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Sunday, August 21, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 13:22-30


*SUNDAY GOSPEL
Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as He went and making His way to Jerusalem.  Someone asked Him,  “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”  He answered them,  


“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, 
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter, 
but will not be strong enough."  

After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying,  ‘Lord, open the door for us.’  He will say to you in reply,  ‘I do not know where you are from.’  And you will say,  ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’  Then he will say to you,  ‘I do not know where you are from.  Depart from me, all you evildoers!’  And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out.  And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.  


"For behold, 
some are last who will be first, 
and some are first who will be last.”

  



THE NARROW GATE
Oftentimes in our life, we always strive to be a better person in the midst of failures, trials, struggles, or problems.  But why is it that there are instances that we become good or better for few days, or weeks, or months only and then we go back to our old self, even worst than before?   Mainly, because we give in more to our inner desires that are detrimental to how we should live our life  which can affect our relationship with God.  To put it simply, we, humans, are weak.  Life is full of struggles and in every stage of difficulties, our inner self is always challenged to make a decision.  No one has a shield, like an “iron man” to protect him or her in the battlefield of war between good and evil.  It’s either we succeed or fail, gain or lose, die or live, fight or surrender in our life.  That’s why, at this stage, the narrow gate to salvation is not for every one of us.  It’s not a guaranteed that we can all pass through this narrow gate,  if we are not faithful and consistent with our living the Gospel in our daily life.  Our strength and hope are found only in one, true God – Jesus Christ, who can accompany us in our journey of life’s struggles.

I have a friend whose husband has physically and verbally abused her for many years.  He did it not only once or twice, but every time he is being confronted by his wife, he physically and verbally abuses her.  Every time he becomes physically brutal to her, she wants to leave him and calls for legal separation to threaten him.  At this instance, he mellows down and asks for forgiveness.  He promises to be good to her and won’t hurt her anymore physically and verbally.  My friend told me that he would just behave for a month only and turn to his old self once he becomes agitated again. He likes gambling, drinking, and womanizing. My friend detests all his wrongdoings, while he is not willing to give up all his vices.  But she still wants to have her family intact and save the marriage for the sake of her two children.   I salute her for all the sacrifices she has been doing for the sake of her children.  Only God can judge....       


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" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

Sunday, August 14, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 12:49-53


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

Jesus said to His disciples:  


“I have come to set the earth on fire, 
and how I wish it were already blazing!  
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, 
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!  

Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?  No, I tell you, but rather division.  From now on, a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three;  


"A father will be divided against his son 
and a son against his father, 
a mother against her daughter 
and a daughter against her mother, 
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
 and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”



GOSPEL LIVING IS NOT EASY
We often struggle in our life everyday whether we are at home, office, business, and other communities.  It has been our part of life that we always face opposition from our family members, relatives, friends, officemates, business associates, and other community members.  In addition, the struggle within ourselves is even worst than any other struggles, especially when we are exposed to more temptations whether at work, business, and other communities also.  The choices, preferences, principles, and priorities we have in our life can determine if we are faithful or not to Gospel values that Jesus has taught us.  It is always a challenge on our part to do our discipleship every day because we all, sometime or in the future, will face the inevitable consequences of our choices, decisions, and priorities.  Division, strife, and animosity within the family household and other communities are the realities of life that challenge us how we should resolve them at whatever cost it may cause us.  Though we are not all perfect, the way we live our lives is the way to preach the Gospel.   

I have a cousin who developed resentment towards her son-in-law. She has been living with them since her three grandchildren were born.  She takes care of her grandchildren, especially at the most needed time when the couple is not available.  She has observed that no matter how hard she does her responsibility of taking care of her grandchildren, her son-in-law still criticizes her at her back.  She came to know it when her own daughter told her about her husband’s complaints.  Her daughter is her only daughter, but she still has two sons who are married also and have children, too.  She chose to live with her only daughter when she asked for her help to take care of her first child and then her second child. 

One time, a friend of hers came by the house to visit her.   While they were chatting together, she narrated to her friend about her resentment towards her son-in-law.  She didn’t know that her son-in-law heard what she said to her friend.  What happened next was a terrible consequence that led to her leaving the house as per the instruction of her son-in-law.   Though it hurts her daughter, her own daughter wasn’t able to do anything to contradict her husband’s decision.  The son-in-law was arrogant and very firm in his decision.  After a year,  she found out that her son-in-law lost his job.  He had a hard time looking for a job until their house was forfeited by the bank.  He decided to work in abroad.  She took her daughter and her grandchildren in her own house when he left for abroad.     

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"I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."


 Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a