Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Final commendations

6th Sunday of Easter, Cycle C
Gospel: John 14:23-29
Photo courtesy of One Year Bible Blog

In the gospel Jesus gives final instructions to his apostles before he is led to the slaughter.

In this last Sunday of Easter, Jesus also gives his final commands to us before going up to heaven.

I would summarize Jesus' message in three realities: love, Holy Spirit, and peace.

"Love one another as I have loved you" - let us start aligning our love with Christ's love.  Every love inside our hearts is coming from the Triune God.  Then we will know whom to love and how to love truly.

Holy Spirit - the Lord will not leave us abandoned.  With the gift of discernment, anything we do in this world is properly supervised by the Holy Spirit.  Nothing could go wrong.

Peace - Peace is not the absence of war.  On the contrary, we enter into war to insure lasting peace.  It entails making day-to-day sacrifices to insure the growth of our lives.  It is joining the PPCRV in the Philippines to ensure clean, honest, and orderly elections.  The way of peace today is our ticket to lasting peace tomorrow.

I hope we have learned something while Christ is still on earth.  And when he would go back to heaven, we already would know what to do here on earth.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Earning heaven the hard way

5th Sunday of Easter, cycle C
Gospel: John 13:31-33,34-35

In the secular world, hard work cannot be stressed enough.  For the spiritual world can it not be the same?

Jesus earned our salvation the hard way.  In the first reading, Paul and Barnabas acknowledged enduring hardships for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.  It is through those hardships that the Christian communities were born in the pagan world.  It is also through the hardship of Church that the Good news continues to be preached to all peoples, most especially to the poor, where the glad tidings of the Lord is brought.

How about us?  How have we worked to bring about Christ's kingdom here on earth, in our families, communities, countries, and the world?  The road towards heaven is crooked and narrow, but it is worth all the effort.  There are no short cuts to bringing up a child and planting the seeds of goodness in his heart.  There is no easy road for someone to help alleviate the sufferings of the poor.  But the satisfaction for traveling such road is endless, tantamount to eternity of bliss.  All the sacrifices are nothing as compared to what is to come - our new life with and in God.