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, July 27, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for July 31 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Matthew 14:13-21


My Reflections:
Once in a while we need to withdraw from the madding crowd to be by ourselves only and God. We need these regular quite moments with God for us to discern His presence in our lives.

Upon learning of the beheading of His relative John the Baptist Jesus went to a deserted place by himself for personal reflections. Perhaps He was feeling sad over the death of His relative and He wanted to be re-charged and be strengthened by God.

We also need these brief interludes of peace and quite in which there’s nobody else except us and God.  And it’s on these quite moments that we will strongly feel the presence of the Lord in our lives. Who invite us all who are thirsty and weary to go to Him for He will strengthen us.  

Let us not get hooked on the deafening environment of this noisy world wherein money, possessions and power are worshipped as God. Let us dig deeper into our spiritual lives and let us discover that beneath our mortal lives is the Lord God who wishes to spiritually strengthen us with His infinite love.

After His solitary recollection Jesus was again ready to continue His mission His first act was He cured the sick who were following Him.

The disciples wanted to get rid of them that’s why they said to Jesus: “Dismiss the crowd for it’s getting late already. But Jesus told them: ““There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” Then the miracle of the loaves and fishes happened; there were only five loaves and two fishes but Jesus was able to feed t more than five thousand and there were plenty to spare.  

How did this miracle happen? It happened because of the generosity and love of Jesus if we are stingy with what we have, if we don’t want to give even if we have plenty.  Jesus is not! Jesus is forever generous and loving to us that is why out of His generosity and love He instituted the Eucharist or the Holy Mass and up to this very day He continuous to feed us with His Body and Blood when we receive Him in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. 

Let us learn from the generosity and love of Jesus, let us forever give, let us all remember that it is in our generosity and love that we will receive. … 

My Gospel Reflections for Friday July 29 Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 10:34-42


My Reflections:
What was the better part that Mary did according to Jesus? Mary gave her time to Jesus by listening to Him. How about Martha? She was preoccupied   with worldly things that she had no time to sit down and listen to Jesus.

Martha is essentially very much like all of us very busy with worldly things such as to earn a living, to do our house chores, to take care of our family, to go on vacation and many more worldly activities.  There’s nothing wrong with these activities because we are presently citizens of this world.

But let us not give our everything to this fleeting and temporary world let us allocate precious time with Jesus let us allow Him to speak to us. There are some of us who complain that Jesus is deaf to our pleadings perhaps this is so because we very seldom sit-down and listen to Jesus. …

Monday, July 25, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for July 27 Wednesday Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 13:44-46


My Reflections:
What are we willing to give—up for the sake of God? There are countless worldly things that we need to give-up and most of these worldly things are very hard to let go.  For example treasures power and other worldly possessions it’s so hard to let go of these things.

But there is something that is infinitely glorious than the things of this world. What is it? It’s God! Once we find Him in our lives we will be willing to let go of our everything and we will be prepared to forget ourselves for Him.

Let us continue our search for Him, let us not tire and let us not give-up until we find Him. …

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for July 24 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Matthew 13:44-46


My Reflections:
Jesus depicted His kingdom as treasure and pearl that whoever will find it will give up everything just to have it. Indeed the kingdom of God is a priceless treasure and pearl that we must all try very hard to possess. For what it will do us if we have treasures in this world yet we don’t have God in our lives.

The riches of this world are all passing and temporary we will leave it all somewhere along the path of our lives. Whether we like it or not we have to leave everything that we have in this world. So what will remain?   The one that will forever be there for us is God; the one that shall bring us to heaven is God. These temporary things that presently surround us will not be able to bring us to our eternal heavenly destination. It’s only through God that we will be able to go to heaven.

That’s why in our first reading the Lord was very pleased with king Solomon for the reason that he did not ask for any material or temporary things instead, he choose to ask for wisdom. Wisdom to know the heart of his people and wisdom to know the heart of God.

The same is true in our gospel; the person found the true treasure of life that is Jesus; he willingly gave-up everything just to have Him. The same also with the merchant when he found the true pearl of his life that is Jesus he sold everything in his possessions so that he could possess the greatest pearl that is Jesus.

Let us not yield Jesus for the temporary trappings of this world for what is inside this world are all temporary and passing.

But Jesus will always be there for us until we are able to reach His kingdom in heaven. …   

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for July 20 Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 13:1-9


My Reflections:
The crowds that were following Jesus had many motivations for following Him and majority perhaps were with vested interest. But Jesus had only one motivation in communicating with those who were following Him and it was for them to learn from Him.

This desire of Jesus to communicate has not diminished even in this modern time; He still very much want to commune with us.  Let us give our time to Him by reading and living His words in the bible.

The bible is the number one best selling book bar none but sadly this is not often read by us. Let us therefore listen to Jesus through the bible he is very much excited to talk and share His wisdom written inside this timeless and best selling collection of books which is the bible.

My Gospel Reflections for July 19 Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 12:46-50


My Reflections:
What will we happen to us if we follow what the Lord God commands us? We will be saved! In our first reading the Lord God told Moses to stretch out his hand so that the sea will flow back to its normal depth. Moses followed the command of the Lord and the Egyptians who were pursuing them were all killed.

Moses did not anymore question God he simply followed and he and his people were all saved.

It’s very important that we follow the will of God for us, His will for us  to do good, to be humble, to help those who are in need and to have mercy in our hearts.   

Let us all remember that it’s only through our faithful obedience to Jesus that we will become His brothers, sisters and Mothers. …

Sunday, July 10, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for July 11 Monday: Matthew 10:34-11:1



My Reflections:
Jesus in the gospel is not only speaking to the apostles he is also speaking to us He tells us that we must not compromise with wrong. Even if it creates division and enmity we must be faithful with our discipleship with Him.

This sometimes is where we fall to sin when we compromise our faith because we are afraid to lose valuable friendship and relatives. We compromise our faith because we don’t want to burn our bridges with those around us.

Take courage! Make a stand for Jesus regardless who may get hurt! Even your close relatives or friends. Eventually they’ll realize that you’re just speaking the truth and making a stand for Jesus.  

Friday, July 8, 2011

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My Gospel Reflections for July 10 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Matthew 13:1-9



My Reflections:
Everytime God generously sows the seeds of the gospel to us with the hope that His sown seeds will eventually grow in our hearts and bear countless fruits through our words and actions. Some of us don’t even care to listen and some of us listens to it but afterwards completely forget it. But there are also those who listen, imbibe and let the seeds of the gospel bear fruit in their lives by living it. In that process they allow themselves to be used by God as His seeds to bless other people’s lives.  

We all have this liberty on how we will receive these seeds of the gospel that God generously sows to us. However let us not abuse this liberty by choosing to ignore it. Let us listen to it, let us allow it to take root in our hearts and let us allow these very same words of God to transform us to what He wants us to become.  Then let us share it to as many people as possible and let us all breathe life to these words of God by living it.

Do we regularly read the seeds of the words of God that is written in the bible? Do we allow it to flourish and bear fruit by sharing it with our friends and relatives?

My Gospel Reflections for July 9 Saturday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 10:24-33



My Reflections:
Courage and humility are two of the many essential qualities that a true follower of Jesus must have. Courage to proclaim Jesus’ words in the bible no matter who gets hurt; courage to speak the truth when everyone wants to hide it and courage to say no when everyone wants to say yes. Courage also to forgive those who’ve badly hurt us; we shall forgive them even if they have not asked for forgiveness.

Humility is when we are simply content to silently do the task that was given to us; we do it without any hidden motives whatsoever.

From time to time position of prominence will seduce us to do away with humility. But we must not let go of it for this is where we will be measured if we are really a true follower of Jesus. …

Saturday, July 2, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday July 2: Luke 2:41-51



My Reflections:
At a young age of twelve Jesus already had that need to hear the words of God in the temple. It was a non issue for him if he was left behind by His parents & other companions so long as he can be in the house of God.

Don’t we feel also in our lives this urgency to hear God’s words in the celebration of the Holy Mass? The boy Jesus points us to the fact that we too must have this great need to hear the words of God and share it afterwards.

We must find time to listen to the words of God, being busy with our earthly concerns is not an excuse we must find time for God. If we can’t go to the church often we can open the bible and read it solemnly for God speaks through us by His words in the bible. …