Category Archives: Reflections

Blessed Are the Merciful

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Mt 5:7)

The Song of the Servant in Isaiah 42:1-4 was quoted in Matthew 12:18-21 with reference to Jesus Christ, the Chosen One. Verse 3 depicts that Jesus Christ is compassionate and merciful.

” A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.”
(Isa 42:3 NIV)

“A bruised reed” describes a person who almost breaks down, feeling broken and bruised. “A smoldering wick” describes a person who is hopeless and burned out spiritually.

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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Mt 5:4)

This beatitude states that those who mourn are blessed. Mourning is to feel grief or sorrow mainly for sins or offences. This sorrow can also be caused by misfortunes such as loss of money and illness. In our Christian journey of faith, trials, conflicts, battles, and testing lie along the way and are to be counted not as misfortunes, but rather, as part of our necessary discipline. Often, we run from the purging and pruning, forgetting the Gardener knows that the deeper the cutting and trimming, the richer the cluster that grows. So, we should follow wherever He leads us, let the path be dreary or bright, for we know that our God can give comfort, our God can give songs in the night.

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Blessed Is the Man Whose Strength Is in You

“Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.” (Ps 84:5)

Have you ever felt like your life is shattered by the unpredictable trouble and fear in recent years from the global pandemic, inflation boom, growing violence, and numerous natural disasters? It is hard to feel secure about our life and surroundings. The world is full of uncertainty, afflictions, and tears. Yet, we all need to face and pass through our journey of life to make the pilgrimage.

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He Spoke in Parables

“All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them.” (Mt 13:34)

Jesus spoke to the crowds only in parables. Parables are short stories or illustrations that Jesus drew from nature and life. Jesus most often used parables to describe the kingdom of heaven. In Matthew Chapter 13, Jesus spoke a series of seven parables concerning the development of the kingdom of God from its beginning, advancement, and to the final consummation.

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He Hears Us

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 Jn 5:14)

“Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me.” (Jn 11:41-42) Jesus prayed with deep conviction and confidence. Immediately after this simple prayer, Jesus performed one of his most astonishing miracles by making Lazarus, a man dead for four days, walk out of a tomb alive. In history, great men of God have been prayerful and great signs have followed them. Today, it is important for us to examine ourselves to see whether we have the same confidence to associate ourselves with Jesus and say, “Father, I knew that you always hear me.”

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