Pope Benedict’s homily during Easter

March 25, 2008

Wonderful reflection, check these two homilies:


He wakes me to listen like a disciple

March 20, 2008

I realized yesterday reading was the same as the one in Palm Sunday. It’s from Isaiah.

[4] The Lord GOD has given me
the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word
him that is weary.
Morning by morning he wakens,
he wakens my ear
to hear as those who are taught.
[5] The Lord GOD has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I turned not backward.

The translation from Jerusalem bible used the word “disciple”. It says

“he wakes me to listen like a disciple.
The Lord has opened my ear.
For my part, I have not resisted,
neither did I turn away.”

This is what a disciple ought to be. To listen to the Master. The reading shows as if all the work belongs God’s work. It is He that teaches and trains the disciple. It is he that even wakens our ears. But for us, the disciple, we are simply invited to follow, and not to resist. We are invited not to turn away.

Have we been resisting God all this time? Have we shut the doors of our heart? Have we no longer listen to His voice in our conscience, or the Scripture, or even through the Church?

He is our shepherd, He will lead us through the green pasture. For our part, we are simply invited not to resist his gentle calling, we are invited not to turn away from him.

Lazarus Come Out

March 19, 2008

Two days ago the reading was about Lazarus.

It’s interesting to see that the people believed on account of Lazarus who came out of the tomb (v45). St. Escriva wrote that we can read the story in its spiritual sense, it is to tell us who are raised from sin to new life.

And the beauty is that when we rise from sin, it is Jesus that is glorified. People believed in Jesus.

I believed many occasions in our lives prove this truth. When we rise from sins, our lives becomes a testimony.

Most of the time, however, we don’t think we need to raise up, we prefer in the tomb. We don’t even know we are in the tomb!

Let us pray to Jesus to help us. Let us ask for His help. May he deliver us as he raise Lazarus from the tomb, from darkness into His wonderful light. And let our lives be a testimony that people may believed in Jesus.

Do we not perhaps also allow idols to enter even into the world of our faith?

March 18, 2008

This is the question asked by the pope in his homily during Palm Sunday. You can read the full in this article

It is a wonderful reflection. The one that caught my attention is the following paragraph

Benedict XVI said that Christ’s zeal for the temple should lead Christians of today to reflect: “Is our faith pure and open enough that, beginning from it, the ‘pagans’ — the persons today who are seeking and have their questions — can also intuit the light of the one God, can associate themselves with our prayer in the atriums of faith and by their seeking perhaps become worshippers?
“Does the awareness that greed is idolatry also reach our heart and our life practices? Do we not perhaps also allow idols to enter even into the world of our faith? Are we disposed to let the Lord purify us again and again, allowing him to chase out of us and the Church what is contrary to him?”

(emphasis mine)

Hello hellow

March 17, 2008

I am still thinking on what should I do with this blog. So please give me some time before I start posting, ok? 🙂