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).
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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...
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
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.
Be kinder than necessary-
Everyone you meet is fighting
Some kind of battle.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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. …
Sunday, September 19, 2010
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
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
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. …
Monday, September 6, 2010
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.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
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)
Sunday, August 8, 2010
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
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
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
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. ...
Friday, July 16, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
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
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
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
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
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
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. ...
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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
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
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
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. ...
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. …
Monday, May 3, 2010
Peace is what is missing in most part of our world right now; peace is what is missing in some of the families now; peace is what is missing in some of us right now.
Who then can address the absence of peace? It’s Jesus! He gives us peace that nobody in this world can give us. even if life is hard once we have Jesus in our hearts there would be peace within us.
Even if life is uncertain we shall have peace because we’ve already accepted Jesus as our Lord and personal savior. …
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Love is always easy to give when we receive something in return for example a husband or a wife who love each other faithfully—neither one of them betrayed their marriage vows. This is the ideal set-up thus there’s a healthy exchange of endless love.
What if the husband betrayed the trust of his wife and eventually the wife discovered that the husband has another family. Should the wife continue on loving her philandering husband?
The wife must continue on loving her husband no matter what. Jesus in the gospel commands us to love one another and this kind of love is not an external love it is a love deeply rooted in our hearts and minds. This is the Agape love or Unconditional love.
Jesus love for us is Agape no matter who we are; no matter how deeply we’ve hurt Him; Jesus still love us we must emulate this kind of love.
When there is a spousal betrayal of trust this secular world would tell us not to love him/her anymore. But Jesus prefers us to continue on loving our spouses even if there is betrayal of trust—let us always remember that Jesus loved us without any precondition it was a wholesale kind of love; a non-discriminatory form of love. …
Friday, April 23, 2010
A good father will always see to it that his children are well provided for in everything that they need—no matter how poor or rich the father he will strive very hard to be a good provider. He will not only be a good material provider he will also be their anchor as far as their spirituality is concerned.
This is how a good shepherd must be—he must show and lead the way for his people and the very personification of the good shepherd is Jesus. During His three years public ministry He showed the way for His disciples, He taught them life changing lessons; He taught them how to be humble, selfless and forbearing .
There was once a story of a shepherd who promised to take care of his sheep he did what he was supposed to do as a their shepherd until a grave danger confronted them the shepherd instead of protecting with his very life his sheep was the first to run for his life he did not mind the safety of his flock he was selfish for he was only concerned with his own life.
Jesus our good shepherd is not like that He will stay with us until the end, when we are confronted with problems He will be there to help us carry it. When we are tired of the drudgery of this life He will be there to enliven us and to tell us that we must move on for He will be there for us to help us.
When the world presents us with so many failures and despair Jesus our Good Shepherd will be there for us to urge us to move-on and continue with the journey. …
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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Sunday, March 28, 2010
There’s a saying that goes this way: “There’s no permanent friends only permanent interest.” The people who were praising Jesus to high heavens for the wondrous things that He has been doing were the very same people who will tell Pilate to crucify Him.
The people’s change of heart toward Hesus started when He was arrested by the roman soldiers He did no more miracles after His arrest that’s why the people’s confidence on Him started to wane.
The peoples faith were based on the miracles that they’ve seen and this is the shallowest belief after Jesus stopped performing miracles they also stopped believing Him. And the cursing began that eventually led Him to the cross.
As we are ushered into this Holy Week let us pause, reflect and discern on the sacrifice of Jesus for us, the generous love of the Father that He gave His only begotten Son for us.
Are we still mindful of this sacrifice of this generous love…?
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Friday, February 5, 2010
1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a 'sweet duty.'
2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.
3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.
4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.
5. And lastly comes our little finger - the smallest finger of all, which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, 'The least shall be the greatest among you.' Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
There are people who like to be praised they love it very much—praises are like wondrous music to their ears. But notice also the behavior of this very people when they are told about their shortcomings. They easily get angry even if the person who tells them about it does it out of love for them. Then, at the end of the day—the one who tells the truth out of pure concern and love becomes now the villain. The one to be persecuted, to be hated and the most extreme that may happen is that the person who’s telling the truth out of love may even be killed.
Sounds familiar isn’t it? During dictatorial regimes or even during normal democratic governance how many people simply disappeared and have never been seen again because they have the guts to tell the truth about the ills of certain regimes/governments.
In families, it often happens that when a bad decision of the most senior member of the family is contradicted by someone who is his much younger than him. The younger one is normally criticized and sometimes subjected to humiliation. This kind of incident is not exclusive to families—it happens also in friendships and organizations.
Sometimes the truth that is told with love and concern will hurts us but this same truth will liberate us and it will set us free.
It’s not also easy at times to tell the truth because it may create enmity with our friends and relatives. But who cares? As so long as we tell the truth out of love and concern—we need not fear anyone. Let us always remember that Jesus is always with those who tell the truth.
Are we like the prophet Jeremiah who was never afraid to tell what the Lord commanded him to do?
Are we like Jesus who boldly spoke of the truth in the synagogue even at the risk of His life?
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
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Saturday, January 16, 2010
Today here in the Philippines we celebrate the Feast of the Sto. Nino (The Child Jesus) this is a special event celebrated by the church here in the Philippines duly granted by the Vatican. There’s festive mode in almost all of the churches here especially those whose Parish church is named after it.
However, the Philippines being a third world country is also poor and there’s a whole lot of suffering and hungry people specially the children. Just this morning around the neighborhood there were two very poor children one was around seven years old and the other was around ten. I assumed that they were brothers they were both scavenging they were carrying two half-empty sacks full of plastics, bottles, steels and other things that they could salvage to sell then buy for their food. At a distance I saw that the two were being harassed and being insulted by children residing in our community. Then suddenly the two poor children were being manhandled already. I intervened and let go of the two poor children.
I also know of a family with five children the father has a stable job the mother has none. The children are so thin because they are neglected. The father drinks with friends often and the mother doesn’t know how to budget their money. And she also has her own set of wayward friends. So who suffers? It’s their children.
These are but two sad stories of suffering children—there’s a lot more out there I’m sure and who is to blame for this? It’s their irresponsible parents! So where’s the influence of the Sto. Nino? Here lies the problem of our superficial faith—faith that is not imbibed and lived. We celebrate this special feast festively but we don’t properly take care of the poor and hungry children.
In the gospel the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph are both exemplar of righteous and responsible parents. Upon taking notice that Jesus was not with them on their way home—they went back and never stopped searching for Jesus until they found Him in the temple in the company of teachers—He was listening to them. The child Jesus was also well taught of proper values by the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph for the reason that He was obedient to them.
It’s not only the children of the poor who are neglected; even the rich children are neglected also. Some rich parents have this wrong notion that money can substitute for their love and time. They pamper their children with money and other material things. So what happens is that these rich but sadly neglected children turn to other vicious things upon entering puberty and adulthood.
On this feast of the Sto. Nino—I pray that both poor and rich parents will have that enlightenment to know how to properly care of their long suffering children.
Are you a responsible and Godly parent?
Saturday, January 9, 2010
If we will become aware of it the baptism of Jesus is situated in the early part of Luke’s gospel.
Before actually doing His ministry Jesus was first baptized by John in the river Jordan. Through John Jesus was first blessed by God and by means of a Dove the Holy Spirit descended upon Him. By His baptism Jesus first seek God’s blessing before starting His ministry of Salvation. By His baptism Jesus also showed that He was in solidarity with the people who were seeking to be baptized by John. being the anointed of God He need not go through the baptismal process but He choose to be baptized to show that everyone needs God’s anointing and blessings.
As Jesus went thru His self-less three years public ministry this baptismal grace was with Him and constantly strengthening Him.
This baptism of Jesus invites us to remember also our own baptism. When was it? Of course we will not remember because we were still not aware of it then (we were months old then). But being Catholics/Christians we are now being invited by the gospel to remember this very important if not the most important episode in our lives.
We must also be faithful to our own baptismal mission that is to become partners with Jesus in spreading the good news of His salvation. This is where some if not many Catholics are still wanting. Yes we go to church for Mass but does it end there? No it doesn’t we must share the good news about Jesus and the church that He founding through Peter.
We must also learn how to live our faith because the best testament of our faith is on how we live it. We may be Catholics but do we live this faith that we have that was given to us during our baptism?
Mother Teresa of Kolkata lived her baptismal mission to the fullest; she lived it mostly thru her selfless actions. Her kindness—on how she cared for the sick, needy and the dying.
Have we already done something concrete to live our Baptismal mission?