Sunday, October 28, 2007
The Lord tell us today through a Parable how He is pleased with a humble person and how He dislikes the Self-righteous.
He offers the way of Humility. if we want to live meaningful lives.
This way of Humility is one of those “road less traveled” or followed because
normally we all want the easy road, the road of popularity and comfort, the road of glory.
It is like against what we normally do and learned since childhood, That we were all taught to win, to be number 1, to fight and not to loose.
It is not an easy way. As the song says: “O Lord its hard to be humble.”
It comes from the word humus-meaning earth
A person who is able to bow down to the earth in front of others is a humble person.
One who does not think that she or he is better or more important than others.
It is someone who is able to forgo his own interests for others.
One who accepts his incapacity and limitations.
Who is a Humble Person?
1.A humble person is one who amidst his success and self worth is still aware of his limitations and that every now and then can commit mistakes and when it happens he accepts his mistakes.
A humble person accepts that nobody is perfect.
He is not the one who says I am the greatest…Even Jesus the greatest man ever, never even mentioned the words the he is the greatest.
2. A humble person is one who can say I am sorry and in the end can be forgiven and can be helped.
3.A humble person is who listens even if he is sure of what he knows and believe because he believe that others has something to say. In the end a humble person respects others.
Jesus is always pleased with humble people and so He always reminds us to learn to be humble.
Following the way of humility can also be a way to greatness and a way to heaven.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
The Lord reminds us today about the importance , the value of prayer and the right attitude we should have in praying.
I am reminded of the saying. An apple a day will keep the doctor away and I believe its true also when we say a prayer each day will keep the adversary, the bad things in life away.
We all have varied experiences in praying.
For some prayers are immediately answered. Like in a case of a lady who was cured of her cancer right away.
For others, it takes a long time. It took my sister many years praying to have a child and she was already 42 when they had their first baby.
Still for others seemingly their prayers are never answered. And they get discourage and they stop praying.
Story: of praying and seemingly unanswered prayers.
Never get discourage in praying.
God knows what is best for us and He will decide what to give. It is not for us to demand.
He will surely bless us with the best and never give us something that could harm or destroy us.
Pray without weary and pray unceasingly and believe miracles can still happen. amen
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The Gospel reminds us:
First. That Jesus is a Healer. To those who ask His help for heeling, He never fails. Ten Lepers approached him for help and they went home healed and happy.
Jesus can help us. He can heal us from illness, from cancer. He can heal us from our fears and worries and experiences of no peace. He can heal our troubled minds and body,. He can heal troubled relationships. He can heal us even from financial problems.
Approach Jesus today through your prayers. And you shall be Healed.
Second. Jesus was impressed with the leper, a foreigner who showed his gratitude by coming back to say thank you and was sad to know that the nine others never came back.
The Lord is pleased with one who appreciates and acknowledges the many blessings received in life through the goodness of the Father.
The Lord is happy with anyone who knows how to say Thank You for Gods Love showered upon him.
Sometimes its easy to ask for a favor but we forget to say thank you and just forget everything ones we have what we want.
Its easy to say prayer before going to bed and prayer before meals but after having a good nights rest and a new life and after being filled, we just go away and forget to say thanks..
Be grateful to God, for everything we have and are all Blessings from Him.
Say Thank you to Him.
This Eucharist which literally means Thanksgiving can be our sincerest way of showing how grateful we are for Gods Love and we say from the bottom of our hearts, mind and presence.."Than You, Father."
Sunday, October 7, 2007
October 4, 2007. A special date in St. Gertrudes, in Bayville NY, When we had a wonderful, meaningful and successful Healing mass attended by so many believers in the Healing Power of Jesus. Some said it was the biggest gathering ever of Prayer for healing in Long Island attended by many priests and deacons and Bishop Libasci and the preacher and healer was Fr. Anthony Ozele. It was a night filled with LOVE and FAITH.
At one time when seeing the crowd started to fill up the whole building, and I was getting worried, I said “we will surely run out of chairs tonight.”. But I was awaken and reminded when a Parishioner “Lara” remarked: “where is your faith Father?”
Surely, we all have faith. We believe. That there is a power and force greater than all of us. Precisely why we are here attending the mass. Our religion is our faith.
But it is a reality that we fall short in our faith.. We doubt and we question. We doubt the sincerity and faithfulness of a love one and others, it can happen we doubt even about God.
Remember Mother Theresa of Calcutta. Very soon for sure she will be canonized a saint but recently we all heard how she herself questioned and doubted her faith and the Love of Jesus.
We all have a weak faith, we are not that strong and perfect
That’s why in the Gospel there is a request and Prayer: “Lord, Increase our Faith.”
This our weak faith, remember also. Many times, it will be tested. It can be tested by tragedies in Life, loss, separation, sickness and even financial problems..
But we can learn from Mother Theresa today. She doubted , yes. But she never stopped desiring to be close to the Lord and to continue serving and doing good.
Story: A man who just started serving the church and really was serving faithfully was just diagnosed when he went for a checkup with a terminal cancer in its serious stage and was given only 5 months to live. How do we comfort him. What are the ride words to tell him to encourage him.
But this man said instead. I am sad not because I am sick but because I could have served earlier and I could have done a lot more for the Lord.
Lord, Increase my Faith. Amen
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"Leaps of Faith"
"LEAPS OF FAITH" Can be a religious movement of a person, an inner movement of belief, of trust on the greatest power of all, The Supreme being..Our Creator and Maker..Our God. They can be resolutions of a person everyday in his life to move forward, to be a better person, and to start a new life. They can be decisions of a person in times of great uncertainties, when he is not sure of what will come or happen and he makes a leap of faith. They can be steps, difficult steps that a person makes on his way to change or to start anew. Or they can simply be a persons resolve to fly, to travel..to widen his horizons, to learn more about life and to grow. These are Leaps of faith we make everyday and in great moments of our lives and they are worth considering and reflecting.