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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A PRIMER ON THE BELIEFS OF THE IGLESIA NI KRISTO By ORLANDO CARDINAL QUEVEDO, O.M.I. Archbishop of Cotabato Chairman, Commission on the Doctrine of the Faith, CBCP

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Reflection for Thursday July 24, Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 13:10-17

Gospel: Matthew 13:10-17
The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?” He said to them in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted. To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.

Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted and I heal them.

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
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How do we measure success in life? Do we measure it by our wealth and power or we measure it with our closeness to Jesus? Many of us today measure it by our wealth and power this mindset is primarily influenced by this world.

But is this true success? No, a truly successful life is always measured by our closeness to Jesus for what will wealth and power mean to us when we grow old and become incapacitated by old age? During that time wealth and power will not matter anymore to us for someone will be in-charge of us and will take control of us.

What is the use of wealth and power if we are isolated and empty deep inside us? What is the use of wealth and power if we could hardly sleep at night? For the simple reason that we worry so much about our wealth which is sometimes dirty wealth?  

Jesus disciples were very blessed because awareness of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven had already been granted to them by Jesus. They understood that the true essence of life is to be with Jesus.

Blessed are those who know that life’s success today is achieved by our closeness to Jesus. And never with the ownership of the things of this world which is by the way temporary and transitory.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Reflection for Wednesday July 23, Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 13:1-9

Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9
On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
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Whenever Jesus speaks everyone listens this is because whatever Jesus talks about is wisdom filled. Who wouldn’t want to listen to someone who imparts wisdom? We all want to listen to a person whose words are truthful and wisdom filled. 

How could we listen to Jesus in this modern time? First, is we listen to HIM by reading HIS life and teachings in the bible. Many of us have no more time to open our bible even for a short time that’s why we do not know Jesus deeply. Yet we have time for other worldly things that often times bring no value to our lives.

Second is we listen to Jesus through our solemn presence at Holy Mass. There are times that it’s so hard to focus our attention to this Holy Celebration because of the presence of others who do not pay attention to what is going on during Holy Mass. Nevertheless, if we desire to pay attention no matter the distraction we could still concentrate on the celebration.

Third is we go to the Adoration Chapel to stay there to be with Jesus. If we could spend time daily to watch our favorite program on tv, why can’t we have time to visit the Adoration Chapel even for a short while? There’s an enormous blessings that awaits us there because we listen to the wisdom of Jesus through our heart/s.

Spend more time with Jesus, listen more to Him and be prepared for the spiritual blessings that HE will shower upon you.       

Reflection for Tuesday July 22, Saint Mary Magdalene; John 20:1-2, 11-18

Gospel: John 20:1-2, 11-18
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”

Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew,“Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he told her.
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Do we still thirst for Jesus? Perhaps yes and no, yes because many of us have this lifelong search for Jesus. We have this never ending thirst for HIM. If we have this kind of motivation we would always find Jesus in our hearts and we would always be close to Jesus.

No, for the reason that we are not anymore searching for HIM we just go through the motion of our faith life if we have time. We go to Holy Mass if we have time, we intensely pray if we are in distress and we read the bible if we are told to read it.

Mary Magdalene intensely searched for Jesus, she went to the tomb while it was still dark and was so distressed when she did not find the body of Jesus. However she did not stop looking for HIM she went on with her search until Jesus appeared to her.

The sole secret to develop closeness with Jesus is to continuously have this thirst for HIM like we thirst for water. As water quenches our thirst and invigorates our bodies Jesus will also do this to us and more. HE will quench our thirst; HE will invigorate our weary bodies and HE will do many more incredible  things for us provided we continuously search and thirst for HIM.

Do we still thirst and hunger for Jesus?   

Reflection for Monday July 21, Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 12:38-42

Gospel: Matthew 12:38-42
Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here. At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.”
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A woman who was in her early forties was getting desperate already for she wanted to marry but she couldn’t find the right man for her. So while at church she said to the Lord, Lord give me a sign so that I’ll have my man for my lifetime. 

Then she said to the Lord the first man who wears a red tee shirt is the one for me Lord. Lo and behold a well built and handsome man wearing a red tee shirt suddenly entered the church. But to her dismay the handsome man was with his wife and children. The desperately seeking woman said to the Lord, This is not my day Lord, until next time.

Many of us ask for signs and wonders from the Jesus, isn’t our faith more than enough to carry us through with our journey with Jesus? If our faith in Jesus is rock solid we will never ask for any sign whatsoever for what is the use of signs if we have faith in Jesus?

Our faith is more than enough to carry us through our journey with Jesus in this world. Our faith is more than enough to conquer all our fears and problems in this world. We would be able to survive whatever may come to us because we have faith and we believe that our faith will carry us through than any dreadful signs from this world.

Let us not be like the scribes and Pharisees in our gospel who asked Jesus for a sign. Let us rather continue to hold-on to our faith, let us continue to strengthen this faith in Jesus by our solid prayer life. By our frequent presence at Holy Mass, by our frequent visitation at the Adoration Chapel and by daily reading the bible most specially the life of Jesus. If we do these acts of faith we would never anymore ask for a sign.

Instead of asking for a sign why don’t we ask Jesus to strengthen our faith in HIM?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Reflection for Sunday July 20, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time; Matthew 13:24-30

Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30
Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
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God’s judgment is something that we all fear to come to us the reason perhaps is we are not yet prepared for it. There are times however that God’s judgment day will come to us when we least expect it. And when it comes to us we can’t do anything about it anymore we have to accept it whether we like it or not. For example if God will bar us from entering heaven we have to accept it and we can’t do anything about it no matter how hard we resist it.

If God will judge us to be in hell it simply means that the time that we spent in this world during our lifetime was not worthy in HIS eyes.  This means that we led sinful lives most of the time. Perhaps there were also instances wherein somebody called our attention to embrace God and leave behind everything that makes us sin. Yet we chose to ignore that call towards repentance.

Our gospel for this Sunday offers us hope. It tells us that before God’s judgment comes to us. God will offer us first many chances for renewal or repentance. Let us therefore take advantage of this offering of God, by walking away from all our sins and by humbly asking forgiveness from HIM.

The Good LOrd will not immediately judge us for what we do now. This is for the reason that HE knows that deep within us lies goodness and our willingness to walk away from all of our sins. . Truth be told, God is a patient God a God of forgiveness, hope and love. A God of second chances HE will wait for us until we heed HIS call of repentance.

But what if we choose to ignore HIS call of repentance no matter the many chances that HE gave us? What will happen to us?

Repleksyon para sa Hulyo 20, Ika-16 na Linggo sa Karaniwang Panahon; Mateo 13:24-30

Mabuting Balita: Mateo 13:24-30
Nagsalaysay muli si Jesus sa kanila ng isa pang talinhaga. Sinabi niya, "Ang kaharian ng langit ay katulad ng isang taong naghasik ng mabuting binhi sa kanyang bukid. Isang gabi, habang natutulog ang mga tao, dumating ang kanyang kaaway, naghasik ng mapanirang damo sa triguhan at saka umalis. Nang tumubo at magbunga ang trigo, lumitaw din ang mapanirang damo. Kaya't pumunta ang mga utusan sa may-ari ng bukid at nagtanong, 'Hindi po ba mabuting binhi lamang ang inihasik ninyo sa inyong bukid? Bakit po may damo ngayon?' Sumagot siya, 'Isang kaaway ang may kagagawan nito.' Tinanong siya ng mga utusan, 'Bubunutin po ba namin ang mga damo?'  'Huwag, baka mabunot pati ang mga trigo,' sagot niya. 'Hayaan na lamang ninyong lumago kapwa ang damo at ang trigo hanggang sa anihan. Pag-aani'y sasabihin ko sa mga tagapag-ani, ipunin muna ninyo ang mga damo at inyong pagbigkis-bigkisin at saka sunugin. Pagkatapos, ipunin naman ninyo ang trigo sa aking kamalig.' "
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Ang pag huhusga ng Panginoong Diyos ay isang bagay na ayaw muna natin na dumating sa atin marahil ang dahilan ay hindi pa tayo handa para dito. Pero may nga pagkakataon na ang pag huhusga sa atin ng Diyos ay darating sa atin sa mga pagkakataon na hindi natin ito inaasahan. At pag ito ay dumating sa atin ay wala na tayong magagawa kailagan nating tangapin ito sa ayaw man natin at gusto.

Halimbawa po kung gugustuhin ng Diyos na hindi tayo patuluyin sa langit ay kailagan na tangapin natin ito kasi wala na tayong magagawa.  Kung huhusgahan po tayo ng Diyos para mapunta sa impiyerno ang ibig lamang pong sabihin nito ay hindi naging kalugod lugod sa kanyang mga panigin ang ating mga ginawa dito sa mundo. Marahil ay mayroon din namang mga pagkakataon na may nag advice sa atin na mag bago na tayo pero ito ay hindi po natin pinakinggan. 

Ang ating pong mabuting balita sa linggong ito  ay nag bibigay sa atin ng pag-asa. Sinasabi po nito sa atin na bago ang pag huhusga ng ating panginoong Diyos ay magbibigay muna siya sa atin ng mga pagkakataon para tayo po ay mag bago at mag sisi sa ating mga pagkukulang sa kanya  at sa ating kapwa.

Hindi naman po tayo agad huhusgahan ng ating panginoong Diyos sa ating mga ginagawang hindi magaganda sa ngayon. Sa dahilang alam niya na sa kaibuturan ng ating mga puso ay mayroon paring likas na kabutihan. At ang ating kahandaan  na tumalikod ng tuluyan sa ating mga pagkakasala.

Sa totoo lang po ang panginoong ay mapangunawa, mapagpatawad at puno ng pag-ibig para sa atin maging sino pa man tayo. Siya ay nakahandang mag hintay sa atin kaya habang may pagkakataon pa tayo ay mag bagong buhay na.

Pero paano po kung mas pipiliin nating hindi pakinggan ang kanyang panawagan na tayo ay mag bagong buhay na? Ano po kaya ang mangyayari sa atin?