Our real treasures

Friday of week 11 in Ordinary Time Mt 6:19-23 No matter how we put it, evil will not last.  It is always geared towards a certain and definitive end.

Athaliah killed the members of the royal household and took over the throne.  But God would not allow injustice to thrive.  He made the surviving son Joash live.  In the end, justice was served, Joash was made king, and Athaliah was killed.

The good will always triumph.  The supreme good is Jesus himself; death has no power over him.

We can also promote, live out, and share none other than goodness.  Today's gospel gives us a hint on how we can live out goodness:

First, subdue inordinate attachments to material things.  Think, live out and share heavenly things, our real treasures.  Think of life as a stepping stone to heaven.  Each day is a step closer to heaven.  We also lead others to heaven, not lead them to obsession to power, fame, or wealth.

Second, the truth.  "The lamp of the body is the eye."  The truth serves as …

Forgiving our enemies

Tuesday of week 11 in Ordinary Time
Matthew 5:43-48 How does one love the enemy?  Though at first glance, we feel that this is totally impossible, actually, it's not. It just goes to show that forgiveness is not our property, but God's.  Hear this saying, "To err is human; to forgive is divine."  When we forgive, we are partaking in God's own divinity.

Second, forgiveness is like medicine; it takes time to heal.  It is like antibiotic; it needs to be taken every 3 or 4 hours everyday for 7 days.  It takes a process to forgive.

Third, when we forgive, we identify with Jesus in his most supreme act of self-offering, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they do."  At that exact moment, heaven is offered to all enemies in every age to receive God's forgiveness. For God loves all people, especially sinners.

Salt of the earth; light of the world

Tuesday of week 10 in Ordinary Time Matthew 5:13-16 The woman in the first reading was subjected to the strictest trial, but she was able to withstand it.  As a reward, the jars of meal and oil were not consumed.  She earned the respect of the prophet Elijah.

In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us Christian disciples how we can earn God's admiration.  The first is being salt.  It's meant to give flavor and to preserve.  Preserved from any corruption of sin, we rely totally of God's spirit to enliven us to do his will faithfully and unreservedly.

The second is light.  Set on a mountain top, that light enlightens the whole surrounding
.  That light is Christ, the light of the world, in his Church.  The truth that Christ gives to us forms our consciences, enabling us to live in freedom.  We also help redeem others by bringing them to the light.

May we never falter in these challenges to be the salt of the earth and light of the world!

Nag-uumapaw na pag-ibig ng Diyos

Kabanal-banalang Puso ni Hesus
John 19:31-37 Sa Dakilang Kapistahan ng Kabanal-banalang Puso ni Hesus, binubuksan tayo sa isang katotohanan na ang Diyos ay pag-ibig; hindi lamang ito pag-ibig sa nibel ng isipan kundi pag-ibig sa mismong nibel ng buhay, nanunuot, nagbabasbas, at namumunga rin ng wagas na pag-ibig.

Mula sa unang pagbasa, sa aklat ni propeta Hosea, ang Israel ay tinuring niyang kanyang anak, pinalaya, pinalakad, at tinuruan.   Ngunit nagdurugo ang kanyang puso sa galit; hindi nakikinig and Israel.   Ano ang kanyang gagawin?  Hindi niya sisirain ang Ephraim.  Sapagkat siya'y Diyos, hindi tao.

Ito ang pag-ibig ng Diyos: kung nakakaranas tayong magkasala, andyan siya upang tayo'y patawarin at patuloy na buhusan ng pag-ibig.  Ang tugon natin?  Paghingi ng tawad.

Ikalawa, ang pag-ibig ng Diyos ay pinaapaw ng Espiritu Santo sa puso natin, kung kaya't nakikilala natin si Kristo at malaman ang kanyang pagliligtas.  Ang pag-ibig ng Diyos ay kasingtulad ni Hesus, ang …

Eternal life

Tuesday of week 8 in Ordinary Time Mark 10:28-31 St. Peter talks about the revelation that the prophets old yearned so hard to witness; now it's revealed to us - Jesus Christ our Lord.

In the gospel, the same Peter raised a concern, "What about us? We have left everything and followed you."  But Jesus responded with such determination, "No one who left home will be paid a hundred times over."  This is as valuable as eternity itself.

Let's reflect on eternal life and align our lives from there.  We may have thought about food and ways to survive each day, but have we thought about the consequences of our actions in eternal life?  The smallest detail must be connected with the life that is to come.

Second, let's reflect on eternal life as being one with Jesus.  Are we united intimately with Jesus now?  Are our actions in conformity with Jesus?  Do they reflect the very person of Jesus?

Finally, do our actions account for the salvation of many or ourselve…

The humble heart

Tuesday of week 7 in Ordinary Time Mark 9:30-37 The readings point to a practical realization that conflicts in the Christian community are borne out of selfishness and corruption.  At the very heart of these conflicts is the self waiting to be exulted above all others.

The fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, among others.  They can only be attained if hearts are oriented to search for the truth that comes from God.  We need humility to do this.

In the Gospel, Jesus exulted a little child to correct the arrogance and envy among his apostles.  He said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all."

Humility helps us to realize the power of the Lord and our littleness.  We begin to have full trust in him.

Humility helps us to realize that people are as valuable as we are.

Third, humility helps us to place ourselves at the service of others.

Only in doing s…

Following Jesus

Friday of the 7th week of Eastertide John 21:15-19 We follow that which we love.  It may be a person or an object.

Following entails an offering of life itself, inclusive of all time, talent, and treasure for that which we love.

Following Jesus entails the following:

First, that we follow Jesus in the world of goodness.  This implies a direct choice to follow what is good and avoid what is evil.  It implies our sincere desire to enter into heaven in the realm of goodness.

Second, following Jesus implies that we follow Jesus in his words and actions as the path to the ultimate good.  We heed Jesus' command to sell everything we own, give them to the poor, and come follow him.  Are we ready for it?

Third, following Jesus entails following him even to the cross.  St. Paul's life is exactly like that of Jesus.  The moment he enters into Jerusalem, he would be tried and put to death like what happened to Jesus.  He even appealed to be sent to Rome, foreshadowing Jesus' command…