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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Friday, October 31, 2014

Reflection for Sunday November 2, Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls); John 14:1-6

Gospel: John 14:1-6
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. 2 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? 3 * 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. 4 Where [I] am going you know the way. 5 Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” 6 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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Today we remember all of our loved ones who've gone to the great beyond. We do this in many ways: By visiting them where they rest now, by offering prayers for the eternal repose of their souls and by recalling their countless acts of goodness.

It’s hard to forget the memories and we often get emotional when we remember them. But this is our life; someday somehow we would be also going through the process of sickness, hospitalization and eventually the inevitable which is our death.

Perhaps many of us may lose sleep by mere mention of death, we don’t want to die at this point because we are not yet prepared. But who is prepared to die? Nobody, we are not prepared to die or we are afraid to die because we are all sinners otherwise if we are clean we would not be afraid to die anytime.

Nevertheless, Jesus is telling us in our gospel not to be troubled. For as long as we have faith in Him we would be OK. Because our faith in Jesus is more than enough to conquer our fear of death.

In this day of remembrance for our departed love ones we are encouraged to continue to pray for their souls. We must also continue to strengthen our faith in Jesus because if we have faith we lack nothing and we fear nothing even death.

Jesus Himself assures us with these words: 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 (John 14:1-2). - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Repleksyon para sa November 2, Paggunita sa lahat ng mga Pumanaw na Kristiyano; Juan 14:1-6

Mabuting Balita: Juan 14:1-6
1 Huwag mabagabag ang inyong mga puso. Manalig kayo sa Diyos, at manalig din kayo sa akin. 2 Mara¬ming silid sa bahay ng aking Ama. Kung hindi’y hindi ko sana sinabi sa inyong: “Pupunta ako upang ipag¬handa kayo ng lugar.” 3 At pag pumunta na ako at naipag¬handa kayo ng lugar, muli akong darating at dadalhin ko kayo sa akin upang kung saan ako naroon, gayon din naman kayo. 4 At alam n’yo ang daan sa pupun¬tahan ko.” 5 Sinabi sa kanya ni Tomas: “Pangi¬noon, hindi namin alam kung saan ka pu¬punta. Paano namin malalaman ang daan?” 6 Sinabi sa kanya ni Jesus: “Ako siyang daan, ang katotohanan, at ang buhay. Walang nakalalapit sa Ama kundi sa pamamagitan ko.
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Ngayong araw ay inaalala natin ang lahat ng ating mga mahal sa buhay na nauna na sa atin. Ginagawa po natin ito sa maraming pamamaraan: Sa pag bisita kung saan sila naka himlay, sa pamamagitan ng pag-aalay ng mga panalagin para sa kanilang kaluluwa, sa pag-alala ng kanilang kabutihan at iba.

Tunay na mahirap silang makalimutan at madalas ay nagiging emosyonal tayo pag naaalala natin sila. Pero talagang ganito ang buhay natin darating ang panahon na tayo rin ay dadaan sa proseso ng pagkakasakit, pagkaospital at yung hindi natin maiiwasan walang iba kundi ang ating kamatayan.

Marahil marami po sa atin pag nababangit ang katagang kamatayan ay hindi makatulog ng mahimbing. Sa dahilan na ayaw pa nating mamatay kasi hindi tayo handa, pero sino ba ang handa? Hindi tayo handa o takot tayong mamatay sa dahilang tayong lahat ay makasalanan. Dahil kung hindi tayo makasalanan ay hindi tayo matatakot sumakabilang buhay.
Ganon paman ay sinasabi sa atin ni Jesus sa ating mabuting balita na huwag mabagabag ang ating mga puso. At patuloy lang tayo na magkaroon ng pananampalataya sa kanya. Dahil ang ating pananampalataya kay Jesus ay higit na makapangyarihan sa kamatayan.

Sa araw na ito ng paggunita natin sa mga mahal natin sa buhay na pumanaw na ay patuloy po tayong mag alay ng panalagin sa kanilang mga kaluluwa. Patuloy din po nating palakasin ang ating pananampalataya kay Jesus. Dahil pag mayroon tayong pananampalataya ay wala na tayong kailagan pa at wala na tayong katatakutan pa kahit na ang kamatayan.

Ito mismo ang sinasabi sa atin ni Jesus sa ating mabuting balita: Huwag mabagabag ang inyong mga puso. Manalig kayo sa Diyos, at manalig din kayo sa akin. Mara¬ming silid sa bahay ng aking Ama (Juan 14:1-2). - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reflection for Saturday 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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How does one become a saint in his/her own little way? To be saint is to embody the character of Jesus to be saint is to embody the words of Jesus in our gospel today.

We can be saint in our own little way for as long as we aspire to follow the life of Jesus and for as long as we live the words of Jesus in the gospel. For example if you’re a parent and you try your very best to rear your children according to the teachings of Jesus you are already a saint for them. If you’re a son or daughter and you try your very best to take care of your retired parents you are already a saint for them.

In our gospel Jesus mentions nine blessed situations. The first is poor in spirit; how does one become poor in spirit? Does this mean that we are blessed because we lack the necessary spiritual vitality? No, to be poor in spirit means that we continuously hunger for the worlds of Jesus. 

Nobody can fill this hunger than the words of Jesus in the gospels, after we are filled with the words of Jesus. We once again are looking for our bible so that we could once again be filled by His words.  To become poor  in spirit is therefore a character that we must all aspire for as long as we continue to exist in this world. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Friday October 31, Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 14:1-6

Gospel: Luke 14:1-6
On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy. Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking, “Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?”

But they kept silent; so he took the man and, after he had healed him, dismissed him. Then he said to them “Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?” But they were unable to answer his question.
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What is the purpose of the Sabbath law? It’s to bring honor to God by resting and doing nothing for the world on that day. What if there’s somebody who is need of help on that same day? Should they (Jews) ignore the person for the reason that it was a day of rest?

In our gospel Jesus asked this question to the scholars of the law and the Pharisees: “Is it lawful to cure on the Sabbath or not (Luke 14:3)?” Not hearing any reply from them Jesus simply healed the man sick with dropsy. By doing so Jesus sent a clear message to the scholars of the law and the Pharisees that to bring healing or help to someone is more noble than the observance of the law. In other words the immediate need of somebody takes precedence over the observance of the Sabbath law.

How could we relate this with our own exercise of our faith life? In like manner say for example, if we have an obligation to our faith such our scheduled prayer meeting. Scheduled time for our prayers or our presence at Sunday Mass which is a day of obligation for us Catholics.

All of these exercise of worship for God must take a backseat over our acts of mercy. For example if we are in the process of fulfilling our obligation to our faith. And it so happen that there is a person who is in need of our immediate help. Our exercise of mercy must take precedence over our obligation to our faith.

Why is Pope Francis so admired, revered and respected? Is this because he is always shown presiding at Holy Mass or shown praying the Holy Rosary? No, it’s because of the Pope’s spontaneous acts of mercy and humility. Such as his non judgmental words, his action of embracing a badly disfigured man and countless more acts of compassion. - Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Reflection for Thursday October 30, 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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Would we be willing to die for our faith? I’m sure that many of us would say yes with an exclamation point! But when the actual time comes that we would be killed for standing up for our faith we may renounce our faith to save our life. Many of our saints died for our faith they could have renounced it to save themselves but they chose to be faithful until the very end.

When Jesus was told by the Pharisees to go away because King Herod wants to kill Him. Jesus did not budge a bit He courageously stared the challenge in the eye and faced it notwithstanding the threat to His life.

Do we recognize that to be a follower of Jesus is no joke? This is for the reason that like Jesus, the prophets before Him and the saints we are also called to stand-up for what is right. To face anyone and courageously stare them eyeball to eyeball so that we could advance the teachings of Jesus.

To be a follower in name only is easy but to be a committed follower until the very last gasp of our breath is never easy. For it will require us to get out of our own comfort zones or to even sacrifice our very own lives so as to preserve and advance the teachings of Jesus.   

Are we committed followers or followers in name only? - Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Reflection for Wednesday October 29, Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 13:22-30

Gospel: Luke 13:22-30
Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, 'Sir, will there be only a few saved?' He said to them, 'Try your hardest to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed. 'Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself standing outside knocking on the door, saying, "Lord, open to us," but he will answer, "I do not know where you come from." Then you will start saying, "We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets," but he will reply, "I do not know where you come from; away from me, all evil doers!" 'Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrown out. people And from east and west, from north and south, will come and sit down at the feast in the kingdom of God. 'Look, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.'
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How are we living our lives today? Do we live it in pursuit of the many pleasures of this world which more often than not only brings us closer to the doorway of hell? There are many stories of destroyed lives for the simple reason that they immersed their lives in this world. Not knowing that they were actually being brought little by little by the devil to his kingdom.

The door to hell is wide, it’s full of revolting pleasures, for example, let us try going to a night club or a disco house in the dead of night. What would we find there? People who loves worldly pleasures, people who would readily commit sin if the opportunity presents itself most especially when they are already intoxicated.  

Jesus in our gospel talks about the narrow door, this is the door that leads to Himself. Indeed the door going to Jesus is narrow for this will require us to sacrifice and even leave behind many things that brings us nothing but fleeting pleasures.

We need to reflect and ponder at some point in our lives and ask ourselves this question, is my life all about pleasures? Is there something more deeply meaningful than this pleasures that I am presently going through? Yes there is something deeply more profound and meaningful than any other pleasure/s in this world. And this is the narrow door that leads to Jesus Himself.    

Are we now willing to take the steps going to that narrow door? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Tuesday October 28, Feast of Saints Simon and Jude; 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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Among the many to be called, why did Jesus chose these twelve ordinary men to be His apostles? We never know the reason considering that before a man becomes a Priest or Deacon he needs to study for years. Same as when a woman desires to become a nun she also has to go through a formation process that takes years to complete.

So why did Jesus called these very ordinary men to become apostles? The reason perhaps that Jesus wants to convey is this: We need not become a priest or a nun to become a follower of Jesus. Anyone of us by virtue of our baptism could become a follower even if we have no education and even if we are not educated about our faith.

Some if not many of us may have this mistaken notion that the sole responsibility of spreading the faith lies in the hands of the priest. No for we are all called by Jesus to become his follower and to spread the faith. The less educated we are the more that He calls us to follow Him this is for the reason that Jesus does not call the qualified He qualifies the called.   

Therefore each and everyone of us has this special mission given to us by Jesus. Jesus wants us to become His missioners so that our faith could grow much further. So that through us Jesus could save and inspire more lives.

Do you find time to share Jesus through your words and actions? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Reflection for Monday October 27, Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 13:10-17

Gospel: Luke 13:10-17
Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.” He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in reply, “There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day.” The Lord said to him in reply, “Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?” When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.
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What made Jesus notice the woman crippled by a bad spirit considering that the woman did not even ask Jesus to heal her? Why did Jesus healed her on a Sabbath day when it was prohibited to do so?

The woman who never asked for healing from Jesus was in the synagogue to listen to Jesus. Yes she did not ask favor from Jesus but her desire to listen to Jesus speaks volumes about her trust and faith in Jesus. Therefore her trust and faith in Jesus was the channel for her to be noticed and healed by Jesus.

How can we listen to Jesus in this modern time? We listen to Jesus by reading His very words in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We listen to Jesus when we have an audio file of the same gospels in our hi-tech and touch screen cell phones. How many of us have an audio file or even a video file of these gospels in our cell phones?  

In the process of listening to Jesus we are healed already even if we don’t ask Him to heal us. Jesus is a proactive God, He knows everything about us and He knows every sickness or illness that we have long before we ask Him to heal us.

We need not ask Him anymore for healing or for anything for that matter for as long as we have this hunger and thirst to listen to Him. Because it’s in listening to Jesus that we are healed, it’s in listening to Jesus that we acquire wisdom that He only could give us. It’s in listening to Jesus that we are strengthened and motivated to face our daily trials no matter how difficult.   

Do we still have time to listen to Jesus? - Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Repleksyon para sa Oktubre 26, Ika-30 na Linggo sa Karaniwang Panahon; Mateo 22:34-40

Mabuting Balita: Mateo 22:34-40
34 Narinig ng mga Pariseo na napatahimik ni Jesus ang mga Sadduseo, at sumang-ayon sila sa kanya. 35 Kaya sinu¬bukan siya ng isa sa kanila na isang guro ng Batas sa tanong na ito: 36 “Guro, ano ang pinakamahalagang utos ng Batas?” 37 Sumagot si Jesus: “Mahalin mo ang Panginoon mong Diyos nang buo mong puso, nang buo mong kaluluwa at nang buo mong pag-iisip. 38 Ito ang una at pina¬kamahalagang utos. 39 Ngunit may ika¬lawa pa na tulad nito: Mahalin mo ang iyong kapwa gaya ng iyong sarili. 40 Sa dalawang utos na ito nabubuod ang buong Batas at Mga Propeta.”
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Gaano po ba kalalim ang pag-ibig ng Diyos sa atin? Hindi natin malalaman ito dahil walang sukatan ang pag-ibig ng Diyos. Isang pag papatunay nito ay ang pag bibigay ng Diyos sa kanyang bugtong na anak para tayo ay iligtas sa sumpa ng kasalanang orihinal.

Gaano naman kalalim ang ating pag-ibig sa Diyos? Sapat naba na ipahayag natin ang ating pagmamahal sa Diyos sa pamamagitan ng ating pagsisimba tuwing lingo? Hindi pa dahil gusto ng Diyos na ang ating pag-ibig sa kanya ay patunayan natin sa pamamagitan ng ating pagmamal sa ating kapwa. Kaya po pag sinasabi natin na mahal natin ang Diyos ay kailagan din po na mahalin natin ang ating kapwa kahit na siya ay hindi karapat dapat mahalin sa ating panigin.  

Sino po ba ang ating kapwa? Ang ating kapwa ay maaring kamag-anak, kaibigan, kapitbahay o kung sino man na nangangailagan ng ating tulong. Ang malaking katanungan po dito ay paano kung ang ating kapwang ito ay hindi kaibig-ibig? O paano po kaya kung ang kapwang ito ay hindi mabuti sa atin. Iibigin pa po rin ba natin sila?  

Dapat na sila ay atin paring ibigin sa dahilang hindi natin maihihiwalay ang ating pag-ibig sa Diyos sa ating kapwa. Kung sinasabi po natin na mahal natin ang Diyos pero hindi naman po tayo marunong mag mahal sa ating kapwa dahil hindi sila mabuti sa atin. Ay wala ding halaga ang pagsasabi natin na mahal natin ang Diyos.

Kaya ang umiibig sa Diyos ay umiibig din sa kapwa ng walang pasubali o kundisyon. Kahit na itong ating kapwa ay sinasaktan ang ating damdamin. Ang umiibig sa Diyos ay kayang magpatawad sa kanyang asawa na humihingi ng ikalawang pagkakataon. Ang umiibig sa Diyos ay handang patawarin ang kaibigan na nagkasala sa kanya. Ang umibig sa Diyos ay ang ating kahandaan na tumulong sa iba kahit na hindi natin ito kilala.

Tunay po ba tayong umiibig sa Diyos? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Reflection for Saturday October 25, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 13:1-9

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

And he told them this parable: “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.’”
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What will happen to us if we will not walk-away from our sinfulness? Sooner or later there will be punishment, there will be reckoning or payback. This is the normal cycle of life; if we refuse to walk-away from all of our sinfulness there shall be punishment. If punishment will not catch-up with us here in this world it will surely get hold of us in the afterlife.

In our gospel Jesus told those who were listening to Him to repent while they have the luxury of time. Because if they will not repent something very bad may happen to them. Same as what happened to the Galileans who were killed by Pilate and the eighteen people who perished when the tower of Siloam fell upon them.     

This is how much Jesus loves us, He will continuously call upon us to repent from all of our sinfulness. Because as much as possible Jesus wants us to be saved from severe punishment. Jesus will give us every opportunity to come back to Him no matter the sins that we have committed.

But at the end of the day, it’s still in our hands if we would listen to this call of Jesus or not for Jesus has given us the freedom of choice. Let us say we listened to this call of repentance of Jesus, what would happen to our lives? There would be essential transformation in our lives: From a chaotic to a peaceful life from a life of sin to a life free from sin. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reflection for Friday October 24, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 12:54-59

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

“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”
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What do we need today? We need interior renewal and cleansing because whether we admit it or not we’ve been living our lives in sin. This is the reason why we have problems in our lives! For a change; why not try not to commit sin? Why not invite Jesus to rule our lives instead of us ruling our lives which brings us nothing except more problems and sin?

Let us take a closer look at our lives, are we living our lives free from sin or we continue to live our lives enslave by sin? Nobody could answer this except our very selves; if we have no peace of mind and if we are always being bothered by our conscience this simply means that we need to avoid sin.   

But more often than not we find it hard to admit that we are sinful and this is brought about by our arrogance and high sense of ourselves. We put ourselves in a pedestal as if we are clean but nobody is clean among us; we have allowed sin to rule our lives one way or another.

Why keep on sinning when Jesus is clearly calling us now to a new life free from sin? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Thursday October 23, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 12:49-53

Gospel: Luke 12:49-53
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
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What does it mean to be on fire for Jesus? It simply means that we have allowed the Holy Spirit to work in our lives by sharing and living the teaching of Jesus. During Pentecost the Blessed Mother, some women and many of the apostles were in the upper room (Acts 1:12-14). While there the Holy Spirit appearing in tongues of fire descended upon each of them (Acts 2:1-3). And from thereon they have allowed themselves to be set on fire by the teachings of Jesus.

During our Baptism we too have received the same fire of the Holy Spirit and the same Holy Spirit was further strengthened within us during our Confirmation. After we have received the Holy Spirit through these two Sacraments, could we now say that we are on fire for Jesus?

Or we have never been on fire even if we have received already the presence of the Holy Spirit. We remain to be timid Roman Catholics for we never cared to share our faith in Jesus. We remain to be Roman Catholics in name only with our faith always hidden within us.

Why not try to reverse this culture of complacency by allowing the fire of the Holy Spirit to move us to share the gospel of Jesus? For example, why not try to schedule a weekly or even monthly reading and reflection of the words of Jesus in the bible amongst your family members or friends?

This may divide families and friends we may be even be labeled us neurotics for doing this but for as long as we do this with humility. We have nothing to worry about because we are simply living our faith. The division that we create for sharing the gospel will eventually heal and turn into cohesion and this is the miracle of Jesus.      
Are you on fire for Jesus? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Wednesday October 22, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 12:39-48

Gospel: Luke 12:39-48
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Then Peter said, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” And the Lord replied, “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish the servant severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
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When a typhoon is about to hit a certain area the government would always remind its citizens to be prepared or even relocate for a period of time. The reason behind is very basic: to avoid destruction of lives and properties. Those who would hear the call for preparedness would survive and those who wouldn’t would suffer from their indifference.

In today’s gospel Jesus once again calls us to be prepared for He will come to us when we least expect Him to come into our lives. But does Jesus really come to our lives without prior warning? Does He really surprise us with His immediate presence thus we are caught unaware?

Before Jesus comes to us He would first knock into our hearts so that we could open our hearts to Him and embrace His offer of renewal with open arms.  By doing so we hear His call for us to be prepared.

But for those who would pretend not to hear even if they hear, those who would continue with their sinful lives even if Jesus is calling him/her for renewal. They may be awakened to the sad reality of life and this sad reality is the sufferings that they may face for the reason that they did not listen to Jesus.    

Nevertheless, everything is not lost yet, for as long as we breathe there’s always a chance to listen to the voice of Jesus coursed through people around us or even events around us. Who earnestly call upon us to be prepared by means of walking away from all of our sinfulness.  

In Revelation 3:19-20, the Lord tells us: I reprimand and correct all those I love. Be earnest and Change your ways. Look I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my call and opens the door. I will come into him and have supper with him. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Repleksyon para sa Oktubre 19, Ika-29 na Linggo sa Karaniwang Panahon; Mateo 22:15-21

Mabuting Balita: Mateo 22:15-21
15 Umurong ang mga Pariseo at nagpulong kung paano nila huhulihin si Jesus sa sarili niyang mga salita. 16 Kaya ipinadala nila ang kanilang mga alagad kasama ng mga kampi kay Herodes. Sinabi nila kay Jesus: “Guro, nalalaman namin na tapat kang tao at tunay na nagtuturo ng daan ng Diyos; hindi ka napadadala sa iba at nagsasa¬lita hindi ayon sa kalagayan ng tao. 17 Kaya ano ang palagay mo: ayon ba sa Batas na magbayad ng buwis sa Cesar? Dapat ba tayong magbayad sa kanya o hindi?”

18 Alam naman ni Jesus ang ma¬sama nilang pakay, at sinabi niya sa kanila: “Mga mapagkunwari! Bakit ninyo ako sinusubukan? 19 Ipakita ninyo sa akin ang perang pambuwis.” Ipinakita nila ang isang denaryo, 20 at sinabi sa kanila ni Jesus: “Sino ang naka¬larawan dito, na narito rin ang kanyang pangalan?” 21 Sumagot sila: “Ang Cesar.” At sinabi niya sa kanila: “Kung gayon, ibigay sa Cesar ang para sa Cesar, at sa Diyos ang para sa Diyos.”
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May naibalik na po ba tayo sa  Diyos para sa mga kabutihang ginawa niya sa atin? Marahil po ay mag iisip tayo ay kung ano na nga ba ang ating naibalik sa ating Panginoon. Pagkatapos nating mag-isip ay baka wala parin tayong maalala na naibalik natin sa Diyos dahil sa katunayan ay baka talagang wala pa tayong nagagawa para sa Diyos. 

Lahat po ng biyaya na mayroon tayo ngayon ay galing sa Panginoong Diyos pero baka may ilan sa atin na iisipin na galing sa ating sariling pagsisikap kung ano mang mayroon tayo ngayon. Pero sa totoo po ay lahat ay nag mula sa Diyos kahit na ang ating buhay galing sa kanya.

Sa atin pong mabuting balita ay sinasabi ni Jesus sa atin na ibigay sa Cesar ang sa Cesar at ibigay sa Diyos ang sa Diyos (Mateo 22:21). Kung ito po ay isasalin natin sa ating makabagong panahon ngayon ay sinasabi ni Jesus na ibigay natin ang para sa ating gobyerno. Sa pamamagitan ng pag babayad ng tamang buwis at ng ating iba pang obligasyon sa gobyerno.

Ano naman po ang maibibigay natin sa Panginoong Diyos? Magbibigay tayo ng espesyal para sa Diyos na nangagaling sa ating mga puso. Pero saan nga ba ang Diyos at saan ba natin siya makikita para makapagbigay tayo ng nararapat para sa kanya?

Hindi naman po mahirap hanapin ang Diyos ang kailagan lang po ay tumingin tayo sa ating kapaligiran at makikita natin siya. Dahil ang Diyos ay nasa mahihirap, nagugutom, may sakit, mga pinabayaan at kung sino man na nangangailagan ng ating tulong. Ang Panginoon ay nasa kanila, kung magbibigay po tayo ng taos puso sa kanila at para narin tayong nangbibigay sa Panginoong Diyos.

Sa mabuting balita ayon kay San Mateo ay may nag tanong sa Hari ng  ganito: Panginoon, kailan ka namin nakitang nagugutom at pinakain, nauuhaw at pinainom, isang dayuhan at pinatuloy at walang soot at dinamitan? Kailan ka namin nakitang maysakit o nasa bilangguan at nilapitan? Sumagot ang Hari: Sinasabi ko sa inyo anuman ang gawin ninyo sa isa sa maliliit na ito na mga kapatid ko, sa akin ninyo ginawa (Mateo 25:37-40).

May nagawa o naibigay  na po ba tayo sa Panginoong Diyos? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Reflection for Wednesday October 15, St.Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor; Luke 11:42-46

Gospel: Luke 11:42-46
(Jesus said) “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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Where does this anger of Jesus toward the Pharisees and the scholars of the law comes from? It originates from their hypocrisy, they are only good at creating laws for their people to follow yet they don’t follow it themselves.

They make their self-created laws as an instrument to beguile and eventually enslave their people. Therefore, instead of introducing God to their people they eventually introduce themselves as Gods to their people.

Their style of leadership is leadership by deception and many of our Politicians has this kind of leadership. They pretend and project themselves to be leaders of the poor/masses and their   only hope to conquer poverty. But they have the stomach to corrupt the money that is for the poor, how could they do this to the masses that they are supposed to truthfully serve?    

Politicians are not alone in this kind of pharisaic mentality we too are often times guilty of this mentality. We tell others or even our children not to do this and that yet when nobody is watching anymore we are the main violators of the rules that we create.

The truth hurts but this is the truth we have to accept this and hopefully make this as our springboard to live our lives according to the teachings of Jesus and not according to the false and self-serving teachings of the Pharisees and the scholars of the law. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Friday, October 10, 2014

Reflection for Sunday October 12, Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time; Matthew 22:1-14

Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second time he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.”’ Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’ The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. The king said to him, 'My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?' But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ Many are invited, but few are chosen."
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What are we going to do if say for example a neighbor would invite us to go to church for Holy  Mass? Should we accept it or not?  It would be easy to accept the invitation for those who grew attending Holy Mass. But it would also be hard to accept the invitation if those who are being invited are not regular Sunday Mass goers. We would use or even create every available means to avoid going there. 

But what are we missing when we refuse the invitation of the Lord to be present at Holy Mass? We miss being in heaven for an hour while we are still here on earth. We miss to attend the holiest and blessings filled gathering of people.    

In our gospel, those who were invited refused the invitation of the king to attend the wedding feast of his son. For they all have their own preoccupations and priorities, but come to think of it; what is one hour for the wedding feast?  What is one hour for our attendance at Holy Mass compared to seven days or 168 hours that we give to our personal lives in a week? 

Jesus in the gospel invites us to go to Holy Mass, He doesn’t care about who we are: How sinful we are, how poor or rich we are. What the good Lord only cares is our willingness to be with Him at Holy Mass so that He could spiritually bless our empty and barren lives.

If our focus is always with our personal and worldly activities we will end-up with nothing eventually. What is with all of these worldly activities when all of these are not permanent and lasting? When all of these we will leave behind when we eventually die! Many of these worldly undertakings that we prioritize over our worship for Jesus could even result to the disintegration of our family/families. Or could even result to our getting sick!  

What would it benefit us if we gain all the material riches of this world yet we don’t have Jesus in our lives? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Repleksyon para sa Oktubre 12, Ika-28 na Linggo sa Karaniwang Panahon; Mateo 22:1-14

Mabuting Balita: Mateo 22:1-14
1 Muling nagsalita si Jesus sa pamamagitan ng mga talinhaga: 2 “Tungkol sa nangyayari sa kaha¬rian ng Langit ang kuwentong ito: May isang haring naghanda sa kasal ng kanyang anak na lalaki. 3 Ipinatawag niya  sa mga katulong ang mga imbi¬tado sa kasalan ngunit ayaw nilang dumalo. 4 Muli niyang pinapunta ang iba pang mga katulong para sabihin sa mga inanyayahan sa kasalan: ‘Nag¬handa ako ng pagkain, nagpatay ng mga toro at mga pinatabang hayop; handa na ang lahat kaya pumarito na kayo sa kasalan.’ 5 Ngunit hindi nila pinansin ang paanyaya, sa halip ay may  pu¬munta sa kanyang taniman, at sa kanyang negos¬yo naman ang isa pa. 6 Sinunggaban naman ng iba pa ang mga katulong ng hari, nilibak at pinatay. 7 Lubhang nagalit ang hari kayat ipi¬na¬dala niya ang kanyang hukbo para puksain ang mga mamamatay-tao at sunugin ang lunsod. 8 At sinabi niya sa kanyang mga katulong: ‘Handa na ang kasalan ngunit hindi karapat-dapat ang mga inanyayahan. 9 Pumunta kayo nga¬yon sa dulo ng lunsod at anya¬yahan sa kasalan ang bawat ma¬kita ninyo.’ 10 Kaya agad na lumabas sa mga daan ang mga katulong at tinipon ang lahat ng makita, masama at mabuti, at napuno ang kasalan ng mga nasa hapag. 11 Pagkatapos ay dumating ang hari para tingnan kung sino ang mga nasa hapag at napansin niya ang isang lala¬king hindi nakadamit-pam¬piyesta. 12 Kaya sinabi niya sa kanya: ‘Kai¬bigan, paano ka nakapasok nang walang damit pangkasal?’ Ngunit hindi umimik ang tao. 13 Kaya sinabi ng hari sa kanyang mga katulong: ‘Igapos ang kanyang mga kamay at paa, at itapon sa dilim, kung saan may iyakan at pagngangalit ng mga ngipin.’

14 Marami ngang talaga ang tinawag pero kaunti ang pinili.”
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Ano po ang gagawin natin kung halimbawa ang ating kapitbahay ay aanyayahan tayo na dumalo sa Banal na Misa? Tatangapin po ba natin ito o hindi? Madali po itong paunlakan kung tayo ay lumaki na palaging dumadalo sa Banal na Misa. Pero mahirap itong paunlakan kung tayo ay hindi palasimba, baka nga ay gagawa pa tayo ng mga dahilan para hindi lang po tayo mag simba.

Pero ano nga ba ang nawawala sa atin pag hindi natin pinaunlakan ang paanyaya ng Panginoon na dumalo tayo sa Banal na Misa? Nawawalan tayo ng pagkakataon na maranasan ang langit kahit isang oras lang habang tayo ay nasa mundong ito pa. Nawawala sa atin ang pagkakataon na maranasan ang pinaka banal at punong puno ng biyayang pag titipon ng mga tao.

Yung mga inimbitahan na dumalo sa kasalan  ng anak ng hari sa ating mabuting balita ay hindi dumalo dahil sila ay may mga pinagkakaabalahan. Pero ano ba naman yung maglaan ng  kahit isang oras para makadalo sa handaan sa kasalan? Ano ba naman yung isang oras na ilalaan natin para sa pagdiriwang ng Banal na Misa kumpara sa pitong araw o 168 oras na ibinibigay natin sa ating sarili sa loob ng isang lingo?

Iniimbitahan po tayo ni Jesus na dumalo sa pagdiriwang ng Banal na Misa. Huwag po tayong mag alala dahil hindi titingnan ni Jesus kung sino tayo at kung gaano tayo kalinis o kadumi sa harap niya.  Kung makasalanan tayo o hindi kung mayaman tayo o mahirap. Ang importante sa Panginoon ay ang kahandaan natin na dumalo sa Banal na Misa para makasama siya at biyayaaan niya at hilumin ang ating mga sugatang puso at pagkatao na dulot ng ating mga pagkakasala.

Kung ang ating pong atensyon ay palaging naka sentro sa ating mga personal na aktibidades dito sa mundo. Ay wala rin hong patutunguhan iyan sa katagalan dahil lilipas din ang lahat ng iyan. Lahat lahat po ng ating mga pinagkakaabalahan sa ngayon ay iiwan din natin pag dating ng panahon na itinakda ng Panginoon. Baka nga ang ating mga pinag kakaabalahan dito sa mundo ay siya pang maging dahilan para magkahiwahiwalay ang pamilya o para tayo ay magkasakit. 

Ano nga po ba ang mapapala natin kung mapasaatin ang lahat ng kayamanan ng mundong ito kung wala naman si Jesus sa ating mga buhay? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Reflection for Saturday October 11, 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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Who was the woman who said to Jesus, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed (Luke 11:27).” She obviously was so enthralled by the words and works of Jesus that she pointed to the Blessed Mother and gave her honor as the foundation of Jesus.

Do we give the same honor and reverence for the Blessed Mother? Some Christian faiths don’t honor the Blessed Mother as much as we honor her. But why cannot we honor the earthly mother of Jesus? Without the Blessed Mother Jesus would have not been born and we would have no savior.      

But thanks to the humility of the Blessed Mother Jesus was born into this world. She humbly accepted her sacred mission as the mother of Jesus when she said, I am the handmaid of the Lord let it be done to me according to your word (Luke 1:38).

This gospel is an invitation for all of us to give more honor and reverence to the Blessed Mother by asking her to always pray for us. This also reminds us of the role of our own mothers in our lives. The countless sacrifices that they carried on their shoulders so that they could rear us with honor and dignity.   

Do you always remember to ask the Blessed Mother to pray for you and to bring your prayers to Jesus? Do you pray the Holy Rosary even for only once a week? - Marino J. Dasmarinas