Sunday, March 3, 2019


FEBRUARY 17, 2019

JESUS, I trust in you!

It is difficult to believe in Jesus because he opposes the teachings which we grew up believing in. We have always thought that becoming rich is something to aspire for. All of us want to be rich and this is manifested by the long lines in lotto outlets when the prize amounts to millions of pesos. Of course no one wants to go hungry. Isn’t the food industry one of the largest in the world? We love to eat. We value laughter and so Show time rates highly because people patronize comedy and entertainment. And everybody wants to be highly regarded by others. High esteem goes by a new name: Popularity. And so, if you are rich, filled, laughing, and popular, then you are envied and most probably, people will come to you and ask: “How to be you po?”

But Jesus says exactly the opposite. He says: “Woe to you who are rich. Woe to you who are filled now. Woe to you who laugh now. Woe to you when all speak well of you. Opposed to this, the Lord extolls those whom we consider as losers: Blessed are you who are poor. Blessed are you who are hungry now. Blessed are you who are weeping now. Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.”

Listening to Jesus, we might be tempted to say: “Baliktad na ang mundo!” And we would be right in saying so. Baliktad na ang mundo not because Jesus opposed what we have always taken for granted as true but rather it is because the world has gone the opposite direction of the will of God. Remember that everything was created through Jesus and for him. Therefore, the teachings of our Lord reveal the real values according to original intent of God. He tells us that joy does not come from material wealth, food, entertainment and popularity. Joy comes from God and from God alone. That is why the Lord said through Jeremiah: “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord…” The Lord is the only genuine source of our fulfillment. He is the only source of joy and blessedness.

“Sometimes you are unsatisfied with your life, while many in this world are dreaming of living your life…A child on a farm sees an airplane flying overhead and dreams of flying. But the pilot on that plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of returning home.

If wealth is the secret to happiness, then the rich should be dancing in the streets. But only poor kids do that.

If power ensures security, then officials should walk unguarded. But those who live simply, sleep soundly.

If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships, then celebrities should have the best relationships.

Live simply, walk humbly, and love genuinely…All good will come to you.”

Yes, the world has been lying to us. The Lord tells the truth.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!   

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