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Monday, November 2, 2020

Reflection 2020-11-03 Tuesday 31st Week in Ordinary Time – St Martin de Porres

Philippians 2:5-11; Psalm 22; Luke 14:15-24
The First Reading speaks of the total submission of Jesus to the Father. Although God, Jesus did not hold on to his divine nature. Instead, he emptied himself and took the form of a slave, becoming man and humbled himself and became obedient to the point of dying on a cross. Because of his total surrender to the Father, God exalted him over all creation. Jesus showed God exalts the one who submits to him. This submission is seen in obedience to his will, in the case of Jesus, even death on the cross. Trust in the Father is seen in obedience to him. For those who obey God, they will enjoy what God has planned.
The parable in the Gospel today shows us what God has planned for us. He wants us to enjoy what he has prepared. He sent his slave to call those who were invited to come and have dinner. But those who were called had reasons and did not come. In anger, the owner said this: Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.
The slave went out and told the lord this has been done and there still more room. The master said: Go out into the roads and lanes and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.
The master tells the slave to compel, or force people to come. God desperately wants us to live with him and he accepts us as we are: poor, crippled, blind and lame. We are sinners and God accepts us as we are. The question then is: am I willing to accept God’s invitation to come to him? Am I willing to come as I am to God and let him do what he wants to me when I obey him. This life God has planned will be full of suffering. But one thing is guaranteed, when we obey and submit to God, he will give us what he has planned for us. What has he planned for us? Look at what he did to Jesus.
Jesus humbled himself and obeyed God, so now, he is exalted in heaven above all creation. When we obey God, we will also share in this victory of Jesus.
St Martin de Porres is someone who dedicated his life in obedience to God. He was an illegitimate child of a Spanish nobleman and freed slave of African and Peruvian descent. His father abandoned him so his mother had to raise them in poverty. When she could not support her children, she sent him to a primary school and placed him with a barber/surgeon. At that time, Peruvian law prohibited those with African and native descent from becoming full members of religious orders. Martin entered the Dominicans as a volunteer and practiced barbering and surgery.
He was assigned to the infirmary and remained there until his death. He cared for the sick and is known for his miracles and care for the sick. This dedication to service was grounded on his love for the Eucharist. This allowed him to surrender himself to allow God to fulfill what he has planned for St Martin.
Lord, may I surrender myself fully to you and obey you in all you say. Receive me, poor, weak, lame, blind. Transform me so I can live the life you have planned for me.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Submission Does not Mean Inferiority

Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. Wives should be submissive to their husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the Church. He is the Savior of his body. Therefore, just as the Church is subject to Christ, so also should wives be subject to their husbands in all things. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and handed himself over for her, so that he might sanctify her, washing her clean by water and the Word of life, so that he might offer her to himself as a glorious Church, not having any spot or wrinkle or any such thing, so that she would be holy and immaculate. So too, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
Ephesians 5:21-28

Wednesday, March 1, 2000

Seeing Through God's Eyes

When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am; And that I do nothing of myself; what the Father has taught me is what I preach; he who sent me is with me and has not left me to myself, for I always do what pleases him. 
John 8:25-26

We Believe in God

August is a very special month for me. Not only does it have two important solemnities of our Lady, but two major events in my life happened on these two feast days of Mary.