Saturday, April 26, 2014

Divine Mercy Sunday (2nd Sunday of Easter)

Where is the Lord?

John 20:19-31

Where is the risen Lord?

Jesus says, "Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe."

Jesus might not just be talking to Thomas but to all of us who have not seen him but totally believe in him.  If we truly believe in Jesus who rose from the dead:

1. we shall be enriched with the teachings of the apostles who are totally rooted in Jesus' teachings;
2. in the Holy Eucharist, by which every movement causes salvation;
3. in communion of mind and heart and in prayers, for Jesus commands us to "love one another as he has loved us."

and 4th, in the sharing of resources, knowing full well that life is not in receiving but in giving, as what Jesus did on the cross.

Ultimately, this is the peace the Jesus offers - peace in God and peace in the world.  Peace because we are doing what pleases God.  Then God's mercy will be upon us!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter vigil, A

To be resurrected with Jesus

Matthew 28:1-10

Today, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  Hallelujah!

The resurrection of Jesus is prefigured in the readings of the Old Testament.  Also, in reflecting on all the readings in the Easter vigil, let us know that from Jesus' resurrection we are invited to resurrect as well.

The first reading gives us an intimate picture of life - God created us in love.  The resurrection of Jesus invites us to see a new vision of life - God in us.  In Him, there is no death.  Search for all signs of life and root them in God.

The second reading is a call to loving obedience.  Jesus' total oblation to His Father is the very heart of the resurrection.  In turn, the Father provided for His Son by resurrecting Him from the dead.

Let us enter into this new life with God who provides constantly for all our needs, including life from death.  Know full well to make our every actions have the mark of the resurrection of Jesus - totally obedient to the Father.

The third reading is an invitation to move from one state to the other - from slavery to freedom.  But it can also be from darkness to light, from death to life, from earth to heaven.  I call this movement a life of total service.  Jesus continues to serve the Father by resurrecting from the dead.  May our every motive from now on be to lead people from death to life, from selfishness to self-giving, and from sin to grace.  Resurrect everyone from sin to grace!

The result from all these is heaven and holiness, and of our renewed, loving relationship with God in Jesus Christ.  Live in love and holiness!  Let heaven be here on earth because everything is being resurrected by Jesus, including our lives.  The passion, death, and resurrection are the marks of a true Catholic and Christian!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Palm Sunday

Thought, word, deed

Matthew 27:11-54

There are three important considerations for commemorating the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem:

1. Jesus riding on a donkey is fulfilling a prophecy from Zechariah: " Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, o daughter of Jerusalem!  Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a cold, the foal of a donkey." (Zech 9,9)  This King is truly humble;

2.  Throwing of cloaks on the path of someone is a sign of utmost respect and homage; we see Jesus clearly not just his outward appearance but who he is for us - our King; and

3. "Hosanna!" which means "God saves", which God is truly at work;

All these we can see in Jesus, the Messiah who is to come; allow him as King to enter and touch our lives for good.

In the gospel, Jesus lives out the very qualities of a Messiah - a disciple:

1. He listens like disciple; he listens to God.  How often do we listen to God and change our way of thinking?

2.  "God has given him a disciple's tongue, to save the wearied."  We speak of what we hear.  Allow God's gentle presence to touch our touch so we may speak words that would give rest to the wearied, light to the ignorant, and repentance to the troubling heart.

3.  Jesus has a heart that loves and sacrifices.  Our behaviors are marked by the things that we hear and speak.  It is the ultimate test of our entrance to heaven.  May the things that move our hands and feet be the product of our intense love for God.  May Jesus be the true Messiah of our lives!