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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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Friday December 31: John 1:1-18

My Reflections:
How can we become effective messengers of Jesus? It is by learning from His cousin John the Baptist.

Mr. X is a volunteer church worker; he always want to be in the limelight. He would always request to serve on Masses that have many parishioners for he always want to  be prominent in the church community. Whenever there’s a meeting in their church ministry he would always talk even if its not anymore necessary for the simple reason that he always want to be noticed and to be well-known.

However when there are voluntary work to do in the church he is nowhere to be found. Is he an effective messenger of Jesus? He’s not.

An effective messenger of Jesus is someone who is humble, he silently give his time for the church and to his fellowmen. He doesn’t care if he will get noticed or not what is important to him is that he was able to do his little share for Christ.

John the Baptist did his share in preparing the way for Jesus. He did it with humility and simplicity. …   

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday December 30: Luke 2:36-40

My Reflections:
We often share our secret with our select friends; we often share gossips with our neighbors and friends too.  But do we dare share the love of Jesus with them?

It’s always very comfortable for majority of us to share what we know about the things around us. But when it comes to the love of God, it’s hard to speak about it even to our closest friends. Why is this so? Because we only confine God to our church worship after our church activity God is left out in the confines of the church.

God’s love for us is always relevant; Jesus dying on the cross for our sake is always worthy to share with others. For all we know our sharing with them about Jesus’ love will be the turning point in their lives.

In the gospel, the prophet Anna spoke about the child Jesus and the eventual redemption that He will be doing. …

Monday, December 27, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Monday December 27: John 20:1a 2-8

My Reflections:
Do we have sometimes this feeling that we look for God, we hunger for Him yet we cannot find Him?

Those who are mature in their faith can easily find God because God resides in their hearts they have this certain intimacy with Him. Observe them when they lead prayers then they close their eyes and say prayers that touches our hearts.

But before God resides in our hearts we must do the following:
1. Always find time to be present in the celebration of the Holy Mass.
2. Have a daily habit of prayer at least twice a day, preferably upon waking-up in the morning and before retiring at night.
3. Have a daily habit of planned reading the Holy Bible: Start with the first four gospels of the New Testament.
4. Discover the beauty of praying the Holy Rosary.
5. Have that hunger for the Sacrament of Confession.

Try doing this and feel the presence of the resurrected Jesus in your heart. …

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday December 23: Luke 1:57-66

My Reflections:
Do we follow the will of God for us? No we do not that is why we have problems that we create for ourselves. For example in the promise of the Sacrament of Marriage: To have and to hold for richer or for poorer in sickness and in health till death do us part. But sad to say that this is not followed by couples who wed in the church. We create problems for ourselves that is actually avoidable in turn people and children suffer because of our lack of fidelity to the marriage vows. There’s a whole lot more problems that we create because we’re not faithful to what God wants us to do.

In the gospel for today, the couple (Elizabeth and Zechariah) was faithful to what God want then to do: That is to name their newly born son John (Luke 1:13). Many were suggesting that they name the newly born child after his father Zechariah.  But Elizabeth told them to name him John, they asked Zechariah and he also wrote the name John and immediately after that he was freed from the curse of not being able to speak.

We see what happens to us when we are faithful/unfaithful to what God wants us to do.   

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 19: Matthew 1:18-24


My Reflections:
What would we do if we were in the predicament of Joseph? Would we also listen to the messenger of God or we will loudly protest the injustice done to our honor and not listen anymore to the angel?

I think that it is safe to say that we will protest the insult done to our personhood. Imagine not fathering the baby that is being carried in the womb of your wife! For a while Joseph quietly opposed the plan of God but he was prevailed upon by the angel. from then on he had no complains whatsoever he simply listened to the angel sent by God.

In Joseph we see a rational man who will ask God questions on what is happening on his life. But upon knowing that he was part of the plan of God for humanity’s he did not ask questions anymore.

What does this say about us? In our journey in this world? We also have our own plans for ourselves, plans to achieve prominent things for our own welfare. But there are times also that it will not become a reality no matter how hard we try to execute it and that’s when we must understand that God has a plan for us. We may never know what his plans are now but He has a plan.

It is said that, when God closes a door in our lives He will certainly open a window. That’s what Saint Joseph did; he patiently acceded to the seemingly shameful will of God for him and yet he became a party to His eternal plan and  he saved the Blessed Mother from condemnation, ridicule even death by stoning.

So let us be patient, let us be humble, let us be discerning to the voice of God and let us have this infinite love for our family for these are all the admirable characters of Saint Joseph. …

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for December 1, Wednesday: Matthew 15:29-37

My Reflections:
There are those who follow a person because of what he can do for them. Once that person has given what they wanted from him those who followed would be out of sight already.  It is very seldom that they will stick it out with that person.

There is a true story of a man who was a manager in a government office. There would always be people who would ask for employment favor from him. Being a helpful person he would always help them find employment in his office. The manager eventually resigned from his government employment job but he ensured that those whom he had helped would have permanency in their job.

After ten years the former manager returned to his former office just to say hello and to give little token of remembrance to those whom he had helped. Upon arrival he got a cold shoulder treatment from them. so he wasn’t able to give them his present.

There are really such kind of people who have very inclement behavioral patterns; who are ungrateful to what you’ve done for them. However, we must always extend our help not withstanding their ungratefulness.

Jesus did not chose those He would help; regardless if they were grateful or ungrateful He still cured them all. He did not discriminate on them. …

Friday, November 26, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for November 28, First Sunday of Advent: Matthew 24:37-44

My Reflections:
Today is the first Sunday of Advent, on this season we prepare for the coming of our Savior who will be born in a very modest manner. He was the son of God yet He chose to be born simple without any signs of His greatness.

Today majority of us are so busy with our worldly activities: busy to earn a living, busy with daily affairs of life, busy with planning on how to celebrate our birthdays/parties and the like. We are always very busy that we neglect the more important side of our lives that is our own spirituality. Our own relationship with our God, where are we now as far as our relationship with Jesus is concerned? This season of Advent is an appropriate time for us to evaluate if we are ready for the coming of our Lord.

There is a story of a mother who was always busy earning a living that she made it her top priority. On the average she devotes twelve to sixteen hours to her work that she has no more enough time for her family. She goes to work even during Sundays which we normally devote to family and God.

Twenty years after, her children were not able to finish their college, they married early and had no work that they are still depending on her. This is what happen when we fail to spiritually prepare our family, we when don’t spend enough time with them and when we neglect to imbue them the values of God.

What is the relevance of this story with the season of Advent? Advent is preparation for the birth of Jesus. Are we still excited for His coming birth this Christmas or we just treat it as how business people treat it?

For some business people Christmas is not anymore about the birth Jesus. For them Christmas is all about money how they can sell more goods and then go to the bank to further fatten their bank accounts. They already forget that Advent is about the preparation of the coming birth of our savior. So what happens when we have people who are driven by money and not by the spirituality of God? There’s chaos and problem in our respective families and in our society at large. There’s even a sudden surge of crimes during advent season for the simple reason that we are slowly easing out its true meaning and spirituality.

As we start the Advent season let us have the right preparation for His coming; let us not be overly concerned about the material and commercial things of the Advent season.

Let us rather focus our attention with the true reason of the season of Advent: that is the birth of our Lord and Savior. …   

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for November 24 Wednesday: Luke 21:112-19

Reflections:
What does our rock solid faith in Jesus do to us? it will move us to do extra-ordinary things. The things which others feel hard to achieve will be achievable for us, this is all brought about by our rock solid faith in Jesus.

In our walk of faith, there will be those who will persecute us, who will revile us and call us names. Let us not be bothered for this goes with the terrain of true disciples.

Amidst our persecution and reviling we can rest assure that God will always be there for us to see us through, to walk with us; He holding us by our hand. …   

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday November 21: The Solemnity of Christ the King.


My Reflections:
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, a fitting homage we gave to Jesus as we end the church’s liturgical calendar.

The Kingship of Jesus is a paradox for majority of us because how could He be King when He is on the cross? How could He be King when He doesn’t even have a kingdom nor armed soldiers to protect Him?  How could He be king when He served instead of Him being served? How could He be king when He was being jeered, punished and then savagely killed on the cross?

Such is the paradox of the kingship of Jesus; if we look at it superficially it’s really not our idea of true kingship. But Jesus wants to open our eyes to this true kingship; the kingship that this world detest like a contagious disease.

Jesus wants us to realize that it is in our exercise of humility that we align ourselves with His kingship. It is in our exercise of service for everyone especially to those who are poor that we become living bearers of His kingship.

There was a story of a young man who was soon to be king; he was a silent yet faithful follower of Jesus; when he was about to be anointed as king by his brother. He whispered and told him: “My beloved brother after my anointment I will give everything under my kingdom to our people and I will live a simple life of service for them.”  His brother told him: “Why don’t you like power and influence? Don’t you like to be served like other kings?   

The young man said, I can fully exercise my power by being powerless and I will be more fulfilled if I will silently serve our people even until death. The baffled brother simply walked away.

We have our own divergent ideas on how it is to be a king or to be a leader. However, Jesus wants to put this divergence to rest by inviting us to learn from Him on how He exercised His kingship.

A kingship of Obedience, Humility and Service to His people even unto death; let us all follow this path of Jesus’ kingship. …

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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My Gospel Reflections for November 20 Saturday: Luke 20:27-40


My Reflections:
Mr. X is a man who believe in the resurrection but the thing is this: he doesn’t live his life worthy enough to attain it. Will he have this heavenly resurrection?

In our gospel for today Jesus tells us that those who are deemed worthy will attain heavenly resurrection. The obvious answer for Mr. X is he will not have a heavenly resurrection.

Who amongst us is worthy enough to have resurrection?  Not one of us is worthy enough to have it for we are all sinners. Does this mean that we will now carelessly live our lives in sin because nobody is worthy? Of course not!

A sinner can attain instant salvation/resurrection let us look at the sinner on the cross with Jesus who humbly said: “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus said to him: “Amen I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  (Luke 23:42-43)   

We must always faithfully follow the teachings of the church then let us just live everything to the devine mercy of God. For no one among us is worthy to claim it for ourselves.

Salvation and heavenly resurrection is purely a grace from God. …

Saturday, October 30, 2010

When I'm Gone. A Poem for All Souls Day...

When I'm Gone
By: Lyman Hancock


When I’ve come to the end of my journey
and I have traveled my very last mile
Forget if you can that I’ve frowned
Remember only my smile...

Forgive unkind words I have spoken
Remember some good I have done
Forget I ever had heartache
And remember only our fun...

Forget that I've stumbled and fumbled
And sometimes fell by the way
Remember: I fought some hard battles
But had you at the close of my day...

Do not grieve for my going
I would not have you sad this day
But in time gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay...

Perhaps in the shade of evening
When the sun paints the sky in the West
Come stand a few moments above me
Remembering only the best...

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Story of the two horses...

There is a place in the countryside with a field that has two horses in it.

From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing....

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.

This alone is amazing.

If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell.
Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse's halter is a small bell.
It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two friends,
You'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse,
And that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk
To where the other horse is,
Trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns
To the shelter of the barn each evening,
It stops occasionally and looks back,
Making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses,
God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect
Or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our lives
To help us when we are in need..

Sometimes we are the blind horse
Being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.

Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way....

Good friends are like that... You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours.
And remember...
Be kinder than necessary-
Everyone you meet is fighting
Some kind of battle.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time; October 10: Luke 17:11-19

My Reflections:
What does God require from us to be healed from our physical and emotional sickness? God requires Faith, Humility and gratefulness.

We see in the first reading Naaman who was sick with leprosy; he followed with faith and humility what was told to him by Elisha a man of God. Elisha told him to plunged into the Jordan seven times and he did it with faith and humility. He never questioned what Elisha told him to do he simply followed it.

After his healing he gratefully went to Elisha to signify his appreciation for his healing.

In our gospel, while Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem His attention was caught from afar by ten men who was shouting with faith: Jesus master! Have pity on us! It was not their collective shouting that caught His attention it was their infinite faith that caught Jesus’ attention.

As a result the ten of them were healed but not all of them were humble and grateful enough to appreciate the healing that they received from Jesus. Amongst them it was only the Samaritan (a foreigner) who went back to Jesus to express his appreciation.

Thus Jesus said to the Samaritan: "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Why did Jesus asked for the other nine (9)? Was Jesus expecting them to say thanks to him because He wants to be honored? Of course not!

Jesus was looking for the other nine because He wanted to see if they have the virtue of humility and gratefulness. He wanted to see if these virtues were already implanted in their hearts, unfortunately it was not for they did not return.

What is the application of today’s first reading and gospel in our lives? First is this: we must always have faith in Jesus, no matter what storms we encounter in our lives we must always have faith, we must not lose it!

Second: We must always humble ourselves before God by way of following His will for us and not our own will for ourselves which is always selfish.

Third: We must always be grateful to God for the countless blessings and miracles that He continuously to bestow upon us. We may not notice it but everyday we receive little and big blessings from God. For example: the food on the table that He daily gives us, the health that we have, the new life that He gives us every morning. These to some are trivial but these are blessings from God that we forget to realize.

Therefore let us always be cognizant of the fact that we must always have faith no matter our life’s weather. We must always be humble before Him and our fellowmen for the reason that humility is the gateway for having more blessings from God and lastly we must always be thankful for the little and big miracles that happens in our lives.

The best testament of our gratefulness is our constant presence in the celebration of the Holy Mass. …

Monday, October 4, 2010

My first reading Reflection for Tuesday October 5: Galatians 1:13-24

My Reflections:
In our first reading for today the apostle Paul speaks about his former life before his conversion, during that time he persecuted the church and the Christians one of those was St. Stephen the first martyr of the church.

Then, Jesus intervened, that became the catalyst in his conversion: from being the number one persecutor of the early church he became the most zealous propagators of the faith.

The conversion of Paul was God’s will, but it was not only God’s will that precipitated his conversion he was also to be credited for it. For he humbly obliged the will of God for him so it was both the will of God and his humble submission to it.

Now, what is the will of God for us all? Obviously it is for us to have conversion, to turn our backs from our sinfulness. Like Saint Paul we too are called to humbly accede to God’s will for us.

Do we care to listen and follow the will of Saint Paul in his conversion?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday September 30: Luke 10:1-12

My Reflections:
As we journey and live our faith in this world we shall be touching lives in that process let us not forget that everything good that we do and say emanates from Jesus. Let us not have this self-serving feeling that it comes from our own effort.

By virtue of our Baptism He commands us to go forth and advance His teachings through our words and actions. As we do His will there shall be those who will appreciate it and believe me also that others will not, they will just be numb as if you’ve not done any good for them.

Don’t be disheartened by it just be humble, leave your everything to God, move-on and continue doing your mission for God's people. ...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday September 25: Luke 9:43-45


My Reflections:
There are events in our lives that happen that is very hard to understand so we get frustrated and sometimes we blame God for it.

Let us not be discouraged, let us completely trust on the eternal grace of God, and let us keep in mind that everything happens for a reason. At God’s appointed time we shall understand that God purposely cause these events to happen to strengthen and purify us. …

My Gospel Reflections for Friday September 24: Luke 9:18-22


My Reflections:
What is the secret to deeper intimacy with Jesus? It is through prayer with our full attention and being directed towards Jesus. Just try allocating about five to ten (5 to 10) minutes of your time everyday in prayer; just try reading the Bible and feel every word that is written there most especially the pronouncements of Jesus. Just try attending Mass with your attention focused on the entire celebration without allowing ourselves to be distracted. Just try having a regular weekly visit to the adoration chapel and spend time there.

These are all methods for us to grow in intimacy with Jesus and it follows that when we’re already intimate with Him we shall automatically know that He is the Christ of God.

Many of us (including me) has not yet reached that deeper level of intimacy. …

Nudge the Balance...

NUDGE THE BALANCE
Author Unknown


A 91-year-old woman died after living a very long dignified life. When
she met God, she asked Him something that had really bothered her for
a very long time. "If Man was created in God's image, and if all men
are created equal, why do people treat each other so badly?"


God replied that each person who enters our life has a unique lesson
to teach us. It is only through these lessons that we learn about
life, people and our relationships with God. This confused the woman,
so God began to explain:


"When someone lies to you, it teaches you that things are not always
what they seem. The truth is often far beneath the surface. Look
beyond the masks people wear if you want to know what is in their
hearts. Remove your own masks to let people know who you really are.


When someone steals from you it teaches you that nothing is forever.
Always appreciate what you have. You never know when you might lose
it. Never take your friends or family for granted, because today and
sometimes only this very moment is the only guarantee you may have.


When someone inflicts injury upon you, it teaches you that the human
state is a very fragile one. Protect and take care of your body as
best as you can, it's the one thing that you are sure to have forever.


When someone mocks you, it teaches you that no two people are alike.
When you encounter people who are different from you, do not judge
them by how they look or act, instead base it on the contents of what
is in their hearts.


When someone breaks your heart, it teaches you that loving someone
does not always mean that the person will love you back. But don't
turn your back on love, because when you find the right person, the
joy that one person brings you will make up for all of your past
hurts. Times a thousand fold.


When someone holds a grudge against you, it teaches you that everyone
makes mistakes. When you are wronged, the most virtuous thing you can
do is forgive the offender without pretense. Forgiving those who have
hurt us is often the most difficult and painful of life's experiences,
but it is also the most courageous thing a person can do.


When a loved one is unfaithful to you, it teaches you that resisting
temptation is Man's greatest challenge. Be vigilant in your resistance
against all temptations. By doing so, you will be rewarded with an
enduring sense of satisfaction far greater than the temporary pleasure by which
you were tempted.


When someone cheats you, it teaches you that greed is the root of all
evil. Aspire to make your dreams come true, no matter how lofty they
may be. Do not feel guilty about your success, but never let an
obsession with achieving your goals lead you to engage in malevolent activities.


When someone ridicules you, it teaches you that nobody is perfect.
Accept people for their merits and be tolerant of their flaws. Do not
ever reject someone for imperfections over which they have no
control."


Upon hearing the Lord's wisdom, the old woman became concerned that
there are no lessons to be learned from man's good deeds. God replied
that Man's capacity to love is the greatest gift He has. At the root
of kindness and love, and each act of love also teaches us a lesson. The woman's
curiosity deepened. God, once again began to explain:


"When someone loves us, it teaches us love, kindness, charity,
honesty, humility, forgiveness, acceptance, and all of these can
counteract all the evil in the world. For every good deed, there is
one evil deed. Man alone has the power to control the balance between good and evil, but
because the lessons of love are not taught often enough, the power is
too often abused.


When you enter someone's life, whether by plan, chance or coincidence,
consider what your lesson will be. Will you teach love or a harsh
lesson of reality? When you die, will your life have resulted in more
loving or more hurting? More comfort or more pain? More joy or more sadness? Each one
of us has the power over the balance of the love in the world. Use it
wisely!"


Don't miss an opportunity to nudge the world's scale in the right
direction!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time September 19: Luke 16:1-13

My Reflections:
At the end of our lives there shall be an accounting if we were good stewards of the gifts that God has entrusted us. Some of us of course will be able to pass God’s accounting some of us will also fail for we keep to ourselves the gifts that God has entrusted us.

We all know the destination of those who will pass and those who will fail. This is what Jesus wants us all to know: In His perfect time we will be made to account on what we have done with the things that He has entrusted us.

In our gospel there is this very complacent steward he was sleeping on his job so to speak. So the rich man removed him from his stewardship, it was to late for him to change his negative ways for the master had made the decision already to remove him.

Let us think of the many gifts that God has entrusted us what are we doing with it now, are we still keeping it to ourselves? Jesus wants us to share whatever talents or material possession that we have because we are mere stewards of it. Let us not anymore wait for the day when God will call our attention to account for everything that He has given us.

Let us all be proactive by doing something positive to our fellowmen; especially to those who are poor in spirit and material wealth. Let us not look down on them let us be friends with them and let us help them in the best way we can.

By doing so, we become proactive and prepared for HIS judgment on us. …

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday September 16: Luke 7:36-50

My Reflections:
Why is it that some people are very quick to condemn those who are supposedly sinners? I for one is oftentimes like that I’m very quick at judging people but on second thought who are we to judge them? When we in fact are sinners too, we are quick to judge because we see them as public sinners so we condemn or judge them.

How about the private sins that we commit? Those sins that nobody else knows except us and God only most of the time those who are self-righteous are sinners too they only refuse to admit that they are for they are blinded by the very high self esteem that they give to themselves.

Regardless if we are a public sinner of private sinner Jesus wants us to have a renewal in our lives by means of humbly approaching Him and offering Him the best that we can do to advance His kingdom.

Most of the times repentant public sinners are the most effective bearers of Jesus love and forgiveness. For the reason that they wholeheartedly open themselves to God’s infinite grace of forgiveness.

What kind of sinner are we?

Friday, September 10, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time September 12: Luke 15:1-32

My Reflections:
Holier than thou and feeling of self righteousness these were the attitudes of the Pharisees and the scribes when they complained that Jesus was mingling with tax collectors and sinners. Sometimes we are like that we feel that we are more holy and superior than others, is this because of our education and status in life?

So Jesus gave them three parables for them to realize (if they were not yet swell headed enough to understand) that He doesn’t discriminate, that He welcomes everyone to His bosom no matter how sinful. This is also the message of Jesus for us all sinners thru these parables in the gospel.

Jesus longs to embrace us with His unconditional love, always ready to look for us and encourage us to turn back from our sinfulness; He’s not counting every sin that we have committed. He only looks at our repentant and humble hearts.

In the first parable, the shepherd of the hundred sheep never stopped looking for the one who got lost never minding to temporarily leave the ninety-nine. And after finding the one who got lost he joyfully put it on his shoulder. This shepherd is actually Jesus who never stops looking for us sinners. Jesus uses personal circumstances in our lives for us to feel how much He wants us turn back from our sinfulness.

In the second parable of the lost coin, there was that woman who had ten coins, one fell. She searched for it until such time that she found it again and the angels rejoiced. The woman is perhaps the Blessed Mother who wants to intercede for us sinners so that we can get closer to Jesus.

In the third parable of the lost son, his father never gave-up on him after he lost his inheritance on a life of debauchery. He decided to go back home not certain if his father will accept him again. But lo and behold when his father saw him coming home he ordered his people to prepare a big banquet for the lost son. Then, the father full of unconditional love run to his repentant son embraced and kissed him. The father in the parable is God our father who timelessly waits for us to be remorseful for the countless sins that we have committed.

God in His infinite mercy is looking for us sinners; He wants us to turn a new leaf in our lives. A new life full of remorse for the sin that we have committed, a life full of repentance before the presence of our ever loving God. …

Thursday, September 9, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday September 11: Luke 6:43-49


My Reflections:Why is it that there are some Catholics who embrace other Christian faith? The reason is their very weak foundation on the basics of the faith like the catechism and apologetics. If only they knew of the rich history of this church that was founded by Jesus through peter. If only they knew that we don’t worship anyone in the church except God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. If only they knew the critical roles of the Blessed Mother and the Saints in the advancement of our faith. I’m sure that they would not dare leave our faith.

Perhaps they are like the person in the gospel who built his house without foundation, when the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.

We must build our faith on a rock solid foundation; we must not solely rely on the learnings that we hear from the Priest Homily during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Through our own initiative we must have that hunger to learn more about it by doing so we shall not be discouraged by any controversy/scandal that it may encounter today and in the future. …

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for September 8 Wednesday Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Matthew 1:18-23

My Reflections:
Today Wednesday 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.

In the gospel, Joseph was about to quietly divorce Mary whom he found to be pregnant already through the Holy Spirit but the Lord intervened by means of an angel and it told Joseph not to leave Mary for the child that she carries in her womb was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Joseph humbly listened to the angel, he did not leave Mary and the salvific plan of God was realized with the birth of Jesus.

The voice of God manifest to us thru our conscience, thru people around us.

Do we care to listen?

Monday, September 6, 2010

The parable of the pencil...

A PENCIL MAKER TOLD THE PENCIL 5 IMPORTANT LESSONS JUST BEFORE PUTTING IT IN THE BOX :


1.) EVERYTHING YOU DO WILL ALWAYS LEAVE A MARK.

2.) YOU CAN ALWAYS CORRECT THE MISTAKES YOU MAKE.

3.) WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS WHAT IS INSIDE OF YOU.

4.) IN LIFE, YOU WILL UNDERGO PAINFUL SHARPENINGS,
WHICH WILL ONLY MAKE YOU BETTER.

5.) TO BE THE BEST PENCIL, YOU MUST ALLOW YOURSELF
TO BE HELD AND GUIDED BY THE HAND THAT HOLDS YOU.

We all need to be constantly sharpened. This parable may encourage you to know that you are a special person, with unique God-given talents and abilities. Only you can fulfill the purpose which you were born to accomplish. Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed and, like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are, is what's inside of you.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for September 6, Monday: Luke 6:6-11


My Reflections:
To do good is always in season there’s no exception on doing good and Jesus proves this point by healing a man’s withered hand.

To do good also encompasses anyone else be it our friends, relatives, strangers and even our enemies; we must do good to them always.

This is the point that Jesus wants us all to emulate: To always make a positive difference in the lives of our fellowmen even during holy days such as the Sabbath day (in the Jewish tradition). And let us not also be selective on the people that we give our help.

In the three years public life of Jesus, He would always heal without discrimination of the season and the people. He was not even afraid even if there was threat of physical and verbal abuse His main priority is to impart His miraculous help to everyone of us.

Are we like Jesus?

Monday, August 30, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for August 30, Monday: Luke 4:16-30

My Reflections:
To attend Sunday Mass is a day of obligation for all Catholics; in fact the third commandment refers to this (Exodus 20:8-11). Jesus was faithfully observing this when He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day.

How about us? Are we faithful to our Sunday obligation? Do we make ourselves ready for Mass by having prior knowledge of the readings specially the gospel?

Let us always remember that it is mortal sin to intentionally miss out Holy Mass on Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation, as the Church has always taught us.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time August 29, Sunday: Luke 14:1,7-14

My Reflections:
It is human nature for us when we go to a weeding banquet to choose the seat that is within a place of prominence. It is human nature for us when we have banquets to invite those whom we know and not those who are poor and disabled. This is our natural earthly mindset.

Let us look at the teachings of Jesus on this matter, He said: “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor.” “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind.”

Jesus teaches us two paradoxes of our times: these are about humility and inviting the poor and disabled in our banquet.

How many of us have this rare virtue of humility? We always love it when we are at the forefront, when we are talked about. There are even those who love to flaunt their wealth, knowledge and power so that they are looked up to. This self- aggrandizement behavior is very prevalent nowadays, even inside parish church ministries there are people who love to feed their sense of self worth. They love it when they give orders but they don’t like to be ordered, what a paradox!

On inviting the poor to our feast or banquets, have we done it yet? Of course we will invite our relatives and friends but let us not forget those who are poor and those who cannot reciprocate our generosity for all we know Jesus is the poor and disabled in disguise.

Remember the righteous who told the Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? (Matthew 25:37-38)

And He said to them in reply: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Friday, August 27, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for August 28, Saturday: Matthew 25:14-30


My Reflections:At the end of our lives Jesus will ask us this question: What have you done to the talent(s) that I’ve entrusted you?

Can we confidently say that we’ve done something to share it? Or we will just say that: we’ve just kept it to ourselves and exclusively used it for our own selfish purpose!

Jesus wants us to share our talents that He has freely entrusted us; He wants to us to use these talents to advance His teachings. A part of our baptismal responsibilities is to help Jesus share His teachings, what have we done so far?

Come to think of it; have we already shared Jesus to others?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday August 8: Luke 12:32-48

My Reflections:
Let us all remember always that the gospel is always alive; it is always in season and always very relevant for our times. It also directly talks to us that it admonishes us to be sensitive to the leadings of the Holy Spirit.

In the first part of the gospel Jesus is admonishing us to travel light in this world, less of the excess baggage: be it material things or emotional feelings. On the aspect of material things; always be ready to give it to those who are in need. Just keep something for your own simple needs in excess of that you give to those who are in need. In hindsight, can we bring along those material things when we die? When we learn to give we are actually building our inexhaustible treasure in heaven.

On the aspect of emotional feelings; let us always learn to forgive, let us not be vengeful; we only burden ourselves and our spirit if we don’t forgive same as when we are vengeful. Unforgiveness is a spiritual poison that we are sometimes not aware of.

So what happens when we imbibe the travel light journey in this world? We are always prepared for the coming of the master that is Jesus. We are always prepared for His judgement that may come once we die.

When we die; we shall be face to face with Jesus and He shall ask us this question. Were you a faithful servant?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Friday August 6: Luke 9:28-36

My Reflections:
Why did Jesus brought along Peter, John and James to the mountain of Transfiguration? It was for them to see and experience what shall await them if they will not give-up and continue to be faithful to the teachings of Jesus.

It was a foretaste of heaven actually, but before heaven there shall be trials, before heaven there shall be persecutions and before heaven our discipleship might be severely tested. Test and trials are part and parcel of our Christian discipleship no one who choose to follow Jesus is exempt from it.

But after all the trials of our discipleship has been said and done with; there shall be an ecstatic experience of heaven for all of us.

So always be faithful to your discipleship and never allow the temptation of this world to distract you. ...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for July 25 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Luke 11:1-13

My Reflections:
How do we pray or what is our recipe for prayer? Do we follow certain procedure or we extemporaneously pray to God what is in our hearts?

In the gospel for this Sunday Jesus was asked by a disciple: Lord teach us to pray and Jesus obliged him and taught the disciple the perfect prayer. If we try to digest this prayer we will notice that this contains our Adoration for God (Hollowed be your name) our Contrition/Repentance for the sins that we have committed (Forgive us our sins) and our Supplication: we request God to give us the food that we need (Give us each day our daily bread).

If we say this prayer with our hearts and minds attuned towards God we will feel something that we don’t usually feel. This feeling is very hard to explain but we shall certainly experience this healing experience once we learn how to pray the Our Father with all our hearts and minds.

We must also not be surprised that while in the process of solemnly praying the Our Father we may notice that tears may fall. If this happens to us it will say a lot on how focused are we when we pray this prayer towards God.

Now, try finding a quite place where there’s no disturbance whatsoever and pray this prayer that Jesus has to taught us to pray. …

Monday, July 19, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for July 20 Tuesday: Matthew 12:46-50

My Reflections:
Members of church ministries often address each other as brother or sister; this is for the reason that they are there because they want to help Christ advance His teachings; this is the sole reason and purpose.

However, helping Jesus advance His mission is not limited to those members of church ministries; even if we are not members we can help Christ in our own little way. For example if we talk about the life of Jesus in our families (which I think rarely happens now.) Or if we live and teach the lessons and values of Jesus but not everyone does this.

Let us always remember that we become brothers and sisters of Jesus when we share in His mission, when we are not ashamed to live His teachings and His values. ...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

My Gospel Reflection for June 28, Monday: Matthew 8:18-22

My Reflections:
In the first sentence of the gospel it would appear that Jesus was trying to evade the crowd that has been following Him for healing. But no the situation is not as what it appears it was rather time for Jesus to move-on and share His gift of preaching and healing with other places. Let us remember that He is an itinerant preacher; as much as possible He wanted to share His many super natural gifts with as many people as He can.

Each of us has been blessed by God with gifts that He wants us to share, it may be the gift of preaching, it may be the gift of writing about God it may be the gift of empathy and concern, it may be the gift of attentively listening to those who are burdened, it may be the gift of material wealth and the like.

Let us generously share these blessings let us not hoard it for ourselves. ...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

My Gospel Reflection for June 27, Sunday: Luke 9:51-62

My Reflections:
Why do we want to become a follower of Jesus or why do we want to serve in our church? Is it because of prestige, power and honor? If our answer is yes then we have a misplaced mindset in our service for God and His church.

True followership for Christ entails a lot of sacrifices; it requires boundless humility and huge amount of perseverance.

One way or another some of us may have felt that we were called by God to serve Him and His people. Let us always remember that this call is always to help Jesus carry His cross this call is not for us to reap honors and prestige. ...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My Gospel Reflection for Friday June 18: Matthew 6:19-23

My Reflections:
Our eyes are the doorway to our soul, if we are happy it shows in our eyes and if we are sad it also shows in our eyes. We may be able to hide our sad emotion but our eyes will eventually betray us for it will show the true emotions of our hearts.

So how can we have ever glowing eyes that is full of happiness, contentment and serenity? The answer to this is very simple; we must store up treasures in heaven by means of doing good things to our fellowmen, by helping the poor in spirit and wealth.

By doing so we are already storing-up true treasures in heaven where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. …

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Four Boyfriends...

Once upon a time there was a girl who had four boyfriends.

She loved the fourth boyfriend the most and adorned him with rich robes and treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best.

She also loved the third boyfriend very much and was always showing him off to neighboring kingdoms. However, she feared that one day he would leave her for another.

She also loved her second boyfriend. He was her confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with her. Whenever this girl faced a problem, she could confide in him, and he would help her get through the difficult times.

The girl's first boyfriend was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining her wealth and kingdom. However, she did not love the first boyfriend Although he loved her deeply, she hardly took notice of him!

One day, the girl fell ill and she knew her time was short. She thought of her luxurious life and wondered, 'I now have four boyfriends with me, but when I die, will I be all alone?'

Thus, she asked the fourth boyfriend, 'I loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?
'No way!', replied the fourth boyfriend, and he walked away without another word.

His answer cut like a sharp knife right into her heart.
The sad girl then asked the third boyfriend, 'I loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?' 'No!', replied the third boyfriend. 'Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to marry someone else!' Her heart sank and turned cold

She then asked the second boyfriend, 'I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?'

'I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!', replied the second boyfriend. 'At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave.'
His answer struck her like a bolt of lightning, and the girl was devastated.


Then a voice called out: 'I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go.' The girl looked up, and there was her first boyfriend. He was very skinny as he suffered from malnutrition and neglect.

Greatly grieved, the girl said, 'I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!'

In truth, you have four boyfriends in your lives:

Your fourth boyfriend is your body. No matter how much time and effort you lavish in making it look good, it will leave you when you die.

Your third boyfriend is your possessions, status and wealth.When you die, it will all go to others.

Your second boyfriend is your family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for you, the furthest they can stay by you is up to the grave.


And your first boyfriend is your spirit. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world.

However, your spirit is the only thing that will follow you where ever you go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of you that will follow you to the throne of God and continue with you throughout Eternity.

Thought for the day: Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees, you're in the perfect position to pray.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Seven Habits of a Happy Marriage...

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My Gospel Reflection for June 6 Sunday Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ: Luke 9:11-17

My Reflections:Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) this is the same Body and Blood that we partake when we receive Holy Communion during the celebration of the Holy Mass.

There are countless stories about the miracles of the Body and Blood of Christ some are well known some are not there are even some that has not been told yet or perhaps it will never be told it will just be kept in the hearts and minds of those who adored and were enlightened by Jesus in the celebration of the Holy Mass and during their Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.

In the gospel there were more than five thousand people who were following Jesus and they have no food to eat. So the apostles told Jesus to dismiss them so that they can find a place where they can stay and eat.

But Jesus said to them: "Give them some food yourselves." And right there and then the miracle of the multiplication of the Bread slowly started to unravel before the apostles eyes with five loaves and two fish —they were able to feed more than Five thousand people.

The miracles of the multiplication of the loaves and fish emanated from the mercy and love of Jesus, let us remember that these people who’ve been following Him were the very same people whom He had performed miracles and healings: Jesus did not want them to go hungry and so He feed them all and they had more to spare.

These feeding of the multitude still happens today when we attend the celebration of the Holy Mass Jesus thru the priest during Holy Communion still gives us His blood and Body for us to partake.

Let us take notice of the actions of Jesus in the gospel: He looked-up to heaven, He blessed the bread broke them and He gave them to the disciples to give to the crowd who have nothing to eat. These actions are the very same actions that the priest does during the celebration of the Holy Mass during the second part of the Mass. (Liturgy of the Eucharist)

As Jesus was merciful and loving to the crowd in the gospel and to us also now; He wants us also to be His channel of mercy and love to our fellowmen. Let us remember this solemnity of the Body and Blood of our Lord by always making a big difference in the lives of those who are going hungry, those who have less in life, those who are poor in spirit and wealth and those who are already desperate because of poverty.

Let us be the living Body and Blood of Jesus. …

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for May 28 Friday: Mark 11:11-25

My Reflections:
Is it bad to get angry? Yes it is bad to be angry for the wrong reason/s—however if we get angry for the right reason/s then it’s not bad.

In the gospel reading for today we see Jesus got angry for the right reasons twice: first when He cursed the fig tree and the second one was when He went to the temple and He saw that the temple was not being used for worship instead it was being used as a venue for money changers and other commercial things.

Anger per se is not bad for so long as we can rightly justify the origin of our anger—let us remember that Jesus Himself got angry.

Let us ensure that the anger that we’ve felt will not stay long in our hearts for at the end of the gospel reading Jesus tells us to forgive anyone against whom we have a grievance so that our heavenly Father may in turn forgive us of our transgressions. ...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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

My Reflections:
Anyone who knows that he will be permanently leaving the people that he loved will only wish the best for them.

In the gospel Jesus knew that the hour for His arrest is near and He knew very well that He will be permanently leaving His followers. That’s why He commanded them to God the Father for the Father to take care of them-that’s how much Jesus loved us He only want the best for us. He wants us to always be connected with God and be aware of His abiding love for us.

But the puzzle is this: there are some who purposely ignore the love of God—they know that the right way is to follow the way of God. But they choose to follow their own ways that leads them to sin.

We pray for their enlightenment that they would choose to embrace the love of God that is always there for them thru the celebration of the Holy Mass and thru the Sacrament of Confessions. ...

Monday, May 17, 2010

My First reading Reflections for Tuesday May 18: Acts 20:17-27

My Reflections:
In the first reading Saint Paul talks about the trials and difficulties in following Jesus—in spite of these odds Paul continued and he never allowed himself to be deterred by the trials. Until his death he remained true to his calling: To be a faithful servant of the Lord.

Some people have this misconception that the moment we decided to follow Jesus it will be a bed of roses already for our lives. It doesn’t work that way—the moment we decide to follow Jesus expect trials that would test the mettle of our discipleship.

We must be faithful no matter the hardship and trials for there will be a reward for us if not in our lifetime it surely will happen in our afterlife. …

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday May 15: John 16:23-28

My Reflections:
If we ask the Father though Jesus with faith we shall certainly receive it. However there are instances that God gives us answers that are somewhat hard for us to comprehend. However as we are enlightened by the Holy Spirit we shall realize that the incomprehensible was actually a blessing in disguise.

Think of the temporary setbacks that we encounter as we move forward with our lives—God gives us setbacks not to weaken us but to further strengthen us as we move-on with our lives.

Let us not waiver in asking God for guidance and help through; let us continue to trust our all knowing God for He knows what is best for us. …

Sunday, May 9, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Monday May 10: John 15:26-16:4

My Reflections:
Is it hard to testify on behalf of Jesus? It’s hard for some for some its not—those who can boldly bear witness has the Advocate in them to strengthen them.

How then can we have the presence of the Advocate in our lives? It is thru the deepening of our faith on Jesus. Based on my experience the Advocate or the Holy Spirit manifest its presence in our lives after we’ve known Jesus deeply after which we are enlightened to feel the presence of the Advocate in our lives.

It is therefore paramount that we exert effort to know Jesus deeply; let us not be content with the knowledge about Jesus that is feed to us. Let us exert personal effort to have a first hand knowledge about Jesus. ...

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday May 9: John 14:23-29

My Reflections:
To love God is to keep His word and to echo it to as many people as we can; not only that we echo it we also live it so that we become the living proof of God’s love for all of humanity. This was the command of Jesus to his disciples then—it has not change until this very moment He commands us also to love and keep his words.

This love of God that we keep in our hearts translates to that feeling of inner peace that will not compare to anything on this world. No matter what happens to this world and to us we shall not be disturb for we have the peace of Jesus in our hearts.

How then can we find this heavenly Love and Peace that only Jesus can give us? We must strive hard to know Him deeply—this is the way and the only way to feel Christ Love and Peace. …