Jesus prays for me today, and so I pray for others too

Jesus is about to leave physically in the world. But it does not mean that Jesus will abandon his friends. In fact, Jesus prays for his friends. “I pray for them,” said Jesus. This means that Jesus remembers his friends in his thoughts.

BEING IN THE THOUGHTS OF JESUS ALSO MEANS THAT JESUS MAKES HIS PERSON PRESENT IN THE LIFE OF HIS FRIENDS. IT IS A PROMISE OF FAITHFULNESS AND OF CONSTANT PRESENCE OF GOD IN OUR LIFE, IN EACH OF US.

Today, Jesus reminds us too, that he prays for us and with us. Jesus joins us in our prayer. The Lord is there every time we pray. The Lord makes himself ever present the moment we also dispose ourselves in prayer. We can say this confidently, Jesus prays with me because he remembers me and he is with me.Continue reading Jesus prays for me today, and so I pray for others too

I tell myself today, “I am never alone”

TODAY, JESUS ALSO WANTS US TO HAVE THAT SAME CONVICTION. WE ARE NEVER ALONE. THE LORD IS WITH US, ALWAYS WITH US. THIS IS THE PROMISE OF JESUS TO US TODAY.

His words to his disciples are also his invitation to us today, “I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.”

Therefore, when we feel alone, let it be known that we are never alone. When a terrible sickness strikes us, when a traumatic experience haunts us, when depression bothers us, when anxiety and uncertainty disturb us, remember, God is with us.Continue reading I tell myself today, “I am never alone”

Ask anything and you will receive. Really? Anything?

Instead of praying – “this is what I want and wish Lord,” ask and pray rather first in this way, “what is your desire for me Lord?” Only then that we will be able to get away from our selfish tendencies and intentions because we shift our focus from ourselves to God – from praying that comes only from personal wants to praying in his name.Continue reading Ask anything and you will receive. Really? Anything?

Grace and Freedom in letting go

In this process of letting go of the Lord, then, the disciples also allowed God to work in them. This was how the early Church found grace and freedom in letting go.

Today, we are also asked to let go whatever is hindering us to encounter the Lord. We may ask ourselves, “What is it that I continue to linger? What is that attachment that I find difficult to let go for me to grow?”Continue reading Grace and Freedom in letting go

Having friends? Or being a friend?

Jesus calls each of us to be his friends. The friendship that Jesus offers is self-giving and self-sacrificing. Jesus commits himself to us as our friend. His commitment is summed up in his love for you and for me by offering himself to the cross on our behalf.

Thus, the friendship of Jesus is not about using us or so that he may get something from us. His friendship with us is about giving oneself. Through this friendship, he calls us as his friends, not slaves, not mere acquaintances or contacts, or allies.Continue reading Having friends? Or being a friend?

When Love liberates and empowers us

INDEED, GOD’S LOVE IS LIBERATING AND EMPOWERING. THIS IS HOW EASTER BECOMES GLORIOUS BECAUSE GOD’S LOVE EMPOWERS AND LIBERATES. AS WE ARE BEING LOVED, WE ARE ALSO MOVED TO LOVE.

Loving and being loved certainly make our life worth living. Love gives us purpose and meaning in life and this becomes concrete as we continually reach out to others to express our love and show our kindness. Thus, hopefully, we may not become reasons for others in making their lives miserable and horrible because of our indifferent, childish and selfish desires and intentions.Continue reading When Love liberates and empowers us

Have you been circumcised? I mean, your “heart”

What is needed is the circumcision of the heart! What does it mean? It means that one should give up or stop old habits and attitudes that keep one away from God. These include the insecurity and indifference of the Jewish Christians at that time.
For us today, what should be cut-off from us also are those thoughts, beliefs, actions and attitudes that continually keeping us away from the Lord, making us unresponsive to the invitations of the Lord, and that make us uncaring and unmoved of the difficulties and struggles of others. In other words, cut-off those that keep us indifferent to what is happening around us.Continue reading Have you been circumcised? I mean, your “heart”