487 total views

Homily for Wednesday of the 1st Wk of Lent, 01 Mar 2023, Lk 11:29-32

Once there was a little boy who pestered his mother each time he needed something and was too lazy to look for it himself. “Mom, where are my shoes?” “Mom, can you find my school bag?” “Mom, where are the crayons that I bought yesterday? I need them for my project.”

The mother got so tired of her son’s laziness, she forgot that an enchanted woman had earlier granted her the power of casting an irreversible spell on people through her words, whether in the form of a blessing or a curse. She said to her son, “May you grow a hundred eyes around your body so that you will not need to pester me each time you’re looking for something.”

The boy disappeared after that and the mother realized that her words may have come true. The following day, she came down to the garden and found among her vegetables a pineapple plant with a ripe fruit on it. When she harvested the fruit, she peeled off its skin with a knife, only to find a hundred little dots that looked like eyes peering at her.

Today’s Gospel reminds me of that myth. Jesus is lamenting about the present generation. He says in Luke 11:29, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” All they needed to do was to look at Jesus and the works that he was doing. As he prophet Ezekiel once lamented about the people of Judah in Ezek 12:2 “…they have eyes to see, but do not see, and ears to hear but do not hear. They are such a rebellious house!”

There is another passage where Jesus said something in reply to the disciples whom John the Baptist had sent to ask if Jesus was indeed the one who was to come or if John had made a mistake, so that he could look for another. Jesus’ answer in that passage was actually meant, not for John but for John’s disciples. He said, “Go and tell John what YOU HEAR and WHAT YOU SEE.” (Lk 7:22)

It was Jesus’ way of telling them that he would understand why John would ask such a question. Having been in prison for some time, he had not had the opportunity to witness the works of Jesus, namely, “the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, the dead are raised to life, the lepers are cleansed and the poor have the good news preached to them.” (Lk 7:22)

These disciples had seen and heard the things that Jesus was doing. Did they ever report these to John? No. What they reported instead were intrigues about Jesus eating and drinking with tax-collectors and sinners. (Lk 7:24) It’s like they looked at a doughnut and saw only the hole in the middle.

And what did Jesus mean when he said “no sign will be given them but the sign of Jonah?” (Lk 11:29) Jonah did not even give any sign. In fact he even rushed up his proclamation because he preferred to see them remain stubborn so that God’s punishment would fall upon them. But to his great surprise, the people of Nineveh took his word, believed his message, fasted and repented of their sins, and God forgave them. (Jonah 3)

When we fail to see something that is already right there before our eyes, we have a saying in Tagalog that goes, “Kung ahas lang iyan, natuklaw ka na.” (If that were a snake before you, you would have been bitten already.)

Today, let our prayer come from that famous line in Psalm 95: “Today if you hear the voice of the Lord, harden not your hearts.”

Veritas Editorial

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

President of Radio Veritas

Catastrophic Diseases

 68,354 total views

 68,354 total views Alam niyo kapanalig, ang pagkakasakit, lalo na pag malubha, ay isa sa mga pangunahing dahilan ng kahirapan ng marami nating mga kababayan. Ayon sa opisyal na datos, ang mga pangunahing cause of death sa ating bansa ay ang sakit sa puso o ischemic heart disease, kanser, at mga cerebrovascular diseases. 19% ng mga

Read More »

Arkitektura at Kultura

 82,785 total views

 82,785 total views Ang arkitektura at kultura, kapanalig, ay parang mga hibla ng tela – nakahabi, magkaugnay, at bumubuo ng napakagandang masterpiece o obra. Dito nakikita natin ating pagkakakilanlan o identity at kasaysayan. Ipinakikita nito ang iba ibang yugto ng ating buhay. Halimbawa na lamang, kapanalig, ay ang bahay kubo. Isang tingin lamang, alam mo na

Read More »

Urbanisasyon at Kaunlaran

 98,659 total views

 98,659 total views Ang urbanisasyon ay isa sa mga palatandaan na ang isang lugar o bansa ay umuunlad na. Sa mga urban areas, mabilis umuusbong ang mga negosyo, imprastraktura, pati tao. Sa bilis, ang mga resources minsan, hindi na makahabol. Kapanalig, pagdating sa urbanisasyon at sa pangarap nating kaunlaran, napakahalaga ng balanse at inobasyon. Balanse upang

Read More »

Suporta para sa mga pangalawang magulang

 118,614 total views

 118,614 total views Mga Kapanalig, ang paaralan, bilang pangalawang tahanan ng mga kabataan, ay lugar kung saan mabubuo ang kanilang mga kakayahan, kaalaman, at paniniwalang dadalhin nila sa kanilang pagtanda. Dahil dito, malaki ang tungkuling hawak ng mga guro bilang mga “pangalawang magulang” ng mga estudyante. Usap-usapan kamakailan ang isang public school teacher na nagalit sa

Read More »

Kanselado na ang PAREx!

 122,707 total views

 122,707 total views Mga Kapanalig, hindi na itutuloy ng San Miguel Corporation ang plano nitong pagtatayo ng Pasig River Expressway (o PAREx). Ang PAREx ay isang expressway project na ilalagay sa ibabaw mismo ng Pasig River mula R-10 sa Maynila hanggang sa iminumungkahing South East Metro Manila Expressway sa C-6 sa Taguig. May haba itong 19.4

Read More »

Watch Live

catholink
Shadow
truthshop
Shadow

Related Story

Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

WALANG PINAPANIGAN?

 7,756 total views

 7,756 total views Homiliya para sa Huwebes sa Ikatlong Linggo ng Kuwaresma, Ika-7 ng Marso, Lk 11:14-23 Pinagaling daw ni Hesus ang isang pipi kaya nakapagsalita ito. Ang dating walang imik ngayon ay nagkaroon ng tinig. Ano ang reaksyon ng iba? Trabaho daw ng dimonyo ang pagpapagaling na ginawa niya. Madalas pa ring mangyari ang ganyan

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

“TEN COMMITMENTS”

 6,588 total views

 6,588 total views Homily for Wed of the Third Week of Lent, 6 March 2024, Mt 5:17-19 May nakilala akong isang app developer. May binabalak daw siyang gawin na kakaibang app, idodonate daw niya sa Catholic Church if we are interested: “Online Confession App”. Gagawin daw niyang user-friendly. Automatic daw, magla-log-in lang ang penitent at may

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

PAY IT FORWARD

 6,574 total views

 6,574 total views Homily for Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent, Mt 18:21-35 Today’s Gospel reminds me of the old version of the Lord’s Prayer. I am referring in particular to that part in the prayer that says “And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” The old version says,

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

YOU ARE THE MAN!

 6,573 total views

 6,573 total views Homily for Friday of the 2nd Week of Lent, 1 March 2024, Mt 21:33-43, 45-46 Today’s Gospel reading reminds me of that story in the 2nd book of Samuel chapter 11 about the sin of David. Remember that passage about David having an affair with Bathsheba, the wife of his soldier Uriah? How

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

BANGUNGOT

 6,576 total views

 6,576 total views Homiliya para sa Huwebes sa Ikalawang Linggo ng Kuwaresma, 29 Pebrero 2024, Lukas 16:19-31 “Bangungot” ang tawag natin sa masamang panaginip. “Nightmare” sa English. Parang bangungot ang dating ng kuwento ng mayaman sa ebanghelyo. Sorry, wala siyang pangalan. Obvious ang “bias” ng awtor—ang may pangalan sa kuwento ay ang mahirap, ang busabos na

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

YOUR WILL BE DONE

 6,578 total views

 6,578 total views Homily for Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent, 28 February 2024, Mt 20:17-28 The two disciples in today’s Gospel remind me of that dancing girl in the story of the beheading of John the Baptist. Remember that scene when the drunken governor of Gailee, Herod Antipas, after being so pleased with the

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

“Ang Pagbabagong-Anyo ng Bayang Filipino”

 6,581 total views

 6,581 total views Naisip na ba ninyo, kung hindi naganap ang EDSA PPR, ano na kaya ang nangyari sa ating bayan mula sa araw na iyon ng Feb 25, 1986? Kung walang mga milyong tao na pumagitna sa mga armadong puwersa ng gubyerno at puwersa ng mga nagrebelde, baka umagos nang husto ang dugo sa EDSA.

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

PANATA

 9,889 total views

 9,889 total views Homiliya para sa Biyernes matapos ang Miyerkoles ng Abo, 16 Pebrero 2024, Mt 9:14-15 Dahil hindi na yata matiis ng parish priest na makita ang isang babaeng lumalakad na paluhod habang nagrorosaryo, nilapitan niya ito at sinabihan, “Hindi ba pwedeng magdasal ka na lang na nakaupo o nakaluhod sa luhuran? Ba’t ba kailangan

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

AKALA KO KASI

 9,883 total views

 9,883 total views Homiliya para sa Huwebes matapos ang Miyerkoles ng Abo, 15 Pebrero 2024, Lk 9:22-25 Tungkol sa pagpili ang mga pagbasa natin ngayon. Parang ang simple simple dahil dalawa lang ang pagpipilian. Sa unang pagbasa—buhay o kamatayan, alin ang pipiliin mo? Sa Salmong Tugunan—mabuti o masama, alin sa dalawa? Sa ebanghelyo, pagkalugi o pakinabang?

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

WHAT I DID FOR LOVE

 9,885 total views

 9,885 total views Homiliya para sa Miyerkoles ng Abo, 14 Pebrero 2024, Mat 6:1-6, 16-18 Tumama sa taóng ito ng 2024 ang Valentines Day sa Ash Wednesday o Miyerkoles ng Abo, ang simula ng Kuwaresma para sa ating mga Katoliko. Sasabihin ko ba sa mga nagbabalak na mag-celebrate ng araw ng mga puso, “Sorry, wala munang

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT

 9,859 total views

 9,859 total views Homily for Tuersday of the 6th Wk in Ordinary Time, 13 Feb 2024, Mk 8:14-21 “Nagmamaaang-maangan” is a Tagalog expression that best describes the disposition of the disciples in today’s Gospel. They did not really forget to bring bread with them. But they were pretending as if they had forgotten. I have a

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

KAPANGYARIHAN NG SALITA

 18,435 total views

 18,435 total views Homiliya para sa Panlimang Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon, Ika-4 ng Pebrero 2024, Mk 1,29-39 Sa dulo ng binasa nating ebanghelyo, sinasabi ni San Markos, “Nangangaral siya sa mga sinagoga at nagpapalayas ng dimonyo.” Hindi ito parang dalawang magkahiwalay na gawain para kay Hesus. Magkaugnay ang dalawa. Ang pumapasok sa isip ko ay ang

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

TRUE LIGHT FROM TRUE LIGHT

 13,568 total views

 13,568 total views Homily for the Feast of the Lord’s Presentation, 02 February 2024, World Day for Consecrated Persons, Lk 2:22-40 Today’s Feast is traditionally called CANDLEMAS, or the Feast of the Holy Encounter. In his story of the presentation of the child Jesus, aside from the Holy Family, St Luke has two other important characters—

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

MI CASA, SU CASA

 13,568 total views

 13,568 total views Homiliya Para sa Huwebes sa Ika-apat na Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon, Pebrero 1, 2024, Mk 6:7-13 Huwag daw magbaon ng pagkain, o magbitbit ng bagahe. Huwag daw magdala ng pera sa bulsa, o ekstrang underwear. Ganoon? Ewan ko lang kung sa panahon natin mayroon pang mapapasunod o maisusugo si Hesus kung ganoon pa

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

PREJUDICE

 13,568 total views

 13,568 total views Homily for Wednesday of the 4th Wk in Ordinary Time, 31 January 2024, Mk 6:1-6 Mark says the people of Nazareth were “amazed” about the way Jesus preached in their synagogue. They seemed to have been actually impressed at the start. But as soon as they started asking questions like “Where did he

Read More »

Latest Blogs

Scroll to Top