Spirituality

A Different View

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In Timor-Leste,I saw the building of a school dormitory with flooring and walls almost done but the posts still missing.  Fr. Raniel Nachima, SVD said that herre, without typhoons, floods and earthquake, building a house is easier, cheaper,and without worries about its foundation and security.

Our gospel today tells us that entering God’s eternal dwelling (built on love, justice, mercy, peace) isn’t at all easy, cheap and reassuring.  “For the gate is naroow and the road is hard that leads to life and there are few who find it.” (Mt. 7:14) It sets a condition which can make exclusion inevitable. “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you’ve faith but don’t have works? Can faith save you? (James 2:14).  Indeed, saying “Lord, lord” is not enough. Professing our faith, teaching and preaching the word of God are empty without the outward manifestations of doing the Father’s will.  Jesus tells his disciples that the Father’s will is abou taking care of the little ones- chidlren, the lost, outcasts, the sick, naked, hungry, thirsty, prisoners, strangers (Mt.18:25:35ff); about changing one’s mind, beliecing and working in the vienyard

St. Paul urges us to be rich in good works, generous and ready to share (1Tim 6:18) Just “saying ” is nt enough; it is too hypocritical. Just “doing” is neither enough; it is too secular.  saying and doing, listening and acting, praying ans performing, faith and good works must always go together.  As we begin this new liturgical season, let’s build our lvies and homes on the spirit of Christ’s Adventus.  Amidst life’s storms, we will never be ruined if our foundation and security are solidly built on the Eternal Rock, Jesus Christ.

Reflection by: Fr. Jay Baliao, SVD | TImor Leste Region

©2015 Society of Divine Word, Published by Logos Publication, Inc.

M Y  S A Y:

Our preparation for this advent of Christ, will always be meaningful if we “build” our celebration of Christmas in the Person of Jesus and not on our commercialize idea of Christmas as Happy Holiday, or of Santa Claus and reindeer, or parties here and there . Or the many “creative” ideas suggested to us by the market, which for one, IS not bad, but we fail to SEE the real meaning of the celebration.  That is why, at the end of the season, we find ourselves, empty-handed. And the we look forward to the next year’s christmas again.

But, really, let us practice, or atleast try to have a Christmas Season Examen. It will surely, make this year a lot different.

 

 

 

 

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LIVES OF THE SAINTS, Spirituality

The Point of Bleeding

O God, source and origin of all fatherhood, who kept the martyrs St. Andrew Dung-luc and his companions faithful to the Cross of your Son, even to the shedding of their blood, grant, through their intercession, that, spreading your love among our brothers and sisters, we may be your children both in name and in truth.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Collect of Nov. 24 Mass

Nov. 24 – Memorial of Sts. Andrew Dung-lac, Priest and companions, Martyr

 

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Inspiration, Lifestyle, Religion, Spirituality

Dishonest Steward Praised!

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Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property.
He summoned him and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.’
The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.
I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.’
He called in his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’
Then to another he said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘One hundred kors of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note; write one for eighty.’
And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. “For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.”  Luke 16:1-8.

 

REFLECTION:

All of us are entrusted – as parent, as children to our parents and sibling, as teachers, as caregivers, as street sweeper, as street-pick up garbage taker, as vendor – no matter how little or great is the task, it is a responsibility given to us.  It is entrusted to us.

The challenge is how well have we been in our tasks. How honest are we in our task. As parents, do we give the spiritual needs of our children not only the corporal needs? As street sweeper, do we clean it out of duty or out of social concern? As vendors, are we honest in our food preparations (if its food)?

Most of the time, We (I am included) we allude mission to great and big things ( you can name as many as you can) but most often, we forget that it is really, REALLY the small, unnoticed acts. Unnoticed act such as the refugee (i forgot the name, she participated in the Rio Olympic as swimmer, Yusra Mardini, i remembered!) who courageously volunteered to alight the boat, swam  for 3 hours in sea pushing the sinking boat carrying 20 persons to reach the safe place.

Or, those simple people who continues to care for the lepers in Yangco, Culion Palawan.

There are so many!

Can we not include the sacrifices we make each day?

We have been dishonest, we have failed the master, but we never really miss out the chance to start again, we just have to be prudent in out choices and decisions.

Inspiration

Hurried Time

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If You sees me fit to be your vessel of grace, and so be it. . .

Yesterday, while on my way home from Jardin Cemetery, a woman approached me, expressed her concern – a prayer for her mother who is serious ill- In her own words, “mahina na po at malapit na po.” (weak and dying) Without second thoughts, I granted her desire.

I left, joyful, grace-filled knowing i was able to do some corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It was a day filled with gratitude.

This morning, on my way to office, a woman riding a tricycle stopped in front of me , unaware of who she was, i nodded to acknowledge her presence. “Wala na po siya sister,” (She passed away, sister)  she said. It was the woman who approached me yesterday. “Kailan?”(when) i asked, “early this morning,” she replied.

These words lingered on me throughout the day, the words i used during the prayer “Panginoon, patawarin mo siya sa kanyang mga kasalanan. Palayain mo siya sa mga kasalanan niya” (Lord, forgive her of her sins. Give her freedom from sins.)

It just dawned on me, how God uses people to prepare us.

This is Church!

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