Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Most Holy Trinity, B

God's name

Matthew 28:16-20 

The very mark of a Christian is defined by one's solemn confession of the Most Holy Trinity.  That's why in all things that we do, we start and end "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

What does it mean to speak "In the name of" the Most Holy Trinity?

To know the name of another means three things:

1. I've developed a sense of deep intimacy and familiarity with the other, "I know him by name";
2. I know his/ her attributes and come to respect them with my life;
3.  I give the other what is due - praise, respect, love.

When I start praying "In the name of ..." I should already have a deepening sense of intimacy, closeness or familiarity with God who reveals to me as "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."

I should know His every attribute, the Father as Creator, the Son as Redeemer, and the Spirit as Advocate and what He means to me and my life.

Third, that I am moved to love, adore, and serve him with my whole life.

Every Christian that make up the Church should be the direct mirror of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pentecost

Life in the Spirit

John 20:19-23 


The Holy Spirit dwelt upon the Apostles like tongues of fire and they were able to speak as one.

The gospel speaks of Jesus sending the apostles to receive the Holy Spirit.

A life conscious of the Holy Spirit or the presence of God is the main focus of our reflection.  How do we know we are in the presence of the Holy Spirit?

The training we received from our parents become the springboard for know the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Pope Francis in his message to the 49th World Communication Day speaks of communication in the family: inside the womb and outside the womb and into the family: prayer, forgiveness, and teachings of parents.  They make us sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

Second, the formation of conscience helps us to be discern what is right and what is wrong.

Third, a knowledge of our mission and vocation helps us to be totally open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Fourth, unity is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, our total unity with God and with one another in life and mission.

Friday, May 08, 2015

6th Sunday of Easter, B

Love one another 

John 15:9-17 

Peter had not yet finished speaking when the Holy Spirit dwelt on gentile Cornelius and his household.

The Lord is also preparing us to receive the Holy Spirit after he ascends to heaven next week.

How do we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit?

Jesus gave the greatest command, "Love one another as I have loved you."

The basis of all love is His love and how He loves.  When God loves, he loves unreservedly.

Jesus gives the image of a friend as basis for that sublime love.  "There is no love greater than this, to lay down one's life for ones friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you to do."  A friend is capable of offering his every own life for his friend.

Thirdly, Jesus sends us so we may bear much fruit.  What is the fruit of our love?  What mission have we done for Christ?

These will prepare us to receive the Holy Spirit - love, friendship, mission.

When was the last time we felt this love in our hearts?