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HOW TO TAKE A PICTURE OF A FUTURE PRESIDENT
"If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples…" – John 8:31
My boss requires that the magazine I edit come up with good articles so we can increase sales. So I monitor the news, pore over surveys, attend press conferences and media forums, check out gossips even to sniff a scoop.
At the last quarter of 2000, for instance, I already had an inkling that then Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was going to be president of the Philippines by January 2001. I wanted her picture to be on the cover of our issue that would come out on the week that this would happen. My problem was how to get the next president of the republic to sit for a pictorial for our cover. I never did.
But we got our scoop. How did we do it? In December, a few weeks before Edsa 2, we asked Mrs. Arroyo's aides for permission to take her photo after one of her speaking engagements in a restaurant. We went there early, set up our cameras and lights at the lobby, and when Mrs. Arroyo was about to leave, her aides guided her toward our cameras.
I've done many other acrobatics to prove to my boss I am a true blue journalist. Now, as for becoming a true blue disciple of Jesus… well,
I'm working on it. Cynthia Santiago (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What are you wiling to do to be a true disciple of Jesus?
Lord, make me Your disciple through and through.
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The three men were willing to die for their faith. I wonder how you and I would have fared in their position. I hope we would have been just as steadfast in our faith. However, I doubt it. Why do I say this? Simply because the evidence of our sinfulness suggests otherwise. If we struggle to resist temptation when our life is not physically threatened, how much more will we give in if it is?
Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
14 King Nebuchadnezzar said: "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you will not serve my god, or worship the golden statue that I set up? 15 Be ready now to fall down and worship the statue I had made, whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet, flute, lyre, harp, psaltery, bagpipe, and all the other musical instruments; otherwise, you shall be instantly cast into the white-hot furnace; and who is the God
that can deliver you out of my hands?" 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, "There is no need for us to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If our God, whom we serve, can save us from the white-hot furnace and from your hands, O king, may he save us! 18 But even if he will not, know, O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the golden statue which you set up." 19 Nebuchadnezzar's face became livid with utter rage against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace to be heated seven times more than usual 20 and had some of the strongest men in his army bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and cast them into the white-hot furnace. 24  King Nebuchadnezzar rose in haste and asked his
nobles, "Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?" "Assuredly, O king," they answered. 25  "But," he replied, "I see four men unfettered and unhurt, walking in the fire, and the fourth looks like a son of God." 28  Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who sent his angel to deliver the servants that trusted in him; they disobeyed the royal command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God."
P S A L M
Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
R: Glory and praise for ever.
29 [Dan 3:52] "Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever; and blessed is your holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages." (R) 30 [Dan 3:53] "Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory, praiseworthy and glorious above all forever." (R) 31 [Dan 3:54] "Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever." (R) 32 [Dan 3:55] "Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne upon the cherubim, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever." (R) 33 [Dan 3:56] "Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, praiseworthy and glorious forever." (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus speaks of the nature of truth here in very fundamental terms. Please take time today to reflect on what Jesus is saying and see how it applies to your life. When we speak of truth, we speak of a reality that is unchanging. All truths are the same today as they were yesterday and will be tomorrow. We are not talking about events here, but the fundamental realities that underlie the goodness of life and all that we should do as human beings.
31 Jesus then said to those Jews who believed in him, "If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." 33 They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, 'You will become free'?" 34 Jesus answered them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son always remains. 36 So if a son frees you, then you will truly be free. 37 I know that you are descendants of Abraham. But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you. 38 I tell
you what I have seen in the Father's presence; then do what you have heard from the Father." 39 They answered and said to him, "Our father is Abraham." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works of Abraham. 40 But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God; Abraham did not do this. 41 You are doing the works of your father!" [So] they said to him, "We are not
illegitimate. We have one Father, God." 42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me."
When we speak of truth, we speak of a reality that is unchanging.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Exodus 7-9
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The Problem with Sin
It is a known fact that children are easier to motivate to frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As we age, we struggle to go to confession. we have many alibis: we are busy, or no priest is readily available whenever we are "in the mood" to confess, etc. However, I believe that one great reason for this difficulty of adults is this — we are brought to shame by our sins.
The problem with sin is not sin itself. All – even children – fail, commit mistakes and do sin. The problem with sin is that, as Jesus says, sin makes us slaves. There are sins that become our "favorites" not because we want them, but because they transform themselves into habits that we are often bound to keep doing. These sins are what we may call "vices."
Since we realize that we commit the same sins and do the same mistakes, therefore, we come to the point of embarrassment when we begin to feel uncomfortable going to the same place and the same priest for confession. We may even develop hate for ourselves for being a failure when it comes to transforming our ways. It could even be that everything turns to an overwhelming experience of hopelessness. Scruples and anxieties follow.
There is just one antidote: humility – admitting our human frailty and removing all our pretensions to greatness and perfection. The Jewish leaders found this to be hard. They found it impossible to step down from their ivory towers, the high reputations they have projected for themselves, or false impressions they have allowed the people to think about them. Giving in to such a predicament, the Jewish leaders found it hard to open to contrition and confession especially in the face of others. The Church has always underlined the Christian tenet that we are called to be saints and it is insanity not to strive to be a saint, but along the way we
are always a mix of "saints and sinners." Over all, we need to open ourselves to God's mercy. Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP
Go into prayer and make an "awareness list" of sins that enslave you, sins that bring you shame. Pour your heart out to the Lord in sorrow and contrition. Beg Him to heal you from your sin and deliver you from shame.
Father of light, give me the courage to come out from my darkness and come to Your light of truth. Heal me, Lord.
St. Latinus, pray for us.
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