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

Thursday, January 24, 2013

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

Gospel: Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 
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. …   

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. …