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

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? 

My Reflection for Saturday May 31, Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Luke 1:39-56

Gospel: Luke 1:39-56
(Jesus said to his disciples) Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
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Reflection:
What are we going to do if a very close relative whom we have not seen for quite sometime will give us a visit? we would be very happy for sure  and even if we don’t have much we would still find time to give them the best accommodations and treatment that we could give them.

This must have been the feeling of Elizabeth when she was visited by her cousin Mary who at that time was also pregnant with the baby Jesus in her womb. They shared a lot of stories about themselves. They strengthened each others morale they shared compassion among them and the Blessed Mother stayed with her cousin until she gave birth.

Through Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, this Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary imparts us so many lessons about human relations and life itself which we sometimes take for granted. Here are three lessons:

1. We need to go out of our way to visit our relatives and close friends whom we have not seen for quite sometime.
2. We need to strengthen them morally and spiritually.
3. We need to bring good tidings to them and share whatever we have no matter how small.
4. We need to be open to listen to them, their heartaches, frustrations about life or anything under the sun that they would tell us.

We sometimes forget these little acts of kindness that can do much to uplift a weary person. And to individuals who longs to share also their innermost feelings to us. But many of us are so busy that we have no more time for them yet we have time to tinker with our new gadget  and we even have time to do facebook.

What an irony of life.   

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.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

My Reflection for Monday May 26, Saint Philip Neri, Priest John 15:26-16:4a

Gospel: John 15:26-16:4a
(Jesus said to his disciples) “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”
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Reflection:
We know that the Advocate is the Holy Spirit, It moves our lives; it whispers to us. And we listen to what it tells us for what it tells us is for our own good. However, not everyone knows the Holy Spirit and not everyone feels its presence in their lives.

We have a role to accomplish to those who don’t know yet the presence and role of the Holy Spirit/Advocate. And what is our role? Our role is to give to them the gentleness of Jesus. We gently guide them we gently advice them we give them something that they could hold on forever no other than Jesus. And when they already have Jesus we take a backseat and let Jesus move in their lives through the same Holy Spirit which HE richly gave the disciples.

We are the visible representation of Jesus in this world. Others will know Jesus through our gentleness and humility. Let us therefore refrain from being judgmental for how could others know Jesus through us if we become judgmental?

Let us always aspire to open the hearts of our fellowmen so that Jesus could come into their lives. So that Jesus could bring to them the ever present help of the Holy Spirit. This we could do best through our gentleness and humility. 

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? 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My Reflection for Wednesday May 21, Fifth Week of Easter; John 15:1-8

Gospel: John 15:1-8
(Jesus said to his disciples) 1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prune, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.
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Reflection:
What is the meaning of life without Jesus? Nothing its pure emptiness it’s like you are chasing for something that doesn’t exist. What then is the meaning of life with Jesus? With Jesus in your life you exist with a purpose in this world. You may not have the worldly riches and power (Which actually amounts to nothing when you are near the doorway of death).  

However, to journey with Jesus in this world is not all walk in the park. There will be hardship and to some extent persecution also, we have nothing to worry nevertheless. If God is with us who can be against us?

 In today’s gospel Jesus tells us that HE is the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser (John 15:1). What does this statement of Jesus tell us? Being the true vine we must always choose to be attached to HIM. With must not attach ourselves with anything that is worldly and anything that would only make us sin.

We must always keep in our hearts a foresight as we exist in this world and this foresight is to be with Jesus in the afterlife. That is why it’s very important for us to always be connected with the true vine and the vine dresser, nobody else but Jesus and God.  

Are you always connected with the Vine and the Vinedresser?

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? 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

My Reflection for Friday May 16, Fourth Week of Easter; John 14:1-6

Gospel: John 14:1-6
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
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Reflection:
Perhaps many of us are already tired of the drudgery of life, It may seem that life is just a routine. We wake-up in the morning, go to work and go home, then the next morning we do the same once again. As if we live like robots in this world; there is no clear path that would point us to something meaningful and profound.

In our gospel for today Jesus gives us a revelation on how to have a meaningful and profound life in this world. Jesus tells us, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).” What does this statement of Jesus represent to us? Does this impel us to hunger for Him daily? Or there is no effect at all and there’s no feeling of  urgency to know more about Jesus.

When Jesus said, I am the way and the truth and the life. He was ingeniously telling His disciples to follow Me and you’ll know the truth about life. That the true meaning of life has nothing to do with anything of this world. What you cling now in this world is nothing compared to what you’ll receive if only you will decide to follow me. 

What is troubling you right now? Have no fear and have faith, give it to Jesus for He will take care of it. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My Reflection for Wednesday May 14, Saint Matthias, Apostle; John 15:9-17

Gospel: John 15:9-17
(Jesus said to the 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. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”
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Reflection:
How could we remain in God’s love forever? Jesus gives us the answer, we must keep the commandments.

For example in the marriage covenant between a man a woman, Jesus command for the couple is to be married until forever. To share burdens, trials and joys forever, not to give burdens, trials, domination and mental torture forever.   

The only way for a married couple to remain in God’s love forever is to love their spouse until forever. What they do outside of God’s marriage commandment is already a transgression. Does this transgression/s separate us from God’s love? Of course, but Jesus also instituted the Sacrament of Confession for us to be healed whenever we sin. After which we once again remain in God’s love.

There is no perfect marriage in this world because we are not perfect beings; each of us has our own flaws and shortcomings. Therefore we must be forgiving and must always have the humility to admit our own mistakes and shortcomings.

The love of God is always there for us each day. To assure us that there are no irreparable flaws and shortcomings in marriage. For as long as both spouses choose to remain within the ambit of God’s love.  And when couples choose to remain in God’s love: This simply indicates that they are very much willing to forgive and very much willing to humbly admit their own sinfulness. 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

My Reflection for Monday May 12, Fourth Week of Easter; John 10:11-18

Gospel: John 10:11-18
Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.”
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Reflection:
In the parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:1-7), the shepherd left the ninety nine sheep that was in his care so that he could look for the lost sheep. And when he found the lost sheep he lovingly carried it home on his shoulder.

Jesus in our gospel tells us that He is our good shepherd that will give His very life for us so that he could find and save us. What have we done to merit this infinite love from Jesus? Nothing, we have even offended Jesus for countless times that we think that we are not anymore deserving of His infinite love. But Jesus our good shepherd loves us so dearly that He would always look for us to bring us back again to His fold.

We will sin for as long as we live in this world but the infinite love of Jesus our good shepherd will always be there for us. Let us therefore not be deaf to His longing for us. He wants us back to His fold, He wants us back to personally take care of us and He wants us back to personally forgive us of our sinfulness no matter how severe.

Let us hear now the voice of Jesus our Good Shepherd who patiently calls us to walk away from our many sins.  

Thursday, May 8, 2014

My Reflection for May 11, Fourth Sunday of Easter John 10:1-10

Gospel: John 10:1-10
Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
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Reflection:
Are you a good shepherd to your children?

Parents are shepherds to their children as such they are expected not only to provide for the material needs of their children. They are also expected to mold their children’s character and values. So that when the time comes for their children to become parents themselves. It’s also expected that they too will become good shepherds to their own children someday.

Jesus is the best example of a good shepherd for He gave His very own life for us. Being a shepherd, He led by example, He gave-up His own comfort and He embraced His passion and death on the cross. He could have easily avoided dying on the cross but He chose to give His life because that is what is expected from a good shepherd.

Regardless of who we are, we too are shepherds in our own way. Thus, it’s expected from us that we must also model our lives after Jesus. We listen to His voice as He listened to the voice of God. We must be ready to sacrifice for our flock even if this sacrifice would require us to give-up our own comforts even if it leads us to give-up our very own life.

Come to think of it, it’s not actually easy to become a good shepherd. We just need to look at the path that Jesus went through. Nonetheless, to be a good shepherd is very much worth it. You may not see the reward now but someday you will see and feel it.

Are you a good shepherd? 

My Reflection for Saturday May 10, Third Week of Easter; John 6:60-69

Gospel: John 6:60-69
Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”

As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer walked with him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”
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Reflection:
How is your faith in Jesus right now? Is it as solid as a rock or weak as a sand castle?

After extensively telling His followers that He is the Bread of Life and anyone that drinks His blood and eats His bread would never anymore thirst or hunger. It was now time to weigh up their faith on Jesus. Unfortunately many did not believe the Bread of Life discourse of Jesus. So they went back to their own life, therefore they disconnected themselves from actively following Jesus.

If we are made to choose between Jesus and the frills of this world. Many of us would also choose to be with this world rather than to be with Jesus. Why? What does this world offer us that we love it more than we love our God? This world offers us temporal power, wealth, influence and the like.

Why is it that many of us have chosen to embrace these worldliness? Perhaps we have not yet felt the power of Jesus in our lives otherwise if we have already felt the power of God in our lives. We would surely leave behind all forms of worldliness for God.

Would it be possible to have the best of both sides (We follow God and we follow also this world). No, we have to choose which one we want to embrace. It’s either we embrace this  temporal world or we embrace our everlasting God. The righteous choice is always to be with God and never to be with this world.

What would it benefit us if we gain all the power and riches in this temporal world yet we don’t have the love of God?  Nothing except emptiness and nothingness which surely will lead us only to depression.  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

My Reflection for Wednesday May 7, Third Week of Easter; John 6:35-40

Gospel: John 6:35-40
Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”
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Reflection:
Do we always go to Jesus? We go to Him by confiding to Him all our worries and my letting Him take control of our lives. We go to Him by asking Him forgiveness, by listening to Him and by letting Him speak to us. For He is always there ever ready to listen to us, but do we always go to Jesus?

Don’t we go first to our worldly attachment before we go to Jesus? If at all we go to Jesus. Sometimes we don’t anymore go to Jesus, we don’t search and hunger for Him anymore. We don’t ask Him anymore to come and take control of our life; we instead drive our own life.

In our gospel for today Jesus tells us this, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. Jesus further tells us, I will not reject anyone who comes to me.

This bread of life discourse of Jesus invites us also to reflect on our own life in this world. Have we already touched lives? Have we given hope to the hopeless? Are our hearts always open to help those who come to us? Are our hearts open to those who ask for our forgiveness?

If Jesus is our Bread of Life, we too must become the bread of life for others. Most especially for those who do not know Jesus that well yet.  For this is the means for them to eventually know Jesus our Bread of Life.  

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.