Sunday, October 25, 2015

Peaceful cemeteries

Life is meant to liberate a person from deceiving attempts to demean his/her human dignity in order to ensure protection of one’s human rights.  Sometimes agitators do not seem to realize where or what they are agitating for.  They say they fight for the rights of man yet in sequel to their acts come those riots where more and more victims are piled.  Think that the first right of man is—life. 

Will the acts of violence leading to bloodshed justify the cause for life’s defense?  Such bloodletting in the name of justice is pure deception, revenge and victimizing.  The sad thing about this is when protagonists are false prophets using the name of the Church, yet mouthing violence, anger and hate in their hearts.  Just look at the victims.  Is that justified?

The Spirit says: “Let not your anger reach sundown so as not to give the devil a chance to set a trap for you” (Eph. 4:26).  May true peace reign in our hearts so that one’s life may follow in the footsteps of the Sacrificial Lamb, whose Blood was shed to restore Divine Justice and a reconciling spirit of dialogue for life in the whole of creation.   

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Lord of the harvest calls!

"There is a large harvest, but few workers to gather it in.  Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest."

To follow Jesus is to listen to His voice, for He does not stop calling for people to share in His mission of redemption--challenging both young and old to witness to the Kingdom values--living out a dedicated, joyful readiness to sacrifice oneself so that our poor and needy brethren be not deprived of a dignified way of living.

As God called Abraham and our Fathers of faith into the unknown to help form His people, so does He in our modern times continue to knock to open doors to global newness but still on the way of communal love shown us by Jesus and the first disciples and early Christians.  "The group of believers was one in mind and heart.  None of them said that any of their belongings were their own, but they all shared with one another everything they had" (Acts 4:32).

The challenge today resounds ever more loudly for more workers, modern apostles to attend to those desiring to hear the Good News of a Savior God full of mercy and compassion, and to bear witness to Jesus' mission of love and forgiveness.  "Don't be afraid," Jesus encourages those who follow Him, as He did Peter, "from now on you will be catching people" (Lk. 5:10).

The Lord of the Harvest will supply all the strength needed in leaving behind the fears, anxieties and tensions embedded in the wounded human heart to emerge with the gentle power of the Holy Spirit to communicate the eternal legacy of Faith of the Divine Master and Teacher. "They pulled the boats up on the beach, left everything, and followed Jesus" (Lk. 5:11).

Monday, October 12, 2015

May and the Saints

Those who keep on attacking the Church regarding Mary and the Saints do not seem to understand the rationale behind the revered veneration. 

The honor rendered to Mary and the Saints is first and always because of Jesus and God.  Why?  This is because the honor we give them is for their being servants of God, carrying the law of the Lord in their hearts, and not for their own individual persons.  Jesus himself declared their ‘blessedness’ when He said, alluding to His own Mother as thoroughly attentive to the Father’s will, “Rather blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it” (Lk. 11:28).

Think about it, would we honor Mary and the Saints if they were not somehow connected with God, as faithful servants of the Lord?  If that is so, what’s all the useless fuss about?  There is nothing to argue about after all, and the call is there for us also to consider ourselves God's faithful servants.  Noteworthy to remember is St. Thomas Merton who exclaimed before his martyrdom, "I am the king's [loyal] servant, but God's first."

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Giving is progress

"It is more blessed to give than to receive," Jesus says (Acts 20:35).  "In the measure and quality you give, the same shall come back to you overflowing" (Lk. 6:38).

This is the very secret of progress.  But look at where world economies set their footing, following the human philosophies which turn out to be oppressive structures of the Capitalist or Communist systems.  An age-old proverb says: 'Give the best to the world and the best shall come back to you.'

Simple enough is God's philosophy, which can neither deceive nor be mistaken.  Try them, that is the only requisite.  "Taste and see that the Lord is good" (Ps. 34:9)