Saturday, May 24, 2008

Christ's Body and His presence in the world

Feast of Corpus Christi
Cycle A
Photo courtesy of St. John the Apostle Parish, Australia

Let us honor this day our Lord in his body and blood, the sure sign of God's presence in the world and by which we, the Church, are molded to become the body of Christ.

Jesus unites us with the Father and makes the ultimate offering on our behalf. Every Eucharist that is celebrated throughout the world everyday at every moment is a reminder that Jesus till today makes the supreme sacrifice to save us and sanctify us.

Second point is the Jesus' body is present in his Church, the body of Christ. This will be realized if all Christians work for unity, sharing in its resources to enrich the Christian family, and reach out to all people. Communion applies to all of us who are called not to be selective of people but to take up the responsibility to carry each other and lead one another to the Lord through forgiveness and service.

Finally Jesus is present in the body of the poor who are always victims of injustices and neglect. The poor around is always a reminder of our role to uplift everyone's lives and lead us to a life of goodness, peace and plenty.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

In the name of ...

Gospel: Matthew 28, 16-20 Trinity Sunday
Photo courtesy of
Sharon Shaw of Burlington's acrylic painting - Holy Trinity

The quickest, the simplest, and the most intimate way to have access to God is through the sign of the cross, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

In the name… to start the day "in the name ...", to eat with the family and receive food "in the name ...", to start work, study, and test " ... in the name..." It’s funny how those short words can have the strongest effects and that a day cannot pass by without God in our lives.

... "of the Father" ... as he continues to create the world, he is also creating us still, for he softens our hardened hearts; he molds us "according to His image and likeness". Creation continues as we cooperate with Him in building lives, giving hope to people, creating structures to assist all people, especially the poor, live better lives. With Him on our side, how else could poverty exist?

... "and of the Son"... each moment is a moment of salvation, the moment the Son was incarnated and the world continues to be saved. It is because each day, as the Eucharist is offered, we remember that salvation is possible only because Jesus gave his life for us. The key to life is not receiving it, but in giving it away. We are to die each day for the sake of others and for Him whom we serve.

... "and of the Holy Spirit"... that we know deep in our hearts that all our efforts have not been in vain; that it is not foolish to live simple lives and offer oneself for others; and that our lives will have fullest meaning in love and life, not only with our families, but especially for those whom we do not know; until we realize that all people, whether rich or poor, all of us are one family of God, united in the most Holy Trinity!

Live the life of the Trinity then!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy birthday, Church!

Pentecost Sunday
Jn. 20: 19-23

Theologians and faithful alike are saying that the birthday of the Church is on Pentecost Sunday, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and consequently, the whole Church. Others say that the birth of the Church starts at the Institution of the Eucharist, others say that it is throughout the life of the Lord that the Church was born because the Lord called Simon "Rock" and on this rock, He will build his Church.

No matter what birthday the Church is on, it still means one thing: we came from the Lord, the Lord beget us. Our lives, our beating hearts, our whole being is an offshoot of the tremendous love of the Lord who wants to share this same love with us. This beautiful God who has no beginning started the whole cycle of sharing His love by creating us. But because of our selfishness we didn't give this same love back to him. Though He punishes, he doesn't condemn. Instead, he sent prophets in time to remind us, until He send His very own Son to redeem us and to take us back to Him. Now, he sends us His beloved Spirit so that we can still see Him and live Him, and breathe Him. Need we ask what life means, who God means for us? This very breath is His life to us, our very own strength that we use to please ourselves came from Him. Need we ask where God is?

Happy Birthday, Church. But I hope we realize the real implications of celebrating this wonderful birthday - that from now on it is not us who live, but it is Christ, God, and His Spirit who lives in us and in others.