that is Jesus.

My Gospel Reflections for Tuesday May 5: John 10:22-30

My Reflections:
Until this very moment the Jews do not believe that Jesus is the Christ. But we believe in Jesus’ Lordship that He is also God and the second person in the Trinity. As such we must endeavor to hear Jesus’ voice in the celebration of the Holy Mass. In reading the Bible and obey the proclamations of Jesus there.

Jesus expects us to hear and obey His voice, Jesus expects us to be His faithful followers, His co-workers in the vineyard of the Lord. Once we do all of these things faithfully the grace of the Holy Spirit will be upon us and it will open our minds to the truths of eternal life.

But we must first hear Jesus’ voice and follow Him.

Are you listening to His voice? Are you a faithful follower?

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Quotation from the Great Manny Pacman Pacquiao

Manny Pacman Pacquiao said this after knocking out Ricky Hatton:

“Everything comes from God,“I owe everything to God. He gives me strength. With God on your side, anything is possible. You can do things you thought you could only dream about.”

My Gospel Reflections for Monday May 4: John 10:1-10

My Reflections:
There are people who want to do shortcuts in achieving their goals they don’t want to toil in the sun. They want to achieve their goals quick and easy no matter the method and no matter who gets hurt. This is not the proper thing to do.

if we want our goals to materialize we must be ready to honestly work hard for it; no shortcuts whatsoever we must pass thru the gate. That’s what God wants us to do.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Good Shepherd Sunday May 3: John 10:11-18

My Reflections:
The parable of the good shepherd tells us that there were one hundred sheep that were being taken cared of by the shepherd. One sheep was lost in the wilderness the shepherd left the ninety nine to look for the lost one. He never stopped looking until he found it. Upon finding the lost sheep he lovingly put it on his shoulders to be home again.

Today we celebrate good shepherd Sunday, sometimes we exclusively attach this name for the ordained ministers of the church and other church leaders. But upon deeper contemplation a good shepherd can be anyone of us for so long as we measure-up the standards of the gospel. And these are the standards: A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep and he is not picky with the quality of the sheep that he will be leading. A good shepherd is also a servant leader or a sacrificial leader.

In the gospel Jesus tells us that He is the good shepherd. Does it end there? No, in a very special way Jesus tells us to follow my pathway as a good shepherd. This is where the hard part of Jesus’ shepherding comes into play. Because Jesus is a shepherd that will lay down His life for His sheep, Jesus is also a servant leader as well as a sacrificial leader.

In any field, once we are labelled as shepherd it always connotes a position of leadership and prestige and we very much like it. Who doesn’t want prominence? Everyone of us wants it until we know the attached responsibilities attached to it. For example we very much want to lead a church or civic organization but when we are asked to invest our time into it we balk. Sometimes we only want to lead because we want to use it for our selfish ambition.

Sometimes we want to shepherd an organization for the corrupt reason that there’s money in that organization that we can use for our selfish ends. There are other evil reasons why we want to shepherd a flock but let us be warned that if our reason is self serving and evil. We can rest assure that in time there will be a reckoning and we will pay for it.

If you’re a parent be willing to sacrifice for your family, if you’re an official of the church always be selfless and humble, if you’re a leader be the servant of your flock.

Let us always follow Jesus’ sacrificial and selfless style of shepherding. ...