Saturday, June 27, 2009

God's concept of life

13th Sunday
Cycle B

In the book of Wisdom, God does not have any intention to bring death but life.

We have our own concept of life, but it does not necessarily bringing life to others, but only to ourselves and our immediate families. Our sense of life is self-limiting. Jesus' life even goes beyond his clothing.

Our sense of life is defined by money, power and fame. Jesus' life of poverty brings life and health to the dead.

Our sense of life is in trying very hard to survive. In Jesus, life is overflowing to the brim that all are living and sharing.

If ever we find this world suffering, from first to third world, from rich to poor, to those in power to those without power, it is because we defined this world to be so. But the world of God is totally different.

Let us change our paradigm. If we think of ourselves, we die. But if we think constantly of others, we live.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Corpus Christi

Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Cycle B

The Holy Scriptures should give us a clue on the depth of our faith. From the book of Exodus in the first reading, note that the faith is not imposed upon us. Rather, the people of Israel accepted the Covenant voluntarily and without reserve, saying, "We will observe all that the Lord has decreed; we will obey." If our orientation to the faith and going to mass is an obligation, then let this event refute our claims; we are the ones who entered into the Covenant with God. The Covenant is then sealed with the blood of a Lamb as a communion sacrifice.

This is what it means to celebrate every Eucharist - we are entering into a communion with God sealed by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ Himself. He is the perfect sacrifice; without him our existence in this world is totally insignificant. But we matter to God; simply because He loves us no end, and simply because He entered into a Covenant by which He would not take it back. Once God loves, he would not take back His love. His love reached its climax in the death and resurrection of our Lord. Now he is the continuing sacrifice for all of us, that we might enjoy that communion with God.

Friends, let us not take that communion lightly. As the bread and wine is transformed into the body and blood of the Lord, so too we are transformed in the image and likeness of God. This is the gift of communion - we enter into the story of the greatest and highest communion which is God Himself in Three divine Persons. As we receive the body and blood of the Lord and engage in communion with Him, let us fulfill the Eucharist even after the mass - in our communion with one another, serving one another especially the poor. Only then could we be rightfully called Christians - in our love for one another.