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).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you. (Luke 1:30)

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

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

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Reflection for July 7, Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 9:32-38


Gospel: Matthew 9:32-38
A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
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Reflection:
How does the gospel speak to you today? Does it tell you that you need to do something for the kingdom of God? Jesus tells the disciples in our gospel and He tells this to you too! “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:37)”.

Indeed, the harvest is abundant yet those who venture to volunteer their time for the glory of God’s kingdom are still few. We don’t know the reason behind but perhaps we could guess that we have become very materialistic. We devote our entire time for our own glory in this world. So we forget that there is a much greater glory beyond this world that awaits us and that is the kingdom of God.  

When we are near death already the labors that we have given to this world will not matter anymore. We will not think about how big our  bank accounts. We will not think about our many worldly achievements.

What we will be thinking about is the status of our soul after we die. This is what confronts a dying person: The status of his/her soul after it departs from his/her body. Therefore to avoid this dilemma let us do something for the advancement of the kingdom of God in this world.

Any effort that we do today for God no matter how small. For so long as we sincerely do it for His greater glory. Will be permanently etched in  the heart of God and will become our passport to heaven when our departure time comes. - Marino J. Dasmarinas    

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Reflection for July 6, Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 9:18-26


Gospel: Matthew 9:18-26
While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured.

When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping. And they ridiculed him. When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. And news of this spread throughout all that land.
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Reflection:
Do you believe that Jesus can cure you of whatever that ails you? The woman who had been bleeding for twelve years believed that she would be healed by Jesus. She believed that the moment she touched even the tassel of Jesus cloak she will be healed. What a display of deep faith!

Sometimes we don’t get what we wish from Jesus because we doubt. We allow the devil to disturb our faith in Jesus thus we don’t get what we want. We see in the gospel a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages she obviously has deep faith. Faith that is willing to overcome whatever obstacles that are put in front of her.  Do you have the same deep faith as this woman in the gospel?

When Jesus noticed this woman of faith, He told her, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you (Matthew 9:22).” And the result was immediate physical healing coming from Jesus and surely the woman was completely healed.

Are you suffering from any form sickness right now? Prayerfully ask Jesus to heal you! Beseech Him to give you the same healing that He gave the woman in the gospel. Jesus will surely heal you for He will not refuse anyone who approach Him with deep faith. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Reflection for Sunday July 5, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time; Mark 6:1-6


Gospel: Mark 6:1-6
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
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Reflection:   
A successful man who died was being given lavish praises by his relatives and friends during his eulogy. Lavish praises that he richly deserved for he was a good and humble man. Lavish praises that they purposely did not tell him while he was still alive for they envied him.

When Jesus went back to the place where he grew up in Nazareth. He went to their Synagogue to give a lecture and He did it with wisdom and eloquence. Yet Jesus did not receive any congratulatory acknowledgement not even a simple handshake. Or a  gesture of recognition from his former town mates.

Instead Jesus received from them derision and scorn. Because they could not accept that a former carpenter could speak to them with so much wisdom and eloquence. A former carpenter whom they knew very well could someday speak in their house of worship.  So they belittled Jesus instead of giving Him a well-deserved recognition.

Don’t we also act often times like the town mates of Jesus? We are very quick to judge and belittle our fellowmen and even our relatives who achieved a certain degree of success in their lives.

Why are we very quick to belittle? Why are we very quick to give unjust judgment? This is because of our very high regard of ourselves, perhaps this is brought about by our riches, education and status in life.

We place ourselves in a pedestal so high that we cannot anymore bend our knees in humility. We cannot anymore recognize worthy achievement because our eyes are already clouded with the cataract of our egos and high self-image.

If we are quick to draw judgment and scorn we also open ourselves to the same judgment and scorn. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Reflection for July 4, Saturday Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 9:14-17


Gospel: Matthew 9:14-17
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse. People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”
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Reflection:
What can we learn from our gospel today? We learn that when we already have Jesus in our lives we are already like a fresh wineskin. Fresh or new wineskin is sturdy and strong. It can withstand the pressure when a new wine is poured into it.

This is what we become when we already have Jesus in our lives. We can withstand whatever problems that life would bring to us. Nobody and no problem no matter how difficult can break us because we have Jesus in our lives.

It’s so hard for many of us to feel the presence of Jesus because we hardly have time for Him. We don’t invest time with Jesus yet we can invest time for other things. Some of us would even reason out that we hardly have time to be with Jesus because of the many pressures of life.   

But how come we have time for other things? For example, why is it that we can squeeze time to do facebook and for other worldly things?  If we can do facebook and for other worldly things. Why can’t we have time for Jesus our life giver? This is the paradox of our modern time right now: We don’t have time for Jesus yet we create time for other worldy things.

If you want to have a fresh and positive viewpoint about your future and about life in general. Let Jesus come into your life do not close your heart to Him in favor of the things of this world. Which would bring you nothing in the end except more troubles and pressures.

Is Jesus already an important component of your life? – Marino J. Dasmarinas    

Reflection for July 3, Friday; Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle: John 20:24-29


Gospel: John 20:24-29
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
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Reflection:
Do you sometimes need an affirmation of your faith in Jesus? That is perfectly ok because it show signs of your growing faith. If you want your faith in Jesus to be affirmed you simply have to be sensitive to the movement of Jesus in your life.

For example the new life that is given to you every morning. It’s not a routinary  flow of life that you wake-up every morning. It’s Jesus giving you a new life every morning! If you are sensitive to the movement of Jesus in your life. You would discover that the dawning of a new day that you experience every morning is a miracle from Jesus.

Thomas needed an affirmation of his faith from his Lord and Master (John 20:25). He wanted to see first the wounds of Jesus before he believes. He wanted to touch it and put his finger into the very wounds of Jesus before he believes that Jesus had resurrected (John 20:25).  

Are we not like Thomas too? We often times want our faith in Jesus to be affirmed by His signs? Jesus has been giving us signs that He moves in our lives everyday, we simply have to be sensitive to these signs. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Reflection for July 2, Thursday; Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 9:1-8


Gospel: Matthew  9:1-8
After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, :Why do you harbor evil thoughts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”– he then said to the paralytic, “Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” He rose and went home. When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and glorified God who had given such authority to men.
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Reflection:
What does this story of the paralytic who was brought to Jesus tells us? It tells us that we too need to go to Jesus for Him to heal us and to forgive us of all our sins. This tells us also that we also need to bring others to Jesus to be healed and forgiven by Him too!

We all have a need for Jesus in our lives. We may not need Him now because we are in the pink of health. But time will certainly come that we will be forced to go to Him even beg Him so that Jesus could heal us also.

Let us not anymore wait for that time to come when we are already sick before we go to Jesus. Let us go to Him now while we are healthy or in the pink of health Let us not delay for tomorrow may be late already.   

In like manner we too are encouraged by the gospel to bring others to Jesus. This we could do best through our acts of love, mercy and compassion. For we can’t bring others to Jesus without loving them, without showing them our mercy and compassion.

We certainly can’t bring others to Jesus if we judge them. Let us rather help them and try to understand them and be more patient with them. So that they could be enlightened by Jesus as Jesus has enlightened us. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Gospel Reflections for Thursday: July 3, John 20:24-29

John 20:24-29
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them.

Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

My Reflections:
Jesus said to Thomas: “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Initially, Thomas was full of unbelief when he was told that Jesus appeared to his fellow disciples. But his belief on the resurrected Christ got his stamp of approval when he saw Jesus in the flesh, when he was able to put his hands into the side of Jesus.

Like Thomas, in 1236 there was also a Priest named Peter of Prague who found it very hard to believe that Jesus was actually present in the consecrated Host. While on pilgrimage he celebrated Mass in a church in Bolsena, Italy. During consecration as he said "This is My Body," the Consecrated Host began to bleed profusely as if saying to him, doubt no more I am present in this Host.

How profound is your faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist?