Browsing Fr. Reggie's Reflections

A TIME TO WORK, A TIME TO PRAY

Posted by John Sage on 7/20/18

Everybody will agree that our times call for hard work, assiduous labor, and double effort. It should be the case in this period of financial crisis. Businesses are imperiled and even the most powerful countries declare alarm in their economies. As active employees, we know the value of hard ... Read More »

OUR MISSION STARTS HERE, RIGHT NOW

Posted by John Sage on 7/14/18

Filipino Catholic Christians love and admire missionaries. We are proud of the foreign missionaries who came to our shores and helped evangelize our people. We are even prouder of our own Filipino missionaries bravely working abroad. We can think of them crossing expansive rivers, hiking up mountains, living with ... Read More »

FEELING AT HOME

Posted by John Sage on 7/07/18

In this Sunday Gospel, Jesus returns to his home town Nazareth. People were familiar with his background. Returning now as a renowned preacher and healer, he became controversial. Instead of appreciating his talents and achievements, the neighbors disparaged him. They derided his former occupation, carpentry. They belittled his mother ... Read More »

TWO STORIES, ONE LOVE

Posted by John Sage on 6/30/18

This Sunday, the Gospel gives us two stories. Two women needed help; one was an adult, the other a young girl. Two maladies were brought at the feet of Jesus and He worked two miracles of love in a single day. Here we witnessed what is called sandwiching or ... Read More »

THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

Posted by John Sage on 6/23/18

With the exception of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist is the only saint whose birthday we celebrate. The importance of John’s nativity gave signal to the coming of the Messiah, Our Lord Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was considered the last prophet before the ... Read More »

WHEN WE ARE HELPLESS

Posted by John Sage on 6/17/18

Today we celebrate Father’s Day, honoring our fathers, grandfathers, god-fathers and those who have acted as fathers in our lives. How fortunate are we if we had or have a father who is like the majestic cedar described in the 1st reading, providing comfort and protection for all those ... Read More »

JESUS, THE VICTORIOUS ONE

Posted by John Sage on 6/09/18

We often wonder why in moments when we are doing good deeds, there are people who do not appreciate what we do. Many of us in frustration, give up our laudable initiatives and succumb to the negative comments of others. Reacting this way thwarts the good that God inspires ... Read More »

THE PASSOVER AND THE EUCHARIST

Posted by John Sage on 6/02/18

Before Jesus meets his death, He asks his apostles to prepare the Passover meal. Annually the Jews celebrate the Passover to commemorate their liberation from slavery in Egypt. The men are required to go to Jerusalem. They follow an outline of the celebration. It is called Passover Seder, like ... Read More »

GIFTS OF THE SOUL

Posted by John Sage on 5/20/18

Bill was two years older than his brother Joe. They loved the woods and the lakes surrounding their small town in upper Michigan. That is the main reason for admiring Phil, a bachelor as they grew up. He was an expert hunter and fisherman. Uncle Phil often gave his ... Read More »

THE POWERFUL FAREWELL

Posted by John Sage on 5/12/18

A farewell is a powerful experience. Even a simple one of a person going to the airport can elicit a host of emotions. How much more a farewell whose effect will last forever? Today, we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord Jesus into Heaven. After 40 days since the ... Read More »