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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Gospel MK 14:12-16, 22-26


On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples said to him, "Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?" He sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go into the city and a man will meet you, carrying a jar of water.
Follow him. Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says, "Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"' Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready. Make the preparations for us there." The disciples then went off, entered the city,
and found it just as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover. While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, "Take it; this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many. Amen, I say to you, I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine
until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God." Then, after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Gospel Reflection

Today is the feast of the Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We specially commemorate on this day the institution of the Holy Eucharist also known as the Lord’s Supper or the Last Supper.

In every Eucharistic mass that we attend, we are always reminded of how our Lord Jesus Christ suffered and the magnitude of the sacrifice He did for humankind. The Consecration part of the Holy mass is in itself a re-enactment of the Last Supper that happened many years ago in the Upper room with Jesus presiding, and the 11 disciples in attendance. As was proclaimed in the Gospel, we learned that before the Last Supper happened, Jesus did prepare and saw to it that everything will be in order for the meal that He will be sharing with His disciples. This made me think, if God had preparations in the Last Supper, do we, as His followers, also prepare ourselves before attending the Holy mass?

It is a common observation for mass goers to see fellow Catholics attending mass wearing improper attire which oftentimes become distractions to other people in the place of worship. We do not need to dress up but we can always dress simply and modestly so as to avoid distracting others. However, there is something more important than this, that is, the spiritual preparation – preparing our hearts and mind in encountering God in the Holy mass. Before going to mass, we must be in proper disposition to our encounter, not only with God, but also with a community of fellow believers. We can set aside a few quiet moments and talk to God in prayer asking for His guidance and surrendering our will to His so that we could be enlightened with His plans for us. We can also read on the Holy book for inspiration before we go on reflecting.

Truly, planning and preparing in whatever endeavor is a good and effective strategy to a successful attainment of anything and everything, even attending the Holy mass. Happy Feast of the Corpus Christi!
 
Date of Posting: 03 June 2018
Posted By: C. G. Santos
The solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Gospel MT 28:16-20


The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."


Gospel Reflection

The gesture of making the sign of the cross each time we pray or attend mass is a distinctive mark of the follower of Christ or us Christians. No other religion or faith does the sign of the cross, which is made by touching the hand sequentially to the forehead, stomach or heart area, and both shoulders, while uttering the Trinitarian formula: In the name of the Father (at the forehead); and of the Son (at the stomach or heart area); and of the Holy Spirit/Ghost (across the shoulders); and finally: Amen.

This Sunday is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Gospel reading for today is more commonly known as the “Great Commission” or Jesus’ final instructions to His church prior to His Ascension into heaven. He commissioned the 11 disciples to convert non-believers and make disciples of all nations. How will the conversion transpire or be realized? Through baptism in the name of the Most Holy Trinity. Finally, He also gave instructions for the disciples to teach them “to obey everything that He commanded his disciples to do.”

Some might think that the commissioning is strictly just for the 11 disciples during that momentous event on top of the mountain. This is not true, as this discipleship mission is passed on to every Christian or follower of Christ. It is expected of us as believers and followers to do the same as was asked from the 11 disciples – to continue the discipleship work for the conversion of all.

Today, with the confusion happening around the world, I find it very relevant for each one of us to put into action what we have been commissioned to do. For educators like us, we play a very important role in seeing to it that the discipleship mission is carried on, that is evangelizing through education. Education is a very powerful avenue, wherein we can empower each one to become a disciple of Christ, putting premium on personal conversion and spiritual transformation and not just mere proselytism as Pope Francis has warned in some of his talks.
 
Date of Posting: 27 May 2018
Posted By: C. G. Santos
Pentecost Sunday
Gospel JN 20:19-23

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."

Gospel Reflection

During my formative years in my elementary and high school alma mater, I recall having prayed the prayer to the Holy Spirit daily during our flag ceremony. Little did I know that during those times, I was being formed into having a unique relationship with the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. Although I must admit then, I just enjoyed the prayer with no depth. I had my deeper realization of the prayer when I entered college. I truly embraced the prayer through the years especially when I find myself in difficult times, that is, during examinations at the state university. I pleaded for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and enlightenment whenever I take my examinations. Not only during my student years did I call on the Holy Spirit, as it continued till my maturity and hitherto.

I remember a sad experience more than a decade ago, wherein I was physically and verbally abused by ill-intentioned individuals. Despite the assault I experienced, I stood my ground because I knew then that when I called on the Holy Spirit’s presence, I immediately felt the Spirit’s company. It is such a fulfilling feeling to know that the gifts of the Holy Spirit in my life are at work. When we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, we become recipient of the gifts from the divine Spirit – love, peace, joy, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faith, humility, and self-control.

Let me close this reflection with this prayer: “Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Happy Pentecost Sunday!
 
Date of Posting: 20 May 2018
Posted By: C. G. Santos
Sixth Sunday of Lent
Gospel JN 15:9-17


Jesus said to his disciples:

"As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love.

"I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another."


Gospel Reflection

Everyday, we hear in the news, crimes of different sorts committed by our fellow beings for differing reasons, hatred, vengeance, envy, political rivalry, poverty and the list could go on and on. We ask ourselves, are these really part of God’s plan for us? Why do these horrible things happen? Why do people have to undergo those harrowing experiences?

Last week’s Sunday Gospel told us the relationship of the vine and the branches, Jesus and us, the children of God. The branches are dependent on the vine for sustenance and growth, while the vine coexists with the vine keeper or gardener who both sees to it that the branches really bear fruit. The love of the gardener for the vine is passed on as grace to the branches, just like God the Father’s love for His Son, Jesus Christ, who in turn, diffuses such love to us, His brothers and sisters - His friends. Ideally, each one of us must reciprocate this love so as to spread it and benefit everyone else, believers and non-believers.

However, in the real world dominated by stark materialism, this is not so. That is why crimes are committed everyday. Despite the fact that the Lord considers us as His friends, still the love that must prevail is not present at times and what prevails is the will of man, not the will of God. Such that the perfect plan for us to experience pure joy and be one with our Creator is not realized. Deviating from God’s plan leads us to stray.

How do we love one another? We love one another as Christ loves us. How does Christ love us? He loves us unconditionally and eternally. Sinners that we are, He gave His life so that we shall be saved. He loves us with humility, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness. So, how do we make this possible for us to do just like Christ did? Remember, 1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us – “our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit” – meaning, we have a guide within us whom we can obey if we choose to follow God’s will for us and love like Jesus did. This kind of love is diffusive and inclusive as it can be applied to both our friends as well as “enemies”.

Jesus’ prescription to us – love one another as I love you. Simple words yet so difficult to do. But it is not impossible as everything is possible with God. May the Faith be with you!
 
Date of Posting: 06 May 2018
Posted By: C. G. Santos
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Gospel JN 10:11-18

Jesus said:

"I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father."

Gospel Reflection

The Gospel this fourth Sunday of Easter initially defines to us what a good shepherd is. The caring that a good shepherd does, all stems from love, universal love which doesn’t discriminate those sheep who do not belong to the flock, the non-believers from believers. He is responsible to his flock and even extends to those who do not belong to his flock. After describing the good shepherd, Jesus tells us the qualities of the hired man – the exact opposite of the good shepherd. This is made manifest especially during adverse times, where he would prioritize self-preservation rather than saving and helping his flock. Unlike the good shepherd, the hired hand works for the money and has no genuine concern for the sheep. He doesn’t possess the good shepherd’s greatest quality – the willingness to sacrifice and ultimately give up his life so that others may be saved and live life to the fullest.

Barangay elections are forthcoming. We will again exercise our political right to choose our barangay leaders in less than three weeks. As barangays serve as the basic local government unit in our country, I believe this Sunday’s gospel is a germane reminder for everyone to consider the qualities fitting of a good shepherd in choosing our next barangay leaders.

We have seen in the news how widespread the drug problem in the Philippines has been through the years. One obvious thing about the drug menace is the fact that its perpetuation was tolerated by a lot of self-serving barangay leaders who have first-hand knowledge about the trade but were doing nothing to stop them, as some of them even benefit from it. In this forthcoming election, I invite those who will vote to choose barangay leaders who will lead their constituents to the right path. Put into power someone who prioritizes other people’s needs before his, using the same power to uplift rather than deject people, most especially the marginalized sectors of the society. Elect someone who has genuine compassion, not just pretense whenever they show concern for those in need.

In closing, I enjoin everyone who is reading this to live and spread the parable of the good shepherd so that more will know and be illumined with the light it brings. Share it even more with the young, so that they will be well guided as they grow up and become good leaders in the future. A blessed new week to you!
 
Date of Posting: 22 April 2018
Posted By: C. G. Santos
Third Sunday of Easter
Gospel LK 24:35-48

The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them
in the breaking of bread. While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have." And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous with joy and amazement, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, "Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things."

Gospel Reflection

The Gospel of the third Sunday of Easter brings us yet to another apparition by the Risen Christ, this time in Emmaus where two disciples were very much surprised and at one point, frightened at Jesus’s instant appearance and speech saying “Peace be with you”, while they were discussing “how Jesus was made known to them with the breaking of bread”. Fear is their natural reaction having seen Jesus. To dispel such fears, Jesus offered them His hands and feet for them to touch. Further, He asked for food to eat, to prove to them that He really is alive. Having done these to manifest that He indeed has come back from the dead, Jesus proceeded to give instructions for the disciples to be witnesses to His resurrection and for the forgiveness of sins be preached among all nations.

Can you imagine how you will react when Jesus appears this very moment that you are reading this? And He will sit beside you and ask if you know Him? How would you reply? How cognizant are we of Jesus’ presence in our lives today?

I do believe that Jesus has already appeared to us in several occasions, we probably just did not take special notice of Him. Possibly, we can find Him in the dark cell rooms in prisons, in the crowded shanties in the squatter’s area, in the hungry poor who have nothing to eat nor drink or those afflicted with different maladies in their sickbeds. However, it’s not only in down moments can we experience Jesus’ presence in our lives as it is also possible that even in happy occasions and instances, the Lord is there for sure. Jesus’ omnipresence tells us that He can be anywhere and everywhere.

As I close this brief reflection, I invite you to pray with me as we ask the good Lord to open our minds and hearts to people and situations we encounter each day and the grace of understanding for people and things/circumstances that we cannot easily comprehend. We are all God’s creation and our mission is the fulfillment of God’s plan for each one of us. In the course of our earthly journey, may God graciously gift us with cognizance of Jesus’ presence in different places and identities so that we may serve the purpose for which we all were created. Happy third Sunday of Easter!
 
Date of Posting: 15 April 2018
Posted By: C. G. Santos
Second Sunday of Easter
Gospel JN 20:19-31

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you, as the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."

Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe." Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

Gospel Reflection

The Sunday Gospel following Easter Sunday is a continuation of what happened when Mary of Magdala found an empty tomb after Jesus was laid to rest days earlier. On two occasions, Jesus did let his disciples see Him, going through locked doors. On the first occasion, His disciples were all there, except for one, Thomas, who was elsewhere. They were joyful seeing Jesus as He wished peace to everyone. When such incident was made known to Thomas, he had doubts that he uttered he would only believe if he himself would see Jesus and his wound marks and put his hands into Jesus’ side. After a week, on the second occasion, Jesus appeared again, this time Thomas is with them. Thomas’ doubts and disbelief had a turnabout that he uttered “My Lord and my God!” upon seeing Jesus.

Whether we admit it or not, we have this Doubting Thomas experience every once in a while especially during the low points in our lives. When we feel down and hopeless, Doubting Thomas sets in, urging us to be desolate and hapless about things happening in our lives. It is very normal to feel down, but as God’s divine mercy abounds and just like Thomas, whose disbelief turned into a strong faith, instead of disbelieving in what God can do in our lives, we should have a steadfast faith while welcoming and embracing God’s divine mercy. Consistently praying for God’s holy and divine Will to rule over our personal will is one way one can increase his/her faith. Doing good works and having genuine concern for our fellow beings is another way of strengthening our faith. God has always been faithful to all of us. It is us who choose to detach from Him when we sin. God’s plan for us is to attain perfection. These hopelessness and haplessness are sent our way not to bring us down but more to make us stronger in faith for us to see the real truth, that in sheer joy, we could also utter Thomas words "My Lord and my God!"
 
Date of Posting: 08 April 2018
Posted By: C. G. Santos
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Gospel JN 12:20-33

Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, "Sir, we would like to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.

"I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it and will glorify it again." The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder; but others said, "An angel has spoken to him." Jesus answered and said, "This voice did not come for my sake but for yours. Now is the time of judgment on this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself." He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.

Gospel Reflection

This Sunday’s Gospel can be understood more meaningfully with the background of John’s earlier writings in chapter 12. The first eleven verses in chapter 12 narrated Jesus’ anointing of Lazarus, who rose from dead. This anointing spread to a lot of people that consequently led to a great increase of those who believe in and follow Jesus’ teachings. The next eight verses dwelt with the triumphant entry of Jesus in Jerusalem to the dismay of the Pharisees. These 2 events led to this Sunday’s Gospel. The new converts or the Greeks were eager to see Jesus who has gained widespread popularity then. When they enquired From Andrew and Philippe, Jesus’ reply was figurative as he was giving hints on how he will be glorified, how his followers would serve him and finally there was also mention of his impending death.

Oftentimes, Jesus spoke in metaphors that make people wonder what he really meant. For this particular gospel, he likened himself to the grain of wheat that would initially die when planted but will later unfold to be beneficial as it will have life again that will touch a lot of other people’s lives. He will die to save others; he is the fulfilment of God’s promise to bring salvation to those who believe in him. And salvation will only come to those who will follow his path, one that is described as the way of the cross. For many people, the cross is a symbol that depicts sacrifice and sufferings. It also signifies triumph as what happened in Mt. Calvary. Jesus’ crucifixion and death led to his resurrection.

Each and every one of us have our own crosses, although they vary in size, we all have a share in God’s grand plan. Variation is defined by the way we look at and accept these crosses. At the end of all the sacrifices and sufferings, lie God’s promise of salvation and eternity. As we go on our respective paths, we are reminded to stay focused on God in everything we do so that we will not go wayward. We have to seek God’s light in all things as it is the only true Light that will illumine us as we go along living our respective lives. As God is our true light, let us all shine with His light and radiate the same to others.
 
Date of Posting: 18 March 2018
Posted By: C. G. Santos
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Gospel JN 3:14-21

Then 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.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 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 Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

Gospel Reflection

John 3:16 is a popular verse, so popular that a leading local television network even used it in one of their Lenten programs one time. Every station break, the verse is religiously being played like a station ID. I wonder how many followers of Christ who have repeatedly heard them have really reflected on these words “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” Essentially, these words encompass God’s gracious love for humanity and the salvific offer that comes with it, sending His only begotten Son to assure us of an eternal life.

This Sunday’s Gospel is one that speaks of contrasts - salvation and condemnation, light and darkness. For those who will accept and believe Jesus as the Son of God, salvation is at hand, but for those who opt to follow their will, instead of the Almighty One’s will, condemnation is a sure thing. Light is synonymous with Jesus while darkness with evil. As we all have been gifted with willpower, one normally prefers light than dark because we see everything with light but unscrupulous ones favor darkness as they have many things to conceal, transparency is a “no no” to them.

It may sound very simple to attain salvation merely by believing and seeing the light of God. But it takes a lot of effort to believe and put into action such faith with all the simple wicked things we do, sinners that we are. Such sinfulness separates us from our loving Father, creating isolation rather than connection. We need to ward off evil with our gift of will power and let Jesus’ light shine upon us that we, too, may radiate such light to others. We all can be role models for other followers of Christ with the simple tasks that we do each do, doing them all for God’s greater glory.

To close this reflection, I pray that each and every one of us “may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:18-19
 
Date of Posting: 11 March 2018
Posted By: C. G. Santos
Third Sunday of Lent
Gospel JN 2:13-25

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said, "Take these out of here, and stop making my Father's house a marketplace." His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me. At this the Jews answered and said to him, "What sign can you show us for doing this?" Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews said, "This temple has been under construction for forty-six years and you will raise it up in three days?" But he was speaking about the temple of his body. Therefore, when he was raised from the dead his disciples remembered that he had said this and they came to believe the Scripture and the word Jesus had spoken.

While he was in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, many began to believe in his name when they saw the signs he was doing. But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well.

Gospel Reflection

This Sunday’s Gospel is so action-packed that our attention is easily caught as the priest celebrant reads on the verses. Our imagination is immediately activated to the scenery of Jesus entering the temple. Much to our Lord’s surprise, He became very disappointed at what He saw inside the temple, driving him to get very angry at the money changers and those selling animals for sacrifice. I can just imagine the noise and the marketplace-like atmosphere where everyone speaks to the irritation of some people. The temple is supposedly a sacred place where one prays silently to communicate with God. With the noise of the people and the animals in it, how can the temple be sacred and how can we simply pray and talk to God?

The desecration of the temple triggered Jesus’ anger that He physically drove them all out with a whipcord. The temple was meant to be a place of worship and prayer, a holy place where one can talk to God in silence. This reminded me of an out-of town travel in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Many years ago, we cruised the 24 km.-long Underground River and we were all awed by its beauty and tranquility that it felt like being in a very sacred place. Before we entered the cave, we were cautioned to be silent and still to respect the river and the creatures inside it. Maybe, this is also what Jesus had in mind when He entered the temple. That the temple is sacred and when one enters it, respect is expected.

We all have our own sacred places. Generally, a lot of people consider the church or chapel as a sacred place. For the environmentalist, nature is a sacred place, be it bodies of water like rivers, seas, lakes, lagoons, streams and springs, or land forms as valleys, forests, hills, mountains, plateaus, and canyons. For a little girl or boy, the playroom is simply his/her sacred space.

We all need sacred spaces as they allow us to experience and enjoy the peace and quiet we respectively need. As you spend your quiet moment in your sacred space, may the Holy Spirit guide you as you look back and reflect on the good that you’ve done and repent on those that offended the Almighty One.
 
Date of Posting: 04 March 2018
Posted By: C. G. Santos

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