Monday of the 32nd Week of the Year

Luke 17:1-6

Temptation to Sin


Once I was about to leave the Mangyan village for a few days, when Felipe came and asked me to bring Holy Communion to his wife Leonila, because she felt that she would die soon. It quickly went to their hut and when we had finished praying, Felipe said: “We who are baptized do die without a priest.” When is Father coming to say a Holy Mass here? I could not answer his question, for it was rainy season. The road was extremely bad and a river that was very unpredictable had to be crossed. “Is this possible?” I thought to myself. People die in the town without a priest, how about this place so far away and so inaccessible? After some days I returned to the village and Leonila was still alive, but could not react anymore. Our priest finally did come and we told him about Leonila’s condition. Against his usual custom of saying Holy Mass first, he went to anoint Leonila. While he anointed her, she passed away. At the end of the ceremony Felipe repeated: “We, baptized people, do die without a priest.”

It was faith, even as small as a mustard, that Jesus asked of those who followed him and came to him to be cured.

God can help us in every anxiety and need, even in the greatest difficulties. 9Sr. Magdalena Leykamm, SSpS Bible Diary 2002)


There are three different sayings of Jesus in today’s gospel. First, Jesus abhors one who leads people away from God! Remember how he hurled “Woes” to the scribes and Pharisees, because they have made it very difficult for the common Jews to come to God. In our situation here in now, who might be the people who lead others away from God? Our leaders, including religious leaders, who by their immoral and unbecoming actions, deny their subjects the opportunities to see in them the goodness of God. The rich who do not generously share their wealth to alleviate the inhuman poverty of the great majority of our people. Many other examples could make a litany.

The second saying of Jesus speaks of repeated forgiveness. A story goes that there was a penitent who used to go to a priest every month on the same day, at the same hour, confessing exactly the same sin. At one time the penitent told the priest, “Father, I am already so ashamed coming to you in the same day of the month, at this hour, confessing the same sin again and again. The priest replied, “My son, see you next month.” We may smile at this story but frankly, it is the story of each one of us. For those of us who have been going to confession, let us admit that the sins we confess nowadays are no different from the sins we confessed during our first confession some decades ago. If there is a difference, it will be the fact that the sins have become bigger. And yet through the priest, God forgives us, again and again. Jesus invites us to keep on forgiving in return, ‘if your brother wrongs you seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I am sorry,’ you must forgive him.’”

The third saying of Jesus speaks of small faith, “Increase our faith,” The apostles begged Jesus.  Take note of the answers of Jesus. He did not say, “Oh yes, I will make your faith big.” Rather he said, “Were your faith the size of a mustard said you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” In effect Jesus was saying, “it’s alright if your faith is small; just USE it.” He will supply the rest. (Fr. Atilano Corcuera, SVD Bible Diary 2004)


Virtue, honesty, simplicity of heart. These, says our reading from the Book of Wisdom, we need if we are to seek and find God, virtue is the habit of doing and thinking good. Honesty, the opposite of deceit, is the harmony of thought, word and action. Simplicity of heart is clearness of direction because of innocence of motives and absence of malice.

Do I have these, such that my life is an inspiration and a model rather than a scandal and a discouragement for others? or I am so full of conceit and deceit that I have a very short fuse which, once blown, takes almost an eternity to repair? If so,  I had better be careful or I might end up indeed with the real eternity which gives no opportunity to all to repair or be repaired.

O Lord, Your book says that Wisdom, a spirit, is a friend to man. Please grant me this spirit, this friend. That I may know your ways and understand them. Or, as the song says: “Day by day, O dear Lord, three things I pray: to see you more clearly, to love you more dearly, to follow you more nearly day by day. (Fr. Roderick Salazar, SVD Bible Diary 2005)


A story is told of a son who, when asked by his father what he was doing, replied, “father, I’m preparing this coconut shell for you to use as your plate when you get old, just like what you gave old Grandpa because he had broken plates…” this boy saw what his father did to his own father (the boy’s grandpa) and so he thought of doing the same.

Usually children learn from what they observe or experience from others, especially from adults. In fact, learning starts even in the womb of their mothers. What a tremendous responsibility it is then for us adults to show good examples to children and to non-children as well, never to scandalize them.

On the other hand, in case somebody asks for forgiveness for having been a stumbling block to us, for having scandalized us, Jesus stresses in today’s gospel that we have to forgive the offender if he/she repents and asks for forgiveness. I got shock of my life when for the first time I heard someone say, “Over my dead body, never again will I forgive that man…”

The apostles must have found it difficult both in theory and practice, “to forgive the offender seven times if he repents and asks for forgiveness seven times.” Lord, increase our faith,” was their prayer.

Not to readily forgive an offender is a reality. Usually this is due to hurt, pride, an experience of humiliation, etc. our religion teacher in high school taught us this prayer…”Lord  help me to forgive her/him sincerely, just as you have forgiven me unconditionally.”

Let’s face it,, although to forgive is not always easy, it is not impossible. People of heroic hearts have set the example: the late Pope John Paul II, St. Maria Goretti, parents welcoming back home their wayward children, St. Stephen and others. Christ Himself, forgive them…” How about us? (ESEMESEFGEE Bible Diary 2006)


Life offers us many “alternatives that are equally attractive…” but it’s still up to us to make a choice. The path we take, the vocation we follow, the lifestyle we live, the career we pursue, the dreams we realize, the relationships we establish, all depends on our choice. Whatever decisions we make, whatever choices we take there are always consequences. Each choice leads to a definite destination.

In today’s gospel, Jesus warns his disciples of the dreadful consequences to a person who cause the “little ones” to sin, who cause others to fall. Jesus bids us not to judge others but we should not be blind when a brother/sister sins. However, Jesus encourages us to correct them and help them be restored. He exhorts us to forgive when a brother/sister repents. If we find it too difficult to forgive then we make the prayer of Jesus’ disciples our own: ‘Increase our faith.”

To do good, to love, even to forgive is a matter of choice. Not to lead others astray, not to be a bad influence to others, not to hate or retaliate, are decisions to be made. May we choose to live a fulfilling, meaningful and abundant life. My life is not made by the dreams I dream but by the choices I make. (Roy B. Zuck)

A little boy was offered the opportunity to select a dog for his birthday present. At the pet shop, he was shown a number of puppies. From them he picked one whose tail was wagging furiously. When he was asked why he selected that particular dog, the little boy said, “I wanted the one with a happy ending.” (Fr. Mario Bije, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


A wife kept nagging her husband’s way of driving the family’s car. The wife had reasons to do so because the husband, fresh from driving school, just got his new driver’s license. At every turn and bend, every traffic light, overtaking and being overtaken by other vehicles, uphill and downhill, the wife unceasingly reacted with fear and panic. Fed up, the husband remarked angrily, “Better, keep quiet! It is your lack of faith in me that will lead us to an accident.” The saying, “Accidents do not just happen, they are caused” is true especially by a backseat driver!

Faith and sin are related. Lack of faith in God normally leads to a sinful life. Faith in God steers us to the right road. Sin disorients our life; it is waywardness, lack of proper direction, going astray from the true path. All human beings commit sin due to lack of faith since a human being’s faith in God is never perfect. But woe to that person through whom sin occurs, not because of a lack of faith but because of no faith al all, i.e., a stern refusal to believe in God. Thus, Jesus in the gospel implies that we are all sinners because things that cause sin will inevitably occur. The cure, as Jesus teaches, is to cut the vicious cycle of the incidence of sin by vigilance, correction and forgiveness. The best cure against committing sin is to pray for an increase of faith. in praying for an increase of faith, the person provides an opening to God to work in his/her life. When God becomes present by the strength of the person’s faith, sin is vanquished by the power of God’s mercy and love at work in the person’s life. Faith conquers sin because faith is the medium for God to work his wonders in any person who truly believes. (Fr. Fred Saniel, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


The parables of Jesus are “cute” stories which reveal to us hidden truths meant to deepen our faith and awaken in us our sense of mission.

It is the nature of the mustard seed to grow, branch out and shelter the birds of the air.

Growth is the characteristic of life. And our Easter faith connects us directly to the One in whom we believe – the Risen Lord.

Jesus, in today’s gospel, personally explains to us how strong faith could change our lives and says: “nothing would be impossible for you.”

Tips to sustain our Easter faith – Spiritual Vitamins prescribed like: Vitamin A – Active attendance at Church, Vitamin B – Basic Bible Reading, Vitamin C – Caring Service, Vitamin D – Daily prayer, Vitamin E – Eucharist.

Prayer: “Lord, You inspire me to live my faith with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Keep me uplifted so that I may have words of encouragement for others. Lord, increase my faith….Amen.” (Fr. Romy Castro SVD, Bible Diary 2013).


November 7, 2016 Monday

Jesus is giving two important lessons to his disciples in the first part of today’s gospel text. One has something to do with sin-avoiding, and the other, forgiving. Looking closely, I see these as two imperatives in following Jesus; imperatives that, experience tells us, are difficult to follow and put into practice. Awareness of these imperatives provides us a background and context for the second part of the text, “Increase our faith.” The disciples realize the magnitude of the lessons. They need a strong faith in order to face the challenges that come with discipleship. They need a strong faith in order to succeed in doing what Jesus tells them to do.

It is one of my convictions that when faced with temptations or when burdened with a hardened heart that cannot forgive, one needs to turn to God in prayer. Turning to God in prayer is both a realization and a recognition; a realization that as human I am weak and a recognition that with God I become strong. Turning to God therefore is nothing less than praying, “Increase our faith.” It is faith that makes us hold on to God with whom nothing is impossible. It is through faith that God empowers us to do the impossible. (Fr. Dudz F. Lero, SVD Holy Name University, Tagbilaran City Bible Diary 2016)


by Nancy Shirley School of Nursing

Memorial of St. Josophat
Wisdom 1:1-7
Psalm 139:1b-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10
Luke 17:1-6

Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer

Daily Reflections from a Student’s Point of View

So many times in my reflections, I have acknowledged that I believe there are no coincidences with God. The seemingly unrelated come together in ways that amaze and surprise me, yet as I give them further thought, I realize that these are not happenstance. So it is with today’s readings and other events in my life these past weeks, even yesterday. It cannot be coincidental that the readings’ emphasis understanding sin and self and the omnipotence of God of knowing our sins yet loving us in spite of that. The foci for the last few weeks in the online retreat is on sin – sin in the world, sin in our own lives, patterns of sins, and always, always, God’s love and acceptance of us. Hearing it from both sides, tells me it is something I am supposed to be addressing. Add to that, a close person in my life, talking a great deal about the 4th step in his 12-step program. For those of you not familiar with the steps, the 4th step involves taking a “fearless, moral inventory.” In other words, really examining your life and being willing to identify “shortcomings.” Wow, now that’s a step. . . and using the words of Neil Armstrong, a giant leap – not necessarily for mankind but certainly for the individual doing so and all those around him or her. Indeed, the impact is far reaching. Anyway, with all this whispering (probably really shouting) in my head, I approach today’s readings and offer some reflections.

Today we celebrate Saint Josaphat, bishop and martyr. His life is of particular interest because he grew up in a time and place, where virtue was not necessarily the order of the day. Yet, despite that, he continued to praise and to honor God and took his strength from the Holy Spirit with little human guidance in the “right” ways. The readings fit well with this concept of finding virtue and living accordingly whatever the circumstances.

I have always loved that we have a book of the Bible, entitled Wisdom – who could ask for more than that? Our reading from the very beginning of that book sets the stage for the rest:

“For wisdom is a kindly spirit, yet she acquits not the blasphemer of his guilty lips; Because God is the witness of his inmost self and the sure observer of his heart and the listener to his tongue.

For the Spirit of the Lord fills the world, is all embracing, and knows what man says.”

Whether we take the time and have the moral spirit to fearlessly examine our selves, our readings all point to the fact that God KNOWS us. That is the most amazing aspect; He knows us and STILL loves us – with all our faults and warts.

Many years ago, I was having a very sincere discussion with a dear friend, spilling my innermost thoughts and transgressions. She listened so lovingly and was so accepting, I was moved. It was then I realized what it means (at least to some extent) for God to still love us in spite of everything. I remember thinking that if she, a human being, can be so forgiving and understanding, how can I ever doubt that God is capable of loving and forgiving me. It was a definite revelation. Our readings, while acknowledging our sins, still leave us knowing that God loves us – no doubts, no wondering. He loves us unconditionally.

Yesterday I received notice of the death of a nursing colleague from another state. She was younger than I was and died from a brain aneurysm – so the situation definitely caught my attention. I found myself crying – not because she was a close friend or that, I cared about her dearly – rather, because I did not. I remember always dreading when she was at meetings because there was an aggressiveness and belligerence toward so many. I knew I was not alone in recognizing this and the schisms that were left in the wake. Yet, in the context of these readings and the online retreat focus, what right had I to judge her? Another sin to add to my lengthy list, but also another lesson to be learned. I struggle so to learn these that God grants me numerous opportunities to practice – perhaps, one day I will get one of them finally learned.



CHURCH SCANDALS: We have seen in the Church, in church organizations, in the hierarchy. When a priest, a bishop, a cardinal, or even a pope leads other people to sin, the is called ‘spiritual murder.’ It is a murder because the one who is supposed to give life snuffs out the faint life of somebody. The one who is supposed to be a channel of blessing becomes a channel of sin. that is spiritual murder.

On the other hand, if we see the scandalous life of somebody – if we see the scandalous life of a priest, a cardinal or even a pope or a bishop and we allow our faith to die or be damaged and we call that, ‘spiritual suicide.’ In other words, we cannot put all the blame on the scandals that others have brought into our lives. The fact is we give them permission to kill us. We give them permission to destroy us. We give them permission to look at us as inferior. When we see scandals of those in charge of us, that is spiritual murder and they are accountable to God. But if we allow them to kill our faith, that is spiritual suicide for us.

There are some among us who say that the church is not holy. We claim that the church is not founded by Jesus Christ because of the lifestyle of priests, the religious, the men and women in the Church. The gospel for today precisely points that out: “These scandals and sins that we are seeing in the Church are actually proofs that we, as the Church, are divine. If the Church were only a human corporation, it would have crumbled a long time ago. If we are still standing in spite of the scandals that the Church has seen, it can only be because this church, this organization, is run, not by men, but by the Holy Spirit. (Socrates Villegas, DD, Love Like Jesus, p. 18)


Jesus’ words in today’s gospel are obviously a compilation of sayings that the Lord could have pronounced on various occasions. All in all, Jesus reveals from His heart what he thought are the obstacles that we, His followers, should watch out:

  • For the newcomer or infant Christ. The obstacle is our “sinfulness.” With this sinfulness, we do not only put a gap between us and God, but also a gap between God and others. Whether we like it or not, others see us as the best advertisers of what it means to have faith in Jesus. Hence, when others see the glaring sins that we commit, they are scandalized, and they might find it harder to believe in the pristine message of Christianity.
  • For the mature Christian. The obstacle is self-righteousness. In our quest for life that is according to the virtues and values of the gospel, it may happen that we become less and less tolerant of the imperfection of others. The Lord reminds us that true holiness combines purity of life with compassion for others. Hence, the ability to forgive others who ask for our forgiveness should never be lost! Jesus emphasizes: “If your brother sins seven times in a day, and seven time he comes and asks your forgiveness, forgive him seven times.” (Fr. Domie Guzman SSP New Every Morning New Everyday 2006 p. 324)


 The gospel also alludes to the importance of having faith, even if this faith is the size of a mustard seed. Living faith if often described as that which involves a personal relationship with God.

As we meditate on the word of the gospel today, there are also some important reflections on a Living faith:

  • Living faith edifies. The true disciple must be one who does not only build up himself and his relationship with God. He must also build up the faith of others. If not, Jesus teaches that it is far better for a man who is the cause of the sin of others to have millstone tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea.
  • Living faith evangelizes. The true believer is not simply contented about being holy by avoiding sin and occasions of sin. Jesus says that if the believer encounters brother who did wrong, it is his duty to correct the mistake, it is his duty to proclaim the truth, with a gentle and reconciling spirit.
  • Living faith exults God. The true believer witnessing to the power of God, that with God there is nothing impossible (Fr. Domie Guzman SSP New Every Morning New Everyday 2006 p. 325)


November 12, 2012

St. Josaphat,
bishop and martyr

Ti 1:1-9
Ps 24
Lk 17:1-6

Lk 17:1-6
Temptations to Sin 

1[Jesus] said to his disciples, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the person through whom they occur. 2It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 3Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.”

5And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” 6The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to [this] mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”


Little ones. This term refers to persons who are powerless. For the Jews, the little ones include children, widows, and the poor. Jesus warns us that we should not influence them to do wrong or to be led to the wrong path. No one should induce the little ones to turn away from God or to abandon their faith and trust in God.

This warning points out the seriousness and great responsibility of his followers to be exemplary and role models to others. The disciple has to be prudent with his actions and tactful with his words.

Jesus also admonishes us to forgive. We have the duty to correct our erring brethren. But our correction should lead to repentance. It is not meant to judge or find fault. It is not to condemn but to show compassion and genuine concern.

As followers of Christ, we have to be true to his teachings and faithful to his commandments.
Or else we might lead the little ones to fall from grace.


WORD Today (Wis 1:1-7; Lk 17:1-6):  the Book of Wisdom advises us to live righteous, disciplined lives in order to find God “because He is found by those who don’t put Him to the test,” (Wis 1:2).

No one finds God while living in rebellion against Him, where God’s will is second to man’s.  Don’t test the wisdom of His commands against your own thinking. Don’t disprove His goodness by the evil that man does, nor prove His goodness by what He grants you. Don’t belittle His virtues until your life falls apart.

The Holy Spirit is God’s wisdom, guiding us to the wonderful wholeness and harmony of godly living! (fr. Iko Bajos Nov 11, 2013).

CATECHISM a Day (Luke 17:1): “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur but wow to the one through whom they occur.


Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it or the weakness of those who are scandalized. It prompted our Lord to utter this curse: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fasten around his neck and to drowned in the depth of the sea.” Scandal is grave when given by those who by nature or office are obliged to teach and educate others. Christ approaches the scribes and Pharisees on this account: He likens them to wolves in sheep’s clothing. (Fr. Iko Bajos Nov 11. 2013).


Reflection for Monday November 10, Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor; Luke 17:1-6 – Reflection: Why do we sin? We sin because we allow sin to envelope us and we sin for our faith in Jesus is weak it is easily defeated by temptations. The devil is like a drone that always hovers above us it sees us and it detects if our faith in Jesus is weak. The moment that the devil finds out that our faith is weak he then quickly sends his slaves to entice us with sinfulness.

What is the antidote to sin? Very simple but we often neglect to harness this antidote called faith in Jesus. This is what defeats the devil and sin, the moment we ask Jesus to strengthen our faith He will surely oblige our request. But do we humbly and prayerfully ask Jesus to strengthen our faith? Are we faithful Holy Mass goers? Do we read our bible? Do we pray the Holy Rosary?

If we want to have an increase of faith we should not only ask Jesus we should also show Jesus that we are deserving of this faith. Once we do so we would notice a significant improvement in our faith life and in our journey with Jesus in this world.

Faith is a gift but at the same time faith is also given by Jesus to those who deserve it. And one testament of a person who deserves the gift of faith is someone who strives to know more about Jesus. And someone who endeavors to share his/her faith about Jesus.

Do you want to have an increase of faith? Try to know more about the life of Jesus and don’t forget to share what you know about Jesus. Amen. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Friday, November 4, 2016

Reflection for Monday November 7, Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 17:1-6

Jesus has a lot of things to say to us in this gospel reading about Sin, Forgiveness and Faith.

First: We must always be careful not to be a conduit for our brothers and sisters to sin and if we see somebody committing sin in whatever manner we must always have the courage to advice them to avoid sin no matter who they may be. Sometimes we think twice if we would advice a sinner simply because we are afraid of the consequence of our actions. We should not allow these factors to deter us because it is our moral obligation to correct those who go astray.

Second: We must always forgive those who have done us wrong no matter how deep the wound that they have caused us. If God can forgive who are we not to forgive? Let us always remember that the more we keep deep seated resentment and anger in our hearts the more that we allow them to hurt us. Try to forgive and you will feel as if a big burden has been taken off you.

Third: No matter how hard the times are right now, we must continue to have faith for it is in having faith that we manifest how deep our love and hope for God. The apostles said to Jesus: “Increase our faith.”

Isn’t this what we also want to have in our life an increase in our faith on Jesus? If this is so, we should not only ask, we should do something about it by thirsting for Jesus. In other words we have to walk our talk. If we will not work for it, our increase of faith will not drop like manna from heaven.

God smiles to those who exert effort to know Him and He surely showers His wisdom upon them. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


MONDAY OF THE 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) LUKAS 17:1-6. Unsa may kapaingnan sa daotang panig-ingnan? Gipahimangnoan ni Hesus ang mga tinun-an sa dili paghatag og daotang ehemplo sa uban. Ang magbuhat sa ingon angay nga “hiktan ang liog sa usa ka dakong galingang bato ug itambog ngadto sa dagat”. Kining panultihon nagpasabot lamang sa kadako sa sala sa tawo nga maghatag og dili maayong panig-ingnan sa katilingban. Kon magdasig kita sa usa ka tawo sa pagpakasala pinaagi sa pulong ug sa binuhatan, siya magtudlo usab sa laing mga tawo sa pagpakasala, ug kini sila mao na pud ang makaingon sa daghang pang uban nga makabuhat og daotan. Busa, dili daotang ehemplo kondili saktong panig-ingnan ang atong ipakita sa uban, ilabi na sa atong mga kabataan, aron adunay maayong kaugmaon ang atong katilingban. Posted by Abet Uy

(English) LUKE 17: 1-6. What have nothing bad example? Jesus warned the disciples not to give a bad example to others. To do so should “tie the neck of a large millstone and thrown into the sea”. This saying means only the magnitude of the sin of man giving bad example to society. If we encourage a person to sin by word and deed, he also teaches other men to sin, and they are also the cause of many others who commit evil. So, not a bad example, but exactly the example we show to others, especially our youth, to have a better future for our society. Posted by Abet Uy


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

MONDAY OF THE 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – LUKAS 17:1-6. UNSA MAY KAPAINGNAN SA DAOTANG PANIG-INGNAN? Gipahimangnoan ni Hesus ang mga tinun-an sa dili paghatag og daotang ehemplo sa uban. Ang magbuhat sa ingon angay nga “hiktan ang liog sa usa ka dakong galingang bato ug itambog ngadto sa dagat”. Kining panultihon nagpasabot lamang sa kadako sa sala sa tawo nga maghatag og dili maayong panig-ingnan sa katilingban. Kon magdasig kita sa usa ka tawo sa pagpakasala pinaagi sa pulong ug sa binuhatan, siya magtudlo usab sa laing mga tawo sa pagpakasala, ug kini sila mao na pud ang makaingon sa daghan pang uban nga makabuhat og daotan. Busa, dili daotang ehemplo kondili saktong panig-ingnan ang atong ipakita sa uban, ilabi na sa atong mga kabataan. Adunay nag-ingon, “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.” Posted by Abet Uy


HARDEST PART – If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. – Luke 17:3

The hardest part about being a lay preacher is to rebuke a brother who sins. As a Kerygma Preacher of The Feast and of the Light of Jesus Family, I’ve been trained to be affirming, encouraging and embracing of those who come to me, especially sinners.

Confronting people with their sins is easier said than done mainly because I know I am a sinner, too. But then again, should a doctor who gets sick no longer cure others? Does a carpenter who doesn’t have his own house be disqualified from building other people’s houses? Should a priest who himself sins stop hearing confession? Or do parents who commit bigtime mistakes in life no longer have the right to teach their kids what’s right and wrong?

Although you can and should rebuke, it’s the “why and how you do it” that matter most. We should reproach not out of a sense of moral obligation or because it’s our job, but because we truly love that person. When we do so, the sinner will feel that!

Ultimately, loving and forgiving a person who sins is the best way of “rebuking,” allowing him to see his own sins and repent of them. That’s the hardest part, but it’s also the most beautiful and most effective. Alvin Barcelona (

Reflection: Do you feel like rebuking someone? Why and how are you doing it? Love him more and you may not need to rebuke him at all.

Dear God, may I truly love others in pointing out their sins as I am continuously loved by You despite my own sins. Amen.


November 07, 2016

Ali Baba was a poor man who sometimes went in the forest to collect fuel wood. On one occasion when he was doing that, he saw a group of horsemen coming in his direction. Afraid they might be robbers, he hid himself up a tree and waited to see what they would do. They came near Ali’s tree, dismounted and approached a huge rock. Their leader then shouted, “Open, Sesame!” And at the sound of these two magical words, a door opened in the rock. The robbers went into what was a huge cave, deposited their loot there, came out and their leader shouted, “Close, Sesame!” and the rock closed. Then they left. Curious, Ali shouted the two magical word, “Open, Sesame!” and the rock opened up. Ali went inside and saw there the accumulated loot of generations of robbers. After that, his family was never more in need.

In our relationship with our spouse, we offend and are offended “seven times in one day,” as Jesus tells us in today’s gospel reading. He also tells us that the remedy to all offenses consists in the two magical words, “I’m sorry.” These two magical words open hearts full of treasures of love and warm acceptance.


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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