Do you realize that when you are in union with God, he is your soulmate? [Note: Again, this month will be a short month of blogging, for circumstances will prevent me from attending daily Mass and having access to a computer. Please check back after Oct. 16. Of course, your are welcome to read my old posts. More to the point, I pray that you will truly seek union with God, making him your soulmate – the purpose of this blog. Once you attain union, God will speak directly to your heart and you won't need to read me anymore, for whatever you get from me is only second-hand information. God bless you all abundantly.]
"Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)
Monday, September 10, 2018
An evil person is one who is sole interested in his own preservation and welfare. He is self-centered, has no conscience, and no tolerance for anyone who disagrees with him, and is therefore a hypocrite. If cornered or exposed, he lashes out even more with lies and hatred. Sadly, you can see many such examples today in our world. On the other hand, a holy person is one who remains humble, loving, and peaceful, condemning never the sinner, only the sins. He prays to God to crush evil, but still save all the souls. In sum, he is Christlike. The good certainly make the bad look worse, while the bad make the good look even better. To be evil is surely to be a loser.
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Decades ago I had an emergency and ended up in a hospital. While I was still feeling weak and helpless, a lady entered my room to ask me if I would like to receive the Lord in the Holy Eucharist, for she was a Eucharistic minister visiting the sick from the neighborhood church to which I now belong. I was surprised and overjoyed that the Lord should visit me at this crucial time to bolster my strength and spirit. A day I shall always remember.
Great crowds pack the great churches such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Paris, St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Sadly, they are mostly curious tourists admiring the interior and the architecture, not there to worship or even seek Christ.
I went to the first morning Mass at church on this Sunday. When you go before the Lord, what do you have to say to him? What are you going to ask from him? It seems that a good way of praying is to go before him, say nothing, not ask for anything, but submit yourself completely to him. This is perfect obedience to let the Lord do whatever he wants with you, setting you free. Just imagine, if everyone does this, we'd certainly have instant peace and total salvation! And rejoicing can begin now and last through eternity! Saying nothing but submitting totally to God has to be one perfect prayer.
Friday, September 7, 2018
If you let God take away your sins, why not follow up by asking him to make you holy? People don't do that because they know they would sin again, which is sad. Here's why you should seek union with God. In union, the Lord removes your desire to sin and at the same time inspires you to remain holy. This is how inner peace is born.
For all of us, Jesus should be our most precious treasure. For he is the only one who can liberate us spiritually, and as our creator, mold and shape us into a new being, beautiful for him to behold. Now, to love becomes our vocation and heaven our final destination.
It amazes me that we all know that the heart handles our feelings and emotions, and our brain does the thinking and reasoning, while both are merely organs of our physical body. And we all have an inborn conscience too. Intuitively, I clearly sense that God must have created us.
I have mentioned that the joy of Christ comes when it comes. You never know when the Holy Spirit is going to surprise you, and what a beautiful, sensational surprise it is! It's as if the Lord ignites that joy within your heart, and it bursts forth instantly, seizing your entire being. It's so powerful that you willingly let yourself be crushed by this sweet love. You just know that it's the Lord. Truly I can say that God is my joy!
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Chastity, poverty, and obedience make up the three vows for men and women religious. A more fundamental commitment for all of us who love the Lord to make is to abandon ourselves in him, more important than any vow. Broadly speaking, one's vocation call is to be a religious or to remain a layperson. The most fundamental call for a Christian is to be holy, underlying any other call.
Because Jesus has come to us as God the Son, we can now be solidly linked to God. Jesus has said to all, "If you knew me, you would know my Father also." We can no longer say we don't see or hear God or we cannot get to know him. In fact, we can receive his body and blood in the Holy Eucharist and attain union with him! God is now all ours for the asking.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Life becomes most exciting and rewarding when you go all out for God. For your discover that you can attain union with the Almighty and be transformed by him into a creature delightful to him! You can't help but be delighted about yourself too.
In today's Gospel reading from Luke 4, Jesus taught the people and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. As a matter of fact, he spoke throughout his ministry with authority and power, yet he is never authoritarian. He is the Lord, but never lord it over us. He is truly the God who is love.
To truly show your love for someone is to respect that person's wish and not do to him what you think might make him happy. For example, my son gives me a nice gift on Father's day. I appreciate that. But I would be so much happier if he would watch some videos I sincerely wish he'd watch instead. In other words, you take into consideration of what your loved one desires. It's the same way to love God. We simply obey him, not doing what we think might please him, which, of course, could turn out to be the same thing, but the motivation is different.
Monday, September 3, 2018
I was weeding in my yard early this morning when it was still cool. It may still take a few more mornings to finish weeding all around the house. The Lord made me see that weeding wasn't such an important task, for if I die today, leaving it unfinished would be just fine. So what is important? Let me use an example. Suppose you feel that you should forgive someone, but somehow you keep putting it off. Then you are dying and regret that you haven't let that person know of your intent – that is important. Right now I feel called to share some spiritual insights with someone, I know I should do it ASAP (definitely before I die). As for the weeds, one day they might get all wiped out or get to grow madly – who cares? So you see, anything you do for the sake of the Lord then is important.
God is our absolute standard. The saints are great, but not perfect. Anyone one, no matter how holy he might be, pales to nothing when measured against the Lord. Therefore, you may bypass all the saints and look up to the Lord only for inspiration and guidance. The Lord is your only master. Let him be your only teacher too.
God loves us with a pure, unconditional love. Whether you are a sinner or saint, an unbeliever or a devout Christian, he loves you just the same. This is loving by will, unaffected by feelings or emotions – the way he wants us to love others. It makes loving the unlovable or our enemies possible. The is true love. As for fake love, the best example is provided by some of today's crooked politicians, not much different from the scribes and Pharisees of the days of Jesus. They promise to fight for you, but after securing your votes, never do anything for you. It's like giving you a rope to hang on, never intending to pull you all the way up. This is fake love, which the hypocrites promise but never intend to deliver.
Sunday, September 2, 2018
In today's second reading from James 1, the Apostle advised his readers to keep themselves unstained by the world. I say amen to that because the secular, ungodly world is much like a huge mud pond – it's just so easy to get stained by it. But Christ can keep us pure and clean if we'll abandon ourselves in him. For he is our one and only Savior!
A prominent politician has just passed away and had a most prominent funeral service held for him. He had planned it to make sure that some of his political enemies wouldn't be invited to attend his funeral. He had the right to do so, but my thought is that if you are already on your way to meet your Maker, shouldn't you at least make sure that you no longer hold any grudge against anyone anymore?
Saturday, September 1, 2018
God is our great hope. With God our Father, you can alway start afresh – no matter what your past is like – it's never too late – the past is gone, let it go – now you can start with God again with a clean slate – he always waits for you – you are now the prodigal son returning home – get ready for the welcome party – rejoice! – he's ready to cleanse you of your sins and make you holy – amen, now you are set to enjoy heaven in your Father's house for all eternity!
The Gospel reading from Matthew 26 today gave us the parable of talents. Three servants all received talents from their master. Two of them traded with their talents and doubled their money, while the third one just buried his one talent in a hole. On the master's return, the two productive servants were given great responsibilities, while the nonproductive one not only had his talent taken away from him, but also got thrown into the darkness outside. For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
It so happened that early this morning before Mass, the Lord got me thinking about how we serve him at different levels. At the highest level, we do everything for the sake of glorifying him. Then we also do things indirectly to serve him better, such as exercising our body, enjoying certain recreation to get us recharged, etc. Descending lower, we do nothing for the Lord nor anything bad. At the lowest lever, we simply go against him in all things. A productive Christian will grow rich (spiritually), while a lazy Christian will lose everything at the end.