Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SAINT LUKE


We honor today St. Luke.

The Evangelist who wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles (Continuation of the Mission of Jesus through the Apostles and The Church).

A Physician and he is the Patron Saint of Doctors and those in the medical field.

The Secretary and Assistant of St Paul in the mission as mentioned in the first reading.

Let us Reflect and Learn today on his teachings and be reminded of Jesus' call for each one of us to be Bearers of the Good news.

L - LOVE
   - St. Luke reminds us of Love for Jesus and the Blessed 
           Virgin.  From St Luke we get to know many things about
           Christmas, The Birth of Jesus and about Mary.
           Very much part of the Rosary comes from the Gospel of   
           St. Luke
    - Love for Children
    - Love and respect for women
    - Love for the Poor. The Parable of the Good Samaritan

U - Understanding and Forgiveness. 
       The parable of the Prodigal Son

K- Knowledge. 
       He offers us a complete narrative of Jesus, of the  Annunciation, Birth to Ascension. 
       That we may Know.
       And in growing in knowledge may we also grow in our Love for Jesus.
       Take  seriously your studies my dear children

E - Express your Love, your Forgiveness and Knowledge concretely. 
      Not only in words and in the mind but Do it. 
      Love, Forgive and Learn by doing.

      The Name LUKE literally means Bearer of Light
      Be Bearers of Light and of the Good news to one another

Monday, October 9, 2017

HAVE NO ANXIETY

St. Paul tells the People: "Have no anxiety."
And I wonder how can we not worry and have no anxiety
with so many things going on in our lives, in the world and in our country.
How can we not worry when there are so many who are suffering in Mexico in Puerto Rico and other parts of the world that we don't even get to hear and see
how can we not worry with the violence and conflicts in the country with the shooting in Las Vegas
how can we not worry when we do not know the future and what will happen tomorrow to us.
How can we not worry as we are bothered with our health, with our sick and dying love ones and children and even finances
what will happen to the kids of this generation, what's their future.
Its not easy to find sense and to see the wisdom of the call not to have anxiety

And yet St. Paul offers us the answer
With prayer and petition and thanksgiving. Entrust everything to the Lord

1. Thanksgiving. Still be Grateful and Thankful for at the end of the day we can still count on our blessings
The Lord as the land owner created this world still beautifully and provided everything for us and we still enjoy so many gifts, our life our time our love ones and freedom to whatever we want to do.
St. Paul says in another part of the scripture what is there that you have are all gifts from God
St Therese of the little flower also said: Everything is grace
Be always Grateful and Thankful

2. Be Fruitful, Bear Good fruits of love and generosity of what is right and true.
Even if you are met with negativity and opposition. Go on loving go on helping.
even if you do not get acknowledge or no one is there to clap their hands keep on doing good for God and for others
Be Fruitful..
Children in your studies,
Parents, couple in your promise of love and care for family and love ones
Ministers and servants of community, go on with your goodness
Be Fruitful to the poor and in need
Bear fruits of good works in your life

3. Prayer and Petition  is powerful
God Listens always to the cry of His children.
Pray and  hope that our fears and anxieties will be overcome and that peace will reign and Goodness will be victorious.
for God  is a gracious God compassionate and loving
and he is just and at the end of time there is a final accounting
and great is the reward for those who serve Him.

Be Prayerful be Fruitful and Thankful, For God is Good. Amen

Monday, October 2, 2017

Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels/Angels are very much central to our faith
look at the stained windows and they are decorated all over
It is wonderful to know that someone is watching over you and me-our Angels.
They are personally meaningful to me. coz its the first prayer I learned as a child, the same prayer I asked all members of my family specially the kids to learn, the same prayer I pray everyday before going to bed even if in the course of life I have said so many different prayers even in other languages. its the same prayer I pray for protection and guidance when troubled and worried..it is a very powerful prayer.

We use the word often: "you are an
angel or you are my angel"
But what really are angels
As scriptures tells us they are messengers of God and  protectors of His people
The world needs so much peace and help for those who are in need and protection for the powerless the lowly and the children
The world needs so many angels
Be an angel to one another. amen

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Veterans Day Prayer

Heavenly Father, We pause today as a nation to remember all those who have worn the uniforms of the arm services of the United States and who have served our nation so faithfully.
We remember especially our brothers and sisters who have offered the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in the cause of freedom and justice.
May your blessings be upon them as you are pleased with their dedication and their generosity
We pray as well for those who are in active duty and for their families who support them in their service.
Protect them from all that is harmful to mind body and spirit and bring them safely home
On this veterans day, we pray earnestly for the gift of peace in our country and throughout the world that always we learn to live in harmony and mutual assistance, united in love and service.
May your peace reign in our hearts and in our troubled world now and forever. amen

Saturday, December 26, 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Today is the most wonderful time of the year
It is Christmas. The Birthday of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
And so we greet each other, sincerely and with smile on our faces MERRY CHRISTMAS.
But we wonder today, why is this day so special. Why is Christmas Merry, Joyful and a celebration.
Is it because of The beautiful colors of flowers and decorations and lights all over that offers a festive mood? Yes, maybe it is part of it.
Or is it because of the celebration and party we had or will have in the company of our loves ones, our friends and family? But we gather also together and celebrate in other events during the year.
Is it because we have received so much presents from others or because we were able to share, to give and to be able share is wonderful feeling.
The Gospel from John offers us two reasons why Christmas is Merry/ Happy/ Joyful.
1.       Because THE WORD, (Jesus) was God, the creator of everything.
And THE WORD Became flesh, and dwelt among us.
Humbly taking our human conditions, becoming like us except sin.
And now He is with us. The Emmanuel.
Jesus is with us and that’s a great honor. A privilege and a reason to be Joyful.
Just Imagine God coming down and being with us, there is nothing like it.

The closest example I could give, to explain this mystery is
My experience being with my bishop when I stayed with him for some time and there were times when he would bring me with him to go to visit parishes or a community to say masses and when he meets the simple folks and I see how the people tremble in his presence and I hear them say. Bishop what wonderful feeling it is for us to see you visit us and find time for us, with all our unworthiness.
Truly, there is reason to rejoice for even with our unworthiness God is with us.
And so it is a Merry Christmas.

2.       Our Savior is born. We all know how things are going for us these times. There are so many things that are not right. Our pains, our struggles, our worries. Something is wrong. But we have a savior and so there is hope. Our Families need a savior. With conflicts and disunity and challenges, we really need someone to save our Families.
Our country needs a savior. We do not know where this country is heading, who will be the best leader, there are so many uncertainties.
Our world really needs a savior. With all the horrible things happening. Killings and war and calamities. We need someone to save us.
The Savior is here. He is with us.
There is a reason to be happy. It is a Merry Christmas.
       But there is a sad part in the gospel though that reminds us of a reality. It says: Though the Word came, the people, His own did not accept him.
Christmas is joyful already but we need to make this joy complete by accepting the Lord into our lives, our hearts, our family, our country and the world and making him very much part of everything we do, then it will truly be a Merry Christmas.
If we look at the manger now, the crèche is complete with Jesus on it. But it should not stop there rather we should allow Jesus to lie down in our hearts and lives for Christmas to be complete.
Let us accept Jesus and it will truly be a MERRY CHRISTMAS. Amen.
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