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…

Power of Words

Matthew 8:5-13 There is a saying that “A pen is mightier that a sword.” Throughout history, words have influenced people and not violence. A person who grew up with affirmation, is confident. Compare this to a person who grew up with criticism, as often criticism also comes out of the mouth. In St. Matthew’s Gospel,…

Mothers and Goodbyes

Editor’s Note: This homily was from a 40th-day Mass last year. As it pertains to the importance of mothers in our lives, we are sharing it as part of a Mother’s Day reflection. — This weekend will be Mother’s day and on social media, there are already so many tributes to mothers. Two things I…

Agonies of the Last Supper

In the Jewish tradition, when you share a meal with a person, this person is considered a friend. More so, if the meal is considered the last person’s meal. The people one dines with are not only friends but close, personal, and intimate friends. Hence, the people Jesus dined with during the Last Supper may…

Be Like God

We always ask the question, “If God is good why is there hell?” Our Christian faith reminds us that God created spiritual beings called Angels. Lucifer, a very beautiful angel, along with one-third of the angels, rebelled against God. Why? “They wanted to be like God.” Hence, Led by St. Michael, they were cast out…

What’s in a seat?

Why is a seat so important? Because a seat means a lot.  A seat can define whether you are rich or ordinary, like how those seated in the business class of a plane are treated differently than economy A seat can define power, like how those seated nearest to the boss means you have more…

Trusting God and Giving

There are many things about our faith that seem to be not so practical or very difficult: We are told to forgive when it is easier to seek revenge We are told to trust God who we cannot see nor hear There are things we are told NOT to do even if we think it…

Where is the Church

Christ knew that his mission on earth would all come to an end. Hence, he tells Peter, “Upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of the netherworld will prevail against it.” Hence for twenty-one centuries, the Church has been around and yes, until Christ comes again it will always be around….

Who Are the Blessed?

When we see people with a nice house, nice car, prestigious job, and frequently traveling,  we tell ourselves that person is blessed. When a person has a powerful position, is popular, or has social connections, we tell ourselves that the person is blessed. When a person is having a nice and charmed life, we say…

Truly Rich

As it was in the time of Jesus and as it is now, we think people who are materially rich are blessed people. If one has a nice house, that person is blessed. If one has a prosperous business, that person is blessed. If one holds a high position and is powerful, that person is…