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

Friday, May 31, 2013

My Reflection for June 2, Sunday, The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Luke 9:11b-17

My Reflection:
When we are familiar already with a person who is especial to us the tendency for us is to treat that especial person as ordinary. For example when we’re courting our respective wives they were very especial to us. We shower them with gifts and other wonderful things that we could give them. Then after marrying them the especial slowly turned to ordinary we became too familiar with them.

The apostles were already too familiar with Jesus they’ve been with Him day in and day out. They’ve been witnessing left and right miracles from Him and slowly witnessing miracles became an ordinary occurrence for them.

Because of their familiarity with Jesus they suddenly forgot that by mere click of His finger Jesus was capable of feeding the crowd. They all of a sudden forgot the many miracles of Jesus; the spark on their eyes was unexpectedly gone all because of their familiarity.

That’s why as the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached Him and said, “Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here (Luke 9:12).”

There are times that this happens to us too, we seem to be familiar with Jesus also that He becomes an ordinary person to us. We forget that He is very much capable of making miracles in our lives. We sometimes forget to thank Him for the blessing of a new life in the morning.

We also often times forget to thank Him for the food on the table. We sometimes forget to invoke His mighty name for the simple reason that we are too familiar with Him thus He becomes ordinary to us.

Whenever we go to Holy Mass and receive His Body and Blood during Holy Communion. It is always an assurance that Jesus is always there for us. Ever ready to make miracles in our lives, it reminds us not to forget to always call upon His mighty name. …

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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My Reflection for June 1, Saturday Memorial of Saint Justin, Martyr, Mark 11:27-33

My Reflection:
It was natural for the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders to question the authority of Jesus for they were not his followers. They know Jesus based only on what they see and hear they have no personal interactions with Jesus. If only they were His followers they would have not questioned His authority.

This is what normally happen to us when we have no personal intimacy with Jesus. When our knowledge about Jesus is based only on what we see and hear. We question Him also when we pass through some difficulties and trials in our lives.

We will only understand the authority of Jesus or the role of Jesus in our lives once we start to know Him more intimately. Let us not be content with what we see and hear about Jesus. Let us delve deeper by exerting effort to know Him deeply.  Thus, we eliminate doubts about His authority to move in our lives. …    

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My Reflection for May 29, Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time: Mark 10:32-45

My Reflection:
When James and John asked Jesus if they can sit beside Him in His glory.  Jesus told the two that those premium seats had already been reserved, for whom? It is for the humble ones, for those who are not seeking self-glorification and for those who are willing to silently toil in the vineyard of the Lord.

Obviously, James and John were seeking glorification without putting forward humility and sacrifice. The paradox of serving Jesus is this: we must first be willing to be humbled before we are exalted. We must first be willing to die to ourselves before we actually live.

 This does not mean that we have to pretend to be humble so that we will be exalted and served. No! When we decide to serve in the vineyard of the Lord we must rid ourselves with any form of pretensions and false expectations.  We serve because it originates from the pureness of our desire.

There will be no heavenly glorification for us.  if we will not first embrace humility. And the pure desire to serve and sacrifice our very selves in the name of Jesus. …

Monday, May 20, 2013

My Reflection for May 22, Wednesday of the Seventh Week: Mark 9:38-40

My Reflection:
Arrogance and superiority complex is something that enslaves us every once in a while. We sometimes think that we have the monopoly of knowledge about Jesus. But Jesus tells us that we don’t have it all, His name is not exclusively for us it’s for every believer.

The same is true with our daily personal lives. There are times that we fall to the trap of self-righteousness. We look down on our less educated and materially handicapped brothers and sisters. But that is very wrong; before the eyes of God almighty we are all equal none of us have an upper hand as far as He is concerned.

So let us at all times be tolerant, humble and gentle towards our fellowmen. Most especially with those who have less in life. …  

Saturday, May 18, 2013

My Reflection for May 20, Monday of the Seventh Week: Mark 9:14-29

My Reflection:
Faith is to believe even if we don’t see yet what we believe. It is something that we firmly hold-on even if nobody believes in us.

When Jesus cured the possessed boy the disciples asked Him why were they not able to do what He had just done. All though Jesus did not told them that they lacked faith it was very obvious that it was the cause of their failure to cure the possessed boy. What was the cause of their lack of faith? It was the disciples’ inadequate prayer life as told to them by Jesus (Mark 9:29).

In the midst of our busy life we must always find time for prayer. … 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My Reflection for May 19, Pentecost Sunday: John 20:19-23

My Reflection:
An old man was wondering how he will have an awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit in his life. He was often murmuring to himself, “I’m already old yet I don’t feel the presence of the Holy Spirit.” This old man is not alone in this predicament because many of us have no awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit.

What is the secret for us to become aware that the Holy Spirit is alive and working in our lives? The secret to unleash the presence of the Holy Spirit is a prayerful life. Not an intermittent prayer life but a life disposed to daily prayer. Perhaps we can allocate five to ten minutes everyday for prayers and meditations. Then slowly but surely the Holy Spirit will manifest its presence within us.   

In our first reading we read about the disciples and the Blessed Mother who were together  in one place. What were they doing there? They were praying until God the Holy Spirit blessed them with its indwelling presence in their lives.

The same occurrence happened in our gospel. The disciples were in one room because of their fear of the Jews and they were praying to Jesus. Then suddenly Jesus appeared to them. He greeted them with peace; afterwards He breathed on them and gave them the  presence of the Holy Spirit.

If we want to have an awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit there’s no other way for us to do but to have a regular prayerful life.  Let us strongly pray for it so that we will be blessed by its presence and gifts such as: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude/Courage, knowledge and Fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).  

Do we already feel the movement of the Holy Spirit in our lives?

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

My Reflection for May 12, Sunday Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord: Luke 24:46-53

My Reflection:
After forty days upon His resurrection and after many appearances to His disciples within that forty days. It is now mission accomplished for Jesus. He will now ascend into heaven to be at the right hand of God.

What does this signify to the disciples? This means that the responsibility to spread the gospel lies now on their hands. The disciples were very successful on this mission that was given to them by Jesus.  If they were not successful we would not have our faith right now.   

How about us? What does Jesus wants from us as He now ascends to heaven? Jesus wants us all to become like the disciples. He wants us to evangelize also, Jesus wants us to witness for Him through our words and actions.

Sometimes we are afraid to embrace this responsibility because of our limitations. For example we may say, “How can I evangelize when I am not a good speaker?” But evangelization is not solely limited through speaking we can also evangelize through our actions.

We can now even evangelize thru the cyberspace by writing our thoughts about Jesus and His gospels. We think we can’t help Jesus spread the good news because we are imprisoned by our limitations.

But we must bear in mind that nothing is impossible with Jesus. Everything is possible with Him for as long as we believe and have faith. …

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My Reflection for May 9 Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter: John 16:16-20

My Reflection:
For some life is quite simple: we eat, sleep, work and do our daily ordinary routines. But for some life is mysterious also, we live today but we will not know what may happen next. This is life, very simple yet mysterious also.    

The disciples in our gospel for today were not able to comprehend this cryptic statement of Jesus: “A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me.” Perhaps even if we were present during that time we would also fail to understand the deeper meaning of Jesus statement.

As you continue with your earthly journey there will be events in your life that will be very hard for you to understand. You may reach a point to contemplatively ask God, why is this happening to me?

Nonetheless, we must continue to believe that there’s a God who is in-charge. And we must continue to trust that things happen for a deeper reason that only God knows. …  

My Reflection for May 7, Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter: John 16:5-11

My Reflection:
There’s a sense of melancholy in the words of Jesus in our gospel for today. He tells the disciples: “Now I am going to the one who sent me.” Just imagine the effect of these words to the disciples. Their teacher, leader, healer, father figure and close confidant will suddenly be leaving their presence.

But Jesus will not be leaving them empty handed because He is promising them the abiding presence of the Advocate or the Holy Spirit. Who will always be there to guide them in every step of the way as they do their mission of propagating the gospel of Jesus.

Someday we will also be leaving this world. Through death our mortal being will vanish from the sight of our loved ones and friends. And surely there will be grief and loneliness also. But our legacy will hopefully remain enduring and we hope that we will leave a lasting imprint in the hearts of the people whom we have touched base.

This would only happen if we would become true followers of Jesus in our words and deeds. Are we slowly transforming our lives to become true followers of Jesus? 

Friday, May 3, 2013

My Reflection for Sunday May 5, Sixth Sunday of Easter John 14:23-29

My Reflection:
There was a husband who pledge his undying love to his wife through the Sacrament of Matrimony. After living in peace and harmony for twenty plus years cracks started to manifest in their marriage. The husband had grown colder and indifferent to his wife and grown-up children.

The tortured wife started to sense that something was wrong, so she investigated and she discovered that her husband has another family. His infidelity caused him to be hated by his grown-up children and his wife. By his immoral action he sacrificed the peace and love of his family to satisfy his morally wrong happiness.

In our gospel Jesus talks about love, the Holy Spirit and peace. How can we justify our love for our family that we swear to God to keep until eternity if we are destroying it? How can we invite the sacred presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives if we shoo it away by our many negative acts such as immorality? How can we have peace in our family when we are the main source of anger and hatred? How can we say that we love God if our actions are contrary to His teachings?

Many of us profess that we love God, that we believe that God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one and the same. But our actions are very much contrary to what we say and profess. … 

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