Tuesday of the 1st Week of Advent

Luke 10:21-24

Praise of the Father


The words of Jesus in today’s gospel reading are rather puzzling. “I thank you, Father for hiding from the learned and clever what you reveal to the merest children.”

Obviously, the Lord did not mean that we take his words literally. Remember, how, at his birth, Jesus revealed himself to the magi or wise men? What Jesus meant is that he reveals himself to people whose hearts are open and humble or who have childlike simplicity. Not to those who are proud and arrogant.

Childlike simplicity knows how to trust in God as the Father. There was once a three-year old child boarded a bus, unaccompanied. The passengers were as curious as amused. ‘Are you not afraid to be traveling all by yourself?” one passenger asked her. “No ma’am, the driver of this bus is my father,” she replied.

We should be people who are aware of the fact that we are dependent on God and that we are interdependent in the community. (Fr. Bel San Luis, SVD Bible Diary 2002)


The PLDT slogan says, “Keeping you in touch!” For Nokia, “Connecting people.” And if you load a new Globe SIM card, you will be greeted, “Welcome, you’re now globe connected!” Communication is about connectedness. With a simple yet sophisticated gadget, we get connected with another person in an amazingly few seconds. Connectedness creates a remarkably enhances relationship. It truly touches our lives.

Jesus knew deeply in his heart his profound connectedness to His Father. “No one knows who the Son except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son,” (Lk 10:22b). This makes His connectedness to the Father unique – an “Abba” relationship. In his whole life and ministry, particularly at the crucial points of His life, he experienced this special relation to God, His “Abba.” It is an experience of mutual and intimate love between His Father and Himself.

Personally, I have different feeling everytime my father calls me, “Jojo, anak.” There is a feeling of connectedness, of closeness and of identity – who I am in relation to him. I am my father’s son. This connectedness touches the deepest intimacy between my father and me, the intimacy of a father-and-son relationship. So much more with our relationship with God, by the grace of Baptism, we receive the Spirit who makes us adopted sons and daughters of the Father. He willed to reveal to us the profound meaning of His Fatherly love. He loves us unconditionally.

Our intimate connectedness to the Father is a gift that forms our identity as His adopted children. It is also a mutual commitment as our part to live our lives according to His loving will. He only desires what is the utmost good for us. His only will is that we grow into the fullness of our capacities. It also means a complete trust in His fatherly providence. To call Him our “Father” means to be humbly dependent on His loving grace. (Frt. Jonathan A. Latada, SVD Bible Diary 2005)


A writer of a weekly magazine reveals that he does not believe in God. His reason is simple. If there is God, he must be intelligent, otherwise, he could not be a perfect God. According to the writer, whenever he considered man’s/woman’s life situation, he would always come to conclusion that man was not created by an intelligent Creator. His primary question on man’s situation is: How come as man progresses and masses things in life, like intelligence, experience and possessions, he also progresses towards weakness and old age? Such lot could not come from an intelligent God. Therefore for him God does not exist.

What the writer describes is true. As I progress I also regress. And I would agree with the writer that there is contradiction in such a situation. To conclude however, that the Creator is not intelligent depends on one thing: does God have a plan in his creation? Because if God has a plan, and he follows it, then God is just being true to his program of creation. There is no contradiction.

The old catechism book begin with a question: “Why did God create me? Answer: To know Him, love Him, serve Him and be with Him in heaven. Life on earth is not permanent; it is temporary. It is a preparation for something far greater and definitely permanent. Life therefore progresses towards weakness in body and ultimately leads to death. When the body weakens with old age and sickness, it is not a sign of non-intelligence, but rather a signal and a reminder of God’s purpose and intelligent plan for his creation.

The gospel today would seem to underline the contingency of man and how he should comfort himself as he accumulates knowledge and experiences. To be proud and arrogant with what we have required and earned is to be far from God’s plan. To be humble and become children before God is to catch a glimpse of his glory. “I offer you praise, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth because what you have hidden from the learned and the clever you have revealed to the merest children.” (Fr. Atilano Corcuera, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


Vincent van Gogh, the great Dutch painter, had actually produced 1,700 paintings and drawings before he died in 1890. Before van Gogh died, however, he sold only one painting for $85. He naturally thought himself to be a failure. Recently, one of his paintings sold for $50 million. Vincent van Gogh never knew what a great artist he really was.

What is true of van Gogh is also true of many of us Christians. Few of us really appreciate in this life the greatness of our calling as Christians – other Christs. We have been called by God out of darkness into his own wonderful light and we do not know it.

A father of the family was about to retire for the night, when he suddenly heard a loud thumping on the window. In the swirling, snow storm outside a flock of birds was trying to get into the light and warmth of the house. They fluttered and bumped against the window in vain.

He thought of his barn, there they could be safe and warm. Putting on a jacket and with flashlight in hand, he rushed out to open the barn doors. He even tried to shoo the birds to the direction of the barn, but they circled around and came back to beat in a futile fashion on the window.

He thought to himself: “If only I were one of them. If I were a bird I could lead them in some way and so save them.” Then it dawned on him: Christ becoming a man was no fairytale. Indeed, we have been called by God out of darkness into His own wonderful light!

In three weeks time, we will be celebrating the fact that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Divine Word, Jesus Christ, became a Man in order to lead us to spiritual safety. The fact of our faith is backed up by logic and reason as the man in our story found out. It would take another bird to lead that flock of birds to safety. It would take another Man, who was also God, to lead mankind to eternal salvation. (Fr. Fred Mislang, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


November 29, 2016 Tuesday

My father used to take me with him on trips and delighted me with stories or vignettes of real life. On a visit to Palo, Leyte near the Sacred Heart Seminary, he asked me to look at the statue of the Sacred Heart fronting the chapel. At barrio fiestas, after the mass, we would go to his friends’ or relatives’ house for a meal. Once a drunkard hit his left shoulder with a long sharp blade (sundang).

My father refused to file a case against his attacker. It was enough for him to have received two hundred pesos for his hospitalization. He could easily forgive his enemies. Tagging me along with him was my father’s way of sharing ‘secrets’ about his life, attitudes, values, and interests.

If my father is willing to share his life with me, how much more is our Father in heaven so delighted to share his life with us his children through his Son Jesus, the Christ. Jesus had such a childlike attitude that his Father easily “handled over to him all things”. Jesus knew the Father and the Father knew him. Thus, whatever Jesus said and did in his mission on earth was always in union with the Father, guided by the Holy Spirit. Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and praised the Father for his complete revelation of things to his childlike Son. Our Father in heaven will also reveal to us himself if we remain childlike and truly love Him. After all, Christ says in John’s gospel: “He, who loves me, I will manifest myself to him.” Similarly, our love for our Father in heaven will lead him to manifesting Himself to us. Let us then continue to be childlike and love our Father in heaven. (Fr. Antonio O. Pegon SVD | Tagaytay City Bible Diary 2016)



BLESSED PAIR OF EYES – Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! – Luke 10:23

When I was the sixth wait-listed passenger queuing at the airport, and the counter clerk called me ahead of the rest, I saw the hand of the Lord moving.

When I was given a job to head the project management office of a leading IT company where my subordinates were Masters degree holders and certified project managers while I was neither, I saw the favor of the Lord resting on me.

When I was able to buy in cash a house and lot at an incomprehensibly low price but still beyond my current capacity to pay, I saw the power of the Lord manifesting.

In my “old life,” I’ve had some good luck. I took it all as coincidental or it happened because of me or my doing. I never saw it as coming from God.

I realize now, as I continue to know and grow in the Lord and serve Him, that nothing happens by chance. I am blessed that my eyes are now able to see God moving in my life. Danny Tariman (dtariman.loj@gmail.com)

Reflection: Count your blessings yesterday, the past week, last month. Do you see the Lord moving in your life?

Thank You, dear Jesus, for coming into my life. Continue to manifest Your favor upon me and let me see Your blessings for me. Amen.



GOD’S MOST IMPORTANT TITLE – “I give you praise, Father…” – Luke 10:21

God has many names. He is Yahweh. He is the great I AM. In my personal encounters with Him, He is El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty. El Elyon, the Most High God. Adonai, Lord and Master. Yahweh Nissi, the Lord My Banner. Yahweh-Raah, the Lord My Shepherd. Yahweh Rapha, the Lord That Heals. Yahweh Jireh (The Lord Will Provide). And many more.

One Christmas season, I was listening to a preacher and he asked an interesting question: “What is the most important name of God that Jesus gave us?” His answer: “Abba,”which is translated as “Father,” or more accurately, “Daddy.”

There was something in the way the preacher put it. I felt that calling God my “Father” was a fresh revelation despite the fact that I pretty much prayed the Lord’s Prayer daily.

The teaching came as a breath of fresh air. It came at a time when two of my loved ones had just passed away and it was our first Christmas without them. My wife and I just moved to a new place and we were about to make major decisions. Anxieties lurked in my mind and I was looking for answers.

“Abba” was the complete fulfillment of “I AM.” My Daddy God will be everything and will do anything for me. I’m His son! I AM accepts and loves me for who I am. Ariel Driz (adriz77@yahoo.com)

Reflection: Will you allow God to be your Dad?

Abba, thank You for being my Dad… my Father! I embrace this truth and I embrace Your love in Christ Jesus’ name.



Monday, November 30, 2015

TUESDAY OF THE 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT (YEAR C) – LUKAS 10:21-24. UNSA MAN ANG PINAKAHABOG NGA MATANG SA KAHIBALO UG UNSAON MAN NATO PAGKAB-OT NIINI? Ang pinakabililhong matang sa kahibalo mao ang kahibalo mahitungod sa Ginoo. Bisan unsa pa kadaghan ang mga butang nga nahibal-an sa usa ka tawo, wala kini bili kon ang maong tawo wala makaila sa Ginoo. Atong masabtan kang Kristo nga ang kahibalo ug pagka-ila sa Dios makab-ot lamang sa mga tawo nga adunay malumo ug mapaubsanong kasingkasing. Ang tawo nga garboso ug mapahitas-on dili gayod makaila kinsa ang Dios. Aron mailhan ang Ginoo, kinahanglan maghatag kita og igong panahon alang sa pag-ampo ug pagpamalandong sa Iyang mga Pulong. Ang Englist poet nga si John Milton nag-ingon: “The purpose of learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love Him and imitate Him.” Posted by Abet Uy



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Reflection for December 1, Tuesday of the First Week of Advent: Luke 10:21-24


What do we need to do to fully grasp the grace of the Holy Spirit in our lives? We need to be humble, we need to be childlike such is the life of Jesus—full of humility full of childlike trust.

The Holy Spirit will reveal itself to us once we become humble and childlike towards God. The Holy Spirit will give us something that others don’t have and that is the enlightenment to discern the workings of God in our lives.

Notice the childlike excitement to be present always in the celebration of the Holy Mass. Observe the intense longing to submit ourselves to the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession. We know and feel something deeper about our faith. Yet not everyone has this gift of feeling the profound presence of God in their life. This is given free without any cost by the Holy Spirit to those who strive to dive deeper into our Catholic faith.

We impede the grace of the Holy Spirit into our lives when we trust more on our wealth instead of God. When we are self-righteous, when we are corrupt, when we curse, when we say profanities and swearwords. When we seek pornography and other forms of Sin. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

Let us pray:

Come Holy Spirit I need you. Come Holy Spirit I pray. Come with your strength and your power come in your own special way.

Come like a spring in the desert, come to the weary of soul. Lord let your sweet healing power touch me and make me whole. Amen. Posted by: Marino J. Dasmarinas



Saturday, November 26, 2016

Reflection for Tuesday November 29, First Week in Advent; Luke 10:21-24

Communication is an essential part to a successful marriage. The more communication time a married couple has the better that they would understand each other. Thus, communication facilitates smooth relationship and intimacy.

Jesus in our gospel for today communicates through His prayer with our Father the creator. He gives praise to the Father, Jesus did not only communicate to the Father to give praise. He communicated because he longs for His Father and it’s through this longing that He builds deeper oneness with Him.

We too must always have this longing or thirst for God in every moment of our lives. We must always communicate with Him for He is our lifeline in this world. What would happen to us if we would not have our regular prayer moments with God? We become empty shells that looks sturdy outside but deep inside is spiritually shallow.

Let us always have our regular prayer moment with God in everyday of our lives. Let us give praise to Him let us thank Him for all of the blessings that He has been giving us. Let us not wait for the time to come wherein we will look for God because we are already in dire need of Him.

Do you have your regular moment with Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas



Is 11: 1-10; Lk 10: 21-24

Blessed are the eyes which see what you see

The first reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah presents the peaceful character of the messianic kingdom and his subjects. The Messiah is called a Branch, a small tender shoot. He comes forth out of the stem of Jesse; when the royal family was cut down and almost leveled with the ground, it would sprout again. The house of David was brought very low at the time of Christ’s birth. The Messiah thus gave early notice that his kingdom was not of this world. But the Holy Spirit, in all his gifts and graces, shall rest and abide upon him; he shall have the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in him. The Messiah would be just and righteous in all his administration. There shall be great peace and calm under his government. The Good News changes the nature and a new environment is created. God’s people shall be delivered, not only from evil, but from the fear of it. The better we know the God of love, the more shall we be changed into the same likeness, and the better disposed to all who have any likeness to him. This knowledge shall extend as the sea, it will spread universally.
Psalm 72 which we recited in fact is a prophecy of the glories of the messianic kingdom to be established by the coming of Christ. This psalm belongs to Solomon in part, but to Christ more fully and clearly. Solomon was both the king and the king’s son, and his pious father desired that the wisdom of God might be in him, that his reign might be a remembrance of the kingdom of the Messiah. The Messianic rule will be just and righteous where the needy and the poor will find a strong defender for them and oppressive structures will be brought down. The alienation, isolation and hostile tendencies will wither away not only among the human beings, but even between human beings and nature and the various elements of nature.

In the Gospel passage from Luke, we find Jesus as the fulfillment of all prophesies: Through these verses, Jesus says: I am the one to whom all the prophets and the saints and the kings looked forward and for whom they belonged. Jesus was the peak to which history had been climbing, the goal to which it had been marching, the dream which had ever inspired the people of God. Jesus is the end and climax of the evolutionary process because in him man meets God: he is at once the perfection of humanness and fullness of Godhead. Through the incarnation of Jesus, God is now revealed to the world. Jesus says: “He who has seen me has seen the Father”, “I and the Father are one”. Jesus did not so much tell about God as show them God, because in himself were God’s mind and heart. Jesus is expressing the joy that the salvation is now open to all souls. Jesus rejoices that the evil is now conquered through the work of his apostles. Hearing the words of the divine savior and putting it into our day to day life, we will also be entitled to see his glory and share his joy. During this season of advent, this is the call of Jesus to each one of us: Many were earnestly waiting to see what you see and to hear what you hear now; but they could not. Blessed are the eyes which see what you see. Grow in this divine experience day by day. Dr. Wilson Edattukaran CMI



November 29, 2016

In today’s gospel reading we hear Jesus say something very strange and somewhat shocking. In a prayer to his Father he says: “You have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and made them known to little ones.” What does Jesus mean exactly? Does not the Father act unfairly here by hiding his revelation to a whole group of people, the intellectuals? Why does he favor the little ones? Does he not have an equal love for all his children, just as any good parent has?

Those are all legitimate ­questions, but they result from a too literal inter­pretation of Jesus’ words. For here Jesus is using a Hebrew way of speaking. Since the Jews are convinced that in some way everything depends on God, they attribute directly to God as a cause what in reality is only a consequence of ­people’s free choices. In this case, intel­lectuals freely decide that they are not interested in learning about God, whereas simple people are. And so, in a condensed way of describing this phenomenon, Jesus says that God hides his secrets from some people and reveals them to others. But Jesus is thus merely describing people’s free choices with a Hebrew idiom.



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