Tuesday, June 24, 2008

On compromising

12th Sunday in ordinary time
cycle A
Photo courtesy of birdstamps.org

Filipinos abroad are well-known for being honest, industrious, and excellent in their line of work. Unfortunately, it is not so in our own homeland where a lot of things are compromised - government service is compromised in favor of graft and corruption; even down to the level of the barangay, corruption is tolerated or ignored. Married and family lives too are compromised with uncommitted live in relationships and adultery to the detriment of the future of the children. In streets and communities, people get on each other's nerves because respect for others are not observed. Even in the realm of faith, we too sacrifice our service to God by making Church irrelevant.

The Lord in the gospel gives the sternest warning to us who fear men and not Him, "Don't fear those who can hurt the body; rather, fear the One who can hurt body and soul in hell." For the Lord is a jealous God who deserves our fullest attention; but mankind chose other concerns over him.

The Lord deserves a better quality service from his creatures. Not only that; He deserves our fullest attention because He cares. And if we know the extent of God's mercy, we wouldn't have neglected him as we do today.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

The story of our lives

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cycle C

Call it a legacy or the story of our lives, who wouldn't want a meaningful, fulfilling life? Which do we most want to be remembered about our lives?

St. Matthew could be the best model of one who lived life to the fullest. Though he started on a wrong foot as a tax collector, he turned out to be one of the greatest apostles, evangelists, martyrs and saints of all times. All these are possible only because of the goodness of God.

God through Jesus called Matthew and he responded. If we want to live meaningfully in this world, we should heed God's call and fulfill his will. This is called vocation.

Vocation opens our world to a loving God who is the author of life. Vocation enables us to respond to his loving call to save others. Vocations opens us up to the world of mission to bring the good news and lead others to salvation.

Vocation is our way to heaven, either through the single or married life or the priestly and religous life. Whatever our life's choices our, we believe that everything will turn out for good for everyone in the world till the next. We will be proud because it is all God's work, not ours.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Our personal plan of salvation

9th Sunday in ordinary Time
Cycle A

Planning is an important, almost an automatic component of everyone. In business, we plan. In raising a family or building a house, we plan. In wanting to get rich, we plan. Then how about a plan of salvation?

The Lord in today's gospel warns about people who cry out "Lord, Lord!" without having done God's will throughout their lives. The parable of the houses built on rock and sand also underscores the need for spiritual planning.

God has a plan of salvation for mankind, a plan for an abundant life in this world leading towards heaven. But as we see the signs of hunger, poverty, and sin around us, we realize that we are not in-synch with God's plan. If we only do what is right and heed to doing God's plan, we should have seen signs of life unfold.