Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christ the King, cycle B

The King and us

John 18:33-37

In a kingdom where the the king and the subject dwells, we have have a heard a lot of stories of how the king treats his subjects, sometimes, ruthlessly, sometimes, in power and arrogance.

In Jesus' kingship, we, the subjects are living in fullness and plenty.

In Jesus' kingship, we are living in justice and peace.

In Jesus' kingship, we are living in the truth and freedom.

The servant on the other hand totally obeys the order of the king because he trusts him.  He has time for him.  His cause is the king's cause.

We can appreciate Jesus' kingship only if we allow ourselves to follow him. Then we can enjoy his reign without end.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

32nd Sunday of the year, B


Mark 12:38-44

It might be an impossible feat for the jar of meal not to be spent and the jug of oil to be emptied as in the first reading (1 Kings 17:10-16), but let us learn from the Old Testament how this came about.  It is simply about responding to the call to be generous.

How many times have we turned down possibilities of good causes?  How could we turn down such offers when they come from God who is the source of order and blessings?  The invitation is for us to move out of our comfort zones and risk sharing ourselves.

The gospel pushes us a step further.  The widow was poor and dependent, but she gave everything she had.  The Lord wishes that all of us follow him until there is nothing to give except oneself, all for a good cause - salvation of all. 

When we start giving our whole selves to God and others, that is the time we really live.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Monday of week 31, year II

Beyond justice

Luke 14:12-14

We learn from the golden rule, "Do no do unto others what you don't want others do unto you."  This norm teaches us the basics of justice.

But go further beyond justice and we see charity.  And in charity, all people are given life and opportunity to live.

If we enter the world of charity, we are giving the Lord the free hand to give life to all of us, his children.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

31st Sunday of the year, B

 God deserves everything!

Gospel: Mark 12:28-34

When the people of Israel entered into the covenant with  God, without any harassment whatsoever and out of free will, they submitted themselves to the commandments simply because of the social and personal order it brings to humankind.  There is life!  Undeniably, life abounds for those who follow the command.

But why is this generation not following the command?  Probably, we have forgotten Moses' words, "Write them in your heart." (Deuteronomy 6:6)  Internalize the commandment; live it out; share it with others.

Jesus further revealed the key to writing the commandment in "the heart."  first, love the Lord with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength!" (Mark 12, 28)  The reason we fall short of life is because we have not loved the Lord with all our hearts.  Our hearts are divided, our minds are confused, our strengths are used elsewhere!  Follow St. Ignatius' Ad majorem Dei gloriam, all for the GREATER glory of God!  Even our love for our neighbors is based on our love for God; there could not be anything less!

Friday, November 02, 2012

All souls day

The marks of Christ

We turn to part 2 of Communion of the Saints, "Sancti" which means the communion of holy persons.

There are 2 states of the communion of holy persons: those in heaven; those purified in purgatory; and those of us living here on earth.

Those in heaven continue interceding for us. 

Those in purgatory also help us as we help them reach heaven.

Those of us here on earth should take up what St. Therese believed, "I want to spend heaven doing good on earth."

All of us take up after Christ who leads us into communion with him and with one another.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

All Saints Day

The Communion of saints

 Matthew 5:1-12

In this special day of all Saints, we are reminded by the Catechism of the Catholic Church "The Communion of Saints is the Church." (CCC 946)  Furthermore, today's reading from the Apocalypse says, "These are the people who have been through the great persecution, and they have washed their robes white again in the blood of the Lamb." (Rev. 7: 14)

Friends, we make up the Communion of Saints together with those already in heaven.  Let us appreciate then what it means to be Church while we're still on earth.  Let this be a call for us to renew our understanding of "Church".

The Catechism further says that we share in two aspects of Communion of saints - communion in holy things (sancti) and communion among holy persons (sancta).

Let us appreciate four more communion in holy things:

Communion of faith. "Faith is the treasure of life which is enriched by being shared." (CCC 949)

Communion of the sacraments, "for they unite us with God." (CCC 950)

Communion of charisms. "To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." (CCC 951)

Communion of charity. "If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it." (CCC 953)

The communion of the saints begins on earth.  Our celebration of heaven begins right here on earth on our love for each other in the Lord Jesus Christ.