“It is in Giving that We Receive”, St. Francis of Assisi. Blessed Sunday to all UPCAT takers. Sunday Readings and Reflections, October 6, 2019

Sunday Gospel Reflections
Fr. Toto Cerada, SDB
Mary Help of Christians Parish, Calamba City

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“Tunay na pabuya!”

October 6, 2019

How long, O LORD?  I cry for help
 but you do not listen!
 I cry out to you, “Violence!”
 but you do not intervene.
 Why do you let me see ruin;
 why must I look at misery?
 Destruction and violence are before me;
 there is strife, and clamorous discord.
 Then the LORD answered me and said:
 Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets,
 so that one can read it readily.
 For the vision still has its time,
 presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
 if it delays, wait for it,
 it will surely come, it will not be late.
 The rash one has no integrity;
 but the just one, because of his faith, shall live.

Responsorial PsalmPS 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9

R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
 let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
 let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us bow down in worship;
 let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
 and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
 “Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
 as in the day of Massah in the desert,
Where your fathers tempted me;
 they tested me though they had seen my works.”
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Reading 22 TM 1:6-8, 13-14

Beloved:
I remind you, to stir into flame
the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
but bear your share of hardship for the gospel
with the strength that comes from God.

Take as your norm the sound words that you heard from me,
in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit
that dwells within us.

Alleluia1 PT 1:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The word of the Lord remains forever.
This is the word that has been proclaimed to you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 17:5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord replied,
“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

“Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
Would he not rather say to him,
‘Prepare something for me to eat.
Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.
You may eat and drink when I am finished’?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded,
say, ‘We are unprofitable servants;
we have done what we were obliged to do.'”

Reflection by Enrico Gonzales, O.P.

May isang kautusan ang Diyos na higit na matanda pa sa Sampung Utos (Dekalogo) na ibinigay kay Moses para sa sangkatauhan. Kasing tanda ito ng Genesis. (Ang pamagat ng unang aklat ng Kasulatan na walang ibang ibig sabihin kundi “Panimula”). Magtrabaho! Ito ang dahilan kung bakit itinalaga si Adan sa Eden: upang magtrabaho, at sa pagtatrabaho, paunlarin ang sarili at magbigay pugay sa kaniyang Manlilikha. Lahat ay “genesis”. Lahat ay panimula. Lahat nang ibinibigay ng Diyos sa atin ay panimula — puhunan — binhi. At kung ano ang naganap sa Eden ay nagpapatuloy pa rin sa ngayon, hindi lamang sa mundo ng kalikasan kundi sa mundo ng grasya. Kaya nga ba si Jesus sa Ebanghelyo sa Linggong ito (Lk 17:5-10) inilarawan ang pananampalataya sa isang butil ng mustasa. Ubod ng liit subalit napakalakas kung kaya’t ang pananampalatayang ito sa isang utos lamang ay kayang kayang bumunot ng puno ng sikamoro at itanim muli sa dagat. (Lk 17:6)

Ang pananampalataya ay gawa, hindi ngawa. Ang taong tamad ay walang panananalig sa lakas na nagkukubli sa maliit na binhi. Kaya hindi ito magtatrabaho, hindi kikilos at aasa na lamang sa awa ng mga kapwa na kaniyang aabusuhin o ngangawa na lamang hanggang mawalan ng boses, at tuluyang mawalan ng buhay. Hindi nagkakabisa ang grasya ng Diyos sa mga taong tamad. Oo nga’t ang grasya ng Diyos ay libre. Subalit hindi sapagkat libre, ito’y mura. Walang murang regalong nanggagaling sa Diyos. Lahat ng grasya’y binili ng dugo ni Jesus. Kaya huwag maliitin. Katulad ng binhi, ang grasya’y mukhang butil lamang sa simula subalit kapag tinanggap ng buong puso, lalabas at lalabas ang kapangyarihan nito. Magsikap lamang na magtrabaho. Sapagkat ang mga tamad — sa palagay ninyo, dapat bang gantimpalaan sa kaharian ng Diyos? Ano sila — sinuswerte?

Enrico Gonzales, O.P.

Exorcism, the driving away of the devil, can’t bring us to heaven. Grace & good actions do. Will to do good, aim 2 exercise virtue, not to subject spirits 2 u.

This incident reveals Jesus’ attitudes: -keep calm. Dn’t be violent wen others stop ur plans. -respect others’ space & place. -find another way. Life can be less stressful & peaceful if we follow Jesus’ way.

Why was Herod interested 2 see Jesus? Was he anxious 2 change or, lyk wat he did 2 John d Baptist, 2 put Jesus 2 chains? Herod missed d opportunity 2 change. He remained chained in his sinful ways. Seek Jesus. Experience his lav & d chains of change.

Spreading d good news is primary. Taking something or provision may just distract d missionary. Jesus rather sent d disciples as “someone” for each other. God is our best “someone”. Take nothing, but Him in ur journey. What a journey it wil be.

To gain access 2 Jesus’ family, u hv 2 log in in ur “faith-Book” w/ Jesus as d “passWord” plus ur personal “goodDEEDS”. Faith comes frm hearing, salvation by doing. Ur action concretizes Jesus’ redemption.

D light illumines & dispels darkness. It is not 2 be hidden. Live a purposeful life. Do not hide urself or ur gifts & potentials. May ur presence bestow d world w/ renewed sense, meaning & change.

In this life, we can either be d victims or d victimizers, stand 4 wat’s gud or join d bad. InHumility is a truthful recognition of who we are & who we are not, of what we have & what we have not. The centurion knew he is jz a servant b4 d Lord. Our positions or possesions shud mke us humble d context of salvation, neutrality is not advisable. Chuz d prophets’ & not d murderers’ way. Choose 2 do gud & avoid evil.

In this life, we can either be d victims or d victimizers, stand 4 wat’s gud or join d bad. In d context of salvation, neutrality is not advisable. Chuz d prophets’ & not d murderers’ way. Choose 2 do gud & avoid evil.

Some ppol watch & rejoice @ d mistakes & failures of othrs lyk d scribes & d Pharisees hu watched Jesus closely 2 find a rizon 2 accuse him. Be not like thm. Rathr, suport & encourage ppol 2 do gud & rejoice in their achievements.

The crowds wanted to “own” Jesus & have him to be exclusively theirs. Jesus came & shared his life & love to everyone. Have u received Jesus in ur life? Share him to everyone.

A mature person is trustworthy because he is able to deliver and fulfil his duties and obligations with the least or no supervision frm his superior/s. Evn if no one watches or sees him/her, he acts justly and rightly Are you mature and trustworthy?

Some ppol play d “blaming” game, of finger-pointing 2 cover up their fears, insecurities, imaturity. It’s always d fault of othrs, nvr their own. Tke responsibility 4 ur own life & actions. U are responsible 4 ur own salvation.

This indicates that John d Baptist did not fight alone. He had supporters. We need supporters in our fight & we need to support others in theirs. Work as a “Team”. Keep d faith alive til d end.

There are hierarchies of needs & values. But it does not mean tht we cn jz tke 4 granted some or neglect d othrs. Wat ar ur priorities in life? Balance things. Try 2 attend 2 them all. Nothing is insignificant or small

It’s not enaf tht we try. To reach heaven demands perseverance & determination til d end. Giving up is not an option. Make pains & trials ur stepping stones 2 salvation.

If you were invited to a special event, your response may depend on who is inviting you. Is it a special someone, a friend, or someone you dislike? God is inviting us daily to do His will on earth and to be with Him in heaven. Will you come? Will you refuse? What will be your excuse?

The reward for giving up everything to follow the Lord has value even much greater than the whole world. It is God Himself and eternal life with Him. He alone satisfies all our desires. Should we look for more?

If d prayer of two pipol is that powerful as 4 d Lord 2 grant it, how much more d prayer w/ ur family & d Church. Pray together. Resiv God’s favor.

A sign of civility is 2 consider wat othrs may feel, think or say on d course of actions we are abt 2 take. It is being sensitive not 2 offend them. Be kind in words & action. Life is not jz who is ryt or wrong. It is also abt gud relations.

How 2 b redi 2 welcome d Lord: -deepen ur FAITH by prayer, reading God’s Word & meditating on it -Personally serv othrs -Joyfully face life’s trials & difficulties. May faith lead u 2 serv w/ joy. Servis is joy. Joy is servis.

Surely, God has His own version of GMRC, Good Manners & Right Conduct, for us. We are expected to act, behave & live accordingly. He will then repay & award us fairly or mercifully. Conduct urself accdg. 2 His will. Fear no hell

Like d disciples, sometimes we factor in on unfavourable or adverse circumstances: place, timing, resources. Sure formulae 4 failure. 4 Jesus, evri situation is perfect 2 do some miracle. Nvr underestimate d heart of d Savior.

Memories r either gud or bad, hapi or sad, in as much as they are rooted on experiences of d same qualities. Herod is haunted by his memory of hving John d Baptist beheaded. Rmmber God’s gudness. Hv hapi memories.

Wat we knw abt ppol is imperfect, partial, limited & relative. That knwldge shud help us not 2 be judgmental or discriminatory. Nvr underestimate d potentials of pipol. Respect individual differences. Celebrate evrione’s success & giftedness.

Imagine urself a “fish” being thrown away on judgment day. U feel useless, worthless, good 4 nothing. Know ur value. Let it be manifest in wat u do. Do good today. Welcome salvation on d Last Day.

It is arrogance 2 think tht we know everything or we do not need 2 learn frm others. Truth is, our knowledge is incomplete, imperfect & not absolute. Humbly welcome wat others may teach u. Humility is the only way to truth.

Jesus came to Martha & Mary to comfort them & to perform a miracle: to raise their brother Lazarus up frm d dead. Keep in touch w/ a grieving friend. Text, call or make a visit. Lift up their downcast spirit.

This is not a parable of hope for the weeds to change. They remain weeds even until harvest time. It is for the wheats to stay strong amidst bad elements. Stay focused. Bear good fruits.

Jesus told Mary Magdalene 2 stop holding on 2 him. It’s time 2 celebrate tht he is risen, but not 4 long. There is a job of proclaiming it 2 othrs. Celebrate wat u preach. Preach wat u celebrate. To preach is 2 celebrate.

Anxiety attacks wen u focus on ur work & forget d Lord whom u are working for. Nvr let ur work make u lose sight of Jesus. He is in our work. He works in & w/ us. Worry only wen u love him less. So love more & worry less

Evryone, including the Gentiles, those considered by the Jews not part of God’s pipol, is w/in the “radar” of God’s love & mercy. Those who will come to biliv in his name will have hope for salvation. Jesus’ name spells H-E-A-V-E-N.

D Pharisees saw in these actions of d dsciples a violation of d sabath law. Jesus saw d inferior place of tht law vs a human nid. Obey d law but b compassionate. It’s beter 2b kind than 2b brutally legalistic.

Giving a cup of cold water to Jesus’ disciples guarantees a reward to the giver. Little acts of kindness never go unnoticed or unrewarded. Help someone in need. Heaven waits for loving & kindly deeds

In answering this question, Jesus narrated the story of the “Good Samaritan”. At first it appears that the neighbor is the victim of the robbers, the one who is in need. But for Jesus, the neighbor is the one who helps those in need, the one who treats with mercy. Be that neighbor.

If God has concern for sparrows whicc have little monetary value, how much more for humans who are created in His image & likeness? Don’t feel small or insignificant. The world may consider you nobody, but for God you are somebody worth Jesus’ soul & body.

Blessings are gifts. Basically they are “undeserved”. Like life, God’s “grace”, faith, hope, love. To share our gifts is our best appreciation of them. Count ur blessings. Live a life of sharing. Let sharing be your life.

Before going to the whole big world, fix first your own personal “world”, most concretely, your own family, your own household. Wen love in his family exists, the life of the preacher is his best witness.

Jesus sees your every situation. So never feel alone or abandoned. Trust His love for you. He sends people and support in any way. His own way. He cares.

Some kind of proportionality & appropriateness is at work in things, relationships or pipol accdg, 2 each ones’s nature.  God respects our capacity.  Appreciate His goodness. Live a life of love and service.  Delight in His wine of grace.

Some kind of proportionality & appropriateness is at work in things, relationships or pipol accdg, 2 each ones’s nature.  God respects our capacity.  Appreciate His goodness. Live a life of love and service.  Delight in His wine of grace.

Jesus’ itinerant preaching allowed him to meet different people and called some “special” discipleship like Matthew. Never settle. Go out of your comfort zone. Be sent. Be seen. Spread the good news. Meet people in streets.
Jesus saw the faith of the people who brought the paralytic to him. A community that believe can be an instrument of grace and miracle for others. Strengthen each other’s faith. Be for others a miracle and grace.
Will you believe that God exists even if you don’t see Him? Will you believe that He loves you even if all you see are hatred and sin? Will you believe His goodness if you experience only evil and suffering? Faith is believing without seeing. Will you believe?
Sometimes life catches us with the suddeness of untoward events: death of someone we love, a loss of work, etc. We may feel “swamped” or overwhelmed. Trust in Jesus. He is the conqueror of our fears and troubles.
Jesus’ call to discipleship doesn’t promise us safety, material security or prosperity. Persecution and difficulties, yes! It demands fidelity, wilingness and sacrifices. Eternal life is its ultimate goal. Take the call.
God has prepared a “final destination” for everyone. Your future depends on how you live your life 2toay. Die trying to be good or be good in trying. Pave your path to salvation w/ loving words & actions
Why were they amazed? Was it bcoz both Elizabeth & Zechariah gave the same name as if they had connived w/ each other? Or was it bcoz they cud not persuade these two to follow them? Parents have to be decisive. They are accountable to God for their children.

Just “some food”. Jesus ordered his disciples to share & give that pipol may not hunger even just for that day. And he upgraded that. He gave not just “some” but everything, his body & blood that we might live. Think of others. Give as he did

See d futility of worry! It reduces rather than adds a moment 2 our life-span. Worry is good. It drives us to be motivated & move. But too much of it can kill. Worry a little. Pray & trust God more. Work harder.

If that is so, wat’s d use asking God? Like a parent, God wants us, His children, 2 ask that we may show our reliance on Him, expand our hearts 2 desire 4 Him more & dispose ourselves 4 His gifts. Pray. Blessings are on d way.

Our time givs rise 2 wat I call “selfie spirituality”. Religious practices are being done 2 call attention 2 oneself. Pray, giv alms & fast not 4 self but 4 God or others. Avoid d “selfie” way.

Our time givs rise 2 wat I call “selfie spirituality”. Religious practices are being done 2 call attention 2 oneself. Pray, giv alms & fast not 4 self but 4 God or others. Avoid d “selfie” way.

To be a child of God, one has 2 act & behave better than others, w/o considering to/for whom d good deed is done . Do good out of love. Do it 4 God. Do it bcoz that is how He loves

Swearing is utilized as a reinforcement for those who listen w/ doubt & by those who speak who have no certain moral ascendency. When ur deeds reflect ur words, swearing becomes unnecessary. Speak & act w/ honesty & sincerity. Be a person of integrity.

“‘…I HAVE COME NOT TO ABOLISH BUT TO FULFILL'” (Mt. 5:17-19).

4 Jesus, ppol are called “blessed” not bcoz of who they are or wat they do but bcoz of wat God makes of them. They are the scum of society but God’s favourites, persecuted but God’s bets. They got nothing but God’s heven. Blessed? Bcoz of Him

After giving the Holy Spirit to the disciples, Jesus immediately commanded them to forgive & retain sins. Develop that forgiving attitude. W/ the help of the HS, conquer evil in the world. Forgiveness is a way to peace. Forgiveness leads to holiness

What happens to others or what they do is not ours to know. To follow Jesus is what each of us, individually, has the obligation & duty to do. Let ur life, thoughts, words & actions manifest this discipleship as ur vocation & mission.

In telling Peter to “feed his sheep”, Jesus is reminding all his followers of the social, communal & ecclesial aspect, context, implications & obligations of love. To love Jesus is 2 help those in need. Go out today & help others

The lover wants his/her beloved 2 be one w/ him/her in mind, heart, soul & body. Jesus wishes his disciples 2 be w/ him forever, sharing life w/ him in eternity. Wish the same. Strive 2 attain heven. Love. Do good. Be w/ d Lord.

The sending never ends. From the Father sending Jesus, w/ Jesus sending the disciples, today we too are being sent into d world to continue that 4 w/c Jesus was sent: to love & save d world. Be sent. Be love-spent.

Jesus left d disciples. But his departure did not leave them sad but joyful. It’s his lov, presence & trust on them tht moved them passionate 2 preach d gospel. Backed up by these & his power, be a joyful preacher.

Jesus is never timid or felt embarrassed 2 claim that God d Father loves d disciples. God loves us evn if we dnt love Him. Let us try 2 reciprocate His love for us. May our love be as mutual, reciprocal & unconditional as He loves as all. (June1)

Our temporal existence (living in time) allows delays that bring abt excitement or anxiety. Wen things happen so slow or so fast, remain steadfast, pray & stay calm. Trust God’s wisdom. He always comes along jz at d right time.

The life of God is a life of perpetual loving & sharing. What d Father has, d Son & d Holy Spirit also have. When we resiv Jesus (esp. in d eucharist), we resiv no less than God Himself. Share & give what u risiv. Live by what u give

Love is perceptiv, sensitiv & proactive. Jesus feels wat d disciples feel. Be sensitive 2 pipol’s sound of silence or d sound tht is silenced. Our salvation is due 2 God’s initiative. Do gud w/o being asked. Be proactive.

Keeping Jesus’ word means doing, following, obeying, putting into action his commandments, his teachings, his will. That is what love also means. Love is an action. A single love in action is better than one million best intentions.

Relationships grow mostly due 2 sharing & openness of pipol. God reveals Himself & makes us His frnds. Nvr fear to enter into relationships. Dnt live in isolation. Hv healthy friendships.

We need Jesus. He is our life, our “life-su
Jesus wants us 2 remain in his love by keeping his commandments: 2 love & serv God & othrs. Call a troubled friend 2day. Help the needy. 4give someone who hurt u. Pray 4 evribody. Smile 2 a stranger. pport system”, our link to d Father, our food & nourishment 2 mke our lives fruitful. R u alive? Is ur life fruitful? Stay connected w/ Jesus & be nourished… or simply perish

We need Jesus. He is our life, our “life-support system”, our link to d Father, our food & nourishment 2 mke our lives fruitful. R u alive? Is ur life fruitful? Stay connected w/ Jesus & be nourished… or simply perish

Very often, we are worried, troubled & afraid bcoz we are overwhelmed, we dnt knw wat 2 do, we are not in control. Hv faith tht God has d ultimate power ovr everything. Drive away ur worries & troubles. Allow Jesus 2 be in control.

Love is best seen in its effects.  It makes one hapi.  Love can affect our health, love mkes us holy, Love, Love truly. Be hapi, healthy & holy.

Jesus came, suffered & died tht he may take us all w/ hm 2 heaven. Do not reject his will, effort or offer of salvation. W/ him experience joy 4 eternity. Apart frm him there is only pain & misery.

Jesus’ love for us comes from the love of the Father 4 him. Have u experienced God’s love in ur life? Have others experienced God’s love thru u? Let us love one another as the Father & Jesus love each other: mutual, unconditional, eternal.

Not to believe in Jesus is to remain in darkness: the darkness of sin, ignorance and death. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Don’t stay in darkness. Accept Jesus. Live in the “light”.

Sin makes us “living dead”. Grace, the sharing in the life of God, which by Jesus’ death and resurrection was abundantly bestowed on us, makes us alive again. Stay away from sin. Keep God’s grace working. Attain heaven

Jesus’ sheep hear his voice & follow him. Whose voice do you hear? Do you still listen to that “little voice of God” called conscience? Do you follow it? Make a habit to examine your conscience every day. Follow the good it does say.

What among Jesus’ teachings do you find difficult to accept or follow? Jesus continues to challenge us to believe what he says and obey him. Walk with him and dont leave him whatever it takes.

I dare say that grief is human, but joy is divine. Grieving is unavoidable due to our human imperfection. But joy comes only wen we recognize divine intervention. Expect and accept grief. But pray to God that you go and grow thru it.

Without us consciously knowing it, God is finding ways and means to draw us to Him: in the events & experiences in life, in nature, in history, in the Bible or in the sacraments. Be alert. His revelation is for our salvation.

Human beings are hard to satisfy. They always long & desire for more. Knowing this attitude, Jesus offers himself as the “bread of life” that fully satisfies. Believe in the Lord. Hunger or thirst no more.

Whole night of fishing. The disciples caught nothing. John the beloved recognized the risen Lord only after a sizable catch of fish. God blesses our labor. He sees our pains & struggles & reveals Himself in our joys & troubles. His presence abounds. Look & recognize Him.

The fear of the unknown is one of the most common fears we experience. Know Jesus. He is not a ghost or just any unknown figure in history. He is our Lord and Savior. with him, there is nothing to fear. with him, fear is nothing.

Sometimes we nid 2 experience being lost, lied 2 by othrs, feel like dying or feel somethng died in us to apreciate those words of Jesus. Watevr we go thru, wat’s impt. is tht we acept him as Our Way, The Truth & Our Life.

Relationships can only thrive when there is acceptance, respect & trust, among other things. See in your life how difficult it is when other refuse to see your point of view or force you to only accept theirs. Be open. There is much to learn from others.

The bible is written so that by reading and knowing it we may bilieve in Jesus and may have eternal life. Salvation is offered by Jesus to all. Don’t miss it. Read. Bilieve. Put into action the teachings of the bible.

Mary Magdalene went to the tomb alone.  She looked for her risen Lord. Love the way she did… for God & for others esp. those in need.

Jesus is risen! St. Paul said that “If we have died with him, we shall also live with him.
” In this past lenten season, have we died in our sins? And today, have we also risen with him?
Do not let his resurrection be in vain. Happy Easter!

Are you afraid to die? Don’t be… by learning from, living and dying with Jesus. He gave death a death sentence. His love conquered death. For the cross is the ultimate expression of his love. When you love and live like him, dying is nothing.

Jesus made himself a model of service, love & goodness. He not only talked & taught but also put into action his words & thoughts. Follow Jesus. Love. Serve. Die like him, if needed.

If u were one of those seated with Jesus during the last supper, would you feel alluded to as one who will betray him? Today, if Jesus says the same thing, would you be hurt or admit that you did betray him? Check your life. Check your soul. Are you his traitor?

Some men fear to see the success of others because it may highlight their failure. Evaluate your strategies. Adjust if needed. But celebrate other’s success.

The scribes & the Pharisees thought only of their own survival & safety. Whatever good things that Jesus did or said meant nothing to them. Beware of selfish & greedy people. Or don’t be like them. Think of others.

If someone will speak about you, would his words be affirmatively confirmed or will he appear a liar because what he says about you is not true? Let your life prove that what others say about you is true. Or prove them wrong about you.

Jesus is eternally present. On our part, we don’t have to be in an event to have faith. For our faith does not rest in seeing. Where you there in Jesus’ resurrection? Believe in God’s presence even in His “seeming” absence.

Jesus does the will of God that’s why he feels His presence in his life. Doing God’s will makes us closer & pleasing to Him. Feeling alone or abandoned? Come to God in prayer. Serve others. Feel the love of Our Father.

Jesus came not to condemn the world but to save it. It was his way of showing his love for us. For without love, there is only condemnation, blaming, humiliation, judgment. With love there is hope, forgiveness & future. Choose to love & forgive than condemn.

Jesus must have been very good so much so that even guards were impressed by him. What will people say when you speak or do something? Act or speak not to impress but to give a lasting impact & positive influence to others.

Sometimes pain & suffering can bring us back 2 our senses & appreciate the blessings we take 4 granted. See pain as God’s voice calling us bak 2 Him. Listen. Repent.

Jesus appreciated d scribe’s affirmation abt d commandment of love. Yet d scribe is stil far frm God’s Kingdom. 4 love is not wat we know but wat we do. It is not an intention. Love is an action. Show love in concrete. Do it.

Jesus worked to restore d unity bet. man & God, a unity disrupted & destroyed by sin. D devil, on d other hand, promoted chaos & division. To w/c side do u belong? Work 4 Jesus, not for d demon.

Prayer is a relationshp bet. God & man. Lyk any relationshp, d mor constant & frequent d connection in prayer, d mor this relationship grows in intimacy. Ask mor than material favors. Pray 2 lav God mor. Seek not jz things but relational gains.

Fight d devil’s temptation strategies: 1. He attacks us wher he knows we are weak. Pray & be strong. 2. He uses d scriptures. Know & liv God’s words. 3. He looks 4 another “time”. Be vigilant & prepared.

D Pharisees & d scribes seem 2 feel uncomfortable & unhapi wen others are hapi & enjoying. They think happiness is theirs alone. Jesus brings joy 2 evri1. Share others’ joy & pain. But dnt be a source of their suffering.

Wen Jesus is d reason 4 everything we do, losing our lives 4 him is not a loss but a gain. Fear no pain or suffering. Going thru hell is nothing as long as we reach heaven.

Jesus doesn’t want us to be “show offs” or perform righteous deeds to gain the praises of men. God will repay us for our “secret” good deeds. Do good. But be mindful why u do it. Please God rather than men & attain heaven.

Wat does salt hav 2 do w/ peace? The salt preserves & gives taste. Here, 4 Jesus it means something that can help have peaceful & lasting relationships: Sacrifice Attention Love/laughter Time. Live a SALTy lifestyle.

Children are Jesus’ favorites bcoz in their weakness & helplessness, they seek others’ help. Their greatness lies in the acceptance of their nothingness. Let our weaknesses bring us to our knees. We are nobody. To God be the glory.

These words of Jesus are difficult but not impossible to do, hard but w/ heroic effort, demanding but mending. To love is human. To love one’s enemies is divine. Where human effort alone may fail, let God’s grace fulfill.

Peter, who hardly knew wat 2 say bcoz of fear, saw beauty in Jesus’ transfiguration. Life shows us terrifying experiences & yet we cn see some beauty in thm. Transfiguration & disfiguration challenge us 2 stay positive bcoz Jesus is w/ us.

Peter thinks of glory, kingship & a leader w/o undergoing pain & suffering. Jesus is the suffering servant who brings glory in spite & thru pain. Fear no pain. Suffering & death are nothing when we gain heaven.

Forgetfulness is costly. Hv u experienced missing a flyt, leaving somethng at home, not attending someone’s special event bcoz u forgot? It costs time, effort, money & relationships. Protect urself frm danger & sin. Remember God’s promis of heven.

Jesus wud not hear d question of his disciples where 2 get enough bread in a deserted place 4 many ppol. Do not be stifled or paralyzed by lack of resources. W/ faith in Jesus, u can even have a surplus. He is our sure “plus”.

Businesses, backed up by all sorts of claims, promote a “germ-free” society, w/ clean food, soaps & sanitizers. Promote a personal “sin-free”, guilt-free lifestyle. Stay clean & pure in thots, words & deeds. Stay undefiled.

Peter’s admission of his sinfulness didnt stop Jesus frm choosing him & making him d leader of his church. Jesus sees beyond our imprfections & givs us our mission. Nvr fear abt ur past or future failure. Trust His trust in u.

Jesus, w/ his disciples rode a boat 2 go 2 some place 2 rest. Upon ariving d shore, he saw pipol there ahead of them. He forgot his rest & began 2 teach. Hv a selfless love. Be a restless lover.

Jesus, w/ his disciples rode a boat 2 go 2 some place 2 rest. Upon ariving d shore, he saw pipol there ahead of them. He forgot his rest & began 2 teach. Hv a selfless love. Be a restless lover.

At times, our knowledge abt pipol hinders us or stands as obstacle to let them prove themselves or their worth. For Jesus, there is something mysterious in each person. Allow that mystery to come out. Give pipol a chance to “shine”

Rejection spares no one. But wat’s important is hw we face it. Jesus, amidst threat 2 his life, simply “passed through d midst” of d crowd & “went away”. Stay strong & focused on ur mission. Reject rejection.

Jesus was accused of doing things thru d devil’s power. Ppol may call us names may be bcoz they dnt knw us, dnt understand us, try 2 discredit or destroy our credibility. Know urself. Prove pipol wrong by ur good deeds & actions.

Jesus is accustomed to doing religious acts. How do u spend ur “sabbath”? Regularly read the Bible; “believe what u read; teach what u biliv; live wht u teach.” 

It is truly disheartening when those closest to u, or those whom u presume know u personally, are d ones who fail 2 understand or support u. Stand firm. U work 4 God, not 4 them.

It is said that “Necessity is the mother of inventions.” D 4 men, not limited by d situation, w/ faith, acted creatively. Faith is powerful. Dnt put limit 2 it. Be creative, inventive & resourceful.

When fame, wealth or power come 2 one’s head, they can destroy his life. Jesus did not come 4 fame but 2 save us frm shame. He did not come 2 establish a name, but 2 establish relationships. Avoid d glitter of fame. Embrace his life.

Was this Jesus’ occasional or regular home visit? For “Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick w/ a fever.” They told him about her & he cured her. Take time to visit or call someone today. Show them ur concern & care.

At this point in his life, Jesus is a man of success bcoz he accomplished wat prophet Isaiah said abt him. Wat abt us? Wat hv we accomplished so far? Have we brought glad tidings 2 d poor? Be a glad tiding to others.

Jesus fed them w/ “multiplied” bread. He walked on d water & quieted a stormy sea. Still his disciples’ hearts were hardened. Unbelievable? Aren’t we like them sometimes? Yet God is patient w/ us all the time. What a great God we have!

Christ is our light. He came to conquer death, the consequence of the darkness of sin. Let Jesus overshadow whatever is still dark in you. Live in God’s grace, in faith, love & good deeds. Start anew.

Amidst our pressing concerns & activities, we may become so busy that we often lose sight of d divine in d mundane things. Look around & see Jesus in pipol, places & events and declare in faith: I have found d Messiah. Or simply allow him 2 find u

In an outburst of praise & thankfulness, Mary recalled & enumerated d good things d Lord has done 2 Wat’s in d name of Jesus? It means goodness, triumph over evil, sin & death. It brngs salvation & givs freedom 2 b chldren of God. That’s y d children of d world hate him. Dnt fear 2 carry his name. Fear that by it ul be condemned.her & 2 His pipol. Like Mary, count & appreciate ur blessings. Thankfulness is a secret to happiness. Be grateful. Be joyful.

Wat’s in d name of Jesus? It means goodness, triumph over evil, sin & death. It brngs salvation & givs freedom 2 b chldren of God. That’s y d children of d world hate him. Dnt fear 2 carry his name. Fear that by it ul be condemned.

Wen in crisis or difficulties, some ppol resort 2 stress eating, go into sports or other activities. Like Joseph, w/ confidence in God, we can sleep on our troubles. God is in control

Today’s readings teach us how 2 rejoice: 1st Rdg & Resp. Ps: -God is in & among u/ur midst 2nd Rdg: -by kindness & thanksgiving Gospel: -generously share wat u hav -be fair & just -dnt take advantage of pipol -be contented -be humble like John Rejoice!

John’s greatness is the greatness of being Jesus’ precursor & the greatness of courage. Introduce Jesus to others like John. Fearlessly denounce injustice, immorality & sins on any given chance.

Imagine losing some pipol u love for years. And for God, imagine losing us 4 eternity. That’s why He looks 4 us & rejoices in finding us. Help those who seem lost in life. Bring them bak 2 God.

Life cn intoxicate us w/ material or spiritual desires tht either we possess or possess us. Stay sober & moderate. Vice & sin destroy. Discipline urself b4 it’s too late

Leaving the boat & their father, the disciples are entering into a new way of living & relationship. Don’t be intimidated by anything new when Jesus is with you. He is the new “new” that calls you to a better “new” you.

Persecutions, like problems in life, may be viewed as difficulties to run away from. But they may also be taken as opportunities to grow, to shine & to be better. Never fear pain & sufferings. They are chances for us to gain the “championship ring”.

The end-time that Jesus predicted may frighten us. But there is one consolation. It’s not going to take place at once. That means we have time to prepare, to repent, to love. Let not what’s scary make you worry.

Generosity is not about wealth or poverty. It is the attitude of giving not what we have but what and who we are. You are generous for who you are, not how much you give.

Jesus knew what wud happen to Jerusalem & its pipol & the causes of d bad events to come. Stay close to Jesus. Do what he commands u to do. Sufferings & pains wud come, but obeying him makes us safe & sound.

What the wicked servant said to the king was used against him. The king condemned him for his own words. Be careful of ur action & words. They may be used against you. Say & do only what builds others up & makes a better you.

To pray persistently like the widow in the parable, wanting swift justice to be served, demands a strong faith. Whatever it is u are asking from God, just dnt giv up praying. His timing is perfect. Just wait in faith.

Pipol are always running in pursuit of many things, even in matters of faith: in haste of finding God, His presence or His answer 2 their prayers. Believe & stay calm. Live & promote the gospel values of life & love. There God is found.

Gratitude is an attitude. It does not come frm one’s nationality, religion, profession or education. It is an expression of appreciation 4 a favor or blessing received or evn anticipated. Say thank you 2day. Evriday.

Jesus wants us to watch out & be careful. He knows that committing sin is inevitable. But to cause others to sin is 4 him more woeful & terrible. Bring others to God & not to the devil.

How many lost souls hav we found & brought back 2 God? Have we exerted efforts, like a shepherd, 2 lead them back 2 Him? Is someone in ur family or circle of friends in need of guidance & direction? Dnt be indifferent. Do something.

Fr. Ramon T. Salibay, O.P.

O Virgin Mary, grant that the recitation of Thy Rosary may be for me each day, in the midst of my manifold duties, a bond of unity in my actions, a tribute of filial piety, a sweet refreshment, an encouragement to walk joyfully along the path of duty.

Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary, that the study of Thy Twenty Mysteries may form in my soul, little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening, and fragrant, which may penetrate my understanding, my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being.

So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work, without the aid of formal prayers, by interior acts of admiration and of supplication, or by aspirations of love. I ask this of thee, O QUEEN OF THE HOLY ROSARY, through Saint Dominic, Thy son of predilection, the renowned preacher of Thy Mysteries, and the faithful imitator of Thy virtues. Amen.

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Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi

 Following the Gregorian calendar, the Solemnity of St Francis of Assisi, founder of the Order of Friars Minor, is also celebrated on 4th October in the Holy Land. This year it is a special feast-day, bringing to an end the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the pilgrimage of peace by Francis in the Holy Land.

The presence of the Franciscans in the Holy Land goes back to the dawn of the Order: according to tradition, St Francis stayed in the Holy land for several months between 1219 and 1220, peregrinating between Egypt, Syria and Palestine. It was in this period that there was his meeting with Sultan Malik al-Kamil, a symbol of a will for dialogue, capable of overcoming cultural differences, supported by a free and trusting love of God.

In communion with the whole Order and the Universal Church, the solemnity started with the First Vespers on Thursday 3rd October, celebrated in Jerusalem at the Convent of St Saviour and presided by Fr. Francesco Patton, Custos of the Holy Land. During  the evening prayer, the friars in formation confirmed their desire to join the Order, renewing their vows in the hands of the Custos of the Holy Land. The celebration ended with reading the Transit of St Francis, the piece taken from the Franciscan Sources which relates the last moments of the life of the Saint from Assisi. At the moment of the account of the death of Francis of Assisi, the lights in the church were turned off and the building was illuminated only by the candles of the friars and the faithful: a sign that death is only a transit from carnal life to Eternal Life.

On Friday 4th October, the solemn Eucharistic Celebration in honour of St Francis was presided by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, contrary to the tradition whereby the celebration is presided by a Dominican. The Cardinal, during his comment on the readings, did not fail to mention this tradition, thanking the attention of the two Mendicant Orders which gave him this privilege, which goes against traditions, to emphasize a stronger relationship with the Mother Church. “Wherever we turn, we only hear one cry rise towards God: peace,” commented Cardinal Sandri. “Unfortunately, we continue to see only gestures that divide, fight and even go as far as killing. We ask St Francis for his intercession for this beloved Land and for the whole world, especially for all those places where the presence of Franciscan friars can become  the yeast of reconciliation through living the mission, subject to every creative out of love for God.”

PRAYER FOR PREPARATION TO STUDY

Lord, I know you are with me and love me.
Give me peace of mind as I prepare for this time of study.
Help me to focus on my books and notes,
keep me from all distractions so that I will make the best use
of this time that is available to me.

Give me insight that I might understand what I am studying ,
and help me to remember it when the time comes.
Above all, I thank you for the ability to be able to study
and for the many gifts and talents you have given me.
Help me always to use them in such a way
that they honour you and do justice to myself.  Amen

 

PRAYER BEFORE AN EXAMINATION

Dear Lord, as I take this exam, I thank you that my value
Is not based on my performance, but on your great love for me.
Come into my heart so that we can walk through this time together.
Help me, not only with this test, but the many tests of life that are sure to come my way.

As I take this exam, bring back to my mind everything I studied
and be gracious with what I have overlooked.
Help me to remain focussed and calm, confident in the facts and in my ability,
and firm in the knowledge that no matter what happens today you are there with me.  Amen

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