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

Saturday, October 29, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Monday October 31: Luke 14:12-14

My Reflections:
Jesus’ contradicts us on how we normally invite people to dine in our house. Isn’t that we have not yet invited a poor stranger to dine for lunch or dinner? Yes, we have given food to the poor but we haven’t invited someone yet.

Who are those that we normally invite? Of course our friends & relatives for this is our normal human nature and there’s nothing wrong with this. But Jesus points us to something that we often neglect, something that we often times purposely forget. And they’re the poor and unwanted; Jesus is pointing us to them for that is where He dwells.

In the story of the last judgment the King said: Whenever you did this to one of the least, you did this to me. (Matthew 25:40)

Have we given help to a poor stranger?

Monday, October 24, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Friday October 28: Luke 6:12-16


My Reflections:
What do we do before making important decisions in our lives? Do we first pray over it and ask the guidance of the Lord? Or we just make important decisions without  asking the blessings of the Lord.

Before deciding to choose the twelve apostles Jesus went up first to the mountain to pray He spent the whole night in prayer to God. This is the attitude of Jesus, He withdraws to a solitary place to commune with God and He asks for God’s guidance and blessings.  With the blessing from God the apostles (except for Judas Iscariot) became His partner in advancing the faith. 

Let us not make Jesus irrelevant in our lives by not praying to Him let us make time for Him. 

In our secularist world today Jesus still matters. …

Friday, October 21, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Monday October 24: Luke 13:10-17

My Reflections:
With Jesus there is no Sabbath or holy days, what is important for Him is to give help. That’s why He cured the woman who had been under the influence of Satan for eighteen long years.

This must also be our attitude in giving help we must not allow ourselves to be restricted by anyone and we must not choose those whom we will help. For as long as there is someone who needs help let us help. Let us not mind what others may say against us what is important is we are able to give help.

After giving help Jesus faced His detractors who were criticizing Him for healing the woman during the Sabbath day and they were humiliated. ...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for October 23, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Matthew 22:34-40


My Reflections:
A middle aged rich woman was always present in the church for worship. Because that was her way of showing people how she lived the commandment of loving God with all our Heart, Soul and Mind. After her church worship she would always pass by a poor community, there lived  people who obviously need help.

While the pious lady was passing by the leader of the poor community saw her and he remembered her as the lady who was always at church. So he said to himself: We will ask help from this prayerful woman for I know that she will not fail us for the reason that she is always at church to worship a giving and loving God.

He approached her and asked for her help in whatever way possible. But the supposedly pious and prayerful lady said no and she even had the temerity to scold the poor man. Obviously the woman was not true to her self- proclamation that she loved God and obviously her love for God was a charade for how can she loved God when she ignores the poor who ask for her help.

In our gospel for this Sunday Jesus gives us the two greatest commandments: Our love for God and our love for our neighbor. We cannot separate our love for God with our love for our neighbors. These two greatest commandments are inseparable one cannot exist without the other one.

If we profess to love God with our worship; God wants this love for Him to cascade to our poor neighbor. This is always the action that God wants us to do: To love Him and our neighbor.

If we say that we love God yet we don’t love our neighbors because they incessantly disturb us. If we say that we love God yet we hate those who have hurt us. Then our love for God is empty and baseless.

Do we always translate our love for God towards our love for our neighbor/s?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Tuesday October 18: Luke 10:1-9


My Reflections:
Why do we sometimes waver with our discipleship? I think it is for the reason that we lack focus and as a result we become half hearted until we do not anymore trust the providence of God. After which we now trust more on ourselves and Jesus becomes a minimal factor in our lives.

But what is the message of our gospel today? Its full trust and dependence on God alone! If we will only learn to entrust our lives to Jesus and if we will only learn to be faithful to the mission that He has given us. Then we will see how God will provide for us, but the problem is some of us don’t even know what is our mission as catholic Christians in this world.

We don’t know our mission because we don’t take our faith seriously we hardly give it time because we are always busy with our worldly undertakings.

Our mission is to become modern day zealous disciples that will help Jesus spread the good news of our salvation.

Have we done anything to spread our faith?

Have we influenced others to be passionate with our catholic faith?   

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for October 16, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Matthew 22:15-21


My Reflections:
The Pharisees were always critical of Jesus because they saw Jesus as a threat to their religious dominance. This was the reason that they’ve been plotting against Him (Mt 12:14) and our gospel episode today is part of their elaborate plan. But Jesus was aware of their dangerous scheme against Him; He knows before hand their detailed plan to unconscionably kill Him.

They asked Jesus this very elementary question: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?"  They thought that they will pin Him down with this question because if Jesus will say that it is lawful the people will get angry with Him because paying this tax was abhorred by them thus it will harm His reputation as a charismatic leader. If Jesus will say that it is unlawful then He will be persecuted by the powerful roman government of that time.

In the minds of the Pharisees it seems that Jesus has no way out here, but Jesus knew beforehand about their immoral plan. Therefore He said to them:"Why are you testing me, you hypocrites! So He asked for the coin used to pay the tax and He said: Whose image is on the coin? And they said, Caesar! Jesus said to them give to Caesar what is his and to God what belongs to God and once again Jesus is able to extricate Himself from this immoral scheming of the Pharisees.

Jesus knows everything what is in our hearts: Our devious pretensions, our evil plans to betray our fellowmen. Our plans to use God for our own selfish interest and our many more evil thoughts, He knows everything about it.

Let us also honestly give the tax that is due to the authorities let us not try to deceitfully avoid it for this is our moral duty.

And the most important is we must give to God what is rightfully His. And what are these? Let us give help to our church, let us extend help to the poor in wealth and spirit and most of all, let us  give our everything to God. ...

Monday, October 10, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday October 15: Luke 12:8-12



My Reflections:
Are we proud with our relationship with Jesus? Do we own it like a badge of honor? Of course we will all answer in the affirmative.

But what is happening in reality? The sad truth is our profession of love for Jesus is pure lip service. When we are faced with temptation we oftentimes give-up Jesus in favor of the fleeting temptation.  When we are put on the spot to make a stand for Jesus we betray Him easily just like how Judas betrayed Jesus.

If we say that we love Jesus we must be proud of it and we must live it, we must not betray Jesus for the things of this world.

What will it do us if we acquire all the things and cravings of this temporary world but in the process we lose our relationship with Jesus?  

Nothing except misery and problems!

My Gospel Reflections for Friday October 14: Luke 12:1-7


My Reflections:
Mr X is a young married man who works abroad while there he was tempted to have an illicit affair with his female officemate. The forbidden affair bore fruit to a baby boy; since he was abroad the philandering husband was very confident that he will not be caught.  However the wife was already  suspicious of him so she decided to silently follow her husband abroad.  Then to make a long story short; the illicit secret was eventually discovered by the wife.

God works in mysterious ways; He create situations for us to be exposed and be punished with our misdeeds. No matter how we try to conceal our sins God will do something about it for us to be uncovered and be eventually meted our well deserved punishment.

If in case we evade the judgment of this world; we can rest assure that the judgment of God will be right there to give us what we deserve.

So why wait for that painful moment of judgment?  While there is still time throw out your cloak of sinfulness and start to embrace the righteousness of God.  ...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Saturday October 8: Luke 11:27-28


My Reflections:
When we flatter others they usually recognize the compliment or even when we receive flattering comments about us we also recognize it. But how about Jesus? Does He need to be flattered?  No, He doesn’t need any flattering words from us but there’s a much profound action that He wants from us and that is to hear the word of God and observe it.

Whether we admit it or not; to hear the word of God and observe it is something that is always lacking in our lives. Yes we hear the words of God but do we practice it faithfully?

What matters to Jesus is we walk our talk, we hear His words and then we put it into action. What If we will not follow what He wants from us?

Just look around or browse the news and we will know what happened to those who did not hear the word nor observe it. ...

Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Basis of reverence of relics of saints in the bible.

Acts 5:15 and Acts 19:11