Saturday, April 25, 2009
3rd Week of Easter
Time and again we hear it from our parents, "See I told you so." Then again, we commit the same mistakes and we would hear the same words, "See, I told you so." When are we going to learn that indeed, it is so.
Our Lord repeated these words to his apostles, but as a matter of affirmation to all that he did and worked for. "I told you so" that the Paschal mystery, the mystery of salvation would happen, and that the scriptures would be fulfilled, and that He indeed was and is the Messiah, the Savior of the world.
His words and life are found in the Church, but how many of us would adhere to the teachings of the Church. His are the words of everlasting life and the Church springs out from there. We might miss the opportunity to get to know Christ if we belittle the existence of Church by which His truths were safeguarded and preached. Also, we might lose the lifetime opportunity to see, experience and live out the Messiah, Jesus himself through his body, the Church. We would not want to hear at our last breath the words, "See, I told you so" if we started journeying Church from the very beginning of our lives. Let our journey with the Church begin anew.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Where is the risen Christ? Apart from the linen and the open tomb and the hearsay of the women Christ's body was nowhere to be found. But through the eyes of faith, these are enough for a believer to conclude, "Yes, Jesus rose from the dead!"
The Easter celebration in Church give witness to Jesus' resurrection. The lighting of the Easter candle kindles a ray of hope in the darkness of life. The liturgy of the word opens up to various messages of God saving mankind and instilling hope in a wounded world. The rite of Baptism gives way to a new birth, this time to being a new creation in the Lord. And of course, the most Holy Eucharist is a manifestation of Jesus' never-ending offering of himself to the Father on our behalf. The Easter story is there. Jesus is present entirely in the Easter vigil. And the dawn of new life is upon us. Only if we allow ourselves to be touched by the good news, then we will see a renewed world ahead of us and see Christ's presence in our world today.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
There are three blessed realities, each one affecting our lives. These three are fruits of Jesus' own person this Holy Thursday, the washing of the feet.
The first reality is the institution of the Holy Eucharist. Jesus instructs his apostles and us, "Do this in remembrance of me." Do not forget! Every Eucharist we celebrate is a sharing in the life of our Lord Jesus. It is everything of who we are and what we have. It is a vision of our destination in heaven.
The second reality is the institution of the priesthood. Priesthood connotes being configured to Christ as head and shepherd. It is life totally dedicated to the Lord and offering everything for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.
The third reality is Christ's law of brotherly love. "Love one another as I have loved you," the Lord commanded. Again, this involves the total giving of self for others, to take the role of a slave, a servant, to wash each others' feet.
In these three realities, there is one truth - Jesus Christ and all he stood for - life and love. In Jesus' world mankind lives.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Reading: Mark 14:1-15:47
Photo courtesy of: San Guillermo Parish, Pasig City
Two gospels are presented to us today: one commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and another condemning him to the cross. These two give the same message: Jesus freely enters into the word of death because of his total obedience to the Father and the Father offering to us His very own love because He loves us. Jesus eradicated the disobedience of man by becoming sin itself although he is sinless. His cry, “Father, why have you abandoned me?” is the manifestation of this fact. He uttered this not for himself but for us who enter into the world absent of God’s love and presence in sin. Second is the Father’s total love for us. He made salvation possible not because of the grandeur of man but through the folly of the cross. It is His love that saves us.
May we realize that all these are actions of the Lord just to give us the fullness of live. May we journey to our death so that we may rise with Christ.