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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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for December 1, Wednesday: Matthew 15:29-37

My Reflections:
There are those who follow a person because of what he can do for them. Once that person has given what they wanted from him those who followed would be out of sight already.  It is very seldom that they will stick it out with that person.

There is a true story of a man who was a manager in a government office. There would always be people who would ask for employment favor from him. Being a helpful person he would always help them find employment in his office. The manager eventually resigned from his government employment job but he ensured that those whom he had helped would have permanency in their job.

After ten years the former manager returned to his former office just to say hello and to give little token of remembrance to those whom he had helped. Upon arrival he got a cold shoulder treatment from them. so he wasn’t able to give them his present.

There are really such kind of people who have very inclement behavioral patterns; who are ungrateful to what you’ve done for them. However, we must always extend our help not withstanding their ungratefulness.

Jesus did not chose those He would help; regardless if they were grateful or ungrateful He still cured them all. He did not discriminate on them. …

Friday, November 26, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for November 28, First Sunday of Advent: Matthew 24:37-44

My Reflections:
Today is the first Sunday of Advent, on this season we prepare for the coming of our Savior who will be born in a very modest manner. He was the son of God yet He chose to be born simple without any signs of His greatness.

Today majority of us are so busy with our worldly activities: busy to earn a living, busy with daily affairs of life, busy with planning on how to celebrate our birthdays/parties and the like. We are always very busy that we neglect the more important side of our lives that is our own spirituality. Our own relationship with our God, where are we now as far as our relationship with Jesus is concerned? This season of Advent is an appropriate time for us to evaluate if we are ready for the coming of our Lord.

There is a story of a mother who was always busy earning a living that she made it her top priority. On the average she devotes twelve to sixteen hours to her work that she has no more enough time for her family. She goes to work even during Sundays which we normally devote to family and God.

Twenty years after, her children were not able to finish their college, they married early and had no work that they are still depending on her. This is what happen when we fail to spiritually prepare our family, we when don’t spend enough time with them and when we neglect to imbue them the values of God.

What is the relevance of this story with the season of Advent? Advent is preparation for the birth of Jesus. Are we still excited for His coming birth this Christmas or we just treat it as how business people treat it?

For some business people Christmas is not anymore about the birth Jesus. For them Christmas is all about money how they can sell more goods and then go to the bank to further fatten their bank accounts. They already forget that Advent is about the preparation of the coming birth of our savior. So what happens when we have people who are driven by money and not by the spirituality of God? There’s chaos and problem in our respective families and in our society at large. There’s even a sudden surge of crimes during advent season for the simple reason that we are slowly easing out its true meaning and spirituality.

As we start the Advent season let us have the right preparation for His coming; let us not be overly concerned about the material and commercial things of the Advent season.

Let us rather focus our attention with the true reason of the season of Advent: that is the birth of our Lord and Savior. …   

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for November 24 Wednesday: Luke 21:112-19

Reflections:
What does our rock solid faith in Jesus do to us? it will move us to do extra-ordinary things. The things which others feel hard to achieve will be achievable for us, this is all brought about by our rock solid faith in Jesus.

In our walk of faith, there will be those who will persecute us, who will revile us and call us names. Let us not be bothered for this goes with the terrain of true disciples.

Amidst our persecution and reviling we can rest assure that God will always be there for us to see us through, to walk with us; He holding us by our hand. …   

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday November 21: The Solemnity of Christ the King.


My Reflections:
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, a fitting homage we gave to Jesus as we end the church’s liturgical calendar.

The Kingship of Jesus is a paradox for majority of us because how could He be King when He is on the cross? How could He be King when He doesn’t even have a kingdom nor armed soldiers to protect Him?  How could He be king when He served instead of Him being served? How could He be king when He was being jeered, punished and then savagely killed on the cross?

Such is the paradox of the kingship of Jesus; if we look at it superficially it’s really not our idea of true kingship. But Jesus wants to open our eyes to this true kingship; the kingship that this world detest like a contagious disease.

Jesus wants us to realize that it is in our exercise of humility that we align ourselves with His kingship. It is in our exercise of service for everyone especially to those who are poor that we become living bearers of His kingship.

There was a story of a young man who was soon to be king; he was a silent yet faithful follower of Jesus; when he was about to be anointed as king by his brother. He whispered and told him: “My beloved brother after my anointment I will give everything under my kingdom to our people and I will live a simple life of service for them.”  His brother told him: “Why don’t you like power and influence? Don’t you like to be served like other kings?   

The young man said, I can fully exercise my power by being powerless and I will be more fulfilled if I will silently serve our people even until death. The baffled brother simply walked away.

We have our own divergent ideas on how it is to be a king or to be a leader. However, Jesus wants to put this divergence to rest by inviting us to learn from Him on how He exercised His kingship.

A kingship of Obedience, Humility and Service to His people even unto death; let us all follow this path of Jesus’ kingship. …

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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My Gospel Reflections for November 20 Saturday: Luke 20:27-40


My Reflections:
Mr. X is a man who believe in the resurrection but the thing is this: he doesn’t live his life worthy enough to attain it. Will he have this heavenly resurrection?

In our gospel for today Jesus tells us that those who are deemed worthy will attain heavenly resurrection. The obvious answer for Mr. X is he will not have a heavenly resurrection.

Who amongst us is worthy enough to have resurrection?  Not one of us is worthy enough to have it for we are all sinners. Does this mean that we will now carelessly live our lives in sin because nobody is worthy? Of course not!

A sinner can attain instant salvation/resurrection let us look at the sinner on the cross with Jesus who humbly said: “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus said to him: “Amen I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  (Luke 23:42-43)   

We must always faithfully follow the teachings of the church then let us just live everything to the devine mercy of God. For no one among us is worthy to claim it for ourselves.

Salvation and heavenly resurrection is purely a grace from God. …