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

Forgive my many grammatical and punctuation mistakes :). - mjdasma

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. …

Saturday, May 9, 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?

Monday, May 4, 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.”