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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Monday, April 30, 2012

My Gospel Reflections for May 6, Fifth Sunday of Easter John 15:1-8


My Reflections:
There is this story about a rich man who does not believe in Jesus, he is a self-made rich man so to speak. He attributes every success that he has to himself alone never on Jesus. His friends believed him for they saw how he worked very hard to achieve his vast fortune. Until he went through a severe financial misfortune wherein he lost everything that he owned.

In his lowliness and nothingness he suddenly thought of his relative who was a priest, he went to him and asked for his wise counsel. He was advised to connect with Jesus through his frequent presence in the Eucharistic celebration and by regularly reading the bible. This man who once was very averse to the Holy Mass and the Bible became a regular Mass attendee and has formed a habit of regularly reading the bible. True enough, he regained and eventually surpassed everything that he lost.

Jesus in this Sunday’s gospel exhorts us to remain in Him. Why?  Because apart from Him we are nothing, no matter how rich and learned we are. We are still nothing because we are not connected with Jesus; the money that we have it can fly away from our possession anytime. The learning that we have, it will escape our mind once we become old. But if we remain with Jesus we are assured with something that is way beyond possession and learning and that is eternal life. Time will come that we will leave this world, our possession nor our knowledge no matter how vast will not be able to give us eternal life.

There are those who live for today only, they work hard to amass wealth; they seriously study to accumulate learning. Only to discover that something very important is still lacking in their lives. They search and endlessly search for it until they end-up holding an empty bag because they’ve not found the true vine that is Jesus.  

Let us seriously think about what Jesus wants to convey to us through our gospel: “Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

My Gospel Reflections for April 8 Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection, John 20:1-9

My Reflections:
There was a very rich church going catholic who was very proud of his faith. Every Easter Sunday he would display on their porch a wide tarpaulin with the risen Jesus on it coming out of the tomb.  However he is disliked by his neighbors and relatives for he doesn’t know how to smile nor greet them.  He has nothing but malice and wickedness towards his relatives and neighbors.

 He betrays the risen Jesus by his actuations and he is actually announcing that his faith is only superficial. Many of us are like this man, yes we believe in the risen Jesus but it’s only until there. There is no actual breathing testimony of our faith.

What does Jesus want from all of us this Easter Sunday? He wants us all to be the living testimony of Himself. It’s not good to say that we believe in the risen Christ but we do nothing to those who are in need. We ignore them even if we have the capacity to help them. What is then the use of our faith in the risen Jesus if we are like that?

Jesus wants us to be His living and breathing evidence in this world. He wants us to be His eyes to those who are spiritually and physically blind, He wants us to be his hands that would help those who are poor. He wants us to be His ears that would willingly hear the heartaches and pains of those who are emotionally and spiritually  sick and weary.

We only make our faith in the risen Jesus relevant when we are very much willing to become His eyes, hands and ears in this self-centered world.   

Are we willing to become the risen Christ: Eyes, hands and ears?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

My Gospel Reflections for April 7 Holy Saturday, Mark 16:1-7


My Reflections:
All along Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome thought that Jesus has not yet risen from His death. That is why they went to His tomb to honor His body by anointing it but He was not there already for He has risen. 

In His being powerless, in His momentary death there were still true and faithful followers who stayed with Jesus. We admire their loyalty to Jesus, we admire their faith in Jesus and we admire them for they never betrayed Jesus until the very end.

I’m sure that the risen Jesus had something as a reward for Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome. For they proved that their faith in Him goes beyond the miracles and healings that they’ve witnessed.

How is your faith in the risen Jesus? is it limited to the miracles that He has done in your life? Or it goes beyond miracles that it goes deeper and it will remain until the very end of your mortal life. 

My Gospel Reflections for April 6 Good Friday, John 18:1-19:42


My Reflections:
After all the hardship, betrayal and persecution Jesus has finally accomplished His salvific mission. It seems odd that in His last days He was powerless even though He is powerful. He did nothing to save Himself even if He has at His disposal all the power in this world to save Himself.

But Jesus did not die for Himself, He died for our sake. He endured everything including the humiliating death on the cross to save us that is how much Jesus loves us. The cross where He died is also the cross that saved us from the curse of original sin.

In hindsight what are we willing to give Jesus in return for saving us? Are we also willing to carry our own cross for His sake? We may not be able to immediately answer this because we are already used with the comforts of this world.

But the comforts of this world are nothing compared to the eternal heavenly dwelling that awaits us. And what is the magic word so that we will be able to go to that eternal heavenly dwelling?

We must be willing to carry our own cross also. Don’t worry it will not be heavy because Jesus will always be there to help us carry it.