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, June 30, 2012

My Reflections for July 2 Monday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 8:18-22


My Reflections:
Up to where are we willing to follow Jesus? Would we follow Him if He leads us to care for the poor and the sick? Would we follow Him if He leads us to a life of poverty? Would we follow Him if He leads us to a life of sacrifice and perseverance?

These questions are very hard to answer for the simple reason that we are already used to a life of comfort and ease. But there were many and there are still many right now who left everything including all their treasures for the life of sacrifice and poverty with Jesus.

If we ask them how are they now after they’ve decided to leave everything behind just to follow Jesus? They will simply tell us that they’ve never been happier and that their present life with Jesus is the best status that they’ve ever had in their life.

A life with Jesus is always the best life even if it will lead us to poverty, even if it will lead us to care for the poor and the sick and even if it will lead us to a life of sacrifice and perseverance.  . . .

Friday, June 29, 2012

My Reflections for Sunday July 1 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 5:21-43


My Reflections:
There is a story of a woman who was diagnosed with terminal ailment she was given by her doctors only two months to live. Even if her health was already failing this woman has incredible faith, even if she was already getting weaker by the day she would try very hard to attend Holy Mass daily. 

It eventually came to a point that she was too weak to get-up from her bed hence she requested their parish priest to visit her so that she could be administered the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. And thereafter every Sunday she would be visited by a Eucharistic Minister to give her Holy Communion.

After a month of receiving the Body of Christ brought to her by the Eucharistic Minister this woman was amazingly able to get-up again. She regained her strength and was able to attend once again their daily Mass. When she was asked who healed her she would always give praise  to Jesus and her strong faith in Him.

We have in our gospel two incredible stories of faith one is the synagogue official named Jairus and the other one is a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. Both of them got what they wanted from Jesus, in the case of Jairus healing for his daughter and the woman healing for her sickness that had been bothering her for twelve years.

Jesus granted them both what they’ve wanted because they both have rock solid faith. Not only that they have faith they also manifested their respective faiths by their deeds or actions. For example, in the story of Jairus he went out of his way to personally go to Jesus to ask Him to come to his home and lay His hand on his daughter.

The woman afflicted with hemorrhages did the same, upon hearing that Jesus was near her, she went to Him with the intention of touching a part of His clothes and that will be enough for her to be healed by Jesus. So she went to Jesus, touched His cloak and she was immediately cured. Jesus told her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction (Mark 5:34)."          

Just like Jairus and the sick woman our faith in Jesus must always be coupled with action. If we pray to Jesus to grant us something we must not lay around idly we must work for it and ask Jesus with faith to grant us what we want. It must always be faith with action not faith without action.  St. James said: What good is it to profess faith without showing works?” “Such faith has no power to save you (James 2:14).”   

How is your faith in Jesus is it always coupled with action? 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My Reflections for June 29 Friday Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles Matthew 16:13-19


My Reflections:
Faith or knowledge about God is a gift that Jesus freely gives us without any form of ransom. However, like we water and nurture a plant because we want it to grow and bear much fruit. It’s the same also with our faith we must also do something to care for it so that it may grow and bear much fruit.  Otherwise if we will not take care of it will not grow and with the passing of time it will eventually fly away from us.  

When Jesus said to the apostles: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" Amongst them it was only Simon Peter who hit the bull’s-eye when he said: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  How did he discover the true identity of Jesus? God gave him that gift to discern the true identity of Jesus and Peter used that gift to the hilt by nurturing it thus he recognized the true nature of Jesus.   

We may not know it but by virtue of our Baptism God has given us gifts too, it’s within us waiting to be discovered. Let us nurture it, let us ask guidance from the Holy Spirit to help us discover it so that it may grow and bear much fruit also. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

My Reflections for June 28 Thursday Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr Matthew 7:21-29


My Reflections:
Does a priest have a safe passage to heaven? Does a nun have a safe passage to heaven?  Does a Catholic blogger have a safe passage to heaven? The answers to all of the above questions are no! Nobody has a monopoly of heavenly dwelling, everyone of us has a chance provided we do the will of God and we live our lives according to how God wants us to live it.

Jesus himself tells us this: "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven (Matthew 7:21). Jesus knows everything about us if to our fellowmen we could sugarcoat our image as Godly with Jesus we cannot. For He knows our deepest secret He knows if we are only pretending to be Godly yet some of us are actually not.

Let us always be true to Jesus in our thoughts, words and actions. . . . 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

My Reflections for June 27 Wednesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 7:15-20


My Reflections:
There were many false prophets during the time of Jesus such as some Pharisees who claim to speak for God but their actions betray their true motives. There are also many false prophets nowadays, by their glib tongues they gather many adherents but soon enough they’re exposed as frauds by their own actions.

Good relatives and friends are somewhat like prophets they guide us and they bring us to God. But we must also be wary because there are friends and even relatives who are only good to us because they can benefit from us or can use us for their own advantage. But once they have no more use with us they slowly evaporate from our sight and their motto is this: Why do I need to be close to you when I cannot use you anymore to my advantage.

So we must be watchful of this people for they are like leeches that will cling to us only to leave us in a huff when they find out that we are not anymore useful to them.  

Thursday, June 21, 2012

My Reflections for June 23 Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 6:24-34


My Reflections:
Which would we choose Jesus or the riches of this world? If we choose to faithfully follow Jesus we will have peace and contentment in our life. On the other hand if we follow the riches of this world we will have all the material comforts but we will not have peace and contentment.

The wise choice is always to follow the righteous path of Jesus but few are doing this now as evidenced by the problems that confront the world now and this is the macro viewpoint. On the micro point of view let us look at how problematic our lives now, let us look at how problematic many families  because they chose to follow the riches of this world.

If we chase the riches of this world it will give us temporary happiness and satisfaction that will ultimately unravel to become undeserved pressure that may eventually kill us. Whereas if we chose Jesus we will have peace and serenity in this world and the life beyond this.      

The right choice is to always follow no other than Jesus and His teachings.  

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My Reflections for June 22 Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 6:19-23


My Reflections:
A mother introduced her children to the good life, they had money they could almost buy anything that they wanted they could also go to any place in this world.  Her children grew-up embracing this mindset of good life and materialism.

What is the problem with this kind of lifestyle? This is temporary sooner or later this will come to an end and we end with nothing. There are even instances that this kind of worldly lifestyle may have a very tragic ending. For example every now and then there is news of people committing suicide because they have no more material wealth that could comfort them. 

In our gospel episode today Jesus talks about storing treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. What is this all about? This is all about sharing our faith and has nothing to do with any passing material things.

For example, have we taught our children about the supremacy of God above all things in this world? Have we taught our children that everything in this world is temporary and passing. Have we brought our entire family to the church for Mass? Have we reflected on the words of God in the bible?

All of these are acts of storing eternal treasures in heaven where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. ( Matthew 6:20)    

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My Reflections for June 16 Saturday Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary Luke 2:41-51


My Reflections:
Mario was a good son and the sole provider to his siblings and parents. One day he said to his parents that he will now get married, both parents were speechless and in shock. Being both retired they were full of trepidation they were silently asking themselves: Who will provide for us now?      

Just like in that short story, sometimes we make arbitrary actions that hurt and give apprehension to our relatives especially to our siblings, children and parents. They may not directly say their apprehensions because they deeply respect our independence but deep in their hearts they are anxious.  

This must be the feeling of both Joseph and Mary when Jesus purposely remained behind in Jerusalem. So they went back to Jerusalem full of anxiety and many thoughts were already running in their minds. After three days they found Jesus safe and sound in the temple intently listening to the lectures and asking questions.

We will not lose anything if we will first consult or inform our loved ones before making any kind of important decisions in our life.  

My Reflections for June 15 Friday Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus John 19:31-37


My Reflections:
Imagine seeing the lifeless Jesus on the cross. How does it move us? Imagine seeing the lifeless Jesus on the cross being brutally pierced by a lance that reached deep into his Sacred Heart. How does it move us? Let us never forget the sacrifice of Jesus for us, let us never forget that He gave His life and His Sacred Heart for us. 

Many have forgotten and mocked the supreme sacrifice of Jesus on the cross in exchange of this world. Where are they now? What happened to their lives? Many are despising Jesus now as irrelevant and fit to be relegated into the dustbin of history. What is presently happening in their lives now?

We must never forget that Jesus gave His life for us, we must never forget that God gave His only begotten Son so that we may live and have life.

Those who never forget Jesus are constantly being blessed by Him and His Sacred Heart. Are we one of those who never forget the many sacrifices of Jesus?       

Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Reflections for Monday June 11, Matthew 10:7:13


My Reflections:
Simple life equals simple problems, complicated life equals complicated problems.

Jesus is an advocate of simple living no doubt about it. This was proven in our gospel today when He told the twelve apostles as they were to be commissioned: “Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick.” (Matthew 10:9-10)

The best way to live our life is to live it simply and as we go ahead with our simple living we will also notice that there’s less pressure and stress on us there are also less human created problems. Yet not all of us are aware that many of the problems that we face now are created by our complicated lifestyles.

There’s a woman who can’t seem to dispose the old things in her house. According to her she will not dispose anything because each one has a sentimental value. After two years her house was already full of clutter and dirt brought about by the many unnecessary things that she owned.

Don’t we also love to own unnecessary things that only complicate and add clutter to our life?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

My Reflections for June 10, Sunday Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Mk 14:12-16, 22-26


My Reflections:
A young man asked his parents why they go to church to attend daily Mass. His parents told him that they attend Mass daily because they get to see Jesus in the altar and they receive Jesus and be one with Him during Holy Communion.  Then the son said, how come that when I go to Mass I don’t see Jesus I only see the priest in the altar and during Holy Communion I only see the wafer bread that is given to me by the priest. The father said, I think you’re lacking in faith and perhaps you’re not focused in the celebration of the Holy Mass that is why you don’t see Jesus who presides. 

Lack of faith and focus during Holy Mass is something that many of us have. That is why we don’t take Holy Mass seriously and that is why we are easily swayed to switch to evangelism and leave behind our Roman Catholic faith the moment somebody read to us selected bible passages.

If our faith in Jesus is strong and if our faith in the Holy Mass is rock solid we will not leave the church and we will take seriously the Holy Mass. Who presides in the celebration of the Holy Mass? It’s none other than Jesus! The same Jesus who took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave it to His apostles and said: “Take it this is my body.” The same Jesus who took a cup, gave thanks then gave the cup to His apostles after which they all drank from it (Mark 14:22-23).   It’s only through the eyes of our faith that we would be able to comprehend that it’s really Jesus who presides in every Mass.

Today is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. What is the relevance of this Solemnity to ourselves? It invites us to have faith in Jesus and in the Holy Mass, it invites us to believe and have faith that the bread and wine that we receive during Holy Communion becomes the transubstantiated Body and Blood of Jesus the moment it is consecrated by the priest.    

Let us believe and let us have a rock solid faith in the Body and Blood of Christ.

Do we believe and do we have a rock solid faith?   

Monday, June 4, 2012

My Gospel Reflections for June 8, Friday of the Ninth Week Mark 12:35-37


My Reflections:
Son of David, Messiah and Christ these three names have a common denominator one way or the other it means Savior. And who else is this savior? It’s none other than Jesus but unlike our common notion of a savior who comes in with swashbuckling powers ala avengers. Jesus our savior has none of their powers.

His power is derived in His being powerless and His heroic action is not shown with swaggering exploits. It is rather shown in his humility and self sacrifice.

Let us reflect and ponder on the powerless Jesus on the cross and let us discover His power underneath it.