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

Forgive my many grammatical and punctuation mistakes :). - mjdasma

Monday, January 28, 2013

My Reflections for Tuesday January 29, Mark 3:31-35 (Saint Gildas the wise)

Gospel:
The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, “Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for you.” But he said to them in reply, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
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My Reflections:
Jesus asked: Who are my mother and brothers?  Then He subsequently answered: “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” 

What does this say to you and me? Perhaps this tells us that if we want to get close and intimate with Jesus we must be like Him: His humility, His acts of kindness and His countless selfless actions.  

These are the challenges that we must ponder if we want to get closer to Jesus.

Can we measure-up to these challenges... ? 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

My Reflections for Monday January 28, Mark 3:22-30 (Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor)


Gospel:
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.” Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him.

But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house. Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies   that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.” For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
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My Reflections:
We are capable of saying disparaging words when envy rules us. We say it because we just want to destroy the good reputation of the person before our fellowmen. What happens next after we’re able to destroy the reputation? Would we feel triumphant because we’re able to destroy that person’s reputation? We will not gain anything from it except to allow hatred to rule our hearts.

Jesus was accused by the scribes as being possessed by Beelzebul because they were envious of growing popularity and power. They’ve tried to destroy His reputation but were not able to do so.

Let us not be envious with anyone let us close our hearts to this destructive emotion. …

Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Reflections for January 27, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Gospel:
Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received.

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all. He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
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My Reflections:
A father was having problems with his family; his wife was often out of their house with her friends. His children were not different; often they were out of their house also.  Naturally the father was thinking of how he can bring back peace and stability to their household.

Many ideas floated in his mind until he remembered the advice given to him by his brother years ago.  The advice was for him to have a regular habit of leading his family to read and reflect about the words of God in the bible. So he did, initially by himself then after a few weeks he asked his wife and children to join him then after a short period of time they lived happily ever after.

The words of God in the bible are living spirit that gives life, it unites us, it enlightens us and refreshes us. We must fully take advantage of this gift by giving it regular time for reading and meditation. But sad to say many Catholics seldom open their bibles to read, reflect and thereafter partake of its wisdom.

In our gospel, Jesus was in the synagogue for the day of Sabbath. He read aloud the words of the prophet Isaiah that was meant for Him. Jesus never kept it to himself He shared it with those who were present. We must not only be content also with reading our bible we must have the courage to share it.

Many are afraid to venture into sharing the words of God; they only keep it to themselves. If we do this we restrict God’s wondrous power within us but this is not the will of God. God wills us to share what we know about Him so that many lives will be enlightened in that process many souls will be saved.

As Jesus shared the wisdom of the bible so we must also. Let us not be afraid with the obstacles and with our personal limitations for God will always be with us. …   

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My Reflections for Thursday January 24, Mark 3:7-12 (Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor)

Gospel:
Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd,  so that they would not crush him. He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him. And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son of God.” He warned them sternly not to make him known.
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My Reflections:
Many were pressing themselves towards Jesus because of His healing touch. But it’s not all the time that Jesus will heal us, there will be times that we will still be sick no matter how hard we push ourselves towards Jesus.

Let us not lose faith in Jesus even if He doesn’t heal us physically He has His own reasons. Perhaps it’s a test of our faith; perhaps Jesus wants us to journey with Him in His suffering towards Calvary.

The more that healing seems elusive that more that we must intensely follow Jesus. …

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My Reflections for Sunday January 13, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

Gospel:
The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
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My Reflections:
A newly deputized Eucharistic Lay Minister was so proud of his new found parish ministry that he invited everyone in there place to announce to them that he is now a Eucharistic Minister. He was not content with that kind of publicity so he told those who were gathered that he became a Lay Minister because he wanted it for so long. And according to him, no one influenced him to join the ministry but himself. After two months the Lay Minister was not anymore in the ministry.

What separates John from this Lay Minister? John is humble and this Lay Minister is not, John pointed to Jesus as the greater power in his ministry while the Lay Minister pointed to himself as the power behind his short-lived church involvement.

We celebrate today the feast of the baptism of the Lord. What does it tells us?  It reminds us of our own baptismal mission; it reminds us that we have a responsibility to do as baptized Christians. Our baptismal mission is to share our faith and in sharing our faith we also have a responsibility to do, none other than to share our faith with humility. And to let the virtue of humility become an integral part of our lives, this simply means that we must be humble at all times. 

What if we do not have the virtue of humility? We will not become effective bearers and sharers of the teachings of Jesus. We will not also become successful in our mission to bring others to Jesus. 

We can convince others to follow Christ if we would always be humble. We could develop the curiosity of our fellowmen to be interested with our faith if we live it with humility. As Jesus and John were humble evangelizers of the faith during their time, so must we. For the reason that it is only through our humility that we could effectively live our baptismal mission.

There is no other way but the way of humility. …    

Friday, January 4, 2013

My Reflections for Sunday January 6, Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord: Matthew 2:1-12

Gospel:
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet: And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.” Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.”

After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.
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My Reflections:
During Christmas time a mother with twelve grown-up children was always alone in her big house.  When she was asked by her neighbor why she was alone she paused while a little bit teary eyed and she replied: “My children have their own families already.”

She further said: I used to be lonely during this time but I’m okay now because a holy man introduced me to Jesus: Jesus is in my life now. I go to Mass everyday, read my bible when I’m home and reflect on the readings then I’m all right: I submit my life to Jesus.”

The mother who was abandoned by her children was obviously melancholy, who would not be? It was good that she found a holy man who would guide her to Jesus, the very same Jesus who would cure her loneliness and emptiness.

The Magi were in search for Jesus to give Him homage and to offer Jesus their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But come to think of it, was it the sole purpose why they were in desperate search of the baby Jesus? There might have been loneliness and emptiness also in their hearts that is why they were frantically searching for Jesus for they knew that it was only Jesus who would cure their inward loneliness and emptiness.

In our fast moving world today many of our family members and friends are lonely and empty deep inside them. Yes they may have the riches of the world such as flashy cars, fat bank accounts, beautiful houses and the like.

But they may be longing for something that would inwardly cure their loneliness and emptiness. That something that they are longing for is no other than Jesus. Let us guide and bring them to Jesus, let us introduce Jesus to them through our words and actions.

Let us therefore be like the guiding star in the gospel and let us put on the shoes of the holy man in our story. …