Saturday, September 19, 2009

The true servant


25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cycle B
Reading: MARK 9 : 30 - 37

He does not want people to know he's there ... the entrance of Jesus to Galilee is a preparation for his entrance to Jerusalem to do the Father's will. This symbolizes his utmost humility in offering his life for us and the paschal mystery he would undergo - his passion, death, and resurrection.

Who is the greatest?... not the powerful, not the famous or the rich, but those who take the role of a servant. Who are we truly serving?

He takes a little child ... Children do not have rights in Jesus' time. But they are dearest to him. Who are closest to us - the rich or the powerless?

May we truly recognize the grace of serving the poorest of the poor.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Happy brithday, Mama Mary!

Gospel: Matthew 1:1-16,18-23

Happy birthday, Blessed Virgin Mary! What gift can I give to you today?

From the book of Micah, you are Bethlehem, the smallest, unknown town, from which the Savior of the world would come. God chooses the weak and the small and make them strong. God gave you to us as a pleasing gift.

From the gospel, we discover God's enormous plan of salvation, far beyond any of us could imagine. And you have a very big part in it. For from you came forth our Savior Jesus Christ.

What gift can I give you today? I will offer you a heart patterned after your heart and the heart of Christ. I offer to you my humble and wounded heart tested by various trials and sufferings. I will offer to you my noble heart, a heart that loves the poor and reaches out to them. I will offer to you my very own life.

Happy, happy birthday, Mama. The whole world, both in heaven and earth, rejoices at your feast. Please whisper each one of us to your beloved baby, Jesus Christ and teach us to live according to his will. Amen.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

To see as God sees

cycle B
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Photo courtesy of: Grandma Faith's Space

"If you want to see the future, look at it through the eyes of a child.

I say, "If we want to see things, look at it through the eyes of God."

Perhaps God sees the world so differently from ours. For one, through God's eyes, all of us are created good; it's us who chose to follow evil. Let us realize the good in us once and for all.

Second, in God's world there is life, not death. Though we thought we love life, we are also instrumental in bringing death to others by our selfishness. Our self-centered concerns kills others, that overwhelming desire to receive and not to give wastes away a lot of life. Change this attitude.

Lastly, in God world, everybody lives and not just a "chosen few." When I say everybody, I mean everybody. All who are born in this world deserves the kind of life we are experiencing. Have we thought about the greater majority and not just our personal good. Have we thought about others and not just our own family?

Take these paths then and we shall see as God sees - life for everyone.