Saturday of the 28th Week of the Year

Luke 12:8-12

Sayings about the Holy Spirit

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, we are proud to acknowledge the arrival and presence of Mr.________ and Mrs.__________ in our gathering tonight. Let us welcome them a big hand.”

Sounds familiar? Certainly, we often do this to recognize the presence of important people in our gatherings and meetings. We take pride in their being with us not only for their importance and the position they hold in the community, but also for the outstanding works they may have contributed to the community, for the exemplary lives they have lived and for the difference they have made in the lives of many.

Can we say the same thing about our Lord Jesus? Can we acknowledge with pride and conviction his presence in our lives before others? Can we acknowledge the difference that our Lord Jesus has made in our lives? The New Testament contains several stories of people who recognized the difference in their lives after encountering the Lord – Matthew, the adulterous woman, the blind man, Zaccheus, Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene and Thomas. They were sinners, corrupt, weak, greedy, unbelievers and selfish at certain points in their lives. But somehow,, they all became heroes and saints for being courageous in acknowledging the presence of our Lord in their lives.

The gospel today invites us to proclaim: “Sisters and brothers, I am proud to acknowledge and thank the presence of our Lord Jesus in my heart, and the difference he has made in my life!” (Fr. Gerry Donato, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

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A story is told about a certain pastor. In his sermon he would say, “Love one another…do good to your enemies…forgive others…” At the middle of his sermon, an old man from his congregation stood up and said, “Pastor, you don’t practice what you preach.” Then, the pastor said, “It is worst if I preach what I practice.”

If we just preach His words without living them then we lose credibility. People will just stare at us and laugh. On the other hand, let us not be surprised when people will still criticize even if we put into practice the gospel values. We cannot please everybody. What is more important is we please God, not others. For this, the prayer of Charles Kingsley is a wonderful reminder: “God, guide me, teach me, strengthen me, ‘til I become like a person as You would have me be: pure and gentle, truthful and high-minded, brave and able, courteous and generous, dutiful and useful. Amen. (Fr. Dexter Carr, SVD Bible Diary 2006)

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The gospel tells us that our Lord expects us to acknowledge him before others if we want Him to acknowledge us before His angels in heaven. And a good way of acknowledging Him is by giving witness to His teachings, by living a life worthy of our Christian vocation. Being a living contradiction to our Christian vocation is tantamount to denying Christ before others.

One time while he was attending a gathering of Christian churches, the great Mahatma Gandhi was approached by one of the leaders of a major Christian Church. He was asked about His opinion on the teachings of Jesus Christ and His followers – the Christians and whether he would not want to be a Christian himself. And the great Mahatma Gandhi answered: “About Jesus Christ and the teachings of Jesus Christ, I have the highest respect and highest admiration; but about His followers, the Christians, I have only pity and disdain because they preach love and peace and yet they hate and are at war among themselves; they preach unity and brotherhood and yet they are divided and disunited among themselves; they preach forgiveness and compassion and yet they are harsh and unrelenting among themselves. Verily, I do not want to become a Christian like them.”

Is it not a crying shame that we Christians who are supposed to acknowledge Jesus before others by being living witnesses of our Christian vocation have become living contradictions of what we profess? How can we expect Jesus to acknowledge us before His angels in heaven? Let us walk the walk and talk the talk. (Fr. Vicente dela Cruz, SVD Bible Diary 2009)

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October 15, 2016 Saturday

Whoever acknowledges Him will be acknowledged before the angels, but whoever denies Him will be denied before the angels of God. “But the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.”

How to reconcile this Lukan passage? Jesus, Savior of the world, is most merciful, and yet , both  OT and NT, state categorically: “Out of my sight, you condemned, into the everlasting re prepared for the devil and his angels!” On the other hand the Lord is no less to the point in proclaiming without limit his enduring mercy and love. When does one sin against the Spirit and is not forgiven “either in this age or in the age to come?” (Mt 12, 32). How does one forfeit salvation without the Lord rejecting and explicitly condemning him to eternal life?  God is dead says Nietzsche. F R de Lamennais, the gifted theologian, died unreconciled with the Church. Judas, in betraying the Lord, abandons Him as his Saviour. If to Nietzsche God is dead then He cannot give life. ln rejecting reconciliation with the Church de Lamennais severs relationship with the Body of Christ His Church.

Death must beget an uncertainty of dread facing the Just Judge. The burden of accounting rests on us. As children of God each one of us is endowed with the gift of freedom capable of saying yes or no to God. Sin and guilt are ours as grace and justice are God’s. We turn down Jesus’ invitation because we refuse to heed the counsel of the Holy Spirit. Repentance is absolutely necessary to forgiveness unless we deliberately persist in sin. Love and mercy are the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Christ’s mission is completed by the mission of the Holy Spirit.  Let us honor St. Teresa of Avila, a favorite saint among Filipinos, with two quotations, “Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life, which is short and has to be lived by you alone; and that there is one glory which is eternal. lf you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing.” “Let nothing disturb you, nothing dismay you. All things are passing God never changes. Patient endurance attains all things….God alone suffices.” (Fr. Antolin V. Uy, SVD | DWSTagaytay Bible Diary 2016)

rveritas-asia.org/daily-reflection/953-october-15-2016-saturday

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Why is that sins against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven? First, the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Godhead.  He is not the dove, not the tongue of fire.  These are but symbols of what the Holy Spirit can do: as dove, he covenants us to God; as fire, he purifies us in words, thoughts and actions. As the Third Person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit, according to the words of Jesus, is our Advocate. As an advocate, the Holy Spirit teaches us, witnesses for us, and acts as our defense attorney. St. Cyril says that the personification of the Holy Spirit is that he is the bosom friend of our heart. He consoles and comforts us.  He is truly a gift of Jesus or our journey! We are not alone. In the same way that Jesus sent his disciples two by two, we always move around as twosome with the Holy Spirit!

Second, as a friend, a bosom friend, the Holy Spirit does not only tickle our ears! He convicts us, and tells us when we are right or wrong (cf. John 16:8-9). As only a true friend can, he squares with us on the truth of events and on the truth of ourselves.

Third, when we do not listen to our friend in our stubbornness and obstinacy, we become blind to truth, and we become hopeless in our vices and sins. Likewise, when we shun the intervention and interference of the Holy Spirit when he convicts us of our sins. God can never reach us  with his graces. In this state, how can we be forgiven? (Fr Domie Guzman SSP (2006). New Every Morning, New everyday. Makati: St. Pauls, p. 307)

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Friday, October 16, 2015

SATURDAY OF THE 28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – LUKAS 12:8-12. UNSA MAN KITA KAISOG MOBAROG SA ATONG PAGTOO? Si Hesus miingon, “Bisan kinsay moangkon atubangan sa katawhan nga siya akoa, mao usab ang buhaton kaniya sa Anak sa Tawo atubangan sa mga anghel sa Dios.” Para sa unang mga disipulo, ang pag-ingon nga “Kristiyano Ako” nagpasabut og pagbiya sa pamilya, pagsunod og kinabuhi nga adunay pagsakripisyo, ug pag-atubang sa mga pagpanglutos. Kon ingon niini ang dangatan sa mga sumusunod ni Kristo karon, aduna ba kaha kitay kaisog nga mahimong Kristiyano? Makaya ba kaha nato nga bisan gamay nga pagsuway moreklamo naman ta? Aron ilhon kita ni Kristo didto sa langit kinahanglan nga mailhan kita nga tinuod nga Kristiyano dinhi sa yuta. Adunay nag-ingon, “If you believe in Christ and call yourself a Christian, your actions should show it.” Posted by Abet Uy

abetuy.blogspot.com/2015/10/saturday-of-28th-week-in-ordinary-time.html

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Friday, October 14, 2016

SATURDAY OF THE 28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – LUKAS 12:8-12. UNSA MAN KITA KAISOG MOBAROG SA ATONG PAGTOO? Si Hesus miingon, “Bisan kinsay moangkon atubangan sa katawhan nga siya akoa, mao usab ang buhaton kaniya sa Anak sa Tawo atubangan sa mga anghel sa Dios.” Para sa unang mga disipulo, ang pag-ingon nga “Kristiyano Ako” nagpasabut og pagbiya sa pamilya, pagsunod og kinabuhi nga adunay pagsakripisyo, ug pag-atubang sa mga pagpanglutos. Kon ingon niini ang dangatan sa mga sumusunod ni Kristo karon, aduna ba kaha kitay kaisog nga mahimong Kristiyano? Makaya ba kaha nato nga bisan gamay nga pagsuway moreklamo naman ta? Aron ilhon kita ni Kristo didto sa langit kinahanglan nga mailhan kita nga tinuod nga Kristiyano dinhi sa yuta. Adunay nag-ingon, “If you believe in Christ and call yourself a Christian, your actions should show it.” Posted by Abet Uy

abetuy.blogspot.com/2016/10/saturday-of-28th-week-in-ordinary-time.html

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DECLARE YOUR DESTINY – “Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” – Luke 12:10

On March 4, 1966, an article that appeared in the London Evening Standard caused an uproar. Journalist Maureen Cleave was doing a series entitled “How Does a Beatle Live?” and her encounter with John Lennon started a controversy that spread far beyond the London paper. “Christianity will go,” Lennon said. “It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that. I’m right and I’ll be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but His disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

It may be true that the Beatles were insanely popular then and are still famous now half a century later. But the gall to say that Christianity will vanish and shrink is simply repulsive! It’s been more than 2,000 years since Jesus was born and there is definitely no sign of Christianity vanishing or shrinking.

Be careful of the words you speak. It may make you popular now. But when you die, remember that you shall be accountable for every single word that comes out of your mouth. It will determine your destiny. Ronna Ledesma (ronna_ledesma@yahoo.com.ph)

Reflection: “Always be careful what you say. You can say you’re sorry, but you can never take back what you said.” (F.B. Newman)

Holy Spirit, teach me to speak only the words which men need to hear.

kerygmafamily.com/modules/dailyreadings/read.php?date=2015-10-17

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October 15, 2016

We are remembering a great lady today, Teresa of Avila, who was born in 1515 and who died on this date in 1582.

As a young woman, she had the reputation of being quite beautiful. She was extroverted, vivacious and could adapt herself easily to other people. After several years of illness, she entered the Carmelite Monastery of the Incarnation at Avila. She tried to be a good nun, but her monastery was in serious need of reform. For the next 18 years, she had transitory mystical experiences, but was held back from giving herself completely to God by her strong desire to be appreciated by others. Finally, at the age of 39 she was “converted” and resolutely chose Christ crucified. She then set out to reform her Order by leaving her convent and founding a new one in which a stricter rule was observed. Of course she met a thousands of difficulties in her project. Luckily she received a lot of support from the Jesuits.

Teresa wrote great books on the spiritual life and these became immortal classics: The Way of Perfection, her autobiography, and her masterpiece The Interior Castle. Because of these unique treasures of spirituality, she was declared Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI in 1970.

schoolofthewordonline.com/scriptural-library/daily-gospel/english/item/3674-october-15-2016

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