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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Friday, December 30, 2011

My Reflections for January 2 Monday John 1:19-28


My Reflections:
A glass that is full of water will not anymore be able to contain the water that is being poured to it. But the glass that is half-full will still be able to accommodate water.  

This is basically the same with those who are so full of themselves they will not anymore grow in faith. Because they think that they already know everything but those who are humble will further grow in faith. For the simple reason that they are like the half-full glass that yearns for more water. If we want to grow in faith; we must at all times be humble because humility is the password for us to further grow in faith.

Let us start the year right by emulating the humility of John; he purposely decreased as  Jesus increased. - Marino J. Dasmarinas1

My Reflections for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God January 1 Sunday Luke 2:16-21


My Reflections:
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God. The Blessed Mother humbly submitted herself to the will of God. Thou she quietly reflected on the uncertainties and surprises that went her way. Yet in the midst her trepidations she remained faithful to the will of God she was with Jesus until the very end of His life until its end on the cross.

As we begin our new year we will be swimming into the ocean of uncertainties and surprises. Let us be ready  by being hopeful and by keeping our strong faith in our all knowing God. Let us continue to glorify and praise God and let us strive to share and deepen our faith.

The Lord wants nothing but the best for us; He desires us peace and He wishes to always be with us. Let us open our whole being to the many blessings that the Lord wants to give us. But this will only materialize if we continue to be near His presence by  not committing sin. By means of our constant presence in the Holy Mass, by way of our humble submission to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and by humbly living our faith in Jesus.       

As we step inside this new year let us remain Hopeful and Optimistic for nothing is impossible with God. - Marino J. Dasmarinas1


Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Reflections for The Feast of the Holy Family; December 30 Friday Luke 2:22, 39-40


My Reflections:
What is the best gift that a husband/wife can give to God and to their spouses? It’s faithfulness to their marriage vows; this is the best offering that we can bequeath God and our spouses. What is the best gift that we can give our children? The best gift is not the latest gadget/s but to implant In their hearts the love of God for them. Children must know that there’s a God that is in control of everything in this world.

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph both spouses were faithful to each other. Both spouses presented the young Jesus to the Lord.

Are we still faithful to our marriage vows? Do we still bring our children to the church for Mass? Do we still teach them about our faith?   

Let us preserve the values of the Holy Family in our own respective families. …   

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Reflections for December 23 Friday Luke 1:57-66


My Reflections:
What is the reward for our faithfulness to the Sacrament of Marriage? It’s God’s blessings, peace of mind, worthy children and there are many more.

In our gospel through their fidelity and love for each other Elizabeth and Zechariah were blessed by God with a child. The child was named John in fulfillment of the desire of God coursed through the angel Gabriel.

There is always a reward for those who are faithful to the Sacrament of Marriage. It may not be a worldly reward such as temporal riches. Anyway, who needs temporal riches and success if it can fly away from our grasp anytime!   

What are the rewards for faithful couples? There are multitudes of them such as successful and loving children, peace and tranquility in the family just to name a few. … 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

My Reflections for December 14 Wednesday Luke 18b-23


My Reflections:
Many are looking for happiness and fulfillment; they try to look for it within their wealth but they failed. We also look for our happiness and fulfillment in the many facets of our lives and we end up holding an empty bag.

The disciples of John were sent by him to Jesus to ask this question: 'Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?' Jesus answered them by citing His many miracles and healings. 

We know that Jesus is the one who can cure us with everything that is bothering us. Let us not look elsewhere; let us focus our sights on Him. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

My Reflections for Sunday December 11 Third Sunday of Advent John 1:6-8, 19-28


My Reflections:
St. Vincent Ferrer has said: Whatever you do, think not of yourself, but of God.

Perhaps this is how we can best describe John the Baptist; he prepared the way of Jesus in a manner that he would decrease and Jesus would increase. It did not matter to him if he would be honored or recognized for his effort what was important for him is to humbly prepare the way of Jesus.

The saints of the church did the same as what John did; they selflessly gave their lives for the sake of the advancement of the teachings of Jesus. Recognition and honor was of no importance for them. It was enough for them that they have preached and lived the teachings of Jesus in the consciousness of the people whom they were serving at that time.

On this third Sunday of advent we are all being invited to look upon ourselves and examine as to how are we preparing the way of Jesus. Do we prepare His way with humility wherein Jesus is highlighted and we become his nameless servants? Or we prepare His way based on our own terms; we put ourselves prominently in front to gain honor and prominence.

Let us not forget the true reason of this season and that is Jesus our Christ!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My Reflections for Sunday December 4 Second Sunday of Advent Mark 1:1-8 (Originally posted on December 5, 2008)


My Reflections:
Yesterday afternoon I presided a funeral blessing for a 92 years old man, when I arrived, the chapel was already teeming with people. There were speakers who gave him glowing tributes, an old lady told me that he was instrumental in the building of their chapel. Another one told me that he encourage a lot of people in their place to attend the cursillo, an old man who was his contemporary told me that he was always leading the rosary prayer in their chapel. There were many more good things that I heard about him and it all told me one thing: in his own humble manner he prepared the way of the Lord for them.

On this second Sunday of Advent we reflect on how John the Baptist fulfilled with humility the prophecy of the prophet Isaiah. He preached repentance and forgiveness of sins; he prepared the way for Jesus with humility when he said: “One mightier than I am is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” John perfectly knew that his role was to be a herald for the coming of our savior Jesus.

As Christian Catholics, this is also our role; to be messengers for Jesus with humility. To help spread the good news about repentance and forgiveness of our sins through the Sacrament of Confession.

We should not keep to ourselves this beautiful call for repentance we must echo this call to our friends and most specially our family members. However, it’s easier said than done, it’s not easy to encourage them to humbly submit themselves to the Sacrament of Confession. But if we will be like John who embraced his discipleship with all humility I think we will be effective.

On this second Sunday of Advent we are therefore being challenged by the gospel to help prepare the way of the Lord and to respond to John’s call for repentance.

Are we prepared to respond? 

My Reflections for Sunday December 4 Second Sunday of Advent Mark 1:1-8


My Reflections:
Humble people are simple they live simply without the unnecessary appendages of life. They shun publicity, they silently work in the vineyard of the Lord with competence and if they are given honor for what they do. They try very hard to deflect the honor and points to someone else as the one who deserves it.

John is a model of humility, simplicity and true discipleship let us look at how he lived. John was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He fed on locusts and wild honey and he preferred to be alone in the wilderness.

He is also a model disciple; he preached repentance and forgiveness of sins without any ulterior motives whatsoever. He humbly preached and extolled Jesus as someone whom he was not even worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.

On this second Sunday of Advent let us ponder on the humility of John the Baptist as with our own humility if there is any. Let us think about how he humbly prepared the way of the Lord as to our own way of preparing others on the forthcoming birth of the Lord if there is anything that we are doing now.

There is still time for us to become humble and there is still time for us to create awareness about the forthcoming birth of Jesus. ...

Monday, November 28, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Friday December 2 First week of Advent: Matthew 9: 27-31


My Reflections:
How strong is your faith in Jesus? Is it as strong with the two blind men in the gospel? The two blind men were healed by Jesus because their faith in Him was rock solid. Our strong faith in Jesus will bring us healing it will bring us inner peace that this world will not be able to give us.

What will this temporal world give us? It will give us wealth but not faith, it will give us power but not faith and it will give us popularity but not faith.

It is only through Jesus that we can have faith, the same faith that the two blind men had. That is why their eyes were opened and healed courtesy of their deep faith in Jesus.

How is your faith in Jesus?

Friday, November 25, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Monday November 28 First week of Advent: Matthew 8:5-11



My Reflections:
The faith of the centurion must also be our faith, the concern of the centurion towards his servants must also be our concern towards our fellowmen. This must always be our behavior because many of us are very feeble with our faith and many of us are only selfishly concerned with our own well-being.   

Jesus will certainly come to us and help us realize what we want in life provided we persevere in faith. No matter how long our waiting and no matter how arduous the road the lies ahead of us. ...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday November 27 First Sunday of Advent: Mark 13:33-37



My Reflections:
During the medieval period wherein kingdom and royalty were the ruling power. Whenever there is a threat of invasion the kingdom who is under threat would position soldiers miles away outside of its kingdom to spot the incoming enemy. Once they see the incoming threat they would blow horns or they would shout loudly to alert their kingdom’s soldiers about the coming invaders. Therefore the soldiers would be able to prepare their war equipments and properly defend their kingdom.

Today is the first Sunday of Advent which means coming this is a time of expectation for the coming birth of Jesus. Unlike the soldiers in the middle ages who prepared for the coming of their invaders.  Advent reminds us that we need to prepare for the coming of the savior who gave His life for our sake. 

How are we preparing for His coming? Is it a preparation that involves material things? If this is so, then Jesus wants us to dig deeper in to our spiritual lives for this is the proper preparation for His coming. We need no material things to prepare we just need to be sacramentally prepared by humbly submitting ourselves to the Sacrament of Confession. We need no material things we just need to do Corporal and Spiritual acts of mercy and these to me is already enough preparation for His coming. The context of the gospel for this first Sunday of Advent is Jesus’ exhortation for the disciples to be alert and watchful for they do not know when the end may come.

Unlike the disciples who doesn’t know the coming of the end times. We all know what we are preparing for this Advent and that is the forthcoming birth of Jesus. But even if we know the date of His birth we still need to be watchful and alert. Because we need now more than ever to focus our attention with Jesus to prepare ourselves for His coming birth.

The true meaning of Christmas is slowly being battered by materialism; try talking to children and ask them about Christmas. Chances are that they may talk about gifts and other material expectations. Try asking adults who are feeble with their faith they may not be able to identify the true meaning of Christmas. We must be watchful and alert with this slow erosion of the true value of Christ's birth.

On this first Sunday of Advent let us make every effort to bring back the truest meaning of Christmas and that is the coming birth of Jesus our savior. …    

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday November 26; Luke 21:34-36


My Reflections:
What will happen to us if we are so much busy with our worldly activities that we forget our intimacy with God?  We become mechanical beings that exist only for this temporal world thus we eventually cut-off any contact with God in favor of this world.

This is dangerously happening now for example there are countries that prohibit the saying of prayers in schools. There are countries that proudly promote abortion and other anti life measures. We must be watchful and try every possible way to counter these anti life and anti Christians policies espoused by the liberal minds of today.

Where will we start? Start inside your family, bring your children to Mass, pray the Rosary and worship God as a family. Teach them the basics of our faith; teach them how to read the Bible. And read to them the words of God in the bible and reflect on it as a family.

By doing so you will be deeply implanting the roots of our faith in their young minds and they will imbibe it as they grow. Therefore they will be able to withstand whatever worldly tribulations and temptation that may come their way.    

Friday, November 18, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Monday November 21, Luke 2:1-4



My Reflections:
Pureness of intentions is always first with Jesus, He doesn’t care who you are, even your social status in life it doesn’t count on Him. What is important with Him is our  desire to help regardless of the amount that we give.

This is what we must follow when we treat people; because we are easily awed by the rich and we oftentimes look down on the poor. We must not judge based on their life’s status we rather judge them based on how sincere they are. But how can we decipher that an individual is sincere and true with his intention to help when we don’t have power to read a person’s mind?

This is very simple: We must always be true and sincere with whatever we say and do. ...     

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ The King November 20: Matthew 25:31-46


My Reflections:
In 1925 by virtue of his encyclical letter Quas Primas Pope Pius XI mandated that every last Sunday of October is the Feast of Christ the King. This was done to impress upon us Christ's eternal authority over us it was also in response to the growing secularism at that time. In 1969 Pope Paul VI gave the celebration a new date. Henceforth it is now celebrated every last Sunday of the liturgical year.
What is the significance of the Solemnity of Christ the King in our lives? It encourages us to make Jesus the center and King of our lives; it persuades us to make Jesus the priority of our lives. In other words before anything else it must be Jesus first in our lives.

But look at what is happening now; Jesus is not first in our lives; Jesus in fact is the least to some of us. We need no factual statistics to validate this; we just need to look at the attendance of Mass goers. We look at the spiralling crime rate, the corporate greed wherein the rich becomes richer and they further push down the poor to the gutter. Obviously the Kingship of Christ is nowhere in their hearts, the kingship of Jesus is slowly being eroded by the kingship of materialism and greed.

Will we allow this erosion of the Kingship of Jesus in favor of the kingship of the secular world? We must not allow this to happen! We who are followers of Christ must see to it that He is always part and parcel of our daily lives. We may not verbally preach Him but we must learn to preach Him through our daily lives. As Saint Francis of Asisi has said: “Preach the gospel at all times; use words if necessary.”  This means that we must live the gospel in every moment of our lives by  doing so we will be perpetuating the kingship of Christ in this world. But this is seldom done now what is often preached now is greed, materialism, egotism and other forms of secularist teachings.

We are therefore being challenged by Jesus to help Him become more relevant in this present world. Now more than ever the world needs the Kingship of Jesus, His values and His teachings. Let us not run away from this responsibility that Jesus gives up, let us live His kingship, let us embrace it and let us share it.

Can we measure up to this challenge?   

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday November 19: Luke 20:27-40


My Reflections:
Perhaps some of us are worrying as to what will happen to us when we die. Let us not worry about it because when we die there is no more worries only happiness. When we die there is no more conflict only loving friendships and when we die there is no more distinction as to who we are for we shall all be equal in God’s eyes.

The afterlife in the kingdom of God is the perfect life for us, let us aim for it while we are still in this worldly journey. Let us start by living our lives according to what God wants us to live it and we can do this by following the two greatest love commandments of Jesus. (Matthew 22:37-40)

By doing so we shall have a foretaste on how it is to live in the afterlife. ... 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for 33rd Sunday in OT, November 13: Matthew 25:14-30


My Reflections:
Very recently a talented inventor passed away; he was praised by the world for his contribution to the advancement of cutting edge computer technology. He used his talent to the fullest extent to feed the technology cravings of this world. I just don’t know if he used a part of his talent to advance the kingdom of God.

We all have talent/s that God has given us that is why we sometimes say this statement to our friends: You have a God given talent. However, we oftentimes selfishly use this talent to advance our own agendas such as to increase our wealth and status in life. There is nothing wrong with this kind of usage of our talents for we are humans. As such our tendency is to grow and nurture this talent/s to feed our human needs.

But Jesus gives us another purview on how to use the talent/s that He gave us by way of the parable of the talents in our gospel. He tells a parable of a master who went on a journey but before proceeding he called his three servants and he entrusted them his wealth. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one after which he proceeded with his journey.

After a period of time the master came home and he called the three servants so that he can be updated on what they’ve done with the talent/s that he entrusted them. We all know what happened; the first two were very enterprising for they were able to multiply the talents entrusted to them.

But the servant who was entrusted with one talent was not as enterprising as the two. Out of fear for his master he instead buried the one talent that was entrusted to him. Naturally the master was furious with this unproductive servant and we know already what happened to this unproductive servant.

There is no question that Jesus has given us talent/s and we have already used it to advance our own well being for example, to have a good and comfortable life. I think it’s about time now that we use this/these God given talent/s to help Jesus advance His kingdom in this world.

Let us not fear nor doubt if we are not that talented.  Jesus is simply asking us to move and put to good use the talents that He gave us. …

Monday, November 7, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Friday November 11, Luke 17:26-37


My Reflections:
The people during the time of Noah and Lot were preoccupied with immoral and worldly things; perhaps this was the reason why without any warning came the catastrophe. Why did it happen? It happened  because they were very much preoccupied with the things that would satisfy their lust, their greed and their love to commit sin.

We never learn from these incidents because up to this very moment some of us continue to crave to commit immorality! Some of us are still very greedy we have no satisfaction and we continue to amass corrupted wealth!   We continue to commit sin; we continue to harbor Satan in our midst. 

We better stop these sinful actions that we do before it completely devour us.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday November 10: Luke 17:20-25


My Reflections:
Each and everyone of us has different awareness of the kingdom of God; for some it’s already here and now. This is basically attributed to their rock solid faith and close intimacy with God.

Others have no sensitivity of the kingdom of God in their lives and the sad part here is they think that life ends with death. In these others lies the challenge for us. What must we do so that these immeasurable others will know that the kingdom of God is real?  

Should we preach about it? Should we teach them about it?

WE must preach, we must teach and we must live the kingdom of God in our lives. ...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday November 5: Luke 16:9-15


My Reflections:
What is the true wealth that Jesus speaks about in the gospel?

The other wealth such as money, possessions, power and the like are temporary, fake and passing. And if we are not careful on handling this temporary wealth it may possess and eventually destroy us or we may destroy others just to possess this temporal wealth.

The true wealth is Jesus himself! Let us strive: To seek Him, to know more about Him, to have this personal relationship with Him and to share our knowledge about Him.

If we have the true and everlasting wealth that is Jesus; we will not anymore be looking for the temporary wealth. ...

My Gospel Reflections for Friday November 4: Luke 16:1-8


My Reflections:
Someday when our life in this world is over and done with,  there shall be an accounting of what we have done in this world. God will ask us: What have you done during your lifetime? How shall we answer God by that time?

Shall we say then that we have shared the many gifts that He has given us? Or we will be mum and speechless because we have not lived a productive life in terms of sharing the gifts that God had given us.

Some of us will say that how can we share our time when we hardly have time for ourselves. This is a very self-serving statement because if we really desire to share we will be able to share. It all boils down to desire; if we really want to share what we have we can make it happen. Let us all remember that there shall be an accounting of what we’ve done during our tour of duty in this world.  

A well lived life is a life that is altruistically shared with others.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Monday October 31: Luke 14:12-14

My Reflections:
Jesus’ contradicts us on how we normally invite people to dine in our house. Isn’t that we have not yet invited a poor stranger to dine for lunch or dinner? Yes, we have given food to the poor but we haven’t invited someone yet.

Who are those that we normally invite? Of course our friends & relatives for this is our normal human nature and there’s nothing wrong with this. But Jesus points us to something that we often neglect, something that we often times purposely forget. And they’re the poor and unwanted; Jesus is pointing us to them for that is where He dwells.

In the story of the last judgment the King said: Whenever you did this to one of the least, you did this to me. (Matthew 25:40)

Have we given help to a poor stranger?

Friday, October 21, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Monday October 24: Luke 13:10-17

My Reflections:
With Jesus there is no Sabbath or holy days, what is important for Him is to give help. That’s why He cured the woman who had been under the influence of Satan for eighteen long years.

This must also be our attitude in giving help we must not allow ourselves to be restricted by anyone and we must not choose those whom we will help. For as long as there is someone who needs help let us help. Let us not mind what others may say against us what is important is we are able to give help.

After giving help Jesus faced His detractors who were criticizing Him for healing the woman during the Sabbath day and they were humiliated. ...

Monday, September 26, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday September 29: John 1: 47-51


My Reflections:
Jesus is an all knowing God His presence pervades all over us and we certainly can’t hide anything from Him. Nathaniel was not aware of this fact this is the reason why he asked Jesus: “How do you know me”?

Do you have some secrets that you think nobody knows except you? It’s not you alone who knows about it Jesus knows about it also.

There was a young woman who had an abortion she kept it from anyone, but there were days that she couldn’t sleep. She was being bothered by her conscience; thinking of a cure from her torment of conscience. She submitted herself to the Sacrament of Reconciliation she poured out everything that was bothering her to the priest.   

From then on she was able to sleep soundly...

We cannot keep anything from God, He knows everything about us. Our sins, undesirable thoughts and shortcomings He knows it all. ...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The fragility of our lives...

The Fragility of our lives...
by: Marino J. Dasmarinas

Last night our parish secretary informed me that I have a scheduled funeral blessing; I said OK I’ll go.
So I went there, upon finding the place I introduced myself to the relatively young wife then I said: “I will now bless him please gather all the relatives.” As I was saying the blessings and prayers I noticed that the wife was crying profusely.
After I was through, I asked her: “what was the cause of death of your husband and how old is he?” She said: “His fifthly (50) years old and his death is totally unexpected.” He just arrived from work then after a few minutes of rest in the sofa he suddenly died. ... After our short conversation I told her:  “I have to go now” and she said: “Thank you very much” I said in return: “You’re welcome and pray for his soul’s eternal repose.”
As I was walking away from their house, I can’t help but reflect on the fragility of our lives, that it can be taken away from us any time and any place. As I glance back at their house, I told myself maybe she was seriously crying because, there were loving words left unsaid, there were loving embraces left undone and there were loving moments left to pass them by. ...
As an afterthought: Express your love to your relatives and don’t hold back on doing good to everyone.
Remember the fragility of our lives…

The Dash...


THE DASH
by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
from the beginning...to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth
and now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matter not, how much we own,
the cars...the house...the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard;
are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what's true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile...
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read
with your life's actions to rehash,
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent your dash?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday September 24: Luke 9:43-45


My Reflections:
The disciples did not understand what Jesus meant when He said that He was to be handed over to men. I think they did not understand it because they were all used to Jesus the miracle worker and Jesus the healer. Even us if we were with the disciples at that time we will not also understand these utterance of Jesus.

But now we know what Jesus meant when He said that He was to be handed over to men.

What does this mean to you and me? It simply means that as we follow Jesus there shall be moments of seamless life, glory and triumph.  But let us not get drunk with these for there shall come a time that our discipleship shall be tested by the fire of trials and sacrifices.

Will we be able to steadfastly hold on to our discipleship when that time comes?