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

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Reflection for Sunday, October 22; 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Matthew 22:15-21


Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21
The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion, for you do not regard a person's status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?" Knowing their malice, Jesus said, "Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax." Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?" They replied, "Caesar's." At that he said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."
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Reflection:
Why do people protest against their government? People protest because they feel that they are not being given what is due them by their government.

For example, people expects the following from their government leaders: Honest governance, Effective delivery of basic services, Leadership, competence and so forth. The moment these expectations are not meet there would be discontent sooner or later.  However, if these expectations are meet there would be peace and progress and they would honestly pay tax to the government.   

In the gospel Jesus is asked: “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?" Jesus asked for a coin and said: "Whose image is this and whose inscription?" they replied: “Caesar’s” then Jesus uttered this famous line: “So, repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God (Matthew 22:21)."

All along Jesus knew about their deceitful plan to entrap Him based on what He would say, that’s why He told them: "Why are you testing me, you hypocrites (Matthew 22:18)? So Jesus gave them a wisdom filled answer. “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God (Matthew 22:21)."

If the government is meeting our expectations let us do our duty by rightfully paying our taxes and by obeying its laws. But we also have to be vigilant so that we would not be abused and fooled by our government. Whose leaders mandate emanates from its people whom they swore to serve.

What is our obligation towards God? We have to always honor Him by following His two greatest commands: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37, 39).”

We show our love for God by our pious presence at Holy Mass, by reading the Bible and other reading materials that relate to God, by praying the Rosary and by our prayers that emanates from our hearts. We show our love for our fellowmen by helping them in whatever way possible.

We always have to honor our obligation for God for the simple reason that unlike government who often times does not satisfactorily fulfill its obligation towards us. God has always been fulfilling His obligations for us.

Are you able to fulfill your obligation for God? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Repleksyon para sa Oktubre 22, 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 nagsasalita 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 masama 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 nakalarawan 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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Repleksyon:
Bakit ba nag proprotesta ang tao laban sa gobyerno pa minsan minsan? Ang tao ay nag proprotesta dahil sa tingin nila ay hindi ibinibigay sa kanila ang serbisyo na dapat ay ibigay sa kanila.

Ito ay ilang mga halimbawa lamang ng mga serbisyo na inaasahan ng tao sa mga namumuno sa kanilang gobyerno. Tapat na pamamalakad, Epektibo na pagbibigay ng serbisyo publiko, pagiging mabuting lider at iba pa. Pag itong mga expektasyon ng tao ay hindi nasunod ang tao ay natural na magagalit at mag-proprotesta. Pero pag ito ay nasunod ay mag kakaroon ng kapayapaan at pag unlad. At ang tao ay susunod sa mga batas magbabayad ng tapat sa kanyang buwis.

Sa ating pong mabuting balita si Jesus ay tinanong ng mga alagad ng mga Pariseo ng ganito: Guro ano ang palagay mo: ayon ba sa Batas na magbayad ng buwis sa Cesar? Dapat ba tayong magbayad sa kanya o hindi?” Alam naman ni Jesus ang masama nilang pakay, kaya sinabi niya sa kanila: “Mga mapagkunwari! Bakit ninyo ako sinusubukan? Ipakita ninyo sa akin ang perang pambuwis.”

Ipinakita nila ang isang denaryo,  at sinabi sa kanila ni Jesus: “Sino ang nakalarawan dito, na narito rin ang kanyang pangalan?” 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 (Mateo 22:21).” Alam naman ni Jesus ang masama nilang pakay, at sinabi niya sa kanila: “Mga mapagkunwari! Bakit ninyo ako sinusubukan? 

Kung ginagawa ng gobyerno ang kanyang obligasyon sa mga tao ay obligasyon din ng tao na gawin ang kanyang obligasyon sa kanyang goyerno. At ito nga ay ang magbayad ng tamang buwis at ang sundin ang kaukulang mga batas. Pero dapat din na ang tao ay maging mapagbantay para siya ay hindi mauto ng mga namumuno sa gobyerno. Na ang kapangyarihan ay nagmumula din naman sa mga taong bayan.

Ano naman ang ang ating obligasyon sa Diyos? Dapat ay palagi nating sinusunod ang kanyang dalawang pinakadakilang utos. Ang una ay ang mahalin ang Panginoon Diyos nang buong puso, nang buo kaluluwa at nang buo pag-iisip. At ang ikalawa ay: Mahalin ang kapwa gaya ng iyong sarili (Mateo 22:37, 39).

Ipinapakita natin ang ating pagmamahal sa Diyos sa pamamagitan ng ating presensya sa pagdiriwang ng Banal na Misa. Sa pag babasa ng Biblia at ng mga ibang pang babasahin patungkol sa kanya, pagdarasal ng Santo Rosaryo at mga panalangin na nagmumula sa ating puso. Isinasabuhay naman natin ang ating pagmamahal sa ating kapwa sa pamamagitan ng pag tulong sa kanila.

Dapat po ay palagi nating tuparin ang ating obligasyon sa Diyos dahil hindi tulad ng gobyerno na may mga pagkakataon na hindi naibibigay ang kaukulang serbisyo sa mga tao. Ang Diyos ay palaging tumutupad at palagi ding ibinibigay ang kanyang kaukulang obligasyon sa mga tao.
  
Natutupad mo ba ang iyong obligasyon sa Diyos? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Reflection for Saturday October 21, Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 12:8-12

Gospel: Luke 12:8-12
Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.

“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”
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Reflection:
Are you proud with your relationship with Jesus? Do you own it like a badge of honor? Of course you will answer in the affirmative. However, this not always true because there are instances that you betray Jesus for the fleeting things of this world.

The sad truth is our profession of love for Jesus is often times lip service only. When we are faced with temptation we oftentimes give up Jesus in favor of the fleeting temptation.  When we are put on the spot to make a stand for Jesus we betray Him easily just like how Judas betrayed Jesus.

If we say that we love Jesus we must be proud of it and we must live it, we must not betray Jesus for the things of this world. For what is this world compared to having a relationship with our Lord and Savior?

What would it do you if you acquire all the things and cravings of this temporary world but in the process you lose your relationship with Jesus? Nothing except misery and problems! WE always have to remember that what we presently own and have we will leave or it will leave us.

How about Jesus? He will never leave us, in good times and in bad, in our sorrows and triumphs and in life in this world and beyond this world. He will always be there for us. – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

Reflection for Friday October 20, Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 12:1-7

Gospel: Luke 12:1-7
So many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples, “Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees.

There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one. Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”
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Reflection:
Mario is a married man who works abroad. While there he was tempted to have an illicit affair with his female officemate. The forbidden affair bore fruit to a baby boy; since he was abroad the philandering husband was very confident that he will not be caught. 

However, the wife was already suspicious of him so she decided to ask the help of their friends who works with her husband. To make a long story short; the illicit secret was eventually discovered by the wife.

The gospel tells us this: There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known (Luke 12:2). What we think we can keep forever God will unravel, God will do this not to embarrass us. He will do this to give us a chance to straighten out our lives.   

God works in mysterious ways; no matter how we try to conceal our sinful secrets. God will do something about it for it to be uncovered.  Why? So that we can repent, thus we live an upright life once again. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Reflection for Thursday October 19, Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs: Luke 11:47-54

Gospel: Luke 11:47-54
The Lord said: “Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets whom your fathers killed. Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. Therefore, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building.

Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter. When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.
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Reflection:
Who are the modern day prophets that you encounter today? It’s anyone who truly speaks about God and anyone who has so much concern for your welfare. They would always want you to have strong faith in God.

But we normally don’t listen to them most of the time we instead listen to the fleeting dictates of this world. There are even times that we label them as people who are out of this world. Until we encounter problems and trials because we did not listen to the meaningful advice of these modern day prophets in our lives.

Next time, listen when you are given meaningful advice about God and life. For they are not doing it on their own accord, they were sent by God to you for a very meaningful reason. None other than to bring you closer to God.

Do you usually listen to the voice of God coursed through other people? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Reflection for Wednesday October 18, Feast of Saint Luke, evangelist: Luke 10:1-9

Gospel: Luke 10:1-9
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this household.' If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, 'The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.'"
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Reflection:
Why do we sometimes waver with our discipleship? I think it is for the reason that we lack focus and as a result we become half-hearted until we do not anymore trust the providence of God. After which we now trust more on ourselves and Jesus becomes a minimal factor in our lives.

But what is the message of our gospel today? Its full trust and dependence on God alone! If we would only learn to entrust our lives to Jesus and if we would only learn to be faithful to the mission that He has given us. Then we would see how God will provide for us, but the problem is some of us don’t even know what is our mission in this world.

We don’t know our mission because we don’t take our faith seriously. We hardly give it time because we are always busy with our worldly undertakings. Worldly undertakings that can evaporate from us anytime. Worldly undertakings that will not bring us eternal peace and happiness.

Our mission is to become modern day zealous disciples that will help Jesus spread the good news of our salvation.
  
Are you doing something to propagate the faith that Jesus gave you during your baptism? – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

Reflection for Tuesday October 17, Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr: Luke 11:37-41

Gospel: Luke 11:37-41
After Jesus had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He entered and reclined at table to eat. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal. The Lord said to him, “Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.”
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Reflection:
Was the Pharisee who invited Jesus to dine in his house a fan of Jesus?  Perhaps yes he was a fan for he liked the wisdom and eloquence of Jesus that’s why he invited Jesus to dine in his home. Everything was going smoothly between the teacher and His fan until Jesus did not wash His hands before eating. 

Did Jesus purposely skip washing His hands so that His fan would see Him doing it? Yes, yet there was a deeper reason why he did not wash His hands. Jesus wanted His fan (The Pharisee) to realize that there is something more profound than mere external observance of the Jewish law.   

For Jesus it’s always what’s inside our hearts! Never mind those things that are visible to the naked eye for the reason that what is seen will eventually pass and be forgotten. But what is in our hearts will never be forgotten. For example, the unseen acts kindness and love that we do to our fellowmen.

For instance, we forever remember the acts of kindness and love that has been given or done to us. But we don’t anymore remember the external appearance (What clothes he/she was wearing and so forth) of the person who did these acts of kindness and love for us.

Jesus is always biased with acts of kindness and love most especially unseen acts of kindness and love. For these are the spirit and backbone of His teachings. Jesus never taught us to always be concerned about our external appearance, reputation and the many other external aspects of our worldly lives. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Monday October 16, Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 11:29-32

Gospel: Luke 11:29-32
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here.  At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.”
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Reflection:
A sinful man had a conversion, when he was asked what moved him to be good and Godly. He replied this, I’m dying and I don’t want to be in hell when I depart this world. Hell is real as well as heaven and those who continue to sin and will continue to ignore God’s call to conversion will certainly end up in hell someday.

Some of us may ask, is heaven and hell for real? Yes, it’s both real and it’s already here in our midst.  If we always do good our life would be like heaven on earth, yes there would be problems from time to time. But we will always overcome these problems because Jesus is always at our side to help. On the other hand, if we continue to do bad we can expect our lives to be in a hellish situation today. This is the practical reality of heaven and hell.

However, God loves us so much that He also wants us to repent and permanently walk away from our sinfulness. This is for the reason that the good lord wants us to experience heaven while we are still here in this world. And He also wants us to be in heaven after our passing in this world.  This is the great love of God for us, He always calls us to repentance in everyday of our lives.

Someday when we die some of us will say, if only I listened to Jesus’ call of repentance. I would not be in this hellish environment right now but I did not. I instead continued to enjoy the many pleasures that were brought to me by the devil.

Nonetheless all is not lost yet, there is still ample time for us to repent.– Marino J. Dasmarinas 

 If today you hear His voice harden not your hearts. Hebrews 3:15 

Reflection for Sunday, October 15; 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Matthew 22:1-14


Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the 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 the king 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. He 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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Reflection:
A father would always wake up early every Sunday to prepare himself to go to church for Holy Mass. He would patiently wait to hear the church bells to toll. And the moment he hears it he would tell his family that the tolling of church bells is the invitation of the lord let us respond and go to church for Mass.

As we move on with our lives in this world. There would be people who will invite us to attend Holy Mass. However, because of our many preoccupations we don’t give an ear to many of them we just hear them and not take them seriously. If only we would take time to listen, we would be entitled to many blessings including the gateway to heaven.

For example, what blessing/s does your attendance at Holy Mass gives you? When you attend Holy Mass you have a foretaste of heaven while you’re still in this world. You may not know it but you’re healed of your emotional, spiritual and physical sickness.

This is true, observe those who regularly attend daily Mass. They are mostly senior citizens; they are mostly retired yet they are not tired neither sick. In fact, they are physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy to regularly attend daily Mass. 

In our gospel, the king gave a wedding banquet.  So he told his servants to call the invited guests to the feast but because of their many preoccupations they refused to heed the call. And in the process they missed to be in the presence of the king. The king who could have given them something that they would very much treasure for the rest of their lives. The king who could have given them protection and security. And the king who could have been their close friend.


Let us not refuse God’s call for us to be closer to HIM. We have nothing to lose but everything to gain if we would only listen to HIS invitation to be present at His wedding banquet which is none other than the celebration of the Holy Mass. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Repleksyon para sa Oktubre 15, 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 kaharian ng Langit ang kuwentong ito: May isang haring naghanda sa kasal ng kanyang anak na lalaki. 3 Ipinatawag niya sa mga katulong ang mga imbitado sa kasalan ngunit ayaw nilang dumalo. 4 Muli niyang pinapunta ang iba pang mga katulong para sabihin sa mga inanyayahan sa kasalan: ‘Naghanda 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 pumunta sa kanyang taniman, at sa kanyang negosyo naman ang isa pa. 6 Sinunggaban naman ng iba pa ang mga katulong ng hari, nilibak at  pinatay. 7 Lubhang nagalit ang hari kayat ipinadala 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 ngayon sa dulo ng lunsod at anyayahan sa kasalan ang bawat makita 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 lalaking hindi nakadamit pampiyesta. 12 Kaya sinabi niya sa kanya: ‘Kaibigan, 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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Repleksyon:
May isang lalaki na bigla nalang pumanaw. Sabi ng kanyang mga magulang sa kanilang mga sarili: kung sana ay nakinig siya sa ating mga payo na palaging magsisimba. Sana ay hindi tayo nag-aalala ngayon sa kanyang kaligtasan.

Habang tayo po ay naglalakbay dito sa mundo ay may mga tao na darating sa ating buhay na magpapayo sa atin na mag simba. Pero dahil sa marami sa atin ay lubhang abala sa ating mga Gawain dito sa mundo ay hindi natin ito kadalasang pinapakinggan. Kung sana ay makikinig tayo ay maraming biyaya tayo matatangap kasama na dito ang daan papuntang langit.

Halimbawa po, ano bang biyaya o mga biyaya ang natatangap natin pag tayo ay nagsisimba? Pag tayo po ay nag sisimba tayo ay nakakaranas na makapunta sa langit habang tayo ay nandito pa sa mundo. Hindi man natin ito agarang nararamdaman pero ang ating pagsisimba ay nakakagamot sa ating maraming sakit maging ito ay emosyonal, spiritual at pisikal.

Totoo po ito, obserbahan nalang po natin ang palaging nag sisimba araw araw. Karamihan po sa kanila ay mga senior citizens at mga retired na pero sila po ay may lakas pa para mag simba at walang malubhang sakit. 

Sa ating pong mabuting balita ang hari ay naghanda ng maraming pagkain para sa kasal ng kanyang anak na lalaki. Kaya sinabi ng hari na tawagin na ang mga imbitado sa handaan. Pero dahil sa marami silang pinag kakaabalahan ay hindi nila ito binigyan ng pansin.

At dahil dito ay hindi nila nakapiling ang hari. Ang hari na nakapag bigay sana sa kanila ng mga importanteng bagay at ang hari na sana ay naging malapit nilang kaibigan na palagi sanang handang tumulong at gumabay sa kanila.

Sana po ay palagi nating pakingan ang pagtawag sa atin ng Panginoong Diyos. Wala pong mawawala sa atin sa katunayan po ay marami tayo matatangap na biyaya. Kung tayo po ay tutugon sa kanyang paanyaya na dumalo sa kanyang handaan walang iba kundi ang pagdiriwang ng Banal na Misa. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Reflection for Saturday October 14, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 11:27-28

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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Reflection:
How can you hear the word of God? Does He speak to you in the first place? Of course, through your solemn prayers God speaks to you. Though your reading of the scriptures God speaks to you as well. God speaks to you also through the poor, hungry and spiritually deprived person.

What would you do after hearing God speak to you? You should act, you must learn to translate your conversation with God though your concrete acts of faith.

Many of us sometimes forget to have a daily interaction with Jesus. Sad to say but we often spend more time browsing the internet or in front of our high definition television rather than listen to God. This is the reality; we lack time for God that’s why we have so many worries.

But the moment we learn to hear or listen more and translate what we hear and see to acts of faith. We start to have a more peaceful life, yes there would still be problems but we would be able to pull through it. For the reason that we now have that deeper intimacy with our God. Facilitated by our frequent listening to Him. 

If we can make time for our many earthly undertakings, why can’t we create time to listen to God? We gain more wisdom when we start to listen. And we allow ourselves to be God’s ambassadors of goodwill when we translate that listening to factual acts of faith.

Have time to hear God and you will begin to become deaf to the worries of this world. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Reflection for Friday October 13, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 11:15-26

Gospel: Luke 11:15-26
When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?

For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore, they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”
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Reflection:
There was an advertisement on TV that had a catchy phrase that goes like this: "Our products are everywhere." Could we also say this to the devil, that he and his minions are everywhere today? Yes, the sad reality is the devil and his minions are prevalent today more than ever. They are everywhere literally disguised in so many attractive ways/things that we could not identify who they are and where they reside.

We may not know this but some of these evils reside within us, this is the reason why from time to time evil thoughts suddenly pops in our minds. Should we worry about this? Of course, for the reason that this shows our lack of faith and interactions with Jesus.

Evil thrives within us when Jesus is absent within us, when we shabbily treat Him and when our faith in Jesus is weak. Therefore, when we have weak faith we also give the devil a small window of opportunity to cast his evil magic spell upon us.

Our gospel for this Friday tells us that Jesus is far more powerful than the devil. That Jesus could demolish the devil anytime He wants but Jesus needs also our cooperation. For the simple reason that He also gave us the freewill to decide for ourselves. If we are going to embrace Him and let Him come into our lives or we continue to allow the devil to gain control of our lives.

The choice is yours to make,  but take the right choice by choosing Jesus over the devil. This simply means that you will leave sin and anything that make you sin from hereon. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Thursday October 12, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 11:5-13

Gospel: Luke 11:5-13
Jesus said to his disciples: “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him, and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.

And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
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Reflection:
How persistent are you in your prayer? For example, if you have a prayer before Jesus do you pray until your prayer is answered by Jesus? Or you easily give up because you feel the Jesus doesn’t hear your prayer? The best attitude to have when you pray is not to give up because giving-up is a sign of lack of faith.

The foundation of every prayer is faith for without faith there is no successful prayer. For example, if you pray for healing for your sickness or you pray for something that you badly want you must therefore pray unceasingly with faith.

In our gospel there is a persistent fellow, who during the dead of night went to the house of his friend to ask for bread for his visitor. What moved this fellow to go to his friend to ask for bread even at midnight? It was faith! The fellow had faith that his friend would never fail him. 

Jesus in our gospel tells us: Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened (Luke 11:9-10).

Do you have a prayer before Jesus? Never give up continue instead to badger Him with your prayer with faith. Prayer that comes from the depths of your heart and soul. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Monday, October 2, 2017

Reflection for Wednesday October 11, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 11:1-4

Gospel: Luke 11:1-4
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”
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Reflection:
Have we asked Jesus to teach us to pray? This is one of the most powerful petitions that we could ever ask Jesus; to teach us how to pray. But do we pray regularly? When we pray we connect with Jesus and when we pray we allow Jesus to come to us and strengthen us.

Let us observe our feelings before and after praying, isn’t it that we feel good after we’ve prayed? The feeling of a person is different before and after prayer. Why is this so? This is the miracle of our prayer to Jesus, it heals us body and soul; it makes us accept the things that is hard for us to accept and it opens our body and soul to infinite graces from God.

Starting today let us begin our prayer with this humble petition for Jesus: Lord teach us to pray and then we solemnly recite the prayer (The Our Father) that Jesus taught us to pray. After praying the Our Father let us connect with Jesus through our heart and mind. And before ending our prayers let us also ask the Saint Joseph, The Blessed Mother and our favorite saint/s to pray for us.

If exercise is for our bodies, our prayers are for our souls for it makes us have an active and healthy relationship with Jesus. Therefore, the more we pray the more that we make healthy our souls and the more we pray the less worries we would have.

Prayer:
Lord teach us to pray, teach us how to properly pray the prayer that you’ve taught us.  Give us the grace of the Holy Spirit so that we could connect with you in our prayers. Give us the gift of spontaneous prayer dear Lord and give us the grace of focus and concentration when we pray. For there are times that our prayers come only from our mouths and not from our hearts. Teach us how to pray O Lord. Amen. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Tuesday October 10, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 10:38-42

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42
Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?  Tell her to help me. The Lord said to her in reply,“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.
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Reflection:
Why did Jesus favored Mary? He favored her for the simple reason that she gave her time to Him. She listened to Him and Mary knew that before her was her God. And she would not let this precious moment pass her by without giving Him her ear. 

Many of us chase the many temporal things of this world. We spend a lot of time achieving our worldly dreams thinking that this would make us complete. Only to know later that it will not, we will even end up empty if we continue to chase the temporal things of this world. Why? For the simple reason that worldly things or worldliness will never complete us.

Jesus only ask us one thing, for us to give Him our time and for us to listen to Him. We make Jesus very happy if we first listen to Him and leave everything else behind for Him.

Let us all remember that when the time comes that we are lying on our deathbeds.  We will not be thinking of the temporal achievements that we’ve done for this world.  For example, the riches, the awards and citations and so forth. Around that time, we will long for no one except for the presence of Jesus in our lives. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Reflection for Monday October 9, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 10:25-37

Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’ Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
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Reflection:
A scholar of the law asked Jesus: “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus told him read what is written in the law. The scholar said this: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”

Then the scholar of the law asked Jesus who is my neighbor? To drive home His teaching on how to become a good neighbor Jesus told the man a story. Pertaining to a man who lays dying by the roadside.

The first who passed by the dying man was a priest; being a priest he was expected to embody the teaching of love for God and neighbor. But he only loved God not his neighbor for he did nothing to help the dying man. The next one who passed by the dying man was a Levite, a servant in the temple of God. Unfortunately, he also failed the test of love of God and neighbor for he also did not mind the dying man.

Then comes the Samaritan who doesn’t serve in the temple of God, he was not even a Jew yet he showed deep compassion to the dying man. The Samaritan brought him to a house; took care of him and ensured that he would fully recover.

Among the three, the Good Samaritan even if he doesn’t serve God gained favor in the eyes of Jesus for he was merciful to the dying man. It is very ironic that those who served God in the temple (priest and Levite) were indifferent to the need of the dying man.

Every now and then our faith would also be challenged by Jesus through those who are in need of our help. Let us never turn a blind eye on them or pretend not to see them. Let us not make any excuse/s for us not to help, let us simply help them. Just like the Good Samaritan who gained favor in the eyes of Jesus. -  Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Reflection for Sunday, October 8; Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time; Matthew 21:33-43


Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: "Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way. Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’ They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?" They answered him, "He will put those wret-ched men to a wret-ched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times." Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes? Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit."
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Reflection:
A corrupt leader stole millions from the people whom he was serving. When he was not in power anymore a righteous leader replaced him and this new leader initiated investigations to unearth the many corruptions of the former greedy leader. Eventually the long arm of the law caught up with this corrupt leader and he was imprisoned.

Every now and then we also see arrogant and dictatorial leaders who manipulate their people with false promises and deception.  They do this for the reason that they want to perpetuate themselves in power.  They cannot give up power because of their greed for it; they cannot let go until they’re forced out by the supreme power of God coursed thru the people. 

In the gospel we see the greed of the tenants; they were given everything that they would need as they grow the plants in the vineyard. When it was harvest time they did not give the share of the landowner they instead killed the emissaries sent to them.  Even the son of the landowner they killed; what a display of extreme greed! What eventually happened to the greedy tenants? They died, the vineyard was taken from them and it was given to those who were not greedy.

Our insatiable appetite for the things of this world like money, power, sex, possessions and the like will bring us nothing but damnation. Anything that we possess thru our greed will eventually be taken from us.

Just look at the countless dictators that were violently forced out of their power because of their greed for it. Just look at the many corrupt government officials who are being chased by so many cases filed against them.

We must learn how to share, we must become generous and we must not be corrupt or greedy for we are mere tenants of this world. When we die God will ask us to account of the things that He entrusted to us.

He will ask us: Were you able to share? Were you generous? And were you not corrupt or greedy? – Marino J. Dasmarinas