Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dagway sa Anak

Karung adlawa, gi awhag kita nga atong irecognize ang Amahan nga makita nato sa pagkatawo ni Hesu Kristo. Miingon si Felipe: Ginoo ipakita kanamo ang Amahan og igo na kana kanamo. To see the Father mao pud ang pagkadiskubre nga ang Ginoo mao ang sinugdan, ang Ginoo ang kinabuhi, ang Ginoo maginhatagon, og ang Ginoo kanunay nga ginabag-o ang tanang butang sa kalibutan.

Unsa pa man ang atong pangitaon? Nagikan man ta sa Ginoo, og matag usa kanato, bisag di nato aminon or unconciously, gusto kita nga mobalik niya, gusto kita nga makaadto sa panimalay sa atuang amahan sa langit og magpabilin didto.

Gusto ba ninyo nga makita ang Ginoo o makapiling sya? Oo father pero dili sa karon oi.

Sa Gingharian sa Dios makita nato o makuha ang mga butang nga gipangita nato kasagaran: kinabuhi, kahayag, gugma, kalinaw...

Gipakita kanato ni Hesus ang ang iyahang lalum nga relasyon sa iyahang sa Amahan. Ako naa sa Amahan og ang Amahan anaa kanako. Unsa man gud ang isulti ni Hesus mogikan sa Amahan og ang Amahan mo sulti kanato pinaagi ni Hesus. Unsa man ang gusto isulti kanato sa Amahan ato kini makita o madungan sa mga pulong ni Hesus og makita sa iyahang mga buhat. Unsa man ang gusto niya tumanon sa atua iya kini tumanon pinaagi sa iyang Anak.

Ang pagtuo nato sa Anak mag hatag kini og pamaagi para naa tay access sa Amahan.

Miingon si Felipe, Ginoo, ipakita kanamo ang Amahan, ug igo na kanamo. Usa ka maayong request nga ato pud balikbalikon karung Sabado - Ginoo, ipakita kanako ang imong dagway.

Ug maghunahuna ta: kumusta ba ang akong behavior? Makita ba sa uban ang dagway ni Hesus sa akuang dagway? Unsay mga bisag ginagmay nga buluhaton ang pwede nako mahimo karung adlawa para magpabilin ang dagway ni Hesus sa akong dagway?

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Peace be with you. The word “shalom” synthesizes all the good that we all could desire of: good health, integral life, harmony with persons, harmony with nature and with God. The Resurrected Christ promises us not triumph but peace, the possibility to live right from within us. Peace does not mean that we could comprehend everything but rather it’s a peace that gives us the power to contemplate all including sufferings in the way God sees it. A person who accepts the peace of Christ or who has the peace of Christ, those who welcome the gift of peace are peacemakers. Have you received well the peace of Christ? Are you a peace maker? Hindi yan ung bisaya ng pace maker ha. Kundi Peacemaker. O palaaway ka ba?

Why do doubts arise in your hearts? People in countries where there are four seasons believe in spring because they see new life in the buds of the trees. We believe in butterflies because we see it as it comes out of the cocoon with its multicolored wings. We believe in the day because we know that every morning the sun peeks out again. What are the signs to believe in the presence of the Risen Lord? Men and women who despite their limitations dedicates their lives to God and to humanity? Is it to people who are able to overcome depressions? Why is it easy for us to see the signs of death than life? Why are we capable of criticizing all that goes wrong but it pains us to appreciate that which helps the world live another day?

Look at my hands and my feet. The joy that the Risen Christ brings is not a superficial joy or peace. His hands and feet conserves the hollow, the signs of the nails that passed through it. Sometimes we believe that we will be happier people if we flee from suffering who gives us our pains. Jesus invites us to recognize him in the hollow of the nails. That invitation to look at his hollow hands and feet is an invitation to not understand the joy of Easter as an escape from pain but rather as a greater closeness to the crucified: people in our area who are suffering, those who are in agony.

Do you have something to eat? It is not only to prove that he is a real person who can eat. Ghosts do not eat. But real persons yes. The Lord is risen with body and not just as a soul. Pero kakaibang form and matter. The Risen Lord do not resolve our problems in life automatically. Hindi siya magic, hindi tulad ng alam natin na porke nagsimba ka na o nagdasal ka o nagpabless ka sa pari blessed kana. Magic. The risen Lord is not magic. The sacraments are not magic that makes you good as an instant. Grace builds on nature. Grace for us and for others depends on us too not only from the Lord. The Lord wants us to share that bit of bread and fish that we have painstakingly achieved to him. The graces that comes from the hands of Christ multiplies by the help of your own hands.

Why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet? Do you have something to eat? ... Our friends who have doubts in life, our neighbors who are suffering, the beggars who asks us for at least a few bread to eat… are you blind not to see all these. If you are, then you have never seen the risen Christ.

Let us pray that we may be able to recognize the risen Lord in our daily life, in our daily struggles, and in our society.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Constant Journey

They say that our life is a constant journey. Surely there is a moment when we are to start and a moment wherein we have to finally stop. Many things happens in between these two important moments in our lives. This is the same in our religious life. We have that first time religious experience with the Lord wherein we were amazed, we were astonished, we were caught in awe of the unfathomable grace that he might have bestowed on us. We were drawn into the beautiful words and deeds of the Lord. We were amazed and we wanted to imitate them all. But sometimes when the demands of religious life does not feet to our expectations and our own demands in life, if it goes the other way around, we feel sad, we enter into crisis, we seclude ourselves, we leave, we journey away from the community. Surely along the way, during times of crisis, we find persons who makes us happy, who would make us feel our worth and people who would remind us of who we are, what we are, and why we are sad. Sometimes we become foolish of not understanding the pain and sacrifices that has to be experienced as we grow in religious life, in community life. And when we finally realize that, ah! I believe that I just forgot that it was all part of the plan of God and so we go back to where we have all made our start.

The story of the road to Emmaus is my story as a youth, as a seminarian, as someone who was called by God. It was because of this story that I was enlightened, encouraged to enter priestly life. This had been part of the program of the youth where I had my start. The road to Emmaus is what the PREX would use for their start, to remind the parishioners of their call, their status in life, of Jesus’ role, of their mission in life. They road to Emmaus is our story as a religious. In the community we are welcomed, we experience joy and pain, we are taught by the Words of God, we recognize the Lord in our deeds and we are always commissioned to go back and go forth to serve our communities and the people in our mission area.

I am just curious that the story of Emmaus speaks about of two persons going down from Jerusalem, walking, moving away, Jesus drew near at them, walked with them, stopped and the two immediately went back, community gathered, one, and celebration. The first reading speaks about of two persons, Peter and John, going up, drew near to the beggar and said “look at us.” And then he was able to walk, people amazed, went back to life, a life celebration. Two stories of contrast direction but same end. The risen Lord is everywhere, the Risen Lord can be found in different instances, whether we draw near him to pray and even when we ourselves go astray. Wala tayong kawala.

And so we ask the Lord the grace for us to keep and live up to who we are and what we are called for in this life. We pray that when others sees us, they will not be frightened… hoy hala anjan na si madre sige ka. We pray that Jesus presence can be seen in us. That life and love would emanate from us.