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Iron Man

The WORD today (see http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102318.cfm) reminds me how important and powerful it is to have Jesus in the center of my life. 

Iron man is one of the more famous superheroes. He is powerful and intelligent, both as Tony Stark and as Iron Man. As iron man, he is a very strong superhero, having great powers in his armour. However, what really powers him is the small arc reactor in his chest. This arc reactor enables him to do great things and gives him superhuman abilities. Without this reactor, it will be very difficult for him to do what he does, even with his armor. 
What is the relationship between iron man and me? Just as the Arc Reactor is the center of and power's Iron Man, Jesus Christ should be the center of my life so he can empower me. 
and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.


In the first reading, We are reminded to make Christ the capstone, the center, th…
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Foolish

The WORD today (see http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102218.cfm) reminds me that it is foolish to focus on material things. 

I used to play Shadow Fight 2 on my phone. The game, though action type, requires energy for you to fight. You also need coins so you can upgrade your weapons and armor. Coins are earned by fighting small battles. One time, I badly wanted to defeat the big boss of the level so I fought consecutive battles to win coins so I can upgrade my weapons and armor. I was happy because I had enough coins to get upgrades, so the fight would be relatively easy. However, in the middle of the battle, the game suddenly shut down. Hassle. When I restarted the game, not only was my progress not saved, but my coins were lost as well! Super hassle! 

That is something I don’t want to happen in life, and Jesus reminds us today not to let that happen, especially with our spiritual life. 

It is foolish to accumulate worldly riches at the expense of eternal ones.

Money, power, fame and …

He Knows How

The WORD today (see http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102118.cfm) reminds me that we should follow Jesus because he knows how to do things. 

In the gospel, Jesus is telling his disciples something very new to them. He is teaching a new definition of greatness, a definition different from what they know, different from the world. It may not be so easy to grasp because it is something different and something new, especially with the way they saw greatness with what they asked - that one sit on each side of Jesus. It may be different from what we know, but we see in the second reading what to do. We see in the second reading whom to go to for guidance.

Jesus knows what we are feeling. We should go to him. 

Jesus was both divine and human. He was divine as he is one with God. However, he is human too, just like us. He felt everything we are feeling. He felt hunger, pain and anger. He felt how it is to be loved by his mother, and how hurtful it was to be betrayed. He was also tempted in eve…

Prepare and be Protected

The WORD today (see http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102018.cfm) reminds me that God can easily protect those who prepare and trust in Him. 

I used to always watch a TV series called “The Blacklist” , where the main character is a powerful and well-connected criminal who for some reason wanted to work with the FBI to catch other criminals. On one of the earlier episodes, the person he cares for doesn’t know that he sent someone to follow her and keep her safe. She only knew about it when the person actually saved her from danger.

God is more powerful and more loving than that.
In the gospel, we see that he is speaking to us, his followers. People may try to harm us or hurt us or humiliate us. But he promises us help and assistance.
When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be
or about what you are to say.
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”

We need to trust in Him, even if …

Do Not Be Afraid

The WORD today (see http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/101918.cfm) reminds me that as a child of God, I should not be afraid of anything in this world. 

There are a lot of things to be afraid of. There are a lot of documented “phobias” that people are afraid of – though varying in degrees. There are also fears not necessarily defined as phobias. People attached to their wealth are afraid of losing them. People in power and influence are afraid of losing those things. Some people are afraid of rejection, of losing friends, of failing. The more we enjoy our life on earth, the higher the tendency to be afraid of change, of losing something. Not only that, we have worries and concerns on health. On finances. We are afraid of having health problems not only for us, but for our loved ones as well. We are worried and afraid of not being able to provide for our families. However, we are reminded today that we should not be afraid. 

They say that the phrase “Do not be afraid” is repeated more t…

Companion in Faith

The WORD today (see http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/101818.cfm) reminds me how important how important it is to have a companion in faith. 

No man is an island. We were not made to be alone, that is why God created both man and woman. Probably, people who have experienced deep hurt in the past have the tendency to shy away from people – not wanting to get hurt again, unable to trust and love again. However, deep inside each and everyone of us has a longing and desire for companionship in our journey.

In the first reading, we see Saint Paul writing Timothy saying that he has Luke with him, and asks for Mark too. We eventually see how these two people became evengelists, writing two of the four recognized gospels. St Luke, whose feast we celebrate today, is one of the four evangelists. In the gospel, we see Jesus sending the disciples by pairs. And they did great things. They evangelized people. We see how important and helpful it is to have someone to accompany you as you serve God a…

Consistent

The WORD today (see http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/101718.cfm) reminds me that God does not want us to live inconsistent lives. 

It is very annoying to talk to people who say one thing but do another. People who do not follow through with their words. People who do not act consistently with their words. You don't know what to expect from them. This is something that God wants us to avoid. 

Actions, words, and intentions should always be in agreement with each other. 

In the gospel, Jesus told the disciples to be careful of both the Pharisees and Scribes. The pharisees pay tithes to be seen by others, but do not focus on love for God. They focus only on external, because they want to be recognized and respected by others. Their hearts are not consistent with their actions. Same with the Scribes. They impose burdens on people but do not act to help others. 

God wants us to be better. 

Our actions, words and intentions of the heart should always be in agreement with each other. We ca…