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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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Reflections for February 26 First Sunday of Lent, Mark 1:12-15


My Reflections:
The moment we encounter deprivation it's very tempting for us to do anything just to address that deficiency. For example our deprivation of material wealth; once we see an opportunity to address our lack of money. Some of us may grab it even if it is corrupted or dirty money.

In a husband and wife relationship there will be instances wherein there is a valid reason for us to be deprived of sex. It’s very tempting as well to address this denial of sex elsewhere.

Once we succumb to these many temptations that satan dangles before us it will spell trouble for us and our family. We may enjoy fleeting happiness and satisfaction but at the end of the day there will be problems. Because we were not able to resist the temptation of satan.

Jesus had His own deprivation and temptation in the desert; He was deprived without food for forty days. Yet He did not succumb to the temptation of satan to make the stones bread.  There were two more temptations that satan posed before Him but He rejected them both.   

We all have our own story of deprivation or desert experience let us not do anything immoral to satisfy it. Let us persevere and be victorious over satan’s many scheming to temp us.

Let us be committed to Jesus as He was dedicated to God and to His mission during His own desert experience.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

My Reflections for Monday February 20, Mark 9:14-29


My Reflections:
By their lack of faith the disciples were not able to cast out the mute spirit that possessed the boy. Add to that was their lack of prayer also; thus Jesus admonished them for this deficiency.

A life of faith and prayer is a must for all of us who are followers of Jesus. But how do we define or exercise faith? Faith is when you believe in something even if others do not, faith is something that we hold-on until the very end. And what is the fuel of our faith? It’s our active prayer life! We pray orally, we pray from the depths our hearts spontaneously and we pray with the church when we attend Mass.

Let us not try not to pray because not only that we will lose our faith. We will also lose our moral balance to discern what is wrong from right.

Let us at all times give priority to our constant prayer life for this is the fire of our faith and this is also our hotline to Jesus.    

Monday, February 13, 2012

My Reflection for Saturday February 18, Mark 9:2-13


My Reflections:
Before we achieve success we must toil in the sun and sacrifice. There are no shortcuts to triumph; we must go through the eye of the needle to fully enjoy the sweetness of our victory and success.   

Jesus showed to the three apostles what heaven was like; He gave them a fleeting taste of heaven. But then, He said not yet let us go down first and continue my mission of salvation. By doing so He would go through severe hardship, pain and betrayal. But at the end of these all Jesus rose up triumphantly to defeat the darkness of evil.   

There are no shortcuts if we want to truly follow Jesus. We must go thru hardships and persecutions for this are part of our purification. … 

My Reflections for Friday February 17, Mark 8:34-9:-1


My Reflections:
To amass wealth is not the purpose of life, if there are people whose sole purpose in life is to amass wealth then they are badly misguided. The true purpose of life is to follow the life of Jesus because it is only through Jesus where we can experience the fullness of life.

This is our mistake; we think that life is all about fame and fortune. That is why many of us tirelessly seek fame and fortune that we even sacrifice our dignity for it. Our fame and fortune will even bring us colossal problems most especially if our fortune is ill-gotten.

But if we have our honor, our dignity and Jesus in our lives we will have no fear and we will be ready for whatever life may bring us.   

My Reflections for Thursday February 16, Mark 8:27-33


My Reflections:
One of the come-ons of other churches is this slogan: “Join us and you’ll have a personal relationship with Jesus.” This must also be our aim: To have a personal relationship with Jesus.When we say we have a personal relationship with Jesus it means that Jesus is always part of our lives.

We pray to Him out from our hearts as often as possible, we read the bible daily, we are a constant presence at Mass and we practice the life of Jesus.

In our gospel, while Jesus and the disciples were walking He asked them: “Who do people say that I am?” Amongst them it was only Peter who answered correctly, when he replied: “You are the Christ.”

How about the other disciples? They were not able to answer correctly perhaps they have not yet achieved this personal relationship with Jesus.

Let us all aspire to know Jesus deeply and let us develop this personal intimacy with Him. …  

Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Reflections for Wednesday February 15 Mark 8:22-26


My Reflections:
A woman who was a come and go Catholic suddenly decided to leave the church in favor of the protestant faith. When she was asked why she decided to leave she said: “The protestant faith opened my eyes to the real Christian church.”

Perhaps we know of Catholics who are not well versed about the basic teachings of the church. They are also vulnerable to abandon the faith. What must we do? We must be the vehicle for their enlightenment about the truths of the catholic faith. Let us open their eyes and let them know that we don’t worship the saints. Let us open their eyes and let them know that the Catholic church was founded by Jesus through Peter. Let us open their eyes and let them know that the Holy Bible is the book of the church that we must always read.

There are many more truths about the church that others do not know. Let us allow ourselves to be Jesus’ vehicle so that their eyes of faith will be opened. So that they will not anymore be blinded to decide to leave our universal church. … 

My Reflections for Tuesday February 14, Mark 8:14-21


My Reflections:
Why do we often times do not get the message that Jesus wants us to understand? Because we allow ourselves to be distracted by what we see; we thus lose focus on the message that Jesus wants us to imbibe.

This is the situation in our gospel; Jesus wanted the disciples to be wary of the teachings and over zealousness of the Pharisees and Herod to externally fulfill their laws. But Jesus used the word leaven and since they have no bread they understood it as something that relates to their lack of bread.

This is what happens when we have shallow faith, when we allow ourselves to be distracted with our worldly preoccupations.

Try focusing our attention on Jesus alone, try being faithful to Him and disregard worldly temptations. This will therefore result in our deeper intimacy with Him and we will understand the message that He wants to convey to us. …. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My Reflections for Saturday February 11, Mark 8:1-10


My Reflections:
Trials are part and parcel of our discipleship with Jesus; expect it for it’s a test of our faith and fidelity.  

For three days the crowd in the gospel had nothing to eat yet they remained faithful to Jesus. What made them stay attached to Jesus? It was obviously caused by His countless miraculous acts that they’ve witnessed and heard.

After three days their persevering faith finally paid-off. Jesus had compassion for them for they had not eaten yet for three days. He multiplied the seven loaves to thousands same as with the few fish.

We have in Jesus a compassionate God, we have in Jesus a God who will always help us for so long as we persevere and have faith. …

Monday, February 6, 2012

My Reflections for Thursday February 9, Mark 24-30


My Reflections:
The Greek woman in the gospel has great faith, she showed Jesus that even if she is not a Jew she deserved to be helped by Him. Consequently, Jesus was moved by this showcase of great faith that is why He cured the daughter of the woman.

The enormity of our faith in Jesus is always a factor for our healing and for our desires to come true. Let us therefore continue to hold-on to Him no matter how difficult our situations are.

Let us not doubt let us continue to believe and have faith for nothing is impossible for those who have faith and for those who believe in Jesus. …