Sunday, September 20, 2015

24th Sunday in Ordinary time, B

A life of sacrifice

Mark 8, 27 - 35

It is hard to live a life of sacrifice because the body is conditioned to live in comfort, not in pain.  But do we actually know that our parents are living a life of sacrifice just to send their children to school and insure their future?

Jesus lived a life of sacrifice just to attain our salvation.  There is no other path to salvation except through sacrifice.

How do we live a life of sacrifice then?

First, "offer our bodies as living sacrifices" according to St. Paul.  Sacrifice is related with offering.

Second, love.  It means to put others before you. Put God before you.

Third, heaven is connected to a life of sacrifice on earth.  Heaven is for those who have sacrificed their lives for God.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, B


Mark 9:30-37

The evil men in the first reading would want to ambush the just man whom God favors.  Such is what is in their hearts.  All our actions are determined by what is in our hearts.  If it is not the Lord in our hearts, it shall bear evil deeds.

Meanwhile, let us emulate the very heart of Jesus. Let us also be his disciples and his servants.  Jesus said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’

We shall know the servant in three ways:

1. His appearance - he is without majesty vs. our obsession on external beauty.  Jesus' beauty is found in the nobility of his heart.

2. his personality - gentle but firm in his resolve to free us from sin; he will bring justice to the nations.

3. his ministry to proclaim the good news is based on his total obedience to the Father, "Not my will but yours be done."

Be molded according to the image of the Servant of the Lord.