Browsing Fr. Reggie's Reflections

RELEVANT PARABLES AND STORIES

Posted by John Sage on 7/22/17

When Jesus wanted to teach people and his followers, he did it with stories and parables. When He preached to a group of fishermen, he used examples and stories relevant to fishing. To a group of shepherds, he used stories in the context of shepherding. And to a group ... Read More »

WHICH SOIL ARE YOU?

Posted by John Sage on 7/15/17

A professor in a college English class said to his students, “If you will just take a new word and use it 10 times, it will be yours forever.” Whereupon, a young woman in the class looked dreamily out of the window and sighed, “Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, Oh! ... Read More »

WHAT A RELIEF!

Posted by John Sage on 7/08/17

The past Sunday solemn feasts have not been very easy celebrations. For one, these feasts celebrated, although forming the core of our Catholic Christian faith, have been anchored on great mysteries that are not easily understood by all. Yes, we can experience the new Pentecost, we encounter the Most ... Read More »

HOSPITALITY

Posted by John Sage on 7/02/17

This virtue is one of the well-known good traits of Filipino families. In ordinary situations, hospitality is shown, when friends and relatives are welcome to stay in Filipino houses. I recall how the head of the family had to give up his room for a guest. Since there wasn’t ... Read More »

CONQUER FEAR

Posted by John Sage on 6/24/17

FEAR is part of our daily life. We are afraid of the dark and some are afraid of the light. We are afraid of people and some have phobias of animals. There are healthy fears, as well as unhealthy fears. Fear is good when it signals our natural instincts ... Read More »

GET THE MOST OUT OF THE MASS

Posted by John Sage on 6/17/17

Why do we go to Mass? The fundamental answer to this question that should from our minds and hearts is: It is God’s third Commandment that we must fulfill in our way of Christian Living. Secondly, we go because we are hungry: hungry for the Word of God that ... Read More »

CELEBRATING THE FEAST OF OUR GOD:

Posted by John Sage on 6/11/17

If there is any feast that directly teaches us about God, it is the Solemnity of the Most Blessed Trinity. As Catholics, we can easily spot other Catholics by their faith in the Trinity. The quiet gesture of someone making the Sign of the Cross reminds that God is ... Read More »

THE GIVER OF NEW LIFE

Posted by John Sage on 6/03/17

We often read about the Holy Spirit in the Bible. Who is this Holy Spirit and what is his function? The Book of Genesis gives us some answers. We read: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and void, there was ... Read More »

GONE BUT STILL WITH US

Posted by John Sage on 5/27/17

This Sunday instead of Thursday we celebrate the feast of the Ascension. It marks the end of the Lord’s public ministry. The work of Christ was indescribably hard and challenging --- to live the ideal life, to serve others, to teach, to suffer and die, and to start and ... Read More »

KNOWING FAITH IS NOT ENOUGH

Posted by John Sage on 5/21/17

Once there was a Jew arguing with a Christian. “Your whole religion is based on ours,” the Jew said. “Why, you even took the 10 Commandments from us.” “We may have taken them,” said the Christian,“but you certainly can’t say we’ve kept them.” In this Sunday’s Gospel message, Christ ... Read More »