Communion time disposition. You remain wide open to the Lord, ready to yield to whatever he wants to tell you. Then he enters you. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than knowing that you and the Lord are of one mind and one spirit!!!
Saturday, April 29, 2023
Today is the Memorial of Saint Catherine of Sienna, Virgin and Doctor of the Church. Fr. Steve at Mass mentioned that she was on fire with love. I like that expression, letting love set you on fire. Since God is love, we ask him to set our hearts on fire. This is how we should pray for ourselves.
We all face problems in this life. Without God, we bear the whole burden and try to figure out how to solve the problem. This can cause a lot of stress. With God, we turn to him first, giving him the problem and asking for his guidance. Sometime I go to the Lord almost in tears and he knows exactly how I feel and completely relieves my burden. The problem always goes away or is solved in some way afterwards. So this is the Lord God, the God of Christ, we can always turn to, whether we are happy or sad, feel like laughing or crying . . . . It is the most intimate sweet relationship we can have, possible only with him!
Friday, April 28, 2023
Many artists seek to attain perfection, so they are never satisfied with what they are doing. What about us Christians? We also aim to attain perfection, but we are always happy knowing that the Lord has saved us and is leading us to become perfect in heaven.
It is easy to say whatever comes to our mind among friends and people we know. Many thoughts may be innocent, but there are times what we wish to say definitely do not glorify God. If we sense that, it'd be better for us to remain silent. Here's one example. We talk about someone we know, someone imperfect like any of us, and start to point out all his shortcomings. Even if we speak the truth, we are not giving God glory.
The Gospel reading comes from John 6. Jesus said to the Jews, "Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my Flesh is true food, and my Blood is true drink. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood remains in me and I in him." I now know that the Lord will raise me on the last day, and for the time being I and he remain in each other. How good it is to know this! I am jubilant!
Today's first reading, Acts 9:1-20, tells the amazing conversion of Saul (Paul). The Lord Jesus had a plan for him—he had chosen him to be his instrument to carry his name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. Once the Lord set his eyes on Paul, he became a changed man. We may not get called in such a dramatic manner, nevertheless God has a plan for each of us too. Let the Lord fully capture us and we'll be able to accomplish his mission for us beautifully too.
Thursday, April 27, 2023
Are you letting God work on you? Or are you pretty much managing everything on your own? Let the Lord work on you so that you may become pleasing to him. He can set you free, make you holy like him, and put you on the straight path to heaven! You lose nothing and gain everything! If you don't see it yet, you have too much pride and would need the Lord to mold and shape you even more urgently.
In today's Gospel reading from John 6, Jesus said to the crowds, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world." He is talking about eating his Flesh and not dying anymore—we'll be living forever! Obviously, the Lord is hinting at the Holy Eucharist he's going to institute. No more dying, living forever . . . that's totally unattainable on our own! What he had uttered was absolutely monumental. If you cannot prove that he's not speaking the truth, you'd better believe in him with all your heart.
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
In today's Gospel reading from John 6, Jesus said to the crowds, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst." Of course, Jesus was not referring to physical hunger and thirst. Our most fundamental hunger and thirst are spiritual hunger and thirst. Once you go to him and believe in him, you are fulfilled at the soul level and your physical and thirst are taken care of by him as well. If you are not fulfilled spiritually, you can eat and drink all you want and will still be unsatisfied.
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Monday, April 24, 2023
Sunday, April 23, 2023
Let's say there is someone who has all the maps of every single place of the world in his head, and if you are lost anywhere on earth, he'll know exactly how you can find your way out. Of course, that person can never be lost himself. I use this example to support an insight I received at Mass this morning. From the Gospels, we know that Jesus raised at least three people from the dead. Then, of course, he could not possibly remain dead himself. That the one who can create life must have life always has to be the foregone conclusion.
Friday, April 21, 2023
Before Fr. Steve dismissed the Mass this morning, as usual he asked the almighty God to bless us, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I felt personally that if you humbly accept God's blessing with a totally open heart, it alone is enough to change your whole life and being for his glory!
If you want everyone else to believe in God, to love him, to trust in him, to honor him, to be holy, to be humble, to be forgiving and not judge others, to abandon themselves to God, to become detached to worldly things, to defend marriage, family, freedom of speech, etc., ad infinitum, then start doing all these things yourself and pray for others.
In today's first reading from Acts 5, the Sanhedrin had the Apostles flogged and ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus, and dismissed them. But they rejoiced that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the the name. This seems to go against the grain of human nature, yet for God's sake, anything is possible. The Lord can indeed win our hearts and transform us. If you realize that loving and obeying God is more important than caring about yourself and anything else, congratulations! For you are now a new creature whom the Lord has set free. Alleluia!
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Yesterday I blogged about the serious sayings of Jesus: John 3;16 and 3:18. In today's Gospel reading, the Lord said in John 3: 36 pretty much the same thing, but worded differently: "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remans upon him." Again, it compels us to pay attention and come to a decision. Dismissing it would be most unwise.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
At Mass, the priest consecrates the bread and wine and say the words of Jesus at the Last Supper. First, Take this, all of you, and eat of it: for this is my body which will be given up for you. Then, Take this. all of you, and drink from it: for this is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me. I consider these two invitations to be the greatest invitations I can possibly get in this life.
The Gospel reading came from John 3. Verse 16: "God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life." Then verse 18: "Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God." These are critical sayings, especially the second verse. To not take them seriously amounts to believing that Jesus is not speaking the truth here!
After driving on a winding road to Mass this morning, I felt my heart beating a little faster. I've heard said that the beating heart is like a drum providing beats as you march toward death. That's not a happy thought. I prefer to think of the heart providing beats to encourage you to keep on doing God's will as you return to your home in heaven.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023
(1) Forgive me for my sins, (2) Pour your Holy Spirit on me, (3) Make me holy . . . . You see, God's foremost desire is that every one of us become perfect and be saved. If we all become perfect, we'll be one with the Lord and the world will be in peace. God loves each one of us to an unimaginable degree, so praying humbly for ourselves to become perfect is most desirable and appropriate.
In today's Gospel reading from John 3. Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life." God has made it so simple for us to have eternal life, so it's alarming that many are making it most complicated for themselves! Time to examine ourselves.
Monday, April 17, 2023
When God forgives our sins and makes us clean, we just feel so good. Why so? Well, when our soul is not in order, we just lose peace—this is how God has "wired" us. Once the Lord cleanses us, our soul is healed and we are set free! It's that simple. Now you know to feel good always! God has wonderfully made us, so thank him with all your heart. If we feel miserable, we have only ourselves to blame.
Protestant Christians talk about the born-again experience. Christ can make us anew in him for sure, but I don't see this as a one-time thing. Instead, I see it as a continuous process with the Holy Spirit renewing us every single moment. This is what make living a Catholic life so exiting!
When we love someone or something, we basically seek self-satisfaction. So our love is not pure. Since God is love, his love is pure and selfless. When we experience his love, we are transformed to love others as he loves all of us. We now seek to glorify God only, and we are set free. Yes, God can make us become like him!
Sunday, April 16, 2023
We are nothing without God—this is absolutely true. So to become something, we need to connect ourselves with the Lord God. The steps involved are extremely simple: You accept and believe that Christ is your Lord and Savior and follow him, and you are connected. This is to have faith! The greater your faith, the more perfect is your connection. This is what being Christian is all about.
We all have our ego and seek glory for ourselves. Today at Mass, the Lord made me see that he alone deserves all the glory, and we deserve none. There is only one God, one Lord, and all glory belongs to him. The Lord exudes glory. We can only reflect his glory by becoming humble and holy. When we acknowledge all this, we are set free and gain peace.
A church friend just had his pacemaker replaced because the battery in the old one was getting weak. I am happy that the operation has been a success and he is doing fine. This made me realize that whether we need a pacemaker or not, we are all living on borrowed time. The Lord God lends us each only so much time and that's all we get. So it would be extremely foolish to live as if our time is not going to run out. We don't want to live on this earth forever; we want to live our eternal life in heaven according to our heavenly Father's will!
Saturday, April 15, 2023
The Lord God communicates with us in various ways. We may hear his voice or get dreams from him, or receive messages from him thru prophets, angels, saints, seers or anyone he sends our way. Naturally, he also speaks to our hearts directly, teaching us or inspiring us to take certain action. But it's essential that we remain fully open to him first. I am open to him everyday, yet some days I receive a bunch of thoughts to post and other days nothing much comes to me. This only makes it clear that it's all his doing. Now, Satan also tries to influence us, so we need to ask the Lord to block him out entirely for us. Anyhow, if we open up to the Lord only, Satan won't be able to approach us. Let's make the holy Lord our only influencer.
Friday, April 14, 2023
After I got home from morning Mass, I took a walk outside the house. It was a beautiful spring morning. The skies, clear and blue. The temperature, cool and most comfortable. The foliage displayed the freshest shades of green. The birds sang happily around you. And I wondered why many of us still get so messed up. It's clear that we mess up because we don't follow God anymore, we let the things of the world get to us, and we start sinning more and become self-centered. Now we are heading toward being lost forever. What we need to do is to start out with a foundation built firmly on the Lord God. Seeking to attain union with him thru the Holy Eucharist is my foremost recommendation. Once you become strong in the Lord, you wouldn't want to sin anymore. You can still enjoy the good things of the world, but they no longer can enslave you.
A new priest, the grandson of one of our parishioners, celebrated Mass this morning. He did a beautiful job, showing great reverence and with joy. As he consecrated the bread and wine, recalling the words and actions of Jesus at the Last Supper, I knew that the Lord had offered the greatest possible sacrifice for us. I was overwhelmed that he should love us this much and rejoiced that I have such an amazing Lord.
Also in today's reading 1 from Acts 4, Peter, referring to Jesus, said to the leaders of the people, elders, and scribes, "He is the stone rejected by you which has become the cornerstone. There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved." This is a truth we must see too. Whether you know Jesus or not, whether you accept him or not, whether you are a Catholic or not . . . every single one of us must go thru him. There can be only one God and one Savior! It's almost common sense.
In today's reading 1 from Acts 4, Peter cured a crippled man and told the leaders of the people and elders that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the man now stands healed. We really should do everything in Jesus' name, or in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Get in this habit and you won't sin anymore!
Thursday, April 13, 2023
In today's reading 1 from Acts 3, Peter addressed the people, saying to them, "The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses." Peter called Jesus the author of life, and this we must see too. As such, Christ is absolutely to be revered. We not only owe our present life to him, we owe our eternal life to him too if we've already received that great gift.
If we recognize God to be our heavenly Father, then let us treat him so. We must worship him, be grateful to him always, and above all, obey him. This last act pleases him the most and benefits us the most too. It is the most beautiful thing we can possibly do as his children while we are on earth.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Communion experience today. The main or even sole purpose of attending Mass is to receive the Lord in the Holy Eucharist. When I received it this morning, I realized that it was the Lord who is the life filling me, vitalizing my present life to the fullest and making my next life eternal! It was almost too much for me to bear or contain. I couldn't have felt more content and exuberant.
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Monday, April 10, 2023
Communion experience. In my life, I have tasted many great food dishes, heard some of the most beautiful music, visited many interesting places around the world, and experienced the sweet feeling of falling in love when I met the girl I was going to marry. But receiving the Holy Eucharist has to be the most exalted experience of all, for it unites you and your most loving Lord and God as one, fulfilling your innermost longing.
Sunday, April 9, 2023
Saturday, April 8, 2023
This is Holy Saturday. Of course, the disciples were overjoyed when they learned that Jesus had been raised, and they were overjoyed again when the Lord appeared to them subsequently. What about us Catholics? Well, we already know that he had resurrected, and we now get to receive him in the Holy Eucharist and know that we'll surely see him again in person. We really should feel overjoyed at all times! Sing praise to the Lord!
Friday, April 7, 2023
It's Good Friday. I went to Church 20 minutes early for confession this morning. People had already lined up along one whole wall. As I waited, another lines formed and now there were twice as many people. Three priests worked. That was heartening! My turn came 45 minutes later. I knew for sure that many others waited way over an hour. I attended the afternoon Communion service. Again, the church was packed. The first reading from Isaiah 52 amazingly prophesied the coming of the Savior. The long Gospel reading from John 18 & 19 told how Jesus got arrested, crucified, and buried, fulfilling the prophecy. Many of us resonate with this and decide to give our lives to God. This has to be because deep down we just know that we are sinners and need salvation of our souls.
Thursday, April 6, 2023
When we first came into this world, life was a mystery. It was like entering a wonderland with so much to explore. Then we soon learn that it's not a perfect place. When we see a lot of bad things happening to people, the concept of sin begins to materialize. Then we find God, the God of Christ for us now, and finally realize that it's the lack of love that causes our miseries. We now see the reality: the existence of truth, falsehood, holiness, wickedness, God, Satan, heaven, hell . . . and that life is all about love or the lack of it. We are not meant to live on the earth forever! If you only live for this life, may God have pity on you. We urgently need to awaken to this reality. Otherwise, we just remain trapped by sin!
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
This is a very interesting video. I knew the story, but here it's presented again in more detail. What I learned from watching it are that God is amazing and that when we trust in him (as Tom Zimmer in this video did), our life becomes amazing too.
Whenever you pray, reciting traditional prayers or speaking spontaneously from your heart, the No. 1 prayer goal that's unspoken but must be understood and present is that you are there to be obedient to the Lord. Very important, for the Christian life is all about doing God's will.
Many things big and little happen to us in life, robbing us of peace. When that happens and if you are already a Christian, I want you to look at the big picture. You already have the Lord, and that should be more than sufficient for you. This world is no longer your permanent home; you are just passing through. If the going gets a little rough, so what? In fact, letting go of all things in this life is what smoothes you way to your next life in heaven.
God we must take most seriously, for he is forever present and the one whom we depend upon for life. The greatness of his glory, holiness, love, and mercy are beyond our comprehension. Know that heaven is more joyful than we can possibly imagine. By the same token, hell is definitely a lot more horrible than we can visualize. Never think that all your little sins are OK. When the illumination of conscience happens, you'll be rudely shocked. To enter heaven is hard if you don't have faith in Christ the Savior, but it becomes super easy if you accept and believe in him. Take the God of Christ seriously and you'll always be amazed and surprised, never shocked.
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Near the end of the Mass this morning, the Lord made me see that we are all his children. Now, children are kids. As kids, we need to love our Father, get to know him, and ask him to teach us everything. We are not just some creatures that somehow showed up on earth and are left alone. We came from God and are meant to return to him.
It is unavoidable that we'll face God when we leave this world, and it's a given that we shall leave this world in a relatively short time. Then why are so many of us live as if we are never going to die and God doesn't even exist? Why are we burying our heads in the sand?
In today's Gospel reading from John 13, Jesus announced Judas's betrayal. This prompts me to ask myself if I have betrayed my Lord. I might not intentionally betray him, but anytime I am not 100% faithful, I see that as a betrayal. Our perfect Lord deserves our perfect trustworthiness, and this is only possible if we become like the Lord in every way. This points to seeking union with him as our only way.
To repent our sins may be hard, but it's even harder to be humble. We repent our sins mainly for our own sake. To be humble is more for God's sake. That's why surrendering totally to God is the hardest, for it calls for the humbling of all of one's self. Anyhow, the farther you go, the greater your reward will be.
Again on this Tuesday, I pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. When many of us realize that God the Father loves us so much that he willingly sacrificed his only Son for our sake, we are filled with gratitude and even moved to tears. To me, this clearly shows that we were made in the image of God!
Monday, April 3, 2023
In Mathew 23, Jesus said to the crowds and his disciples, "Whoever humbles himself will be exalted." Do you realize that when we humble ourselves, we actually exalt the Lord? So whenever you want to exalt the Lord or to be exalted by him, just humble yourself.
Repenting our sins is a major step in our spiritual life. The next big step to take is realizing how much we fall short of loving the Lord. Then we may very well decide to seek union with God through the Holy Eucharist. This is how we make our journeying toward the Lord increasingly beautiful.
Today the Lord also made me see that if we do anything for his sake, it's a very beautiful thing. That's all he expects from us and the best we could do for him. Yes, do everything for his sake and for his glory. It shows that you love him. This is obedience. The Lord is easy to please!
It was good that I was good enough to attend daily Mass again. Praise my Lord and my God. And I was also happy that I found my favorite rosary I thought was lost for a while. It's a wooden one I bought from the Carmelite Sisters at the concentration camp memorial site in Dachau, Germany. The first insight I received from the Lord at Mass this morning was that "we all need to let God touch our soul." This will be enough for the Lord to start transforming us to live a new life in him. To let that happen, we need to be completely open to the Lord and desire to possess him, to attain union with him, to abandon ourselves to him, or to belong to him totally.
So many souls have fallen into Satan's snares. I can come up with a long list of examples, but I'll just bring up one big one first. The news media are supposed to report facts objectively, but today the majority of them spread blatant lies. This is going directly against God's Commandment "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." As a result, millions of people have been led to embrace falsehood, risking losing their souls. It is tragic and pitiable beyond measure that we need God's mercy more than ever!
Sunday, April 2, 2023
Christ is our supreme example par excellence. When we see how he completely resigned to the Father's will and willingly went through his Passion, we are inspired to let all our worries and unrest go and begin to experience his peace.
On this Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion, the Gospel reading began from Matthew 26:14 and continued through the entirety of Matthew 27. The topics covered: the betrayal of Judas, preparations for the Passover, the betrayer, the Lord's Supper, Peter's denial foretold, the agony in the garden, the betrayal and arrest of Jesus, Jesus before the Sanhedrin, Peter's denial of Jesus, Jesus before Pilate, the death of Judas, Jesus questioned by Pilate, the sentence of Death, mockery by the soldiers, the way of the cross, the Crucifixion, the death of Jesus, the burial of Jesus, and the guard at the tomb. The long reading recalled how the Lord suffered so extremely for our sake. Then, of course, he did rise from the dead on the third day and ascend into heaven in great glory. We all go through our own sufferings, minuscule compared to his. But if we remain faithful, we'll get to heaven too! Being grateful for what he has done for us and following him with all our heart is absolutely worth it! This also shows that we do have his love in us.
Saturday, April 1, 2023
Realize first that we owe our very existence to the Lord God. To make the world notice us, we just make ourselves more important. When we let that go, we allow the Lord to notice us. Then we die to the world and to ourselves, and live only in him. We are now his forever.
In today's first reading from Ezekiel 37, the Lord GOD says that he will deliver the children of Israel from all their sins of apostasy and cleanse them so that they may be his people and and he may be their God. I see that if we let the Lord GOD deliver us from all our sins and cleanse us so that we may be his faithful servants and he may be our God, that would be the highest honor we can possibly receive from the Lord GOD.