Saturday, July 27, 2013

17th Sunday of the year, C

What God can do for us

Luke 11:1-13


The literary style of "repetitio" used in the story of Abraham and the Lord simply tells one thing: the Lord's benevolence, mercy, compassion, etc. is unquestionably magnanimous.  But how has His love affected us?  Did it make us more human and humane or have abused the generosity of God?

In the gospel for today, Jesus taught us how to pray.  But at the end part, he mentioned that if evil men know what good things they can give to their children, "how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

Thus, let us explore the Our Father.  We might have prayed this a million times.  We hope that each time we pray this, we may have a glimpse of the generosity and love of God.

The first process is to clarify who God is for us.  He is our Father.  The second is know what we should do for our Lord, who is ruler of heaven and earth.  He surely deserves all our adoration.

Only in the third part of the prayer can we have a glimpse of our utmost intentions: to give us our daily bread; then to repair our relationships with one another.  But remember, it is He who provides for all these things: food and love, not us.

Finally, we ask to be delivered from the evil one ONLY through the power of God to deliver us from all evil.

Yes, our Lord can do all these things for us.  Men and money cannot do what God can.  And what can He do?  He can breathe life and love to all of us.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

16th Sunday of the year, C

Serving or busy to serve?

Luke 10:38-42

Abraham and Martha both served the Lord.  But where did Abraham succeed and where did Martha fail to serve?

Abraham desired to please the Masters, the three angels visiting him.

Martha was preoccupied by the work.

Desiring to please the Master is one thing; being preoccupied is another.

Do we still desire to please the Master?  The curse of secularism is that it has not time to serve the Master.  Instead of secularism, let us opt for secularity by recognizing that good the world can give and its capacity to serve God.

Secondly, who is serving whom?  Is Martha really serving Jesus or is she ordering Jesus for her sister to serve her?  Let us break down the shackles of idolatry by referring everything to God who is our Lord and Master.

Third, what results from all our services? If our services alienate us from God, then we are just too busy serving ourselves.  But if our service leads us to adore his divine majesty and leads other to him, then our lives become acts of sharing and generosity which greatly pleases the Lord.

Serving or busy to serve?  Whatever Jesus chose, and he chose to serve unconditionally, be our choice as well.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

14th Sunday of the year, C

Be a source of blessings for others

Luke 10:1-12,17-20


A nation like Jerusalem must be blessed so deeply as to have loved and chosen by the Lord for his very own.  We wish it would be the same with our country, chosen by the Lord to be the beacon of light in Asia.

What makes Jerusalem special in the reading is like God who provides for all things, Jerusalem shall be a source of blessings for the whole humankind, like a mother to her children.  Such is also the beauty of our faith.

But alas, it is not so for us who continue to be immature in our faith.  We need to change our outlook and convert our faith into a dynamic (not passive), fruitful (not barren), and holy (not corrupted) one. 

This is the simplest resolution we can ever offer our Lord as we embark on "being sent" like the disciples.  We promise to bring to life the faith.  We promise to multiply that faith.  We promise to be a source of holiness for others.