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

Monday, July 30, 2012

My Reflections for Wednesday August 1, Saint Alphonsus Liguori, bishop and doctor Matthew 13:44-46


Gospel:
Jesus said to his disciples: "The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it."
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My Reflections:
Jesus depicts His kingdom as treasure and pearl that whoever will find it will give up everything just to have it. Indeed, the kingdom of God is a priceless treasure and pearl that we must all desire very hard to possess. For what it will do us if we have treasures in this world yet we don’t have God in our lives?

The riches of this world are all passing and temporary we will leave it all somewhere along the path of our lives. Whether we like it or not we have to leave everything that we have in this world. So who will remain without end?   The one that will forever be there for us is God; the one that shall bring us to heaven is God. These temporary things that presently surround us will not be able to bring us to our eternal heavenly destination. It’s only through God that we will be able to go to heaven.

In our gospel, the person found the true treasure of life that is Jesus; he willingly gave-up everything just to have Him. The same also with the merchant when he found the true pearl of his life that is Jesus he sold everything in his possessions so that he could possess the greatest pearl that is Jesus. Many saints have done this too, they gave-up everything just to have Jesus. 

Let us not yield Jesus for the temporary and sometimes immoral enjoyment of this world. For what is inside this world is temporary and passing.

But our treasure and pearl that is Jesus will forever be there for us. …

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My Reflections for Friday July 27, Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 13:18-23

Gospel:
Jesus said to his disciples: "Hear the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom without understanding it, and the Evil One comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold."
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My Reflections:
How do we respond to the words of God when we encounter it? Do we take time to ponder and reflect on it even for a short time?

We understand that we are always busy but we must not let this busyness take us completely out away from God. We must allocate some of our precious time for God otherwise we might become walking beings that is totally enslaved by this world. Walking being that is entirely at the mercy of power, riches, flesh and other worldly undertakings that is attractively sugar coated so that it could completely veer us away from God.

Jesus’ wants to be the rich soil at all times (to hear the word, understand it and live it) that’s why He gives us people that will introduce and guide us to God. But some do not even care to listen, some do care to listen but after a while they forget it, some listens and they remember but they forget to practice it in their daily life.

What Jesus wants from us is to hear the world of God, to reflect upon it and to apply it in our daily lives.  By doing so we now become the seed that was sown on the rich soil which bore fruit and yielded a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.

Let us  therefore take time to listen and reflect on the worlds of God in the bible. ... 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My Reflections for Tuesday July 24, Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Matthew 12:46-50


Gospel:
While Jesus was speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers appeared outside, wishing to speak with him. Someone told him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak with you." But he said in reply to the one who told him, "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?" And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother."
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My Reflections:
There’s a story of a man who badly wanted to be close to Jesus so he went to a wise man and he asked for his counsel on what he must do to achieve his desire. The wise man told him to do good all the time, to help and extend love to everyone without expecting something in return. He followed the wise advice without question and true enough he found closeness with Jesus.
 
Closeness with Jesus is something that is always within our reach, it’s always there for us to take. Yet closeness with Jesus also requires us to follow His devotion to the will of God the Father for Him. We must do this also if we want to be close to Jesus and be called Jesus’ brother, sister and mother.

We must also desire to be called Jesus’ brother, sister and mother.