Tuesday, January 05, 2016


St. Andre Bessette. Religious

06 January 2016  
Christmas Weekday / 
St. Andre Bessette.  Religious   
Green.       1 Jn 4: 11 - 18.        Mk 6: 45 - 52. 

This Holy Cross religious brother, St. Andre Bessette (1845 – 1937), known as "Frere Andre," has been credited with thousand of cures.  He founded St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, Canada, perhaps the world's principal shrine in honor of St. Joseph.

From the First Reading:   1 Jn 4: 11 – 13   
Dear friends, if such has been the love of God, we, too, must love one another.  No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love spreads freely among us. 

How may we know that we live in God and he in us? Because God has given us his Spirit.

"What drives you?"  This is a question posed in a  TV advertisement of a fuel company.  The ad shows people from various walks of life giving their best efforts in what they are doing  -- in sports, in one's profession, while driving a sports car or while just playing with one's children. 

The images shown and the question posed strike us at our core: "What drives us?"  The answer is simple: that one cannot totally commit himself to a task, a profession, unless one is driven by something pure, compelling and convincing, by something truly as important as one's life itself.

In today's reading from the First Letter of John, we are given the compelling answer to the question, "What drives us?" The real answer is "love." We do not have to study the many spiritual writers and practitioners who support John's reply. If we look back at our own life experiences, we notice that the moments and times we are so alive, bold and courageous and so fulfilled are when we are ignited and moved by love. One could think of the moment one proposed to his wife?  Or accepted the proposal from one's future husband? One could think of the times we went out of our usual comfort zone to reach out to a friend, office-mate or even a stranger in great need. These are key moments in our human life and experience which can only be driven by love.  

For John, the disciple Jesus loved, these experiences driven by love make God really present in our lives; they are true encounters with God-with-us.

Today, as we celebrate the Christmas season of God's gift of his Son to us, let us reflect and ask ourselves "What drives us?"  Which parts of our lives are not ruled and driven by love?  Pray to the Lord to touch those parts of our lives that he may rule there. It is only in him that our lives will be truly alive and bold, courageous and fulfilled.


     Dionisio C. So
     Lim Ching Kho

For the healing of Nicanor Iscala Jr. and Rosalie Imperial. 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

Have a good day!

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