Saturday, May 25, 2013

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

The Most Holy Trinity and us

 Gospel: John 16:12-15

 From the first reading, when in Proverbs, it was written, "The Lord created me when his purpose first unfolded,  before the oldest of his works.  From everlasting I was firmly set,  from the beginning, before earth came into being." (Proverbs 8, 22), we, God's creatures must be very special in God's eyes, because all of us were created not by consequence, but by an intended purpose "from the very beginning."

Today, as we celebrate the Solemnity of Most Powerful of All, the Most Holy Trinity, by whom we are unworthy servants, it consoles me to think that ever since the beginning of things, we are with Him!  We must all be very special creatures!

I would also like to see the whole of creation as if it were an orchestra of musical players whose instruments are guided by a Musical Conductor.  Such is the situation of world if we only treat our Lord as the world's Master Conductor.  But alas!  It is not so, unless we change; unless we become his instruments, the world will continue to be in disarray.

We need to reflect the Divine Creator in our lives.  We need to pattern our lives after the Lord whom we serve.  And the Lord we serve is a Triune God who revealed Himself as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in one harmonious unity based on bond of total love.

Let us unite ourselves with the Father, the Creator, and who constantly creates every good thing.  Let the world be "good", bringing all, and not just a chosen few of creation, to goodness.

Let us unite our lives with Jesus from now on, and that every action "saves", forgives us, and brings us all to life, holiness, and goodness.

And let our union with the Holy Spirit manifest directly in our way of life.  The conduct of our lives is the direct manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

The best mirror of the Holy Spirit is the living Church which we can see one another, and we can love one another as perfect love binds the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pentecost

Jesus lives in us through the Holy Spirit

John 20:19-23

Now we understand: this day is when the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus all come to: our own resurrection and new life in Jesus.  Jesus may not be with us physically, but he resides in us, through us, and with us, all because of the Holy Spirit.

In the book of Romans, it says, "From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free..." (Romans 8:22)

The Holy Spirit has given birth to us as a Church.  Three things are born from the Holy Spirit that make up the Church:

1. Unity and not of division - One language, one voice, all of us understand each other ... this is the Holy Spirit, uniting us with one another and with God.

2. Humility and not pride - the language of men was born from the desire to reach God in the heavens in the Old Testament's story of Babel.  Now, taking a humble stand before God pleases Him above all else.

3. Total availability to God vs. serving self - The Holy Spirit makes us totally available to serve God without hindrances whatsoever.  This runs counter to people who have no time for God but have all the time for themselves.

Jesus continues to live in us.  As Jesus suffered, died, and rose again, we too shall die and live with Him.  Thanks be to the God the Holy Spirit!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Social networks: portals of truth and faith, new spaces for evangelization

Each year, on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, we are celebrating the World Communication Day as declared by the Holy Father fifty years ago through the document Inter Mirifica.  The Holy Father shall deliver each year a message regarding the usage of the modern means of communications for proclaiming the Good News of Salvation.

This year, the topic has been set: "Social networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization".

First, the Holy Father and the Church recognize the new "agora" of communications: social networking.  Note that in forming networks, not only information is passed, "but ultimately, our very selves."

Second, in sharing our very selves, "a great degree of truth and values is at stake here" vs. the way people communicate via persuasion and sensationalism.  All of us are in search of the truth.

Third, the ultimate truth is still God who is the Author of Truth and who entrusted us to His Son Jesus, as the "way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14, 6).  It would be much better to use the "language of images and sound, imagination and affectivity to invite people to an encounter with the mystery of God's love." "Love, truth, meaning to life - are found only in Jesus ... and we are called to attentive discernment, quoting Elijah who saw the Lord, not in earthquake or fire, but in a still, small voice," the Holy Father Emeritus said.

Finally, a global community is born, a New Church come alive in Social Networking, "to help people to pray with closeness to those who share the faith to those who are distanced from it.  These are direct encounter, experiences of the community and even pilgrimages, until the ends of the earth," is the conclusion set by the Holy Father.

Use media for evangelization!