Saturday, January 30, 2010

Will the real Christian please stand?

4th Sunday, cycle C
Gospel: Lk. 4: 21 - 30

In Jeremiah, God prepares his servant for some real action; he would be a prophet of God. In the gospel, as Jesus started his public ministry, he was met with resistance.

In today's world we have a garbled view on what it means to be a Christian. But before things get more confusing, let us go back to the root of the word. Without Christ, I am nothing.

A Christian knows Christ through and through. He knows Christ from Catechism; but he also knows him through prayer and action. His life is a continual contemplation of the presence of Jesus in his life. He is a friend of the Lord.

A Christian is a follower of the Lord. He fully decides to join his ranks. He consents to bring his full self toward him and follow him wherever he goes. The Christian then is not preoccupied with the world's affairs. His joy is to follow Jesus whom he loves.

A Christian is a witness of everything the Lord stood for. He becomes an Alter Christus in the process, sharing his life to others because of love for him. Only then could we see the unfolding of Christ's presence among us through the modern-day prophets. We hope to be one among the prophets of the Lord.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

God's word

3rd Sunday in ordinary time, cycle C, Gospel: LK. 1:1-4; 4: 14-21
Photo courtesy of Crossroads Initiative

How important is the Word of God in your life?

In contrast with the empty words of the world, the Word of God is powerful. The Word is God Himself. He has power to bring order to our lives.

Second, the Word of God is incarnated in Jesus, the Son of God. He is the basis of a righteous life that is obedient to the will of the Father. He is the fulfillment of the law; all of it resides in him. Thus, the Word is not just inscribed in the 10 commandments; we have to start listening daily to the Word that is Jesus himself.

Third, the Word of God leads us to salvation. It is like Jesus announced, "to bring glad tidings to the poor, to set prisoners free, hope to the downtrodden, and announce a year of favor in the Lord."

Let us cooperate with the Lord as serve as instruments of hope to people. Let God's word be incarnated in us, mainly, Jesus Christ. He is the one we profess to follow, love, and adore.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Baptism of the Lord

The Feast of the Lord's Baptism
Gospel: Lk. 3: 15 -16, 21 - 22
Cycle C

Baptism from the Catechism of the Catholic Church came from the Greek word baptizein which means to plunge or to immerse. To plunge into the waters of baptism means to enter into the death of our lives so that we can rise to new life in Christ.

Christ entered the world of baptism not because he needed to be baptized, but to set an example for us to enter into God's world through total obedience, to be "immersed" in His world and plan of salvation.

The question to ask is: How have we nourished the gift of baptism given to us?

As adults, we should know by now that we all belong to God, we are taken out of the world of sinfulness into grace. We should not give ourselves any excuse to remain in darkness.

Second, we have to build and strengthen this gift by constantly tuning ourselves to God's world. Catechism is not just for children; we should engage ourselves in knowing God's will in the course of our whole lives on earth.

Third, we are immersed now in a new world together with God's children, the Church. We should realize to put our faith in action through being "Church". We are the people called by God, the body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit. Let us multiply every good work borne as a concrete response to the call of a deeper faith. Let us show others that being Church could be the greatest thing that happened to our lives, because it is the result of the loving relationship between God and man.

Saturday, January 02, 2010