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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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Reflection for Sunday November 20, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe; Luke 23:35-43

Gospel: Luke 23:35-43
The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.” Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, “If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.” Above him there was an inscription that read, “This is the King of the Jews.”

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.”The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.
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Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us. This was one of the pointed words of one of the two criminals hanging on the cross beside Jesus who was Himself dying on the cross. Christ means messiah or savior, how could it be that Jesus the supposedly savior of the Jewish people was dying on the cross?

Isn’t Jesus powerful? He made the lame walk, He opened the eyes of the blind, He cured the sick, He spoke with mesmerizing authority, He feed thousands with two fish and five loaves and there are many more miracles attributed to the power of Jesus. Yet, He is now on the cross powerless and dying.

Come to think of it, why did this powerful man became powerless and helpless on the cross? He could have easily bolted out of the cross and reduced to nothing everyone who made life difficult for Him. Why did He restrain Himself?

It was His infinite love for us that Jesus restrained Himself from taking revenge from His persecutors. Jesus went through the agony of death because He wanted to save us and He wanted to tell us how much He loved us. It was all because of His infinite love for us that Jesus stripped Himself of His kingship.      

What have we done so far to reciprocate this infinite love of Jesus? Have we feed the hungry? Have we sheltered the homeless? Have we clothed the naked? Have we visited the sick and imprisoned? Have we helped bury the dead? Have we given alms to the poor?  – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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