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

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pope speaks on stolen documents and condemns media for its amplification.

My Gospel Reflections for June 3, Sunday Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Matthew 28:16-20

My Reflections:
There’s a story about St. Augustine, while he was walking on the seaside and reflecting on the mystery of the Trinity. He saw a boy who created a big hole in the sand and the boy was continuously filling the big hole with water. St. Augustine asked him, “What are you doing?” The boy said: “I’m going to pour the entire ocean into this hole.” “That is impossible, the whole ocean will not fit in the hole that you have created” said St. Augustine. The boy replied, “And you will not comprehend also the mystery of the  Trinity in your brain.” The boy vanished and St. Augustine saw an angel where the boy was located.

If we are asked today about the Most Holy Trinity some of us may be able to answer it as the fusion of the three persons into one God.  Some of us may not be able to answer because we don’t have any knowledge about the Holy Trinity. It doesn't  matter anymore if we are able to answer or not on the question about the Trinity. What is important is we believe with faith this seemingly unbelievable doctrine of the church.

The Trinity represents love and unity it shows us that the impossible will become possible for so long as there is love and unity amongst us. What makes a family happily united? What makes church communities successful? What makes many sovereign governments successful? It’s love! Love that forgives, love that is willing to sacrifice, love that is honest and love that is humble. This kind of pure love is the embodiment of the Holy Trinity that is why they’re able to coexist as one God even if they are actually three persons.

In our gospel we have Jesus commissioning the eleven apostles to go and make disciples of all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). What compelled them to faithfully follow this command of Jesus even at the cost of their lives? It’s the same Trinitarian love.

This Trinitarian love is what is presently missing right now: In our respective families, in our many church communities and in our government.

Do we have this Trinitarian Love in our family and in our church community?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Gospel Reflections for June 2, Saturday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time, Mark 11:27-33

My Reflections:
Mario is a Eucharistic Lay Minister who was elected chairman of his church ministry. Upon being elected his true color became more apparent. For he is a man obsessed with his new found authority. He told his church ministry this very prideful statement: I am now the head of this ministry thus it is incumbent upon you all to follow what I want.

Jesus was asked in the gospel by His persecutors: "By what authority are you doing these things? Or who gave you this authority to do them?" (Mark 11:28) Were they really concerned about Jesus’ authority? Or they were just very alarmed because their authority was slowly being eroded by Jesus popularity with the common people.

Authority is good if exercised with humility and this is how Jesus used His authority for He was not a dictatorial leader. So unlike the Pharisees and the chief priest of his time, who was so proud of their authority that they used it to perpetuate their self-serving agendas.

Let us be like Jesus at all times: He exercised His authority with humility and never with arrogance. 

My Gospel Reflections for June 1, Friday Mark 11:11-26

My Reflections:
Isn’t it frightening how Jesus condemned the barren fig tree? Could this condemnation happen to us also? There is this remote possibility that Jesus would condemn us also. But why should we wait for that condemnation to come to us. Because Jesus gives us also all the time in this world to reform our lives and be fruit bearing Christians.

While we have time let us reform our lives, let us completely turn our backs from our sinfulness. Let us also bear fruit by doing something to advance the teachings of Jesus in this world. Not necessarily by preaching or writing about Jesus because not everyone of us has  the gift of writing and preaching.

Perhaps we can just live to the hilt the teachings of Jesus and that will be more than enough reason for Him not to condemn us.

Monday, May 28, 2012

My Gospel Reflections for May 30, Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time, Mark 10:32-45

My Reflections:
James and John wanted the best seat in the house, they wanted to seat side by side with Jesus in heaven. I don’t know for what reason but we can only guess that whatever reason they have It’s selfish and has ulterior motives attached to it.

Real followers or those who want to serve will not care if they are seen or noticed. They quietly serve without ulterior motives for they know that Jesus knows everything that they do and think about.

Let us not do our acts of kindness and charity for the reason that we want people to admire us. Let us rather do it because that’s how Jesus did it when He walked on this world more than two thousand years ago.

Jesus did His acts of kindness and charity without ulterior motives in His mind and we must do the same also.   

Saturday, May 26, 2012

My Gospel Reflections for May 27, Sunday of Pentecost John 20:19-23

My Reflections:
There were two wives who had the same misfortune in their married lives: they discovered that both their husbands had their own illicit affairs. Upon discovery wife A confronted her husband,   on the other hand wife B kept her silence and she silently prayed for enlightenment for her husband. Months had past wife A exacerbated their union by having her own immoral affair. Wife B continued to pray, never did she confronted her husband she just earnestly prayed for his enlightenment.

After two years wife A’s family was in total disarray and wife B’s family was totally peaceful and serene. Her husband changed his ways he left behind his sinful life and wife B’s family lived happily ever after.

Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, the descent of the Holy Spirit to the eleven remaining apostles and to the Blessed Mother (Acts 2:1-4). What were they doing before the Holy Spirit descended upon them? They were all constantly praying (Acts 1:14).

It is only through our being prayerful that we can activate the presence of the Holy Spirit in our life. There would be no awareness of it’s presence without us being prayerful. So our awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our life hinges on us becoming more prayerful, without a prayerful life we will not have an awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit within us.

Let us therefore have a life of prayer by way of our constant presence in the Holy Mass. Let us therefore have a prayerful life through our daily reading of the bible. And let us be prayerful by means of having that constant encounter with Jesus  though our unstructured and personal prayers.

Thereafter we will feel the presence of the Holy Spirit actively moving in our life.   

Friday, May 11, 2012

My Gospel Reflections for May 15, Tuesday John 16:5-11

My Reflections:
Death is something that we dread, we avoid it like a plague but whether we like it or not it will come to visit us someday.

The arrest and eventual death of Jesus is nearing in this gospel episode. That is why He gave the disciples this meaningful statement: “Now I am going to the one who sent me.” (John 16:5). This is the reason why the disciples were full of grief in their hearts; who would not grieve in that sad situation. Even us if we were there we would also feel sad about this meaningful statement of Jesus.

But that’s life, there’s a time for everything in this world but we need not worry. For so long as we believe in Jesus we have nothing to worry.      

My Gospel Reflections for May 14, Monday John 15:9-17

My Reflections:
Continue seeking God with seriousness. Unless He wanted you, you would not be wanting Him. This quotation is by C.S. Lewis

Why is it that you continuously hunger and seek for God?  Because amongst the many God has chosen you to be an intermediary of His salvific mission.

Notice that your day is not complete without communing with God. Notice also that your webpage or facebook updates or status is not complete without sharing informations about God. You also feel that urgency to help those who are in need and you will not rest until you’ve done something for them. You’re doing this because you respond to what God wants you to do.   

Jesus tells us in the gospel: It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. (John 15:16)

Never stop doing something for God, Never stop sharing the words of God and never stop living the life that God wants you to live. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

My Gospel Reflections for May 9 Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter John 15:1-8

My Reflections:
Oftentimes pruning is very painful take for example  if you bring a kid to the barbershop he would more often than not refuse it.  Most especially when he sees the big scissor being handled by the barber. That is why you have to cajole him that everything would be ok and he need not be afraid.

We oftentimes go thru sessions of pruning which is sometimes painful and God does this to us not to punish us. He does this to make us grow in faith, to let us know that it is only through the test of fire that we would fully blossom to become more mature and fruitful followers.

Let us embrace our trials with faith, let us fully trust Jesus He wants us to bear more fruit that is why He is pruning us.

Do you have a trial right now? Embrace it with faith. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My Gospel Reflections for May 7 Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter John 14:21-26

My Reflections:
Love begets love, for example if a husband will show his love for his wife he gets love in return from his wife. As the marriage moves-on the love between spouses flounder it passes through stormy waters. And it will take humility and forgiveness for both spouses to triumphantly pass through that turbulence. 

The love of Jesus for us is unconditional He loves us even if we have betrayed Him so many times. It is not even attached to any actions that we do for God has already forgiven us for the many betrayals that we’ve caused Him.

However, even if Jesus has forgiven us already it is still our obligation to always humble ourselves before Him. We show Jesus that we love Him deeply when we humbly say sorry to Him for the many hurts that we’ve caused Him. This we do when we humbly submit ourselves to the healing Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession.

When was your last Confession? Would you want to show your love for Jesus by humbly submitting yourself to this healing sacrament?