Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Preach the gospel at all times use words if necessary. - St. Francis of Asisi

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Forgive my many grammatical and punctuation mistakes :). - mjdasma

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Reflection for Thursday September 18, Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 7:36-50

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Gospel: Luke 7:36-50
36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house, and took his place at table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 

39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of  woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner." 40 And Jesus answering said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he answered, "What is it, Teacher?" 41 "A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?" 43 Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more." And he said to him, "You have judged rightly." 

44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet  my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.

 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little." 48 And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, "Who is this, who even forgives sins?" 50 And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
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Reflection:
What compelled the woman to wet the feet of Jesus with her tears? What compelled her to wipe Jesus feet with her hair and to kiss Jesus feet and anoint them with an ointment?

It was her sinfulness, she was already tired of living her life in sin that’s why when she learned that Jesus was in Simon’s house. She did everything to get near Him so that she could humbly honor Him with whatever humble gesture that she could offer Jesus.

Never did she thought that Jesus would condemn and judge her  she simply focused on her need to be forgiven. This is Jesus for all of us, a God who will never condemn our sinfulness no matter how serious. A God who will never judge us based on the sins that we have committed in the past.

What is important for Jesus is the here and now, never mind the past sins for as long as we have the humility to ask for forgiveness. Perhaps, the humble gesture that the woman did was her way of asking for forgiveness of her past sins. The woman spoke to Jesus through her heart, she spoke through her acts of humility. And Jesus heard the desire of her repentant heart.

What are you capable of doing to show Jesus that you’re repentant of your sins? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Reflection for Wednesday September 17, Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 7:31-35

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Gospel: Luke 7:31-35
(Jesus said to the crowds) 31 “Then to what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? 32 They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep. 33 For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon. 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners. 35 But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”
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Reflection:
Why did the Pharisees and scribes refuse to hear the message of conversion and hope of John and Jesus? There are many reasons why they refused to hear their message of conversion. But primarily Jesus and John were nobody for them; they (Pharisees and scribes) were the ruling class and rulers of their time. So why hear the message of these two nobodies?

 By their contemptuous treatment of John and Jesus they deprived themselves of a meaningful life. A life that is not based on earthly power but based on a higher power that is beyond this world.

Why do many of us refuse to hear the conversion message of John and Jesus? Because we love this world more than we love the heavenly world beyond this world. This is the reason why so many of us refuse to hear the conversion message of John and Jesus.

But what will it do us if we amass all the things in this world if we are without Jesus? Could we bring to the next life the wealth that we have amassed in this world? Could our love of earthly wealth help us gain passage to heaven?

What if we hear and ponder the conversion message of John and Jesus?  We will certainly gain entry to heaven even if we are materially poor in this present and fleeting world.  

It’s definitely better to be materially poor yet have Jesus in our lives than to be rich without Jesus. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Monday, September 15, 2014

Reflection for Tuesday September 16, Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs; Luke 7:11-17

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Gospel: Luke 7:11-17
11 (Jesus) journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. 12 As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, “A great prophet has arisen in our midst,” and “God has visited his people.” 17 This report about him spread through the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region.
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Reflection:
Imagine the sorrow, loneliness and perhaps the feeling of hopelessness of the widow whose son was to be buried. She had nothing more to rely on, her husband has already died and her only son is to be buried. Thus the feeling of loneliness pervade all over her.

Then came the unexpected encounter with Jesus who was going to a place called Nain. Jesus saw her, He went to her and told her, Do not weep (Luke 7:13); after which Jesus raised back to life her dead son. Surely her feelings of loneliness was suddenly replaced by feelings of hope, optimism and gladness. For the reason that her only son was  brought to life again by Jesus.

We all go through this feeling of loneliness, emptiness and feeling of being alone as if nobody cares anymore with our plight. But make no mistake about it because somebody still cares and that somebody is no other than Jesus. Let us continue to have Faith and Hope in Him for He will always be there for us.

Do you know how to avoid the feeling of being alone, the feeling of without hope and the feeling of emptiness?  Always have an encounter with Jesus through the Holy Mass through our personal prayer and through the Holy Rosary. Through the prayers that were taught to us by the church and by Jesus himself (Matthew 6:9-13).

Do you always seek an encounter with Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Reflection for Monday September 15, Our Lady of Sorrows; John 19:25-27

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Gospel: John 19:25-27
25 Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
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Reflection:
Do you know how it is to be sorrowful? The Blessed Mother knows it deep in her immaculate heart. It started when Simeon told her that her son will be a sign of contradiction and her soul would be pierced by a sword (Luke 1:34-35). Then it culminated to the point where we are now in our gospel.

We cannot fathom how the Blessed Mother felt during that time when she was at the foot of the cross looking-up to her badly bruised and dying son Jesus. Nonetheless, even if she was deep in her sorrow she still found courage and strength in her son. For she obeyed what Jesus told her that from thereon she would treat John her son that’s why she went to the house of John and stayed there.

Do you always find strength and courage in Jesus especially during the sorrowful moments of your life? Do you always ask the Blessed Mother to pray for you to make your faith in Jesus as strong as hers?

Prayer:
Lord Jesus in the midst of our sorrows, trials and sufferings we pray to you to give us the strength and courage to face whatever this world would give us. Give us the same strength and courage that you gave the Blessed Mother when she was sorrowfully looking-up to you at the foot of the cross.

Please continue to strengthen us Dear Lord Jesus, give us the gift to trust you more than we trust ourselves.        

Our Most Blessed Virgin Mary we dearly ask you to pray for us. Amen. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Friday, September 12, 2014

Reflection for Sunday September 14, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: John 3:13-17

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Gospel: John 3:13-17
(Jesus said to Nicodemus) 13 No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up 15  so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
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Reflection:
Why do we suffer or what is the purpose of our suffering in this world? We suffer because we refuse to embrace the love of God. Human suffering is not a suffering that God created for us because it’s us who create our own suffering/s. And when we suffer we point not to ourselves as the culprit but to God as the creator of our suffering/s.

Think about the many wars that the powerful leaders of this world have created. Think about the many personal and family problems that we have created for ourselves. Nevertheless in the midst of our self-created sufferings there’s hope and this hope is being offered to us by Jesus on the cross.

Perhaps, many of us are averse to look at this cross of Jesus because we are reminded of Jesus’ own sufferings. We are reminded that to suffer entails hardship and sacrifice. But how could we know that there’s hope, healing and salvation in the cross of Jesus if we will not look-up to it, if we will not embrace it and if we will not hold-on to it?   

In our first reading the people that were saved by Moses from the slavery of Pharaoh created their own sufferings by complaining to Moses about their hardships. And by complaining they were severely punished by God yet they would also be saved by the same merciful God. If they’ll look up the bronze serpent mounted on a pole. We all know that the bronze serpent that was mounted on the pole that healed the suffering people in our first reading is now represented by Jesus on the cross in our gospel.   

We have so many sufferings in this world and majority if not all of these sufferings are created by us that we ironically often times blame on God. Nevertheless our merciful God so loved us that He let His only begotten son to die on the cross for our salvation.

Do you have a cross with Jesus nailed upon it in your house or in your room? Look at it hold it if you could and prayerfully ask Jesus to heal all your pains and sufferings. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Repleksyon para sa September 14, Pagtatampok sa Krus na Banal; Juan 3:13-17

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Mabuting Balita: Juan 3:13-17
(Sinabi ni Jesus kay Nicodemo) 13 Wala pang sinumang umakyat sa langit kundi ang bumaba mula sa langit, ang Anak ng Tao. 14 At kung paanong itinaas ni Moises ang tansong ahas doon sa ilang, gayundin naman, kailangang itaas ang Anak ng Tao, 15 upang ang sinumang sumampalataya sa kanya ay magkaroon ng buhay na walang hanggan. 16   Sapagkat gayon na lamang ang pag-ibig ng Diyos sa sangkatauhan, kaya't ibinigay niya ang kanyang kaisa-isang Anak, upang ang sinumang sumampalataya sa kanya ay hindi mapahamak, kundi magkaroon ng buhay na walang hanggan. 17 sinugo ng Diyos ang kanyang Anak, hindi upang hatulang maparusahan ang mga tao, kundi upang iligtas ang mga ito sa pamamagitan niya.
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Repleksyon:
Bakit ba tayo may mga paghihirap dito sa mundo? Tayo ay may mga paghihirap dahil ayaw nating yakapin ang pag-ibig ng Diyos. Ang ating mga paghihirap ay hindi mga paghihirap na ginawa ng Diyos para sa atin. Sa dahilan na tayo mismo kadalasan ang gumagawa nito at pag tayo ay nag hihirapan na ay karamihan sa atin ay ang sinisisi ay ang Diyos.

Isipin nalang po natin ang napakaraming giyera na ginagawa ng mga lider nga mga makapangyarihan mga bansa. Isipin nalang natin ang ating mga personal at mga problema sa pamilya na walang ibang may gawa kundi tayo rin naman. Pero sa gitna ng ating mga ginagawang mga problema o sa gitna ng ating mga paghihirap ay may pag hilom at pag-asa at ito ay gustong ibigay sa atin ni Jesus na naka pako sa krus.  

Marahil ay karamihan po sa atin ay ayaw tingnan si Jesus na nasa krus dahil ito ay nag papaalala sa atin ng pagpapakasakit ng ating panginoong Jesu Kristo. Nagpapaalala ito sa atin na ang paghihirap ay may kaakibat na mga sakripisyo at mga problema. Pero paano po natin ma didiskubre na may pag-asa, may pagpapagaling at kaligtasan sa krus ni Jesus kung hindi tayo titingin dito kung hindi natin yayakapin ito at kung hindi natin hahawakan ito?  

Sa ating unang pagbasa ang mga taong na iniligtas ni Moises sa pagka alipin ng Paraon ay gumawa ng kanilang sariling problema. Nang sila ay mag reklamo kay Moses tungkol sa kanilang paghihirap sa ilang. At ng dahil sa kanilang pag rereklamo sila ay pinarusahan ng Diyos. Pero sila rin naman ay ililigtas ng mahabaging Diyos na ito kung sila ay titingin sa ahas na tanso na nasa dulo ng tikin. Alam po natin na ang tansong ahas na nasa dulo ng tikin na gumamot sa kanila ay kulmakatawan kay Jesus na nakapako sa krus sa ating mabuting balita.

Marami po tayong mga problema at paghihirap dito sa mundong ito at karamihan po nito ay tayo rin ang may gawa na sa kasamaang palad ay isinisisi natin sa Diyos. Pero ganon na lamang tayo kamahal ng Diyos na ibinigay niya sa atin ang kanyang bugtong na anak na mamatay sa krus para sa ating kaligtasan.

Mayroon kabang krus na nakapako si Jesus sa bahay mo o sa kuwarto mo? Tingnan mo ito, hawakan mo ito at boung pananampalatayang hilingin mo kay Jesus. Na gamutin niya ang lahat ng iyong mga pinagdadaanang pasakit, problema at pagdurusa. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Reflection for Saturday September 13, Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church; Luke 6:43-49

Gospel: Luke 6:43-49
(Jesus said to his disciples) “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built. But the one who listens and does not act is like a person who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.”
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Reflection:
Who is the foundation of your life? If Jesus is the foundation of your life you’re in the hands of the most powerful rock of this world. Nothing can defeat you and nothing can destroy you because your life is strongly founded in Jesus.

Should you rest already and feel secure because you trusted your life in Jesus? No, because you have a mission and your mission is to share the gentleness of Jesus to your fellowmen. Remember that you are the good tree that Jesus mentions in the gospel and out of your goodness you must share your fruit which is no other than Jesus.

Let us not keep our love for Jesus to ourselves let us share this burning love with others so that they too will feel the love of Jesus. They too will feel the healing and forgiveness of Jesus because Jesus is very much needed today more than any other time in our history.

Just imagine those who live their lives without the guidance of Jesus there are hundreds even millions of them. If you share Jesus even to only one of them you have already fulfilled your mission as His fruitful follower. And who knows by your courage of sharing Jesus you may change lives because you cared to share Jesus.  

Will you care to share Jesus? - Marino J. Dasmarinas