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Sunday, July 31, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 12:13-21


SUNDAY GOSPEL
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”  He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”  Then He said to the crowd, 

“Take care to guard against all greed, 
for though one may be rich, 
one’s life does not consist of possessions.” 

Then He told them a parable, “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.  He asked himself, “What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?”  And he said, “This is what I shall do:  I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.  There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”  But God said to him, “You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?”  Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves, but are not rich in what matters to God.”


RICH MAN, POOR MAN
We usually work hard to find a living and be able to provide for the needs of our family.  Other people become blessed to have abundance in life, while others are not.  Whether we are rich or poor,  God doesn’t consider it, but rather look at what are in our hearts and minds and being faithful to Him only.  In other words, possessions must take second place only to what matters to God.


My eldest brother died last 2011 in a car accident.  He died not being so poor or being so rich.  He retired early before even reaching 59 years old. During his first year of retirement, he gave his time to spiritual healing and conversion.   He brought his own family members, as well as, many people to Healing Missionariesof the Holy Spirit for spiritual guidance and conversion.  The last time I talked to him when I traveled back after more than 5 years of absence, which was, the year before his death, he felt happy and contented for what he had accomplished in life.  He was not after to enrich himself more, but just thought of living simply and enjoying life whatever he had.  He told me that he told my elder brother to retire early, too, and stop enriching himself anymore.   He had encouraged my elder brother, too, to join the spiritual healing and conversion, but my elder brother declined. Only when after my eldest brother died, my elder brother joined this spiritual healing and conversion together with his children. He encouraged me to join this organization, too.  Likewise, my other children joined this same organization, even ahead of me and my elder brother.

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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, July 24, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 11:1-13


*SUNDAY GOSPEL
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”  He said to them, “When you pray, say: 

"Father, hallowed be your name, 
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread 
and forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
And do not subject us to the final test.”

And He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, “Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,” and he says in reply from within, “Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed.  I cannot get up to give you anything.”  I tell you, if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence. 

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;  
seek and you will find;  
knock and the door will be opened to you."  

For everyone who asks, receives;  and the one who seeks, finds;  and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?  Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?  If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”



ASK AND YOU WILL RECEIVE
This statement often contradicts what’s going on in our society, especially among the poorest of the poor.  We often see street children begging for alms and not all passersby give them anything at all.  We can see poor family themselves living along the streets with cartons or boxes only to give them cover or shade. There are children who jump into the passengers’ bus or jeep to distribute envelopes to passengers and ask for money.    Others pick up recyclable things from the trash to resell them, while others simply stay put where there are more passersby coming and going to the area, especially in footbridges, to ask for money. Again, not all passersby give them money or anything at all.  There are people, especially street children, who engage more on drugs like, snipping a chemical, while on the streets.  That’s why there are poor people who become thieves and divert to more unlawful acts in order to survive the daily living and drug addiction. 

Who is to blame for all their miserable life?  Why is it there are poor people and rich people? Is it because they have a mentality that they were born poor and don’t care if they are poor, so they  must be totally dependent on hand outs only.  Is it because other people really don’t care anymore? Is it because there are other people who take advantage of them, abuse, or exploit them?  Is it because they don’t know how to pray, as  God says, “ask and you will receive; seek and you will find?”  Is it because they don’t believe anymore, if there is still God who cares for them? 

Knowing these things in life, can put us to test our faith.  It is still by our own deeds that is what makes our life miserable, regardless of being poor or rich.  No one is discriminated when it comes to our faith.  Faith must go with action to show our mercy and compassion to others, just as our God is merciful and compassionate to us.  Faith without action is not faith, at all.    



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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, July 17, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 10:38-42


*SUNDAY GOSPEL
Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed Him.  She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at His feet listening to Him speak.  Martha, burdened with much serving, came to Him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?  Tell her to help me.”  The Lord said to her in reply,  “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.  There is need of only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”
 

THE MARTHA AND MARY IN ME
I say that I feel there is Martha in me because I worry about many things.  I want all things done ahead of the schedule.  I’m a meticulous person when it comes to doing my project.  I want my things organize, neat, and tidy.  I work hard to do things done for the day, especially while doing my projects.  If the work wasn’t finished, I still worry about that when I’m in bed already until I fall asleep.   If I’m too stress about my project,  I play games in my computer for a while (-.-) Thanks to technology, but lots of people are hooked to playing games whether in their desktop, laptop, cellphone, ipad, etc.  But I don’t want myself to become addicted to that.  It’s just my pastime to clear the clogs off in my mind for a while. I play games only that can enhance my mental skills, like Sudoku, etc., as mental exercise for an aging woman (-.-) 

On the other hand,  I say there is Mary in me because I always start my day with a prayer even without eating my breakfast yet I just take a cup of warm water to fill my empty stomach, though I don’t really feel hungry yet.  It’s my way of purifying or cleansing myself physically and spiritually to offer my faithful and sincere heart to Him.   Praying to my Lord, my God is the foremost important part in my life to start my day and end my day. The moment I wake up in the morning,  I just go first to the bathroom and exercise my head, arms, shoulders, and feet for ten minutes to perk me up, while sitting on a potty (-.-) It will take a total of thirty minutes before I go out of the bathroom.  Afterwards, I say my daily rosary prayer for an hour and a half.   Yes, I pray every day for an hour and a half because I pray for a lot of people, not only for my children, family members and relatives, but also for friends and people.  People who became part of my life, like co-workers, managers or supervisors, employers, household helpers, members of the organizations where I was a member before, etc.  This is one of my humble ways of making sacrifice for the forgiveness of my sins.  This is my daily routine and the rest of the day is reserved for the things I need and like to do. 

Before going to bed, no matter how late it is in the evening,  I say my  night prayer for an hour.  Thanking my Lord, my God for helping me accomplish the things I did for the day.  Praising Him for helping me cope with the stress of work in a day and all the things I need to be thankful for, as well as, the things that I haven’t received yet, even in the midst of trials and struggles...      

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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, July 10, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 10: 25-37


PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN

*SUNDAY GOSPEL
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said,  “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus said to him,  “What is written in the law?  How do you read it?”  He said in reply, 

                “You shall love the Lord, your God,
                   with all your heart,
                   with all your being,
                   with all your strength,
                   and with all your mind,
                   and your neighbor as yourself.”

He replied to him,  “You have answered correctly;  do this and you will.” But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus,  “And who is my neighbor?”  Jesus replied,  “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.  They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.  A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.  Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.  But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight.  He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.   and Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him.  The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction.  “Take care of him.  If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.”  Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”  He answered,  “The one who treated him with mercy.”  Jesus said to him,  “Go and do likewise.”


NEIGHBORS AROUND US
When I moved to a new, big city, I was exposed for the first time to the street children in dirty clothes and walking barefooted, who are either roaming around the city or staying in foot bridge begging.  One day, I spotted a young boy, probably 10 years old, who is blind, sitting at the 5th step of the foot bridge.  I asked him why he was there and how he got there by himself because he is blind.  He said, “I left the house without the knowledge of my mother, walking by touching walls or things that I can barely see.  I got accustomed to doing it and got familiar with the place.  My mother works as a laundry woman and my father left us.”   Moved with compassion, I asked the boy if he has eaten his lunch already, as it was past noon that time.  I saw only few coins in his little, dirty hand.   I asked him again where he eats when hungry while begging and he replied,  “There is a little canteen under this foot bridge that I go and eat.  Upon knowing it, I told him to go and show it to me. I observed the young boy how he managed to walk and touch anything, so he could reach the small canteen.   Several steps only, he was there already and I told him to wash his hands first before he eats his meal.  He knows where the washing area is and then chose a table, while I ordered a meal for him and paid for it.  I served him his meal, while I noticed that another little boy seated in the same table  facing the blind boy.  He was in good clothes, at least, better than the blind boy.  He said he watched over the blind boy while begging because he is his friend.  I offered him also to have a meal, but he refused because he said he ate his lunch already.  Afterwards, I left them eating in the canteen and went on my way just walking. 


Next situation-- there were 3 young children in shabby, dirty clothes also and walking barefooted also in the different footbridge.  Two young boys and a young girl who has a swollen face due to physical abuse by someone that she didn’t tell.  Upon seeing them, I just thought of giving them a free meal, too, instead of money.  I just thought that it’s better to give in kind because the money can be used for other else, like to buy drugs. Street children can be exposed to drugs and alcohol or lead them to other vices.    As they approached me, I told them that a free meal was all I could give.  They were happy; at least, food is better than having nothing at all.  I brought them to the same canteen under the foot bridge where the blind boy referred me to.  I bought 3 meals for them and as usual, I told them to go the washroom first to wash their hands.  Before eating, I asked them to pray and I was surprised to know that at least, these children still know there is God and was thankful for the free meal they received. She said,  “Very good, you know how to say the prayer before meal, even in English.” While eating their meals, it was at this moment that one older woman called my attention  and complained that the children should stay outside the canteen to eat.  For her, their presence was causing their other customers not to enter their canteen to eat.   I became irritated and replied to her, “These children should not be discriminated and should be treated equal, as I paid for the food they got.”  After saying this to the older woman, I left the young children eating, while other customers were looking at me.  I went on my way just walking again….  


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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