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

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Reflections for Saturday February 4; 1st reading 1st Kings 3:4-13


My Reflections:
In our first reading the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said: "Ask something of me and I will give it to you." Solomon did not ask for any material things; he instead asked for an understanding heart to judge the people and to distinguish right from wrong. Why did Solomon ask for this wisdom instead of temporary things?

Because the most important things in this world are not those that are seen or perceive by our worldly senses. The most important things are those that are felt by our hearts and minds. It doesn’t matter anymore if we are not rich if we don’t have power. It’s enough that we are able to guide, nurture and mentor those who are in our sphere of influence.

The legacy that lasts is not the structures that we’ve built but the hearts that we've touched and converted.

If the Lord will give us the same opportunity what will we ask from Him? 

Friday, January 27, 2012

My Reflections for Tuesday January 31, Mark 5: 21-43


My Reflections:
We have two exhibits of rock solid faith in our gospel and both of these two faith exhibits were rewarded by Jesus. Why? Because both of them never gave-up, when those around them were giving up they did not. They believed and persisted and both their belief and persistence were rewarded by Jesus.

What is it that we want from Jesus? Be not afraid simply believe, have faith and persist that you will have it for nothing is impossible with Jesus.

As He said in our gospel for today: “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”

Friday, January 13, 2012

My Reflections for January 15 Feast of the Sto. Nino Mark 10:13-16


My Reflections:
Who are the main formators of children? Of course it’s the parents, from  parents  children learn the basic Christian values. Such as love for God, Humility, Obedience and other values. Children learn almost everything from their parents. 

Therefore virtues such as these are something that is taught by  parents to their children. What is taught by the parents is imbibed by their children. What is observed from the parents is copied by children.

For example if children are taught by their parents about love for God and humility and these teachings are also lived or practiced by parents. It’s no brainer that they will grow-up practicing these virtues until the end of their lives. If children are taught arrogance and they observe this also from their parents it's a cinch that the same thing will happen they will also be arrogant.    

Therefore the mind of a child is fertile soil for inculcation of proper Christian values by their elders specifically their parents.

In our gospel we have people (most probably parents) bringing children to Jesus. These people were trying to inculcate into the minds of the children that it is a must that they go to Jesus. Which is always the right thing to do but the disciples prevented them and Jesus saw this thus He got angry. And he told the disciples to let the children come to Him then He embraced and afterwards blessed them by placing His hands on them.

As we celebrate the feast of Sto. Nino let us not forget that upon our hands rest the future of children that Jesus’ loves so dearly. We are the prime formators of our children and the very first formation that we much teach our children is the love for Jesus. Let us bring them always to Jesus for Jesus loves them dearly even more than we love them.

Do we teach our children to love Jesus? Do we bring them to Jesus? Do we teach them to pray to Jesus?  

Monday, January 2, 2012

My Reflections for January 6 Friday Luke 3:23-38


My Reflections:
Death is a unifying factor in the family for example during wake. We will be introduced to relatives whom we have never seen in our entire lives. Then we normally talk with them; through this we will be able to trace how we are intricately connected.

As we talk with our relatives let us take this opportunity to get to know them better. Let us be nice and helpful towards them and let us humble ourselves before them.  

Who knows with these behaviors we might be the instruments for them to get closer to Jesus. …