“Why Did You Doubt?”

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. 13th August 2017.

And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately he spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me to come to you on the water. He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and the beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the son of God.”

Matthew 14:25-33

Doubt. That which weakens the foundation on which faith is built. That weed which chokes the fresh sprout of confidence in ourselves and our God. That cloud ready to cover our sunny days as we fear what the storms would bring. Doubt.

Our lives as Christians is never some smooth sailing. We are bound to face a lot of ups and downs, crisis, and tribulations. These “crosses” sometimes tend to have us doubting if we’re on the right boat or if our Lord is really with us as these events unfold as we journey through life. And as the winds of doubt blows right at us, we lose focus on God. We turn our gaze away from the One who can calm our stormy situations, and like Peter, we begin to sink when we should stay afloat.

But Our Lord Jesus Christ is always close by. He is ready to walk us through the storms we face. He always intervenes even when we are in doubt. He makes the fullness of God’s presence known to us continuously. He is the still small voice that tell us “Come.” With a strong and unwavering faith, He makes us defy the laws of flotation and even Archimedes principle in our life events as we walk over our oceans of crisis.

So what are those storms in your life that clouds your spiritual insight to see that your Saviour is never far away? What are those waves of difficulties and problems which shake your boat of faith and confidence in the Risen Lord to get you safe through those moments?

Today, Our Lord Jesus reaches out to us men of little faith and draws us out from the drowning ocean of doubt, not in reprimand but with love. He says to us, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.Let us never be too wavered and forgetful to cry out to Him in our time of trials like Peter did saying, “Lord save me” so that we may once again come to believe in Him who saves, Him who is truly the Son of God. And may He reach out His hands and pull us into glory and restore our lives to its steadiness whenever we call on Him.


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. 

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. 


Palm Sunday of The Lord’s Passion, Year A; 9th April 2017. 

When they had come near Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat on thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Matthew 21:1-11

Today has got quite a twist in its readings. It begins with a joyful proclamation of “Hosanna” to Christ the Son of David on His entry to Jerusalem at the Blessings/Procession with Palms and ends with the shouts of “Crucify Him” during the Passion Narrative. It’s like the future being placed immediately the very beginning commences. Such gives us reasons to ponder on how we proclaim Christ’s goodness in our lives only to crucify Him when things seem to go bad; on how we proclaim His presence in us only to persecute Him when we become immersed in our sinful ways. This also goes to show how weak we humans are with praises and being true in our loyalty. The same ones who praise you today are the ones who are bound to persecute you tomorrow. More reason why Jesus draws us towards total surrender of our will to God as he did. He knew the shouts of Hosanna was only temporary till He suffered for our sins. He knew what laid ahead of Him was quite unbearable for a mere human, nevertheless He who, though in the form of God was made man, emptied Himself, remained humble unto death and steadfast to God the Almighty Father. How often have we claimed to love Christ but yet persecuted Him in our actions? How do we go about life when we feel betrayed by loved ones and close friends? How often do we turn to God so that He takes the cup of suffering from us if He wills? 

Today, Christ enters Jerusalem with a donkey, a beast of “burden”. This is a significant reminder that He comes to bear our sins and take them on His journey to Calvary. This Holy Week, Christ beckons on us to go with Him all the way; to let go of those heavy bags of sin, hurt, tribulations and sufferings which weigh us down and turn us away from the glory and joy that awaits us during Easter. Jesus comes to save. Shout with joy that ‘Honassa’ as he enters through the door of your heart now.

Your Will? Yes! 

Solemnity of the Annunciation of The Lord; 25th March, 2017. 

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.”

Luke 1:38

Today, the Annunciation of the Lord, we are reminded of the “yes” of Christian living. In the second reading of today, St. Paul recalls to the Hebrews, Jesus’s yes to His Heavenly Father’s will, then over to the gospel reading, our Lady’s yes to God’s ultimate plan for man. These two yeses are what brought about our salvation

Just like our Mother Mary, God finds favour in us too. And this favour demands of us sacrifices that may seem soo impossible to carry out: sacrifice of self-giving, sacrifice of true love, sacrifice of total submission. Jesus having said yes to God’s will died on the cross for our sake. Mary too probably had perfect plans for her life but abandoned it all so as to become an instrument of our salvation. No matter what difficulties and tribulations we would be faced with, we are called to say, “Let it be done to me according to Your word” to God as Mary did; we are encouraged to say, “Behold I have come to do your will, O God” as Christ came to do

The Lord who demands that which seems impossible to us is always there to give us the grace and strength to overcome them. All He needs is our yes. May we like Jesus submit our will to God Our Father and may Mother Mary continue to intercede for us so that we would overcome difficulties we may face as we say yes to Him everyday.