Ash Wednesday – It’s good to give up things because we want to be better, healthier, have more time, less addicted. But Lent is about uniting our sacrifices to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. If we die with Him, we will also rise with Him.
Ordinary 6 – We wouldn’t be so worried about pleasure, power, possessions or popularity if we believed in the Resurrection. We must use created things as much as they help us to fulfill our purpose, and rid ourselves of them so far as they hinder us.
Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of Jesus fulfills God’s promises from the past and it promises a glorious future. Belief in the Resurrection changes the way we see sacrifice, sufferings, and death. Do you believe in the Resurrection?
The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. What about the trials we go through? We want abundant life. But to get there, our Good Shepherd must lead us through sufferings and trials. The sufferings are stepping stones. [AUDIO]
We have no idea how much God suffers, because we have no idea how much God loves us. Jesus takes our sins and buries them in the tomb. “I love you this much,” says Jesus, and he stretches out his hands and dies for you. [AUDIO]
Featuring Deacon Michael: God knows well what we are suffering. St. John Paul II and Blessed Chiara Badano both found hope by uniting their sufferings with the sufferings of Jesus. They encountered Jesus and came to know I AM as Our Father. [AUDIO]
It’s not enough to say “I Love You”; we must do it. Jesus loves by serving and sacrificing. So must we. He asks His friends to walk with Him down the road of suffering. We should never fear the cross for it is the sign of True Love. (13 Sep 2015)
The cross was an instrument of torture and oppression. But Jesus has turned it into a sign of God’s great love. Love conquers all. How can we turn our burdens into crosses? By carrying them with love, just like Jesus did. The path of Jesus is hard, but it’s worth it.
Jesus comes into the city of Jerusalem on a donkey. He does not come in power to conquer the city, but He comes in humility and allows the people the freedom to choose whether they will accept Him or not. We need to walk with Jesus, not only when He is being praised by the crowd, but also when He is being hated and rejected. True friends are with one another in bad times as well as in good times, and we need to be true friends of Jesus. Jesus is a true friend of us; He is not only with us in the good times but He is especially close to us in our sufferings.
Ordinary22 – I just got back from World Youth Day 2011 in Spain. Peter (and I) life for pleasure and avoid pain. Jesus has something better in mind: a life full of love and free of selfishness. He invites His disciples to do the same. Follow Him!