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

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

Manalagin po tayo...


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. ….  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Stop the blame game, let us be one...


My Reflection for Wednesday November 13, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin; Luke 17:11-19

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My Reflection:
Let us imagine seeing these ten lepers, perhaps many of us if not all of us will avoid them like a plague. Such is our attitude whenever we see some unsightly people we avoid them or we cringe to be with them because we don’t want to be associated with them.

When Jesus heard the pleadings of the lepers (Jesus, Master Have pity on us!), he cured them immediately without any question asked. That is Jesus for you and me, always ready to help to whoever who wants to be helped.

This gospel is very timely because like the ten lepers who pleaded help. Many of our fellowmen who were ravaged by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan are in desperate need of help. We see it on TV they are shouting for help, we see it on the ground, they’ve written the word HELP so that they could attract attention from those who are in the plane or helicopter. Hunger and desperation are everywhere, what are we going to do with this?

As followers of Jesus it’s our moral obligation to help them in whatever way. If we cannot help them materially, we could pray for them, let us include them in our daily prayer.  Let us offer Mass for their intentions.

Let us all become another Jesus to our fellowmen regardless of color or creed most especially to those who were ravaged by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan here in the Philippines. …     

Monday, November 11, 2013

My Reflection for Tuesday November 12, Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr, Luke 17:7-10

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My Reflection:
Once in a while there are vicious calamities like this brutal typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan that will force us to question if there is really God. I for one has been reflecting on this thought, is there really God? And because we were taught that there is a God we will say, yes there is God. But then again at the backs of our minds we will ask again and again and again. If there’s a God, why these destructions and why this extreme sufferings and deaths?

We don’t know the answers to these very valid questions because there are times that God seems to be deaf to our longing for Him. But who are we to question the majesty of God? We are but a speck in this world, finite humans that easily gives up on God whenever we are faced with this massive kind of disaster.

In our lowliness before this infinite and all powerful God, I think it’s also valid for us to ask Him questions. It’s also valid for us to beg for answers, why? Why all these sufferings and chaos? Why this innocent loss of lives? Let us ask God to answer these valid questions of ours for the reason that even servants have rights too.

In spite all of these bleak and heart wrenching incidents we who remain alive must not lose faith. No matter how depressing the situation, we must not lose faith! We must continue to hold on to this God who gave us life and faith. Otherwise if we will lose faith, to where will we go? We embrace atheism? We do evil and allow the Devil to take control of our lives? That would be more catastrophic than the destruction of typhoon Yolanda. 

Let us therefore cling to our faith with all our might. Even if we are mere servants in the vineyard of the majestic Lord for even servants are entitled to have faith in Him. …  

Let us pray...


Manalangin po tayo...


Sunday, November 10, 2013

My Reflection for Monday November 11, Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop; Luke 17:1-6

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My Reflection:
The apostles said to Jesus: “Increase our faith!” Isn’t this what we also want, for our faith to increase?

There was this woman who wanted her faith to increase she practically did everything to have it. She went to church regularly, read the bible and she did devotion to the blessed Mother. However she noticed that there was not much increase in her faith.

She even shouted, “Increase my faith O Lord” but there was no increase in her faith. In fact she noticed that her faith was actually diminishing because she was more trusting on herself than the Good Lord. Why?  For the simple reason that she remained arrogant towards her relatives and friends. She always want to have her way in everything that she does: in short there was not much change in her egotistical behavior.

What must we do then for us to have an increase in our faith? We must be humble at all times, before God and before our fellowmen. We must trust God more than we trust ourselves. We attract graces (including the grace of faith) if we are humble and if we bow our heads before God.

When we’re humble and more trusting in God it simply means that we’re opening ourselves for heavenly graces that God pours to those who are always ready to accept it with humility and trust. What happens if we’re arrogant and we trust more on ourselves? We’re shutting ourselves with the graces from God, that’s how plain and simple it is.

We cannot anymore fill a glass full of water, this is the arrogant and self-trusting person but we can certainly pour more water to a half-empty glass, this is the person who trusts and humbles himself before God. …

Let us generously help and pray for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines


Saturday, November 9, 2013

My Reflection for November 10, Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Luke 20:27-38

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My Reflection:
It’s very hard to think that there is no resurrection like what the Sadducees believed. For example if there’s no afterlife what then is the purpose of our lives in this world? What then is the purpose of our worship and faith in an eternal God? What then is the reason why we do good?

We follow Christ and we try to live His teachings because we believe that by doing so. We will be with our eternal God after our earthly journey is over and done with already. To deny that there is no resurrection is like to deny that there is no heaven and hell in the after life.

But we know that there is heaven and hell and this heaven and hell is not an exclusive domain of the after life. For example, if we live our lives in this world contrary to the teachings of God. We will experience hell already even while we are still alive. On the other hand if we live our lives according to the teachings of God we will experience heaven even if we are still here in this world.

There is resurrection and there is afterlife because this is what God through the Holy Spirit has taught the church to teach us. We must believe this because we are believers in an infinite God who is not bound by time and space. A God who loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son for us.

Come to think of it, if there is no resurrection there is also no purpose in our lives. But there is resurrection that’s why we live a purpose driven life in this world. 

What is your purpose in life?

Friday, November 8, 2013

My Reflection for Saturday November 9, Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome; John 2:13-22

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My Reflection:
What is the message of Jesus for us in our gospel? It’s respect for His church, the same church that you visit everyday if you’re a daily Mass goer.  And the same church that you visit every Sunday if you are a regular Sunday Mass goer.

This is a very strong reminder for all of us because nowadays the church is not anymore used solely for worship and prayer. Some parish churches sometimes are used for rumor mongering, for business opportunities and sometimes it’s used as a trysting place for lovers.

And who are they? Sad to say but some of them are the  people who are directly involve in the church. They are not the ordinary Mass goer but those who spend time and do volunteer work for the church.   

Another temple that Jesus wants to speak about is our very own bodies which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. What have we done to our bodies? What are the values that we feed and conjure in our minds?

Perhaps, Jesus wants to remind you and me about the real purpose of the church.  It's always  a temple of worship and a safe refuge for the poor, for those who are lost and losing hope.

The word of God is always relevant and timely it directly speaks to us and when it speaks to us we must listen. …    

Manalagin po tayo...


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

My Reflection for Friday November 8, Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 16:1-8

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My Reflection:
The steward in our gospel is creative enough to devise a scheme to ensure his survival after he is out of job. He discounted all the debtors payment, what a clever move but the downside is he did this to ensure only his survival.

What if he did the same but with the end in mind that he was doing this so that the debtors would know how generous and friendly is his master?  So that when his master eventually comes to visit his debtors they would warmly welcome him. But he did this for his own benefit.

This is a very good reminder for all of us who profess to follow Jesus. Who are presently doing the mission of Christ or who are aspiring to evangelize the teachings of Jesus. Let us do it not to serve our selfish ends; let us rather always do evangelization to serve the purpose of Christ. So that people will know Christ more than they will know us.

Preachers and other sharers for Jesus come and go in this world. But the teachings about Christ that we’ve taught them will remain forever in their hearts. And they may even pay it forward for as long as we evangelized Jesus and not ourselves.

How are we doing our evangelization so far? Do we always carry and advance the goodness of Jesus?    

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My Reflection for Wednesday November 6, Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 14:25-33

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My Reflection:
If you are a member of a charismatic group perhaps you’ve already watched a life testimony of your fellow member. Majority of these testimonies deals with the many blessings that they’ve received from the good Lord. We rarely hear testimony about their sufferings and crosses and how Jesus helped them carry it.

In our gospel for today, Jesus speaks to us about the suffering and crosses that is incorporated with our true discipleship. Jesus tells us: “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” What do these profound words of Jesus mean to you and me?

As we truly follow Jesus we must also open ourselves with the carrying of our own cross and enduring also our suffering. Because it is only through these two that we could have that true feeling of companionship with Jesus. If we say, that life is all bed of roses since we’ve followed Jesus. Then, we have not really felt the true companionship of Jesus in our lives.

True discipleship for Christ Jesus is felt only when we suffer for His sake, when we are willing to carry our cross for His sake. And when we are willing to give even our very lives so that others may live and have that encounter with Jesus. This is the real essence of authentic discipleship for Jesus.

In the silence of our hearts let us examine our own discipleship for Christ Jesus. Have we already suffered for Him? Have we already carried our cross for Him?  

Sunday, November 3, 2013

My Reflection for Tuesday November 5, Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 14:15-24

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My Reflection:
A young mother was always being advised by her mother to always bring her children to church for Mass. The young mother would always reason out that they have many preoccupations. When her children grew up they became disrespectful to her. All of them did not finish their studies and were not successful in their personal lives.

The celebration of Holy Mass is always an invitation for all of us to be there. Nobody is barred from attending its celebration but unfortunately not everyone of us responds to this invitation. And our usual reason is we also have our many concerns. Thus our presence at Holy Mass becomes the least of our priorities.

Let us not wait for the time when we become old and sickly to make time for God through our attendance in the Holy Mass. Let us take advantage to always be there while we are still in the pink of health.

At the end of our lives, our worldly achievement will not matter anymore no matter how significant it is, it will not matter anymore. What will matter then is our personal relationship with Jesus. Let us therefore build that relationship now by making ourselves available for Holy Mass. … 

My Reflection for Monday November 4, Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop; Luke 14:12-14

 Gospel: Luke 14:12-14
On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees. He said to the host who invited him, “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
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My Reflection:
The leading Pharisee who invited Jesus obviously was well known and powerful. Thus we could surmise that his circle of friends was naturally well known and powerful also. And Jesus knew about this that’s why Jesus gave the Pharisee something to think about or a food for thought as far as inviting guest is concerned.

Jesus said to him; when you have a lunch or a dinner. Do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. Wow! This is very hard to do for the Pharisee and for us as well!

How could we invite them when they are not inside our circle of friends? How could we invite them when most of them live in dirty environment? How could we invite them when they are not externally presentable and there are many more reasons not to invite them.

If we don’t invite them we are judging them already based on what we see about them. And most of the time what we see on them is unpleasant and not worthy for our very judgmental eyes. But we don’t see the heart of the poor, the lame, the cripple, the lame and the blind. If only we could see what’s in their hearts, it’s none other than Jesus, Jesus dwells in their hearts.

Let us seriously take note of these teachings of Jesus because when we invite them we are actually inviting Jesus. …     

Friday, November 1, 2013

My Reflection for Saturday November 2, Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) Matthew 25:31-46

 Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous* will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?

When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ i And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ * j Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’  Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ l And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
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My Reflection:
Jesus speaks about the last judgment today, the separation of those who are worthy in His eyes and those who are not. Those who are worthy will be at His right and those who are not will be at His left.  

Do we need to fear His last judgment? Of course not! We who truly follow Jesus must not fear the judgment of God. If it comes to us we welcome it with open arms, we will not hide from it.

Why welcome the judgment of God with open arms? For the reason that we did what we have to do, we feed the hungry. We gave water to the thirsty, we welcomed strangers without any reservations. We clothed the naked, we took care of the sick and visited those who were in prison.

Put these virtues together and we could label it now as Devine charity. We give not a part of ourselves to help our fellowmen but our very selves. We give and help the marginalized without any motives whatsoever for we are just doing what Christ Jesus told us to do.

Someday we will be joining the multitude of souls. Instead of us visiting and praying for them we will now be the ones who will be visited and prayed for. But the paradox of the end of our lives is we don’t know which side we would be. Would we end-up on the right side or left side of God?

No one can answer this question except God. …