I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

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

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday March 28: Luke 19:28-40

My Reflections:
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…?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

My Reflections for Sunday December 16, Third Sunday of Advent, Luke 3:10-18

Original post: 12-15-12

(2) My Reflections:
If we will try to ask kids as to what is Christmas for them perhaps majority of them will answer Christmas is about the gifts that they shall be receiving. Christmas is about Santa Clause and the gifts that he will be giving them. Even if they are wrong I think that is understandable being kids their focus is on the material side of life. However we must also slowly point out to them the real essence of Christmas. And that is the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

In our gospel for this third Sunday of advent John gives us another angle about Christmas that we must seriously look into. When John was asked by the crowd; “What should we do”? John told them share your cloaks and your food. Then he told the taxmen stop collecting more than what is prescribed; stop being extortionists and be satisfied with your wages.

Through his actions and words John is telling us that Christmas is not all about the material things of this world. For John Christmas is about giving and sharing, especially to those who are poor which cannot repay our generosity. For John Christmas is about repentance and changing our ways for the better. That’s why he said to the taxmen and the soldiers: “Stop your extortions and be satisfied with your wages.”

In fact John is indirectly telling us not to focus on the material things; he tells us to focus on something that is much deeper and that is the birth of Jesus our messiah.

This consumer driven world is slowly taking from us the true essence of Christmas we must not allow it to succeed. We must focus our attention on Jesus and His selfless actions. This is the true spirit of Christmas that John wants us all to live and imbibe. …

Learning the Lessons of Lazarus and the Rich Man by: Msgr. Charles Pope

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