Saturday, July 23, 2011

The kingdom of God

17th Sunday in Ordinary time, cycle C

Tell me, what is your understanding of a kingdom?  Is our understanding of a human kingdom be the same as with God's kingdom?

If we know what is in store for us in God's kingdom, we would not be in the story state we are in.

The kingdom of God taken all together, could be the very vision of our lives.  Now, there are no more thoughts of getting rich or getting even.  The kingdom of God is our world with God.  Here God reigns.

If that is our sole desire, God's kingdom, could this affect the way we handle our lives?  The sorry state of man is seeing himself, alone, seemingly alive, while the rest suffers in darkness and poverty.  The kingdom of god enables us to reach out and extend God's loving hands to others.

Finally, God's kingdom enables us to see the whole picture of the essence of it all, and how the rest of humanity are related to us.  God's kingdom becomes our path to lead us with each passing day to the Father and to our real home.

Thus, the Kingdom of God is our vision, our present, and our way to the future.  Choose the Kingdom of God above all things.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Fruitfulness

15th Sunday in ordinary time, cycle A

It cannot be denied that all of us want to be fruitful in this life.  This is further affirmed by our unity with God who created us in His image and likeness.  Our desire for fruitfulness must come from him.

But despite the progress, development, or whatever we call it, why is the world like a barren desert?  Why are people sleeping on the sidewalk?  Why are we opting to kill the world through the RH bill?  What exactly is happening?

We are going to exorcise anything that makes us barren.  "You have more than you think you have." 

Make an evaluation of your assets, both external and internal, and realize all these can be used as gifts.  The barren person sees these things as waste.  The fruitful person sees them as opportunities for growth.

Secondly, realize, that God is a God of life and not of death. Even his death gives life to many. Give yourself enough time, talent, and treasure to get to know God.  The barren person has no time for God, nor does he have time to serve others.  "He who saves his life will lose it."  The fruitful person is always in search of God's will to reach out to many.

Thirdly, realize the value of suffering.  The barren person sees suffering as a curse.   The fruitful person sees suffering as a way of giving oneself so that others may live.

The fruitful person enjoys the blessings of life and love.  The barren person lives alone.  Choose life.  Choose to be fruitful.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Knowing God

14th Sunday in ordinary time, Cycle A

"The more I know, the more I do not know."  These words came from the famous philosopher Socrates. Wisdom arises from taking a different view of things, from a stale or static view to a refreshed and creative view.

There's another thing worth pondering I would like to share: do you know that every time we look at a painting, we always look at it in a different way?  Paintings speak to us in myriads of ways.

In both of these examples, we need to have a heart of a child who has an endless capacity to enjoy things.  I hope the same is true in our knowledge of God in Jesus.  I hope it is still the same with our dedication to the Eucharist.

People who stopped attending masses because they feel they are doing it mechanically are also prone to closing their doors to Christ.

So what does it mean to know God?

Rise beyond the box of knowledge of God.  Enter into his reality.  Align ourselves with His will.  For he gives life; there is no other.