Saturday, September 27, 2008

Catholicism: faith and action

26th Sunday, cycle A
Gospel: Matthew 21:28 - 32
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Ever wonder why despite the Philippines having 80% Catholics, it is infested with corruption and greed?

Do we just accept this fact without question or would we challenge the depth and maturity of the faith we profess? The Lord challenges the way we live out our faith toward one that is dynamic, self-offering, and concerned with the salvation of peoples, not one that is totally empty and useless.

The 2nd Plenary Council of the Philippines recommends 3 foundations for a deep, lasting, and fruitful faith - one that is enlivened by liturgy, deepened by Catechesis, and concretely manifested through social apostolate. Lose one and the tripod is imbalanced. Emphasize one over the other and extremism occurs.

It's time that we realize the beauty and grandeur of the faith and see it manifested in life.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Overwhelming generosity

25th Sunday in ordinary time,
Cycle A,
Reading: MATTHEW 20 : 1 - 16,
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Man's point of view would reveal that the employer was unjust for not giving the equivalent compensation. However, Jesus is pointing out another reality - God's point of view.

God's message is not justice as we know it, but generosity. He decides to give to others as he pleases. It is his will that is at work. Morever, the salary is symbolical - whether big or small, it's effect is the same - we all receive the fruits of everlasting life. Finally, it is a question of our response to God's call - what time of our lives will we respond to serving the Lord - at the 3rd hour, sixth hour, or ninth hour? If we happen to respond at the 11th hour, it all depends on the generosity of the Lord to grant us what we deserve. But let our service be now, not later.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Forgive!


24th Sunday in ordinary time

Cycle A

Gospel: MATTHEW 18 : 21 - 35

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As far as I know, there is no religion as intense as ours when it comes to teaching about forgiveness. Its very basis is Jesus himself, God humbled who carried within Himself the very message of forgiveness and lived it till the cross. As God has forgiven us, so too must we forgive one another.


The next task is how to forgive. Genuine forgiveness could only be possible if we have a strong attachment to following the Lord, no more, no less. To possess his loving and forgiving heart is the very essence of being Christians.


The second step is commit ourselves to travel toward the path of forgiveness no matter what the costs are. The process may be hard, the healing painful, but it will redound to a greater good, the forgivenss of the other.


Third step is thanksgiving. The world accustomed to violence shall now rejoice and celebrate life because there is healing and forgiveness.