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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Sunday, June 30, 2013

My Reflection for Monday July 1, Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 8:18-22

My Reflection:
A Eucharistic lay minister was asked by his indisposed parish priest. To go to a faraway place to led the celebration of the word of God with Holy Communion. Being true to his calling the Eucharistic minister had no other choice but to go. So he cancelled his family commitment so that he would be able to live his calling as a follower of Jesus.  

It’s never easy to serve God; we have to sometimes sacrifice our very own comfort or even the comfort of our family. We need to sometimes give it up so that we can faithfully serve Jesus and His people.  

We must follow nevertheless even if it’s hard because to faithfully follow Christ is the only way that will lead us to our salvation. … 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

My Reflection for Saturday June 29, Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles: Matthew 16:13-19

My Reflection:
After Peter correctly answered the question of Jesus about His true identity. Jesus told Peter that the enlightenment to know Him came from God and not from his own. Thus being the anointed one Peter was chosen by Jesus to be the first head of the church. It was not by Peter’s own effort that he was chosen it was rather God who chose Peter.   

How many times have we credited ourselves for our achievements and success?    How many times have we owned to ourselves our knowledge about God? Many of us would always attribute to ourselves and through our hardwork everything that we know and have.

But in reality, what we know and have right now is purely a gift from God. Amongst the many we were anointed by God with those gifts not for us to boast about it. But to humbly use it for the greater glory of the kingdom of God in this world.

The Apostles Peter and Paul used their God given gifts to humbly advance God’s kingdom.

How about us... ?   

Monday, June 24, 2013

My Reflection for Wednesday June 26, Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 7:15-20

My Reflection:
To some people first impression is very important. External appearance also is very much valued by them. But first impression is usually false and external appearance is normally fake. How would we know the real character of a person? Listen to his/her language, watch his/her actions and get to know that person better.

There are times that we are easily taken by external appearance only to discover later that it is not real. The modern world that we are in right now is full of unreal and pretentious people.

Let us therefore not judge by first impression and by our naked eye for its usually false. …   

Friday, June 21, 2013

My Reflection for June 22, Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 6:24-34

My Reflection:
How many times have we depended on money than God? How many times have we prioritized money over God? We lost count already, because time and again many of us have chosen to kneel on mammon rather than God.  

We endlessly pursue the God of materialism. But what we don’t know is the more that we pursue materialism the more that we fill our lives with emptiness and longing. What good will it do us if we have all the money in this world yet we are empty deep inside our hearts.

Let us at all times depend on Jesus and let us make Jesus our life and happiness. …

Thursday, June 20, 2013

My Reflection for June 21, Friday Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious: Matthew 6:19-23

My Reflection:
A man had a dream that he would die soon, he took this seriously. So, he sold all his properties and gave the proceeds to the poor. When he was asked why he was selling everything he had. He simply said that he wants to travel light and without any excess baggage going to heaven.

Many of us have this penchant of accumulating material things and wealth. We can’t let go of it much less give it away perhaps this is influenced by our attachment to worldly things. But what good will it do us if we store for ourselves these material things? Nothing! It may even lead us to commit sin or it might make our lives more miserable and complicated.

It’s useless to accumulate worldly treasures if we would only keep it to ourselves.  For the simple reason that we cannot bring it to our graves and it will also hamper our ascent to heaven.

We must give away whatever wealth that we have while we still have time. Let us give it away most especially to the poor in the process we are storing-up our treasures in heaven. … 

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

My Reflection for June 16, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Luke 7:36-8:3

My Reflection:
A young lady who had five children from five different men was already labeled as an immoral sinner by her siblings and parents.  Her family has already given-up on her even if deep in her heart she was telling herself that she was ready to live a renewed life which is very different from her sinful past.

In our first reading for this Sunday we have King David who committed sin against God by coveting the wife of his soldier Uraih. He purposely feed Uriah to their enemies. So that he would be killed and hence possess his wife without any complications. The action of King David was sinful but notwithstanding his sin he was forgiven by God because he humbly admitted his sinfulness before God almighty.

Similarly, we have in our gospel a sinful woman who humbly went to Jesus to honor Him by kissing His feet and anointing it with ointment. She cried before Jesus as if begging Jesus for forgiveness and second chance. Jesus saw her humility and her honest desire to start a new life. That’s why despite of her grave sins she was forgiven by Jesus.

There is always hope and forgiveness for us sinners no matter how grave the sins that we have committed against Jesus. …      

Friday, June 7, 2013

My Reflection for June 8 Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Luke 2:41-51

My Reflection:
An octogenarian mother was confined by her children to a home care facility. After two years she died, when her children were looking after her belonging. They found a daily journal that she wrote; it all contained her longing and prayers for her children and grandchildren.  

When Jesus went missing the most affected was the Blessed Mother. The anguish of Mary was very prominent in the gospel. Why is this so? This is for the reason that our mothers carried us in their wombs for nine months. They were already feeding us, taking care of us even while we were still in their wombs.

Like the feelings of the Blessed Mother, this is also the thoughts of all mothers they always keep close in their hearts their children. They always pray for them and they always have this longing for them. Sometimes we don't see this externally expressed. But  if we could only see what is in their hearts it’s always love, care and longing for their children. 

Let us give our love and care of our mothers as Jesus loved and cared for the Blessed Mother. ...

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

My Reflection for June 7 Friday Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Luke 15:3-7

My Reflection:
A wayward daughter who had four children from four different men was disowned by her parents. The distraught daughter had nowhere to go for she was practically thrown into the garbage by her parents. While mulling about reforming her life she went to a convent to seek advice and temporary shelter from the nuns there.

There are really times that we tend to give-up already on those who are lost and wayward. We don’t take into account the fact that they are also very much capable of reforming their lives. We don’t take into consideration that we too are sinners and Jesus has not given-up on us no matter how many times we’ve offended Him.

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. And we see in the gospel the Sacred Heart of Jesus, His heart that never give-up. His heart that is very much willing to temporarily leave behind the many to seek out the lost and misguided.

If we are quick to condemn Jesus doesn't condemn. If we give-up already on the lost and misguided, Jesus will never ever give-up on them.   

Do you have a misguided/wayward relative or friend? Don’t give-up on them look for them and when you find them share to them the enlightenment of Jesus. …

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Why do we shout in anger at each other... ? Author Unknown

A saint who was visiting river Ganges to take a bath found a couple on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled and asked.

'Why do people shout in anger shout at each other?'

The disciples thought for a while, one of them said, 'Because we lose our temper, we shout.'

'But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner.' asked the saint.

The disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.
Finally the saint explained.

'When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.

What happens when two people fall in love? They don't shout at each other but talk softly, because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small.

The saint continued, 'When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that's all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.'

He looked at his disciples and said.

'So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant, Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return. …