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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Friday, August 10, 2012

My Reflections for Sunday August 12, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time John 6:41-51

Gospel:
The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven," and they said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother? Then how can he say, 'I have come down from heaven?'" Jesus answered and said to them, "Stop murmuring among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets: They shall all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."
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My Reflections:
Yesterday the Philippines was inundated  by an unexpected high volume of rainfall it caused massive flooding which killed at least twenty people. It displaced thousands more, it destroyed unquantifiable amount of properties and many poor were begging and crying for help because nothing was left for them except the tattered clothes that they were wearing. 

What must we do when we are confronted with this type of heart-wrenching situation? Of course we must help, there’s no other option but to help. We must help them because this is our duty as followers of Jesus: To help those who are in need.

In our first reading for this Sunday, the prophet Elijah encountered so much hardship during his journey in the desert that he was almost on the verge of giving-up. But the Lord helped him, the Lord sent him an angel to give Elijah hope, food and water for him to continue his journey going to mount Horeb.

On every occasion that we present ourselves in the celebration of the Holy Mass the Lord offers Himself to us. Through the Sacrament of Holy Communion He invites us to partake of His Body, Blood and Divinity. For what reason?  He wants to help us, He wants to strengthen us and He wants to give us hope as we face the many challenges of our life.

However it must not end here, our partaking of the bread of Life must propel us to be Christ like in everyway. We must allow Jesus to change and transform us the way He wants us to become. We must be like Him in humility, in kindness and in compassion.

Our partaking of the Bread of Life should also move us to courageously share Jesus. Let us not be daunted by the obstacles before us let us rather use it as our inspiration. To bravely share Jesus because many are still not aware of the enormous blessing of the Bread of Life.

Let us share Jesus with them so that they too will be blessed by the Bread of Life which is no other than Jesus Himself. …

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