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…

Meaningful Death

Once I attended a wake. While the relatives were very sad that their mother passed away, their greatest consolation was that she was prepared. She picked the dress that she would wear in the coffin. She had a list of priests who would celebrate Mass for her for the three days of viewing. She picked…

Persistence

Once there was this dog who fell into a deep well. The villagers suggested many ways how to save the dog. Finally, the wise man of the town suggested getting shovels. Upon the return of the villagers with their shovels, they got surprised by the suggestion of the village wise man, “Shovel dirt and throw…

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…

He is Risen

On April 15, 2019, at about 6:50 pm, a fire broke out beneath the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral. After about six hours the fire was put out. One of the earliest pictures of the state of the Cathedral that came out was a picture of the altar with all the burned wood and destroyed…

What Are You Looking For?

When we are given a new year, of course, we have to plan so that time and resources are not wasted. In planning though, it is very important to ask ourselves, “What are you looking for?” No matter how old we are, there is always something in life that we are looking for.  Some are…

Typhoons of Life

Matthew 14: 22-33 Once, we took a boat ride towards an island that was said to be very beautiful. In the middle of what was supposed to be a short thirty-minute trip, the winds suddenly became strong and water was getting into the boat. So frightening was the experience, that I bargained with the Lord,…

From Doubt to Joy

In all our relationships, doubt always plays a part. There will be a time when: A lover will doubt whether his or her partner is faithful An employer will doubt whether his or her employee can be trusted A business partner will doubt whether the other partner is honest Even for a while, John the…

Uncertainty

In ordinary times, by this time of the year, we would have planned already for 2022. In our personal lives, we would have already determined the trips we would take, the milestones to be celebrated, the major projects to pursue, and the major purchases to be made. In our professional lives, we would plan the…