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).

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Reflection for May 29, Friday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time; Mark 11:11-26

Gospel: Mark 11:11-26
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple area. He looked around at everything and, since it was already late, went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

The next day as they were leaving Bethany he was hungry. Seeing from a distance a fig tree in leaf, he went over to see if he could find anything on it. When he reached it he found nothing but leaves; it was not the time for figs. And he said to it in reply, “May no one ever eat of your fruit again! And his disciples heard it.

They came to Jerusalem and on entering the temple area he began to drive out those selling and buying there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. He did not permit anyone to carry anything through the temple area. Then he taught them saying, “Is it not written: My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. But you have made it a den of thieves.”

The chief priests and the scribes came to hear of it and were seeking a way to put him to death, yet they feared him because the whole crowd was astonished at his teaching. When evening came, they went out of the city.

Early in the morning, as they were walking along, they saw the fig tree withered to its roots. Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered. Jesus said to them in reply, “Have faith in God. Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him.

 Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours. When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions.”
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Do you always see Jesus as someone who is always, merciful, gentle and compassionate? Some parts of this gospel show us the other side of Jesus. A Jesus who gets angry with those who choose not to bear fruit. A Jesus who gets angry with those who do not give the respect and reverence that the temple of God truly deserves.

Is this anger of Jesus justified? Of course it’s justified! His anger toward the fig tree was not for the fig tree per se. It was for those people who know that they could do something for His mission. But for reasons of selfishness and not daring to go out of their own comfort zones they chose not to do anything.

Many of us are like them we don’t do something to advance the mission of Jesus in this world. We don’t want to be labor for Jesus, we don’t want to sacrifice our time for Jesus. We rather choose to spend time for our own self gratification.  

Why is it that many of us do not want to labor and sacrifice for Christ? Is it because there’s no money that could motivate us to do it? Yet money is but a miniscule part of life, we will not find the true meaning of life with money, with power or anything that emanates from this world.

We can only find the true essence and meaning of life with Jesus only with Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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