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Peter and Paul

The WORD today (see http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062917-day.cfm) reminds me that I should be like Sts Peter and Paul who continued to serve God no matter what situation they were in.

As we celebrate the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, we should aspire to be like them. 
The first reading shows us what great things God has done to Peter. He was captured, chained and was set to die. A lot of guards were guarding him to be sure he cannot escape. Then we see that nothing really is impossible with God!God hears the prayers of his people! God sent an angel to take Peter away from a seemingly impossible situation. God turned the hopelesssituation into one which shows his great love, power and glory! Peter continued to serve God even if he was in prison, even if times were tough. 

Another great servant of God, Paul’s final moments was recalled in the second reading. Yes, he gave his all for God. He was tired, yet very happyand satisfiedwith how he lived his life in service of God. Until …
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Against the Obvious

The WORD today (see http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062817.cfm) reminds me that I should trust God and his promise, even if it goes against the obvious. 
Sometimes, it is hard to believe what God is telling us. Probably all of us can relate to Abram in the first reading. God has been blessing him with a great livelihood, but he wants something else – a son. Sounds familiar, when we have been blessed but still want something else? Then God tells him that he will have a son, and a lot of descendants at that! Probably in his mind, Abram thought yeah right, I’m old already, so is my wife. And we have been trying for years.. yet here you are telling me I’ll have descendants as numerous as the stars? However, Abram kept the faith – and God saw it.
If God sees our faith, we will see his miracles. 
How about us? How many times do we favour the obvious rather than God’s promise? How many times do we let the disappointments and challenges in life bring us down, instead of holding on to God’s prom…

Narrow Road

The WORD today (see http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062717.cfm) reminds me what the narrow road to Christ entails. 
The road towards God is narrow. 
It is not easy to enter through the narrow gate, but everyone can go through it. 
In the road, there are signs that tell us if the road ahead is going to be narrow.. Narrow roads, gates and spaces are not easy to enter, unlike wide roads. That is why more discipline is required if we want to enter the narrow road, tha narrow gate. If we want to pass through the narrow road, we should be more careful. We should be sensitive to our surroundings and to other motorists on the road, so as not to get into an accident. Unlike with wide roads that we tend to just speed away and be more careless, because there is more space, more opportunities to do what we want. 

Same is true with narrow doors. Some buildings, and churches are huge, but have narrow doors – some just enough for people to go inside. Some even allow just one person at a time to go in…

Look Inside First

The WORD today (see http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062617.cfm) reminds me to look inside ourselves first and not be quick to judge others. 
Bob Marleyis one of the more popular artists in our time. Probably the most popular reggae artist at that. And one of his quotes is
"Who are you to judge the life I life?  I'm not perfect and I don't have to be.  But, before you start pointing fingers,  make sure your hands are clean"
Makes sense, right? Similar to what Jesus said in the gospel.

"Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother,  ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’  while the wooden beam is in your eye?  You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first;  then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”"
It is easy to see fault in others. It is easy to judge based on what we see and think. However, God tells us otherwise. Other than…