Saturday, May 29, 2010

HOLY TRINITY


Trinity Sunday.
Unlike other feast or celebration in the church when we honor a person or an event, today we celebrate a belief.
Our Faith on the One Triune God, that there are three persons in one God, God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
It is a mystery something that our minds could never reach or fathom. It defies logic or mathematics, for how can it be 1+1+1=1
This is what the Lord is telling us today in the gospel: " I have much more to tell you but you cannot bear it now But the Holy Spirit come upon you He will guide you by the truth."
But we believe because Christ said so, Go and make disciples of all nations baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
and always we will be Trinitarian, when we make the sign of the cross, that's our faith and trust in the holy trinity.
and it is sad when how sometimes this profession is not used in the right and proper way.
a story about how a visitor, a foreigner in our country the Philippines was impressed and amazed when he saw a man before climbing a coconut three made the sign of the cross and remarked about his being religious and he was corrected don.t be impressed for he is climbing to steal coconuts.
today we are reminded about how we profess and hold our faith one the triun God the right and sincerest way.
It reminds us also about the message of Unity.
Just as God the father God the son and God the Holy Spirit are one Unity is also important for us
In our lives that we should make an effort to be always be close and united with God, for "apart from him we can do nothing." Jesus said. In Him we have our strength and our being remain united with Him
Work for Unity at Home
to our couples stand firm there will always be challenges in your relationship hold on and be united it is worth fighting till the end.
The family gets its strength in being close to each other and united. Its vacation time take the opportunity to find time to be together.
St Joseph is doing great because of the unity and love of many.
Our country, will always be united, for it is the United States of America, but there is an invitation to practice it sincerely and faithfully and use unity for doing more good and showing love for others.
As we honor God the Father, God the son and the Holy Spirit, as we celebrate our faith let us also ask to help us become an instrument of unity and peace, Amen

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Power


Pentecost Sunday
Is a very special occasion in the life of the church.
For it is like the “birthday of the Church.” On this day everything in the life of the church started when Christ empowered his disciples to proclaim His message of love to the world.
For me it is personally special because 18 years ago today ( I clearly remember everything) in an unfinished church back home with my family and friends I said my first mass. "18 years and still going."
Pentecost comes from the word “Pente” and “coste” = 50 days after Easter we also end today Easter season. The Light of Easter will be put off, but it should continue burning in our hears, that we should continue burning with love and sacrifice for others and for the Lord.
Christ gave His disciples and you and me the power, the gift of the Holy Spirit- the Power, the force that would animate us, inspire us.
And we know how much we need inspiration.
It was the late Bishop Fulton Sheen who said: “ we are suppose to be chosen people but often we behave like frozen people” and frozen indeed we become sometimes on our practice of our faith, frozen, when we are not able to love and serve and to forgive.
Christ giving us the holy spirit.
Please be reminded that the Holy Spirit is with us already. When we were baptized when I was ordained, when you were confirmed we received the Holy Spirit, and Pentecost is just a yearly celebration of looking at ourselves and and the church and discover again our soul, the holy spirit in our hearts.
You may fail to see it sometimes, but always the holy spirit is with us, that allows to do wonderful things, for me to say this homily with all my incapacity, for you to come to church today and forgo with other things in life, to beautifully sing with our inspired choir, to do things for others silently without expecting any acknowledgement, visiting those who are sick…do you see the power of the holy spirit working, even to realize these things is a gift of the holy spirit.

The Spirit offers us Peace. And we know much we need it. With all the conflicts and confusion in our lives, in the family and in the world, surely we really need the gift of peace.

Lastly the Spirit is our advocate, our protector.
There are times when we are afraid and worried, about our future,about our love ones.
Learn to ask the guidance and protection of the Holy Spirit. He will never fail us and nothing wrong could ever happen.
The Holy Spirit protected the Church. It kept us going through ups and down all these two thousand years.
Someone said. No matter what scandal or troubles will rock the church It will persist because it is protected and founded on the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let us ask the Power of the Holy Spirit to come upon us, fill our hearts and enkindle in us the fire of love and that we will receive strength, inspiration peace and power to forgive and be renewed. Amen

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

PRAYER


In this age of technology, it is easy to keep in touch with friends and love ones
with cellphones and emails.
I can even call my mom anytime for free

As Jesus speaks to the Father through prayer we too can also communicate to Jesus and the Father.
Let us be reminded today of the need to pray and its power and to pray unceasingly as Jesus told us.
As Jesus prays to the Father he also prays for us.
Let us not only pray for ourselves but also for others specially for our love ones and those who don't have anyone to pray for them.

Maybe you are concern about unanswered prayers?
Jesus assures : ask the Father in my name and your joy will be complete.

If you have troubles receiving emails, and that lately no one has been answering your mails?
Someone said:
try "Knee Mails": mails or messages you send on your knees, through prayers and Jesus will never let you down. Amen

Sunday, May 16, 2010

ASCENSION SUNDAY


The Lyrics of this song, that I heard on the radio (whose title I never got to know) rightly expresses it:
"Saying Goodbye is not an easy thing to do, it can make you angry, it can make you cry, it can make you feel so sad and you don't know what to do, its not easy to say goodbye."

It can be leaving home or going away like being deployed to the Middle East, (Picture ofPaige, standing at the side of her father holding his hands as they were being deployed to the middle east)
It can be the going away of bishop Thomas Winski,
It can be our graduates saying goodbye this school year,
It maybe about a lost love and separation,
Or the passing away of a love one which is the hardest.
It is never easy and so hard to say goodbye. “Goodbyes are difficult.”

Jesus is saying goodbye today in the gospel as we celebrate Ascension Sunday. He is going back to the father, He is going to heaven.

Normally those who are left behind are the ones affected, who feels the pain. When I left home, I was not crying, I was excited, but my family, my mom they were the ones crying. How I wished I could leave something behind to appease them, and my nephew jokingly said: ‘You could leave us your credit Card!)

But Jesus offers us His encouragement, His words of consolation. In the scriptures, these days, we hear the many encouragement of the Lord, saying:
" I will not leave you orphaned." I will give you the Advocate, The Holy Spirit to be with you in Spirit and in your hearts.
"I pray to those who believe in me that they will be one." That we will not be harmed and be scattered.
He said. " Do not be Afraid for I will be with you till the end of time."
"I am going to prepare a place for you so that where I am you also will be."
So many words of encouragement of hope and assurance for us who are left behind.

My Brothers and sisters, even the spirit of Ascension offers us so much hope and encouragement.
Its meaning in our lives is actually a Blessing.
Ascension means, that just as Jesus ascended to heaven, we too can ascend from wherever we are, we too can stand up, we too can start a new life always.

Sometimes we think that if we have fallen, there is no more hope, if have sinned that we are doomed.
No, we can still start all over again, yes we may stand up and fall and fall always but ascension tells us not to loose hope but to learn to stand again and begin anew,

We look at our lives and we become desperate because sometimes there is no progress, sometimes there is so much hardships and troubles. So much poverty. Ascension tells us, we can rise, we strive hard, continue working faithfully and that there will be better times.
Sometimes we tend to say “that's what we are and that's how far we can go..No, we can still stand up again.
That’s Ascension and it gives us hope and encouragement and meaning to continue serving and loving.
Be glad my dear brothers and sisters for just as Jesus ascended, we too can ascend in life, in love and to be with him and with our love ones in heaven. Amen

Friday, May 14, 2010

St. Mathias


Why Me?

Sometimes I wonder why was I chosen to be a Priest.
Who am I to deserve so much Blessings and Opportunities.

The Lord Jesus would say in the Gospel today: “You have not chosen me, I have chosen you. Go and Bear fruit that will last.” Jn. 15:16.

I still wonder why me but one thing is clear that I have to go, in gratitude for the blessings I received, for being chosen, to go and serve and continue loving and fulfilling the mission at hand that I was given to fulfill..to bear fruit that will lasts.
(We celebrate today the Feast of St. Mathias, chosen to replace Judas. Why Mathias? We wonder why.)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Palabra de Dios


My Homily during my First mass with the Spanish Community in Winter Haven Florida. (Sixth Sunday of Easter, Mother's Day)


Es una costumbre, cuando alguien se va a separar de su familia, que los padres y mayores ofrezcan consejos y palabras de sabiduría o bendición a la persona.
Yo también fui bendecido y recibí palabras de aliento de parte de mi Madre cuando partí de mi casa hace una semana para venir a Winter Haven.
Esto es lo que Jesús esta haciendo en el Evangelio de hoy. El esta partiendo. Lo próximo sera la Asención, así que El ofrece palabras de consejo, palabras de sosiego, aliento, y palabras de paz a sus discípulos.
Esas palabras son también para ustedes y para mi.
1. El no quiero dejarnos huerfanos.
A. Entonces nos da el Paráclito, el Espíritu Santo, el defensor para protegernos y guiarnos. Siempre debemos pedir al Espíritu Santo que nos inspire y nos fortalezca en todo lo que hacemos en nuestras vidas.
B. El nos da a MARÍA, nuestra Madre Celestial. Su mes de mayo y Mayo es el mes de María. Pídele a Ella su protección.
C. El nos ofrece Nuestras Madres, para que sigamos sintiendo El Amor y Cuidado del Padre en este mundo. Recordamos hoy a todas las madres y rogamos por su salud y felicidad.
(cuando partí mi madre estaba preocupada y llena de dudas; me preguntó quien me iba a cocinar en Winter Haven. Yo tengo mas madres que me cuidan, como Carmen quien me brinda de su cocina latina).

2. El nos Bendice con la Paz. Bien sabemos cuanto lo necesitamos, para nosotros mismos, para nuestras familias, para nuestra comunidad y para el mundo entero. Cuantos conflictos y peleas hay en estos tiempos, en verdad que necesitamos Paz.
Estas son las palabras de Jesús y nos pide que lo sigamos para que se cumplan, porque: "el que me ama cumplirá mi palabra."
Y añade que nunca debemos perder el consuelo porque si cumplimos sus palabras, El nunca nos faltará, El siempre estará aquí para protegernos.
Alegrensen mis queridos hermanos y hermanas porque así es que Jesús nos ama y cuida.
Vamos entonces a Amarnos los unos a los otros mientras continuamos amando a nuestro Padre Celestial. Amen.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Springtime




Few months ago, friends from Winter Haven Florida, sent me pictures through face book of their dying plants and fruit trees and flowers due to frost. It was the start of winter and it was a sad scene.
Recently, I received pictures again but this time it was of blooming, flowering beautiful flowers. It is springtime.
Our Almighty Father has set an order in this world, that is, from death to Life, from sadness to joy, from winter to springtime, from Lent to Easter. A hopeful movement of time from hardships to better times.
Let us be glad and always be hopeful for always there will be Life, Joy, Better times and Easter.

HAPPY EASTER
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