Saturday, November 29, 2008

The warmth of Christmas


1st Sunday of Advent
Cycle B
Gospel: MARK 13 : 32 - 37
Photo courtesy of Dubai Chronicles

No matter how many Christmases we celebrate, we will always find something special about it. This time each year, we always find something in the mall to buy, a gift to wrap, and different reactions of those we give the gifts to.

On the other hand, there are those who suffer loneliness and pain in this time of warmth and love.

The reality of Christmas is Christ himself coming to our world to bring us love and peace. He did it by totally embracing our humanity and bringing new meaning to our lives. The gifts that we give and the decorations we use will always be the symbols of that spirit of giving Christ is for us. Without Him, our Christmas would be totally empty.

As we prepare for these days for the coming of Christmas, let us always remember to tackle the most important thing: not just the gifts and the food and the new things we'll buy at the store. Maybe, this eve could really be special if once and for all, we will make this firm commitment to let God be incarnated in our lives and touch us and mold us to touch others with His love.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Love is the key

Solemnity of Christ the King
Cycle A
Gospel reading: Matthew 25 : 31 - 46

Love is the key to salvation. God's love is the one saving us so let's love the Lord with all our hearts, minds, souls, and beings. The second is let us love one another as a sign that we love the Lord. Love compels us to move out of our comfort zones, the world of our families, and serve the world outside, where many are suffering due to poverty and injustices. Love compels us to use our time, talent and treasure to consider, serve, and assist the ones treated as outcasts by others.

Thus, in this present age when the tendency of man is to acquire, the main guage of success is not material things, prestige, or glory, but the fruitfulness of love given to us by the God of love. By this, we shall be judged accordingly.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Multiply!

33rd Sunday in ordinary time
Cycle A

Reading: MATTHEW 25 : 14 - 30

It is almost a fact that each person desires to accomplish and to be fruitful in his endeavors. God also expects the same from his creation, specially mankind. There are 3 things He expects from us: first, that we be fruitful in producing goodness in this world and not evil; second, that through our participation in His work, more people would be saved instead of falling into perdition; and third, that more and more people would multiply His presence in the world.

With the way things are going in this world, with the proliferation of what is evil, coupled with evil and selfish attitudes, the culture of death continues to creep in. We will definitely reap the fruits of our labor. Let us continue to aim for the eradication of evil through the multiplication of good through the proper use our time, talent and treasure.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Dedication of a Church

Feast
9 November 2008
John 2:13-22

The basilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest cathedral of the bishop of Rome which is the Pope himself. Built during the time of Constantine during 324, a time of peace and end to Christian persecution, he ordered that basilicas be constructed to honor Saints Peter, Paul, and the Christian martyrs.

The gospel portrays the proper relationship between the Church and our faith. The Church as an edifice is built on holy grounds; it is the dwelling place of the Lord. It mirrors the grandeur and holiness of God.

But the Church also mirrors the people who build it. In a community where a Church is built, the people make up the Church. It is their love and unity that builds the church that takes time and a lot of sacrifices to be built. It is the symbol of the people's faith. Thus, it coincides with the process of "being church", that very act by which each one commits to helping one another and inspiring one another to live in accordance with God's will.

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