Sunday, August 31, 2008

Carry that cross

22 Sunday in Ordinary Time
CycleA
Gospel: MATTHEW 16 : 21 - 27

One time Jesus called Simon “Peter” meaning, “Rock”; on it he would build his Church. But in the gospel, Jesus called Simon “satan”.


Peter was like any of us, wavering in faith, capable of making wrong decisions. The only difference is that he was able to walk on the waters, while we would not even think about the totally impossible. Peter thus had faith which we don’t have.


Let’s utilize every resource to get to know the Lord. Let’s possess Christ’s loving heart. Let us commit as Jesus did – up to the cross. If it means saving our children and working for a better world, why not?


Let us commit ourselves to doing good and doing God’s will.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Know, love, and serve the Lord


21st Sunday in ordinary time
Cycle A

Gospel: Matt. 16: 30 - 20

What is the mission of the Church? To see our Lord more clearly, love him more dearly, and follow him more nearly day by day.

We cannot love someone whom we do not know. We cannot serve someone whom we have not loved.

The more we get to know our Lord, the more we get to know who we are. Why? He is the who created us. He knows why we are here in this world. Eventually we will realize that our mission as a Church is to announce the message of salvation brought by Christ.

If we haven't known, loved and served Him, despite of what we have, we haven't lived life to the fullest.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Kahit mumo sa hapagkainan

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cycle A
Gospel: MATTHEW 15 : 21 - 28


Gumaling ang anak ng Kananeang babae hindi si katindihan ng kapangyarihan ng Diyos ngunit sa kanyang simple at payak na pananalig, kahit kasinliit ng mumo na nahuhulog sa hapagkainan. Di man natin alam, ngunit pinakamaliit na kabutihang ginagawa natin sa Diyos at sa kapwa’y makaliligtas ng buong mundo.

Pinagtibay rin ito ng kwento ng mayamang tao at si Lazaro. Nakaakyat si Lazaro hindi lamang dahil na siya ay mahirap o yung mayamang lalaki'y pinarusahan sa impiyerno dahil sa kanyang kayamanan. Ang mumo ang sanhi ng pag-akyat ng tao sa langit o pagkabulid sa impierno, ang mumo na hinangad ni Lazaro at ang mumo na pinagkait ng mayaman.

Konkretong bagay para sa ating kapwa ang buod ng ebanghelyo. Ang mumong iyan ay si Kristo; ang mumong iyan ay yung maliliit na ginagawa nating kabutihan para sa ating kapwa. Alinmang mabuti, kahit ito ay maliit ngunit paulit-ulit ay daan patungong langit.

Mag-isip ng mga maliliit kabutihang maaari nating gawin para sa ating kapwa, pangkatawan at pang-espiritual. Tiyak na mababago ang ating daigdig.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Food!

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cycle C
Gospel: Matt. 14, 13-21


The theme for today’s gospel is food, food sustains life.

That fact is that 62% of the Filipinos are suffering nationwide for lack of food. According to the WB-IMF, the main cause of this problem is not economic but political. Corruption and greed are causing our people to suffer.

Better heed to the Lord’s example as he gives food to the multitude. There are 4 aspects toward having food:

Offer – the Lord cannot consecrate unless there is something offered. This is checking on man’s capacity to give.

Give thanks – every resource comes from God. To thank God is to acknowledge that all gifts and blessings come from him.

Break – to be broken entails sacrifice. No life can be attained unless one breaks himself from his own shackle of selfishness.

Give – Just as we have received, we give. Generosity is the key to life. The rich will give to the poor. The poor will give back to others as a sign of thanksgiving. And God will reign in the hearts of everyone.