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, August 26, 2011

My Reflections for Sunday August 28 Twenty-Second Sunday in OT: Matthew 16:21-27


My Reflections:
There’s this teaching called Prosperity theology or gospel, the center of this philosophy is this: You follow and serve Jesus and you will prosper materially. You give to your church without measure because you will receive what you gave a hundredfold. The proponent of this idea focuses on God as a giver of wealth and prosperity. Some charismatic groups are using this teaching to attract more followers and they are successful with this; who wouldn’t want prosperity and a blissful life.

But is this always true? That once we choose to follow Jesus and generously give to the church we will have a prosperous and blissful life?

Jesus in the gospel said to the disciples: "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  In effect Jesus is contradicting this teaching of prosperity theology; many of us has this mistaken notion that once we choose to follow Jesus then life will be OK already for us.  This is not always the case, often times the more that we faithfully follow Jesus the more that we are persecuted, the more that we create enemies for ourselves. There are even those who were martyred for their faithful discipleship.

Does this discourage us already? The person with a faint heart will be easily discouraged by this paradox of true discipleship. But if we really desire to faithfully follow Jesus we must be prepared for persecution, for hardship and we must even be prepared to die for the sake of our true discipleship. Full blooded followers will never be afraid with whatever sufferings and crosses that may come their way. Because they know that in the middle of their hardships and persecutions Jesus will always be there for them to strengthen and guide them in every step of their way.

So why be afraid of sufferings, of persecution or even death? Life is temporary anyway and aside from that we don’t own our lives, God owns it. If we suffer because of our faithful adherence for Jesus then expect a reward someday.

It may not come our way during our lifetime but there will eventually be a reward when we are already up there in His heavenly kingdom. ... 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday August 27: Matthew 25:14-30


My Reflections:
The talent/s that we have is to be shared freely for the reason that we are just stewards of it, we don’t own it to ourselves. But how come there are people who don’t want to share their talents unless there’s a financial consideration in exchange for it.  Perhaps these people are already consumed by the values of this world wherein profit and greed for money is paramount. 

Not everything in this world is measured by the money that we can possess. There are far more important things than money such as selfless service for those who are badly in need.

Let us not allow ourselves to be eaten-up by this materialistic world, share your time, talents and treasures even if you won’t be getting anything in return. Don’t keep it to yourself share it so that others may learn the virtue of selfless sharing through you. ...   

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for August 4, Thursday of the Eighteenth Week Ordinary Time: Matthew 16:13-23


My Reflections;
When Jesus was giving some hints of His forthcoming sufferings and eventual death; Peter rebuked Him by saying: “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”

If we are really dead serious with our discipleship with Jesus then expect sufferings here and there for its part of our Christian discipleship. But don’t worry because as we suffer expect also the comforting love of Jesus. He will be there for us to help us carry our sufferings.

I’m presently giving the Body of Christ every Sunday morning to an eighty four year old man who is a former Extra Ordinary minister of the Holy Communion. Because of his sickness he can’t stand anymore and he is bone thin already but I never heard him complain. He would instead always thank me for being patient with him and for bringing Jesus to him. …     

Monday, August 1, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for August 2, Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14


My Reflections:
Just like the Pharisees and the scribes some of us are so good on observing the church traditions but when it comes to living our faith we are inadequate.

For example, a lady who is always in the church to lead the novena prayers but when she’s at home she’s a domineering figure.

Another example, A Lay churchman who is faithful to his church obligations but he is not faithful to his obligations towards his family.

The Pharisees and the scribes were very particular with the fake exterior, the pretence. But Jesus is very particular on the pure interior, the real us, the things that we do when nobody’s around to see us. ...