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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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)

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. ...