When I opened the Bible (which I seldom do as most of the time the web is more accessible) to check on Gospel readings for July, it surprisingly opened to where Chapter 13 of St. Matthew is inscribed, the Parable of the Sower! While this Parable may be one of the well known Bible stories, I am just not so keen about it. I don’t know why it happened that the said page was the first to open up but I felt there was a purpose, probably it was a challenge posed to me by our Lord on how I … Continue reading Be Good Soils: The Challenge of the Sower
Who among us have seen the face of God, I mean His real face? For sure, none of us have seen God in person. But still, we believe and glorify Him through prayers, we talk to Him about anything, we think of Him, and at times we can even see His image in our dreams. We’ve read about God through the Scriptures and we’ve likewise seen His image through the writings of religious scholars and artists describing Him in many forms. But regardless of culture and religion, people see God in their own ways. Our belief in God (His being … Continue reading Seeing God’s Face In Our Neighbors – Don’t Be Judgmental!
The Easter Vigil with the blessing of the Easter Fire, Oil, Water and the Paschal Candle, gives me a strange feeling of excitement ever since my childhood days. I don’t know why it gives me goose bumps. It continues to amaze me probably because I liken it to the tradition of lighting a bonfire during a Girl Scouts camping season! But the said excitement has quite changed to a different level as time passes by. The manner on how the Easter Vigil tradition is being undertaken makes it more significant, e.g. the gathering of the parishioners around the Easter Fire … Continue reading The Flame of God’s Love-What An “Easterly”Feeling!
Today is the time wherein the feet of many of our Christian brothers throughout the world are being washed by priests and pastors during liturgical rites to commemorate Jesus’ washing of the feet of the 12 Apostles. This is likewise the day when the Last Supper of Jesus with the Apostles happened, including His revelation that one of the Apostles will eventually betray Him. In one of my CCD classes, one of the young girls asked me, “Why did Jesus wash the feet of the Apostles?” Unsure of what to say, I candidly told her the most practical answer that … Continue reading Why Did Jesus Wash The Apostles’ Feet?: Holy Thursday Reflection
Today is Palm Sunday, and Christians (Catholics and non-Catholics) throughout the globe commemorate the triumphant entry of Jesus and his followers into the gates of Jerusalem. According to Scriptures, Jesus rode on a donkey with His disciples and large crowd preceding Him. While on their way, they cheered and cried out : “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest”. The crowd carried palm branches, waving them with enthusiasm and inviting other people’s attention which lead them to ask, Who is this? And the crowd replied: “This … Continue reading Palm Sunday: A Prelude To Judas’ Kiss of Betrayal
Juliet (not her real name) was a teacher in the Philippines before she decided to leave abroad for work as a nanny in NYC. Although it was dreadful saying goodbye (leaving her loving husband and 5 children), she thought it was the best option for her so she would be able to help augment the meager income that she and her husband get as contractual employees. At first, she was able to maintain a good relationship with her husband via internet communications, but it didn’t end happily. To cut the story short, their marriage turned sour after 15 years of … Continue reading Faith And Family: The Joy of Love
In one of my previous CCD (Catholic Christian Doctrine) classes for middle school kids, I instructed them to write down things they would “give up” for God during the season of Lent. Majority of the boys and girls promised the more traditional things such as giving up their ice cream and chocolate cravings, leaving their video games (provided that it would be during school days only for the 40-day period) and doing good things for their school/play mates and for their parents and siblings, among others. But what particularly struck me about was the one-liner meaningful response of one girl: … Continue reading Living a Holy Life: A Lenten Challenge
I was waiting for my friend at a mall food court when my attention wandered again and again to a table next to mine wherein a family of 5 while having their dinner and nibbling food were preoccupied spending time with their individual technological gadgets (pardon for my kibitzing!). The couple (husband and wife) were busy with their cellphones while the 3 kids were likewise engrossed with their tech devices. The father was talking to someone over the phone, the wife was like enjoying watching something at her phone as she was smiling to herself while the kids were playing … Continue reading Eucharist And Family: The Real Deals!
Who among us have seen the face of God, I mean God’s real face? None of us have seen God personally, I suppose! But still, we believe and glorify Him particularly in our prayers, we talk to Him about anything, we think of Him, and at times He even appears in our dreams. In the Scriptures, God appeared to some chosen people in various forms. That’s what we’ve read/learned about Him. Regardless of culture and religion, people see God and feel His presence in many ways. In our minds, though, we make God visible (even if he’s invisible), especially Jesus … Continue reading Love Thy Neighbor: My First Time To Pray For A President
I was surprised to hear reports from tri-media particularly broadcast media, aggressively promoting Halloween related activities in the Philippines. Even in my social media pages, with mostly “Filipinos” in the friends list were like having fun with their Halloween parties and trick-or-treating during the Halloween eve. Likewise, in the residential area where my temp place stands at the moment, resident families with kids in tow have observed the said festivity, decorating their houses with spooky characters, wearing their chosen costumes, and knocking on door-to-door asking for treats. It was actually fun to see them excited to win the best Halloween … Continue reading Halloween Fete Now Becoming A Norm in the Philippines!