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).

Preach the gospel at all times use words if necessary. - St. Francis of Asisi

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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

Monday, October 28, 2013

My Reflection for Tuesday October 29, Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 13:18-21

Gospel: Luke 13:18-21
Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches. Again he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.”
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My Reflection:
Humility is a virtue that is disregarded by many of us. Why? Because humility for many of us is a display of our meekness, simplicity and littleness. On the otherhand many love arrogance and egotism for this shows power and might. But come to think of it, many great personalities of our time are revered for their humility.

Think for example of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Pope Francis and of course Jesus, to name a few. From their humility sprouted greatness and reverence by millions of people. Their words are carefully listened and serves as a refuge of wisdom.

On the other side of the fence is arrogance and egotism. Many dictators became giants by instilling fear in the hearts of their people. They imposed martial rule to manipulate and oppress and there is no doubt that this was brought about by their arrogance and egotism. But where are they now? Are they revered? Are they remembered with fondness and love? No! they are forgotten, despised and confined in the dustbin of history.   

Jesus mentions in the gospel the kingdom of God as a little mustard seed that eventually became big whereby birds took comfort in its shade. He also compared the kingdom of God to a little yeast that was mixed with three measures of wheat flour. After it was cooked it grew big and many ate from it.  

Plant in your heart the seemingly insignificant virtue of Humility. Don’t bother if you will be belittled and be perceived as nobody. In God’s own perfect time you will be admired, revered and your wisdom will be sought by many. …    

Saturday, October 26, 2013

My Reflection for October 27, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Luke 18:9-14

Gospel: Luke 18:9:-14
Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity --greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income. But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, 'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.'  I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
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My Reflection:
We read in our gospel for this Sunday the humility of the tax collector. He humbly admitted to God his own sinfulness He was aware that before God he was nothing. This is the reason why he went home possessing the favor of God.

The secret therefore to gain the favor of God is humility and awareness of our own shortcomings and limitations. The tax collector who gained the favor of God was truly aware of his own sinfulness. He did not attempt to hide it from God, did he know that God knows everything about him? Perhaps he did not know, what he was sure of was his own sinfulness that’s why he humbly asked mercy from God.

The tax collector is like the man who was crucified with Jesus on mount Calvary. Before he died he humbly asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus goes to His kingdom (Luke 23:42). By humbling himself the thief was brought to paradise by Jesus (Luke 23:43).

However, to become humble before Jesus and our fellowmen is not easy. For the reason that this entails sacrifice, this entails awareness and admittance of our own sinfulness.  But if we truly desire intimacy with Jesus we would embrace humility no matter how difficult it is to embrace.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton has said: “The gate of Heaven is very low; only the humble can enter it.”

Are you like the humble tax collector?

My Reflection for Saturday October 26, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 13:1-9

Gospel: Luke 13:1-9
Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them— do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent you will all perish as they did!

And he told them this parable: “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil? He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.
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My Reflection:
Repentance is something that we all need to do for we are all sinners. But why is it that many of us are not willing to obey this call of Jesus? The reason behind is we don’t have the virtue of humility, this is the sole reason why we refuse God’s call for us to repent. Otherwise we would have easily followed this call of Jesus.

The moment we repent a huge burden would immediately be removed from our hearts. We will feel light and peaceful and our seamless connection with Jesus will immediately be restored. But we refuse to repent we instead prefer to be burdened by sin. This is the paradox of our times we prefer to embrace the devil rather than God.  

Jesus in our gospel for today is calling for a wholesale repentance not selective repentance but wholesale repentance. This simply means that we would be willing to walk away from any sinful actions and thoughts. We completely walk away from any actions that would only make us sin.

But if we will not repent now, when will we repent? Should we wait for a critical point in our lives to happen before we humbly embrace Jesus call of repentance?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

My Reflection for Friday October 25, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 12:54-59

Gospel: Luke 12:54-59
Jesus said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”
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My Reflection:
A philandering and irresponsible man was always being advised by his mother to change his ways and focus his sole attention to his family. But the lure of temptation was too attractive to let go for the man so he did not listen to his mother.  After some time the limits of his wife’s patience has finally reached its boiling point.  So she and her children left Him and it was only then that he realized how irresponsible he was.

This is how many of us are, we keep on sinning and hurting the feelings of those that we love. We are numb to the light of repentance and renewal because by its earthly nature sin is attractive. And the devil will keep pushing sin to us (disguised as pleasures) until it destroys us completely.

However, Jesus has a message for us in the gospel. It’s for us to completely walk away from our sinfulness before it destroys us. For the reason that once we allow sin to take hold of us it will destroy not only us but even those that we love dearly.

In our gospel Jesus denounced the crowd for their hypocrisy, they could predict the clouds and the weather. However they were purposely deaf to His call of repentance, aren’t many of us like them? We only listen to the dictates of this world but we shut our ears when it comes to Jesus!

 Let us listen to Jesus who always call upon us to repent because this is the right course of action to take. Jesus teachings may be unacceptable to us initially because it will entail painful purification and a change of lifestyle. But purification with Jesus always involves temporal difficulties that will eventually translate to a life of tranquility and contentment. …

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My Reflection for Thursday October 24, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 12:49-53

Gospel: Luke 12:49-53
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
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My Reflection:
Every now and then the church speaks it mind. It makes a stand on vital issues and when it does the church will fight for it until the end even if it creates division in society and government. For example the issue against the Reproductive Health bill (RH bill). Even if the church was lacking in resources it fought the government against the passage of this immoral bill in congress.

The church voiced out its displeasure against this immoral bill which was vigorously pushed forward by the government. In the process there was disagreement and division with the government and those who were in favor of this bill. By making a stand against the forces of evil and immorality the church was able to defeat the passage of this bill.

What if the church did not oppose this immoral bill? It could have been a law now and we would now be seeing the prevalence of condoms and anti life pills. But thankfully the church stood its ground even to the point of creating divisions and enemies with the government and its supporters.

In the gospel we hear Jesus telling us to loudly speak out whenever we observe immorality and wrongdoings within families and the society at large. If by speaking-out we create walls that might temporarily divide us, so be it. For example if we see immorality within the family (The husband is playing around in the field with a younger woman) should the wife just ignore this and pretend to see and hear no evil with this blatant show of disrespect to her? Of course not! The wife must speak-out!

The problem with some of us is we sometimes have a passive or no concern attitude even if there’s already wrongdoing in the family. We have this attitude because we are afraid that it will create division and enmity. This is terribly wrong! For the reason that we become a party to the scheming of the evil one. What Jesus wants us to do whenever we see a wrongdoing is to denounce the evil inside that wrongdoing. Even if our denouncement will create temporary divisions and enmity.

Are you capable of denouncing a wrongdoing or perhaps an immorality?  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My Reflection for Wednesday October 23, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 12:39-48

Gospel: Luke 12:39-48
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. Then Peter said Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone? And the Lord replied, “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming, and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish the servant severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.
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My Reflection:
Jesus is a master story teller; He makes every parable easy to understand for all of us to get hold of the moral of His story or parable.

Here in our gospel Jesus tells us to be prepared for we do not know the time of His coming. Then aside from being prepared Jesus gives us another responsibility none other than to share whatever we know about Him. It’s not enough for Jesus that we know Him.  He wants us to move on and do the next step and this is to share what we know about Him.

The Christian faith that God has given to us is not to be kept to ourselves. We must share and live it for it is in sharing and living our faith that we are able to completely follow Jesus. To whom we would share? Start with your children because they are your captured market. If you properly imposed discipline on your children they have no other choice but to listen to you.

But the dilemma of many of us is we are afraid to share with our children what we know about Christ. Not because we know nothing about Him, many of us actually don’t have a shortage of knowledge about Jesus. In fact we know abundantly about Jesus. But the problem is we don’t live and practice what we know about Christ and His teachings. This is one of the major reasons why we are not able to share Jesus with our children and with our friends. 

We must aspire to learn more about Christ Jesus and after learning more about Him. We must live what we’ve learned from Him, thus we become His effective servants in this temporary world. 

What if we don’t become effective servants of Christ?

Monday, October 21, 2013

My Reflection for Tuesday October 22, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 12:35-38

Gospel: Luke 12:35-38
Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.
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My Reflection:
The thought of death is something that we always avoid; we never want to speak about it. But death is one reality of life that will come to each one of us. No one is exempted, rich or poor, educated or not educated, whoever we are it will eventually come to us.

Jesus in our gospel is calling us to prepare for the un announced coming of the Lord in our lives. It’s sad to say that the coming of the Lord comes to many of us through our death only. But do we need to be sad? For example if we are given by our doctor a month to live, should we be sad with this heart wrenching news? Of course we are entitled to be sad for this is part of our being human.

But after a while the sadness should be replaced by our confidence and faith in God. For the reason that we actually have nothing to fear about death. But mind you, for some death is even welcome news for them. How could this be? Ahh, the reason is very simple; they have long prepared for this by their obedience to the teachings of Jesus. As such they are not afraid to die and meet up close the Lord who by the way is the author of our lives.

Therefore it’s always imperative for us to take seriously the advice of Jesus to the disciples. To always be prepared for the coming of the Lord for we don’t know when it will be.

Are you prepared for the Lord’s coming into your life?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

My Reflection for Monday October 21, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 12:13-21

Gospel: Luke 12:13-21
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator? Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest? And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry! But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong? Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”
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My Reflection:
What's with material things that it is so hard for us to let go? What's with material things such as money and the like that we continuously accumulate with it without regard if we steal it just to have it? What is with material things that we don’t care to share it with those who are more in need than us?

There are people who are so greedy as if they could bring those stolen wealth to their grave. There are many who limits their generosity as if God has limited His generosity to them. We must give until it hurts our own pockets and give without string attached on it.

Wealth and other material things are temporary it could slip out of our hands anytime. Let us not allow it to posses us, let us rather use it so that other will be helped by it so that they may survive the harshness of life.

The Philippines is a third class nation because we have leaders/politicians that are so greedy. They think that their corrupted wealth would buy them eternal security, peace and happiness but it will not.

Wealth, influence, power are temporary things that God entrust us to put to good use. God entrusted us with it so that through us others may live and benefit from it.

In our gospel, there’s this rich greedy man who stored goods for himself thinking that it will stay with him for a lifetime. But he suddenly died and never benefited from his greed, the latter part of the gospel says it all.

“Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.”

Saturday, October 19, 2013

My Reflection for October 20, Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Luke 18:1-8

Gospel: Luke 18:1-8
Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, "There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, 'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.' For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, 'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.

The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
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My Reflection:
Are you prayerful? Is prayer an essential part of your everyday life? What do you do after you pray? Do you just lie down and wait for the answers to your prayers to fall from heaven? 

The readings and gospel for this Sunday is replete with persistent prayers coupled with corresponding actions. For example in our first reading Moses prayed while his people led by Joshua battled the Amalekites.

Moses did not stop praying until they achieved victory. In our gospel there is a parable told by Jesus about a persistent widow who ask again and again from a judge for a just decision she never gave up until she got what she wanted from the judge.

When we pray we humble ourselves before God, we humbly open ourselves to the unlimited blessings that God could shower to us. When we pray we get to know Jesus more deeply. We become not only friends with Jesus but very close friends with Him, thus Jesus now becomes an essential part of our life.

But are we prayerful? Is prayer already part our of everyday lives? 

Friday, October 18, 2013

My Reflection for Saturday October 19, Twenty eight week in ordinary time, Luke 12:8-12

Gospel: Luke 12:8-12
Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.

“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.
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My Reflection:
The Holy Spirit is the initiator of our faith, before we know God the father and Jesus the Son it was first the Holy Spirit that was first introduced to us through our Baptism and Confirmation. This is how important the Holy Spirit to all of us. Perhaps this is the reason why Jesus said, the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

But it’s also ironic that among the three persons in one God it’s the Holy Spirit that is least known. Then, how could we have that special awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives? And how could we develop that deeper intimacy with the Holy Spirit? How could we unleash its presence within us?

It’s through prayers that we could have intimacy and awareness of it’s presence in our lives. If we develop a very prayerful life it’s second nature for us to be aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit. It would not introduce itself to us for the simple reason that it has been with us ever since our Baptism.

Be prayerful therefore and always invite God the Holy Spirit to be an active presence in your life. He will surely not fail you if you ask with faith. …  

My Reflection for Friday October 18, Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist, Luke 10:1-9

Gospel: Luke 10:1-9
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.

Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household. If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.

Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you for the laborer deserves payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you cure the sick in it and say to them ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.
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My Reflection:
We may wonder, why Jesus sent the seventy-two disciples in pairs? Jesus could have sent them one by one so that they could cover more ground thus the spread of His gospel would be much faster. But Jesus chose them to go in pairs.

In pairs for the reason that He wanted them to help each other in doing their mission for Him.   Jesus had it already in His mind that to do His mission is realistically not that easy. So He deemed it right and wise to send them in pairs for them to help each other as they face the many challenges of their mission.

Why do you exist in this world? Do you exist for yourself only? Of course not! You and I exist in this world for a reason. And that reason is to help our fellowmen; we need to extend to them the good news about Jesus. We need to feed the hungry; we need to clothe those who do not have clothes. And we need to give hope to those who are losing hope.  

This is our vocation as followers and missioners for Christ Jesus. … 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My Reflection for Thursday October 17, Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr, Luke 11:47-54

Gospel: Luke 11:47-54
The Lord said: “Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets whom your fathers killed. Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. Therefore, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building.

Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter. When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.
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My Reflection:
Who are the modern day prophets that we encounter today? It’s anyone who meaningfully speaks about God and anyone who has so much concern for our welfare that they would always want us to have a strong faith in God.

But we normally don’t listen to them most of the time we instead listen to the fleeting dictates of this world. There are even times that we label them as people who are out of this world. Until we encounter problems and trials because we did not listen to the meaningful advice of these modern day prophet in our lives.

Next time when we are given meaningful advice about God and life let us listen. For they did not do it on their own accord, they were sent by God to us for a very meaningful reason. No other than to bring us closer to Him and to make us God loving people of God.

Do you usually listen to the voice of God coursed through other people?

As we see now the devastation brought about by the 7.2 quake which hit Bohol, Cebu and nearby towns yesterday October 15, is beyond human comprehension. Let us continue to include them in our PRAYERS AND MASS INTENTIONS. Let us also extend whatever HELP we can give them.

As we see now the devastation brought about by the 7.2 quake which hit Bohol, Cebu and nearby towns yesterday October 15, is beyond human comprehension. Let us continue to include them in our PRAYERS AND MASS INTENTIONS. Let us also extend whatever HELP we can give them.

Monday, October 14, 2013

My Reflection for Wednesday October 16, Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 11:42-46

Gospel: Luke 11:42-46
“Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the others. Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.”

Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply, “Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too. And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.
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My Reflection:
Seldom do we see Jesus angry and this gospel episode is one of the rare ones. What made Jesus angry? He was angry with the Pharisees, (the learned ruling class during that time) for the reason that they imposed so much religious requirements to their people. But unfortunately they were only good at imposing these requirements. They were not actually willing to live what they wanted their people to do.

Some if not many of us are like the Pharisees. We love to give orders: do this and to that but it ends there. We don’t lift a finger to do it ourselves, we want others to do things for us while we watch and relax. How could we become good examples or good leaders if we are not willing to walk our talk? How could we make Jesus happy if we are not willing to live what we learn from Him?

Effective faith in Jesus is faith that is alive and kicking and faith that is leading and working. This is the most effective faith, let us therefore live our faith. Not because we want others to see us living it. We live our faith because this is our moral obligation as true followers of Jesus. …       

Sunday, October 13, 2013

My Reflection for Tuesday October 15, Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church, Luke 11:37-41

Gospel: Luke 11:37-41
After Jesus had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He entered and reclined at table to eat. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal. The Lord said to him, “Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.
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My Reflection:
Sonia was very particular with external appearance she would always dress well. The exterior of her house was always refreshing to the eyes. Her neighbor was wondering how come she’s able to afford such luxuries considering that she had no job to speak of?

 One morning a rich woman was shouting in front of her house telling her to leave her husband alone otherwise she would be forced to bring her to court for having a relationship with a married man.

Many of us are very particular with what others will see from us. As much as possible we would always try to paint an attractive picture of ourselves. This is who many of us are, very much driven with the exterior, fleeting and those that do not last for a lifetime.

Jesus is not taken with this show of misleading exterior appearance. What counts for Jesus is our attitudes most especially when nobody sees us. For example, how do we react when we see a poor in front of our house, we and the poor alone. Would we do something to help the poor? Or we simply don’t care; anyway no one is looking at us so might as well not mind the poor.

Jesus knows everything about us, we cannot keep anything from Him. He knows our hidden secrets, our double talk and our fake façade that we try so very hard to display. So that we create an impression  of wealth and extravagance.

All of these are nothing for Jesus, what matters to Him is your interior cleansing and renewal. …     

Friday, October 11, 2013

My Reflection for Monday October 14, Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 11:29-32

Gospel: Luke 11:29-32
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.
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My Reflection:
We meet or we are acquainted with people for a good reason. They don’t just come into our lives it’s always for a good reason.

For example, if you become friends with a good and Godly person. God led you to her/him for you to become good and godly also. He/she did not go through your life for you to become bad, Jesus sent this person to you so that you’ll be converted this is always the reason.

Some of us listen to them thus we become good and godly also. But unfortunately this is not always the situation because there are many who don’t listen. No matter how many times God call them to renewal they will really not listen.

Jonah, in our gospel was sent by God to the people of Nineveh to call for their repentance.  And they listened to him that’s why God spared them from punishment. After Jonah there were many more prophets who was sent by God they called also for conversion. Until Jesus came, many listened to Jesus call for repentance. But sad to say many did not listened also. There was hardness in their hearts, they ignored Jesus they instead continued to embrace sin.

What is the implication of this to us now?  Through our Baptism we now represent Jesus, we are like Jonah who called for conversion to the people of Nineveh.  Therefore we must perpetuate this mission we must continue to live His teachings, call of conversion and lead sinners to Him. ...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

My Reflection for October 13, Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Luke 17:11-19

Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us! And when he saw them, he said, "Go show yourselves to the priests. As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God? Then he said to him, "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."
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My Reflection:
After healing the ten leapers only one returned (a Samaritan). That’s why Jesus said, Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Indeed, what happened to the other nine who were members of Jesus faith? Jesus was looking for them perhaps being one in faith with Him Jesus was expecting them to also return back and signify also their gratitude to Him.  But the nine were missing in action, they were good only in soliciting favors from Jesus. After they got what they wanted they evaporated from His sight.

Such is the behavior of many of us, we earnestly pray when we need something from Jesus. Burt after getting what we want, Jesus is sometimes forgotten or Jesus is not given importance once again. Actually it’s not only through Jesus that we show our ingratitude. Even with our family members or friends we are sometimes full of ingratitude.

Think of your spouse, children, parents and friends, have you acknowledge their goodness to you?   Have you said a word of gratitude to them, for the little and big favors that they’ve done for you? Or you haven’t done anything to acknowledge their goodness. Such is our behavior sometimes very forgetful or even ungrateful.

Let us think of Jesus, have we thanked Him for the many blessings that He has been giving us? The blessing of life, the blessing of sunlight every morning, have we thanked Him through our morning prayers?

We have in our first reading and gospel two individuals who never forgot to be grateful for the favors that were done to them by God. In our first reading there’s Naaman a Syrian soldier sick with leprosy. He was cured by the prophet Elisha even if he was not an Israelite. He went back in gratitude and offered a gift to the prophet. In our gospel there were ten lepers who were cured by Jesus. But only the Samaritan remembered to went back to Jesus to signify His gratitude.         

In everything let us be grateful to Jesus, for our life, for our health for the numerous healings. That we often times fail to recognize for the reason that we are always fixated on our problems. Thus, we miss out the goodness of Jesus to us. Even in the midst of our trials let us also be thankful because it purifies us and it makes us better individuals.

Do you always acknowledge the goodness of Jesus to  you? 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

My Reflection for Saturday October 12, Our Lady of the Pillar Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 11:27-28

Gospel: Luke 11:27-28
While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed. He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”
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My Reflection:
How can we hear the word of God? Does He speak to us? Of course, through our solemn  prayers God speaks to us, though reading of the scriptures God speaks to us. Through a hungry and spiritually deprived person God speaks to us.

What would we do after hearing God speak to us? Then we must act, we must learn to translate our conversation with God though our concrete acts of faith. Many of us sometimes forget to have a prayerful life with Jesus. Sad to say but we often spend more time with the internet or in front of our high definition television rather than listen to God. This is the reality; we lack time for God that’s why we have so many worries.

But the moment we learn to hear or listen more and translate it to acts of faith. We start to have a more peaceful life, yes there would still be problems but we will be able to pull through it. For the reason that we now have that deeper intimacy with our God. Facilitated by our frequent listening of His words.  

If we can make time for our many earthly undertakings, why can’t we create time to listen to God? We gain more wisdom when we start to listen. And we allow ourselves to be God’s ambassadors of goodwill when we translate that listening to factual acts of faith.

Have time to hear God and you will begin to become deaf to the worries of this world. … 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

My Reflection for Friday October 11, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 11:15-26

Gospel: Luke 11:15-26
When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons. Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out?

Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils.

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. “When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came. But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.
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My Reflection:
A philandering husband was unwaveringly advised by his mother to turn to God and leave behind his sinful life. Then fully embrace his family once again, but the husband would not hear his mother’s advice. Eventually the wife discovered his unfaithfulness so she decided to permanently leave him.    

We hear Jesus boldly say, whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. This statement of Jesus more than two thousand years ago is still true today.  

If we are not for Jesus, then we are against Jesus there’s no middle ground.  This is the dare of Jesus for us, how would we react? Of course we must choose to be with Jesus for this is always the correct choice.

Try looking at those who live their lives without Jesus. And for good measure try also to look at the life of a person or a family who is with Jesus. The difference is very obvious, those with Jesus are those that have a more meaningful, contented and happy life.

Let us therefore always align ourselves with Jesus. And let us never compromise with anything that is wrong and evil. … 

My Reflection for Thursday October 10, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 11:5-13

Gospel: Luke 11:5-13
Jesus said to his disciples: Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.

And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?
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My Reflection:
Initially the friend in the story told by Jesus seemed to be distant and uncaring. But through persistence he opened up and gave what was asked of him.

Isn’t God all knowing? Doesn’t He read our mind? So why do we need to badger Him about our needs? God is all knowing and God reads our minds but we still need to persistently let Him know what we want Him to do for us. Why? For the simple reason that it’s through our persistence that we develop an intimacy with Him. It’s through our persistence that we get to know Jesus better.

What if we would not persist? Of course we miss the chance to know our God deeply  and we miss the opportunity to develop a much deeper intimacy with Him.  Take for example our Sunday Mass obligation, what will happen to us if we wouldn’t persist on attending it every Sunday? We miss the chance to know Jesus deeply, we miss the chance to be showered by its many blessing. And we miss the opportunity to grow in faith.

Yes, God knows everything about us already but we still need to be persistent before Him. For this is where He will know how deeply we are in need of Him.

Who among us could say that he/she are not in need of God? No one for we are all in need of Him.  Therefore we must persist to know Him. …

Monday, October 7, 2013

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My Reflection for Wednesday October 9, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 11:1-4

Gospel: Luke 11:1-4
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.
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My Reflection:
It’s an honor and it’s a humbling feeling for us if our fellowmen would ask us to, teach them to pray. Just like the same petition that the disciples of Jesus told Him. But before we could expect people to ask us to teach them how to pray we must learn to live our prayer first. For the simple reason that prayer per see is often done in private between you and Jesus. And if prayer is done in public it’s somewhat awkward for people to ask to teach them to pray.   

So, what will force our fellowmen to ask us to teach them how to pray? We must ensure that we live our prayers with humility. We must always see to it that our verbal prayers are preceded by humble actions. This is how Jesus lived His prayer life, He always ensured that His prayers were always accompanied by humble actions of faith.

This must always be our guiding light if we want others to ask us to teach them how to pray. Otherwise if we would not humbly live our prayers nobody will ever ask us to teach them how to pray.

We become like magnets for Jesus if we live our prayers and we live it with humility. …   

My Reflection for Tuesday October 8, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 10:38-42

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42
Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?  Tell her to help me. The Lord said to her in reply,“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.
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My Reflection:
Jesus favored Mary in this gospel episode, she favored her for the simple reason that she gave her time to Him. She listened to Him and Mary knew that before her was her God. And she would not let this precious moment pass her by without giving Him her ear.  

Where would Martha go now since she was not favored by Jesus? Should she decide to be strange from Jesus? Of course not! Instead Martha must make amends with Jesus and emulate her sister Mary. Now that she knows that Jesus favors those who listen to her. So she must do likewise, she must not bother herself with any undertakings except to gave her time for Jesus.

Many of us chase the many temporal things of this world. We spend a lot of time achieving our worldly dreams thinking that this would make us complete. Only to know later that it would not, we will even end up empty if we continue to chase the temporal things of this world.

Jesus only ask us one thing, for us to give Him our time and for us to listen to Him. We make Jesus very happy if we first listen to Him and leave everything else behind for Him.

Let us all remember that when the time comes that we are lying on our deathbeds.  We will not be thinking of the temporal achievements that we’ve done for this world. Around that time we will long for the presence of Jesus in our lives. We will thirst for the voice of Jesus to speak to us. …