Paano ka nkaraos sa makipot na pinto o kulungan ng buhay? Sunday Readings and Reflections, August 25, 2019

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

Ang TOTOong Balita ngayong Ika-21 Linggo sa Karaniwang Panahon

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August 25, 2019

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading 1IS 66:18-21

Thus says the LORD:
I know their works and their thoughts,
and I come to gather nations of every language;
they shall come and see my glory. 
I will set a sign among them;
from them I will send fugitives to the nations:
to Tarshish, Put and Lud, Mosoch, Tubal and Javan,
to the distant coastlands
that have never heard of my fame, or seen my glory;
and they shall proclaim my glory among the nations. 
They shall bring all your brothers and sisters from all the nations
as an offering to the LORD,
on horses and in chariots, in carts, upon mules and dromedaries,
to Jerusalem, my holy mountain, says the LORD,
just as the Israelites bring their offering
to the house of the LORD in clean vessels. 
Some of these I will take as priests and Levites, says the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm PS 117:1, 2

R.(Mk 16:15) Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Praise the LORD all you nations;
glorify him, all you peoples!
R. Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
or:
R. Alleluia.
For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
R. Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Reading 2 HEB 12:5-7, 11-13

Brothers and sisters,
You have forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:
“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord
or lose heart when reproved by him;
for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;
he scourges every son he acknowledges.”
Endure your trials as “discipline”;
God treats you as sons. 
For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline?
At the time,
all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain,
yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who are trained by it.

So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees. 
Make straight paths for your feet,
that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.

Alleluia JN 14:6

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the way, the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father, except through me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 13:22-30

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. 
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?” 
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough. 
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from. 
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. 
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”

Athletes for Salvation

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C] – August 25, 2019 – Luke 13:22-30

training-2Salvation is one of the burning topics of discussion in Christian circles. In several discussions I facilitated, I often encountered some participants asked: Who will be saved? By what means are we going to be saved? When will be saved? Do we need to believe in Jesus to be saved? The answers can be as simple as yes or no, but often, the audience with critical minds demand more comprehensive and sensible answers. Yet, I always bring the listeners to see salvation from a different and deeper angle.

I ask them: what is salvation? Most of the people will immediately reply: We are saved from sins. The answer is correct, yet it is not complete and in fact, rather shallow. The good analogy will be the Israelites in Egypt. They were liberated from slavery, yet their freedom is not merely for freedom’s sake. They were freed so that they may worship their God without fear. Like the Israelites, we are also saved from sin, but this freedom from the slavery of sins is for something greater. We are called to share His divine life, to be with Him and enjoy His being. This is what we mean as being holy and being a saint. We are holy when we are united and participating in that Person who is the source of all holiness.

However, Jesus reminds us today that the way to salvation and holiness is not an easy and instant way. While faith is the beginning of our salvation, surely it does not end there. Jesus himself says, “Strive to enter through the narrow door… (Lk. 13:24)” The word “strive” in original Greek is “agonizomai” which means to participate in a contest or gymnastic game. The image is of an athlete who subjects himself to rigorous training and discipline and competes against the best competitors in the field. That is why to achieve a crown is an agonizing process. St. Paul picks up this idea of Jesus when he exhorts the Church in Corinth to “…Run to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. (1 Cor. 9:25)”

One of the most decorative Olympians is American swimmer Michael Phelps. In peak training phases, Phelps swims around 80,000 meters a week. He practices twice a day, at least. Phelps trains for around five to six hours a day at six days a week. Not only in the swimming pool, but he also builds his winning form through weightlifting and crazy diet regiment. But what many of us probably do not know is that Michael was suffering from Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). People with ADHD have trouble with focus, restlessness, and impulsiveness, yet Phelps was able to overcome this disorder and transform it into power. From one who had difficulty to focus, he is able to remain hyperfocused on his goal. Thus, he won 15 Olympic gold medals.

Salvation is essentially a gift. Nobody can claim that he has the right to this salvation. Yet, this gift, though free, is not cheap. We are striving and struggling every day, like an athlete who competes for the medals. We are doing our best so that we are worthy to receive this gift. We are fighting a battle every day against sins and adversaries that pull us away from God. We are putting our best effort that the gift in our hands will become truly a blessing for us and not a curse. So at the end of our lives, together with St. Paul, we may say, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. (2 Tim. 4:7)”

Fr. Valentinus Bayuhadi Ruseno, OP

 

 

Pusong Katoliko
Homily of Rev. Fr. Chito Dimaranan SDB in this Ika-21 Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon (Taon K) | 25 Agosto 2019

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.

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