Wednesday, August 30, 2006
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Fr. Lito Jopson
Friday, August 25, 2006
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel: John 6: 60 - 69
After giving a long and turbulent discourse on the bread of life, Jesus was met with more opposition. A great majority left him. But all he did was to speak the truth about himself and that he is the way to the Father.
What is our faith really like? How far will it go? We are the ones who limit Jesus’ power to heal and save. Our lives do not reflect our total dependence on God. The acid is test is the faith of our children today - what do they actually believe in nowadays? Do their lives reflect what we have toiled and sacrificed all our lives - God himself?
But not all left Jesus. The apostles stayed on. They said, "Lord, where do we go? You have the words of eternal life." Then they went on further, "We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God." Their faith becomes as concrete as ever.
Three things compliment with faith - knowledge, memory, and action. We desire to know the workings and dynamics of faith through a lively Catechesis. This is not just kids' affair. Everyone needs an on-going understanding of faith as long as life itself.
Secondly, faith needs to be rekindled, constantly celebrated and remembered. It needs to make itself present through a lively celebration of liturgy, more particularly the Eucharist. In the liturgy, we and our families should be experiencing total communion with other families and with God. Teach your children that mass in not mere obligation or attendance. Teach them rather that everything of our lives begin and end with the mass.
Finally, faith is concretized in action and in life. Pray for a faith that yields a fruitful harvest - of love, of generosity, of transparency, responsibility, of unity and solidarity, of healing, of development and progress, of transformation, of Gospel values. Otherwise, all accomplishments, all efforts are empty and a wasteful usage of time, talent, and treasure. Life dedicated to these things and service to the poor becomes meaningful and worthwhile.
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Friday, August 18, 2006
Gospel: John 6: 51 - 58
As the world has become accustomed to living a life that is far from the spirit of the Lord, it is invited to return and be immersed once more in an on-going, consistent day-to-day spiritual life which is centered on the Eucharist, the only authentic, highest form of spirituality offered to us.
We might also have developed that routinely, meaningless attendance of the Eucharist arising from mere obligation. Some even have skewed practices of being habitually late at mass, of leaving early, or not being disposed properly to attend it. Definitely the Eucharist is much more than all these if we know who is really at work and how we are benefiting from the experience each week.
The Eucharist is the source and apex of Christian life. Everything that we do should start and end with the Eucharist. It is the culmination of all our good intentions, efforts and sacrifices.
Eucharist is the on-going sacrifice of Christ. Do we realize that Christ still suffers for all of us even today? Do we thank Him that soley because of this sacrifice, we and our families continue to live?
The Eucharist is the foretaste of heaven. We should be able to see in the Eucharist the glimpse of all the meanings of our lives. Do we see precisely this in our participation in the Holy Eucharist?
Last but not the least, the Church makes the Eucharist and Eucharist makes the Church. Mass doesn’t become mere attendance but a true experience of the unity of Christians in Christ. We in turn are molded to perfection by the action of Christ in the Eucharist. In the length of time that mankind has existed, our children should have experienced a more intense show of faith passed on by the parents and not experiences of sadness, crimes, and violence because of selfishness and greed.
Love and live the Eucharist.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2006
August 15, 2006 - the Church not only rejoices with Assumption of Mary but is invited to reflect on its own process of journeying into heaven.
The dogma, officially proclaimed by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950 (Munificentissimus Deus), states that Mary, concieved without original sin, did not suffer the effect of sin which is death; rather, she was assumed into heaven, both body and soul.
Our readings underscore Mary's particular and very important role in the the history of salvation as the Mother of Jesus our Savior. As Saint Paul expounds of the reality of the Jesus as the First fruit of creation, the New Adam; Mary is the first recipient of this wonderful grace to be "the new creation" resulting from the resurrection of Jesus.
We too are invited to realize our being the "new creation" in Jesus Christ. Since our baptism, the Lord never ceased sanctifying us and freeing us from any stain of sin and recovering us for himself.
Our task is to be more aware of our identity as authentic Christians with Mary showing us the way. That is why the Church holds this feast very solemnly, so that we may not forget who we are and where we are going.
Finally, as Mary placed herself at the service of Elizabeth, may we also know our mission of being in this world; this is a decision that can define our very existence why God created us and our daily actions aside from the routinary things that we are already doing and convert each moment as a time of being the new creation of the Lord together with our family members and the whole community of the Lord!
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Saturday, August 12, 2006
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel Reading: John 6: 41 - 51
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." (51)
In these times today, people are encouraged to bring out their spirituality. But what is it exactly? When we are at work, do we make efforts to manifest our spirituality like a light before others? Are we also inspired when we see the spirituality in others?
Spirituality is our access to God's world made concrete in our own. It is to take pride in God working in daily life and letting Him be known to others. It is let God's word and life take fruit in life. It is to reflect Jesus in daily life.
I would recommend spirituality for daily life. It is called the Eucharistic spirituality. It is a spirituality based on the dynamics of the Holy Eucharist that is celebrated each day for seven days, each hour for 24 hours, and each year until eternal life.
It is to understand that we are always in the presence of the Lord and that God is with us like in the beginning of the mass when the priest says, "The Lord be with you" and the people respond, "And also with you."
It is to recognize that the work we do each day can be sanctified by the Lord and offered to the Father only if we allow Him. Our work each day can be opportunities for salvation more than it is an opportunity for a better future in this world. All our experiences, both positive and negative, become gifts that the Lord sanctifies. We remember that when we go to the mass, our experiences are our stories together with Jesus.
Finally, Eucharistic spirituality enables us to take the call of the Jesus and proclaim His love before others. After the mass ends we go forth and do God's will - we repair relationships, we build systems of charity, and we lead others, including ourselves to God.
The Eucharistic then begins to breathe life from the Lord down to us. And our lives become pleasing offerings to the Father.
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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Feast of the Transfiguration
Gospel: Mark 9:2-10
In the midst of a chaotic world, one just needs to be more sensitive and see how God is present and working in the world today.
The Gospel today is about the transfiguration of Jesus that reveals his radiant glory. The apostles are witnesses to this, but Jesus silenced them until all these, his death and resurrection, had to take place.
The gospel also revealed the voice of God who said, "This is my beloved Son, listen to Him." The event took place in Mt. Tabor, symbolically, a meeting place between God and man.
The gospel has a powerful message for the people of today, most especially to those who are totally absorbed with the worldliness around them.
This is a time to evaluate if in the midst of the material world, we still images of the divine actively working in the world today.
There are a lot of disvalues everywhere. It’s as if there is a choice between materialism and spirituality and that they are equally at par with each other. It’s also time to be more visible is manifesting one’s spirituality and letting others know God’s true place in people’s hearts.
In a family, every child’s faith would come alive only through the visible action of the parents.
The transfiguration hints us to see the divine in ordinary things and how we can be instruments in bringing it out in our daily lives.
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