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
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
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
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 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
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. ...
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
My Reflections:Our faith is always measured by our persistence; no matter how impossible our petition before God if we will persist and never give up God shall grant us what we wish for.
This was proven by the Canaanite woman who never gave up on Jesus to heal her daughter (Tormented by a demon). She persisted no matter the rejection by Jesus until He saw her great faith. If the woman easily gave up her daughter would not been healed by Jesus but she persisted in faith then Jesus granted the wish of her heart.
We too have our own request before God; we may have been praying before Jesus something and He may seem deaf to our pleadings.
What is your prayer before God? Never give up, continue to pray and ask God to grant your prayers. He shall surely smile at you someday so long as you never quit on God. ...