Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

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

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Reflection for June 1, Sunday; Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Matthew 28:16-20

Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
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Reflection:
A military man was about to be assigned in a faraway place so he said to his wife: Properly take care of the children. Teach them about our faith and teach them  values so that they’ll grow-up to become responsible and God fearing individuals. The wife seriously followed the command of his husband. She taught their children the basic tenets of the faith and she educated them about good manners and values. After fifteen years he came back, his children were all grown-up and he was so happy for the reason that they were all responsibly brought-up by her wife.  

Jesus in our gospel episode for this Sunday is about to leave HIS disciples for heaven but before doing so. He gave them this marching order: Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).” The disciples lived to the hilt this command of Jesus. In fact many of them were martyred for the sake of advancing the gospel of Jesus. 

To whom does these powerful words of Jesus speaks to now? It speaks to us with the same fervor during this very moment.  Who is our target? Is it the population at large? The target is not the population at large, the target is the members of our family, let us creatively share Jesus’ teachings with them. And let us encourage them to attend Holy Mass.

The words of Jesus are like endless stream of pure water it flows with the passing of time and it speaks to us now. What will be our response? 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

My Reflection for Thursday May 29, Sixth Week of Easter John 16:16-20

Gospel: John 16:16-20
(Jesus said to his disciples) “A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me.” So some of his disciples said to one another, “What does this mean that he is saying to us, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” So they said, “What is this ‘little while’ of which he speaks? We do not know what he means.” Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you discussing with one another what I said, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”
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Reflection:
It’s always heartbreaking when somebody permanently say goodbye to us most especially if they’re very close to us. Tears will flow like a stream and our life will never be the same anymore because a deep void has been created by that person who left us.

Jesus is mysteriously saying His goodbye to the disciples and they could not understand it. They were puzzled and somewhat melancholy but then again Jesus is also saying to them that you will be seeing me soon after also.  

Unlike the permanent goodbye of a friend or relative, Jesus’ goodbye is temporary. He comes back to us the moment we sought Him back again. Actually it’s not Jesus who leaves us; it’s us (by way of our sinfulness) who run away from HIM. This occurs when we purposely forget HIM to embrace sin.

But why do we embrace sin (knowing that it will only give us nothing but problems)? Perhaps we think that we could escape the consequence of our sins. But it has been proven time and again that we always pay for our sinfulness. It may take time but certainly we will pay, there’s no free ride in this world most especially in matters of sin.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My Reflection for Tuesday May 27, Sixth Week of Easter John 16:5-11

Gospel: John 16:5-11
(Jesus said to his disciples) “Now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me; righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”
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Reflection:
Departures are always filled with sorrow, for example a loved one or a dear friend who dies. Or somebody close to our heart that we would not be seeing for so many years. These kinds of scenarios are heart wrenching and always filled with tears and grief. However this is only physical disconnection the memories and the good things will always remain.  

In our gospel for today Jesus is slowly disconnecting Himself from HIS disciples (Now I am going to the one who sent me, John 16:5). This disconnection was only physical in nature, through the Holy Spirit who was now their helper/advocate Jesus was actually with them until forever.  

It’s a fact of life that we will be leaving this world permanently we don’t know when will it be but we will be leaving this world for sure. Do you want to permanently carve a permanent dwelling in the hearts of those who know and love you? Then, always do good and be like Jesus.

More than two thousand years had passed since Jesus walked on this world yet Jesus is still in our hearts. Why? For the reason that HE did good all the time, HE helped the poor, HE was the personification of simplicity, humility and kindness.

We only exist once in this world, let us live it like Jesus lived it.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

My Reflection for Saturday May 24, Fifth Week of Easter; John 15:18-21

Gospel: John 15:18-21
(Jesus said to his disciples) “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.”
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Reflection:
How could we be hated by this world? We would be hated by this world when we don’t conform to its many dictates. For example, when we avoid the company of those people who do no good what they always do is to satisfy their cravings for this world. They would slowly label us as killjoy or somebody who doesn’t belong to this world. If this is the case then by all means let us not be afraid to be hated by this world.

What does this world offer us? Happiness, riches, sin, sickness and after which it offers us death. And after death or even while we are sick this world will not anymore matter to us what will matter now is our faith and love for Jesus. What if we have no faith, we don’t love Jesus and we perpetually commit sin while we are in this world?

Jesus discourse with HIS disciples is an eye opener for all of us, for it gives us insights about the mind of Jesus. HIS mind is not conformed to this world as how the mindset of many of us are conditioned to this world.

Jesus teachings are always contradicting the dictates of this world and this is quite hard to accept for many of us. Why? For the reason that we are starting to love this world more than we love Jesus. And this is very dangerous, what will happen to us if we love this world more than we love Jesus? What will happen to us if our joy and happiness are all based on this world?

We walk on this world barren and empty.  

My Reflection for Thursday May 22, Fifth Week of Easter; John 15:9-11

Gospel: John 15:9-11
(Jesus said to his disciples) “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”
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Reflection:
What is the primary fruit of remaining in God’s love? Its joy, hope and faith.

When Jesus told the disciples that they must remain in HIS love HE knew that they would be going through trials, persecution and even death as they do their mission for HIM. And true enough, the apostles went through all of these except for Judas who betrayed HIM.

Why is it important to remain in Jesus’ love? This is for the reason that we cannot rely on anyone’s love in this world except HIS love. We cannot rely on the love of our spouse even the love of our children we cannot rely on it. Because their love is based on human emotion that is always subject to change.

Therefore what will remain is Jesus’ infinite love for us, this love is not subject to any form of human emotion which is always passing and subject to change. God’s love for us in anchored on infinite sacrifice, forbearance and forgiveness.  

As we journey in this world, we will sin and we will fail the expectation of Jesus. Nonetheless, let us not feel that Jesus has walked away from us because Jesus through HIS priest has left us the Sacrament of Confession for us to continuously remain in HIS love.

When was your last Confession? 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Catholic Univ. of America- 2014, Baccalaureate Mass w/ Manila Arch. Bishop Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle Celebrant and Homilist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2ELmRabmDE

My Reflection for Tuesday May 20, Fifth Week of Easter; John 14:27-31a

Gospel: John 14:27-31a
(Jesus said to his disciples) “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”
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Reflection:
What is this peace that Jesus mentions to us in the gospel? It’s the peace that no one in this world could ever give us. We cannot find this peace with worldly power or riches. Because the more worldly power and riches we have the more that we’ll have no peace in our heart.

Many of us think that we will have peace by having power and wealth that’s why we aspire for it! We don’t even care if we sin as long as we could have this corrupted wealth and power. But we must be wary for the reason that the devil has always a concession for us to have immoral wealth and power and the concession is sin.  And by accepting the offer of the devil we are permanently under the devil’s devious spell until we die and we end-up in hell.

On the contrary, Jesus offers us His peace. Peace that no amount of worldly power and wealth could measure-up.  Peace that will keep us permanently away from sin and peace that will plant contentment in our hearts. Therefore we must embrace this peace that Jesus offers us.

Do you already have the peace of Jesus in your heart?  

Monday, May 19, 2014

My Reflection for Monday May 19, Fifth Week of Easter; John 14:21-26

Gospel: John 14:21-26
(Jesus said to his disciples) “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”
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Reflection:
Do you always feel the infinite love of God?

Every Sunday morning I go to a sick woman to nourish her with the Body of Christ. After I read to her the Sunday gospel I give a very short reflection and there are times that she also gives her short reflection on the same gospel after which I give her Holy Communion.

Yesterday she reflected on the love of God she said; when she was still in the pink of health she would never fail to go to Sunday Mass to manifest her deep love for God. And she said further, now that I am sick and not anymore able to go to church I still feel the love of God because God is still sustaining me with His Body, Blood and Divinity.    

In our gospel Jesus tells us: Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” This words of Jesus is very true as I have seen it in the sick woman who loved God by way of going to Holy Mass every Sunday. And now that she’s sick already God gives back the love that she gave Him.

One of the many truths of our life is its very short and it could end anytime. Therefore while we are still healthy let us express our deep love for God by our presence at Holy Mass. We do this not because we are expecting something from God someday. We do this out of our pure love for God.

How do you express your love for God? 

Friday, May 2, 2014

My Reflection for Friday May 2, St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, John 6:1-15

Gospel: John 6:1-15
1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiber'i-as. 2 And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, would do. 7 Jesus said to Philip, "How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?" 6 This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little." 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, 9 "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?" 10 Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as  they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, "Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost." 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!" 15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
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Reflection:
Do we follow Jesus with reckless abandon? This means that we follow Jesus without minding our own personal wellbeing. What is important for us is we’re able to follow Jesus whatever it may cost us.

In the gospel for today, the massive crowd who were following Jesus were following Him because of His miracles and healing. In the process their attention was totally fixated on Jesus they never cared anymore if they have money. They never cared anymore if they have food what was important to them is they are able to follow Jesus.

So they followed Jesus without considering their own well being. And Jesus knew about their situation that’s why He feed them (Five thousand of them all).

If we truly desire to follow Jesus let us follow Him with all of our hearts and minds. Let us solely fixate and focus our attention to Him alone. Let us forget about anything that would only make us sin. Once we are able to do this we will see how the good Lord will provide for us and how He will straighten our crooked lives.

If He feed the five thousand in the gospel with five barley loaves and two fish.  He surely will also give us our daily bread. He only asks of one thing and that is to solely focus and fixate our attention on Himself alone. Let us therefore leave behind our sinful lives and follow Jesus from here-on.