Sunday, September 30, 2007
Points to ponder: on the story of The Rich man and the poor Lazarus.
1. Riches and wealth, they are Gods gift to us. They are good; it could help us live better lives in this world.
But the gospel reminds us, not to center our lives on them. Why? Because in the end... They mean nothing, we can never bring them with us and many were destroyed by them in the process of attaining them in life.
2. Our wealth, Riches should be acquired through honest means. It can happen just because they are so attractive to us…we step on others, at times we use others just to attain them.
3. They are God’s gift to us for a purpose: They are given to us, to be shared specially for those who are in need and we are being reminded not to be carried away by greed and to learn to give and to help.
4. There is more to wealth and material things in this world.
I remember when I was a child. Life was difficult then for my parents. How I wanted a toy and I was begging my father to buy me one. I remembered crying, asking my father.. And he just told me. You study hard, be a good boy and pray. And you will have lots of then when you grow up.
I never got that toy I was asking, but I’ll always treasure the words of my father. That there are more to material things in this world. That there more to wealth…that is, the value of hope, the value of working hard and Loving God.
5. Use God’s gift of wealth to merit heaven, to gain the reward of being with the Father.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
The Gospel reminds us of a Loving and merciful Father in heaven.
It is worth noting to say God Loves you and me.
Because it happens, due to our bad experiences in life, due to our sorrows and crosses and the horrors we see in the world, we tend to say God is too far from us.
A song writer back home said: Is God perhaps asleep? “Natutulog ba ang Dios?”
Learn to look at the bright side. Learn to see that there are many things in life that God gave us as blessings and many we never asked or expected to have and yet were given to you and me.
God Loves us, and just remember to count on your blessings.
He is the shepherd who leaves the 99 unattended to tirelessly search for us in the wilderness and who rejoices and carries us home tenderly when he finds us. He is like the woman who does not cease to search until she finds that missing silver piece, and when she finds it, she is filled with joy. He is the father in the story of the prodigal son, who no matter what the son did, he accepted and welcomed him back.
Realizing Gods Love for us is a call also to Love one another. To show and share the Love we received from God to others.
The cross is always a symbol of this call to Love. Jesus’ hands are nailed and he stares at us asking: Can you Love for me? Can you forgive and be merciful for me?
Look always for opportunities to show your goodness and Love to others. Do not postpone and take things for granted. A chance to love is always passing, we may never have the chance anymore.
As the song says. We may never Love like this again
Pardon me for reflecting on the parable of the prodigal son this way. You know commentaries and scholars would always judge badly the elder son who complained to the father because he was never given a special treatment no matter how he served the father.
But I guess maybe the father also failed to really show concretely to the elder son the right love and care he needed that’s why he complained. Maybe he took him for granted saying anyway you will always be with me and have everything in the end.
The lesson, it can happen that we are more loving and generous to others and we take for granted those immediately close to us and we know always we need to affirm our love for them.
God Loves you and me. Let us Love one another now.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
When Jesus said: "Those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted."
He reminds us about the difficult lesson of Humility.
A virtue that the Lord would like us to practice.
Humility comes from the word "humus" meaning earth or ground. To stoop to the ground
When one forgets or forgoes ones needs and interest for others, when one serves not oneself but others.
It is associated with being meek, docile and simplicity of heart
It is a difficult virtue.
In as much as we somehow have the tendency to be selfish. The tendency to think first of oneself and interests.
We also live in a culture of self assertion, pride, self promotion.
We hate being stepped on and trampled.
It seems, Humility is a virtue of losers not winners and we always were taught to fight and win and not loose.
In business they say you will not succeed if you are humble. Because you always have to exaggerate and promote oneself.
It is indeed a difficult virtue.
As the song says:"O Lord, Its hard to be humble when you are great in many ways..."
But Jesus said it is needed for one to better understand His ways and teachings and to obey God, His commands.
It is important so as to gain eternal life.."unless you will become like a little child you cannot enter the kingdom of God"
It is a way that we can be exalted and be blessed.
Jesus invites us to take the way of humility in our dealings with others and with Him. "Clothe yourselves in humility in your dealing with others." 1Peter5:5
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