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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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Reflection for August 24, Monday Saint Bartholomew, Apostle: John 1:45-51

Gospel: John 1:45-51
Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth. But Nathanael said to him “Can anything good come from Nazareth? Philip said to him, “Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him. Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me? Jesus answered and said to him “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree. Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said to him “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this. And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.
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How do you encounter Jesus in your life? The best encounter with Jesus that you could ever have is through the Holy Mass. Because it’s through this sacred celebration that you become united with Jesus.

But can you have an encounter with Jesus if you seldom go to Holy Mass, If you only go to Holy Mass because you feel like going then if you don’t or you have other activities you sacrifice your presence at Holy Mass for your worldly activities.  

Nathanael in our gospel had an encounter with Jesus. And he was never the same again after that encounter for he was profoundly blessed by Jesus.

Our spiritual development hinges on our hunger and thirst for the Holy Mass. The more that we hunger for it the more that Jesus becomes more real to us. And the more that we feel His abiding presence in our lives.  The more also that we are freed from our fears, worries and vulnerability from the evil scheming of the devil. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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