Saturday, June 30, 2012

13th Sunday in ordinary time, cycle B

The power to give life

If we can relish what it means when it says in the book of Wisdom, "Death is not God's doing.  He doesn't take delight in the extinction of the living", it must point out to God's very own heart - he wills of all us to live.

Death is the consequence of our disobedience to God.  Our inability to commit ourselves to serve God is killing the whole human race, starting from our own families.  If we are intent of becoming alive in God, we better breathe the life that He gives us.

What is the condition of life then?  First, we have to know the conditions that lead us to death.  Once we give in to the thought that God remains in the backdrop of our lives, death starts.

Second, we need to do just like what the woman did when she touched the cloak of Jesus.  Anything that Jesus owns is sanctified. These become the extensions of Jesus.  We become Jesus' extensions if we allow ourselves to be consecrated by and to Him.  Then the journey of healing begins.

Finally, do not imitate the crowd that laughed at Jesus.  Do not belittle God's work.  It is the only thing keeping us all alive.  This third point demands us to make everything available for God - even our families and children.  Let us all be instruments of God's healing power that gives us life.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Solemnity of St. John the Baptist

"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you..."

This is the verse from the book of Jeremiah.  There is another one in Isaiah that goes like this: "I will never forget you my people.  I have carved you in the palm of my hand."

The prophecy regarding the birth of the messenger John is an encouragement to all of us men and women of good will.  We have our beginnings in God.

But the second one is equally important:  we have a mission to do - to prepare the way of the Lord.  How John did it should encourage us to take this path. 

In the gospel of Luke, "He will be great in the sight of the Lord."  The first factor to fulfilling our mission is take up the practical things that will lead us to holiness and purity of heart and enable us to be Christ - centered.  Our initiation into Christian life should give us the strength to be purified and holy.

The second should inspire us all the more to be fruitful in this world in terms of bringing people to God through reconciliation and healing.  Our dedication to the work of God should cause others to be saved.

Our lives should reflect the action of Jesus to save.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The kingdom of God

11th Sunday, cycle B

Fruitfulness, the theme is about fruitfulness.  It is the Lord who plants the seed and the whole world benefits from it.

How do we liken the Kingdom of God?  The first thing that comes to mind is heaven.  But we connote heaven as after death when we shall go up to heaven to meet God.  But right now we are still on earth.  Heaven is far away.

The gospel tells us of these things: first, that the kingdom has a beginning.  The kingdom starts with something as small as a seed.  The kingdom starts as soon as we are born.

Secondly, the kingdom is a process.  Not knowing how it becomes, things sprout. It may as long as our lives here on earth will allow it.  Some people get lost along the way while others find their way to God.  Every moment becomes God's kingdom in the person's life.

Third, the kingdom has an end.  In our story, the birds rest in its shade. Could we find our fruitfulness here on earth in terms of money, power, or fame?  Or is it simply in the fruitfulness that God wants of us?  Whatever it is, grant that we may find our way back to God with the grace of having been fruitful in leading others to Him.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Corpus Christi

Cycle B

We have celebrated every feast that pertains directly to God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

In the readings for this day, we need to relish Jesus in his divine body and blood.

In the Old Testament, the covenant sealed in the blood of sacrifice.  How important is this sacrifice.  It marks our permanent relationship with God. It is sealed through the commandments we need to follow in order to be one with God.

Today, the covenant is still existing, but it was Jesus who sealed it through his body and blood, the living sacrifice of praise.  Jesus offered it once and for all in the sacrifice on the cross.  But he also offered an unbloody sacrifice through the last supper in the offering of bread and wine as he said, "Do this in remembrance of me."

Where are we in this offering?  Jesus wants us to be totally united with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  The keyword is "communion".  Communion entails that we be totally one heart, mind, spirit, and being with God.  Communion also calls us to love one another as Jesus loves us.  The Eucharist is our way to the Father.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

God is love
Cycle B

I will quote directly the words of Pope Benedict XVI in his homily last 2011 regarding the Most Holy Trinity: "When one thinks of the Trinity, what really comes to mind is the mystery of God who is Three in One, one God in three Persons.  Instead, today's liturgy draws our attention to the reality of love that is contained in this first and greatest mystery of our faith.  The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one, because God is love..."

How wise is the Holy Father to focus on love as the primary aspect of God's Unity.  "It is the Father who has given everything to the Son; the Son receiving everything from the Father with gratitude; and the Holy Spirit as the fruit of this mutual love between the Father and Son."

The first reading reflects the love of God the Father, "The Lord is God indeed, there is no other."  Keep the commandments and you and your children shall prosper.  His commands are all based on love.

Jesus in the gospel for today also echoes the call of the Father to follow the commandments and much more.  "Know that I am with until the end of time."  That is love.

The Holy Spirit is the fruit of the love between the Father and the Son. In the second reading, "The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God." 

It is love that makes us one with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Grant that we may also be one with one another simply because God has loved us first.