Wednesday of the 14th Week of the Year

Matt 10:1-7

The Mission of the Twelve

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

Like the first disciples, we too have been individually called and are gifted. It does not stop there. We are also sent. But when we look at the signs of productivity in terms of healing, righteous living, driving out evil and worshipping the true God, we realize that they are rather minimal. This leads us to conclude that there must be a lack of faith and lack of understanding of what it means to be gifted and sent.

Blessed Joseph Freinademetz said: “Love and enthusiasm make a good missionary. The more we love, the better the missionary; the better the missionary, the greater the apostles; the greater the apostle, the greater the harvest.” (Fr. Carlos S. Lariosa, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

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Intro: My classmate in theology had a gift of remembering names of people he met even a quite period of time that they did not meet.

In today’s gospel, Jesus called his disciples by name. he must have been very intimate with them, so close that he even gave them authority over unclean spirits, cast them out and to cure every disease and sickness.

Names are important. We are called by name; it defines our identity and character. However, having a name entails also self-knowledge, to know our capabilities and weaknesses, our dreams and aspirations in life. We hope to grow not only in self-knowledge but also to grow in faith, accepting that who we are and will be is a gift from God. As gifts, we have been commissioned for a particular role in this world, as the first disciples were. (Frt. Lorz Estomo, Jr., SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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Two doctors who used to go to the barrios for medical mission were sharing experiences about their work with the village folks. One of them complained that eighty percent of sick people who came to him were not sick but only collecting free medicines. The other doctor bursts out laughing and said, “That’s my suspicion too!” It would seem that the village people who had approached the medical mission needed another kind of healing: healing from greed and exploitative attitude.

In today’s gospel, Jesus offers not only bodily healing but also the healing of “every disease and every illness.” Holistic healing is not new concept. The kingdom that started with Jesus is so closely linked with healing of the whole person. If St. Paul considers a person as body, soul and spirit, then the target of healing should be not only body but soul and spirit as well. A clear example of this reality is seen in suicidal persons. How come, some people who are in the pink of bodily health do not want to live? Whereas so many terminally sick desire to live, some healthy people want to die. A healthy body does not necessarily mean a happy life.

Paul Tournier was a Swiss medical doctor for more than twenty five years. After this time he decided to abandon his profession, because he discovered that more than fifty percent of his patients were not sick in body. He then put up another kind of medicine which he called the Medicine of Person, which aims to heal the person’s soul and spirit by readjusting his priorities and relationship with God and others.

One genuine sign of God’s kingdom ruling my life is the healing that I experience in soul and spirit; healing that flows into my body that makes me fully alive. (Fr. Atilano Corcuera, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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My classmate, after our second in the seminary, decided to leave because he felt unworthy to become a priest. My uncle felt the same when he was invited to be a Eucharistic Lay Minister in our parish. I also feel unworthy to be God’s partner in his mission here on earth because of my human frailties. I guess, this feeling of unworthiness to serve God is common to all. We all feel unworthy to be God’s instrument. However, if we look at our gospel reading, God calls those who are unworthy. He invited fishermen Peter and Andrew who were probably uneducated. He called Matthew who was loathed by the people because of the nature of his work.  He even chose Judas Iscariot whom he knew would betray him. They, in our eyes, are very unworthy to be God’s apostles yet Jesus chose them. In the same manner, despite our sinfulness and unworthiness, Jesus also invites us to be his disciples. He does not choose us for no reason but he chooses us simply because he knows us. So we should not be afraid if we are asked to do extra service other than our being regular attendees of the Sunday Mass. Let him use us for the glory of the Kingdom! (Frt. Ross P. Heruela, SVD Bible Diary 2006)

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Already on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, many allowed themselves to be conquered by Jesus. Others were chosen personally by Jesus and became the Twelve apostles, all of whom became missionaries except Judas Iscariot who chose to be a traitor. There were also persons like Mary Magdalene and the other women who followed Jesus on their own initiative, simply out of love for Jesus. Like the disciple John, they too found a special place in His heart. These men and women represent the variety of vocations which have always been present in the Church. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is the perfect model of who is called to give distinct witness to Jesus’ call to discipleship.

Remembering the counsel of Jesus, “The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few; therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest,” (Matt 9:37), we acknowledge the pressing need to pray always for vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life. Pope Benedict XVI commented in a homily: “It is not surprising that, where people pray fervently, vocations blossoms.”

May the Lord of the  Harvest give the Church more worthy “ministers of the altar and ministers of His mercy.” (Fr. Luouie Punzalan, SVD Bible Diary 2007)

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To get the undivided attention of televiewers, news programs employ the word “exclusive,” meaning, a news report can only be seen and heard in their station and not broadcast by other news programs.

When Jesus chose His disciples, He was already declaring that His message is not a matter of exclusivity but inclusiveness. He was slowly orienting his disciples for this universal inclusion. Exclusivity means others are left out. Looking at the apostles of Jesus, they were a hodgepodge of personalities with a varied social status, profession and social orientation. Behind the name or the person called I s a unique story. Take the example of Peter and his brother Andrew, and compare them with John and his brother James. Exegetes tell us that two sets of brothers although fishermen by profession, have different social status – the family of James and John being richer to that of Peter and Andrew. Or take the example of Matthew, not a fisherman by trade but a civil servant being a tax collector. Coming from

Different backgrounds, Jesus was sending the message that all are invited to be His followers – an image of the Kingdom of God. (Fr. Francisco Estepa, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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The first group of co-workers Jesus chose to establish what has become the largest church on earth were simple fishermen who could not even read or write. Of course, the fantastic work they did was inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit does not just work miracles; he usually works with the natural talents each of us has. So, it is possible that these professional fishermen used standard fishing tactics in their fishing for souls.

The first law of a fisherman is to have patience. Often you have to wait and wait until the fish is ready. You cannot hurry a fish; he bites only if and when he wants to. This is the same in evangelization. No matter how often you preach, you have no way of knowing what is happening in people’s souls. But you have to keep on, in pure faith and patience.

The second law of fishing is: the fisherman should not be afraid of wind and rain and rough seas. Preachers of the good news often get rough treatment. They are laughed at, chased away and unwelcome because their message is spoiling the popular lifestyle. This opposition is like the heaving sea that is tossing a fisherman’s little boat. But it is part of his normal work.

The third fishing rule is to know where the fish are biting and when they are biting. It is during full moon, or high tide, or low tide or during rain? The good news must be preached at the right time and place. It is nonsense to try preaching in a disco or a pub. However, when a person or a family is mourning, the consolation of religion maybe a soothing medicine.

Fourthly, to catch fish one has to use the correct bait. Similarly, preaching hellfire and brimstone may drive people away. Jesus used storytelling as his main method. Informally chatting about religious topics helps or simply listening.

Fifthly, if the fish see the fisherman, they will not bite. The purpose of a true evangelist is not to use theatrics. His appearance must not distract people from his message. He is not to draw people to himself, but to Christ.

That is how the five rules of fishing should guide the evangelizer fishing for people. (Frank Mihalic, SVD Bible Diary 2009)

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July 13, 2016 Wednesday

I’m amazed at the way Jesus addresses His Father. “I give you praise Father, Lord of heaven and earth.” Yes, I can feel that deep reverence oozing from His heart, from a loving Son so full of dignity and confidence knowing a Father so well. That grateful praise of a Son, acknowledging the truth of His Father’s Lordship over heaven and earth, is truly expressive of His intimacy with His Father. “Ang Papa ko, ang galing niya! Gumagawa siya ng silya, mesa, bahay, at aluminum mugs!” ( My Papa, he’s great! He makes chairs, tables, houses, and aluminum mugs!”) I remember proudly and happily telling my little playmates this in primary school. This joy and confidence in my Papa’s skills deepened my knowledge of who Papa was, as I observed him chisel, hammer, or shave his work of art with calmness and accuracy, and still had time for story telling at home at the day’s end. I can picture myself hanging around his neck, after quietly admiring how he made his day. Somehow I can relate with Jesus’ praise-filled depths.

Jesus makes it possible for us to experience the great and intense love of His very own Father, opening our life to a deep and personal knowledge of a Loving Papa-God; a Child–Father connection filled with love, simplicity, trust, humility, and dependence. This core connection allows us to discover more sacred realizations hidden from the unloving, untrusting, non-simple and proud; for only the humble and simple of heart can receive the wisdom of God to be able to understand His ways of love each day that comes.

May we open ourselves to the Great Spirit who will help us strengthen that core connection we have with our Papa-God. (Sr. Tessa D. Artita, SSpS | Tarlac City Bible Diary 2016)

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July 18, 2012:

St. Bruno of Segni

Wednesday of the 15th Week

GREEN

Is 10:5-7, 13b-16

Ps 94

Mt 11:25-27

The Praise of the Father

[On one occasion,] 25Jesus said, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. 26Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Reflection:

All things have been handed over to me. The Gospel tells us about the unity of God the Father and his Son Jesus. This unity is characterized by mutual knowledge and understanding and by a sharing of power.

Jesus praises the Father for doing great things in him and through him. Jesus returns the honors and accolades to God the Father. He attributes the source and power of his preaching and miracles to the Father.

Jesus works for the Father. He does not perform miracles for himself. He does what the Father wills. He speaks what the Father wants to impart. Jesus is the revelation of the Father.

We do not have to impress God. We do not have to lay down our credentials before him. We must only work for God and share with others God’s goodness and graces. We open our hearts and minds to God’s will. We offer our time, talents, and treasures for the fulfillment of God’s plan here on earth. Thus, like his Son Jesus, we can be mirrors of the Father, too.

How do we experience in our lives that God is a Father?
Do we always call on God and attribute to God the good things we have in this life?

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Wednesday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time (Year B) – Mateo 11:25-27. Unsaon man nato pagkahibalo sa hunahuna sa Dios? Diha sa ebanghelyo gipasalamatan ni Jesus ang iyang Amahan tungod sa pagpadayag niini sa Iyang kaugalingon ngadto sa mga gagmay’ng bata. Ang “gagmay’ng bata” wala magpasabot og mga bag-ong nahimugso kondili mga tawo nga mapaubsanon, o sila nga andam maminaw sa Pulong sa Ginoo. Ang mga maalamon dili man daotan sa mata ni Jesus. Apan iyang gisaway kadtong mga tawo nga nahimong mapahitas-on tungod sa ilang gihuptan nga kahibalo, sama sa mga magtutudlo sa balaod ug sa mga Pariseo. Busa, bisan unsa kataas ang edukasyon nga atong naangkon, magpabilin unta kitang mapaubsanon ug abli sa kahibalo nga magagikan sa Espiritu sa Ginoo. (Fr. Abet Uy –

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

WEDNESDAY OF THE 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – MATEO 11:25-27. UNSA MAY ATONG BUHATON ARON MASABTAN ANG KABUBUT-ON SA DIOS? Si Hesus nagpasalamat sa iyang Amahan tungod sa Iyang pagpadayag sa kaugalingon ngadto sa mga gagmay’ng bata. Ang “gagmay’ng bata” wala magpasabot og mga bag-ong nahimugso kondili mga tawo nga mapaubsanon, o sila nga andam maminaw sa Pulong sa Dios. Ang mga maalamon dili daotan sa mata ni Hesus, apan iyang gisaway kadtong mga tawo nga nahimong mapahitas-on tungod sa gihuptan nga kahibalo, sama sa mga Pariseo. Tungod sa hunahuna nga sila puno sa kaalam, dili na nila dawaton ang gipangtudlo ni Kristo. Hinaot nga dili kita mahisama kanila. Ang bantogang pilosopo nga si Socrates nagpahinumdum: “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves and the world around us.” Posted by Abet Uy

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Mother Teresa offers 15 tips to make you more humble:

  1. Speak as little as possible about yourself.
  2. Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.
  3. Avoid curiosity (though I don’t think that she is referring to learning, here)
  4. Do not interfere in the affairs of others.
  5. Accept small irritations with good humor.
  6. Do not dwell on the faults of others.
  7. Accept censures even if unmerited.
  8. Give in to the will of others.
  9. Accept insults and injuries.
  10. Accept contempt, being forgotten and disregarded.
  11. Be courteous and delicate even when provoked by someone.
  12. Do not seek to be admired and loved.
  13. Do not protect yourself behind your own dignity.
  14. Give in, in discussions, even when you are right.
  15. Choose always the more difficult task.

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My Reflection for Wednesday July 16, Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 11:25-27Reflection: Simplicity is synonymous with humility and this is the life of Jesus, this ought to be our life too. Jesus even if He was equal with God always found time to pray to the Father to communicate with Him and praise Him. This we ought to do also.

To grow in wisdom, we need to be simple and humble. God doesn’t want self-righteous, self-centered and boastful personalities. Unknown to us, if we are simple and humble we are also creating a fertile environment for God to grow and dwell in our hearts. Unknown to us our simplicity and humility radiates through our persona and this is felt by those whom we encounter be it inside or outside of our church.

As what Jesus did, it is very important that we reserve time for God to talk to Him and feel His presence in the stillness of our hearts and minds. This will strengthen our bond with God. A good point to start is to have a prayer time every morning upon waking-up. That’s when our minds are still fresh and not yet cluttered by the daily worries of life. The same thing at night when we are about to sleep, let us also pray and talk to God. We thank HIM for the day that HE gave us and we humbly ask HIM to be with us as we take our temporary rest at night.

If we think we don’t have yet the virtue of humility let us be patient and continue to ask the good Lord to bless us with the grace of humility. For it’s only through our humility that we will know God and HIS great plan for us.

Are you humble and do you always have your daily private moment with Jesus?   Posted by: Marino J. Dasmarinas

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Reflection for July 15, Wednesday Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor: Matthew 11:25-27

Reflection: What is the key to know Gods will for you? It’s childlike humility,  a humble person is ever ready to listen to the voice and will of God. He/she doesn’t go against the will of God he/she rather allows God’s will to work in his/her life. In the process of allowing God’s will to rule his/her life he/she discovers more about God.

When you are humble you open yourself to the countless blessings that emanates from God. You may ask, how am I going to be humble before God? You have to follow the rules of the church which Jesus founded through St. Peter.

For example the rule of Sunday Holy Mass obligation, a humble person will always see to it that he/she is always present in this sacred celebration. Another example is our submission to the sacraments most especially the sacrament of reconciliation. A humble person will always find time to confess his/her sins to a priest who is there in the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus always looks kindly to those who are childlike and humble. Why? Because this is the nature of God: He loves those who are humble and He opens Himself more to the humble.

Do you want to know more about God? And do you want to have a deeper intimacy with God? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Reflection for July 13, Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in OT; Matthew 11:25-27

Reflection: What is the life of Jesus? It’s a life of simplicity, prayer and humility.

Simplicity is synonymous with humility and this is the life of Jesus, this ought to be our life too. Jesus even if He was equal with God always found time also to pray regularly to  the Father to communicate with Him, unburden to Him and praise Him. This we ought to do also.

To grow in wisdom, we need to be simple and humble. God doesn’t want self-righteous, self-centered and ego tripper personalities. Unknown to us, if we are simple and humble we are also creating a fertile environment for God to come and dwell in our hearts. Unknown to us our simplicity and humility radiates through our persona and this is felt by those whom we encounter.

As what Jesus did, it is very important that we reserve time for God to talk to Him and feel His presence in the stillness of our hearts and minds. This will strengthen our bond with God. A good point to start is to have a prayer time every morning upon waking-up.

It’s here where our minds are still fresh and not yet cluttered by the daily worries of life. The same thing at night when we are about to sleep, let us also pray and talk to God. We thank HIM for the day that HE gave us and we humbly ask HIM to be with us as we take our temporary rest at night.

If we think we don’t have yet the virtue of humility let us be patient and continue to ask the good Lord to bless us with the grace of humility. For it’s only through our humility that we will know God and HIS great plan for us.

Do you live humility and do you always find time for Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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One Bread, One Body – Reflection for July 15, 2015

DEPENDING ON REVELATION

“Father, Lord of heaven and earth, to You I offer praise; for what You have hidden from the learned and the clever You have revealed to the merest children.” –Matthew 11:25

The Father reveals what has been hidden. The Son reveals the Father (Mt 11:27). God’s revelation is so precious. Contrary to the old saying, what we don’t knowdoes hurt us. However, what we do know can do more than help us; it can transform us.

For example, Moses was a victim of Egyptian oppression. He never knew his parents. He had a speech defect. He was a murderer and a refugee (see Ex 2:11ff). However, when he received God’s revelation at the burning bush, he became a new man. His job, residence, and even his face (Ex 34:29) changed. He changed from a frightened refugee into a mighty liberator. God’s revelation to Moses resulted in the liberation of the whole Israelite nation. Revelation leads to transformation and liberation.

We receive divine revelation not by being learned and clever, but by being more dependent on the Lord than babies are on their parents (Mt 11:25). For instance, we can receive God’s revelation by going to Mass and receiving Holy Communion in an attitude of adoration and submission. We can receive revelation by praying, fasting, and knowing that without Jesus we can do nothing (Jn 15:5). We can also receive revelation by reading and living the Church’s teachings and the Bible without leaning on our own understanding (see Prv 3:5). We receive God’s revelation when we depend on Him. New life is in revelation.

PRAYER: Father, tell me “things great beyond reach of [my] knowledge” (Jer 33:3).

PROMISE: “Father, it is true. You have graciously willed it so. Everything has been given over to Me by My Father.” –Mt 11:26-27

PRAISE: St. Bonaventure’s humility was so great that he chose to finish washing the dishes before he would listen to the news of his being appointed cardinal.

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July 15, 2015

Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time B

Ex 3: 1-6, 9-12, Mt 11: 25-27

Intimacy with Father

One of the most beloved passages in the New Testament is Matthew 11:25-30. In it the Lord summarizes the invitation to discipleship that characterized His earthly ministry, but to understand the invitation of this passage, we need to understand the background. In this passage the Lord was addressing the people of Israel who were burdened and weighed down with the externalism and the legal do’s and don’ts of the Pharisees, and with the consequences—the guilt, frustration, and dissatisfaction that always goes along with legalism. Christ referred to the Scribes and the Pharisees as men who “sit in Moses’ seat.” The Pharisees claimed the authority of Moses as interpreters and teachers of the Law which meant they also demanded that all in Israel who submitted to Moses should also submit to them.

It is in the midst of this religious setting that the Lord makes a very gracious invitation to all who would want to experience the relief, joy, and the blessings of His life through a grace/faith relationship with Him. This is an invitation aimed at all, at the curious and at the convinced to bring them to a place of a deeper level of commitment in which they are to take His yoke and learn from Him as committed disciples.

In presenting Jesus’ Prayer, Mathew invites us to contemplate the heart of the rejected Messiah. It may be true that Jesus’ contemporaries my continue to be indifferent to his message as we have seen in the previous passage or to reject him but he will not stop revealing God’s merciful offer of love and salvation. Jesus addresses God in traditional fashion as ‘Lord of heaven and earth’.  But he calls God ‘Father’, expressing the special intimacy he experience as God’s Son.

Those who think of themselves as ‘wise and intelligent’ have rejected him; not so those who know that they are as infants before the revelation of God. This idea is traditional as seen in Psalms:“The unfolding of your words give light; it imparts understanding to infants” [Ps 119, 130]. These are the poor in spirit addressed in the beatitudes. God’s ‘gracious will’, God’s ‘wisdom’ and God’s ‘saving design’as revealed by Jesus, have been welcomed by them. These are the people who have cried to God in their distress and rejoiced in the response which they have found in Jesus’ words and actions.

Having thanked his Father, Jesus goes on to speak of the intimacy of the communion which he has with him. Jesus’ communion with God goes beyond even that of Moses, for in this especially does Jesus fulfil the law and the prophets. In promising his disciples rest for their souls, Jesus is promising them a share in his communion with God.

In spite of the rejection recorded in the previous passage, Jesus’ offering always remains open, to be received by any who are willing to be humble, like a child. Indeed, the people are ‘harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd’. His compassionate heart goes out to them. He wants to ‘eat and drink’ with them; he wants to be ‘a friend of tax collectors and sinners’.

We are asked to learn from this heart of Jesus not only to find the rest of intimacy with him but he asks his chosen disciples to share this intimacy with everyone who is in need of it as well. For this Jesus invites us to learn from him to be his disciple. He is ‘gentle and humble in heart’. To fulfil this mission, the heart of every Christian is to be transformed into his heart which is noble, generous and large-hearted, hospitable, kind and gentle. At the same time we are reminded of the pleas of God expressed by Isaiah: “I am ready to be sought out by those who did not ask, to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation that did not call on my name. I held out my hands all day long to a rebellious people.” –  [Isaiah 65:1-2] Dr. John Ollukaran CMI

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Wednesday of the15th Week in Ordinary Time

Is 10: 5-7, 13b-16; Mt 11: 25-27

Revealed to Infants

In today’s Gospel, Jesus addresses himself to God and says, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth”.  The reason for thanking God the father is that He has hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to infants”. The hiding referred to the “wise and intelligent” concerns the Scribes and the Pharisees completely closed up and hostile to the coming of the Kingdom.

Now what is the content of the revelation? Which are “these things” that are hidden from the wise and revealed to the babes? The content of this revelation or hiding is who Jesus is.  It is by knowing Jesus that we come to know the Father.  Thus finding Jesus is the summit and end of all our spiritualties and spiritual pursuit.   Jesus came to reveal Father to the World, and interestingly it is the Father who reveals to us who Jesus is.  And Jesus tells us that one who sees Jesus sees the Father.

Once a professor came to a hermit and pleaded, “Guruji, please teach me the paths of spiritual life”.  The hermit did not utter a word, but took a glass full of water and started to pour more water into it.  Since the cup was full, the water was overflowing, but the hermit did not stop pouring water. The professor said, “ Guruji, why do you waste the water, the cup is already full.  Then Guruji stopped and said, “I cannot teach you, you are already a filled cup.  Empty yourself and come back, only then I can teach you”.

Like the professor, we are all filled cups, and not empty enough to receive God’s revelation. The revelation of God in Jesus comes to the “infants”, who do not depend on their expertise but who depend on God.  Revelation comes to us as a free gift and not the result of our learning. Dr. Cyril Kuttiyanikkal CMI

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Knowing the Father and the Son

July 15, 2015 (readings)

Memorial of Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Father Shawn Aaron, LC

Matthew 11: 25-27

At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

Introductory Prayer: Almighty and ever-living God, I seek new strength from the courage of Christ our shepherd. I believe in you, I hope in you, and I seek to love you with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength. I want to be led one day to join the saints in heaven, where your Son Jesus Christ lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

Petition: Jesus, help me to seek you with a sincere heart.

  1. Hidden from the Wise:Wisdom, knowledge and understanding comprise three of seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. So in itself, being wise and learned cannot be an issue. Jesus is here speaking of those whose pride and inflated ego make them wise and learned in their own estimation and for their own purposes. The mysteries of God are thus hidden from them precisely because they have focused their hearts and minds on themselves as the supreme good: “The greater a being is, the more it wants to determine its own life. It wants to be less and less dependent and, thus, more and more itself a kind of god, needing no one else at all. This is how the desire arises to become free of all need, what we call pride” (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger,God and the World, p. 125). In the end, it is they who have closed the door to God since God will never close the door on us.
  2. Revealed to the Childlike:Later in this same Gospel, Jesus will reaffirm this basic truth in another way: “Unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). Even as adults we must never cease to be childlike, uncomplicated and duly dependent. Children are not naturally complicated and deceitful. Hiding behind masks and developing subterfuges is a tendency learned with time. Little by little we begin to calculate, use excuses, ration out our generosity, and stray from the simplicity and rectitude of the way God has marked out. We must strive to be sincere with our Lord and sincere with ourselves, seeking to please him above all things. Failure in our lives is due to insincerity, that absence of the total nobility and utmost loyalty needed to fulfill honorably what Our Lord asks of us.
  3. Christ, The Revelation of the Father:Knowledge of the Father is the ultimate good man can possess because it corresponds to the deepest longing in the human heart for happiness. St. Thomas Aquinas tells us that happiness lies in knowing that we possess the good we seek. We call the full knowledge of the good possessed “heaven,” which is our ultimate goal in life. To whom would Jesus not wish to reveal the Father? Has anyone ever lived for whom Jesus did not desire to know the Father and be in heaven? Jesus’ actions – his preaching, his sacrifices and death on the cross – demonstrate that he wants to reveal the Father to everyone. However he also chooses to need you and me to help him achieve this goal. Do I really desire everyone to know the Father and reach heaven? My actions will answer that question for me.

Conversation with Christ: Dear Lord, grant me the grace to possess the wisdom and knowledge that come from union with you while maintaining the childlike dispositions that you ask. Help me to depend on you as a loving child. Mother Most Pure, make my heart only for Jesus.

Resolution: Today I will reflectively read Philippians 2:5-11.

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YOUNG AND PREPARED – “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike.” – Matthew 11:25

I learned from a book that beforeone becomes old and wise, you firstneed to be young and stupid. Right?

Wrong! I believe that old age is such an honor to have. It’s not something to be afraid of. It’s something worth preparing for. I believe that old age is not for cowards. Old age is only for the brave and the bold.

Which reminds me of the following question. What is the difference between these three stages in life? Here’s the answer: The young has time and energy but no money; the middle-aged has energy and money but no time; the old has time and money but no more energy.

So here’s the challenge. Deliberately live a happy, healthy and holy life so that: When young, we maximize time and energy serving mankind (while investing money); when middle-aged, we maximize energy and money to have time; then when we’re old, we have plenty of energy, time and money to share.

Success is all about preparation. The Lord calls us to be childlike — a person maximizing his capacity to grow and bless the world! God’s promise to them is that His wisdom is revealed. Obet Cabrillas (kpreacherobet@gmail.com)

Reflection: Do you savor and maximize every moment of your life?

Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart. (Psalm 90:12)

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PAUSE FOR REJOICING AND GRATITUDE – The Gospels give us the impression that Jesus was a very busy man like us. He travels from north to south and east to west, preaches, works miracles, always surrounded by a crowd. Once in a while, He goes alone to a mountainside to pray and comes back fit for another bath in the crowd. I like the three verses of today’s Gospel passage very much. When I try to visualize the scene, I see Jesus sitting in the shade of a tree, with only His disciples nearby. Some of them are sleeping, others drowsy, and two or three looking at a very relaxed Jesus — a happy Jesus, who pauses in the midst of His taxing ministry. Suddenly He smiles and utters words that express His happiness and gratitude to His heavenly Father.

Isn’t that strange? Day after day, He is surrounded by sick people. Day after day, He hears the moans of sick men and women who come to Him for healing. He sees the poor, the blind, those oppressed by the corrupt upper class. Even when He went into pagan territory to get some rest, a woman came asking for help. Wasn’t all this depressing?

But now He is full of joy, praising His Father, praising the simple, childlike people who have trust in Him. This break must have given Him strength for what lies ahead — days and weeks of stressful ministry. What does this passage tell us?

We are even busier than Jesus was. Of course our busy life is different from that of Jesus. In our case, it’s the daily job and the worries in the family that tire us endlessly. Jesus makes us aware that we, too, need moments to pause, moments to forget all the worries and demands of daily life and focus on something positive. Let’s not forget, the Father whom Jesus praises and offers thanksgiving to is our Father, too.

Have we not reason enough to pause daily, turn to our Father, and thank Him before daily worries and frustrations make us again forget the good things He does for us day after day? Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD

REFLECTION QUESTION: Are you too busy to pause during the day and thank the heavenly Father for being there for you and protecting you?

Lord, it is true, daily worries and frustrations occupy me that I forget the small signs of love You send me every day. Let me not be overwhelmed by negative things. Amen.

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July 13, 2016

REFLECTION: The great French Christian philo­sopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) claimed that reality is divided into three “orders” graded in ascending value. First is the Order of Bodies, to which belong physical strength and beauty, military power, political power, wealth, fame, etc. Second is the Order of the Mind, to which belong intelligence, knowledge, artistic achievements, scientific discoveries, etc. This second Order is infinitely above the first and in complete discontinuity with it. The third is the Order of Charity, to which belong virtue, holiness, love of God and neighbor. It surpasses infinitely the first two order and is in complete discontinuity with them.

In today’s gospel reading Jesus seems to speak in a similar vein, for he clearly opposes “the wise and learned” (Pascal’s Order of the Mind) to “the simple people” to whom God reveals his secrets (Pascal’s Order of Charity).

Common observation seems to confirm all this. We all know people who have Ph.D.s and an I.Q. of 170, but who are monsters of conceit and selfishness. And we all know simple, ignorant people, who live only for God, family and neighbor. We can guess who are God’s favorites.

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