Friday, July 31, 2015

I am the Bread of Life

GOSPEL REFLECTION: 18th Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)
Sunday, 2nd August 2015
by Rev. Fr. Allen Baclor Abadines

First Reading: Exodus 16:2-4,12-15,31a
Resposorial Psalm: The Lord gave them the bread of heaven.
Second Reading: Ephesians 4:17,20-24

GOSPEL : John 6:24-35
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were at the place where Jesus had given the bread, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?" Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal."

Then they said to Jesus, "What must we do to perform the works of God?" Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." So they said to him, "What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you?" What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, "He gave them bread from heaven to eat."

Then Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven and gives life to the world."
They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always." Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
The Gospel of the Lord: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


This Sunday's Gospel text relates to us what happened the day after the miracle of the five loaves and two fishes took place. The next day, when the crowd did not find Jesus and his disciples at the place where Jesus had multiplied the bread, they went to Capernaum in search of Jesus. And when they found him , they said to Jesus, "Rabbi, when did you come here?" To which Jesus replied, "Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves." Our Lord always tell the truth in a straightforward and direct way. He will never water down his words. He calls a spade a spade, so to speak. In other words, Jesus was like telling the people , "You are not looking for God, but you are here only for free lunch." This reminded me of a conversation between two friends. One of them said to the other, "I came here to visit you, it's been awhile since the last time I saw you. I really miss you." But to his surprised the friend replied , "Oh cut the crap. Why are you here really? What do you want from me?" To which he responded, "I want to borrow money from you." Some people remember you only when they need something from you. This was the reaction of our Lord Jesus in today's Gospel text. He was telling the people, "You are looking for me not because you want to listen to the good news but because you had your fill. You are only after your physical needs and not for spiritual nourishment." Therefore, today's Gospel text serves as a challenge and an invitation for us to look beyond the material things. Jesus is inviting us to go beyond the physical needs , that we may focus our attention more on Christ, who is the real bread of life. That's the reason why, he was talking about the sign. "I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to me will never hunger, he who believes in me will never thirst." Last week, we saw how Christ was able to feed the hungry with physical bread in the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Yes, Jesus can satisfy our physical needs. He is a compassionate God. But his challenge is for us to see a new level of understanding about the bread of life. Jesus is not only offering us an ordinary bread. He is offering us a bread that gives eternal life. Whilst he is concern about our physical well-being, Jesus is more concern about our spiritual well-being. This was the challenge he presented to the Samaritan woman at the well. John 4:10 - He said to the Samaritan woman, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that said to you, Give me to drink, you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water."

Jesus recognized the human flaws and weaknesses. Man has the tendency to be so short sighted as to focus more on the satisfaction of physical needs. Indeed, he's got an insatiable lust for material needs - wealth, power, fame and popularity. Until he realize that there is a deeper inner longing, a hunger, thirst, a craving and emptiness that demands to be filled and satisfied. The question is what can satisfy your soul? It is Christ alone who can satisfy all our longings. The longings of the human heart can only be satisfied by our Lord Jesus. Psalm 107:9 - "For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." St. Augustine recognized this truth as he said "You have made me for yourself, O Lord, and my heart is restless, until it finds its rest in you."

Story: The story is told about four men adrift on the Atlantic Ocean near the equator. They were so thirsty that they were trying to squeeze moisture from the pieces of canvas on their small lifeboat. When the rescuers finally arrived, they found the men almost dying of dehydration. After gradually reviving them, the rescuers asked them, how come you are dying of dehydration when you are surrounded with potable water. The four men asked the rescuers, "What do you mean?" The rescuers explained , "As you see, you were afloat near the Amazon River, a river so huge that it pushes fresh water far out into the ocean. You could have dipped a bucket off the side of your boat and drawn out drinkable water." The men realized that all the while they were fighting for a few drops of moisture, they had actually been floating on potable water.

Lesson: People recognized their thirst but they ignore the water that can satisfy them. People are thirsty but unaware of readily accessible source of fresh water. We are like those four men if we continue to ignore Jesus in our lives. We will always be thirsty amidst fresh water. Jesus is the living water. Jesus is the bread of life. He could satisfy our inner longings- the cravings of souls. Sometimes, we will say to our Lord - "But Lord, my needs are deep, my worries are deep, my problems are deep, my flaws are deep. Can you handle that my Lord." Jesus will invite us to come to him. For we will never know unless we experience his love personally. "I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Catholic Resources

One of the many projects I have started and was not been able to finish is the Catholic Resources Site. I have forgotten it already, thanks for the widget I created that reminded me of such an unfinished endeavour. The site was totally been useless because I used third party application that wrecked my whole blogspot, neoworks. Neoworks used javascript that messed with my blog.

Because of this long duration of inactivity, I almost forgot my username and password. I have to put some backup options which google provides. Thanks for google for this extra security measure and a way for recover one's important information and work.

Blog post log reminds me that the blogs started October of 2012 until November of the same year. one of the reason for the demise of the attention is the general reshuffle of assignments last January of 2013.

I have to change the template and the layout to get rid of the nuisances no photo clutter of the whole blog. For the moment, I have no time to update it, but at least it is clean,


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Von Voyage

Armine Isles Borja just visited me to ask prayer for his travel tomorrow going to Saudi Arabia tomorrow. He is leaving his work here as well as his wife and two children to look for a greener pasture. Since he could find more money there abroad more than what he is earning here in the Philippines. The Church believes that is more beneficial for the family to stay together here in the Philippines but financial opportunities could not be found. The Church provides prayer and support group for those leaving the country.

the parish in particular will be affected by Amine's leaving the country as he holds the leadership of the music ministry. We pray that his time for leaving his family for work will be more profitable and may strengthen the faith of his family.















Holy God, You are a God on the move. You move in the world and in our lives. You shape and direct Creation, and us. Your people have always been on the move. Moses led your people out of slavery in Egypt. The Holy Family fled to Egypt as refugees. Today, people continue to move. War, poverty, oppression and violence drive people from home and country. We pray that today's refugees, forced migrants, and internally displaced people may know you are always with them in and through us. Holy, moving God, hear our prayer for the sake of your own uprooted son, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Ustream embed button update

A warning sign has plugged on my Blogsite saying that the widget was been disabled but checking upon the site of the Ustream, I found out that there are some update and offers several options such as the standalone player I have installed on my Blogsite player and social and video gallery widgets, it seems that the end users have a lot of options and the publishers have a lot of tools to play with. the last option is open only for the enterprise plan.

Live streaming video by Ustream


Not all sites are compatible with your preferred browser.

Sometimes you may wonder if your computer is screwing you out or simply your browser is not working with the site you are visiting. I have tried to see if my preferred browser which happened to be chrome is outdated, but it turns out to be negative. My chrome is updated.

It turns out that some websites how big might be their company might not be compatible with the browser you use. On this case the website I am visiting cannot be views properly, it could be viewed but not all the functionality can be used properly, by chrome but can be viewed with Firefox and Windows Explorer. Others browser were not tested as of the moment. What I am saying is if a certain site could not be properly seen by a certain browser, try another, it might be an issue of compatibility.


Share this Button

Learning computer language is difficult is as difficult as learning Chinese. hoping to update share this button, from the static one to the hovering one and a more dynamic.


Email and Mobile Blogging

To make use of precious time, I have decided to use the service of mobile blogging through email though there are some application that can also be used like Blogaway for android and Bloggeroid for Blogger and much more. i have tried these two so far. Using the service of mobile blogging thru email requires you to register your mobile device. Below is a sample of the instruction so that you can use your mobile device and email.

Prayer for INC

CBCP chief asks prayers for INC was the title of the article in the CBCP News. This was the response of Archbishop Socrates Villegas on the call to prayer for the peaceful resolution of the conflict within this denominational church. A very christian act and an example of Christ's summon to love one another. It  garnered positive response to the Netizens knowing that the members of INC are relentless in their attack of Catholic faith and faithful. Practically, I am reminded that truly this is the Christian way, praying for those all people even if they are inimical to you.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

Saint Mary Magdalene according to the fathers of the Church distinguish the three persons, the "sinner" of Luke  7:36-50, the sisters of Martha and Lazarus in  Luke 10:38-42 and John 11 and Mary Magdalen of Luke 8:2. The Latin Fathers believe that they are one person, however, some scholars believe that they are two if not three.

What is clear based on the reading the Church uses today for the celebration of this feast is the one who first encountered the Risen Christ in the early hours of the Easter Sunday.

Whether he is a sinner or the one Jesus expelled with seven demons or not, I believe will not matter with her after the centuries that elapse that had thought as such. What is important, I believe, is that sinners we may be, we have to come to Jesus to implore His divine mercy and received salvation and like Mary proclaimed to the world God's continuous saving act here and now.

Through the invitation of Rev. Fr. Jun Olaso, the parish priest of St. Mary Magdalene Parish of Magdalena, Laguna, I concelebrated with my fellow priest headed with the Bishop of San Pablo, Most Rev. Buenaventura Famadico thanking God for giving us a model of faith St. Mary Magdalene as the apostles to the apostles.

The Church was damaged last year before the celebration of the fiest of their patron saint but now the faithful have thank god once more as they celebrate their fiesta with a repaired church and convent.