I DON’T GET IT, LORD (Mark 13:33-37): 30 November 2008 (First Sunday of Advent)

I DON’T GET IT, LORD (Mark 13:33-37):  30 November 2008 (First Sunday of Advent)

NOTE:  Starting this new liturgical season, I will be posting my PRAYERS based on the readings.  Hope you can share yours too.

Today’s Readings

Dearest Lord,

For the past three days, I was glued to CNN and BBC to follow the events in Mumbai.  Whenever I could, I checked the networks and the Internet for updates on the coordinated and simultaneous terrorist attacks on nine different sites, which included two five-star hotels, one popular café, and a Jewish community center.  The crisis left about 180 dead and over 300 wounded.  But it has also left some pretty disturbing questions.   Continue reading I DON’T GET IT, LORD (Mark 13:33-37): 30 November 2008 (First Sunday of Advent)

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MAKING THE HOMELESS KING (Matthew 25:31-46): 23 November 2008 (Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ the King)

MAKING THE HOMELESS KING (Matthew 25:31-46):  23 November 2008 (Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ the King)

Today’s Readings

Back in 2004, I accepted the invitation of some Jesuits to visit our school for the disabled.  From the moment I stepped out of the airport in Phnom Penh, I noticed that every major road and every other street corner displayed the picture of one man.  My companions informed me that a week before, Cambodia had just crowned a new king, Sihamoni, to succeed his father.  To celebrate the occasion and to show their acceptance of the new king, all of Cambodia put up his pictures everywhere, from medium-sized photographs to gigantic billboards.  As a result, no tourist—and certainly no Cambodian—had any excuse to claim that he does not recognize the new king. Continue reading MAKING THE HOMELESS KING (Matthew 25:31-46): 23 November 2008 (Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ the King)

REVISING OUR DREAMS (Matthew 25:14-30): 16 November 2008 (Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time)

REVISING OUR DREAMS (Matthew 25:14-30):  16 November 2008 (Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Today’s Readings

Today’s Gospel reading is known as the “Parable of the Talents.”  According to its usual interpretation, its moral lesson is:  “Don’t just preserve your God-given talents.  Develop them!”  To that, we can even add that we should also share our talents with others, in contrast to “burying” them and keeping them to ourselves.  But what happens if we’ve been developing a talent, and then it turns out we don’t have that talent, after all?
Continue reading REVISING OUR DREAMS (Matthew 25:14-30): 16 November 2008 (Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time)

MANAGING OUR ANGER (John 2:13-22): 09 November 2008 (Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome)

MANAGING OUR ANGER (John 2:13-22):  09 November 2008 (Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome)

Today’s Readings

There’s a small ethnic tribe in the southern Sierra Madre on the east side of Luzon called the Ilongot tribe. The interesting thing about their language is that it has no word for “anger.”  The closest term they have for it is “liget”—which means “energy or passion,” not exactly anger. Continue reading MANAGING OUR ANGER (John 2:13-22): 09 November 2008 (Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome)

IMAGINING THE DEAD (John 6:37-40): 02 November 2008 (Commemoration of All Souls)

IMAGINING THE DEAD (John 6:37-40):  02 November 2008 (Commemoration of All Souls)

Today’s Readings

I wasn’t particularly crazy about the “Titanic,” that 1997 movie directed by James Cameron, which, by the way, not only broke box office records but also won the Oscar for Best Picture that year.  But years after seeing it, I still remember its final scene. Continue reading IMAGINING THE DEAD (John 6:37-40): 02 November 2008 (Commemoration of All Souls)