The Narrow Gate: Our Path to Heaven

What is the narrow gate? Jesus clearly speaks of a consequence for our actions where the saving grace and heavenly promise of being with Him in paradise is not a choice for everyone. Our personal encounter with Jesus, the Good Shepherd, show us that our God is merciful in many encounters. Why is Jesus displayingContinue reading “The Narrow Gate: Our Path to Heaven”

ECCE AGNUS DEI – A Reflection for our Lenten Journey

John’s response as one of the first disciples utters a bold proclamation in the portrayal of the account of the gathering of the first disciples of Jesus. John states, behold the “Lamb of God.” (Jn 1:36) is a truly remarkable account of what our mission can be for us this coming Lent. The writer thenContinue reading “ECCE AGNUS DEI – A Reflection for our Lenten Journey”

The Wedding at Cana

The events in the first few chapters from the Gospel of John show us that it is necessary to reflect on our own eschatological plan for salvation as it relates to the high Christological foundation that Jesus has in our own life. Starting with the baptism of Jesus, we are reminded that his participation inContinue reading “The Wedding at Cana”

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Who is the ruler and king of your life? Is it a particular vice or action or sin that keeps your eyes closed from seeing the true beauty and goodness of our Lord and King Jesus who came to rule in a different kind of way? If we recall, the greatest commandment that Jesus gaveContinue reading “Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe”

Are You Prepared for the final hour?

The lectionary reading from the Gospel of Mark for the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary time before the feast of Christ the King is a great foreshadowing of apocalyptical literature. As Mark’s gospel chapter 13 verses 24-32 indicate, no one knows the day, or hour for which the “great tribulation” will appear except for the Father.Continue reading “Are You Prepared for the final hour?”

Good Friday: The Defeat of Sin and Fulfillment to New Life

Oftentimes, as I ponder over the meaning of Good Friday when reflecting on the mystery of the cross as our instrument of salvation, I can’t help but think about the two that were crucified alongside with our Lord and Savior on that hilltop known as Golgotha or “Place of the Skull” in Hebrew. Luke’s Gospel,Continue reading “Good Friday: The Defeat of Sin and Fulfillment to New Life”

Holy Week: Acknowledging Our Weakness to Follow Him and Lift up our cross to new life

This week marks the greatest week in the history of the Christian church. From the Judeo celebration of Pesach marking the Exodus event, the Seder meal commemorates the paschal full moon starting on March 27 sundown and ending Sunday April 4 to the start of Holy Week this week. We see the plan of God’sContinue reading “Holy Week: Acknowledging Our Weakness to Follow Him and Lift up our cross to new life”

Evil, suffering, and God’s divine plan

In the 14th century, Italian author Dante Alighieri wrote his Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso political allegory revealing the vile acts of those nefarious individuals living during his time. His various nine circles of Hell represented an increased level of wickedness and strife ranging from the following: those in limbo who were unbaptized Christians and virtuousContinue reading “Evil, suffering, and God’s divine plan”

Encounter Our True Self

Today marks the second Sunday of Lent and the readings in the Catholic Church come from the Gospel of Mark, chapter 9 verses 2-10. The transfiguration moment that startled Peter and the disciples had to be a powerful moment to behold. The combination of the old testament and fulfillment of the new testament as portrayedContinue reading “Encounter Our True Self”