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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Saturday, July 27, 2013

My Reflection for July 28, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Luke11:1-13

My Reflection:
Can we measure God’s love and mercy for us? No we can’t because God’s love and mercy is infinite. It is not like the mercy and love that we have towards our fellowmen which is always bounded by time and space.

In our first reading for this Sunday we read about Abraham having a conversation with God. While he was conversing with God he tried to measure the love and mercy of God towards the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. He asked God if He would destroy that place, but the Lord God said no.

In our gospel we also read the same love and mercy of God coursed through a story told by Jesus. It was about a persistent friend who never gave-up to ask for three loaves of bread. By his persistence he exposed the infinite love and mercy of God towards him.

Jesus is forever merciful and loving to us, no matter who we are and no matter how grave our sins are. ...

Friday, July 26, 2013

My Reflection for Saturday July 27, Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 13:24-30

My Reflection:
Perhaps we wonder why there are people who choose to go against the will of God. Instead of living a life attuned to what God wants they live it according to what they want. And often times in pursuing what they want they become sinful.

There are many of them we may even be one of them. But why does Jesus allow sin? Why does He allow it to exist and in the process temp us when He could easily eliminate it from our environment?

God has a purpose for allowing sin to exist:
1. For us to avoid and eventually eliminate it let us remember that we are Jesus’ extension in this world thus He expects us to do something about sin.  
2. If we observe that our fellowmen are veering away from the path of Jesus towards the path of sin. We must not pretend not to see or be numb about it, we must take action by advising them to walk away from sin.

What if they will not or we will not stop sinning? We must prepare for its many consequences. But why go to the extent of experiencing the painful wages of sin when we can reform and permanently walk away from sin?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My Reflection for July 25, Thursday Feast of Saint James, Apostle, Matthew 20:20-28

My Reflection:
Many are attracted to serve in the church not because they want to help advance the teachings of Jesus. Their attraction comes from what the church could give or what they could derive from the church if they would serve.  But we all know that this kind of motive is built upon a person’s self-image and therefore useless.

True service in the vineyard of the Lord is all about humility. Not thinking of what we can derive from the church, but what we can humbly give to God and His church. True service for the church is not about having power and influence it’s based on losing power and influence.

Obviously the mother in our gospel for today and many of us too are still not aware of this. …  

Monday, July 22, 2013

My Reflection for July 23, Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Matthew 12:46-50

My Reflection:
Perhaps many of us are wishing to become Jesus’ relative. Is this possible? Of course but there’s no free ride here or free entry pass.

Jesus could easily become our relative if only we would be willing to follow Him. But how many of us are willing to walk the road less travelled and follow Jesus?

Are we willing to humble ourselves before our fellowmen? Are we willing to sacrifice our selfish interest for others? Are we willing to eat our pride so that we would have a peaceful co-existence with our fellowmen? Are we willing to serve the poor? 

We have to persevere and sacrifice if we truly want to follow the will of God. Let us not worry about the weight of our sacrifice and perseverance for Jesus is always there to make our burdens light. ...  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My Reflection for Saturday July 20, Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Matthew 12:14-21

My Reflection:
The Pharisees were planning to put Jesus to death and Jesus knew about this evil plan of action of his persecutors. In the midst of  threats and pressure on His life Jesus chose to avoid them. He could have confronted them because He also had His own followers at that time.

But he calmly walked away from trouble He instead chose to serve His people by healing them. When we are faced with the same situation let us emulate the example of Jesus. He is never arrogant, never violent and He always chose to be useful to His people.   

Gentleness, non-violence, cool under pressure, selflessness and humility are but a few of Jesus’ virtues.  Can we somehow measure-up to these virtues of Jesus… ?  

Sunday, July 14, 2013

My Reflection for Monday July 15, Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, Matthew 10:34-11:1

My Reflection:
A woman whose insatiable greed for money was beyond compare was rebuked by her brother. She was slighted by the reprimand so instead of calmly obeying her brother. She spew-out venomous language towards her brother that led to their permanent estrangement.

There are times that we need to speak-out for us to correct an errant behavior. The cost on ourselves, our friends and family may be irreparable. We need to speak-out nevertheless since this is our moral obligation as true followers of Christ. For example if our rebuke for them will make them aware of their mistakes then we must do for it may save them from damaging circumstances in the future.

Sometimes we are to blame for the misbehavior and arrogance of our relatives and friends. For the simple reason that we did not muster enough courage to admonish them. … 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

My Reflection for July 7, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

My Reflection:
An Extra Ordinary Minister of the Holy Communion was asked by his parish priest if he could go to a nearby village for a house blessing. The minister of the Holy Communion agreed so he went wearing his uniform that would identify him as such. When he arrived everyone was calling him father so the lay minister would always tell them that he was not the priest. Majority of those who were present were also not able to respond to the prayers.

What can we learn from this true story? Many Catholics do not know how to differentiate a priest from a lay minister. Many of us do not even know the basic prayers of the church. Thus we become Catholics in name only. We need to be evangelized; we need to be educated about the teachings of the church. Indeed the harvest is abundant but the laborers are still few.

When Jesus appointed the seventy two to become His co-workers in his vineyard He recognized that there was plentiful harvest but very few workers to help Him. Is this not the situation also right now as depicted by our story?  The call of Jesus to the seventy two is His call to us also. Jesus wants us to become His close friends and partners in His ministry of evangelization. Let us not worry about the cost and hardship that it would entail us because Jesus will always be there to walk with us. 

Upon their return Jesus told them: “Rejoice because your names are written in heaven." The same words we will hear the moment we respond in whatever way to His call.

What are we doing about this? Are we just content to be an observer?  

Monday, July 1, 2013

My Reflection for Wednesday July 3, Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle: John 20:24-29

My Reflection:
What impels us to go to Mass? It’s our deep faith in Jesus, we allocate time and we prepare ourselves for this union with Jesus. But there are times that we get disappointed with the homily of the priest. So instead of going back to Mass some of us would purposely miss it and we will just be content on watching tv Mass.

But is this correct? No it’s not! Whenever we purposely fail to voluntarily submit ourselves to the celebration of the Holy Mass. We also deny ourselves deeper intimacy with Jesus and as a result of this we miss the opportunity to further deepen our faith in Him.

Thomas was nowhere to be found when Jesus made himself visible once again to His apostles. Where was he around that time? Perhaps he was just around the vicinity pondering about his faith and the role of Jesus in his life.     

Maybe we are also thinking about our faith and the role of Jesus in our lives. Continue doing it for it will lead us to a personal encounter with the risen Christ. …