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, June 29, 2011

My First Reading Reflections for June 30 Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Genesis 22:1b-19

My Reflections:
With faith Abraham obeyed the command of the Lord to bring his son Isaac to be his offering. Abraham did not hesitate he simply obeyed, then when he was about to kill his son Isaac the Lord’s messenger intervened for he already passed the litmus test of his faith.

Our faith in the Lord is also tested by Him; several of us may already give-up and just walk away from HIM.

Like Abraham, some of us will remain faithful until the very end no matter how dark and dangerous the road ahead we will be steadfast and we will stay the course.

When there’s testing of our faith the best option to take is to be steadfast, hold-on tightly to your faith and stay the course no matter how gloomy the clouds are. Let us all remember that after the clouds there shall be sunshine and that is the blessings of God for those who remain faithful. … 

Monday, June 27, 2011

My First Reading Reflections for June 27 Monday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 8:18-22

My Reflections:
In our first reading (Genesis 18:16-33) for today we see the kindness and mercy of God. Abraham asked Him, “Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty? The LORD replied, “If I find fifty innocent people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”  The fifty was further reduced to ten innocent people mixed with the countless who were guilty and the Lord God would still save the place for the sake of the ten innocent people.

This first reading is a very good reminder for all of us that we must also be kind and merciful. If the Lord God is kind and merciful why can’t we be?

Friday, June 17, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday June 19 Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity: John 3:16-18



My Reflections:
Can we fathom the mystery of the Blessed Trinity? No we cannot it is beyond our human understanding to comprehend the mystery of these three persons in one God.

As we journey with our catholic faith we will be introduced to mysterious dogmas/doctrines such as the Blessed Trinity. That no matter how hard we try to understand it we will not be able to comprehend it and this is part of the mystery of our catholic faith. That’s why for us to further grow in our catholic faith we must always journey with our faith and not with our sight.

The Blessed Trinity is the mysterious fusion of Father God the creator (Genesis 1:31-2:4), God the Son that is Jesus (Luke 3:22) and God the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4).
What is the binding agent that mysteriously put together these three persons to become one God? It’s their purest form of Agape Love these three were selfless in their love for each other. They are also the best model of humility for the reason that there’s no form of ego amongst them, this is primarily the reason why they were able to fuse flawlessly.
The challenge before us is this: We must exercise love towards our fellowmen as the Three Devine Persons exercised love for us and amongst themselves. We must be humble as the Three Devine persons are all humble. …

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for June 18 Saturday: Matthew 6:24-34



My Reflections:
Mr. A is a worrisome person he always loses sleep about the little things in life for example if he sees a black cat he would worry about it because it’s a sign of bad omen for him.

Mr. B is a man of deep faith he never worry about anything in life he learned to trust everything of his life to the Lord. Although both of them are of the same age Mr. B looks a lot younger than Mr. A and Mr. B’s personality is more vibrant than Mr. A the worrisome guy.

Indeed, why worry about this life?  Learn to live a worry free life, learn to trust God and learn to pray deeply and give your worries to Him.

What will we gain if we worry a lot? We will gain a lot of wrinkles and we will age faster.

Are you a worrisome person? Pray a lot trust God and learn to give your worries to God for he will take care of it. …

My Gospel Reflections for June 17 Friday: Matthew 6:19-23



My Reflections:
What is the advantage of not keeping earthly treasures? We have less worry to think about imagine for example if we have many earthly treasures we will always be thinking on how to further grow it  or how to keep it safe. These are just the few disadvantages of having earthly treasures; the more we have it the more that we think and worry about it.

What if we decide to give-up our material riches for the sake of the kingdom of God? What will we gain from it? We will have no more worries to think about and we will be free as a bird always ready to fly towards heaven anytime.

Let us all remember that God always calls us to store treasures up in heaven where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. …

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for June 7 Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter: John 17:1-11

My Reflections:
Jesus said: I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. It was mission accomplished for Jesus. In doing his mission there were also instances wherein he stopped for a while and reflected on the sufferings that he will have to go through but in spite of it all he still went through it.

How can we glorify God while we are in this world? It’s very simple: we must follow the way of Jesus. His way of sacrificial love, His way of Humility, His way of self-emptying and self-giving. Jesus was dutiful to the Father’s will; He never questioned God as to why He must pass through suffering. He simply followed the will of God for Him.

As Christians/Catholics we also have our own mission in the Lord’s vineyard. We need to share and live the good news about Jesus. 

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday June 5 Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord: Matthew 28:16-20



My Reflections:
When someone whom we revere tells us to do something we will try every possible way to obey what he commands us. For example if our parents tell us to do something for them we will exert every effort to do it because we respect and love them. This is always the case: we obey because of our deep love and respect for them.

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus to heaven but before He went up to heaven He first took time to meet the eleven disciples. To commission them to spread the faith to all nations and they all took seriously this command of Jesus for them.

Who was Jesus to them? Jesus was their master, the God that they worshipped and respected deeply. Their deep worship for Jesus gave birth to their faithful obedience to His command. They obeyed Him even at the cost of their lives; they obeyed even if they will go through severe testing of their faith. This successful obedience was all borne out of their deep respect, reverence and worship for Jesus.

We may not be aware of this but each and everyone of us has an important role to play in this commissioning by Jesus on the apostles.   By virtue of our Baptism and Confirmation we too are given by Jesus this important responsibility to spread our faith by our words and by our deeds.

It’s very easy to go to church and worship Jesus there in the celebration of the Holy Mass it’s an effortless undertaking for some of us.  But our worship for Jesus doesn’t end with our worship for Him in that celebration it is in fact only the beginning.

What immediately follows is for all of us to live and share what we’ve learned from the Holy Mass to spread the faith by our words and deeds. To share Jesus with others especially to those who have not heard yet of the good news about Him. This is the enormous responsibility that rest upon our shoulders now.

What have we done so far to measure-up to this responsibility?

Friday, June 3, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for June 4, Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter: John 16:23-28

My Reflections:
To have network of friends is very important for us because there will come a time that we will be needing their help.  I think this is also the main reason why there are some who join fraternities, clubs and other organization. They join because they want to build a network of close friends who can directly or indirectly help them when the need arises.

There’s nothing wrong with it but before we join organization to strengthen our network we must ensure first that we are best friends with Jesus. We must see to it that we have this very deep intimacy with Him. For what reason? Because He is the Son of the Father Jesus has that hotline to the Father. He can aid us with our prayer request to the Father.

Jesus states in our gospel for today: ““Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.  

Just imagine if we’re best friends with Jesus, Just visualize how powerful we are if we are intimate with Jesus. …