Webcast of National Clergy Congress Facilitated by CFA

A team-up of major Catholic media outlets provided broadcast, podcast and webcast facilities for the largest ever gathering of Filipino priests — the Second National Congress of the Clergy — held at the World Trade Center on January 25-29, 2010. The Communication Foundation for Asia was tapped to facilitate the webcast, specifically the videostreaming of

Be Perfect

27 Feb 2010 Today’s Readings: Dt 26:16-19/Mt 5:43–48 REFLECTION Jesus observes that people, wicked though they may be, know how to take care of their own. Even fathers who may not be observant of God’s law know how to give gifts to their children, the tax collector , hated by the people and even more

A New Righteousness

26 Feb 2010 Today’s Readings: Ez 18:21-28/Mt 5:20-26 REFLECTION The apostle Paul, once a Pharisee, boast that in righteousness based on the law, “I was blameless”. What then is that “something more” that Jesus asks of his disciples? Could the disciples be more faithful in observing the law of the scribes and the Pharisees. The

The Demand For A Sign

24 Feb 2010 Today’s Readings: Jon 3:1-10/Lk 11:29-32 REFLECTION Jesus declares himself as someone greater than both Jonah and Solomon. In effect, he assumes the best qualities of both personages and exceeds them. He is a prophetic figure sent by his Father to call the chosen people to repentance through his preachings and healing miracles.

The Lord’s Prayer… Our Prayer

23 Feb 2010 Today’s Readings: Is 55:10-12/Mt 6:7-15 REFLECTION In the “Lord’s Prayer” we ask the Father for our “daily bread”. The use of the pronoun “our” signifies that we do not pray as individuals asking for personal favors. Rather, we pray as brothers and sisters who are mindful of the needs of others. Eating

Peter’s Confession

22 Feb 2010 Today’s Readings: 1Pt 5:1-4/Mt 16:13-19 REFLECTION Jesus gives a new name to Simon because of the role he is to take; to be a solid foundation (rock) on which the new community will be established. Obviously, the real rock, the cornerstone of the church is Jesus “the stone rejected by you, the

Overcome Temptation

21 Feb 2010 Today’s Readings: Dt 26:4-10/Lk 4:1-13 REFLECTION The aim of this Gospel is to present Jesus as the new humanity that constantly overcomes the temptations of the devil. Jesus first temptation was to be use his divine powers to solve difficulties of daily living like poverty, hunger and sickness. Jesus was tempted to

The Rabbi From Nazareth

20 Feb 2010 Today’s Readings: Is 58:9-14/Lk 5:27-32 REFLECTION Eating at table with companions is not only a matter of satisfying one’s hunger for food. In Israel and in many other cultures, it has a religious and spiritual meaning. Eating at a table is a” rite “ that establishes and and signifies a close relationship

Radical Change For “A New You”

19 Feb 2010 Today’s Readings: Is 58:1-9/Mt 9:14-15 REFLECTION Fasting is an important mark of Jewish piety. It is a sign of penitence and mourning. It is meant to help prepare for the coming of the Messiah, foster openness to divine communication and hasten the advent of God’s Kingdom. Jesus himself observes this Jewish practice

Conditions Of Discipleship

18 Feb 2010 Today’s Readings: Dt 30:15-20/Lk 9:22-25 REFLECTION Peter and the rest of the disciples must have been convinced that Jesus is the Messianic Son of David who will restore the fallen glory of Israel and of David. Jesus however sees the plan of God for him; it is necessary that the Messiah should