Sunday, January 26, 2014

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, A

Follow Jesus

Matthew 4:12-23

The readings are filled with positive things that just as concrete as our lives: light, the kingdom of God is coming, and proclaim the Good News.

All these things are happening, but why are they not happening?  It's because we have not done what the apostles had done when they were invited by Jesus, "Follow me."  They immediately left their families behind.

We cannot experience the light, the forgiveness of sins, the curing of diseases, and the proclamation of the Gospel unless we follow Jesus.  Why are we not following Jesus?

We need faith to follow Jesus.  We need to know our faith; we need to entrust our whole beings to Jesus.

We need hope to follow Jesus.  We need to rely on Jesus that things would be better only in knowing, loving, and serving Him.

Finally, we need love to follow Jesus.  Love entails self-giving as Jesus did.  Only a person filled with authentic love for Jesus will follow him.  Only the person who has authentic love will bring light, Good News, and healing to the world.




Saturday, January 18, 2014

Kapistahan ng Señor Sto. Niño, sanggayong A

Sa pananaw ng mga bata
Ebanghelyo: Mat. 18, 5 - 10

Mula sa makulay na kasaysayan, ng Pilipinas, naitalaga ito sa pangangalaga ng Sto. Niño na unang dinala sa Cebu.  Mula noon, ang bawat salinlahi ay naialay na sa Banal na Sanggol at sa Mahal na Birheng Maria.

Sino si Kristo sa atin?  Saad ni Isaias, "Siya ang kahanga-hangang Tagapayo, Makapangyarihang Diyos, walang hanggang Ama, Prinsipe ng Kapayapaan."  Malawak ang kanyang kapangyarihan, sakop sa buong mundo at sakop ang lahat ng panahon!

Nakalulungkot lamang dahil ang ang mundo'y balot sa pag-aaway, kasakiman, pagkakanya-kanya.  Hindi nito makilala ang gawa ng Diyos!

Ngunit ang kasagutan ay hindi sa malalaking bagay.  Ito'y matatagpuan sa puso ng isang bata.  Siya lang ang nakakakita ng kapangyarihan ng Diyos.

Gayahin natin ang bata: mapagkumbaba, alam na hindi ito mabubuhay sa sarili kundi nakasalalay ang buhay sa mga magulang, lalo na sa ama.

Tignan natin ang mundo sa mga mata ng isang bata: malinis, wagas, walang bahid dungis ... kumikilala, tumatanggap. Ganito ang pananaw ni Hesus.

Ikatlo, ipagtanggol natin ang mga bata.  Ito mismo ang mundo ni Kristong bumabalot sa mundo.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Renewing our baptism



As we begin the Ordinary Season, we encounter a young adult Jesus receiving baptism from St. John.

What an inspiring presence this Jesus was.  The prophecies of Isaiah in the Old Testament is rightly fulfilled in him - not boisterous, bringer to justice, and is able "to open the eyes of the blind, free the captives, and bring people from the dark dungeon to light." (Is 42, 7)

Our adult Jesus is exactly as what Isaiah prophesied.  And his inspiring presence inspires us to renew the gift of our baptism. Incorporated to God's family, we are obliged:

1. to be obedient to the Father just as Jesus did.
2. to do what is right and righteous just as Jesus did.
3. to be what is pleasing to the Father just as Jesus did.


Saturday, January 04, 2014

The Epiphany of the Lord

The manifestation of Jesus

Matthew 2:1-12


Even though in the first reading, when it says in Isaiah, "Arise, shine out Jerusalem, for your light has come" (Isaiah 60:1) to refer to Jesus who is light to all people, we can infer that Jerusalem is also that light because through her, the Savior of the world has come and all nations shall worship him as represented by three wise men.

That Jerusalem may also be each of us Christians as Jesus is manifested in our lives.   This is the essence of Epiphany.

Three things should help us witness the manifestation of Jesus:

First, the orientation to see Jesus.  Where are our lives going?  We definitely should want to see Jesus all our lives, from birth till the end of our lives.

Second, let us ask the grace to discern where Jesus is.  Like Mary "who pondered all these in her heart", let us verify if we are still traveling along the path of Jesus or not.  Pray to ask whether the things or people we encounter are leading us to Jesus or not.

Third, pray for courage to live Jesus.  There is no other manifestation except that that which we demonstrate in our lives as manifested in our words and actions.

Pray to see, love and serve Jesus 24 hours a day, 365 days in a year until we celebrate the next Christmas!