Monday, December 29, 2008

Suffering and glory

"Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead, and so enter into his glory." (Luke 24: 46, 26)

Moses had to suffer before his glory.

Others who had to suffer before they enter into glory:

  • Joseph
  • David
  • The prophets
  • Peter and Paul
  • Stephen

There is a divine necessity for suffering before glorification.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Easter Mysteries

"Lord, give us joy by these Easter mysteries; let the continuous offering of this sacrifice by which we are renewed bring us to eternal happiness." (Prayer at Mass)

The Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ form the core of the Easter mysteries that is celebrated continuously in the Eucharist. The Eucharist increases sanctifying grace in our souls. The Eucharist also renews our vitality.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


"The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me." (John 10: 27)

Whose voices are competing with Christ's voices for our attention today?

  • Media
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Teachers

Why do we listen to our parents?

Why do we listen to our teachers?

Why do we listen to our government?

We listen to them because we believe we belong. The sheep that belong listen to the voice of the master.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The works of Christ

"I have told you but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father's name are my witness; but you do not believe, because you are no sheep of mine." (John 10: 25-26)

The Gospels tell us about the words and works of Christ. We learn that the words and works of Christ form a unity. The words explain the works and the works confirm the words.

A few years ago, I was challenged by a Moslem to show from the Gospels that Jesus is God. I searched and found John 21: 28 where Thomas responded to Jesus with the words, "My Lord and my God!" But if I knew what I know today about the Gospels, I should have told him that the synthesis of the Gospel is Jesus Christ. Every word, every work goes to prove that He is God.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

God’s Disposal of Events

"Those who had scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, but hey proclaimed the message only to Jews. Some of them ….. started preaching also to the Greeks." (Acts 11: 19-20)

The exiles of the Jews created Jewish Diaspora all over the world. It was a providential environment for evangelization. The Christians fleeing from persecution in Palestine found ready places in the Diaspora where they could share the Good News. The great lesson is that God is in control of history. All things work together for good to those who love God. Trust completely in God's disposal of events.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My King and my Boss

"Let us shout out our joy and happiness, and give glory to God, the Lord of all, because he is our king." (Revelations 19: 7, 6)

What will I do if I know with absolute certainty that Christ is my king and my boss?

I will seek to serve Him with distinction and excellence. I will also trust Him to provide adequately for me.

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Good Shepherd

"I am the good Shepherd: the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep." (John 10: 11)

Christ is the good Shepherd who lays down His life for me. Therefore I am precious in His eyes.

The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Wait for God

"My being thirsts for God, the living God, |When can I go and see the face of God?

Why are you downcast, my soul; | Why do you groan within me?

Wait for God, whom I shall praise again, | My Savior and my God.

I say to God, "My rock, | Why do you forget me?

Why are you downcast, my soul, | Why do you groan within me?

Wait for God, whom I shall praise again, | My Savior and my God.

You, God, are my strength.

Why then do you spurn me?

Why must I go about mourning, | With the enemy oppressing me?

Send your light and fidelity, | That they may be my guide

And bring me to your holy mountain, | to the place of your dwelling,

That I may come to the altar of God, | to God, my joy, my delight.

Then I will praise you with the harp, | O God, my God.

(Psalm 42-43: 3, 6, 10, 12, |2-4)

"I answer you through my word." (4th Sunday of Advent – 122108)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

"I had scarcely begun to speak when the Holy Spirit came down on them in the same way as it came down on us at the beginning." (Acts 11: 15)

Peter was amazed that the Holy Spirit was also given to the gentiles.

The Spirit blows where He wills.

We must therefore respect the gifts of the Holy Spirit across Christendom. God's extraordinary providence is always as work so that as many as possible will be saved.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Obedience of Jesus

"Father, through the obedience of Jesus, your servant and your Son, you raised a fallen world. Free us from sin and bring us the joy that lasts forever….." (Prayer at Mass)

Christ obeyed unto death.

Obedience of faith

Trust and obey.

Christ is Lord and King, yet he humbled himself as a servant and obeyed unto death.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A thief

"A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it abundantly." (John 10: 10)

You are either with Christ or you are with the thief. There is no middle course.

If you are with the thief, know his agenda: theft, slaughter and destruction. Whatever he gives today in money, power, prestige and fun would not last. He would reach out and take much more back, leaving behind a trail of destruction. After he finishes his work, your life would be shattered and would need rebuilding. Jesus Christ, the good Shepherd is standing by to help.

If you choose Christ, then the good Shepherd promises abundant life: peace, joy, contentment under any circumstances.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Patience and Submission

"Beloved: If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God. For this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps." (1 Peter 2: 20 – 21)

  • I will be patient in casa.
  • I will be patient in SFJ.
  • I will be patient with my tools.
  • I will be patient with my health.

Patience, submission and self- abandonment: What a glorious trio.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

In the House of the Lord

"I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come. " (Psalm 23: 6)

What would I do if I know for certain that this promise is also for me?

I would say: "Thank you Father. When will this promise be fulfilled?'

Monday, December 15, 2008

Goodness and kindness shall follow me

"Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come." (Psalm 23: 6)

Yes, only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life. Now what will I do if I know for certain that this is absolutely true? I will wonder in what sense is this true. I will pray for light to understand the spiritual meaning of this truth. Then I will trust God's providence completely in everything.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

I shall not want

"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. | in verdant pastures he gives me repose; besides restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul." (Psalm 23: 1-2)

The Lord is indeed my Shepherd. I trust Him; therefore I shall not lack:

  • Home
  • Money
  • Job
  • Food
  • Friends
  • Tools

O how good you are O Jesus!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Promise made to all

"Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to al those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2: 14, 36, 41)

The gift of the Holy Spirit – A promise made to all of us. Thank you Jesus for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit – A promise made to all of us.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Eternal God

First Reading


To whom can you liken me as an equal? says the Holy One.


6 Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these: He leads out their army and numbers them, calling them all by name. By his great might and the strength of his power not one of them is missing!


7 Why, O Jacob, do you say, and declare, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God"?


Do you not know or have you not heard? The LORD is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint nor grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.


He gives strength to the fainting; for the weak he makes vigor abound.


Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall,


They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles' wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. (Isaiah 40: 25-31)




1 Bless the LORD, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name!


Bless the LORD, my soul; do not forget all the gifts of God,


Who pardons all your sins, heals all your ills,


Delivers your life from the pit, surrounds you with love and compassion,


2 Fills your days with good things; your youth is renewed like the eagle's.


The LORD does righteous deeds, brings justice to all the oppressed.


His ways were revealed to Moses, mighty deeds to the people of Israel.


Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger, abounding in kindness.


God does not always rebuke, nurses no lasting anger,


Has not dealt with us as our sins merit, nor requited us as our deeds deserve. (Psalm 103: 1-10)


The message from Isaiah 40: 25-31 brought me great joy and peace this morning. I want to record my thankfulness in this blog. It is consoling to realize that God knows where I am today and that He is in control. The response to Isaiah is fittingly Psalm 103 which I appropriate is my own this morning. Both scriptures are from the Mass readings of today, Wednesday in the second Week of Advent.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Valley of darkness

"God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, though your people walk in the valley of darkness, no evil should they fear; for they follow in faith the call of the shepherd whom you have sent for their hope and strength. Attune our minds to the sound of his voice, lead our steps in the path he has shown, that we may know the strength of his outstretched arm and enjoy the light of your presence forever ….." (Mass Prayer)

Although I walk in the valley of financial darkness today, I fear no evil. I follow in faith the call of my Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ whom God has sent for my hope and strength.

Father, attune my mind to the sound of His voice and lead my steps in the path He shows me. Amen!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Courage of Christ

"Almighty and ever-living God, give us new strength from the courage of Christ our Shepherd, and lead us to join the saints in heaven …." (Mass Prayer)

The courage of Christ: Imitation of the courage of Christ is the fruit of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Spirit Gives Life

"It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life." (John 6: 63)

The Spirit gives life. The Holy Spirit gives eternal life. Christ's words are spirit and life.

List all that the Spirit gives:

  • Life
  • Power
  • Knowledge
  • Wisdom
  • Fear of the Lord
  • Discernment
  • Joy

The Holy Spirit is the one thing we truly need.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Sanctifying Grace

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines sanctifying grace thus:

"Sanctifying grace is an habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to enable it to live with God, to act by his love. Habitual grace, the permanent disposition to live and act in keeping with God's call, is distinguished from actual graces which refer to God's interventions, whether at the beginning of conversion or in the course of the work of sanctification." (CCC # 2000)

Monday, December 01, 2008

The Cup of Salvation

"What return can I make to the Lord for all that he gives to me? The cup of salvation I will take up and I will call upon the name of the Lord." (Psalm 116: 12-13)

This is Thanksgiving season. How do we thank the Lord for all that He gives to us? If we take the example of the Psalmist, we thank Him first and foremost through Eucharistic worship. In the Eucharist, which means Thanksgiving, we honor the Lord by lifting up "the cup of salvation."

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Jesus Christ cures you

"Peter said to him, 'Aeneas, Jesus Christ cures you: get up and make your bed.' Aeneas got up immediately." (Acts 9: 34)

It is Jesus Christ who heals. Grace and truth comes through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ mediates the fruits of our redemption through:

  • The Sacraments
  • The word of God
  • Prayer
  • The name of Jesus

"Jesus Christ cures you"

  • Jesus Christ gives you.
  • Jesus Christ touches you.
  • Jesus Christ loves you.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Armor against hell

"God, our Father, by the waters of baptism you gave new life to the faithful. May we not succumb to the influence of evil but remain true to your gift of life….." (Mass Prayer in the Season of Easter)

The third of the 15 promises of the Virgin Mary to Christians to recite the Rosary is this:

"The Rosary will be a powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies."

The secret of not succumbing to the influence of evil is to say the Rosary every day.


Friday, November 28, 2008


"In baptism we have died with Christ, and we have risen to new life in heaven, because we believed in the power of God who raised him, from the dead." Colossians 2: 12)

We died with Christ in baptism. Immersion in water symbolized our dying. We also rose to new life in baptism.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Jesus in the inside

"Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in that person." (John 6: 56)

Thank you Jesus for the gift of the Eucharist. I accept your word as true. May it be done to me according to your word.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Chosen Instrument

"Go, for this is my chosen instrument to bring my name before gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel." (Acts 9: 5)

Paul is Christ's instrument for world evangelization. Find out what you have been chosen for.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Peace of Christ

"Let the peace of Christ control your hearts." (Colossians 3: 15)

Let the peace of Christ provide you with immunity from the turbulence in the world. The peace of Christ acts on the soul like immunization acts on the body. It protects the soul from viral attacks that destabilize the soul. Exposed to these attacks without protection, the soul is in mortal danger of great damage. The enemy of mankind is most potent when the soul is destabilized by worries, doubts, anxieties and fears.

"Let the peace of Christ control your hearts." (Colossians 3: 15)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Holy Exchange

"Lord God, by this holy exchange of gifts you share with us your divine life. Grant that everything we do may be directed by the knowledge of your truth……"

We bring bread and wine, the fruits of human labor to God in the Eucharist. We take from God the gift of the Body and Blood of His Son, Jesus. Through this gift, we share in God's divine life.

If all our thoughts, words and deeds are directed by the knowledge of God's truth, then we live truly as Jesus lived.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Guarantee of Eternal Life

"I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world." (John 6: 51)

Two promises of the Eucharist to note today:

  1. Guarantee of eternal life
  2. Freedom from hunger and thirst from matter

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Spiritual Principle

"Let all the earth cry out to God with joy….. Hear now all you who fear God, while I declare what he has done for me. When I appeal to him in words, praise was on the tip of my tongue." (Psalm 66)

Spiritual Principle: Praise must precede and go with the prayer of petition. The power of praise!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Spirit of Mission

"The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, 'Set out at noon and go along the road that leads from Jerusalem down to Gaza, the desert road." (Acts 8: 26)

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of mission. The Holy Spirit is the main principle behind apostolic productivity and fruitfulness. Docility to the Holy Spirit is the key to empowerment.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Darkness of Error

"Father, in this holy season we come to know the full depth of your love. You have freed us from the darkness of error and sin. Help us to cling to your truths with fidelity…." (Mass Prayer in the Season of Easter)

How do we come to know the full depth of God's love for us? The Father loves us so much that He gave up His Son Jesus to save us. (John 3:16)

How does the Father free us from the darkness of error and sin? He frees us through His word and through the Sacraments. As we gird our loins in the truth of His word, we are freed from errors. As we come to Jesus in the Eucharist, we are freed from sin.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Celebration of our Redemption

"Lord, may this celebration of our redemption help us in this life and lead us to eternal happiness……" (Mass Prayer)

Whenever we participate in the Eucharist, we celebrate the primary event of our redemption. The Eucharist renews our mind, our soul and our body. It destroys the hunger and thirst for anything that is not Christ.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Infallibility of Prayer

"We can approach God with confidence for this: if we make requests which accord with his will he listens to us; and if we know our requests are heard, we know that the things we ask for are ours" (1 John 5:14-15)


This seems utterly reasonable. If somebody asks me something that I have and which agrees with my plan for the person, I give it. So it is important to ensure that our prayers agree with God's will for us. How do we know God's will for us? How do I find out God's will for me in the Enterprise?


The believer who is in fellowship with God will not ask anything that is contrary to God's will. The Holy Spirit will see to it that our desires and prayers accord with God's will for us.


"Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it" (John 14: 13-14; Cf Matthew 7:7, 18:9).

To pray in Jesus' name, to pray as he prayed, is to offer perfect prayer. It is prayer that accords in His will. Such prayer is always answered, though the answer may be delayed and different from our expectations. The assurance that God hears and answers our prayer is for the Christian the final confidence in victory - that he is guarded by God and no power of evil can ultimately triumph over him. (THE INTERPRETERS ONE VOLUME COMMENTARY OF THE BIBLE.)


John sees prayer as having a wider scope for he speaks of asking for anything, but he immediately qualifies this "with accordance to his will." Prayer is not a device for inducing God to change his mind and do whatever we want. It must be offered in accord to God's will if it is to be effective. When it is offered in this way, God hears us. Elsewhere we learn that prayer must be in faith (Mk 11:24), in the name of Jesus (Jn 14:14), offered by those who abide in Christ (Jn 15:7), who have forgiven those who offend them (Mk 11:25); it must be accompanied by obedience (1 Jn 3:22), and it must not be for the gratification of one's passions (James 4:3). All this is involved in praying according to the will of God. From the thought that God hears us, we move to the consequences, namely that he grants our requests. (NEW BIBLE COMMENTARY R220.7N532)


John presents prayer as a privilege belonging to faith in Christ. The Lord Christ emboldens us to come to God in all circumstances. Through Jesus, our petitions are accepted by God. The matter of our prayer must be agreeable to the declared will of God. We may have confidence that the prayer of faith shall be heard in heaven.


The advantage accruing to us by such privilege, v15. To know that his petitions are heard or accepted is as good as to know that they are answered. (MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY IN ONE VOLUME - R220.7 H523)


When believers are so responsive to the guidance of the Spirit of truth that their prayers accord with God's will, God hears their prayers and grants their requests. (HARPERS BIBLE COMMENTARY - R220.7H215)


"Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it" (Jn 14: 13-14)


Whatever: the scope of the prayer. Eg: To do God's will, faith, patience, wisdom, humility and courage.

Ask: The condition of prayer - Ask and keep asking.

In my name: The ground of prayer. This involves at least two things: praying in the authority Christ gives (cf Mt 28:19; Acts 3:6) and praying in union with Him, so that one does not pray outside His will.

That I will do: The certainty of prayer.

That the Father may be glorified in the Son: the purpose of prayer. (WYCLIFFE BIBLE COMMENTARY)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Our True Daily Bread

"Lord, restore us by these Easter mysteries. May the continuing work of our Redeemer bring us eternal joy…." (Mass Prayer in the Season of Easter)

The greatest of the Easter mysteries is the Eucharist. In the Eucharist, we enjoy the real presence of the Risen Christ. In the Blessed Sacrament, we enjoy the comfort of His real presence on our altar. The Eucharist renews our spiritual vitality in a way that nothing else could come close to. It is our true Daily Bread. St. Ambrose, doctor and father of the Church asks, "Why receive once a year that which is offered daily?"

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bread of life and Mammon

"I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger; no one who believes in me will ever thirst." (John 6: 35)

You cannot serve God and mammon. Both are mutually exclusive. If you pick up one, you drop the other. The Bread of life destroys hunger for mammon in our lives. Hunger for mammon destroys hunger for the Bread of life. It is either one or the other. Never the two at the same time. These words of Jesus in John 6: 35 is well a tested principle like the Beatitudes. If you ask, "Is it true?' You try it and see for yourself.

Lord, let your flesh which is the Bread of life destroy in me all hunger and thirst for mammon. Amen!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Persecution 2

"Once they had scattered, they went from place to place preaching the good news." (Acts 8: 4)

The persecution ushers in missionary activity. Like the crucifixion of Jesus, t he persecutors did not foresee the consequence otherwise they would not have persecuted the disciples of Jesus.

"All things work together for good to those who love God."

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5: 10)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

St. Anslem

"Father, you called St. Anslem to study and teach the sublime truths you have revealed. Let your gift of faith come to the aid of our understanding and open our hearts to your truth…." (Opening Prayer on the feast of St. Anslem)

God called St. Anslem.

He called Peter and Paul.

He called Augustine and Ignatius.

Is God calling me?

God called St. Anslem to learn and to teach the sublime truths of faith. What is my vocation? I love to learn and to communicate.

The gift of faith comes to the aid of our intellect and opens our heart to God's truth.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Gift of Faith

"Merciful Lord, hear the prayers of your people. May we who have received your gift of faith share forever in the new life of Christ…." (Prayer at Mass)

The gift of faith is one of the most important gifts we receive from our merciful Father.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

The Bread of Life

"I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger; no one who believes in me will ever thirst." (John 6: 35)

Jesus is the bread of life. The Bread of life destroys hunger and thirst for material things. This is a promise that can be trusted.

Friday, November 07, 2008

My Rock

"Into your hands, O Lord, I entrust my spirit…. You are my rock and my fortress; for your name's sake, you will lead me and guide me." (Psalm 31: 6, 4)

God is my rock and my refuge. For the sake of your name, Jesus, lead me, guide me and use me.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Filled with the Holy Spirit

"But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God's right hand." (Acts 7: 55)

Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit. How does one come to be filled with the Holy Spirit?

  • Desire and Prayer
  • Obedience to God

The Holy Spirit is the source of apostolic excellence and productivity. Stephen's success is attributed to the Holy Spirit. Simeon's presence in the temple during the presentation of the Child Jesus has the Holy Spirit as the cause.

How much control do I wish to give the Holy Spirit in my life? If according to the locution, the Holy Spirit is the only thing I need in life, then it will be ridiculous not to give him complete control. O Holy Spirit, I surrender everything to You. Lead me, guide me and use me.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


"If this enterprise, this movement of theirs, is of human origin it will break up of its own accord; but if it does in fact come from God you will be unable to destroy them. Take care not to find yourselves fighting against God." (Acts 5: 38)

This scripture occurred to me early in the Obama campaign for the presidency of the United States of America. What I will call as from today 538 seems to be utterly vindicated today, November 5, 2008. Obama won the presidency last night November 4, 2008 with a convincing margin. I decided last night to offer the Eucharist and my prayers this morning for his intentions. My plan seemed to have been confirmed when Fr. Hugh who had led us in a Novena of prayer to elect a Prolife President offered the 6.30 am Mass this morning for the new President-elect. He started the Mass by saying that God new from eternity that Obama would be elected the President of United States at this hour.

Scripture urges us to pray for our leaders constantly so that we can enjoy peace and stability. I had prayed for President Bush every day and will continue to do so till the 22nd of January 2009.

On the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the first reading from Isaiah 45: 1, 4-6 is as follows:


1 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, Cyrus, whose right hand I grasp, Subduing nations before him, and making kings run in his service, Opening doors before him and leaving the gates unbarred:


2 I will go before you and level the mountains; Bronze doors I will shatter, and iron bars I will snap.


I will give you treasures out of the darkness, and riches that have been hidden away, That you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.


For the sake of Jacob, my servant, of Israel my chosen one, I have called you by your name, giving you a title, though you knew me not.


I am the LORD and there is no other, there is no God besides me. It is I who arm you, though you know me not,


3 so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun men may know that there is none besides me. I am the LORD, there is no other;


The Gospel reading on this Sunday is equally relevant. Matthew 22: 15-21


8 Then the Pharisees 9 went off and plotted how they might entrap him in speech.


They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, 10 saying, "Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion, for you do not regard a person's status.


11 Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?"


Knowing their malice, Jesus said, "Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?


12 Show me the coin that pays the census tax." Then they handed him the Roman coin.


He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?"


They replied, "Caesar's." 13 At that he said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."


What are we to make of these convergence of scriptures?

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Freed from sins

"Father, you open the kingdom of heaven to those born again by water and the Spirit. Increase your gift of love in us. May all who have been freed from sins in baptism receive all that you have promised…." (Prayer at Mass)

The Holy Spirit is the highest promise of Jesus Christ. It is also the greatest gift of the resurrection. The Holy Spirit makes us new beings, children of God and opens the kingdom of heaven to us. The power of the Spirit frees us from the compulsion of sin.

Lord, may we receive all that you have promised to us.

Monday, November 03, 2008

The Eucharistic Habit

"Almighty and everlasting Lord, you restored us to life by raising Christ from death. Strengthen us by this Easter Sacrament; may we feel its saving power in our daily life….." (Mass Prayer in Easter Season)

The Eucharist strengthens God's hold on our life. How do we feel the saving power of the Eucharist every day? How do we form the habit of thinking of Christ's real presence in the Eucharist and in us?

Sow a thought and you reap a word.

Sow a word and you reap an action.

Sow an action and you reap a habit.

Sow a habit and you reap a character.

Sow a character and you reap a destiny.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Welcoming the Stranger

"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me." (Matthew 25: 35 – 36 RSV)

When we give food to the hungry, we give it to Jesus.

When we give drink to the thirsty, we give it to Jesus.

When we speak on behalf of the immigrant, we speak for Jesus.

When we clothe the naked, we clothe Jesus.

When we visit the sick, we visit Jesus.

When we visit the prisoner, we visit Jesus.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Peace of Christ

"The Lord says, peace I leave with you, my own peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give, alleluia." (John 14: 27)

Pax Christi – Deep contentment in the heart. Trust in God at all times and in everything.

Awareness of the nearness of Jesus everywhere at all times no matter the condition. Awareness that Jesus is in control.

We appropriate this peace of Christ every day. You ask the question: "How about the peace I appropriated yesterday's morning?" Answer: "That was for yesterday." Jesus says: "My own peace I give you; not as the world gives." He gives His peace as we appropriate it day by day. The world pretends to give its peace once and for all. After we appropriate the peace of Christ early in the morning, we defend this treasure against all threats everywhere and at all times. St. Peter warns us that our mortal enemy, the devil prowls constantly seeking the ruin of this peace.

Similarly, early in the morning, we offer our entire life – time, talent and treasure to Jesus. In exchange, we appropriate His peace, protection, provision, power, pardon and purpose for the rest of the day. We place our entire life and fortune in His loving and all powerful providence. We remain vigilant against all threats to the trust we place on Christ in the course of the day.

Friday, October 31, 2008


"I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1: 6)

What God begins, He brings to completion. I am confident that God will complete what He started with the Enterprise.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Put on the full armor

"Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you will be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the Gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones and also for me, that speech may be given me to open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains, so that I may have the courage to speak as I must.

(Ephesians 6: 10 – 20)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Believe in Jesus

"This is carrying out God's work: must believe in the one he has sent." (John 6: 29)

Believe in Jesus:

Know Jesus intimately

Love Him passionately

Follow Him everywhere

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

St. Stephen

"Stephen was filled with grace and power and began to work miracles and great signs among the people." (Acts 6:8)

God has inspired me to ask for a large portion of the spirit of love, wisdom and power. Stephen is one of my patron saints.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Light of truth

"God our Father, your light of truth guides us to the way of Christ. May all who follow him reject what is contrary to the gospel….." (Mass Prayer)

God's light of truth – the word of God and the teaching of the Church.

The way of Christ is the Via Dolorosa.

What is contrary to the gospel:

"For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world." (1 John 2: 16)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Obedient servant

"Lord, bless us with your heavenly gifts, and in your mercy make us your obedient servants…" (Prayer at Mass)

Jesus Christ was obedient to His Father. Lord, make me your obedient servant.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Interpreting the Scriptures

"Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures." (Luke 24: 27)

Jesus Christ interpreted the scriptures authoritatively. He gave the same authority to His Church. If Jesus did not Himself say that all scriptures point to Him, this truth is not evident on its own. It is therefore misleading to assert that we can read scriptures and interpret it correctly for ourselves. We need the teaching authority of the Church to tell us authoritatively that this is what scripture means.

Lord Jesus, open my mind to understand scriptures.

Friday, October 24, 2008


"If you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one's works, conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished lamb." (1 Peter 1: 17-21)

The precious blood of Jesus Christ ransomed me from my futile conduct.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Jesus Prayer

"Lord, you will show us the path of life.

I set the Lord ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed." (Psalm 16: 11, 8)

How do I set the Lord ever before me? Jesus prayer is the one word prayer that anybody can use at any time. The Jesus prayer constitutes simply the name of JESUS. The name of Jesus is a full prayer in itself.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Witness to the resurrection 2

"God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses." (Acts 2: 32)

The apostles were the chief eye witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus. The resurrection is the central truth of Christianity. We are Christians because we believe in the resurrection of Jesus. Without the resurrection, our faith is worthless. Without the resurrection of Jesus, the Church becomes like a social club but a club that promises only suffering and renunciations of comforts without offering anything positive. Because of the resurrection of Jesus and the promise of our own resurrection, we know that there is a better life than this one.

I am called to be a witness to the resurrection of Jesus. Can one witness to prayer if one does not pray? Can one witness to the resurrection of Christ if one has not experienced this reality? To bear witness to the resurrection is to bear witness to the truth that Christ is alive and is present in me through the Holy Spirit. He is present in a unique way in the Eucharist and the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus is also present in the Church when it gathers for worship.

To bear witness to the Christ present in me is to produce the fruits of Christ in my life.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Witness to the resurrection

"God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses." (Acts 2: 32)

The apostles were the chief eye witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus. The resurrection is the central truth of Christianity. We are Christians because we believe in the resurrection of Jesus. Without the resurrection, our faith is worthless. Without the resurrection of Jesus, the Church becomes like a social club but a club that promises nothing but suffering and renunciations of comforts without offering anything positive. Because of the resurrection of Jesus and the promise of our own resurrection, we know that there is a better life than this one.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Author of all truth

"Father in heaven, author of all truth, a people once in darkness has listened to your Word and followed your Son as he rose from the tomb. Hear the prayer of this newborn people and strengthen your Church to answer your call. May we rise to come forth to the light of day to stand in your presence till eternity dawns …." (Mass Prayer in Easter Season)

God is the author of all truth. The death and resurrection of Jesus ushered in a new age. It is the time of the ultimate fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham to make him the father of all nations. The Church is the new people of God marked by four attributes: one, holy, catholic and apostolic. At Easter, the Church asks the Father to strengthen the Church to fulfill its mission.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Restore the joy of our youth

"God our Father, may we look forward with hope to our resurrection, for you have made us your sons and daughters, and restored the joy of our youth……" (Mass Prayer)

In his passion and death and resurrection, Jesus Christ reconciles us to God and at the same time restores our spiritual youth which was lost by the sin of Adam and Eve. When we participate in the Eucharist, we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the life-giving Body and Blood of Christ restore the joy of our youth.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Eucharist and Love

"Lord, may this Eucharist which we have celebrated in memory of your Son, help us to grow in love ….."

The Eucharist helps us to grow in the love of God and of our neighbor.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Spiritual Sacrifice

"Merciful Lord, make holy these gifts and let our spiritual sacrifice make us an everlasting gift to you……"

In the Offertory, we offer the bread and wine, which represent the fruits of our labor to God. As the priest makes the offering on our behalf, we offer silently our joys and sorrows, our delays, disappointments and obstacles. In a holy exchange, God gives these back to us as the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Do not be afraid

"It's me. Don't be afraid." (John 6: 20)

Peace is the special gift of Easter. This peace is a deeper awareness that Christ who was dead is now alive forever more. He is near me. He is in me. So I will not fear. I will not be afraid for Casa. I will not be afraid for SFJ. I will not be afraid for the Enterprise. I will not be afraid of anything. It is Jesus Himself who tells me, 'Don't be afraid.'

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Time of famine

"Lord, let your mercy be upon us as we place our trust in you…

See, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his kindness, to deliver them from death and preserve them inspite of famine." (Psalm 33: 18 – 19)

God will have mercy on those who trust in Him to have mercy on them. I trust in God to have mercy on me with regard to the Enterprise. In fact, I believe He will.

God watches over those who fear Him. Lord, fill me with your fear.

Those who hope in God will be delivered from death and God will supply their needs even in time of famine.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Service of the word

"We ourselves will continue to devote ourselves to prayer and to the service of the word." (Acts 6: 4)

I am deeply attracted to prayer and the service of the word.

Lord Jesus, lead me, guide me and use me. Amen.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Prioritizing Ministries

"It would not be right for us to neglect the word of God so as to give out food." (Acts 6: 2)

There is a hierarchy in ministries. Food for the soul is more important than food for the body. "Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that falls from the mouth of God" (Acts 6: 4)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Seeing and believing

"Seeing the sign he had done, the people said, 'This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world." (John 6: 14)

The Eucharist is a sign and reality of Christ's presence in the world.

I am blessed to see this sign often. Does this seeing help me to know, love and serve Jesus more every day. I believe so. I walk by faith and not by sight.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Food of the spirit

"Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4: 4)

The food of the spirit is the word of God. The sword of the spirit is also the word of God. The light of the mind is the word of God.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

This I seek

"One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, | that I may gaze on the loveliness of the Lord and contemplate his temple." (Psalm 27: 4)

If you seek this with all your heart, you shall have it. Lord, grant me a great desire to serve you and in your temple.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

This Enterprise

"If this enterprise, this movement of theirs, is of human origin it will break up of its own accord; but if it does in fact come from God you will be unable to destroy them." (Acts 5: 38 – 39)

Is the Enterprise of human origin or is it from God?

By their fruits you shall know them. By the fruits of the Enterprise you shall know the origin. The fruits of Medjugorje are conversion and repentance. The fruits of the Enterprise are faith and patience.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Accepting our crosses

"Father, in your plan of salvation, your Son Jesus Christ accepted the cross and freed us from the power of the enemy. May we come to share the glory of his resurrection…." (Mass Prayer 041699)

God's plan for our salvation includes the cross. God's plan for our individual salvation also includes the cross. This is true for children and adults. Have you identified your own cross?

When we accept the cross in our lives, they become redemptive instruments and help to free us from the enemy. "They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death." (Revelation 12: 11)

Dying to self comes through accepting our crosses one at a time. We confront the enemy with the power of the cross when by the word of our testimony, we identify with the cross of Christ and when we are ready to give up everything if need be for Jesus Christ..

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Act as if…

"I, the Lord, am with you always, until the end of the world." (Matthew 28: 20)

Most Holy Spirit, remind me of this truth all the time.

What will you do if you know for certain that Jesus is always with you? If I know for certain that Jesus is always with me, I will never be afraid. I will never be anxious.

Then always act as if Christ is always with you, for it is true.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Sinful nature

"Lord, accept our prayers and offerings. Make us worthy of your Sacraments of love by granting us your forgiveness…." (Mass Prayer)

The Eucharist is a holy exchange of gifts.

"Grant us your forgiveness..." - We are constantly reminded of our sinful nature. It is not poetic. It is real. I am reminded of this all the time.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Trust in Jesus

"The Father loves the Son and has entrusted everything to his hands." (John 3:35)

Grace and truth comes through Jesus Christ.

If you see me, you have seen the Father.

The Father and I are one.

If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.


Lord Jesus, help me to trust you.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Lord hears the cry of the poor

"When the just cry out, the Lord hears and rescues them from all distress.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed.

Many are the troubles of the just, but the Lord delivers from them all.

God watches over all their bones; not a one shall be broken."

(Psalm 34: 18 – 21)

Monday, September 29, 2008


"Obedience to God comes before obedience to men ….. We are witnesses to this, we and the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him." (Acts 5: 29, 32)

Most Holy Spirit, turn my heart to obey God in everything and at all times. Teach me obedience. Give me the gift of obedience.

I yearn to commit to obey God in everything and at all times. I am resolved to put God first in my life. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Christ advises: Therefore pray and keep praying until obedience becomes a part of your life. Thank you Jesus.

Do not despair. Preserve!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The faith of the shepherds


While they were there, the time came for her to have her child,


and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.


Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.


The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.


The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.


For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.


And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger."


And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:


"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."


When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."


So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.


When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.


All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds."


At the message of the angels, the shepherds went to Bethlehem; they saw and they believed. They did not believe because they saw a god-like child lying in the manger. They saw the sign given them by the angel and they believed that the message of the angel was true. The child may look ordinary but the angel said that he is the "Messiah and Lord."

We too are invited to the Eucharist by the Lord. "Come and have breakfast with me. Come and taste and see that I am good. Come and eat bread to the full without money. Come and eat bread of the finest wheat." We go to Mass; we see the sign and we believe. We believe that Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist not because of any extraordinary manifestation but because of the message that we heard from the Lord is true.

Just like the shepherds, we encounter Christ only through faith in the Eucharist.



Friday, September 26, 2008

Easter Mystery

"God of mercy, may the Easter mystery we celebrate be effective throughout our lives….." (Mass Prayer in Easter Season)

How do we celebrate the Easter mystery? Through the Eucharist.

The Liturgy in Easter Season is filled with Scriptures on the death and resurrection of Christ. The Church wears a festive mood through flowers and decorations. The music is joyous. All these put us in a joyful mood. Joy and Peace are the special gifts of Easter. May we have the experience of the peace and joy of Easter all our lives.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Chosen to bear fruit

"The Lord says, I have chosen you from the world to go and bear fruit that will last. Alleluia" (John 15: 16, 19)

I respond: Father, I say Amen to your word to me through your Son, Jesus. Now fulfill what you have promised.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Provide me only my necessities

"Two things I ask of you, deny them not to me before I die: Put falsehood and lying far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; provide me only with the food I need; lest, being full I deny you, saying, "Who is the Lord?" Or, being in want, I steal, and profane the name of my God." (Proverbs 30: 7-9)

Amen !

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Holy Exchange of gifts

"Lord God, by this holy exchange of gifts you share with us your divine life. Grant that everything we do may be directed by the knowledge of your truth…." (Prayer at Mass)

The Eucharist is a holy exchange of gifts. We bring ourselves, our joys and challenges and offer them up with the bread and wine to the Father. We receive in exchange the precious Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We ask the Father to grant that all our thoughts, words and actions will be directed by knowledge of His truth. Jesus Christ is the truth, the way and the life. We pray that the following be brought completely under the obedience of Christ:

  • Family
  • Health
  • Job
  • Money
  • Tools
  • Food

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Crucifix

"For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." (John 3: 16)

How does God love the world? - Look at the crucifix.

To believe in Jesus is to know Him, love Him and follow Him.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Mystery of Divine Providence

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

As I listened to the Opening Prayer, the first reading and the Gospel Reading of today's Mass, I knew instantly that the theme of this Sunday is the Mystery of Divine Providence. Divine Providence is for me one of the most consoling truths in religion. I want to highlight this theme through today's liturgy.

Opening Prayer:

"Father, guide us as you guide creation according to your law of love…"

God created heaven and earth and found everything He created good. He guides His creation with love and power. My deepest desire at this time is that my free-will will cooperate with God instead of being a hindrance in God's perfect guidance of my life.

First Reading: (Isaiah 55: 6-9)

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts."

The above scripture defines the mystery of God's providence. If you can figure out the thoughts of God, then you can figure out His ways. From the Responsorial Psalm 145, we learn that "Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable."

The Gospel: (Matthew 20: 1-16)

"The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard….


Going out about five o'clock, he found others standing around, and said to them, 'Why do you stand here idle all day?'


They answered, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard.'


When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.'


When those who had started about five o'clock came, each received the usual daily wage.


So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage.


And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner,


saying, 'These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day's burden and the heat.'


He said to one of them in reply, 'My friend, I am not cheating you. 4 Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?


5Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?


(Or) am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?'


Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."


"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts."

If only I would remember in my hour of confusion and doubt that God's ways are not my ways and His thoughts are not my thoughts, I would ask for grace to respond to God's ways with trust and obedience.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

When I am afraid

"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you,

In God, whose word I praise,

In God I put my trust and have no fear,

What power has human strength over me?" (Psalm 56: 3-4)


"This I know, that God is on my side.

In God whose word I praise,

In God I put my trust and have no fear;

What can mortal man do to me?" (Psalm 56: 10-11)

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Lord hears the cry of the poor

"The Lord hears the cry of the poor…..

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Taste and see how good the Lord is; happy the man who takes refuge in him." (Psalm 34: 8-9)

My Guardian Angel is always near me to protect and deliver me. I have tasted and seen how good the Lord is. He is terrific!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Set free for a mission

"But at night the angel of the Lord opened the prison gates and said as he led them out, "Go and take up position in the Temple, and tell the people all about this new life." (Acts 5: 19-20)

Satan imprisons us. God releases us from the imprisonment of Satan. We are released from the slavery of sin in order to take up our position in the house of God and tell the people all about the new life. We are set free for a purpose – mission.

Father, I am your servant. Let your word be done to me.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hope in our resurrection

"God of mercy, you have filled us with the hope of resurrection by restoring man to his original dignity. May we who relive this mystery each year come to share it in perpetual love ……" (Mass Prayer in Easter Season)

The life, death and resurrection of Christ show that this world is not our home.

The Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ reconciles man to God and restores him to his original dignity.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Witness 2

"The Lord says, 'I have chosen you from the world to go and bear fruit that will last, alleluia." (John 15: 16, 19)

I reply: "I will be witness to you in the world, O Lord. I will spread the knowledge of your name among my brothers, alleluia." (Psalm 18: 50; 21:23)

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, my Father, all things are possible to you. Let your full will be accomplished in my life.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Eucharist and Renewal

"Lord, give us joy by these Easter mysteries. Let the continuous offering of this sacrifice by which we are renewed bring us to eternal happiness…" (Mass Prayer in Easter Season)

The Lord gives joy.

We are renewed by the continuous offering and participation of the Eucharist. Through the Eucharist, the Lord renews our youth like an eagle.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Divine Necessity for the Passion of Christ

"As Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him." (John 3: 14-15)

Christ must be lifted up before we can have eternal life. There is a divine necessity for the passion and death of Jesus Christ. We enter into the mysteries of Jesus Christ through faith. Faith here means accepting what God says and aligning our behavior with what we believe.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Testify to the Resurrection of Christ

"The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of Jesus Christ with great power, and they were all accorded great respect." (Acts 4:32)

To experience the power of the resurrection and to proclaim it, this is my daily challenge.

If Christ is not risen and alive, what can explain the peace I feel in the midst of turmoil? What can explain the joy and hope? Christ is truly risen. He is with me.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

The Power of the Resurrection

"All-powerful God, help us to proclaim the power of the Lord's resurrection. May we who accept this sign of the love Christ come to share the eternal life he reveals…" (Mass Prayer in Easter Season)

For St. Paul: "All I want to know is Christ Jesus and the power of his resurrection."

To know the power of Christ's resurrection is to be fully aware that Jesus Christ is alive right here and right now and that He is with us as He promised. This awareness drives us fear, doubts and mediocrity and helps us to live more fully as Jesus has promised. "I have come that you may have life and have it to the full."

Friday, September 05, 2008

Water and the Spirit

"In all truth I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born through water and the Spirit; what is born of human nature is human; what is born of the Spirit is spirit." (John 3: 5-6)

The Spirit and divine filiation

The Sacrament of Baptism washes away original sin and makes us member of the family of God. Moreover, we receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptized. The Holy Spirit makes us children of God.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Happiness and Faith

"Happy are all who put their trust in the Lord….. Ask of me and I will give you the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession." (Psalm 2: 11, 8)

Those who make the Lord their refuge are happy. The opposite of this is the truth: those who put their trust in the world are unhappy.

I trust in the Lord in everything, at all times and everywhere. For me, faith is greater than the purest of gold. The first fruit of faith is contentment. One of the fruits of faith that I cherish very much is courage.

I trust in the word of God. I believe God keeps every promise that He makes. This is why faithfulness is one of God's attributes that I love most.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Threat and Prayer

"And now, O Lord, mark their threats, and enable those who serve you to speak your with all boldness." (Acts 4: 29)

Threats against the word of God or applying its lessons to our lives should be answered by prayer.

Help me Lord to speak your word with all boldness.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Spirit of love

"Almighty and ever-living God, your Spirit made us your children confident to call you Father. Increase your Spirit of love within us and bring us to our promised inheritance…" (Mass Prayer in Easter Season)

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of:

  • Love
  • Holiness
  • Power
  • Truth
  • Jesus
  • Mission

Divine filiation is affected in us by the Holy Spirit. Using His word and the sacraments of the Church, the Holy Spirit configures us into the image of Jesus Christ.

Increase your Spirit of love within us.

Monday, September 01, 2008

New Creation

"Lord, through faith and Baptism we have become a new creation. Accept the offerings of your people (and those born again in Baptism) and bring us to eternal happiness…." (Prayer in Mass of 2nd Sunday of Easter)

Faith comes before Baptism. Baptism makes us the adopted children of God. Faith and Baptism make us a new creation. And through the power of faith, we gain access to God's promises of:

  • Peace
  • Provision
  • Protection
  • Power
  • Purpose
  • Pardon

The power of faith….

Sunday, August 31, 2008


"In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 1: 6-8)

Transitions cause anxiety and sometimes suffering. I have known a few transitions in my life. It strikes me that whenever the Bible speaks of trials, it qualifies it with "for a little while."

Transitions test our faith. Scripture says that our faith is more precious than gold. I believe this. Offered the choice between a billion dollars and a strong robust faith, I will choose faith. If we stand firm to the end in the course of the trial, we will win and our victory will praise and glorify God.

During transitions, I remember God's promise: "I will never abandon you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31: 6)