Thursday, July 27, 2006

Food to Last till the Next Life



17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Gospel: John 6: 1 – 15

Do you know the good news for today? Not only can you have enough to eat and live, you can also have more than enough to give to others! Moreover, the food we eat will last a lifetime till eternal life!

The food is Jesus. The multiplication of the loaves is the Eucharist. And the recipients of this food are the men and women of every generation, now our own. The promise is grace and blessing. The fruit is everlasting life. The gift is service and offering. The promises of this Sunday gospel are endless.

This is the promise of our faith, that as we receive our Eucharist, our daily bread from heaven, we are made strong and are sustained until we reach heaven. And we are saved by the body and blood of the Lord.

But the world continues to suffer, slowly dying of hunger and pain. There is a lack of compassion everywhere. Greed rules the world. Pray then for a multiplication of the loaves. Pray to do as Jesus did that multiplied the loaves and fish.

Pray to give ourselves as gifts. If we don’t offer ourselves, Jesus will not bless anything.

Pray to offer to God as Jesus did. Let us lift everything to the Lord to sanctify our daily offerings and let him take over and convert our daily gifts of sacrifices into his own.

Be strong to break the bread. Let’s be ready to break lives, not preserve them for ourselves. Remember, preserve yourself and only you live. But be broken and let life flow to others and both you and others live.

Finally, share. This is the secret of life for all. All people share, both rich and poor. We are not so poor as to have nothing to give, and so rich as to have nothing to receive. It is in sharing that we see life abound. This is what Jesus did. Let us multiply what he did through our lives! Remember, we only have one life to live so use it for others.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Work for Social Transformation!


Work for Social Transformation
July 23, 2006

16 th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel: Mark 6: 30 - 34
Cycle B

An old mother in a hospice, an alcoholic struggling alone, a young boy being pressured by his peers, a wife left by her husband, a nation beget with poverty, countries at war – the list of sadness could go on and on unless these are broken by some proactive force.

The gospel today reveals Jesus' compassion for the "lost sheep" of Israel that he spent time being with them and healing them of their illnesses. After two thousand years, the world still lives in torment, loneliness, and sin.

Jesus is still alive and he needs all of us to perform the same exact deeds he did two thousand years ago. If only people would rid themselves of other concerns like their own security and start attending to the needs of the others, we would not be in the same sad state that we have now.

Each is called to a renewal of outlook - not each to his own, but a kind of renewal that is capable of changing social life as well. It is possible if only people would realize the social implications of all actions – that is how culture is born. So if the renewal is on a social level, social change would still be possible.

The social renewal should be focused on the greater good and not just on the self, not just on one’s family, but on the greater family. And more importantly, social transformation toward life should affect the entire nation, and nation to another – working toward peace, justice, equality, life for all, and toward the eradication of poverty. This is what the Lord would have wanted.

We need people who would be examples to their children and prepare them for the future roles in social transformation. Only then can we see how God is working concretely in our lives.

FILIPINISM

A Prophesy of Hope for the Filipinos

JULY 12, 2006 - We Filipinos find ourselves in a whirlwind of troubles – political, social, moral, and economic, seemingly without a ray of hope in front of us and our people. There may still be a tinge of hope left.

ON MEDIATALK

SUPERMAN revived the old comic superhero as well as the relived the memory of the late Christopher Reeve, but he also might revive the sagging America's superhero image in today's times.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, a film two hours and a half tries to be at par with the box office epic films, but somehow fails to transcend its usual trite entertainment, adventure, and comic formula.

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