Jesus wants us to trust in him and not worry about anything. This means that we should never worry for him either, for he can take care of everything. And we should just pray that his will be done and not wonder about when and how it's going to happen.
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Monday, October 30, 2023
We basically battle with ourselves most of our lives—to be our own god or to let God be God. Be your own god and you cut yourself off from the true God. Let the true God possess you and you possess all of him as well! The difference is enormous, practically infinite, for you are looking at eternal death vs. eternal joy.
If we don't have the Holy Spirit occupying us, we are open for the evil one to possess us. If we don't belong to God, we are up for grabs by Satan. With God you experience freedom, peace, and joy; while with Satan, oppression, turmoil, and pain. Making the right choice should be a no-brainer unless you don't have a brain.
We sin in thoughts, words, and deeds. Since thoughts always precede words and deeds, we sin in thoughts a lot more than in words and deeds. So, if we can keep our thoughts pure, we can stop sinning altogether! With so many temptations and evil influences around us, how can we achieve that? My answer is—attain union with God thru the Holy Eucharist. For the more you come to know God, the more sin becomes obnoxious to you. Finally, you remain clean and secure in the Lord, shielding us from all temptations and evil influences.
In today's reading 1 from Romans 8, Paul tells them that they have received a spirit of adoption through which they cry, Abba, Father! So if you feel like calling out "Abba, Father" from your very heart, it's a clear sign that he has adopted you. Rejoice!
Sunday, October 29, 2023
In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 22, Jesus said to a Pharisee, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments." Indeed, God is love, and love is the answer to all our problems! In practice, loving our neighbor presents us with the greatest challenge today when evil is so prevalent that there aren't that many people you can fully trust anymore. So what are we to do? This much I know: If we love the Lord, he'll never subject us to any test we cannot pass. He knows each of us thoroughly and is merciful. So trust in him and follow him faithfully and you'll come thru fine.
Saturday, October 28, 2023
God is our greatest defender against evil, but we need to trust in him first. People can pray for us, still it's up to us to make the decision to submit ourselves to him or not. To reject God who's totally on our side, go on our own, and risk being lost forever is being extremely foolish indeed. Beware! Pride can be deadly and is our worst enemy; it is also what Satan seizes upon the most to ruin our souls.
I have always advocated going to Christ directly if you want to know him speedily and well. You must establish a strong bond with him first for him to be able to fundamentally change you. A superficial relationship is a waste a time. As a Catholic. receiving him in the Eucharist is the way to attain ultimate union with him. It is in this most intimate relationship that you experience you own transformation and the joy of following him.
Friday, October 27, 2023
It is to surrender ourselves completely to God, letting him do whatever he wishes with us. It is total abandonment in him. By the way, this also leads to union with God and spiritual freedom. And our greatest humility is followed by our greatest exaltation by the Lord. It can't get any more fantastic!
I studied math and learned that infinity is a concept, unlike regular numbers you can easily work with. Our finite minds just have trouble conceiving infinity. Not anymore for me since I came to know the Lord God well, for he is the very embodiment of infinity! First of all, he has always existed and will exist forever; he is simply I AM as was revealed by the Scriptures. He is omnipotent, for nothing is impossible for him. When he wills, it's done. He transcends both space and time. I used to wonder ever since I was a kid if I would ever hit a wall or something if I kept on flying into space. Then if I did hit a wall, what would be on the other side of it? Anyway, after knowing my God, should it turn our that our universe is infinite, I would have no qualms about accepting that to be a reality.
In today's first reading from Romans 7, Paul wrote, "Miserable one that I am! Who will deliver me from this mortal body?" We need the Lord to deliver us not just from our bodies, but also from sin and the whole world. The Lord, being the truth, will deliver us from all our burdens and set us completely free one day, this I know for sure.
Many older people suffer from dementia nowadays and their families and friends feel sorry for them. Then I thought of those whose minds are still clear and sound, but suffer from shall I say "spiritual dementia," for they still live for themselves and this world, having no awareness of their need for salvation and God . . . are they better off than those who have the regular dementia? I don't think so. For the latter might have already been saved before dementia started. Anyway, believe in Jesus our Lord and Savior to secure your eternity in advance; and dementia or no dementia, it doesn't matter anymore. Better yet, pray that the Lord will keep your mind sharp and clear all your life so that you may enjoy him every single moment while you're on earth . . . he may very well grant you that wish for loving him!
Thursday, October 26, 2023
In today's first reading from Romans, Paul told the Christians at Rome that they now had been freed from sin and become slaves of God. Yes, to be "enslaved" by God actually sets them free! In the Gospel reading from Luke 12, Jesus told his disciples that he had come not to establish peace but division—another saying that's seemingly paradoxical. In both cases, faith in the Lord played a central role. For if we all have a strong faith, we'll be united in freedom and live in peace.
We usually accept the fact that as humans we can't help worrying about various things, so we don't even believe that we can stop worrying. But the other fact is that if we totally trust in God, we can indeed be worry free. In Matthew 6, Jesus taught his disciples to depend upon God and not worry about anything. The Lord wouldn't have said anything that's impossible for us to attain. No matter, we should always aim for complete abandonment in God, never limiting him in any way.
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Communion experience. When the priest consecrates the bread and wine, they change into the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist. This is one great miracle I witness at every Mass. It shows that the Lord gives himself up for us for the forgiveness of sins. I wonder how many of us really see and appreciate all that.
In today's reading 1 from Romans 6, Paul asks his brothers and sisters to present themselves to God as raised from the dead to life. As believes and followers of Christ, we have indeed been raised from the dead, since as sinners we were lost and dead, but now we have life eternal!
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Thanks to the Holy Eucharist, we can attain union with God and become his soulmates. This absolutely has to be the most intimate relationship you can possibly form on earth, beautiful beyond words! That you and God can belong to each other is truly amazing. Well, we have an amazing God who is all love. Who says that getting into heaven is hard? The door is wide open—all you need to do is to run straight to him and he'll take care of the rest!
Altho we are sinners, we basically do have a kind heart willing to help others in need and a conscience that informs us what's good and what's evil. We also do feel the emptiness of life without God, and deep down hunger for and desire to know him. This is how God has made us and it is important that we realize this. We didn't just appear on earth and were meant to wander thru life aimlessly. If we believe in the God of Christ, everything starts to make sense. As he is always calling us, if we pay attention and listen to him, we see the light and are set free.
Monday, October 23, 2023
In today's Gospel reading from Luke, Jesus said to the crowd,"Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions." Then the Lord told the people the parable of the rich fool. A rich man decided to tear down his barns and build larger ones to store up all his grain and other goods for many years. And he was going to rest, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said to him, "You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?" Touché! Most of us store up treasure for ourselves, but what we really need is to be rich in what matters to God!
Sunday, October 22, 2023
In today's first reading from Isaiah 45, the LORD says, I am the LORD and there is no other, there is no God besides me. There may be many self-proclaimed gods, but there can only be one true God. If you don't believe that the Lord God of Christ is our God, you must prove that there is no truth in both the Old and New Testaments.
Saturday, October 21, 2023
With so many predictions coming to us from so many different sources and a good percentage of them seemingly not to have come true, it can be confusing. This video presents a balanced view and sums up how we can best be prepared no matter what happens.
Friday, October 20, 2023
God is infinite—how can we ever reach him? Well, if we try on our own, we'll never make it. But if we allow the Lord to lift us up to him, it becomes effortless! This is letting the Lord do the impossible on us. You see, God makes everything easy for us, but we choose to follow ourselves and end up making everything hard. This is precisely why a saint lives a much easier life than a sinner. Now that you know the secret, you are ready to start your journey on seeking union with the Lord thru the Holy Eucharist.
Looking at the world, it looks as if most people are unknowingly seeking to be punished by God, not knowing that God loves them immensely and doesn't want any of them to perish. The situation is absolutely tragic! To lose your souls is infinitely worse than losing your possessions, properties, earthly privileges, physical bodies, families, friends, and everything else you can think of. All Christians who are lax in loving the Lord need to amend their ways. The Lord needs more laborers for the harvest more than ever. It's do-or-die time for all of us, believers and unbelievers.
The Lord is perfect and remains the same forever, while we are weak, imperfect, and need to be upgraded. So it is proper that we beg for his mercy and help. Now you see how wrong and foolish it is for us to reject God and think that we can get anywhere without him.
The Gospels make it clear that Jesus dislikes hypocrisy, to put it mildly. For the Lord is all truth, while hypocrisy is the very opposite, pretending to be what you are not. So we must always be truthful and guileless. In other words, our motivation must always be pure. In today's Gospel reading from Luke 12, Jesus warned his disciples of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. He also said to them, "There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known." So the Lord knows everything. Hide from him and sin, believing that no one would know, and you become the biggest fool in the eyes of the whole heaven!
From Psalm 132, "If you, LORD, keep account of sins, Lord, who can stand? But with you is forgiveness and so you are revered." In the end, the Lord will pronounce us either guilty or forgiven. Right now if you are reading this, you still have the time to prefix his verdict on you!
This I know. There'll be no inner peace until you have reconciled with the God of Christ. Maybe you are on vacation, you enjoy your surroundings and feel totally relaxed. But any peace you might feel is superficial and short-lived, while true inner peace is generated from within your heart by the Holy Spirit. As long as you have not secured your eternal future, you will not experience true inner peace.
Thursday, October 19, 2023
Today is the memorial of two saints and their companions, all martyrs. To be martyred for the glory of God is a great honor, but to be truly humble, we should leave martyrdom, like all else, entirely up to the Lord. If we specifically desire it, pride may be involved. The proper attitude is to accept martyrdom should the Lord send it our way.
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Welcome and treasure the Lord! He's the one you cannot live without, for you are totally dependent upon him—your body, your soul, your existence, you eternal future. He loves you, understands you, can set you free from sin and make you perfect, beautiful, and happy forever. He is your God, your Father, your brother, your friend, your servant, your teacher, you guide, your counselor, your physician, your healer, your most beloved, and your soulmate, all rolled into one. He's the only one we need. We are blessed to the hilt! Start rejoicing in the Lord right now!
Since I know that the God of Christ is the true God, the only way to be set free is to obey and serve him alone. Of course, if you've been playing God all your lives, you probably didn't like what you've just read. I first believed when I became intellectually convinced, then what I actually experienced afterwards confirmed that I was right and left me without any doubt whatsoever. You see, when God lets you know something, you just know that it's true. Truths are learned thru faith. It's a great feeling knowing that you are free in the Lord and nothing can enslave you anymore!
We were created in the image of God, so we understand good and evil and can conceive God. When we reject him, we feel uneasy and lost. Then when we believe in him, we actually experience freedom and peace. All this confirms what St. Augustine has said: You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Knowing how God has made us can help us understand ourselves and point the way to becoming more like him.
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
In today's Gospel reading from Luke 11, Jesus made a Pharisee see that making one's inside clean is a lot more important than making the outside of things clean. You see, the latter is for others to see and the former, for God to see.
To reject God, you just do it—you don't need God's help. On the other hand, to love God with all your heart, with all you mind, and with all your soul, you need all of God's help. Surrender yourself to him totally and it's accomplished!
Monday, October 16, 2023
Infinity is an abstract concept until you meet the Lord God, for he has always existed, is not limited by anything, and nothing is impossible for him. We are creatures made by him, so we are finite. The creator just has to be infinite or he won't be able to create anything. So the Lord has made infinity a concrete reality and I am excited about that!
Often we realize that we should have done something we didn't do or should have done differently. There are always things to learn. Then we'd better learn from the holy Lord and not from the world, for he is the only one who will not lead us astray.
Sunday, October 15, 2023
At Mass, the Lord again reminded us that he gave up his body and poured out his blood to bestow his greatest love upon us. He exalted us by entering us thru the Holy Eucharist and we were never the same again! The Lord surely knows how to please us!
We like to do what we want to do, and God wants us to do what he wants us to do. Considering that the Lord knows infinitely more and is infinitely wiser than we, and has the final say in everything that happens, we'd better let him be our Lord if we possess any sense.
In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 22, Jesus told the parable of the wedding feast to the chief priests and elders of the people. The reality was summed up in his last statement: "Many are invited, but few are chosen." This has remained the same as of today. All the more we need to make sure that we are chosen by God. In the parable, the king invited everyone, so it's really up to us.
In today's first reading from Isaiah 25, the prophet prophesied that the LORD of hosts would destroy death forever. This happened when Christ came to us. Death now no longer exists for those who follow Christ! If you still die, then it has to be your own doing.
Saturday, October 14, 2023
God can make us holy. I am pretty sure that you all know that, but how does it strike you? If you ever wish to get into heaven for sure, then you should try to be as holy as possible. To ignore this matter is to bury your head in the sand. Pretty soon, life will be over and you chance to get into heaven for sure is no more.
To believe in the God of Christ is to change you outlook and life. First, you repent of you sins to get started. Then you realize that you have the perfect almighty God, your most loving Father, looking after you and helping you grow holy. You finally develop an unshakable faith and know that nothing can ever stop you from returning to God your Father in heaven. Now you rejoice in the Lord always!
Friday, October 13, 2023
In today's Gospel reading from Luke 11, Jesus said to the crowd, "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters." This tells me that we must follow and produce good results for him. In other words, we need him.
We are sinners and both good and bad things happen to us. But for those who love God, he take cares of them and whatever happens to them is always best for them. The world as a whole is also a sinful place with good and bad things happening to it. Even though many in the world do not love God, everything will still work out best for those who love him. So we who love the Lord accept whatever comes our way, knowing that they are best for us and that we'll triumph over evil with him in the end.
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
This is when you are in deep communion with the Lord. You are not actually praying to him—you simply remain in him, sharing you innermost thoughts and feelings with him, asking him questions, letting him help you understand yourself, etc. It's not all asking for favors from him; it's simply enjoying your intimate union with him. Do this as often as you can and you'll be one happy content soul!
I lament the fact that in our world today, so many of us try so hard to advance themselves in every way and few make any effort to secure their eternity in advance. Don't count on that you'll always have the chance to repent your sins and return to God just before you die. If you were smart, you would want to secure only what will make you happy for all eternity ASAP!
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Care only about what the Lord God thinks of you. So if people reject you for whatever reason, it's their problem. In fact, if they reject you because you are for Christ, consider that to be a great honor and rejoice in it. In sum, as long as the Lord loves you, don't let anything, rejection or not, bother you in this world.
In today's first reading from Jonah 3, when God saw how the people of Nineveh repented of their evil ways, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them, and he did not carry it out. This shows how important it is for us to repent our sins, for it can change God's mind. I'd like to go straight to my point. With our free will, we can choose to obey or disobey the Lord. One choice leads us to become like him, while the other, to utter self-annihilation.
Today Tuesday, again the day for praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. I thought of how the sins of all of us were placed upon Christ alone when he offered himself to die in place of us on the cross. We are truly indebted to him for having paved the way for us to go all the way to heaven after we depart from the earth.
Today I realize that I am the one who can be fickle in my behavior, waver in my faith, or lapse into negligence, while the Lord remains steady and trustworthy forever. What's wonderful is that I can alway go back to him to begin anew. Such a Lord we must hold onto forever!
Everything we do affects not only the whole universe, but also especially our Father in heaven who truly loves and cares about us. We are not alone so that we can do whatever that pleases us. On the contrary, we should always do the Father's will, then we'd be set free and and gain eternal life in heaven. And, my friends, this is truly the most wonderful news to all of us!
Monday, October 9, 2023
At the Last Supper, Jesus said in presence of the Apostles, "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father." I believe that among the greater works we'll do, we can surely include letting the Lord make us holy. This is the best way for us to glorify him, for if everyone does that, we'll have heaven on earth!
Saturday, October 7, 2023
In today's Gospel reading from Luke 10, the seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name." Jesus said, "Do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven." Do you know if your name is written in heaven? If not, make sure that it is!
Friday, October 6, 2023
In today's Gospel reading from Luke 10, Jesus said to the seventy-two he sent on the mission to proclaim the Kingdom of God at hand, "Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me." He is equating himself with God the Father here. It was through God's mercy that he came to us as a man so that we might come to know him.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
In today's Gospel reading from Luke 10, Jesus sent seventy-two of his disciples ahead of him to every town and place he intended to visit to proclaim the Kingdom of God at hand. He said to them that ii would be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for any town that did not welcome them. So refusing to receive the good news is no laughing matter; it amounts to believing that you are not a sinner and don't need salvation. Basically, it's rejecting God's love for you.
The ongoing spiritual battle between good and evil is getting fiercer than ever. The swamp or deep state in our government and even the Church is much worse than you know, for evil hides itself. Latest news reveals that the Church is considering blessing same sex marriages, allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion, etc. This is nullifying her own basic teachings. I do sense that we are in end times and that the Lord will step in in some way to turn the tide. It'll be something big and more direct. It could very well be the Illumination of Conscience that's been prophesied. Anyway, remain vigilant always and pray harder than ever.
Wednesday, October 4, 2023
People are interested in how some people live so long and other mundane things. They talk about the past and the present. If it's about the future, it's about the remainder of this life. You can live to be 100+, you can keep up with all that's happening around the world, and be all prepared for this life; but if you don't think about God and what might happen to your soul, you are beating around the bush!
To know Christ is not the same as to know about Christ. From any other person, you only get to know more about Christ. If you read a book and got inspired, that's because it made you turn to Christ. What I am trying to say is that the only way to know Christ is to go directly to him. We all can gain access to the Lord easily. In fact, he's always waiting, hoping to hear from any of us. So turn and open up to him, and he's ready to open up to you. Relatively speaking, all other indirect approaches amount to beating around the bush.
Do you realize that God loves us so much that the moment we believe in his Son, our Savior, we are made fit to go to heaven? This is the good news, in fact, our best possible news! If you don't believe it, you should at least check it out, you have nothing to lose. Ignore it and you could lose your soul for all eternity! Wise up while you still have time.
In today's Gospel reading from Luke 9, Jesus gave this advice to those who would follow him, "No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God." So we must follow the Lord, let everything go and never look back. This is totally worth it, for the reward of eternal life will be incomparable!
Today is the memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi. The great saint left home, abandoned his inheritance, and became poor and penniless to serve God. We may not be called to go to such extremes, but we must be willing to do whatever we are called to do.
Tuesday, October 3, 2023
One good advice is that we should live each day as if it's our last day on earth. The trouble is that we feel pretty good and just don't believe that it's our last day yet. A good exercise would be to pause and imagine that you are dying right now. Then you'll see whether you need to change your way of life before you really die.
Today at Mass I had trouble believing that the Lord God should come to me who was nothing but a lowly sinner to be in union with me. But it happened! And my joy and consolation were great! This is living the incredibly rewarding life in Christ.
Monday, October 2, 2023
In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 18, Jesus said to his disciples, "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven." Children don't know as much as adults, so they readily believe in what they hear. A childlike faith is what God desires. The Lord is telling us how to enter the Kingdom of heaven! My personal experience: When you believe like a child, the Lord actually teaches you as if you were a child, making everything easy for you to understand—a big advantage indeed.
If I were asked to say a few words to all fellow Catholics, I'd say this: God's first calling to us is to be holy, so aim to become saints. Don't ever limit what God can do for you. Allow him to shape you and you'll reach your goal effortlessly!