Saturday, October 26, 2013

30th Sunday, C

God's love and ours

Luke 18:9-14

It is undeniable that the Lord is the lover of the poor and comes to the rescue of the oppressed.

But it is also quite remarkable that he expects from his creatures the same way he treats them.  He leads with justice, he also expects us to treat others with justice.

The best picture of this intimate relationship between God and man is Jesus Christ who gave us a command: "Love one another as I have loved you."

How does he love?  He loves in an everlasting way.  Reflect on all the good things in and around ourselves.  Then we will know much God loves us - absolutely!

How then should we love Him and others?  The same He loves us!  I would like to expound on this love in 2 levels - on the level of justice and the other on mercy.

First, treat others with justice!  Treat the poor with justice!  It is not enough that we give a little portion of ourselves.  Imagine being in their state and start working how we can help them.  That is justice.

Second, treat others with the mercy of Christ!  If need be, let us offer our lives on the cross - all for the salvation of others.

All these cannot be possible without humility.  The proud man causes others to fall.  But the humble exults others and shall be exulted.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

28th Sunday of the year, C

Be thankful
Luke 17:11-19

Be thankful.

Even in the smallest things, be thankful.

For every little thing, be thankful.

For every person we meet in life, especially our loved ones, be thankful.

To show that we are thankful, utilize all gifts to the fullest before they are gone.

To show that we are thankful, use the gifts to serve others.

To show that we are thankful, offer everything to God and be generous to Him, for He is the source of every good gift.

A sign that we are indeed thankful is when we are living out our faith.  For our lives are acts of thanksgiving to God.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

27th Sunday, C

On Faith and faithfulness

Luke 17:5-10

In the first reading, Habakkuk gives a discourse that all of humankind can identify with, "Where is God."  But he also gives a wealth of insight for the searching man: "Remain faithful and you shall see."

For this Sunday, let us reflect on the world of faith.  The gospel says, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, and say to the mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted', it would obey you."

Faith is an intense gift that opens our world to the Divine Master whom as of now we cannot see.

Three things in the world of faith I would like to address so we can better appreciate it:

First, faith in tagalog is also known as "pananalig" which means "I place my whole trust in You."  It represents the Filipinos' total and undivided love for God.

Second, faith is related with being "faithful" which is reflected in the first reading.  The real test of faith is when in our whole lifetime, we have remained "faithful" to the Lord.

Third, faithfulness has its fruits in genuine service to God and man.  It is reflected in my action and way of life.  Faith changes the whole of my being from living alone to pleasing the Master.

Have faith; be faithful; and faithfully serve.