Sunday, September 29, 2013

25th Sunday in Ordinary time, C


The Book of Amos is a prophetic book. Death and punishment come naturally to people who inflict pain and injustice on another.

The worse effect of injustice is one of social consequence.  The pork barrel scam has inflicted a wound on every Filipino, making him accept things just as they are.  How can we correct this malady?

The gospel speaks about being trustworthy in little things. Perhaps we can start with that. "If we can't be trusted with little things, how can we be trusted with greater ones?" says the gospel for today

Let us focus on every little gift.  If we can be trusted with this, then we can also be trusted with the greater ones.

Let us think of our children?  How can we show them trustworthiness than by leading them with example.

the Lord has given us:

1. the family
2. the church
3. and the world

Let us make these pictures of heaven by the little things we can do for them.

26th Sunday, year C

Luke 16:19-31

What is the real issue of the Lord Jesus against the rich or the moneyed?

Perhaps the story of the rich man and Lazarus will give a hint as regards the anger of God.

You see, the story of Lazarus is more significant here than the rich man.  And it all depends on that small things that fall from the master's table.  We call it "the crumbs".

The crumbs are longed by Lazarus.  He shall be given real food and plenty in heaven.

The same crumbs are denied by the rich man.  That is what made him poor in God's eyes.  He had crumbs but he dared not give Lazarus.  He shall be hungry in the next life.

Hunger for crumbs like Lazarus.  What crumbs can we hunger for?

First, the crumbs represent Jesus.  Starting from the Holy Eucharist, we can immediately detect Jesus as the Lord of heaven and earth.

Second, the crumbs represent our faith.  Learn the words, "Faith can move mountains."

Third, the crumbs are pictures of heaven; it is not just a scenario in the afterlife.  Think of heaven in today's world as we struggle to bring about real change from people's lives starting with their hearts.

The ones we reject may be the ones the could give us life.  But if we even do not share them to others, we risk not sharing Jesus, faith, and heaven itself.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

23rd Sunday of the year, C


 Luke 14:25-33

What is wisdom?

perhaps, the second reading can give us a hint on what wisdom means.

Paul intercedes for Philemon on behalf of Onesimus, Philemon's servant.  For reasons we do not know, Onesimus left him because of something that displeased his master.  But Paul reminds Philemon to forgive Onesimus because of the following reasons: Philemon owes Paul his salvation; he owes God his very self; second, Paul reminds Philemon of the new relationship: not of an owner to a slave, but that of a friend; and third, Paul asks him to forgive as Jesus did for all of us.  All these constitutes wisdom.

Wisdom is to recognize who we are before God, we owe God everything.  Humility is the beginning of wisdom.  Secondly, wisdom enables us to value others; communion is the word, not biased or lording it over others.  Third, wisdom points to our mission on earth - cause this world to be more human through the forgiveness of sins.

Wisdom is planning the world's salvation in Jesus Christ.  Anything apart from this is foolishness.