Saturday, October 27, 2012

30th Sunday in ordinary time, cycle B


"Help me to see!"

Gospel reading: Mark 10:46-52

It's sad when we have lost the the spontaneous happiness of children who treat the world as a magical place and replace it with a wounded, hopeless view of the world.  Eventually, it is a question of whether we could see God or we are so caught up with pictures of desolation around us that we become a part of this sad world.

In the book of Jeremiah, the people shall cry as they are led back to the promised land, knowing that it is God who is guiding them along the way.

In the gospel, Bartimaeus' sight was restored simply because of his deep faith, "I want to see."

In order to really "see" we have to challenge if what we're seeing today is the picture of God or it is man's own doing - the pictures of extreme luxury vs. poverty and the concepts of happiness and sadness that goes within each picture.  Ask: "Is the picture of pomp and luxury in the midst of a sad world a true picture of God?

Secondly, let us "see" what lies within the hearts of people.  Of course, people in level 1 would not have any capacity to enter this level because they are tied up with luxury, power, and fame.  But let us pray that we may see the inner beauty of people.

Third, let us "really see" as what heaven should really look like while still here on earth.  This is what Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta saw in the poor.  It changed her whole life.  The third level demands a radical change of life.  In order to see heaven here on earth, we have to sacrifice our interests and dreams - all for the sake of love for Jesus.  Only then can we see the true picture of "heaven" and commit our whole lives for this purpose - to be living saints on earth.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

OUR FATHER BY FR. JOPSON AVAILABLE

The OUR FATHER by Fr. Joselito Jopson is already available for parish use.  Feel free to download any or all of the following:

1. MUSIC PIECE

2. MIDI FILE WITH VOICE GUIDE 
(Can be played in your computers and midi organs)

3. MIDI FILE WITHOUT VOICE GUIDE
(can be played in your computers and midi organs)

4. MP3 FILE

Sunday, October 14, 2012

28th Sunday in ordinary time


Exultation of Wisdom

Cycle B

 There is a world of difference between knowledge and wisdom even though these two are gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Without going into the detailed definition of each, true wisdom is borne by a deep relation with One who is the source of true wisdom by which all His decisions are life-giving.

We could benefit from this gift by praying for the movement of the Spirit from knowledge to true wisdom.

Even the gospel today is a leap from knowledge (knowing the 10 commandments) to wisdom (sell everything you have, give it to the poor, and come follow me.)  Salvation is not simply in observing the 10 commandments we have learned since our childhood, but in following the footsteps of Jesus, listening to him each day, and patterning our lives after him for the salvation of the world.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

OUR FATHER ACC TO NEW ENGLISH MISSAL

You may download the Our Father of yours truly, Fr. Lito Jopson, in line with the new English Roman Missal.  Wait for the midi file and the mp3 of the minus one.  But for those who can read the notes, you may sing it in a reflective way.  God bless!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

27th Sunday in ordinary time


Cycle B

God's love and the Church


It is a good thing that while we are celebrating the parish fiesta in honor of Nuestra SeƱora de Santo Rosario de Pasig, the readings reflect the world of the love of man and woman.

It is for us to realize that the main author of love is not us but God himself because God is love.

Love is communal; there cannot be any self-love.  Love is always outward to others; love is other-centered.  Love first exists outside before it reaches inward.  We learn to love from others - parents, brothers, sisters, and the Church.  Love fills the Church.

Love is faithful.  Love is never temporary.  The depth of love is only tested in time.  the fullness of love is when we reach the end of our days.  In the Church we are called to a faithful love which involves a lifetime commitment to serve our neighbors.  If we have committed ourselves to love, we should be seeing the fruits of this commitment.

Love is always fruitful.  Love begets love just as evil begets evil.  Goodness and life abounds in the world of love.  In the Church we should reap a rich harvest of lives converted to God.

So we say, do not abandon in anyway love.  Learn from our Lady  whose love is to God alone and those whom He loves.  She is ever most faithful.  She is committed to carry us to heaven.  And and love is fruitful.  She produces the sons and daughters of Sto. Rosario de Pasig Parish.