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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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for October 2, Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Matthew 21:33-43

My Reflections:
There was a leader who was so greedy that he constantly dips his finger on every opportunity to corrupt the money of the people whom he was serving. When he was not in power anymore a righteous leader replaced him and this new leader initiated investigations to unearth the many corruptions of the former greedy leader. Eventually the long arm of the law caught up with him and he was imprisoned.

In the Arab nations and other parts of the world we see leaders who cling to their power until they’re overthrown by the people. They cling to their power because of their greed for it; they cannot let go until they’re forced out by the supreme power of God coursed thru the people.  

In our gospel we see the greed of the tenants; they were given everything that they might need as they grow the plants in the vineyard. When it was harvest time they did not give anything to the landowner they instead killed the emissaries sent to them.  Even the son of the land owner they killed; what a display of extreme greed. What happened to the tenants? They died, the vineyard was taken from them and it was given to those who were not greedy.

Our insatiable appetite for the things of this world like money, power, sex, possessions and the like will bring us to damnation. Any thing that we possess thru our greed will eventually be taken from us.

Just look at the countless dictators that were violently forced out of their power because of their greed. Just look at the many corrupt government officials who are being chased by so many cases filed against them. And look at the miserable plight that they are in right now.  

We must learn how to share, we must become generous and we must not be corrupt or greedy for we are mere tenants of this world. When we die God will ask us to account of the things that He entrusted to us.

He will ask us: Were you able to share? Were you generous? And were you not corrupt or greedy?

Monday, September 26, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Friday September 30: Luke 10:13-16

My Reflections:
We sin through our thoughts, words and actions; as we keep on sinning God calls us always to repentance. Until the time comes that we become conscious of our sinfulness that we become careful not to sin anymore. But is it possible for us not to sin anymore? No, as we live here in this world we will continue to sin for we are mere mortals with frailties.

Amid our humanness and sinfulness God wants us to know that we need to repent that is why He created the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession. For us to humbly submit ourselves and for us to be aware of God’s goodness and forgiveness.  

When was your last Confession?

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...

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? 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Friday September 23: Luke 9:18-22

My Reflections:
Suffering is always part of our Christian discipleship for without suffering there’s no true discipleship. As we follow Jesus faithfully expect sufferings and persecutions here and there because this is the price that we have to pay for following Jesus.

Those who do not want to suffer will not dare follow Jesus faithfully they will just be on the sidelines passively observing and shielding themselves from any form of sacrifice.

Be not averse to sufferings embrace it the way Jesus embraced it for the reason that it is through your pains that you’ll have an up close and personal intimacy with Jesus. ...

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday September 22: Luke 9:7-9

My Reflections:
Herod was curious about the true identity of Jesus; he had that burning desire to see Jesus. Not because it was fueled by his faith it was rather out of interest if John had risen. 

We must exert every possible way to know more about Jesus for the reason that we want to have a deeper intimacy with Him. And this desire to know more about Him must lead us to a deeper faith and love for Him.

To whom does Jesus always manifest Himself now? It’s the poor ones, the deprived, the hungry and the oppressed. If we want to know Jesus deeply we must exert every possible effort to help and love them. ...    

The Window from which we look ... by: Anonymous

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.

The next morning while they are eating breakfast, 

The young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
"That laundry is not very clean", she said.
"She doesn't know how to wash correctly. 
Perhaps she needs better laundry soap."
Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, 
The young woman would make the same comments.
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a
Nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:
"Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.
I wonder who taught her this."

The husband said, "I got up early this morning and
Cleaned our windows."

And so it is with life. What we see when watching others
Depends on the purity of the window through which we look!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday September 15: John 19:25-27

My Reflections:
While He was in agony on the cross Jesus still had His eye on the Blessed Mother’s wellbeing. That is why He called the attention of the beloved disciple: “Behold your mother.” He was in fact telling John the beloved disciple that she is now also your mother: Take care of her, respect her, protect her and love her as much as I took care of her, as much as I protected, her, respected and loved her.

These very words of Jesus reverberate up to now and it is addressed to us also. That we may respect, take care and protect the Blessed Mother and our very own mothers. It’s very easy to say that we respect and love the Blessed Mother and our mothers.

But in hindsight, how often do we pray the Rosary and how often do we communicate our acts of love for our mothers?    

Monday, September 12, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Wednesday September 14: John 3:13-17

My Reflections:
The cross is a sign of suffering for many but it is also a sign of triumph for without the cross where Jesus was nailed there would have been no salvation for all of us.

Whatever it is let us not be intimidated by the daily crosses that we carry for we have Jesus with us to help us carry it. Entrust your cross to Jesus, call on HIM and ask HIM to help you carry it.

Count yourself fortunate if you know Jesus deeply because you have someone at your beck and call everytime you have trials and crosses in your life.

How about those who do not know Jesus deeply or who do not know Jesus at all yet? Of course they are in a disadvantageous predicament but all is not lost for them because you are there. And your major role is to introduce Jesus to them; do it now, never hesitate nor be ashamed to share Jesus with them. ...

Friday, September 9, 2011

My Reflections for Monday, September 12: Luke 7:1-10

My Reflections:
What is the lesson for us in the gospel? Its concern for the deprived and poor, the concern of the military officer for his slave is very admirable. We must emulate his worthy action of giving concern most especially to those who are poor. 

What if the officer was heartless? Of course there would have been no healing for the slave. By his act of concern his slave was healed by Jesus.

We often times lose sight of the fact that we need to be concerned with the wellbeing of others especially those who are powerless and poor. ...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

My Reflections for Sunday September 4 Twenty-Third Sunday in OT: Matthew 18:15-20

My Reflections:
Very recently I witnessed how arrogance for power in the church destroyed a seamless lay church organization.  There was this incident wherein the leader, instead of reaching out to her members did the opposite. She arrogantly punished them and the reason was very simple that it could have been easily solved if only the arrogant leader took time to personally talk to her members thus she could have not alienated them from the parish church. To make a long story short; amongst the twenty (20) members that she suspended (for a very flimsy reason). Only three went back to serve again the others have not been seen anymore in the parish church. Perhaps they are already attending a different parish or the worst scenario is they may be attending already a different Christian church.

Disagreements in Christian communities are not new it has been there since the infancy of the church. And this is evidenced by the Corinthian people and it says there: “For I heard from people of Cloe’s house about your rivalries (1 Corinthian 1:11).

Quarrels and rivalries are part and parcel already of any organization and this  is easily solve without  blatant display of arrogance for power. it’s always very wise to solve it by following what Jesus had said to his disciples.

"If your brother sins against you go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that 'every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector (Matthew 18:15-17).   

Problems and issues are there for us to solve it the manner Jesus wants us all to approach it. Solve and approach it with diplomacy, humility and not with arrogance. The moment we go to those who have sinned against us even if we hold a more powerful position we immediately build bridges with them we signify our sincere and humble desire to break the walls of conflict that divides us. And who will refuse a sincere and humble move for reconciliation?

But the problem with some of us is this: We become arrogant with the power that we hold we think that we can bully our way with the power that we possess only to be proven wrong. The more that we are powerful the more that we must be humble because this is how Jesus lived His life.  He is the most powerful person yet He is also the most humble.

This is also true with resolving conflicts in relationships most especially in marriage relationships. If anyone of the spouse will be arrogant and they will refuse to talk then their marriage is destined to fail. And what is the cause of it all? Arrogance!  But once both spouses embrace open communication with humility then their marriage is destined to last forever.

Let us all humbly listen and learn from the advice of Jesus, let us not be arrogant, let us always open our lines of communications and let us embrace humility for this is what He wants us all to do. ...