Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Marks of a True Church

Matthew 16:13-19

The common element between St. Peter and St. Paul is Rome, but more than the place is the Holy See, the Church that Jesus commanded "To proclaim the Gospel to all peoples... "  How beautiful it would be if we imagine our monument standing side by side with St. Peter and St. Paul's monuments in St. Peter's Basilica because we have taken part in this great mission. 

We need to be foundation of faith for the next generation.  The strength of being Church depends on our adherence to it. 

Let us heed to the marks of a true Church.  The first mark is being One - with God and with one another.  Through Baptism, God initiates us into His world so we can be one with Him and with one another, just like the picture of communion in heaven.

The second mark is holiness.  The sinful Church is made holy by the body and blood of Christ.  There is no other institution that enables its members to be holy except in the Catholic Church that Jesus bestows graces through the reception of the sacraments.

The third mark of a Church is Universal.  God is god of all peoples and of all generations.  The Church strives to reach out to all people regardless of affiliations until we realize that all is one with Him.

Fourth, the mark of a true Church is apostolic, where every member knows his / her mission - to proclaim the Good News and make disciples of all nations.

If we live in communion, participation and mission of the Church, we fulfill our vocation to be the people called by God, the body of Christ, and the temples of the Holy Spirit. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Corpus Christi

The body of Christ

John 6:51-58

The Holy Week, Easter season, Pentecost, Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi, and Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - are all meant to saturate us with the very presence of Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit in our lives.  How true are Jesus' words: "I shall be with you until the end of time."

Jesus is truly present in the Most Blessed Eucharist, a sacrament in today's times we somehow take for granted because of over familiarity.  Do we in front of the King of Kings tinker with our cell phones and tablets, cover our ears with big earphones, and chat indiscriminately with our friends while the mass is going on, just to emptily receive the Blessed Host during communion time?  Do we actually know the reality of the Divine Bread that we receive in the Eucharist?

Second, Pope Francis in his homily on Corpus Christi this year 2014, wants us to be discerning on what is "false bread" and "true bread."  The false bread is the fruit of egoism, self-sufficiency and sin.  The true bread is the fruit of entrusting ourselves to the care of Jesus who is our life and our salvation. Jesus is the true bread that gives everlasting life to those who receive Him.

Finally, our reception of the Holy Communion molds us to be the "body of Christ" to others, engaging in Jesus' redemptive love to lead others to an eternal communion with God.  Every work that we do becomes an instrument of salvation.  To offer our very own lives is a gift we give for the salvation of the world.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Most Holy Trinity

Live the Trinity

John 3:16-18

In the life of the Church, we are oriented to live life "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

We practically breathe the Trinity, live the Trinity, and share the Trinity.

We need to mirror the Trinity in our lives.  My first experience of the Trinity started when my mother taught me the prayers, especially the Our Father.  We were taught how God provides for His children.  Why do we seem independent from God?

The first time I learned about Jesus was when I received the Holy Communion.  It is joy when I receive Jesus in my body.  Why do we seem far away from what Jesus taught us?

The first time I learned about the Holy Spirit was not when I was confirmed.  Back then we were confirmed when we were 7.  But I learned about the Holy Spirit when I was ordained a priest.  "The Spirit of the Lord was upon me; He has chosen me to bring glad tidings to the poor."  When does selfishness and greed become a viable option for living instead of bringing glad tidings to the poor?

There is no space for other things or other concerns.  We are meant to live in the Trinity.  Always and forever.