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Showing posts with label Life. Show all posts

Monday, April 6, 2020

Reflection 2020-04-06 Monday of Holy Week

Isaiah 42:1-7; Psalm 27; John 12:1-11
The words of the First reading show us who Jesus is: he is God’s servant, whom God upholds, God’s chosen, and in whom God’s soul delights. Towards the end of the First Reading also, God tells his servant: I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you. Yet, in a few days from now, Jesus will be crucified and will die.
Jesus knows he will die in a few days which is why he told Judas to let Mary alone when she poured out an expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus. Just to give an idea of how expensive that is, one denarius is a day’s wage. Putting this in today’s terms, a day’s wage, assuming $15/hr times 8 hrs/day for 300 days will give $36,000. Mary poured out perfume costing $36,000 in modern terms. This is why Judas felt bad about it.
The question is: Why would God allow his faithful servant whom his soul delights, his servant whom he gives as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, who opened the eyes of the blind, freed prisoners, give light to those in darkness, to be killed? It is not that God does not have the power to stop evil. The First Reading tells us he gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it. He could just withdraw breath from the people and Jesus would not have to die.
God HAS the power to stop evil, but he does not, because he brings out something infinitely better than what the evil has destroyed. In this case, the death of Jesus leads to his resurrection, which fulfills God’s plan of redeeming us from our sins, and giving us power to be his adopted children.
The Responsorial Psalm sums this up: the Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? God defends us and protects us. Even when Jesus was suffering and dying on the Cross, God is saving him and protecting him. How you say? By dying, Jesus rose from the dead and through his death, he destroyed death because he will not die again!
Which is why, when we are in the midst of uncertainties, of darkness or despair, when we trust Jesus, we have confidence to say, even to boast, whom shall I fear, of whom shall I be afraid. Jesus defeats all our enemies. Even when we are surrounded by our enemies, we will not be afraid because we believe we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. The psalm ends Wait for the Lord: Be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.
This is very applicable to our situation today. Around us is this virus that can destroy us. It assaults us, unseen. As we take prudent steps to prevent this virus from infecting us and our loved one, we must remember, our safety is not in our actions. But our safety is in the Lord. For those who are affected by this situation, we remind ourselves, that when we turn to the Lord, we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. God will deliver us from our situation, whatever it may be. Wait for the Lord: be strong, let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord. Do not be afraid. Call on the Lord and he will hear your prayer.
Lord, when things seem dark, when you seem to be absent in my life, in my situation, remind me that you are here with me always and you will never abandon me.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Love Leads to Life


I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without me, you are able to do nothing.

John 15:5

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Fighting the Antichrists

Little sons, it is the last hour. And, as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have arrived. By this, we know that it is the last hour. They went out from among us, but they were not of us. For, if they had been of us, certainly they would have remained with us. But in this way, it is made manifest that none of them are of us. Yet you have the anointing of the Holy One, and you know everything. I have not written to you as to ones who are ignorant of the truth, but as to ones who know the truth. For no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar, other than he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This one is the Antichrist, who denies the Father and the Son.
1 John 2:18-22

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Confirmation: The Gift of the Holy Spirit


Yet truly, once they had believed Philip, who was evangelizing the kingdom of God, both men and women were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ... And now, seeing also the greatest signs and miracles being wrought, he was amazed and stupefied. Now when the Apostles who were in Jerusalem had heard that Samaria had received the Word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.
And when they had arrived, they prayed for them, so that they might receive the Holy Spirit.
Acts 8:12, 14-15

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Choose Life

I call heaven and earth as witnesses this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life, so that both you and your offspring may live, and so that you may love the Lord your God, and obey his voice, and cling to him, (for he is your life and the length of your days) and so that you may live in the land, about which the Lord swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that he would give it to them.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20