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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Monday, April 25, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for April 25, Monday in the octave of Easter: Matthew 28:8-18

My Reflections:
How did we observed the just concluded Holy Week? We may have our own different observance. I for one piously observed all the laid activities of the church. 

Being summer and since Holy Thursday and Good Friday were holiday many took advantage of this break and they went on vacation to beaches and other places where they can rest and re-charge. In the process they’ve forgotten the true essence of Holy Week.  

The proper way to observe Holy Week is given to us by the two Marys in the gospel; they both gave Jesus the honor that He richly deserved. They did this by embracing His feet and giving Him homage for they both knew the importance of Jesus in their lives. He was their God thus they both fittingly gave Him proper honor and respect.

This is how it should always be during Holy Week.

Have you properly commemorated the just concluded Holy Week?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for April 17, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, Matthew 27:11-54

My Reflections:
A chinese proverb states that: Victory has many fathers and defeat is an orphan. On the surface this probably explains the scenario of our Palm Sunday gospels. By virtue of His miraculous deeds Jesus gained thousands of followers then as He was being persecuted by the Jews the followers slowly evaporated from His sight. 

This basically is how some people follow Jesus today, it is loyalty based on what He can do for us, if He can’t do anymore miracles in our lives we slowly leave Him for the Gods of this world. Such as the God called greed, the God called lust, the God called power and many more false and fleeting Gods that this temporary world offers us.

When Jesus was entering Jerusalem riding an ass He was at the height of His popularity that’s why hundreds of people were rejoicing, crying and shouting, hosanna to the son of David.

Then after He was betrayed by Judas and subsequently caught then tortured by the roman soldiers the followers started to walk away from Him.

We find in the Life of Jesus the paradox of human loyalty, that it is mainly based on what a certain person can do for us. If this person can give us what we want from Him then He or they will continue to be popular and to be followed. But once this person or group of person becomes marginalized or they’re not anymore able to give us what we want from them these disloyal followers’ walks away and will even be their number one persecutor.

It happened to Jesus the people who were shouting hosanna to the son of David upon His entry to Jerusalem were the very same people who shouted before Pilate: crucify him, crucify him. 

As we journey this Holy Week we will once again go through the passion of Jesus and His death on the cross.

Let us not leave him again, let us not betray him again for the Gods of this world. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Humility

Ang Aking Tagalog na Repleksyon para sa Lunes Ikaapat na Lingo ng Kuwaresma Juan 4:43-54

Ang Aking Repleksyon:
Ang ating pananampalataya sa Diyos at hindi pare pareho, mayroong napakalalim o napakatatag na sila ay hindi bumibitaw sa Diyos kahit na ano mang pagsubok ang kanilang hinaharap sa buhay.

Meron di namang na ang kanilang pananampalataya ay base lamang sa kanilang nakikita. Gusto nila na may Makita muna silang ebedensya bago sila sumanpalataya.

Pero ang tunay na malalim na pananampalataya ay ay hindi nakabase sa kung ano ang ating nakikita. Ito ay naka base sa hindi natin nakikita pero tayo parin ay nanampalataya. Yung opisyal ng Hari ay meron nitong malalim na pananampalataya sapagkat sya ay naniwala sa Sinabi ni Jesus na gagaling ang kanyang anak.

Sana tayong lahat magkaroon ng ganito kalalim na pananampalataya, patuloy tayong sumampalataya at maniwala na ibibigay din sa atin ng Diyos ang ating mga kahiligan para sa kanya kahit ito ay hindi pa natin nakikita sa ngayon.