Finished or Not Finished

During the exams we would always hear the words of our professor, “Finished or not finished, pass your prayers.” If we did well, we were happy, but if we feel we did not do well, those words were such a dread.  Perhaps these words too are the words of Jesus about our journey on earth,…

What Shall We Do

In a retreat that we attended, the retreat master gave us two hours to reflect on the question: “If you had twenty-four hours left to live, what would you do?” After two hours, we shared our reflections and it all boiled down to one thing: Despite differences in the stories and experiences of all the…

Wrong Turn

Every once in a while, I join pilgrimages as a tour escort. One of the duties is to make sure that no one gets lost in the tour. Hence, I always tell the pilgrims: A memorable tour was when a first-time pilgrim got lost in Spain. She did not speak Spanish, she had little command…

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, not coerced, or for any other reason; otherwise,…

Having the Best

Typical of parents is that they will always want what is best for their children. Hence, one of the biggest frustrations is when the children do not do what is supposed to be good for them. The biggest frustration is when children do not listen to their parents and they go astray. Somewhat similar to…

Truly Rich

Many times we have this misconception that our religion does not want us to be rich. We have the misconception that it is better to be poor.   On one hand, Jesus tells us to go sell all our possessions, give them to the poor and follow him. On the other hand, he told Peter, anyone…

From Defeat to Victory

In the Gospel, many people went to Jesus because of healing. You can just imagine during the time of Jesus when medicine was not so advanced yet, a sickness was almost like a death sentence. The question then arises, why did Jesus heal when we are only passing by in this world? Why did Jesus…

Discipleship

During his time on earth, many people travelled with Jesus. Most likely they wanted to hear something, they wanted to ask for something, they wanted material blessings, or they were curious or amazed by his fame, and power to heal and do miracles and blessings. True to form and in a very straightforward way, Jesus…

Eulogy

Once we were asked by our professor to write our own Eulogy. Initially, it brought laughter to the students. It was an uneasy laughter. Eventually, it died down, for when we started working on the details it became a moment of deep reflection – “Who do I say that I am when I pass away from…

Hypocrisy

A survey was once made and the one thing that people hated the most when it came to public servants was hypocrisy.  If there is one thing people hate, it is definitely hypocrisy. Further, if there is one thing Jesus hates, it is also hypocrisy. He always lambasted the Scribes, the Pharisees, and the Elders…