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

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?