Each Weekend, we throng to all the places of worship to celebrate Christ’s healing salvific mysteries through the hearing of the Word and experiencing the sweetness of the Sacraments. This is to help us live in the midst of many who still live in darkness so that by our testimony to the Life and Light of Christ they too may come and see the Light to savor the sweetness of Life of the Lord. Going to worship every Weekend and praying every day for their own sakes without causing any change to the lives of many is comparable to a compensatory scrupulosity; we must actually walk and put into action what we celebrate through our worship and prayer in a process of a Mystagogia to get us to the bottom of the full implication of what we celebrate.
Our vertical relationships with God, which should be foremost, must also show forth in our horizontal relationships with our neighbors; both must be nourished concurrently, otherwise, hypocrisy is practiced to delude ourselves and deceive others. Like St Frances of Rome, we must pray to the Lord to help us do his will as we give up all our talent, time, treasure and trust to serve the need of others in order for us to know and serve the Lord better in those in need than to just go to church and pray for their own sakes without translating them into meaningful actions that will awaken in many a soul the sense of holding on to, and coming to believe in Jesus as the Savior of the world.
(Joshua 24: 1-2, 15-18 Ephesians 5: 21-32 John 6: 60-69)
Each person has a choice to make: either follow in the way of God and have life, or in the way of evil and experience the consequential results. Sometimes, this statement seems so simplistic that some of us think there is nothing anyone can do to let help people make good choices because the consequences are so obvious. But, people need to be well informed and educated on matters of importance before they can make the right or otherwise decisions and choices. Those who are knowledgeable in a particular area of knowledge need to share their experiences with the less fortunate without any inkling of an imposition of personal wills and agenda.
A well-founded knowledge of Jesus, coupled with an intimate personal relationship with Jesus through prayer and living out a life of grace, are all that we need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, no matter how much it will cost our lives. Without any serious prayer regime, intimate relationship with Jesus, and the must-do cooperation with the promptings and graces of the Holy Spirit, no one can live a holy life worthy of emulation. We have a choice to make, though: either we choose and trust Jesus who possesses all the remedies for our ailing bodies and souls so as to experience salvation, or we choose the pleasures of the world whose only goal is the hopelessness of mortality.
(Proverbs 9: 1-6 Ephesians 5: 15-20 John 6: 51-58)
The purpose of our existence here on earth is to give the ultimate love, praise, glory, and honor to God as we come to know and believe in God who has brought us into being, so that we may be with our Creator after our earthly journey. Having this in mind, and living as transient pilgrims with a sense of stewardship over God’s creation with the consequential probity and accountability called Judgment, we recollect at the end of each day how we have tried to live towards achieving the goal of seeing God face-to-face ‘after this our Exile’.
Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, is the answer to our guesses and doubts about the kind of life to choose. A life which is not deeply rooted in our Creator, but in Creation, will end in Creation, as the Ashes of Ash Wednesday remind us. There is the tendency to lose sight of our earthly goals by just focusing on a life that only satisfies the senses but fails to seek the growth of the soul. We spend so much energy, time, and resources to make sure the body stays healthy by following rigid regimes which may not even bear any fruits. Yet, when it comes to spiritual exercises and maturities, most of us either shun or trivialize them by relegating them to the gutters as if there is no need for the salvation of the soul.
A constant intimate relationship with Jesus will surely help us understand our mission here on earth. With this, we shall naturally and obviously make good use of the visitation of Jesus, who for our sake and our salvation, becoming the refulgence of the Father, died and rose again so that we might live no longer for ourselves but for him. The only way forward to live for Jesus and not for our selfish inclinations is to have a profound relationship with the Creator by always relying and cooperating with the help of the Holy Spirit. This is known as Sacramental life.
(1 Kings 19: 4-8 Ephesians 4: 3—5: 2 John 6: 41-51)
Almost everybody has some hope of a life after death with a consequential merit which helps us write a storyline of our earthly lives. For Christians, it is the hope of the Resurrection of the dead and the Life of the World to come. The Christians’ eyes must always fixate on the hope of beholding the Beatific Vision of God, as we always pray that God may deliver us from all evil and grant us peace in our days. We must also pray that God in his great mercy may keep us free from sin and safe from all distress that would prevent us from truly giving the due glory and honor to God.
Jesus is the only answer to a life that is full of hope to a new and glorious life; we must therefore strive to live his life. To do this, we ought to be in a constant communion with him through Word and Sacrament. The Word enlightens us to know and come closer to Jesus who is ever-present in the Sacraments, notably in the Holy Eucharist. Human weakness may cause us to doubt the essence of the efficacies of the Sacraments. But, the Sacraments are, in fact, Grace-filled Actions caused by the power and the invocation of the Holy Spirit to change ordinary tangible realities, whose external meanings are easily known to us, into intangible realities, whose internal meanings are linked to the external meanings of the tangible realities.
With authentic faith and trust in the power of the Holy Spirit, we can easily let go all doubts that are posed by our human weakness so that we can hold fast on to the realities of the divine life which are contained in the Sacraments. With this, we can easily taste and see the goodness of the Lord, for our knowledge of the Lord is strengthened by our positive response to his invitation. We have a choice to accept or reject the Sacraments as a remedy to our weakness: the choice is ours to make.
Tuesday Mass & Adoration 4-6pm
Wednesday - Friday 7:45am