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 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.  

Saturday, November 23, 2013

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


http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/112413.cfm
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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. ...

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?

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 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. …