Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Heaven on earth


2nd Sunday of Lent
cycle C

"Bad news is good news in media" because it spells profit for the owners and producers and media mileage for others.

But sometimes we are truly affected, like "Is this the only news?" It sometimes gets into our system as a people and as a nation that we cannot do anything right.

How can we take a positive outlook in life when we are already resolved to doing what is evil in the world?

The apostles saw the transformation of Jesus Christ from mere human being to somebody divine. Have we seen the divine in the midst of our humanity?

Lenten season is an invitation to us to look beyond our humanity and our sufferings see what lies beyond them - the presence of Christ who sanctifies all human actions and lifts them up to the Father. The end result is our salvation.

If we can see God's action rather than the frailties of men and women, then we would truly experience heaven here on earth.

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Sorry, I'm only human?

1st Sunday of Lent

We often hear the words, "I'm sorry, I'm only human." But the question that still lingers is "Is wallowing in sin a sign of becoming human?

All of us are created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, in us is the divine dignity, we cannot go lower than who we are.

It is like saying, "To err is human, to forgive is divine"; the mark of being human is found when we struggle over our weaknesses and sinfulness; when we take time to forgive even our enemies; and most of all, when we struggle day by day to live in the presence of God.

We become truly human when we rise above every temptation to wealth, power, and selfishness; then we are living according to our true identity of being sons and daughters of the Lord.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Are you a Christian?


7 th Sunday
Gospel: LUKE 6 : 27 - 38

Catholicism is the easiest of all religions. It doesn't impose too harsh regulations and leaves everything to the freedom and generosity of the person. The tithes are voluntary; any amount dropped at the collection basket will do. There's no police. There's not too much discipline follow-up, or checking of attendance and performance.

But these are not the signs of a true Catholic. For in the real Catholic, he should be able to follow the Lord unconditionally through the path of the cross.

Actually, it is the hardest of all religions. Its regulations affect the core of one's being; even in the level of thought one can sin against the Lord. It asks to forgive ones enemies and pray for those who persecute the person. The person is confronted to sell everything he owns and to follow Jesus.

On the other hand, the rules written in the hearts of people might have a deeper sense. Why? Not only because they are better alternatives; rather, they reflect the very heart of God who cares for all his children, humankind itself. He wants everyone to live, not just a chosen few. Go through the text again and you will see how life is being propagated and lived.

The sense of being a Christian lies in self - offering to the Lord. Imagine how beautiful this world would be if all people live its precepts. There wouldn't be any form of death, only life.

Photo courtesy of: Catholic Youth Foundation

Friday, February 09, 2007

True poverty


6 th Sunday
Gospel: Lk. 6: 27, 20 -26

The story of St. Bernadette is inspiring especially for those who are experiencing hardships. She came from a poor family but the Lady appeared to her and strengthened her faith.

She was sickly, but she brought healing to others through the water from the cave.

She died of sickness, but to this date her body was incorruptible.

She was poor, but she is the richest of all. Her wealth is Jesus himself.

This is the true gift of poverty that the Lord promises in the beatitudes.

Poverty in spirit will make us aware the we don't own this world, but we are its stewards. Poverty will tell us to be available to others and to care for others and not ourselves. Poverty will tell us to cling on to God.

Photo courtesy of: Lourdes Rosary Shrine