Sunday, 28 June 2015

Gem-of-a-Man

“First and foremost I have to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing me with the talents to play this game, with the family to support me, day in, day out. I’m his humble servant right now and I can’t say enough how important my faith is to who I am and how I play the game.”

Those words come from Stephen Curry, point guard of the Golden State Warriors, during his acceptance of the award as 2014-2015 NBA Most Valuable Player, having beaten Lebron James and the Cavaliers for the NBA Championship.

The basketball star, who isn’t so tall (6’3”) nor bulky, was not a sought-after player in his early days, but proved everyone wrong with his talent that contributed tremendously to his team’s Cinderella story.

Every time he scores, he pounds his chest and points up; and he confessed that he has a “heart for God” and plays for God.  One the marks of his shoes have the numbers 4:13 that stand for Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”


In a world that reveres the egoistic “I”, Curry is gem-of-a-man who acknowledges God behind his success.  (Bro Mel B Libre)

Sunday, 21 June 2015

In the Cool of Day

The God who breathed life into the first man and first woman spent time to be with them. But because of original sin our Father of Supreme Perfection, withdrew to Heaven. Still He sent messengers and prophets to tell of God’s love for his children.

For God so loved the world that He ‘sent his Son as expiation of our sins’. (John 4:10) The crucified Christ did not leave us orphaned, as the Holy Spirit descended to be with humanity until the end of time.

Today the Holy Spirit “walks in the garden in the cool of day.” (Gen 3:8) He protects us from the devil and dwells in the hearts of those who believe. “The Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the world.” (Apostles 10:25-26)

Sunday, 14 June 2015

A Difficult Path

People generally prefer shortcuts as against taking longer routes. Fast food is a response to consumers’ demand for quicker food service.  By nature, human beings look for the easier way.

There is no shortcut to being a good Christian worthy of the eternal company of God. Christ’s marching order for us in this life is clear: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35) To many that is mission impossible.

“How can I love those who hurt me, who humiliate me, who disrespect me?” we ask.

Christ showed us the way by dying for a sinful humanity that rejected him.  We are to take the same road that Jesus took that requires sacrifice, suffering, giving and forgiving, sharing, loving and selflessness.  It is a difficult path that leads to an everlasting reward. 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Life-Storms

No one is free from the storms in life. At times, we are confronted with problems when we least expect these.  It is difficult as the mind is clouded with worry, confusion and anxiety. “What will be the outcome of these?” A negative mantra consumes the whole being; the burden becomes heavier from moment-to-moment.

When life-storms do come, as they will, I find refuge in prayer. When dark thoughts attack, I counter with prayers to the Father, to the Son, to the Holy Spirit, to Mary, to the saints.  Grateful for raising me up when I had fallen down in the past, I am confident that the Lord will not abandon me.


He tells: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Rekindling the Romance

Every now and then, I am assigned to court take (or manage the courtroom) during hearings of civil cases.  The saddest episodes are those when family members sue each other over the possessions left by ascendants. Just the other day, there was a couple who must have separated, sitting in the opposite sides of the courtroom, and they never glanced at each other.  Years of togetherness thrown out of the window, and in lieu unfeeling, if not hatred in their hearts.

On a Sunday, just prior to making the final blessing in the Eucharistic celebration, the priest called upon a couple to make an announcement. They said that there was a time in their lives that the love that they professed to each other had nearly become barren due to the busyness in making a living. It was only when they participated in a Marriage Encounter Weekend that they rekindled their romance, having been reminded of their vows and that communication between couples need to be as regular as watering a plant for it to live and flourish. They invited couples to attend.


There is no magic potion to make a marriage work. Husband and wife must develop a lifetime plan to make their relationship flourish, and only when Jesus is made the center of that relationship will marriage last, through good times and bad.  Constant dialogue just like constant prayer deepens the marriage, as the latter enriches the bond with God.  “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”  (Ephesians 4:15)