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

Thursday, October 31, 2013

My Reflection for Friday November 1, Solemnity of All Saints, Matthew 5:1-12a

 Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12a
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.  He began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.”
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My Reflection:
As Jesus gathered the crowd and disciples He told them about the beatitudes. We may wonder, why did Jesus tell them about these Beatitudes? Perhaps Jesus wanted the crowd to live and practice this in their lives. On the part of the disciples, perhaps Jesus wanted them to imbibe these beatitudes so that they could be called His true followers.

This is also perhaps the objective of Jesus as we read this gospel about the beatitudes today. Perhaps Jesus is telling us this; If you want to truly follow me. You have to internalize, plant and nurture these beatitudes in your hearts. For this is the ladder going to heaven.  

As we remember the saints today, we are reminded that they lived these beatitudes and they made this part of their daily lives. No wonder they are now in heaven with Jesus, no wonder they are now deeply revered by us.

As we read the beatitudes, let us feel and hear Jesus reading it to us now. …    

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Reflection for Thursday October 31, Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 13:31-35

Gospel: Luke 13:31-35
Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.” He replied, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose. Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.’

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned. But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
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My Reflection:
Instead of fearing the threat on His life, Jesus courageously faced it by doing so He was able to fulfill His salvific mission. What if Jesus allowed fear to grow in His heart? There would be no salvation for all of humanity. But Jesus faced His fears and lived His mission by dying on the cross.

What can we learn from this courageous act of Jesus? We also must learn to face our fears, many of us are not able to evangelize because of fear. Fear that no one will listen to us, fear that we might be rebuked and we have many more unfounded fears. We fear for the simple reason that we allow it to live in our hearts. But once we don’t give a haven for fear we now become successful missioners for Christ Jesus.

The key to become successful missioners for Christ is to defeat fear with faith. But human as we are we often times succumb to fear most especially if we are in the line of fire. If we have this mindset what will happen now to the propagation of the faith that was started by Jesus?     

If Jesus, the apostles and the saints allowed fear to conquer them we have no Christian faith to hold and speak of right now. We would be pagans and faithless wanderers in this world, but we have our faith and we owe this to the courage of Christ Jesus and His followers.

Let us therefore emulate Christ, let us not fear the obstacles before us. For obstacles are meant to be conquered by the strength of our faith in Jesus.   

Face your fears and creatively live your Baptismal mission to evangelize. …

My Reflection for Wednesday October 30, Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 13:22-30

Gospel: Luke 13:22-30
Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.Someone asked him, Lord, will only a few people be saved? He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us. He will say to you in reply ‘I do not know where you are from.’ And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’ Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!

And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out. And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.
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My Reflection:
What is the narrow gate that Jesus is telling us to enter before it’s too late? The narrow gate is the pathway that will lead us to Jesus. Jesus is always calling us to renew our lives and follow Him through that narrow gate.

We all know that there’s no certainty in this world. What we own could be taken from us anytime of the day, even our lives could abruptly end at any moment. But before all these happens, Jesus wants us to live our lives worthy in His eyes so that if it ends we can pass thru that narrow door and be permanently with Him in heaven.

What are we waiting for now? Let us renew our lives and let us walk away from our sinfulness for this is what Jesus wants us to do. This will not be easy to do for we already got used with the temptations and sins of this world. But where did these many worldly things has led us so far? It led us to commit many sinful things and it slowly leads us away from Jesus. Be wary therefore if you’re losing your connection with Jesus.

Reconnect and follow Him through the narrow gate now. … 

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. …    

Sunday, October 27, 2013

My Reflection for Monday October 28, Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles, Luke 6:12-16

Gospel: Luke 6:12-16
Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
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My Reflection:
Before making the crucial decision to appoint the twelve apostles Jesus prayed first for guidance from God. Perhaps Jesus also asked the guidance of the Holy Spirit, this is how it must always be for us also. Whenever we will make a crucial decision or any decision in our lives we must pray first and ask guidance from God.

After praying Jesus went on to choose the twelve apostles. They were ordinary people like us, some were fishermen who became fishers of men and they were sinners like us. What does this gospel tells us? It tells us that everyone of us could be a partner of Jesus in His desire to evangelize the whole world. 

During this time of internet, evangelization is not anymore limited to actual or physical evangelization. We can evangelize using the cyberspace:  write about Jesus, post on your facebook anything about Jesus and your Christian faith. 

 If you can’t be a physical missionary be a cyber missionary. The avenues for effective evangelization in cyberspace is unlimited. Let us therefore take advantage of the technology that is available in the palms of our hands.

Be not afraid to respond to this call of Jesus, He will empower you and He will be there for you. …

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?

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. …    

Saturday, October 5, 2013

My Reflection for Monday October 7, Our Lady of the Rosary; Luke 10:25-37

Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it? He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor? Jesus replied, A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight.

He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, take care of him.

If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back. Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim? He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.
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My Reflection:
We all desire eternal life with Jesus and we are given by Him the keys toward it. The first key is to love Him and the second one is to love our fellowmen as how we love ourselves. But how could we manifest our love for God if we hardly have time for Him? When we give so much time for our earthly undertaking thus we forget God.
To love Jesus is to give our time to Him. He doesn’t ask us all of our time He only ask us a little of our time. For example, how many hours do we have for the entire week? Jesus only ask us to give Him one hour of those many hours a week though our presence in the Holy Mass. Many of us are not able to fulfill this one hour meeting with Jesus for the reason that we are very busy.

To Love Jesus is to share Him with our fellowmen. How many of us are able to share Jesus through our words and actions. To love Jesus is to read the bible even for only two minutes a day. How many of us are able to read the bible daily even for two minutes a day?

And finally to love our fellowmen is to love them without preconditions, to love them by not imposing our will on them. And to love them no matter whom they are and no matter how sinful they may seem for we are all sinful children of God. …