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

Friday, October 24, 2014

Repleksyon para sa Oktubre 26, Ika-30 na Linggo sa Karaniwang Panahon; Mateo 22:34-40

Mabuting Balita: Mateo 22:34-40
34 Narinig ng mga Pariseo na napatahimik ni Jesus ang mga Sadduseo, at sumang-ayon sila sa kanya. 35 Kaya sinu¬bukan siya ng isa sa kanila na isang guro ng Batas sa tanong na ito: 36 “Guro, ano ang pinakamahalagang utos ng Batas?” 37 Sumagot si Jesus: “Mahalin mo ang Panginoon mong Diyos nang buo mong puso, nang buo mong kaluluwa at nang buo mong pag-iisip. 38 Ito ang una at pina¬kamahalagang utos. 39 Ngunit may ika¬lawa pa na tulad nito: Mahalin mo ang iyong kapwa gaya ng iyong sarili. 40 Sa dalawang utos na ito nabubuod ang buong Batas at Mga Propeta.”
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Gaano po ba kalalim ang pag-ibig ng Diyos sa atin? Hindi natin malalaman ito dahil walang sukatan ang pag-ibig ng Diyos. Isang pag papatunay nito ay ang pag bibigay ng Diyos sa kanyang bugtong na anak para tayo ay iligtas sa sumpa ng kasalanang orihinal.

Gaano naman kalalim ang ating pag-ibig sa Diyos? Sapat naba na ipahayag natin ang ating pagmamahal sa Diyos sa pamamagitan ng ating pagsisimba tuwing lingo? Hindi pa dahil gusto ng Diyos na ang ating pag-ibig sa kanya ay patunayan natin sa pamamagitan ng ating pagmamal sa ating kapwa. Kaya po pag sinasabi natin na mahal natin ang Diyos ay kailagan din po na mahalin natin ang ating kapwa kahit na siya ay hindi karapat dapat mahalin sa ating panigin.  

Sino po ba ang ating kapwa? Ang ating kapwa ay maaring kamag-anak, kaibigan, kapitbahay o kung sino man na nangangailagan ng ating tulong. Ang malaking katanungan po dito ay paano kung ang ating kapwang ito ay hindi kaibig-ibig? O paano po kaya kung ang kapwang ito ay hindi mabuti sa atin. Iibigin pa po rin ba natin sila?  

Dapat na sila ay atin paring ibigin sa dahilang hindi natin maihihiwalay ang ating pag-ibig sa Diyos sa ating kapwa. Kung sinasabi po natin na mahal natin ang Diyos pero hindi naman po tayo marunong mag mahal sa ating kapwa dahil hindi sila mabuti sa atin. Ay wala ding halaga ang pagsasabi natin na mahal natin ang Diyos.

Kaya ang umiibig sa Diyos ay umiibig din sa kapwa ng walang pasubali o kundisyon. Kahit na itong ating kapwa ay sinasaktan ang ating damdamin. Ang umiibig sa Diyos ay kayang magpatawad sa kanyang asawa na humihingi ng ikalawang pagkakataon. Ang umiibig sa Diyos ay handang patawarin ang kaibigan na nagkasala sa kanya. Ang umibig sa Diyos ay ang ating kahandaan na tumulong sa iba kahit na hindi natin ito kilala.

Tunay po ba tayong umiibig sa Diyos? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Reflection for Saturday October 24, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 13:1-9

Gospel: Luke 13:1-9
Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”

And he told them this parable: “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.’”
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What will happen to us if we will not walk-away from our sinfulness? Sooner or later there will be punishment, there will be reckoning or payback. This is the normal cycle of life; if we refuse to walk-away from all of our sinfulness there shall be punishment. If punishment will not catch-up with us here in this world it will surely get hold of us in the afterlife.

In our gospel Jesus told those who were listening to Him to repent while they have the luxury of time. Because if they will not repent something very bad may happen to them. Same as what happened to the Galileans who were killed by Pilate and the eighteen people who perished when the tower of Siloam fell upon them.     

This is how much Jesus loves us, He will continuously call upon us to repent from all of our sinfulness. Because as much as possible Jesus wants us to be saved from severe punishment. Jesus will give us every opportunity to come back to Him no matter the sins that we have committed.

But at the end of the day, it’s still in our hands if we would listen to this call of Jesus or not for Jesus has given us the freedom of choice. Let us say we listened to this call of repentance of Jesus, what would happen to our lives? There would be essential transformation in our lives: From a chaotic to a peaceful life from a life of sin to a life free from sin. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reflection for Friday October 23, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 12:54-59

Gospel: Luke 12:54-59
(Jesus said to the crowds) “When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”
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What do we need today? We need interior renewal and cleansing because whether we admit it or not we’ve been living our lives in sin. This is the reason why we have problems in our lives! For a change; why not try not to commit sin? Why not invite Jesus to rule our lives instead of us ruling our lives which brings us nothing except more problems and sin?

Let us take a closer look at our lives, are we living our lives free from sin or we continue to live our lives enslave by sin? Nobody could answer this except our very selves; if we have no peace of mind and if we are always being bothered by our conscience this simply means that we need to avoid sin.   

But more often than not we find it hard to admit that we are sinful and this is brought about by our arrogance and high sense of ourselves. We put ourselves in a pedestal as if we are clean but nobody is clean among us; we have allowed sin to rule our lives one way or another.

Why keep on sinning when Jesus is clearly calling us now to a new life free from sin? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Thursday October 23, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 12:49-53

Gospel: Luke 12:49-53
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.”
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What does it mean to be on fire for Jesus? It simply means that we have allowed the Holy Spirit to work in our lives by sharing and living the teaching of Jesus. During Pentecost the Blessed Mother, some women and many of the apostles were in the upper room (Acts 1:12-14). While there the Holy Spirit appearing in tongues of fire descended upon each of them (Acts 2:1-3). And from thereon they have allowed themselves to be set on fire by the teachings of Jesus.

During our Baptism we too have received the same fire of the Holy Spirit and the same Holy Spirit was further strengthened within us during our Confirmation. After we have received the Holy Spirit through these two Sacraments, could we now say that we are on fire for Jesus?

Or we have never been on fire even if we have received already the presence of the Holy Spirit. We remain to be timid Roman Catholics for we never cared to share our faith in Jesus. We remain to be Roman Catholics in name only with our faith always hidden within us.

Why not try to reverse this culture of complacency by allowing the fire of the Holy Spirit to move us to share the gospel of Jesus? For example, why not try to schedule a weekly or even monthly reading and reflection of the words of Jesus in the bible amongst your family members or friends?

This may divide families and friends we may be even be labeled us neurotics for doing this but for as long as we do this with humility. We have nothing to worry about because we are simply living our faith. The division that we create for sharing the gospel will eventually heal and turn into cohesion and this is the miracle of Jesus.      
Are you on-fire for Jesus? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Wednesday October 22, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 12:39-48

Gospel: Luke 12:39-48
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Then Peter said, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” And the Lord replied, “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish the servant severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
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When a typhoon is about to hit a certain area the government would always remind its citizens to be prepared or even relocate for a period of time. The reason behind is very basic: to avoid destruction of lives and properties. Those who would hear the call for preparedness would survive and those who wouldn’t would suffer from their indifference.

In today’s gospel Jesus once again calls us to be prepared for He will come to us when we least expect Him to come into our lives. But does Jesus really come to our lives without prior warning? Does He really surprise us with His immediate presence thus we are caught unaware?

Before Jesus comes to us He would first knock into our hearts so that we could open our hearts to Him and embrace His offer of renewal with open arms.  By doing so we hear His call for us to be prepared.

But for those who would pretend not to hear even if they hear, those who would continue with their sinful lives even if Jesus is calling him/her for renewal. They may be awakened to the sad reality of life and this sad reality is the sufferings that they may face for the reason that they did not listen to Jesus.    

Nevertheless, everything is not lost yet, for as long as we breathe there’s always a chance to listen to the voice of Jesus coursed through people around us or even events around us. Who earnestly call upon us to be prepared by means of walking away from all of our sinfulness.  

In Revelation 3:19-20, the Lord tells us: I reprimand and correct all those I love. Be earnest and Change your ways. Look I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my call and opens the door. I will come into him and have supper with him. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

Monday, October 20, 2014

Reflection for Tuesday October 21, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 12:35-38

Gospel: Luke 12:35-38
Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.”
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Why does Jesus tells us to be vigilant? Because we never know when he will come, He may come any day that we least expect. This is how much Jesus loves us! If Jesus doesn’t love us He wouldn’t bother to tell us to be prepared. But in truth and in fact Jesus loves us dearly, are we able to reciprocate this great love of Jesus for us?

If we continue to do good; if we continue to be humble, if we are able to submit ourselves to the Sacrament of Confession. If we continue to bring others closer to Jesus and so forth then we are prepared. Are these already enough preparation for the coming of the Lord? We never know for we don’t have the capacity to read the mind of God.

Nevertheless, Jesus has already given us the lead on how we could best prepare ourselves for the great coming of the Lord. What if we are not prepared? We have nobody to blame but ourselves for this simply means that we refused to heed the call of Jesus.

But there are many who live their lives as if they own it for themselves, as if they are in-charge of their lives. But nobody is in-charge except Jesus that’s why we must always be prepared.

Life is never permanent we may be in the pink of health today but we never know what may happen to us the next day or even the next minute. We never know if the breath that we will take before we sleep tonight is our last or not, this is how fragile life is.

This gospel is a wake-up call for all of us to always be prepared. Are you prepared? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for Monday October 20, Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 12:13-21

Gospel: Luke 12:13-21
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 the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”
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What will be the scenario when we are a few inches away from the doorway of death? Would we still be concerned about our wealth? No, not anymore what would be of prime importance during that time are the relationships that we’ve built.

The first that will matter is the relationship that we’ve built with God, the next is the relationship that we’ve built with our relatives and friends. Our wealth no matter how enormous will not occupy a space in our minds.

Why is this so? Because wealth will not count as our ticket to heaven, what will count is the relationship that we have created with God. What will count are the good deeds that we’ve done to those who are in need.

 But the paradox is so many of us today who are alive and healthy are actively in pursuit of wealth. That we don’t anymore care how many lives would we be stepping on just to have it. We don’t anymore care if we will be called greedy or corrupt just to have it.

In our gospel for this Monday, Jesus is teaching us not to live our lives for the accumulation of wealth, He teaches us not to be greedy. Jesus teaches us instead to build a relationship with Him. To spread and share our blessings with others most especially with those who are in need.

For what is wealth when it will not count as your ticket to heaven? – Marino J. Dasmarinas