Truly Alive

Luke 24: 35-48 When someone passes away, some wish that they would be able to talk to or see their loved one. “Magparamdam man lang,” would be the desire. But others, would say, “Huwag kang magparamdan, ipagdadasal kita.” Why is this so? Many of us have fear of ghosts. Certainly, the Apostles wanted to see…

Ups and Downs of Life

Luke 13: 10-17 How often have we heard people say, “You cannot predict life.” One day life is good, the next moment, all the challenges in life. Or one day life is difficult, then with an expected twist, suddenly life is good. In St. Luke’s Gospel, people were so amazed at how a demon was…

Prayer

Luke 11: 1-13 Whenever we see someone who was once fat and has lost a lot of weight, the first question is, “How did you do it?” Or someone who was sickly and is now in the best of health, “How did you do it?” Or someone who suddenly looks so young and blooming, “How…

Gratitude

Luke 17: 11-19 One of the first lessons in life that we learn is to say thank you. When we receive candy or a treat, our parents would always remind us, “What do you say?”. If we received a toy for our birthday, our parents would always remind us, “What will you say?” In school…

Who is My Neighbor?

Luke 10: 25-37 I once celebrated Mass in a subdivision clubhouse. After the Mass, during the fellowship, I was talking to two couples, whom I introduced to each other. Couple 1 asked Couple 2, “What is your street?” It turns out that both lived on the same street. Not only that, it turns out that…

Dealing with Failure

Luke 24: 13-35 We all either admire or are envious of successful people. Whether we are envious or full of admiration for a person though, one thing is for sure – that person is good at whatever he or she is doing. How did they get to be that good in their chosen field? If…

In Search of the Sensational

Luke 11: 29-32 As human beings, we are always searching for the sensational. I saw a video of the sun seemingly dancing at the Divine Mercy Hill in El Salvador City in Misamis Oriental. Indeed it is mind-boggling. When we hear of things like this, we are fascinated. For us, things like this are signs…

Unhappy People

Luke 13: 10-17 In our many relationships, there are people that we encounter who are not happy with life. We call them “unhappy” people. The thing with unhappy people is that they too, want people to be unhappy. Someone has a new house, what do they say, “Utang naman yan.” Someone gets promoted, “Sipsip kasi…

Expect the Unexpected

Luke 1: 67-79 For the Chinese, the character for crisis is also the character for blessings. In other words, hidden in the challenges of life, are the blessings. However, because our view of life is limited, we find it difficult to see the blessings immediately when we are in crisis or undergoing difficulty.  In the…

Yes

Luke 1:26-38 When a couple is about to get married, one of the things that we as priests look into is the reason for the marriage. We try to find out if both parties are entering into the marriage not out of force, not out of fear, or not coerced, or for any other reason….