Sunday, July 29, 2012

17th Sunday, cycle B

We are God's miracles!

The multiplication of the loaves of Jesus has its parallels in 2 Kings 4:42-44 when Elisha commanded a man with 20 loaves to distribute food to a hundred men.

Again, man's logical thinking gets in the way of miracle "This is impossible." We have to move out of the box to see what lies beyond - it is God who acts.  It is possible for us to have more time, talent, and treasure to give to others.  It is possible only in God.

We need to bring the gifts.  The gifts will not come to us.  We need to entrust it to the care of the Father.

We need to insist giving it to others even if it seems impossible.  This leap of faith should start the miracle going.

We need to see the overflow of graces and enjoy the gifts that now belong to God.  What started out as our own now belongs to Him and to be used according to His purpose - for His glorification and for our salvation.  The true miracle is us offering ourselves to the Father.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Improved materials for Gloria by Fr. Lito Jopson

Friends,

Here is the updated and improved version of the notes and music of the New Gloria according to the New Roman Missal.  The notes are of better quality and the MIDI music which can be played on your computers and digital keyboards has the Voice guide which will guide you sing the melody.

Download the files, free of charge, here:

MUSIC PIECE OF THE GLORIA BY FR. JOPSON
MINUS 1 WITH VOICE GUIDE OF THE GLORIA BY FR. JOPSON

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New English Gloria by Fr. Joselito Jopson

This August, the Filipino faithful will orient themselves to the updated lyrics of the Gloria.  Feel free to download the pdf file containing the music sheet and a MIDI file to be played in your computers or digital keyboards and be sung in your parishes.

The song should be easy to follow.  All we need is a minus 1 and a cantor to sing the verses while the congregation sing the refrain-response.

If the whole congregation is already familiar with the words and the music, they may start singing the verses as well.

Lyrics - NEW ENGLISH GLORIA BY FR. JOSELITO JOPSON
Music - NEW ENGLISH GLORIA BY FR. JOSELITO JOPSON

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul

Pass on a lively faith

To remember St. Peter and St. Paul, the apostles are the foundation by which the cornerstone is Jesus Christ.

When Pope Paul VI opened the Year of Faith in 1967, he called for all Catholics to celebrate the faith passed from the apostles through Sacred Tradition and invites us to safeguard the teachings of the Church.

We are challenged to reflect on the quality of faith that we profess if it is faithful to that of the apostles.  The Holy Father warns us of any negation of Christianity brought about by the changing times.

We are also called to inflame in our hearts a lively and fruitful faith and to pass on that faith to our children and the next generation.




16th Sunday in ordinary time, cycle B

An overflow of shepherds

One cannot understand the readings unless he knows a thing or two about shepherding and being a shepherd.

Regarding the flock, one has to understand their situation without the shepherd.  The flock listens exclusively to the shepherd.  Otherwise, they fall prey as easy victims to the foxes.
Secondly, one has to understand the situation of the responsible shepherd.  He knows his sheep by name.  He leaves everything behind to lead the sheep to greener pastures.
Jesus is the Good shepherd who has compassion over the confused flock not only of Israel but us as well.  We cannot be able to minister well if we do not possess the heart and mind of Christ.  We cannot be good parents unless we cling to Jesus with all our lives.  We will not produce the kind of children we want to have without asking for Jesus to touch us.

Finally, pray for an overflow of good and responsible servants.  We can start with ourselves only if we allow ourselves to be of service to God to give order and holiness to our lives.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

14th Sunday in ordinary time, cycle B

Don't miss the prophet

After the Pentecost, Jesus continues to walk upon the earth.  But people do not recognize him.  That is why the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI deemed it necessary to open October 2012  as the year of Faith.  Recalling the time when Pope Paul VI also declared a year of Faith in 1967, the intention was two-pronged - to make aware that "the world today is marked by immorality, a negation of Christianity at the time of shamelessness and violence" and "to render a faith culture - a culture of faith, an unshakable bond to the teachings of the apostles."

In this year, Paul VI focused on the faith of the apostles that is safeguarded by tradition (catechesis) and a preferential option for the poor (Populorum et progressio).

We might as well rekindle the gift of faith in each one of us or else, we shall be missing to recognize the prophet walking in our midst; much worse, to put him on the cross without ever being aware that it is the Lord.

He may be our friend whom we are slowly leading to sin - our sons and daughters whom we failed to teach the faith; and the priests and the entire Church that we belittle.

We may also miss him in each one of us - in our capacity not to recognize the Lord within as we exert effort to do the right things as Jesus wants us to do in this life.

May we never miss the prophet in our midst.