Possessions and Eternal Life

Matthew 16: 13-19 When we see someone who is rich, we feel that the person is blessed. He has found favor with God and that is why all the blessings occur. Further, he always connotes material blessings with happiness.  That too was the thinking of the Jews during the time of Jesus: material possessions equal…

The Power of Prayer

Matthew 7: 9-11 Whenever we see a friend who has lost a lot of weight, created a booming business, or has had a health-related recovery, we often say, “teach me how you did it.” “Teach us how to pray,” were the words of the Apostles to Jesus. They must have seen how powerful and significant…

Turning Bad Into Good

Matthew 26: 14-27: 66 As human beings, we look at things in our lives based only on two realities: favorable and unfavorable; this event is good, this event is bad; this experience brought joy and this experience brought pain, etc. In St. Matthew’s Gospel, the Pharisees and the Scribes wanted to kill Jesus. Why? He…

Coming of the Kingdom of God

Matthew 13: 47-53 In the summer of 2016, a sad event in the history of the Church happened in France. An 85-year-old priest was killed while celebrating Mass. As to the events that followed, we can only pray. On social media, one of the current topics is the end times. When things become unbearable and…

The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

Matthew 16: 13-19 When we studied Church History as seminarians, our professor told us that when you look at the history of the Church, twenty-one centuries of it, you will realize that it is a very human organization. It is composed of 99 percent lay people and less than one percent ordained ministers. It has…

What is Most Important

Matthew 13:44-46 There was once a survey made and the question was, “What is the most important thing in life?” The top twelve answers were: Health Family Friends Love Purpose Passion Wellness Education Time Water Food Sleep Indeed they are important but they are all fleeting, fading, and passing. One day it is useful, the…

Thanking God for People

Matthew 5:13-16 Every single time it is quiet and there is a time to reflect, one of the things that I do is to thank God for various people in my life.  There are people who are not here in this world anymore, yet I remember their kindness. There are people who I have not…

The Secret of True Wealth

Matthew 25: 14-30 Deng Xiaoping once said, “To get rich is glorious.” Indeed, it is quite glorious for many people, hence the desire to get rich. Some even want to fast-track their way to material wealth as the lure of houses, money, cars, and properties are so enticing. Why is money so alluring? Because it…

Holier Than Thou

Matthew 13: 24-30 How often have we heard comments such as: “Why go to Mass when the people there are no different from the people who do not go to Mass?” “Look at her…she prays so fervently but look how she mistreats her household help.” “I heard that even within the different organizations and ministries,…

We Are Family

Matthew 18: 21-35 Once I was talking to a real estate broker and he mentioned that the best business nowadays is still Real Estate. He explained that land is not getting any bigger, yet there are more people and their incomes are increasing. Hence, property prices go up every year. He also mentioned something else…