I Have Come as Light…

Wednesday of the 4th Week of Easter, Year A. 10th May 2017.


At that time: Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in me, believes not in me but in Him who sent me. And he who sees me sees Him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my sayings and does not know keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.

John 12:44-47

Still in a bid to enable the people believe firmly, Our Lord Jesus Christ opens up to who He is,  “I have come as Light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” Not having faith in the One who loves and cares for us is like being deep in a cave: we become lost and in darkness. The present world keeps bringing up fallacies that if believed in, can draw one into the darkness, far away from God.

But today, Jesus Christ comes to us as that True Light into the world, that true Light that can lead us through to joy at moments of darkness, hard times and life’s trials, that True Light that makes us live in the dark no more. He comes not to judge but to save, that in illuminating our darkest parts and weaknesses, we might really see our wrongdoings and shortcomings and realize how much we are in need of his mercy and cleansing power. He is the powerhouse of our salvation. 

Our Lord Jesus Christ cries out to us today too, he wishes that we be saved and not perish in darkness. He wishes that in firmly believing in Him and obeying our Almighty Father’s commandment, we may have eternal life. As we look and focus on Jesus, the Light of God, may he luminate our paths to our salvation.   

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If You are Christ… 

Tuesday of the 4th Week of Easter; 9th May 2017.

It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the templ, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered round Him and said to Him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall not perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and Father are one.”

John 10:22-30

In the gospel reading of today, we see the Jews grow impatient towards Jesus. Impatient to the fact Christ refused to call Himself the Messiah by words. Impatient that He was taking so long to assume the throne and declare Himself King. But they failed to realize that He came for a greater purpose than to claim earthly kingship. He came to care, love, show mercy and give life. The more their eyes saw, the more their minds failed to believe, thus they didn’t understand and remained in suspense to Christ’s mission in their lives. 

Most times we fail to see the work of God in our lives and question His love for us His children. Sometimes we are blinded from seeing His good doings and we demand for words of assurance. We grow impatient and may go off on the wrong path cause we listened to the evil voices of the world. But Christ tells us that it begins not just by the word of God saying so, but by our belief in Him and the Good News He brings. We will never be in suspense once we know and believe that Jesus is the Risen Lord and if we listen to His voice everyday. We are guaranteed eternal life when we grow in knowledge of God and in followership of Jesus Christ.

It’s high time we removed the doubt out of the statement “If you are Christ…” and strengthen our belief well enough to proclaim “You are Christ”, and may the Almighty Father give us the grace to always listen to the voice of Jesus our Good Shepherd and believe in His abiding presence. 

“I Know My Own.”

Monday of the 4th Week of Easter, Year A. 8th May 2017.


“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”

John 10:14-16

In today’s gospel, our Lord Jesus Christ continues to explain his Shepherdship for us his sheep. “I know my own and my own know me.” This points us to the need to know our Saviour, to be in a constant conversation with Him and to know His will for our lives and follow Him daily. And if we feel like outcasts—away from the righteous people of God, lost and desolated—we can always if rest assured that our Lord Jesus Christ will come looking for us the moment we cry out of help and mercy, bringing us to His fold once again.

Jesus showed how much He loved mankind by laying down his life for us His sheep. This beckons us to ask ourselves how much we are willing to sacrifice our time and energy to those we love and also to question how willing we are in giving our all into our daily work, into our relationships and into our family.

People are getting lost everyday. It’s our duty as imitators of Christ to have a deep and personal relationship with Him, to listen to Him and learn to be shepherds to those around us, thus leading them to the Good Shepherd who is our Saviour Jesus Christ. 

May we be given the grace to sacrifice ourselves for others, for in laying down our all, we get to rise victorious like Jesus the Good Shepherd.

The Good Shepherd 

4th Sunday of Easter, Year A; 7th May 2017.

At that time: Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber; but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens; the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him for they know his voice.” “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door; if anyone enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

John 10:1-4, 7, 9-10

Two prominent words in today’s liturgy of the word: the sheep and the shepherd.

 The sheep. When the word ‘sheep’ comes up, we as Christians have that automatic default thought of the story about their seperation from the goats on the final day and how the sheep is used to depict gentleness and righteousness. But today Our Saviour lets us see the sheep through the gospel reading as something different: weak and without direction. And this is what we are if we can truly call ourselves sheep; gentle and righteous maybe, but weak and without direction. We are weak to trials and temptations on our own and bound to sin. Like sheep we are vulnerable, incapable of taking great care of our souls without grace and mercy, easily getting weary when evil strikes. We have no natural sense of the right direction most times and may deviate from the right track every now and then, if not guided.

The Shepherd. But Our Lord Jesus Christ presents Himself to us today as the Good Shepherd. He is the one who enters the sheepfold of our hearts through the open door without forcing His way in by climbing over our walls. He is the right voice we the sheep are to listen to and follow for it is He who gives us repose in fresh and greener pastures, leading us near restful waters thus reviving our souls. He is the door to our salvation, the door to the blessings and eternal life we seek. 

Although we as sheep are weak and seem not to know which way to go in life, our Lord Jesus the Good Shepherd assures us of how he is willing to go a great measure to protect us from the evil ones and save us from our foes. Like St. Peter in the first reading, we need to “save ourselves from this crooked generation,” a generation where the predator seeks to devour and destroy the sheep. We need to flee from the voice that calls out to us to sin. 

The Good Shepherd never stops calling us whenever we go astray to the voices of the world. May we listen to Him so that goodness and mercy shall be truly ours

The Way, Truth and Life… 

Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Easter; 3rd May 2017 

Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you do know Him and have seen Him.” 


Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Phillip? He who has seen me has seen the Father.”

John 14:6-10

The Way. In a world where everyone go about doing things in different manners, it is usually difficult to know which is the right way to head for. When things of the world have us chasing them to our very detriment, following Christ who is the surest way to Heaven could be challenging. The Truth. We get fed everyday with lies on the social media as to what is right and what trends everyone ought to follow. Views on sex, relationships, family and religion gets mashed up with “half baked truths” and “well cooked lies” that we fail to look at that words of Our Lord Jesus Christ for the true answers. The Life. And what’s even worse, is the fact that in following the wrong paths, in believing in such lies, we end up slowly poisoning our hearts and minds, destroying our souls, dying from sin. 

But Christ today points us back to the right direction in hopes that we turn around and follow the right Way which is Himself. He gives us the Truth so that we may believe and in believing, do marvellous deeds on earth. He offers us Life so that sin may create a barrier from us and Our Lord God no more. 

Like St Philip the Apostle, our hungry souls may ask, “Lord, show us the Father,  and we shall be satisfied.” Our Saviour Jesus Christ has the perfect answer. “I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life.” May we be given the grace to believe deeply in Christ and follow Him towards eternal glory

Give Us This Bread Always. 

Tuesday in 3rd Week of Easter, Year A; 2nd May 2017.

Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it’s was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.” They said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”

John 6:32-35

Signs. Sight. Then Belief. The people wanted a show. Some kind of magical performance from our Lord Jesus Christ. The way they recalled the “manna in the widerness” event of the past, I wouldn’t be surprised if they spoke out of hunger. ​But the problem is they hungered for something less. And thus such hunger blurred their vision to Christ’s realness and clogged their minds towards belief. They hungered more for the physical. And this is what happens to us every time we hunger for worldly pleasures and crave earthly possessions and power: we’ll never be satisfied with the “enough” of it which we get, because the truth is “enough” is never really sufficient when it comes to what the world has to offer.

But Our Lord Jesus Christ is sufficient enough for us. He is the Bread of Life; it is He who can satisfy our hunger and quench our thirst. He is ever present in the Holy Eucharist to give us “this bread always” which we haven’t stopped seeking. It is believed that those who spend time in the presence of Our Saviour in the Blessed Sacrament and receive the Holy Communion handle daily struggles better than most.

Christ calls us to do the reverse of what the people did today. He wants us to first believe in His words, because it is only then we can gain the spiritual sight to see things as they really are and then by this, signs and wonders would happen as we shall be a reflection of His grace and mercy to others. Belief. Sight. Then Signs. May we believe in the Bread of Life and receive satisfaction each time we feast with our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. 

This is the Work of God… 

Saint Joseph the Worker, Year A; 1st May 2017

“Do not labour for the food which perishes,  but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on Him has God the Father set His seal.” Then they said to him, “what much we do, to be doing the work of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”

John 6:27-29

In today’s gospel reading, we are being called to mind that which we really work towards. A new month comes with new goals and challenges of course, but then again, what is that we have been working towards all year long? A business idea, an increase in our pay, a step closer in our relationship with another, strength in family ties? The list could be endless, and it is very necessary that we work towards that which secures our tomorrow in this life. But at what expense do we work? 

The people in the gospel sought only the “daily bread” which Christ Our Lord had to offer, forgetting such daily bread was just a foretaste of the Living Bread which is Himself. Most times, we are soo engrossed in our work and struggles of our daily life when we should focus on the Giver of the Work and Our Problem Solver; Our Lord God. We go about the work God has given each one of us—the “work of God”, paying no attention whatsoever to the “God of work.”

But today’s gospel reminds us that we ought also to work for that which secures life eternal above all. Sometimes we are also like the people, seeking Jesus for “free food”, the world’s luxuries so we don’t have to work no more. We ought to seek Christ for the right things. He together with Saint Joseph the Worker who we celebrate today, calls us to the work for salvation: sanctifying ourselves in whatever job we do, no matter how menial it is

Christ calls us to seek Him, the Bread of Life who gives us the strength and grace to carry out our work diligently in our daily lives. And He beckons on us to continue the works of God by believing in Him. May we imitate Saint Joseph the Worker, who with Our Lady and Our Lord Jesus Christ by his side, was noble in his dealings and did the work of God in dignity.