To Fast or not to Fast?

In the Gospel reading today, Jesus’ disciples were questioned because the disciples of John and the Pharisees were fasting and they were not. This is an invitation for me to look at the deeper meaning of fasting. One of the topics that we had in our Conversion class was the…

Jesus the Lamb of God

Sometimes, I would ask myself these questions: “How far am I willing to sacrifice?” or “Am I willing to give my life in order for others to live?” Pondering these questions, at the back of my mind, there are fears, doubts and even reservation because I am afraid to lose…

Needing of Salvation

“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” What a powerful statement coming from Jesus. These words also set an assurance to those who are feeling hopeless to change their lives and follow Jesus. Our…

The Only Authority

The Gospel speaks of a powerful scene wherein Jesus, a seemingly ordinary Nazarene, healed and even absolved a paralytic man from his sins. I can imagine how enraged the scribes at this scene which made them draw the question, where in the world is this man getting this authority? In…

The Face of Compassion

By Sem. Tristan Ralf Q. Pacheco On the very first time I had read the Gospel for today, what struck me was the attitude of the leper whom Jesus healed. Upon healing him, Jesus strictly requested the man not to tell others, except the priest about his being healed. But…

I Draw my Strength in Prayer

By Sem. Glicerio T. Tano Jesus took time to pray amidst His busy schedule in His ministry. He drew strength from prayer. As I reflect on the Gospel, I asked myself, where do I draw my strength in everyday challenges in the formation? What keeps me busy all the time?…

As One with Authority

By Sem. Peter Collin Crisostomo In today’s Gospel we are told that the people were amazed and questioned how Jesus was able to cure the demoniac. They seemed to question the authority of Jesus because for them, He is as ordinary as them. That is why they tend to be…

Giving Up Everything

By Sem. Keith Buenaventura After leaving behind my plans in high school, my opportunities in college, and the joyful life in youth ministry, I decided to go back to my first dream. I entered the seminary not so much because I desire to be here, but because at many points…

I AM GOD’S BELOVED

By Sem. Justin Gatuz In today’s Gospel, we hear of the Baptism of Jesus. This is a significant event in Jesus’ life because it confirms His identity as the Beloved Son of God. From then on, through the help of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ mission is centered on the reality…
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