Tuesday of the 8th Week of the Year

Mk 10:28-31

Hundredfold Reward


“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave,” Calvin Coolidge said.

In the gospel, Jesus promises eternal life for those who leave all things for his sake and the sake of the gospel. We may not be terribly fascinated by the promise of eternal life until we realize one day, suddenly and unexpectedly, that we are asking the question, “To whom and where shall I go?” Knowing and following Jesus all our life, we shall be confident that God is never outdone in giving and loving. (Fr. Charlie F. Cruz, SVD Bible Diary 2002)


Many times during the funeral Mass of priests and religious, different people express their gratitude to the deceased whose goodness and self-sacrifice greatly influence their lives.

Jesus promised eternal reward to those who left behind their loved ones and possessions for His sake and the Kingdom of God.

I remember wherever I was assigned particularly in difficult mission situations there was always someone, some family or circle of friends who supported me in good times and in bad. God’s providence and goodness have been there for me all the time without which I could have hardly survived. It is only by the grace of God that I managed to do His work.

Today’s gospel is the gospel of difference. Want to be different? Learn to give up something for the sake of witnessing to Christ’s presence in the world. (Fr. Josep Mirabueno, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


….Truly, if I am with Jesus, why should I feel lonely? What more should I ask for? St. Therese aptly says: “Jesus is enough!” This line from today’s gospel is reassuring: “Amen I say to you, there is no one who has given up….who will not receive a hundred more times reward….!”

Jesus wants commitment, an undivided attention! But the giving up does not come without anything. The more we give the more we receive. With this assurance, my complaining turned into relief. That experience of painful poverty made me decide to embrace Jesus in spite of His demands and I also know He will not demand beyond my resources. If He does, I can only trust in His grace.

With my thoughts occupied by God, I did not notice I was about to consume the rice and the salt in my table. That was the most sumptuous dinner I had. No food, no lights, no company but only Jesus. Truly, Jesus is more than enough! With Jesus, you could not ask for more! (Frt. Aris Martin, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


May 24, 2016 Tuesday

Mark’s version, which is similar to that of Luke’s, has Peter simply state the fact: “We have given up everything and followed you”. Matthew’s version, on the other hand, adds a question to Peter’s statement: “What then will there be for us?”

This question of Peter is often echoed by many of those who give themselves to God’s service or to the Church’s mission. What do we receive in return? This question arises from a mistaken perspective, namely, that one follows the Lord in order to fulfill one’s dreams. The correct perspective, rather, is that one follows the Lord in order to help fulfill HIS dream. The former inevitably leads to seeing service to God or the Church as a sacrifice or a burden. The latter understands it as a privilege and a gift.

As St. Joseph Freinademetz, the first SVD missionary to China, wrote in one of his letters to his family: “Thank God … that the Lord has given us the grace of having a missionary in our family … I do not consider this as a sacrifice that I offer to God, but as the greatest gift that God is giving me”.  Again from China he wrote: “I cannot thank the Lord enough for having made me a missionary in China …. The most beautiful vocation in the world is being a missionary.”

Or as Pope Francis says in Evangelii Gaudium (cf. 1-13), every genuine encounter with Jesus is an experience of joy. The Gospel therefore is an invitation to joy. Thus, proclaiming the Gospel is also an experience of joy. In mission, the Pope says, “God asks everything of us, yet at the same time he offers everything to us.” (EG 12)

This is the hundredfold that Jesus speaks about in the gospel reading – the experience of the joy of the Gospel, the gift of serving God, the privilege of sharing in God’s mission, the grace of having the “most beautiful vocation in the world.” (Fr. Antonio Pernia, SVD | DWIMS, Tagaytay City Bible 2016)



Reflection: What are you capable of giving up for Jesus? Could you give up your riches? Could you give up your life of hedonism and worldliness? Perhaps this is quite hard to do if you do this abruptly because you’ve been used to living this life for so long.

But if you try to slowly detach yourself from your life of worldliness and you begin to trust and love Jesus more than this world. You’ll also see a marked improvement in your life, slowly also there would be less human created worries and problems. This is for the reason that you’ve decided to embrace Jesus more than this world.

Jesus tells you in the gospel that if you give up this world and choose to follow Him. You will receive more than this world could offer. Try it even for only a short time and see the big improvement that it will create in your life.

Slowly cut and cut cleanly your relationship with your friends who have not brought any good into your life. Then begin to develop a much deeper relationship with your family.  Slowly detach yourself from your vices and anything that is impure. Then develop a real relationship with Jesus: Attend Holy Mass more often, pray more often and start to develop a habit of reading the Holy Bible.

Never be afraid to give-up this world for Jesus for this is the best decision that you could ever make in your life. Try it, just try it. (Marino J. Dasmarinas)



Reflection for Tuesday May 26, Saint Philip Neri Priest; Mark 10:28-31 Reflection: A young man was asking for the heart of his beloved. The beloved said to him you have to give up your vices most especially your smoking and drinking. The young man acceded; from then on never did he smoke and drink any alcohol. After a few months they end up in the altar of God to become one.

When we give up something for someone we dearly love we could be assured of something more worthy. Something that would somehow complete us, this may not make us happy immediately. But certainly something beautiful will come out of it in lieu of what we gave up.

If we give up even a portion of our worldly life for Jesus we could expect something in return from Jesus. It may not be material riches or worldly power but we will certainly receive something in return.

It may be peace of mind which has eluded us for the longest time. It could be good health or anything that cannot be measured and seen by our naked eye. Yet certainly be felt by our hearts.

When Jesus asks us of something to give up for Him we should hurry to obey and follow. We should never think twice, we should give it up immediately like a child jumping with reckless abandon to his father’s arms.

What are you willing to give up for Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Reflection for May 24, Tuesday of the Eighth Week in OT; Mark 10:28-31

Reflection: A worldly man had a dream, in his dream he saw Jesus calling him to leave behind his life of sin and follow Him. The morning after the man seriously thought about this dream and he was in a dilemma as to how he will survive once he decides to follow Jesus. Night time came and he had a dream once again and he heard Jesus told him not to worry for He will provide for Him.

With these encounters with Jesus, he decided to leave behind his sinful life and he decided to follow Jesus. After which he was never in want of anything he was very well provided for by Jesus.

It is hard for many of us to decide to follow Jesus for the reason that it is not financially rewarding to follow Him. But life is not about storing-up treasures in this world there’s more to life than accumulation of earthly wealth. Life is also about following the footsteps of Jesus and about making a positive impact in the lives of others.

Never would we find the real meaning of life by following the dictate of this world. It’s only in following Jesus that we would discover life and its true meaning.

Why not slowly shift the orientation of your life from worldliness to a life in the company of Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas



The Rewards of Self Denial

May 26, 2015 (readings)

Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest

Mark 10:28-31

Peter began to say to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come. But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

Introductory Prayer: Once again, Lord, I come to you to pray. Even though I cannot see you, I trust that you are present and want very much to instruct me in your teachings. In the same way that you demonstrate your love for me by spending this time with me, I want to express my love for you by dedicating this time to you with a spirit of faith, confidence and attention. Here I am, Lord, to listen to you and respond with love.

Petition: Lord, help me to have a pure intention in my acts of self-denial.

  1. Peter’s Question:At first glance Peter seems to be selfish, as if he were saying, “We have given up everything, now what’s in it for us?” His question is not prompted by selfishness, but rather is a response to Jesus’ previous statement that it is very hard for a rich man to enter heaven. In light of the difficulty of riches, Peter wants to know what the chances of entering the kingdom of God will be for someone who has given up everything to follow Christ. How detached from material possessions must we be in order to be assured a place in heaven? Jesus does not give us a concrete answer to this question, but he does tell us that those who have given up everything will not only receive a reward of eternal life in the age to come, but also ample reward in this life.
  2. The Real Motivation:Reward is not given only to those who simply give things up, but rather to those who give things up for the sake of Christ and for love of the Gospel. Sacrifice for the sake of sacrifice — or for that matter, sacrifice for a selfish reason — is worth nothing in God’s eyes. Sacrifice has value only when it is done for the sake of Christ and his Gospel, for love. Our intention in self-denial must be to glorify Christ or to witness to the Gospel message. Is this the real motivation of my self-denial?
  3. Eternal Life:The reward for our self-denial begins in this life and has its culmination in the life to come. The difference between one and the other is that in this life there are also persecutions. In this life we enjoy both the love of Christ and suffering persecutions for his sake. This life is a life of purification of our love, purification of our intentions. By proving our love now, we will enjoy life with Christ for all eternity.

Conversation with Christ: Lord, you know how attached I am to myself, my possessions and my comforts. Help me to give up what I need to give up — out of love for you and your Gospel, not out of love for myself or what I might get out of it. Help me not to be afraid to deny myself for the sake of drawing nearer to you.

Resolution: I will give up something that keeps me from drawing closer to God.



One Bread, One Body – Reflection for May 26, 2015


“The just man’s sacrifice is most pleasing, nor will it ever be forgotten.” –Sirach 35:6

All cultures throughout history have instinctively understood that they needed to make offerings and sacrifices to God. The people of these cultures accordingly offered crops, animals, and even people.

The Lord revealed to the Jewish people that sacrifices entailed more than material things. He revealed the sacrifice of obedience. “To keep the law is a great oblation, and he who observes the commandments sacrifices a peace offering” (Sir 35:1). The Lord also revealed the sacrifice of charity. “In works of charity one offers fine flour, and when he gives alms he presents his sacrifice of praise” (Sir 35:2). Next, He revealed the sacrifice of justice, or at least of avoiding injustice (Sir 35:3).

Jesus revealed that sacrifices involved even more. He referred to the sacrifice ofpersecution (Mk 10:30). He ultimately offered the complete sacrifice of Himself on Calvary (Mk 10:34).

As we try to live a new Pentecost, we too are called to sacrifice time, preferences, money, and possessions (see Acts 2:42ff). As we do this, we often think of how to minimize sacrifices in the future, while God is thinking of maximizing our sacrifices. The Lord wants us to learn how to share in His sufferings by being formed into the pattern of His death (Phil 3:10). Sacrifice all the way.

PRAYER: Father, I center every detail of my life on the sacrifice of the Mass.

PROMISE: “Many who are first shall come last, and the last shall come first.” –Mk 10:31

PRAISE: St. Philip’s method of starting to evangelize Rome was to be out in public among the people, meeting them, conversing with them, getting to know them, and being available to them. Large numbers of Romans eventually came to faith in Jesus as the result of his outreach.



May 26, 2015

Tuesday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time

Sir 35:1-12

Mk 10:28-31

Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest

Saint Philip Neri whose memory we celebrate today is renowned for his spontaneous, unpredictable, charming and humorous temperament. He used to say, “A joyful heart is more easily made perfect than a downcast one.” He was born in 1515 in Florence, Italy. Once while praying he felt a globe of light enter his mouth and sink into his heart. This astounding experience stirred him to dedicate his life to the service of God. In 1551 Philip got ordained as a priest and dedicated his time to hear confession. Soon Philip realized that the penitents needed something more than absolution; they needed guidance. So Philip asked them to come for discussion and spiritual readings and then stay for prayer in the evening. Philip eventually understood that it was not enough to tell people what they should not do; instead they should be motivated to engage in positive activities. So Philip organized pilgrimages to the Seven Churches with a picnic accompanied by instrumental music for the mid-day break. He found after walking twelve miles in a day everyone was too tired to be tempted!

In today’s Gospel we find Jesus and his disciples on move. The public life of Jesus was in fact a pilgrimage towards his final goal – Jerusalem. His disciples joined him with ambitions of their own. Though Jesus knew them, he was not too much bothered about their personal ambitions. He chose them not on the basis of their merits and worthiness or qualities and qualifications. He was fully aware of their limits and limitations. Yet he led them to Jerusalem, his final goal. It is this example of Jesus that Philip Neri tried to emulate. Paying no attention to their negativities he led people towards a positive goal. Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI



Monday, May 23, 2016

TUESDAY OF THE 8TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) – MARCOS 10:28-31. UNSA MAY MAPAABOT SA TAWO NGA MAGHIMO’G SAKRIPISYO SA NGALAN NI KRISTO? Si Pedro miingon sa Ginoo, “Nasayod ka nga gibiyaan namo ang tanan ug misunod kanimo.” Sa pagsulti niini, tabla ra siyang nangutana sa Ginoo, “Unsa may among makuha ning among gibuhat?” Si Hesus nakasabot sa hunahuna ni Pedro ug giingnan niya ang mga tinun-an nga ang mobiya sa panimalay o sa mga uma tungod kaniya ug sa Maayong Balita, makadawat og gatusan ka pilo nga balos ning kinabuhia ug kinabuhing dayon sa umaabot nga kalibotan. Ang “gatosan ka pilo” dili angay’ng sabton nga materyal nga butang kondili kinabuhi nga malungtaron, puno sa kahulogan ug kalipay uban sa Dios. Sakto ang giingon sa usa ka magsusulat: “The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.” Posted by Abet Uy



GUARANTEED – There is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more… – Mark 10:29-30

It was a long line for an interview for my first job after graduation. Experienced, supremely confident and good-looking applicants were also waiting for their turn. I was no match for them. I was just good-looking (ha, ha!). When my turn came, the vice president squinted his eyes and muttered, “I think I know you….”

He looked at my resumé again, whispered my name, and asked, “Do you know Vincent?” I nodded, not knowing where his question was leading. “I knew it!” he said. “You helped my son when he was struggling with his grades, and his life, in college. He told me if not for his kuya in the campus ministry, he wouldn’t have made it through college. I saw your photos with him, and he mentions your name as frequently as he breathes! I want to work with someone who’s trustworthy and has genuine love for people. Congratulations, my friend, you’re hired!”

When you serve, you get rewarded. It comes in ways you don’t expect, forms you don’t notice, and at times you least imagine. When you serve, you always win. Guaranteed!Jon Escoto (faithatworkjon@gmail.com)

Pope Francis Says: “Goodness is its own reward and draws us closer to God, who is the Supreme Good.”

Father, teach me to be generous, to give and not to count the cost.



 MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING – Ron Rolheiser, an OMI priest most famous for his writings in the area of holiness and spirituality, once wrote that the proper question to ask is not so much “Is my life happy?” as “Is my life meaningful?”

If you come to think about it, there is a great element of truth in that proposition. Someone who is rich can say, “I am happy, I can buy anything I want,” but it does not translate to a meaningful life. Not too long ago, a famous comedian in Hollywood, who has won all acting awards possible for his countless works through the decades, was found dead in his bathroom, an apparent case of suicide.

He was rich and famous. But obviously, without meaning to pass judgment on the character of that actor, he didn’t find his life meaningful. No one takes his own life unless he has lost all sense of meaning and purpose to go on.

Today in the Gospel, a young man approached Jesus. He was rich and had possessions, but something was lacking. He found no meaning in life. He asked Jesus for the secret to a meaningful life. When Jesus advised him to sell all his possessions and follow Him, the Gospel tells us, “The man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth” (v. 22). I once read somewhere that the human heart was made not for success but for significance. Success can bring happiness, but not necessarily significance. Happiness does not always lead to meaning; it is meaning that makes one happy.

What makes for a meaningful life? For one, live for others. Use your blessings as a way to bless others, too. This was the recommendation of Jesus to the rich young man. Secondly, live a life that is in friendship with God. That is why Jesus mentioned the commandments. We are friends with God if we do what He commands.

Live a meaningful life. Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTION: With what do you measure your life right now — success or significance?

Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous… to labor and ask not for reward, save that of knowing that I do Your most holy will. (Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola) Amen.



 May 24, 2016

REFLECTION: In the 14th century there was a Franciscan philosopher and theologian called William of Ockham (c.1285-1347), who taught that the distinction between good and evil is the will of God and not the intrinsic nature of things. In other words, God’s commandments are purely arbitrary. So much so that God could command people to hate their neighbors instead of loving them, and thus make hate a virtue and love a vice.

But none of that is true. What is the source of all morality is not an arbitrary decree of God’s will. It is the divine essence itself as the source and exemplar of the universe. It is God’s being which is the source of any commandment issued from God. This truth is spelled out many times in the Bible, as we read, for example, in the Book of Leviticus: “For I, the Lord, am your God; and you shall make and keep yourselves holy, because I am holy” (Lev 11:44; cf. also Lev 19:2). By this we see that there is nothing artificial or arbitrary in God’s commandments. These only amount to imitating God. Isn’t that what parents expect of their children?


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