Friday, September 14, 2007

Recover what we've lost

24th Sunday in ordinary time

Cycle C,
Gospel reading: Lk. 15, 1 - 32,
Photo coutesy of: Poor Clares Colettine Community

Have you felt real, unexplainable joy on something or someone that you lost?

The gospel helps us to feel the same joy in finding after losing, in living after dying, and in being with God after losing Him through sin.

Let us recall what we have lost recently apart from people and things: first, we have lost our dignity as moral persons when we succumb to lesser values and earthly pleasures instead of the ones above; we have lost our self-respect when we please ourselves and not others; we have lost God by putting ourselves as the center of our lives.

Therefore, let’s find ourselves again. Dream of a life filled rich in moral, material, and spiritual treasures. Make an honest inventory of how much life is lost simply because we’ve been insensitive and narrow-minded. Slowly but surely, let us start picking up the pieces and start recovering what we’ve lost. Let us help in building lives not only for ourselves and our families, but of our neighbors who are suffering.

Let us see the Lord’s gentle and assuring presence in the midst of all these, and after a fruitful life, please Him and give Him praise!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Lesson on humility


22nd Sunday in Ordinary time
Cycle C
Gospel Reading: Luke 14: 1, 7 - 14
photo courtesy of: Crossroadsinitiative.com



Next to forgiveness, humility might be the next virtue that's hard to live out, considering that the trend of the this world is toward getting oneself on top of others.

Jesus stressed that "those who exult themselves will be humbled, while those who are humble shall be exalted." It is brought about the example of his own life by when he took our humble nature and subjected himself to rejection, suffering, and death on the cross. But all these brought about our salvation.

Now he gives us an example. One does not change the world by comfortably sitting and lording it over others. On the contrary, by taking the form a slave and doing the will of the Father, one pleases Him by putting oneself at the service of the others.

According to John Ruskin, the first test of a truly great man is his humility. If only every man and woman would not be concerned with his stature; instead be more concerned with valuing others and the Lord, then the world would be a nicer and more humane place to live in.