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Unfair

The WORD today (see http://usccb.org/bible/readings/011818.cfm) reminds me that the world is unfair. 


They say that life is unfair. The world is unfair. There are a lot of good and innocent people who dying and suffering, while a lot of bad and evil people prosper. We should remember that the enemy is the ruler of the world, and it will always be unfair to those not of it, to those belonging to Christ. We see that in the reading. 



David did God's work and was successful. However, envy wrapped Saul's heart and instead of being happy with what God did through David, he focused on himself and how other people see him. He valued his reputation so much that he wanted to kill David to get the attention all to himself. How unfair, for David was just doing what was asked of Him. David's intentions were pure. But this happened. 

Though the world may be unfair, God is fair. 


God used Jonathan to bring Saul to his senses. And eventually David's life was spared. God is fair and faithf…
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God Equips

The WORD today (see http://usccb.org/bible/readings/011718.cfm) reminds me that God equips whom he calls. 


In the reading yesterday, we saw that God looks at the heart. Today the story is continued when David fought for God. It's cliché but it's true - God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called. We see that in the first reading today. 


David was just a shepherd, not a warrior. But because of his heart, God chose him and used him. He equipped David with what he needed to fight the enemy, even if the world thinks otherwise. He was not a trained soldier, much more a warrior, but he beat the enemy. Because God equipped him. And God prepared him. 


Though he was not a warrior, God prepared David. He was a shepherd, and as part of his role as a shepher was to defend his sheep from wild animals. And what does he use for this? Of course, not a sword but a sling and stones - the very weapons he used in battle. David also did his part, he practiced and improved his skill in de…

At The Heart

The WORD today (see http://usccb.org/bible/readings/011618.cfm) reminds me that God looks at our hearts. 


A lot of people get influenced by appearance. They get impressed or intimidated based on what the eyes see. Rich and powerful people show off their money and influence with their appearance. In the same way, it is easy to judge the weak and poor by appearance. However, what is real is not always seen by the eyes. Similar to what the little prince said, "what is essential is invisible to the eye". God looks at us this way. 


God does not judge by the appearance, but looks at our heart. 



It is easy to appear good to other people. It is easy to make and maintain a reputation - of confidence, power, success, or goodness. However, God sees more than what we show. God sees our hearts and what really are in there. God sees if our actions are superficial, or if they are manifestations of the goodness in our hearts. 



We do not need a lot of credentials to serve God and do good. Unlike…

Start Anew

The WORD today (see http://usccb.org/bible/readings/011518.cfm) reminds me of the opportunities we have to start anew, and the importance of making the most out of it. 


In the gospel, we see that we cannot mix the old and new – old wineskins and new wine, old cloak and new one. Combining them would ruin everything. Old for old, new for new. 

No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak.
If he does, its fullness pulls away,
the new from the old, and the tear gets worse.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins,
and both the wine and the skins are ruined.
Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.

What is God telling us? I believe this is a reminder from God that there are only two options: to follow him or not. We are encouraged to turn from our old way of life – from living a worldly life to living a life for God. We  should choose who we would live our life for, who we would follow. We cannot say that we follow God on…

Bring Others to Christ

The WORD today (see http://usccb.org/bible/readings/011418.cfm) reminds me that I should bring others to Christ. 


In sports, the crowd has a big effect on the performance of players. In Philippine basketball, especially in the collegiate level, the crowd plays a big part. Athletes gain extra energy from the cheering crowd, plus a pep squad/cheering squad to support and encourage them. This is why some schools really give away tickets to these games, to give their athletes extra support and energy while playing. Supporters and followers are valuable assets of a team, and each team would like to have as much as they can.



However, in the gospel, we see the opposite. John was very selfless – leading and allowing his disciples to follow Christ. Nevermind if he won't have disciples, because he knows that Christ is the one we should all follow. He was true to his mission to prepare the way for Christ, and is true to his word when he says that “He must increase and I must decrease.” He was …

Calling Sinners

The WORD today (see http://usccb.org/bible/readings/011318.cfm) reminds me that God is calling sinners like us to follow Him. 


In airports, when people are late for boarding, their names are announced in the public address system. Once when we were traveling in a group, ordering food took longer than expected and we were not able to take note of the time, and we were just surprised when our names were called because apparently, we were the only ones the plane was waiting for. We ran fast and were so ashamed coming into the airplane. This is somewhat similar to the attention God gives to the "special" ones as he calls us. 


God calls the sinners to follow Him. 



In the gospel, Jesus called a sinner in Levi. Levi was working at his post, doing what he does usually, when Jesus called him. Jesus was not like usual leaders or coaches who want great people, star players, for the team. He calls everyone. He welcomes everyone. And he did not mind people talking about Him. He says that he…