Saturday, June 27, 2015

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, B

Instruments of life

Mark 5:21-43

Let it be clear that God's pure intention is to bring life to man.  It is Evil's intention to destroy or kill what God has created.

In the gospel, there are two stories, but both subjects in the story were brought back to life: the sick girl and the woman who was suffering from hemorrhage for more than 12 years.

Let us reflect on the other characters and events that were also present but were instruments of death for us to learn from and eventually, that we may be instruments of life, not of death to others.

First, the crowd.  Ever wonder why of all the people who pressing against Jesus, none of them were cured while the woman who touched the tassel of his cloak was healed instantly?  A person who doesn't have a personal encounter and relationship with Jesus belongs to the crowd totally unknown to him.

Second, a hemorrhage haunted the woman for twelve years.  All the things she was doing accounted for nothing except to come closer to Jesus.  Analyze our daily actions everyday that accounts for nothing except if we resolve to dedicate our whole being to adoring, loving, and serving Jesus.

Third, the crowd at the dead girl's funeral who laughed at Jesus.  Jesus had to cast them aside not only for their lack of faith, but for their aggressive to insult God's power.

God will manifest his glory, but three things are important for us to experience true life: let us not be strangers to God; let our daily actions find their meaning in God, and let us totally obey and adore God.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, B

Calming the storm

Mark 4:35-41

God reprimanded Job by defending His actions, "Who pent up the sea behind closed doors when it leapt tumultuous out of the womb... do not come any farther, here your waves shall break." 

It shows that God is fully in control of things.

Jesus showed the same power when he calmed the waves of the sea.  Let us allow him to calm our tumultuous lives as well.

There are three storms in our lives and how would trust God to calm:

First, the storm that we cause due to our own sinfulness; let God heal it through the forgiveness of Jesus.

Second, the storm caused by others due to social sin.  That sin is embedded in the social level and it takes our unity to heal it.  Let us be united with the Lord and with one another to heal the social ills that haunts us and the next generation.

Third, there is indeed evil that seeks to destroy everything the Lord created.  Our solution for this is a steadfast faith and total obedience to Him as Jesus did for us when he followed His Father's will.

The whole world will be redeemed by the power of the Lord.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, B

In search of true life

Mark 4:26-34

We all have concepts of life and abundance; some of it just turned into pure greed or materialism.

How do we detect life as God defines it?

First, it should connect us with God through forgiveness and humility.  The only reason for our existence is to reclaim that divine relationship destroyed by sin.  Life should be new in the sense that only God can make us truly live.

Second, it should be in total compliance with God's plan of salvation for all humankind and not just a chosen few.  All actions in this world should gear towards giving life to all people.

Third, all things should give glory to the Lord of heaven and earth and not our own.

What is true life? A life reconciled to God, a life that gives life to all people, and a life that glorifies God.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Corpus Christi, B

Eucharist and the covenant

Mark 14:12-16,22-26 

As we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, let us rekindle the covenant we have with God.  He keeps his covenant faithfully, sealing it with the blood of Jesus His Son.

We need to keep our share of the covenant.  As God is faithful, let us also be faithful to Him.  Let us love him and allow ourselves to be transformed into His likeness. 

The blood symbolizes our unity like blood relations in a family. 

The meal symbolizes our solidarity with one another and our ability to be transformed according to His likeness.  Let the whole Church be transformed into the body of Christ!