Saturday, February 21, 2015

1st Sunday of Lent, B

Good News

Mark 1:12-15

In the gospel, after being tempted, Jesus started proclaiming the Good News.  He said, ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’

What makes news Good?  Wealth, power, and blessings?  Don't the poor have good news as well?

Three things comprise the Good News - repentance, alignment of life with the Kingdom of God, and belief in the Good News.

Repentance - to hope against hope that I can transcend above all weaknesses, temptations, and sins till I see who I really am as God intended me to be.

Kingdom of God - that everything I do leads me closer to the realization of the Kingdom of God and heaven here on earth,.

Belief in the Good News - to actually live out the Good News because I am sent to proclaim it with my whole being.  Faith tells me that God sent me personally to change the world for good and to lead others to Christ.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, B


Mark 1:40-45

Jesus healed a leper.  In the first reading, people are to cry out to the leper, "Unclean, unclean!"

Jesus aims to restore; people aim to warn others, "Unclean, unclean!" without having any intention to cure.

I would focus on healing.  Pope Francis stressed this too in his World Communications Day message, "There are many who are wounded in the digital highways. We just need to be present for them."

How do we know if our presence is a healing presence or a wounding presence?

We know if wounded, we say, "If you will to, you can cure me." Everything depends on the healer.  We can only ask and not demand. It is an opportunity for us to place ourselves under the service of the healer.

Second, if like Jesus, we say, "Of course I want to."  Jesus' presence is absolutely healing.  Ours is partially healing if we say, "We can only do so much." Our every presence is in itself healing.

Third, like Jesus' prescription, "Make an offering of healing."  Healing is a free gift.  It is repaid by another gift - ourselves.  If all people in this world are offerors, nobody would be wanting.