Monday, July 28, 2014

Say I love you

If you love someone tell them because hearts are often broken by words left unspoken.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lord, I love your commands - Mass Readings July 27, 2014

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 109

Reading 1 1 KGS 3:5, 7-12
The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.
God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”
Solomon answered:
“O LORD, my God, you have made me, your servant, king
to succeed my father David;
but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act.
I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen,
a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted.
Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart
to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.
For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?”

The LORD was pleased that Solomon made this request.
So God said to him:
“Because you have asked for this—
not for a long life for yourself,
nor for riches,
nor for the life of your enemies,
but for understanding so that you may know what is right—
I do as you requested.
I give you a heart so wise and understanding
that there has never been anyone like you up to now,
and after you there will come no one to equal you.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130
R/ (97a) Lord, I love your commands.
I have said, O LORD, that my part
is to keep your words.
The law of your mouth is to me more precious
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
R/ Lord, I love your commands.
Let your kindness comfort me
according to your promise to your servants.
Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.
R/ Lord, I love your commands.
For I love your command
more than gold, however fine.
For in all your precepts I go forward;
every false way I hate.
R/ Lord, I love your commands.
Wonderful are your decrees;
therefore I observe them.
The revelation of your words sheds light,
giving understanding to the simple.
R/ Lord, I love your commands.

Reading 2 ROM 8:28-30
Brothers and sisters:
We know that all things work for good for those who love God,
who are called according to his purpose.
For those he foreknew he also predestined
to be conformed to the image of his Son,
so that he might be the firstborn
among many brothers and sisters.
And those he predestined he also called;
and those he called he also justified;
and those he justified he also glorified.

Gospel MT 13:44-52
Jesus said to his disciples:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,
which a person finds and hides again,
and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price,
he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.

“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household
who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”

Or MT 13:44-46
Jesus said to his disciples:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,
which a person finds and hides again,
and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price,
he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.”

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The skull cap Pope Francis gave to Fr. Fernando

The MMMP community pays respect to the skull cap given by Pope Francis

The skull cap Pope Francis gave to Fr. Fernando
During the conversation he offered his skull cap saying, “This is for your seminary, the Missionaries of Mary Mother of the Poor. Then he told me in Italian, as interpreted by Fr. Ricky, “Go forth for the Kingdom of God.”
His hug is so affirming, so consoling, so powerful. It is like God’s embrace. It healed me. It consoled me. It affirmed me. Indeed, it was a golden moment. That’s the reality of it. When God embraces you, when you let Him so, he will give you peace.”

As what Pope Francis said in the Evangelii Gaudium #3, “Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace,” I hope we do not deprive ourselves of the experience of God’s redeeming embrace. This is where the most au-thentic encounter with God will happen.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Golden Moment for the Church

(Excerpts From Fr. Suarez’ homily to the seminarians by RT Oliveros, PhD)


The papal embrace and the concelebration with Pope Francis is a highpoint in Fr. Fernando’s 12 years of priesthood. “This is a golden moment of the church. We, MMMP, should be contaminated
by this contagious joy of the “Francis effect.” Fr. Fernando said in Taglish, “Kung hindi ka pa rin liligaya nang dahil kay Kristo, ewan ko na lang talaga” (If you will still not find happiness because of
Christ, I really do not know why) because true peace, joy and contentment can be found only in Jesus Christ.

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