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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

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--> 4th Sunday of Lent (A) Laetare Sunday March 30, 2014
LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!


They say that among the top ten habits of unhappy people is to consistently be arguing with oneself whether to get up from bed each morning. They sigh. They whine. They groan and moan as they complain to themselves about the unfortunate need to rise up and – not shine, mind you – but to pine for what they are about to lose by leaving their beds.


Well, following closely behind this is to be expected … the penchant to look for someone to blame, to shame, to shout at, and point accusing fingers at. He could be the tricycle driver ahead of you; the jeepney driver, or the thoughtless, inconsiderate pedestrian blocking your path. Whoever it is, does not matter. Everyone is fair game to an unhappy person working himself to a frenzy looking for a fight.


The blind man in the gospel does not seem to fit the bill of such an unhappy person. Perhaps you could look at it this way … The disciples were a little i…

COMING. COME. NOW

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--> 3rd Sunday of Lent (A) March 23, 2014
COMING. COME. NOW


The woman who came to Jesus at the well was not named. But hey, she had a title – and a reputation to boot!  Samaritan woman! What more could she ask? She was not named, but that didn’t mean she was not known! In fact, she was well known. Her reputation preceded her everywhere she went, and I have no reason to think Jesus did not know a thing or two about her.


Well, in point of fact, Jesus did know. He knew enough to put her off-guard and lead her to ask questions that were evasive, even non-sensical, with absolutely nothing to do with what the Lord was trying to gently explain to her.


Times, there are in anyone’s life when we’d rather ask academic or theoretical questions. These are moments when the painful truth sits so close to us and makes us uncomfortable. I hear and see such very often in social media. I post on help that should go the way of typhoon victims who suffered – four months ago, and after four months…

A GLIMPSE OF THE GLORY THAT AWAITS US

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Second Sunday of Lent (A) March 16, 2014
A GLIMPSE OF THE GLORY THAT AWAITS US
Teasers and previews are a common thing in our internet-saturated lives nowadays. Go and see a movie and before you could see the main feature, they show you first a slew of “better things to come” … a series of “coming soons” and a preview of the movies coming “next summer to a movie theater near you.”
Well, the Lord did something similar yet eminently and literally more lofty and heavenly.
But first, a preview … This, the book of Genesis (first reading) does. The Lord tells Abram: “I will make you a great nation … I will make your name great … I will bless those who bless you.” … A vision of things to come! …
Abraham was given a preview. But Timothy is given a retro view – a view of what has happened, what has been done, and what God has wrought in fulfillment of what was promised to Abram: “He saved us and called us to a holy life.” … A vision of things past!
The former was a prequel; the latter, a sequel.
Bu…

DISCERNING, DECIDING, CHOOSING RIGHTLY

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--> First Sunday of Lent (A) March 9, 2015




Matthew today tells us of the three temptations of Christ. It sure makes one think of a smorgasbord. Jesus was given three choices, and all three have to do with something that touched him to the core. Who doesn’t want food after fasting so long? Who does not want to be served and protected by minions who would surely come to your rescue at all cost? Who among us would not want a promotion beyond imagination and be able to control all nations and kingdoms?


The offers all sound - pardon the pun – very tempting indeed. Food is good anytime, all the time, especially that time when you have foregone it for so long. Being catered to and protected by others is always good, for anyone, for everyone. And being on the saddle is always better than being at the beck and call of someone else.


Wait! These are all ephemeral goods. Food is good, yes, but it is not the only good. Honor and prestige are both good, but there are other higher goods. Po…

GOD FIRST, AND ALL THE REST WILL FOLLOW!

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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A March 2, 2014
GOD FIRST, AND ALL THE REST WILL FOLLOW!
The past four Sundays reminded us of Godly wisdom, in many and varied ways. Today, we are once again told of the wisdom that we need above all others – the wisdom to be able to suffer unjustly, the wisdom to remain solid and steadfast despite the most difficult human pain of all – that of being forsaken, abandoned, even forgotten.
Who among us have not felt such at some point or other in our lives? Who among us did not feel ignored, even perhaps rejected, and treated as less than we deserve?
You know it better than I do, at least as far as your personal story is concerned … we all pass through judgment by others, or by “any human tribunal.” We are judged for what we do or say. We are also judged for how we appear, or how we come across to people. No matter what they say, people tend to judge a book by its cover.
I just came back from a trip to beautiful Camiguin Island, just southeast of Bohol and no…