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

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Friday December 31: John 1:1-18

My Reflections:
How can we become effective messengers of Jesus? It is by learning from His cousin John the Baptist.

Mr. X is a volunteer church worker; he always want to be in the limelight. He would always request to serve on Masses that have many parishioners for he always want to  be prominent in the church community. Whenever there’s a meeting in their church ministry he would always talk even if its not anymore necessary for the simple reason that he always want to be noticed and to be well-known.

However when there are voluntary work to do in the church he is nowhere to be found. Is he an effective messenger of Jesus? He’s not.

An effective messenger of Jesus is someone who is humble, he silently give his time for the church and to his fellowmen. He doesn’t care if he will get noticed or not what is important to him is that he was able to do his little share for Christ.

John the Baptist did his share in preparing the way for Jesus. He did it with humility and simplicity. …   

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday December 30: Luke 2:36-40

My Reflections:
We often share our secret with our select friends; we often share gossips with our neighbors and friends too.  But do we dare share the love of Jesus with them?

It’s always very comfortable for majority of us to share what we know about the things around us. But when it comes to the love of God, it’s hard to speak about it even to our closest friends. Why is this so? Because we only confine God to our church worship after our church activity God is left out in the confines of the church.

God’s love for us is always relevant; Jesus dying on the cross for our sake is always worthy to share with others. For all we know our sharing with them about Jesus’ love will be the turning point in their lives.

In the gospel, the prophet Anna spoke about the child Jesus and the eventual redemption that He will be doing. …

Monday, December 27, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Monday December 27: John 20:1a 2-8

My Reflections:
Do we have sometimes this feeling that we look for God, we hunger for Him yet we cannot find Him?

Those who are mature in their faith can easily find God because God resides in their hearts they have this certain intimacy with Him. Observe them when they lead prayers then they close their eyes and say prayers that touches our hearts.

But before God resides in our hearts we must do the following:
1. Always find time to be present in the celebration of the Holy Mass.
2. Have a daily habit of prayer at least twice a day, preferably upon waking-up in the morning and before retiring at night.
3. Have a daily habit of planned reading the Holy Bible: Start with the first four gospels of the New Testament.
4. Discover the beauty of praying the Holy Rosary.
5. Have that hunger for the Sacrament of Confession.

Try doing this and feel the presence of the resurrected Jesus in your heart. …

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday December 23: Luke 1:57-66

My Reflections:
Do we follow the will of God for us? No we do not that is why we have problems that we create for ourselves. For example in the promise of the Sacrament of Marriage: To have and to hold for richer or for poorer in sickness and in health till death do us part. But sad to say that this is not followed by couples who wed in the church. We create problems for ourselves that is actually avoidable in turn people and children suffer because of our lack of fidelity to the marriage vows. There’s a whole lot more problems that we create because we’re not faithful to what God wants us to do.

In the gospel for today, the couple (Elizabeth and Zechariah) was faithful to what God want then to do: That is to name their newly born son John (Luke 1:13). Many were suggesting that they name the newly born child after his father Zechariah.  But Elizabeth told them to name him John, they asked Zechariah and he also wrote the name John and immediately after that he was freed from the curse of not being able to speak.

We see what happens to us when we are faithful/unfaithful to what God wants us to do.   

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 19: Matthew 1:18-24


My Reflections:
What would we do if we were in the predicament of Joseph? Would we also listen to the messenger of God or we will loudly protest the injustice done to our honor and not listen anymore to the angel?

I think that it is safe to say that we will protest the insult done to our personhood. Imagine not fathering the baby that is being carried in the womb of your wife! For a while Joseph quietly opposed the plan of God but he was prevailed upon by the angel. from then on he had no complains whatsoever he simply listened to the angel sent by God.

In Joseph we see a rational man who will ask God questions on what is happening on his life. But upon knowing that he was part of the plan of God for humanity’s he did not ask questions anymore.

What does this say about us? In our journey in this world? We also have our own plans for ourselves, plans to achieve prominent things for our own welfare. But there are times also that it will not become a reality no matter how hard we try to execute it and that’s when we must understand that God has a plan for us. We may never know what his plans are now but He has a plan.

It is said that, when God closes a door in our lives He will certainly open a window. That’s what Saint Joseph did; he patiently acceded to the seemingly shameful will of God for him and yet he became a party to His eternal plan and  he saved the Blessed Mother from condemnation, ridicule even death by stoning.

So let us be patient, let us be humble, let us be discerning to the voice of God and let us have this infinite love for our family for these are all the admirable characters of Saint Joseph. …