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

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Reflection for Wednesday January 1, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God; Luke 2:16-21

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Gospel: Luke 2:16-21
The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them. When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
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My Reflection:
On this first day of the year the church honor’s Mary as the Holy Mother of God. Perhaps this is so because the church wants to remind us of the important role of Mary in salvation history. In our gospel, the Blessed Mother quietly kept everything that was told them by the shepherd. No complaint whatsoever, she humbly submitted herself to the will of God for her.

The Blessed Mother quietly fulfilled her role as the Holy Mother of Jesus. She did not complain, she simply submitted herself to God’s will for her. She taught Jesus everything that He needs to know about life. And she also stayed with Jesus until the very end of His life. In return, Jesus greatly recognized her humble submission to the will of God by asking John the apostle to take care of His mother ( John 19:27).

All of us have our own mothers, I am very sure that we are all aware of the great sacrifices that they did for us. Like the Blessed Mother, they never complained they instead quietly assumed their motherly roles. For that was what God wanted them to become but how are we treating them right now that they are in twilight of their years? Are we giving them the best comfort and care that they could ever have?

Now that we are of age and we now can stand and survive on our own. Let us give our mothers the best that we could ever give them. Let us express to them our love and gratitude for all of the things that they’ve done for us. And if there will come a time that they commit mistakes caused by their advancing age let us remain patient and gentle with them. The good Lord will bless us abundantly this 2014 if we will take good care of our mothers.       
     
How are you taking care of your mother? - Marino J. Dasmarinas1

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

My Reflection for Wednesday December 25, Solemnity of the Lord’s Birth, Luke 2:1-14

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Gospel: Luke 2:1-14
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."
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My Reflection:
The gospel intimates to us the very simple birth of Jesus, bereft of any sign of affluence. This must also be our guide when we celebrate our Christmas; let us make it as simple as possible. Let us also see to it that we make others happy most especially the poor by sharing what we have with them. If we do this they will see the person of Christ in us; the true meaning of Christmas will become a living reality for them through us.  

Let us also see to it that we attend Holy Mass for this is the best way to usher the birth of Jesus. The true reason of the season which is the birth of our savior is often times overcrowded by our many Christmas undertakings/celebrations. Thus our celebration becomes the center of our Christmas; Jesus is now put aside in favor of these many celebrations.

Our Responsorial Psalm which says: Today is born our savior Christ the Lord. Typifies that we must put more premium first on the birth of Jesus and not on our many celebrations. In our first reading the prophet Isaiah signified the importance of Jesus’ birth by saying that those who walked in darkness have seen a great light and those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone (Isaiah 9:1).

How can we see the true light of Jesus that will brighten our lives if we put first our celebrations in lieu of our presence in the Holy Mass? How can we discover the true essence of Christ simple birth if we will waste food and not share what we have with the poor which Jesus always love to be identified with?

My Reflection for Tuesday December 24, Fourth Week of Advent; Luke 1:67-79

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Gospel: Luke 1:67-79
Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David. Through his prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hand of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
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My Reflection:
Are we cognizant of the many blessings that God has bestowed upon us? For example the blessing of new life every morning: do we remember to thank God for this new life? The food on the table; do we say a prayer of thanks before we eat?  Or we are already used of getting-up in the morning, already used of the food on the table that it becomes ordinary already. So we immediately hop-in with our busy schedules thus we forget God.

Let us be mindful that the evil one through this world is slowly swaying us away from God thru its various enticements. It keeps us busy until such time that God becomes a simple unknown figure in our minds. Thus we sin without fear of the consequences for the reason that God is not part of our lives anymore. Zechariah was well aware of the many blessings that God has showered him and his family that’s why he praised Him.

In good times and in bad he never walked away from God he remained faithful to Him.   



Monday, December 23, 2013

My Reflection for Monday December 23, Fourth Week of Advent; Luke 1:57-66

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Gospel: Luke 1:57-66
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. hen they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be? For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.”
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My Reflection:
In the Sacrament of Matrimony there are vows that is said by the Groom and the Bride. The language is like this: For better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part. There is always a gift from God once we remain faithful to this vows such as harmony in the family, successful and well-bred children, less problems and there are many more blessings attached to our faithfuness. These blessings are God’s gift for those couples who remain faithful until the very end of their lives.

In our gospel the relatives of Elizabeth and Zechariah were supposed to name the newly born baby after his father because it was the tradition. But when Elizabeth heard about it she opposed it and she said, he will be called John. Then they made signs to ask Zechariah who was mute at that time and he wrote in a tablet: John is his name.

Why John? Because it was the name that the Lord wanted for him (Luke 1:13), the Lord knew beforehand how faithful and docile the hearts of  Zechariah and Elizabeth. That’s why even if they were both old  and already barren they were blessed by the Lord with a child that will have a very significant role in the life of Jesus. Zechariah’s faithfulness was further rewarded by the Lord when he regained his faculty to speak once again.    

We must at all times be faithful to the Lord no matter how big or small the temptations are. Because it’s only through our faithfulness to Him that we will further receive unfathomable blessings from Him.

Do we always faithfully follow the commands of the Lord for us?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

My Reflection for December 22, Fourth Sunday of Advent; Matthew 1:18-24

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Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.

For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.
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My Reflection:
Sin separate us from the love of God but this sin is temporary. For as long as we humbly obey the command of God to ask for forgiveness from Him through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. So the secret for us to reconcile with God and to remain always in His love is to humbly obey His commands.

Humility and obedience were the virtues that embodied Saint Joseph. For he humbly obeyed the angel’s command to take the Blessed Mother into his home even if she was already pregnant courtesy of the Holy Spirit. By his humility and obedience he spared the Blessed Mother from condemnation and severe punishment.

Humility and obedience are virtues that will save us from many troubles if we embody it also. Just imagine if every couple would be obedient and humble to each other. And just imagine also if every couple would be humble and obedient before God. There would be no problematic marriages and there would be no separation.

The Emmanuel which means God is with us will indeed always be with us. If only we will learn to embrace humility and obedience. Let us therefore humbly ask Jesus to gift us with these two very important virtues this Christmas. …        

Friday, December 20, 2013

My Reflection for Saturday December 21, Third Week of Advent; Luke 1:39-45

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Gospel: Luke 1:39-45
Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.  Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
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My Reflection:
Aside from the birth of our savior, one of the many beautiful and relevant messages of Christmas is self-emptying of ourselves. To look less on our personal needs and focus it to the needs of those who are materially and spiritually poor.

Considering that she was also pregnant at that time. The Blessed Mother did not focus on her own needs and safety. She looked outside of herself to make a difference in the life of someone else: That is her cousin Elizabeth. This is what we must always emulate every Christmas time even everyday, to empty and make ourselves available for others.

When we were children the usual focus of our Christmas celebrations and expectations were for ourselves. That's why during christmas eve we put socks in our houses in anticipation of the gifts that Santa Clause would give us. Then as we mature with time we slowly capture the true essence of Christmas.  That  Christmas is not about gifts and certainly not about ourselves.

Christmas is actually the gift of life of Christ Jesus, the self-emptying of God’s only begotten son for our sake. Therefore, let us focus our Christmas on making others happy, let us remember those who are poor. Those who were ravaged by calamities like typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. Let us also remember our relatives whom we’ve not been in touch for so long especially the poor ones and let us make a positive difference in their lives this Christmas.     

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Reflection for Wednesday December 18, Third Week of Advent; Matthew I:18-25

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Gospel: Matthew I:18-25
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.

For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus.
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My Reflection:
Upon learning that Mary was already pregnant Joseph decided to quietly divorce her. But an Angel of the Lord appeared through his dream. And intervened and told him not to divorce Mary for the reason that the child that she was carrying was conceived by the Holy Spirit. After waking up Joseph obeyed what the angel told him. He stayed with Mary, He protected her and saw to it that she will receive the best love and care that she could ever have.

Such is Saint Joseph, righteous, humble, docile and obedient to the will of the Lord. In this time wherein the Sacrament of Marriage is not given much worth anymore. And is treated as a simple paper contract we have Saint Joseph reminding us about the sacredness of the Sacrament of Marriage. We have Saint Joseph reminding us that Marriage is for men and women only. We have Saint Joseph reminding us that Marriage is not only a paper contract. It is in fact a forever covenant between the couple and Jesus.

Let us examine ourselves on how we put value on the Sacrament of Marriage. And let us follow the example of Saint Joseph on how he deeply loved the Blessed Mother. And on how he obeyed the will of God for him. … 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Reflection for December 17, Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent; Matthew 1:1-17

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Gospel: Matthew 1:1-17
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,  whose mother was Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse, Jesse the father of David the king.

David became the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon became the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asaph. Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah. Uzziah became the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amos, Amos the father of Josiah. Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the Babylonian exile.

After the Babylonian exile, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of  Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok. Zadok became the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, Eliud the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ. Thus the total number of generations from Abraham to David is fourteen generations; from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations; from the Babylonian exile to the Christ, fourteen generations.
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My Reflection:
Our gospel for today traces the genealogy of Jesus. From Abraham to David to Solomon just to name a few. As we look at the blood lines of Jesus we will find out that some of them are sinners. But God in His infinite wisdom choose them to become the ancestors of Jesus. We may think that this is bizarre or strange, some of the members of Jesus family tree are sinners?   Isn’t this inappropriate for the Son of God to originate from their bloodlines? But this is how God works, very mysterious and very unexpected.

All of us are sinners also, let us not think that because of our being sinful we are already beyond redemption and beyond the reach of the love of God. Everything is possible with our God, if we judge others or if we think of ourselves as incorrigible sinners. God doesn’t think that way, God can change a sinners to become a saint. God can bestow unexpected blessings to us sinners.

If others have already judged us as sinners and beyond redemption already, remember that God will never judge us. And who knows, He might just surprise us with unexpected blessing/s. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

My Reflection for Friday December 13, Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr ; Matthew 11:16-19

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Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19
Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by her works.”
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My Reflection:
Back when I was young you and I was always excited whenever it’s Christmas season.  Not because of the forthcoming birth of Jesus but because of Santa Clause and the gifts. This is what I always look forward to whenever its Christmas time. As I mature my mind was enlightened by the real meaning of Christmas it's none other than the birth of our savior Jesus.

Here in our gospel we have two important personalities that points us the true essence of Christ birth. Personality number one is John the Baptist, what does he teach us about Christmas? For John Christmas is about preparing ourselves to the forthcoming birth of our savior Jesus Christ.

John also tells us that it’s not enough that we properly prepare ourselves. It’s also a must that we properly prepare others about the real essence of Jesus’ birth into this world. And how must we prepare? It’s to prepare with simplicity and humility because John is the epitome of simplicity and humility.

Personality number two is Jesus himself, what does Jesus tells us about Christmas? It’s OK for Jesus to celebrate Christmas with merry making for so long as we do it properly. For example, it’s Ok to have celebration during this Christmas but we must do it to honor Jesus. Not to satisfy our own egos and selves, thus we forget that Christmas is about Jesus and certainly not about you and me.

For Jesus, His forthcoming birth is also about sharing and mingling. We share whatever we could chare not for our fellowmen to know that we are good Samaritans. But for them to know that along with what we share comes the message of the birth of Jesus. We also mingle with our friends and relatives during this season not solely to acquaint ourselves with what’s going on with our lives.  We mingle or we come together for the reason that we want to bring to them Jesus.

The same Jesus who’ve always been in our hearts yesterday, today and forever, Amen. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

My Reflection for Thursday December 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe; Matthew 11:11-15

Gospel: Matthew 11:11-15
Jesus said to the crowd: Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force. All the prophets and the law prophesied up to the time of John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, the one who is to come. Whoever has ears ought to hear.
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My Reflection:
John the Baptist called for the people to repent for the kingdom of God is at hand (Matthew 3:2). John also gave his life for the sake of righteousness when he criticized King Herod for coveting Herodias the wife of his brother Philip (Matthew 14:1-12). To follow Jesus faithfully is not easy because to follow Him devotedly is tantamount to be at war with this world.

We see this in the lifestyle and behavior of John. John is the walking advertisement of humility, simplicity and righteousness. John refused to kowtow to the dictates of this world. He stood for the values and teachings of Jesus and this eventually led to his violent death.

Up to this very day the forces of Evil are still very much active. It hovers around and it will try to snatch us from the embrace of Jesus. We must never allow ourselves to be deceived by the devil for he is a walking advertisement of evil and violence. Let us always be like John who remained simple and who stood against evil even at the cost of his very life.

We only pass in this world once let us take full advantage of it by making a stand for what is right as what John the Baptist did during his time. Let us never be discouraged if the people of this world will condemn us for not embracing this world. …

Sunday, December 8, 2013

My Reflection for December 8, Second Sunday of Advent; Matthew 3:1-12

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Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12
John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.  John wore clothing made of camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins.

When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
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My Reflection:
A group of siblings had a bitter dispute about inheritance from their parents. Since there was no last will and testament everyone was trying to outdo each other as to who would get the biggest chunk of wealth. Since there was no settlement it led to filling of cases in court. So the once happy siblings were now angry with each other.

The youngest amongst them had the wisdom to think about the unity of their family. So he humbly told his sibling, let us not quarrel over money and property. He further said that money come and go but family relationship once it’s broken is very hard to build again. Therefore the bitter dispute over money and property was healed by the family’s desire to be unified once again.

In our first reading for today the prophet Isaiah talks about the eventual reign of God. Where there is harmony and no disputes, everyone could peacefully co-exist with each other. The same is true with our second reading from Saint Pau’s letter to the Romans. It calls for unity and harmony with one another and their unifying factor is no other than God. They forget their own selves (Ego, pride and high regard for ones self) and allow the power of God through Jesus to unify them.     

In our gospel John the Baptist is preaching repentance for the kingdom of God is at hand. He specifically addressed this to the Pharisees and Sadducees. John the Baptist wanted them to produce concrete evidence of their repentance by their good deeds. This call to repentance of John is also addressed to us all to make us worthy for the forthcoming birth of Jesus.

Many families and siblings of today are not in harmony with one another there’s no sign of unity whatsoever. This is so for the reason that there is no visible sign of repentance in their hearts. Some are quarrelling over properties, some do not have peace in their family for the reason that they don’t want to admit their mistakes.

This second Sunday of advent let us ponder on this message of unity of our first and second readings. Let us also take courage to repent from all of our sinfulness as what John the Baptist tells us in our gospel.      

This is perhaps the best gift that we could give our family and Jesus this Christmas. … 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

My Reflection for Wednesday December 4, the First Week of Advent, Matthew 15:29-37

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Gospel: Matthew 15:29-37  
At that time: Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there. Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.” The disciples said to him, “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.” He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets full.
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My Reflection:
What do we do when we are sick? Of course we go to the doctor, but have we thought of going to Jesus first? To go to Him in deep prayer to ask Him to cure us with His mighty healing power. Many of us perhaps have forgotten already that Jesus is the greatest healer who ever walked on this earth. That’s why we sometimes forget to go to Him first in deep prayer before we go to our doctors. 

I know of someone who was sick, yes she went to her doctor for her healing. Whenever I go to the Blessed Sacrament I always see her there in deep prayer. Communing with Jesus asking Jesus to heal her, I now see her cured going about with her normal life.

In our gospel, great crowds went to Jesus, with them were the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many more sick people. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.

Whenever we are sick (Whatever it may be and no matter how grave it may be) let us always remember to go to Jesus first. And let us deeply pray to Him to heal us.

Do you always pray to Jesus?             

Saturday, November 30, 2013

My Reflection for Monday December 2, First week of Advent; Matthew 8:5-11


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Gospel: Matthew 8:5-11
When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.

For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.  I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”
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My Reflection:
Jesus wanted to go to the house of the centurion to personally cure the centurion’s ailing servant. But he said to Jesus, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” What a display of deep faith! It was already enough for him that he talked to Jesus about his wish for his servant. 

We can’t help but compare the faith of the centurion with our personal faith in Jesus. We can’t help also but compare our concern for the poor with his concern for his servant. In both instances we pale in comparison, our faith in Jesus is not as strong as the centurion. And our concern for the poor is not as much as his concern for his servant.

Jesus would certainly want us to have more faith in Him and have more concern for the poor. Most especially during these times when we can’t hold on to anyone except our faith. But how can we increase of faith in Jesus? We must pray often and in our prayers we must include our desire to have an increase of faith.

Of course our desire for increase of faith must not end with our vocal prayers. We must concretely show it also through our actions of faith. For example if we desire to have something from Jesus we must show Jesus that we want it by doing something to have it. We must not lie idly and just pray, we must act and exert our best effort.

This was what the centurion did, he went to Jesus, he saw Jesus and he talked to Jesus. And he told Jesus that he wants his ailing servant healed by Him. ... 

My Reflection for December 1, First Sunday of Advent, Matthew 24:37-44

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Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44
Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
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My Reflection:
During the time of Noah Yahweh saw the wickedness of men that’s why He decided to destroy them. Noah was a blameless and righteous man. And because of his righteousness he and a handful of his relatives and a few animals were saved by Yahweh.

From the time of Noah let as move fast forward to our present time. Is there still wickedness and evil in our environment today? The answer is a resounding yes!  Evil and wickedness is still prevalent today, it’s actually everywhere. And whether we admit it or not we continue also to harbor ill will and other unhealthy intentions in our hearts.

On this first Sunday of advent the church is calling for us to leave behind our sinful lives. This is best exemplified with this call of Saint Paul to the Romans, he tells us. “Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and lust, not in rivalry and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh. (Romans 13:12-14 ).

This call of renewal is also echoed by the prophet Isaiah in our first reading. He called for all people to go to the mountain of the Lord and walk with the light of the Lord (Isaiah 2:3 ).  

On this first Sunday of Advent we are also reminded about the uncertainty of life. That it may end anytime that’s why we must seriously hear God’s message for us. Let us repent and walk away from our sins, let us embrace goodness and humility.

We can best do this if we will find time to humbly submit ourselves to the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession.  

Thursday, November 28, 2013

My Reflection for Friday November 29, Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 21:29-33

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My Reflection:
There are many of us who doesn’t have an awareness of the kingdom of God or who do not have an idea as to what is the kingdom of God. This is not something that we should wonder for the reason that it’s really hard to find the kingdom of God. When we humans are more inclined to secularism and worldly things.

What many of us have today is the kingdom of this world. We are very busy to earn for our own survival and self-gratification. We allow ourselves to be eaten by the rat race ways of this world.
For example, in other countries where the presence of Jesus is almost non-existent in their people. Once they encounter major failures in their lives some people don’t think twice to commit suicide.

Why is this so? Perhaps the reason behind this is they’ve already focused themselves on this world. Every aspect of their lives revolves around this world. There is no illumination of the presence of Jesus in their lives. Here lies the danger of not having God in one’s life. It’s like always the end times whenever they encounter failures in their lives.

We are therefore very fortunate that we know Jesus because we always have this fortress of hope where we can always hold on. Whatever personal problems that we may have and no matter how bleak the future may seem. We remain hopeful and this hope is always given to us by Jesus.

Let us therefore share the gift of Jesus with our fellowmen let us not keep this to ourselves. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My Reflection for Wednesday November 27, Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 21:12-19

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My Reflection:
There are times in our lives that we suffer for faithfully following Jesus. Then we may be tempted to ask is this sufferings all worth it? Every suffering that we will go through for Jesus is all worth it. The people of this world will surely not agree but it’s all worth it! 

If we suffer poverty for Jesus’ sake, if we are persecuted for following Jesus. And if the events in our lives are not turning out well based on worldly standards because we chose to follow Jesus. Let us not worry for someday in the great beyond we will receive our price from Jesus Himself.

What are all these worldly appendages? It could slip out of our hands anytime, why are so many people so blinded by these worldly things? They covet it as if their lives hinges on it, perhaps this is how they see it. That’s why they covet the things of this world with all their might.    

However, at the end of our lives only one will matter and that’s none other than our faithfulness to Jesus. Try to possess Jesus instead than obsessively possess the fragile things of this world. …  

Saturday, November 23, 2013

My Reflection for November 24, Solemnity of Christ the King, Luke 23:35-43


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My Reflection:
Who among us would want to follow the kingship of Jesus?  He is an image of human weakness, He hangs on the cross blooded ang dying. The rulers sneered at Him even the soldiers taunted Him. Jesus on the cross was seemingly helpless and it seems that God has forsaken Him already.

If we were present during that time of His crucifixion we would not dare also touch Him with a ten foot pole. We would have also silently walked away like the others who were disappointed with Jesus show of human weakness.

What if Jesus projected the image of king David in our first reading (warrior, conqueror and leader) of course everyone would have flocked to His side. But Jesus did not show any warrior like demeanor, instead He showed a defeated behavior that His followers did not want to see from Him. That’s why in His most trying times everyone who followed Him eventually deserted Him.

 But during His moment of human weakness someone recognized His kingship. It was the criminal hanging on the cross beside Him. What made the criminal recognize His power and kingship? That he even asked Jesus to remember him when He is in His kingdom. It was the criminal’s humility and unwavering faith in Jesus. We may ask, is it possible for a criminal to be humble and is it possible for a criminal to have an unwavering faith in Jesus? Yes it is very possible!

How could this gospel help us to have a firmer grasp of the kingship of Jesus? We must always humble ourselves before Him. For example, we always go to Mass and we humbly submit ourselves to the Sacrament of Reconciliation as often as possible. We must not forget also to always ask Jesus to increase our faith.

But sad to say, many of us are situational followers of Jesus only. …   

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My Reflection for Saturday November 23, Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 20:27-40

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My Reflection:
What will happen to us after we die? Would we still know each others name if we see each other in heaven? Would we still feel the same if we see each other in heaven? We don’t know because we haven’t died yet.

But one thing is sure there will come a time that we will have a physical death. Would it be the end? No, we who follow Jesus believe that our physical death is only the beginning of eternal life with Jesus in heaven.

The Sadducees do not believe in the resurrection. That’s why they asked Jesus the question about the seven brothers who married the same woman. So they asked Jesus, to whom will she belong during resurrection?

Jesus gave them this meaningful answer, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage (Luke 20:34-35).

Many of us (Although in a different manner) have the same concern with the Sadducees, what will happen to you and me after we die. Are we not stretching our minds too far by having this thought? Instead of being concerned with the after life or the resurrection.

Why don’t we focus our attention to our present life? Do we live it according to the will of Jesus for us? If we live our present life according to the will of Jesus, we need not worry about the after life or resurrection. ...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My Reflection for Thursday November 21, the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Luke 19:41-44

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My Reflection:
In the midst of sad stories of destruction and deaths caused by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan there was also a story of triumph against the storm.  In the tiny island of Tulang Diyot inCebu Philippines almost all of the houses were badly damaged some were completely demolished by the typhoons strong winds and storm surge.

But it was a miracle that no one died in that tiny island considering that it was in the eye of the storm. The reason behind according to its mayor is they prepared for this for three days.  By relocating the people to safe and higher grounds. We see the good result  when we listen and follow the instructions of competent authorities.

During the time of Jesus, He also called for repentance, some listened to His call. But majority of them did not listen, they instead continued with their sinful way of life. In so doing they wrapped themselves with problems that they could have easily avoided if they only listened to Jesus.

Come to think of it, in our own personal lives there are also many instances that we are adviced to live a clean life. To renew our lives and walk away from all our sinfulness, but do we listen? Often times we don’t listen because we love to follow our own sinful desires, we allow the devil to possess us instead of Jesus.

Jesus is the best friend that we could ever have, He is our best adviser therefore it is a must that we always listen to Him. We have everything to gain and nothing to lose if we listen to Jesus. ...

Monday, November 18, 2013

My Reflection for Wednesday November 20, Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 19:11-28

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My Reflection:
The punishment for being unproductive servant of the Lord is quite scary as what we read in the gospel. But on the other hand the reward for being productive servant is very generous.

No one of us has been to the afterlife as such we don’t know what is the scheme of things there. But somehow the gospel for today gives us a glimpse of what’s in store for us there. If we become unproductive or if we become productive servants of the Lord Jesus.
  
Of course we must always strive to become productive servants of the Lord for this is our baptismal mission. We were not baptized to become idle Catholics. We were baptized so that we could share our faith and help the mission of Jesus.

But not every baptized Christian is able to become productive servants of Jesus. Many of us are not able to live our baptismal mission. What will happen to those who are not productive? How will they reply Jesus if they are asked if they became fruitful?

Would we be severely punished by Jesus if He discovers that we did not become productive stewards of our faith?  We don’t know what will happen by then. However, one thing is very sure there shall be an accounting of the things that we’ve done in this world. Good or bad there shall be an accounting. …

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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My Reflection for Friday November 15, Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 17:26-37

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My Reflection:
Before the deluge there will be advice first. For example, the church since time immemorial has been tirelessly advising us to live a life worthy in the eyes of the Lord. For what reason is this call of the church? This is to prepare us for the coming judgment day which unfortunately we don’t know when it will be.

The people during the time of Noah and Lot were also warned to live a life away from sin. But only very few listened some looked back and it spelled doom for them. The sign of the times is very clear for us also, natural calamities and man made disasters abound everywhere.  As if to warn us that things will not get any better unless we change for the better also. And unless we stop our abuse of our environment and have a radical change of heart to care for it.

We are experiencing destructive calamities that we have not experienced before because we abuse our environment. We experience terrible problems in our lives because we purposely refuse to hear the call of God to have a renewal and follow His path of righteousness.

We refuse to heed these calls until it hits us. Let us listen to these calls while we are still alive, while we still have time to right our many wrongs. ….