Saturday, March 28, 2015

Palm Sunday


Mark 15:1-39

As we formally enter into the Holy Week with the triumphal entry of Jesus at Palm Sunday, note that the whole scene is marked by the total discipleship Jesus exhibited to the Father as described in the Old Testament, "He gave me a disciple's tongue."

What does it mean to be a disciple?

A disciple is a disciple because of his relationship to the Master.  With whom are we related with?  Reflect all the people we are loyal to and they become our masters.  Probably we are not disciples of God.

A disciple listens attentively to his Master.  Aside from having a disciple's tongue, "he wakes me to hear his words".  Sometimes, with all these people talking around us, could we still be sensitive to the voice of the Master?

Third, a disciple is sent to deliver the message of his master, even if it means offering his very own life.  Reflect on all the apostles, the Blessed Mother, and all the saints and you will see Jesus himself.
Even when Jesus cried out, "My God, why have you abandoned me?"  Our being disciples is ultimately tested not by our successes but by our failures, and still know our Master has not left us.  Such is the very heart of Christ on the cross as he pours his love to the Father.

Are we ready to be disciples of the Lord?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

5th Sunday of Lent, B

The new law

John 12:20-33

In the last Sunday of Lent before Palm Sunday, we hear in the Old Testament about a new law which would be written in the very hearts of men and women, where people don't have to teach or remind one another about this because God's fullest presence and forgiveness dwell.

This law is Jesus himself; totally the incarnated Word of God who pleased the Father and through his very own life, we are led to the Father.  Thus, the law is not something external to guide people's way of life.  Rather, this law is written in the very hearts of people in their very person, Jesus dwells.

For me, this is the very picture of heaven itself.  We don't have to die to realize where we are going. Either we have incarnated heaven itself or we don't.  We have to make every effort to make our lives the living picture of heaven where we are totally one with Jesus.

Second, we are totally one with others.  Their hurts become our own; and in experiencing the hurt we experience every effort to heal the other and ourselves.  Just as Jesus underwent his passion, death, and resurrection, the mystery of redemption becomes our own, giving us the strength to go through our own passion, death, and resurrection where Christ is the fullest meaning of our lives and to offer our lives for the sake of others.  Then we can experience Jesus drawing everyone to himself.

Let this be our guidepost as we now enter Holy Week.  From then on, the new law is ingrained in our hearts.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

3rd Sunday of Lent. B


John 2:13-25

Jesus did not comprise God's values when he drove the money changers out of the temple.

In the first reading, from the Book of Exodus, Moses laid out the 10 commandments of God without any revisions.

This God is not a compromising God.  Even our vision of heaven is a state of perfection, not compromising with evil by simply saying, "God will understand."

How then could we engage in the habit of being faithful to God?  First, hold on to the vision of heaven and assess how much of it we have compromised it by yielding to money, power, fame, or lust.

Second, starting falling in love with heaven.  Celebrate heaven already here on earth.  Third, sacrifice to make heaven a reality through the offering of ones life in total service to God and neighbor.

In time, we shall know if we have been faithful to the glimpse of heaven or if we have compromised it. By simply looking at our children, we shall already know if we have kept heaven in our hearts.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

2nd Sunday of Lent, B

DIvine experience

Mark 9, 2 - 10

In today's reading, Jesus was transfigured into something divine.

Abraham also had a divine experience.

Actually we all have divine experiences each day.  Even the capacity to be able to ride a jeepney is already for me a divine experience.   The only thing is how to detect the divine experience and secondly, how to make the divine experience a  way of life.

First, we can detect a divine experience by increasing our sensitivity for God's presence each day.  Our waking up every morning is already an experience of God.

Secondly, we can make each day a divien experience if we can partake of the redemption of Jesus each day.  Never think that the day passes that we are thinkng of hurting our brothers or sisters, or even retaliating against them.  Rather, what would Jesus do for the day to save humankind?

Third,  we need to see the presence of the Lord even in the darkest experiences of our lives when we feel like giving up.  Imagine a story of a family whose husband gave up on the family simply because he lost his job.  He should have detected that the lowest time of his life could be the best opportunity to show how strong his is for his wife and children.  The cross manifests the shining presence of Jesus.

So let us be sensitive to the presence of Jesus even right this very moment.