BLACK OR WHITE: Today’s Gospel reflection by Ryan San Juan (Matthew 5:33-37, June 15, 2019). There are no gray areas when it comes to our Christian faith. Right is right and wrong is wrong. The truth is absolute, and everything else is false. In today’s Gospel, Jesus warned against the perils of being two-faced: “Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all that you vow... Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.” Without question, there is nothing half-baked in the way God loves and cares for us. As such, He also expects nothing less than 100% from us. In His eyes, we either believe, or do not; follow His Commandments to the last dot, or continue to justify our infidelity and indiscretions; repent, or live double lives; forgive, or forever hold grudges on our enemies. He puts a premium on integrity and rewards those who are completely true to, fully embrace, and actively live out their Christian faith in the face of temptation, even when no one is watching. And in the end, He will righteously judge and sentence us to an eternity in either heaven or hell, depending on how good, honest and faithful we were in life. #christisenough#teamsj#amareetlaborem@gospelreflectionsbyrsj
I WON’T GIVE UP ON US: Today’s Gospel reflection by Ryan San Juan (Matthew 5:27-32, June 14, 2019). When you love and are committed to someone, you never leave nor give up on them. In today’s Gospel, Jesus spoke of the importance of being faithful and warned against the consequences of infidelity. He said: “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away... And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away... It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into (hell). In fine, Jesus likened marriage to our relationship with God. The bond between husband and wife is permanent, making it beautiful and difficult at the same time. It requires one party to completely give themselves to the other. As we know, we are God’s bride and He is always faithful and steadfast in His love for us, despite our unworthiness. He would never ever give up on us, up to and until our dying breath, after which, we shall all be ultimately judged based on the lives we have led. Can you imagine if God was the opposite and could simply give up on, discard, divorce and replace us, as and when He pleases? We would all go to hell, for sure. #christisenough#teamsj#amareetlaborem@gospelreflectionsbyrsj
I know what it is to be in need, and know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
FORGIVE AND FORGET: Today’s Gospel reflection by Ryan San Juan (Matthew 5, 20-26, June 13, 2019). Holding grudges is the poison that kills relationships. In today’s Gospel, Jesus pointed out that one must overcome emotions like anger, hurt and hate towards others, and called His followers to reconcile with their enemies. He said: “(W)hoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment... Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you... go first and be reconciled with (him), and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court... Otherwise (he) will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison... (and) not be released until you have paid the last penny.” Reconciling is hard for both the offenders and the offended. The former have to humble themselves, admit fault, and make it up to the other. The latter have to forgive and move on without any desire for retribution, no matter how much pain the other has caused. But we must all remember that even God showed HUMILITY when He sent His Only Begotten Son to save us all from sin, no matter how sinful and unworthy we are. If He can do that, who are we not to extend the same charity, compassion, and forgiveness to others?! #christisenough#teamsj#amareetlaborem@gospelreflectionsbyrsj
On the wall of the museum of the concentration camp at Dachau is a large and moving photograph of a mother and her little girl standing in line of a gas chamber. The child, who is walking in front of her mother, does not know where she is going. The mother, who walks behind, does know, but is helpless to stop the tragedy. In her helplessness she performs the only act of love left to her. She places her hands over the child's eyes so she will at least not see the horror to come. When people come into the museum they do not whisk by this photo hurriedly. They pause. They almost feel the pain. And deep inside I think that they are all saying: "O God, don't let that be all that there is." God hears those prayers and it is in just such situations of hopelessness and helplessness that his almighty power is manifested. It is there that God leaves his treasure.
The expansive view of the ocean was so soothing even just to watch. Due to the high tide, we didn't get into the water but dipped our feet (and eventually dipping upto our knees) in the remnants of the waves and just cruised around under the setting sun. A comforting experience indeed.
I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:12-13 NLT
Aku tahu apa itu kekurangan dan aku tahu apa itu kelimpahan. Dalam segala hal dan dalam segala perkara tidak ada sesuatu yang merupakan rahasia bagiku; baik dalam hal kenyang, maupun dalam hal kelaparan, baik dalam hal kelimpahan maupun dalam hal kekurangan. Segala perkara dapat kutanggung di dalam Dia yang memberi kekuatan kepadaku.
Filipi 4:12-13 TB
나는 가난하게 사는 법도 알고 부유하게 사는 법도 압니다. 배가 부르건 고프건 부유하게 살건 가난하게 살건 그 어떤 경우에도 스스로 만족하게 생각하는 비결을 배웠습니다. 나에게 능력 주시는 분 안에서 나는 모든 것을 할 수 있습니다.
빌립보서 4:12-13 KLB
DON’T BE A HYPOCRITE: Today’s Gospel reflection by Ryan San Juan (Matthew 5:17-19, June 12, 2019). We all know right from wrong. Yet, sometimes, we “stretch” what we think is right, if only to justify our indiscretions. In today’s Gospel, Jesus said that he did not come to abolish, but to fulfill God's Law. He emphasized that God’s Commandments are definitive and sacrosanct, such that “until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law”. He then warned: “Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom...” When we completely commit ourselves to God, and acknowledge Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life, we can’t be hypocrites by continuing to violate His Commandments. We can’t just go through the motions of our faith—praying, fasting, receiving sacraments—without truly living out the Gospel in our daily circumstances. We must practice moral integrity and do what is right over what is easy and/or pleasurable. But more importantly, we must be living testimonies of God's righteousness, benevolence, compassion, justice, mercy and forgiveness. We must walk the talk. #christisenough#teamsj#amareetlaborem@gospelreflectionsbyrsj
COME WHAT MAY: Today’s Gospel reflection by Ryan San Juan (Matthew 10:7-13, June 11, 2019). Sometimes, in life, we are challenged to do the impossible. The trials we face are simply too daunting that we’d rather give up and not even try at all. In today’s Gospel, Jesus sent off His Apostles to proclaim that “the kingdom of heaven is at hand”. They were to “(c)ure the sick, cleanse lepers, raise the dead, (and) drive out demons.” But He left very specific instructions on how they must conduct themselves. Firstly, they are to trust in God's benevolence. They mustn’t bring anything except the shirts on their backs, and everything else they need will come from the kindness of strangers. Secondly, they must generously share the gifts and graces they receive with those who need them more. Scary, isn’t it? Whenever we are faced with trials and challenges, and fear or doubt that we can overcome the same, we must remember that God will never give us a burden too heavy for us to carry. If He brings us to it, He will definitely bring us through it. He is known to give the most difficult tasks to His best soldiers. And when we accept the same, trust Him blindly and happily do His work, He will never forsake us, and instead always keep us in the palm of His hand. So carry on, and trust that all will be well. #christisenough#teamsj#amareetlaborem@gospelreflectionsbyrsj
let this be your motivation for this week... embrace your struggles.
ask Him to help you. thank Him for His strength to bring you through the trials. be grateful for the time that He is preparing you. step into WHO He has called you to be IN HIM! in Christ Jesus.
let THAT be your vision and not in WHAT you think your future should look like. stop striving. BE in the moment for today. God tells us to not be anxious for tomorrow, because it is never promised... 🙏🏼💙
“therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
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It’s always hard to feel it. When it comes to our worth, we always are told that it’s hardest to see in yourself.
I know that mine is found in how God sees me, daughter, beloved, fierce, hopeful, chosen, etc.
But sometimes knowing it and feeling it, are completely different things.
Honesty moment, I struggle feeling wanted. I struggle because there are moments in my life, where I just don’t understand where I went wrong or why things are so hard when it comes to other accepting me and what I stand for.
This leads to guilt when it comes to taking care of myself, or doing something I’m passionate about because someone else doesn’t see it as something I should be spending time on.
It’s such a hard cycle.
I know I’m the Lords, I take care of myself, and I’m 4 words it’s broken down.
Today I’ve decided to make the commitment to myself to toss the negative opinions and voices out the window.
No more holding Back who I am so that I will fit the mold of who they want me to be.
If you’re reading this, let’s do it together. Life is so stinkin’ short and In the little fragment of time that i have here, I don’t want to be seeking to please people who will never really love me anyway. I want please and celebrate with the ones who do already and let me freely pursue the life I’ve been called to.
#freedom#peoplepleaser#christisenough#forevernewlyweds#adnventuretogether#stop apologizing #liveauthenticly
Lord Jesus, your love is everlasting! :) Thank you for the gift of family. (Churchmates, Friends, Relatives) <3
Psalm 27:4 (Bday Wish)
"One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple". #fallinginlovewithjesus#christisenough#yousatisfyme#27
THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS: Today’s Gospel reflection by Ryan San Juan (Matthew 5:1-12a, June 10, 2019). What if I told you that I knew the secret to happiness and it's not too difficult at all? In today's Gospel, Jesus delivered one of His most powerful sermons, more commonly known as "The Beatitudes". He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven...” It seems that the “secret to happiness” is in accepting and embracing all the things that make us feel uncomfortable. We’ve all been dealt bad cards at one point or another. But we have to remember that God will never allow us to experience bad things if He didn't have a plan or purpose behind it. Moreover, He doesn't take anything away until we have completely grown and learned from the same. Perhaps it is in cultivating this mindset—in totally surrendering to God’s will—that we will all find happiness and contentment in our circumstances! #christisenough#teamsj#amareetlaborem@gospelreflectionsbyrsj