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28th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Autumn is a season of thanksgiving, a time of harvest after months of wait. If you’re in the greater Tucson/Marana area, you’d certainly love the weather as it starts to cool down from a nearly hellish temperature. Head to Sabino Canyon on your day off or perhaps, simply step outside in your backyard and appreciate Tucson’s beauty in an extravagant display of nature, lovely hues of falling leaves signaling a change of season. On the west side of Tangerine Road, cotton fields are up for harvest. The first reading tells us the miraculous healing story of Naaman, a pagan army general of the Syrian king and the cured leper, who after being healed of his leprosy, grabbed a piece of earth as a tipping point in his life, went back to Elisha, gave thanks and worshipped God. Similarly, in the Gospel story exclusive only to Luke, although it was kind of heart- breaking that only one out of ten lepers went back to thank Jesus, at least, one remembered and returned, “glorifying God…and he fell …

Pacman

There are as many interpretations as there are fans arising from Manny’s devastating loss to Marquez. When interviewed, Pacman admitted he was careless. He mentioned, he didn’t anticipate the opponent’s right hand. He was overly confident the fight could end with a solid left or a combination of shots anytime in his favor as anybody else, knowing him, probably imagined. At that juncture, he wasn’t losing. He wasn’t beaten up. Marquez was. His nose was bloody and now broken sources say. Because of his 4 months and a half training, he was able to take Pacquiao’s punches early on. To say that Pacquiao was desperately losing was an understatement as the video would testify. At the start of the 6th, the unofficial score card showed he was leading by a couple of points. He could have let the clock run down to the last second (anyway it was coming) and waited the next round. But no, he went for a kill (typically Manny) any opportunity he had only it turned out the other way around, to …

Thanks and Giving

One day while driving home, I happened to listen to a radio commentator who spent the whole time whining just about everything. For me, it was humorous so I stayed the entire hour to keep me awake in the freeway. I can’t remember who he is but I hope thanksgiving will be a different day for him as it is a sacred time to be grateful to God (for believers) for who we are and what we have. It is a special occasion for the family, share meals, talk about nothing and everything and a say a prayer or two for gratitude, peace, unity, and healing. Amen.

On the Year of Faith

The announcement of the Year of faith came rather as a surprise to me. I’ve heard about it early this year but I didn’t pay much attention. It’s kind of embarrassing to say that I just read the Apostolic Letter Porta Fidie of His Holiness that came out October 2011 which explained the context del Ano de la Fe. Three things. The opening of the Year of Faith in Rome last Thursday, October 11 marks fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (October 11, 1962) and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (October 11, 1992). And then there’s the synod of Bishops in Rome that began on October 7, Sunday until October 28, 2012, Sunday, summoned by the Holy Father himself to discuss the “New Evangelization for the transmission of Faith”, the hallmark of his Pontificate. The year of Faith will conclude on November 24, 2013 on the Feast of Christ the King. Reading Bishop Kicanas’ blog from Rome and other news report citing especially …

The Fourth Sunday of Lent B

Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent B While I was watching the 2nd round of the 2012 NCAA Tourney played between Michigan St and St. Louis, a classic  March Madness game, John 3:16, the all-time favorite text showed up towards the end and brought to mind Gospel this Sunday. It’s a verse that finds it inspiration in the  depths of God’s love “For God so loved the world (and not only a single nation or a group of people) that he gave his only son so that everyone who believes in him (in his teaching and the example he left) might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16).   Let’s go a little further, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17). The message is, pure and simple, love and not condemnation. As I grew older, we, faithful Catholics as good and virtuous as we are, oftentimes, run into the habit of condemning just about anyone …

Hello Pinas

It’s been a week since my arrival in pinas, spent two sulit days in Manila before heading to Virac, my hometown. Noticeably, it has grown a lot (something relative though) at least since my last visit which was, a little over a year ago. Businesses have increased in number and people, too…motorcyles doubled, perhaps tripled. Talk about weekdays,  7am-6pm, my location (my version of miracle mile) is like a parking lot and super busy intersection. Yesterday, while crossing the pedestrian right across my place, I was almost hit by a motocycle, the driver cussed in my face for getting his way. When I was walking the street from the fountain to the market, it’s very telling I’ve become a stranger. I look forward to Eastern’s mini-Fiesta and that’s practically the reason why I got here earlier than usual. Fr. Popong presided over the Mass in honor of St. Anthony of Padua. Despite his insistence at concelebrating, I stayed at the back with more than a dozen recognizable faces. In the afternoon, after a short visit to the Blessed Sacrament, I climbed upstairs and had a very substantial (informative) conversation with Fr. Bhem Reyes, long hair and always online, Fr. Popong, a great leader, mentor and pastor, …