Saturday, August 25, 2012

21st Sunday in ordinary time, cycle B

Declaring our faithfulness to God

The gospel shows the definitive covenant declared by the apostles especially Peter who said, "To whom shall we go?  You have the words of everlasting life."

We are meant to confront ourselves whether we want to follow God or not.  But let me tell you about what happens when a some abandons or stays committed to do God's work.

But before that let me tell you what happens when Jesus said, "It is the spirit that gives life."  This calls us to place our whole being of the Spirit or the breathe of life that is God.  Thus, we acknowledge that without Him, we would simply be earth.

Second, it is the Spirit that molds our heart and lives.  Those who don't want to follow God continue to abuse God's gift for themselves.  They don't have the heat for others.  Zombie is a fitting word for people who continue to trod this earth without the Spirit of the Lord.

Third, those who stay united with God do His work on earth.  His work is their work.  It is not simply doing good and avoiding evil but the craft of healing the world and filling it with his Spirit.

Do we really have a choice?  Choose to follow God and we choose life.  Any decision is from the evil one.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

19th Sunday in ordinary time, cycle B

Eat the flesh of Jesus

Gospel:  John 6:41-51

The one that we read in the first reading from the book of Kings (1 Kings 19:4-8) may likely be a fiction story; but I could just remember Frodo and his friend Sam of the road to Mt. Doom where they are supposed to destroy the powerful ring.  The one that kept them alive was a piece of bread eaten one bite a day till they would reach their final destination.

Jesus' bread keeps us alive each day for the rest of our lives till we reach heaven.  But how exactly does Jesus keep us alive?

He keeps our spirits alive using His very own self.  We would not be alive today had it not been for Him who died to save us.  And He now intercedes on our behalf.  He is the very reason for our existence.

Second, He makes us alive by the power of His word. "They shall be taught by God."  Be open to God's word and allow it to change our lives.

Third, as Jesus said, "and the bread that I shall give is my flesh,for the life of the world.’" let us use our flesh, blood and spirit to bring life to the world.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

18th Sunday in ordinary time, cycle B

Jesus, bread, and us

Lord just recently freed the people of Israel.  But they immediately complained, "We have no food!"  What such short memories.  But the action of the Lord is nobler; he sent them bread from heaven.

Jesus used the image of bread to describe himself.  Bread is the most obvious symbol of something that we need to keep us alive.  Jesus is the one who keeps us alive.

Bread is what we need to live socially.  Jesus enables us to love one another.  We need one another and we need him most of all.

Finally, bread is what we need to share it to others and have meaning.  Only in Jesus can we have the power to share ourselves to others.

Bread, Jesus, and us are intimately linked.