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Gospel MT 13:47-53
Jesus said to the disciples: "The Kingdom of
heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects
fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit
down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they
throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The
angels will go out and separate the wicked from the
righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where
there will be wailing and grinding of teeth." "Do you
understand all these things?" They answered, "Yes." And
he replied, "Then every scribe who has been instructed in
the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household
who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old."
When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from
there.
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This school year is different for me because I was
elected as Vice President of our class. Before the school
year started, I imagined that I would get the position
however, when I was elected, I immediately thought that
I do not deserve the position because I have my
shortcomings, I might disappoint my fellow classmates, I
might not meet their expectation and might cause a
downfall in our class. I have to assist the President at all
times and whenever the President is not present, I take
the work and I must not decline because I have to stick
to my job and do it well. There are times that I thought I
should not be the Vice President because I could
observe that there are other students that are more
people person than I am. They are comfortable in
announcing and ordering but I am sometimes shy and
whenever I have to announce something, I ask someone
to get the class’ attention instead of me asking them to
be quiet and listen to me. And because of that I realized
that I am not doing my job well enough to my class and
to receive a reward at the end of the school year from
our adviser. Starting that day of realization, I am trying my
best to do my job and cope up with all the work.
Do not have fear with your capabilities and all that
you can do. Think that the impossible is possible by
having faith and continuing to believe in yourself that you
can do it. Do not be afraid of asking for help because in
life, all that we do in our everyday activities, we don’t
have to be alone. We socialize and be with them
whenever they need or not need any help without asking
in return. With every mistake that we do, there are
endless opportunities to make it right. We should not let
our mistakes pass and as well as the mistakes of others.
Learn to correct the wrong.
Emma Jasmin G. Ruiz| 11-STEM 5|August 3, 2017
Gospel Matthew 13:54-58
And, coming to his home town, he taught the
people in their synagogue in such a way that they were
astonished and said, 'Where did the man get
this wisdom and these miraculous powers? This is the
carpenter's son, surely? Is not his mother
the woman called Mary, and his
brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Jude? His
sisters, too, are they not all here with us? So where did
the man get it all?' And they would not accept him.
But Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is despised only in his
own country and in his own house,' and he did not work
many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
Not just me, but know all of us are facing problems
and challenges in life. We tend to cry out for the
Kingdom of God, asking for help and guidance. Self-
doubt tearing us apart, personal problems dragging us
down, and letting sadness take over us. I personally have
battles I have to fight. But through teachings, I was able
to see the bright side of Christ’s message of the coming
Kingdom of God.
Jesus' parable teaching has been a call to faith
and to the message of the kingdom, it is the lesson of a
parable that is important to us. Jesus explained that only
God the Father can call a person to understand the truth
of the Kingdom. In God's mercy, He distributes the
knowledge and truth we need at the level and timing we
can handle it. Then, He brings us deeper into His Word
and gives us a deeper understanding as we grow in our
faith.
Erin Janella N.Villa | 11-STEM 5| August 4, 2017
Gospel Matthew 14:1-12
John the Baptist Beheaded
Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus and
said to his servants, "This man is John the Baptist. He has
been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers
are at work in him." Now Herod had arrested John,
bound him, and put him in prison on account of
Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for John had said
to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her." Although he
wanted to kill him, he feared the people, for they
regarded him as a prophet. But at a birthday celebration
for Herod, the daughter of Herodias performed a dance
before the guests and delighted Herod so much that he
swore to give her whatever she might ask for. Prompted
by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the
head of John the Baptist." The king was distressed, but
because of his oaths and the guests who were present,
he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded
in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter and
given to the girl, who took it to her mother. His disciples
came and took away the corpse and buried him; and
they went and told Jesus.
My grandfather was an unbelievably kind and
wise man, he is my only grandfather, he was always in
favor of what’s right and was never involved in malicious
doings. He was a good man. He always avoided conflict
and tried to help everyone around him. Though he
seemed to have a friend who was into fights and held
grudges with a lot of people. He looked terribly like his
friend. One day two gunmen chose to kill his friend who
looked like him, but this friend had already left for
another country. They killed my grandfather instead. Up
to now I’m not sure if they killed him intentionally or not,
but he was shot in the head and was dead on the spot.
Although he didn’t do anything, and will probably fight
for what’s right, he had no power and was killed anyway.
The innocent suffer because of other’s evil. In this
world full of hatred there will be always someone to
suffer. The gospel mention that John the Baptist was slain
because he was fighting for what’s right, Herod was with
Herodias, the wife of his brother and said that Herod was
unlawful, which is true. Because of this Herodias took
revenge and killed him. He was killed because he was
fighting for what’s right. My grandfather was killed even
though he didn’t do anything. We as humans should
know that we should stay peaceful to avoid conflict. A lot
of innocent people are suffering just because of our
desire for things that we shouldn’t have, being the victim,
and being the victim’s loved ones. Conflict has always
been a thing, we can only imagine the world being a
better place through peace, but it is never bad to at least
try to have peace. Peace by sacrificing our greed and
desire for bad things. Then this world would be a better
place.
Raphael Sam Gabriel V. Mundin|11-STEM 5|August 05,
2017
Gospel Matthew 14:13-21
Jesus Feed the Five Thousand
When Jesus heard of the death of John the
Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by
himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on
foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the
vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and
he cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples
approached him and said, "This is a deserted place and
it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go
to the villages and buy food for themselves." He said to
them, "There is no need for them to go away; give them
some food yourselves." But they said to him, "Five loaves
and two fish are all we have here." Then he said, "Bring
them here to me," and he ordered the crowds to sit
down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two
fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing,
broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in
turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were
satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over
twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate were about five
thousand men, not counting women and children.
We all know that helping someone is also a good
thing for us. If we make a small miracle or if we share our
blessings to our neighbours, we also share our love to
them even if we receive nothing in return. Instead, we
gain happiness and feel moved every time we do good
to someone. Sometimes when I feel left out and
unappreciated I fix my thoughts and problems by sharing
my love to others through helping or doing something
good to them. It doesn’t cause a dollar to do good
things to others, so let’s share our blessings and make
them feel loved just like God to us.
Jesus’ teaching tells us to share our love and
knowledge to others so they will do the same. It is
important that we understand the message behind God’s
parables to help our faith widen and build a better
relationship with him. Doing good to others no matter
how much it cost isn’t a problem, we help because our
heart is filled with love not because we feel the need to
help even if we don’t want to.
John Gabriel C. Collantes|11-STEM 5|August 7, 2017
GOSPEL JN 12:24-26
Feast of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr
Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it
remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces
much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever
hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am,
there also will my servant be. The Father will honor
whoever serves me."
Do I hold on to my dreams and plans for the future
or will I yield to a bigger planthe one that God has for
me? In my 10
th
grade, I started to join the volleyball team
of our school and in every training I do my best even
though my teammates doesn’t do well whenever our
coach is not looking. My mindset is that it’s not the coach
but what they’re cheating from is themselves that’s why I
still do my best even though my body already hurts so
much. This year, I am still training. However, this year is
stressful for me. Why? Because since I have been in the
team already for a year, I am expecting that somehow
our coach would choose me as well to play in a game.
But I have never been in a game. What’s funny is that the
new girls that trained just this summer get to play already
for the school. It’s just sad to think that I have been on
the team longer but I don’t get a chance to play. I still
have 1 year to go and I will just endure the discrimination
between players. If after next year and still nothing
changes, I will stop and just depend on God and His
plans for me.
This is all about endurance, perseverance and
hard work. To endure every discrimination between
parties and each and every one of us. And with this, we
must not give up even though what we deserve is not
given to us. We must be persevere and keep on proving
them wrong that we are worthy. In everything that we do,
we must exert hard work for this is the key to our success.
Emma Jasmin G. Ruiz 11-STEM 5 |August 10, 2017
Gospel Matthew 16:24-28
Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'If anyone wants to
be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take
up his cross and follow me. Anyone who wants to save
his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my
sake will find it. What, then, will anyone gain by winning
the whole world and forfeiting his life? Or what can
anyone offer in exchange for his life? 'For the Son
of man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his
angels, and then he will reward each one according to
his behavior. In truth I tell you, there are some standing
here who will not taste death before they see the Son
of man coming with his kingdom.'
In our lives, in order to win, we must lose. To gain,
we must give up. To live forever, we must die. We are not
called to go out looking for a cross, simply not to run from
it when it comes. One must pray for the freedom that is
needed to be able to let go, to realize that my life is not
mine to save; it comes from God and its fullness lies in
God.
It is not possible to follow Jesus without accepting
the cross, without acknowledging and embracing all of
life. Jesus doesn’t close my eyes to what creates difficulty
for me but wants me to be honest about what threatens
my happiness. I think of what my happiness seems to rely
on, consider where it comes from and offer it back to
God.
Erin Janella N. Villa|11-STEM 5| August 11, 2017
Gospel Matthew 17:14-20
Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy
A man came up to Jesus, knelt down before him,
and said, "Lord, have pity on my son, who is a lunatic and
suffers severely; often he falls into fire, and often into
water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not
cure him." Jesus said in reply, "O faithless and perverse
generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I
endure you? Bring the boy here to me." Jesus rebuked
him and the demon came out of him, and from that hour
the boy was cured. Then the disciples approached Jesus
in private and said, "Why could we not drive it out?" He
said to them, "Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to
you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will
say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will
move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
Jesus Christ saved us from our sins, and yet we
disobey him. He still chose continue to love us even if we
don’t deserve it. There is a time in my life when I was
stressed out by so many tasks, and bombarded with
complaints and life problems, I lost my faith to God. But
somehow, I chose to believe our Lord and follow his
words. That is when I felt welcomed and loved again.
Having God inside our hearts is one of the most
beautiful gift that was given to us. We must grow our faith
and help those who are losing hope to grow their faith
back. We should obey his words and use it wisely by
giving impact in each and everyone of us. In order to
help others, we must first seek God, and change our fear
and hatred with love.
John Gabriel C. Collantes|11-STEM 5|August 12, 2017
Gospel Matthew 17:22-27
“Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time
As Jesus and his disciples were gathering in
Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is to be
handed over to men, and they will kill him, and he will be
raised on the third day." And they were overwhelmed
with grief. When they came to Capernaum, the
collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said,
"Does not your teacher pay the temple tax?" "Yes," he
said. When he came into the house, before he had time
to speak, Jesus asked him, "What is your opinion, Simon?
From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census
tax? From their subjects or from foreigners?" When he
said, "From foreigners," Jesus said to him, "Then the
subjects are exempt. But that we may not offend them,
go to the sea, drop in a hook, and take the first fish that
comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth
twice the temple tax. Give that to them for me and for
you."
I once had this teacher in my former school. Of
course being the teacher, she was in charge of giving
grades and did so. In all honesty, her teaching was awful,
she would just read and never explain. Though her
teaching being awful, I noticed a lot of students being
kind to her, so kind that I could notice the kindness they
were giving wasn’t authentic. I asked one of the students
who was kind to her, and he said that Kailangan natin
bumait, sipsip lang para sa grade”. I was enlightened
and to my horror, I wasn’t playing very nice with her. This
guy I asked wasn’t very good at studies, he focused
more on other things and he always failed quizzes. The
day that the report cards were given came, to my
surprise, even though I scored fine on the quizzes and
recited, I did myself very well for the quarter, my grade
for the specific subject was low. I took a look into my
friend’s card and he received a pretty good grade. I felt
really bad and unfair because this is not how school is
supposed to work, I felt powerless. So I adjusted the next
quarter, became really kind to the teacher, and got a
better grade.
Life can be cruel and unfair but we have to learn
to cope with it. The gospel mentioned that subjects
weren’t taxed, yet foreigners were. That’s an example of
life being unfair. From the story, I received a lower grade
than my friend who didn’t excel as much in class. And for
the teacher, it was unfair for her because she wasn’t
being told the truth so that she could improve on her
mistakes. On king’s side, he wasn’t being paid tax.
Everyone has their own share of feeling unfair and that’s
why life is unfair. But we could always try to adjust. Jesus
thought of a solution which was letting Peter catch a fish
with a coin worth twice the tax, which can solve their
problem. I did more sugar coating on my teacher which
made my grades a lot better. Life can be unfair, yet there
can be a way to solve this, we just have to adapt and not
let life defeat us.
Raphael Sam Gabriel V. Mundin|11-STEM 5| August 14,
2017
Gospel MT 18:2119:1
The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, "Lord, if my
brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As
many as seven times?" Jesus answered, "I say to you, not
seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the
Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided
to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the
accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed
him a huge amount. Since he had no way of paying it
back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife,
his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt. At
that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, 'Be
patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.' Moved with
compassion the master of that servant let him go and
forgave him the loan. When that servant had left, he found
one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller
amount. He seized him and started to choke him,
demanding, and ‘Pay back what you owe.' Falling to his
knees, his fellow servant begged him, 'Be patient with me,
and I will pay you back.' But he refused. Instead, he had the
fellow servant put in prison until he paid back the debt. Now
when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they
were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and
reported the whole affair. His master summoned him and
said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire
debt because you begged me to. Should you not have
had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?' Then
in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he
should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father
do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his
heart." When Jesus finished these words, he left Galilee and
went to the district of Judea across the Jordan.
Before, I have two best friends that always complete
my day. However, there are moments that I thought I may
not be a friend to them because they always had stories to
share with each other but none for me. It’s difficult to have
an odd number of friends, because when someone has to
choose a partner, one would be left out. And that
happened to me a lot. At first, I’ve only been crying all
alone without them knowing and just pretend that nothing’s
happening. But when my heart started to numb, I couldn’t
cry anymore and what I felt instead was anger. I’m angry at
them because they are insensitive and senseless that I am
hurting. But they are my best friends and I didn’t want to
lose them and so I became humble and I was the first one
to say sorry to them from my heart because I want to be
okay around them. Even though that I was hurt, I forgave
them not for the sake of being kind and forgiving those who
have hurt me but for the sake of myself and our friendship.
So that I would be free of pain and my feelings towards
them would be light.
Each and every one of us makes mistakes it is just
important that we admit our mistakes and wholeheartedly
ask for forgiveness. That is if we’ve done something wrong to
others and to ourselves. If we are the ones that are hurt,
learn to forgive and to forget. Because if we don’t forget, it
just means that we didn’t forgive them truly. My perspective
is to forgive is to forget. Forgive that person and forget what
he/she had done but not the person his/herself and work
together to start anew.
Emma Jasmin G. Ruiz 11- STEM 5|August 17, 2017
Gospel Matthew 19: 3-12
Some Pharisees approached him, and to put him
to the test they said, 'Is it against the Law for a man to
divorce his wife on any pretext whatever?' He answered,
'Have you not read that the Creator from the beginning
made them male and female. And that he said: This is
why a man leaves his father and mother and becomes
attached to his wife, and the two become one flesh?
They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh. So then,
what God has united, human beings must not divide.'
They said to him, 'Then why did Moses command that a
writ of dismissal should be given in cases of divorce?' He
said to them, 'It was because you were so hard-hearted,
that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but it was
not like this from the beginning. Now I say this to you:
anyone who divorces his wife -- I am not speaking of an
illicit marriage -- and marries another, is guilty of adultery.'
The disciples said to him, 'If that is how things are
between husband and wife, it is advisable not to marry.'
But he replied, 'It is not everyone who can accept what I
have said, but only those to whom it is granted. There are
eunuchs born so from their mother's womb, there are
eunuchs made so by human agency and there are
eunuchs who have made themselves so for the sake of
the kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone accept this who
can.'
With my personal relationships, if a friendship is not
going well, I may decide to walk away from it. If
someone has hurt me, I may decide to end the
relationship. It would be too difficult and painful to work
through it with the individual, thinking I will never be able
to trust them again.
Today, there is a strong tendency to see
commitment as good only as long as it is going well.
When difficulties arise, we may be tempted to walk away
rather than to stay and try to work it out. Jesus calls us to
take our personal relationships and commitments very
seriously. True, deep and loving commitment is the most
precious gift we can give to another person.
Erin Janella N. Villa | 11-STEM 5|August 18, 2017
Gospel Matthew 19:13-15
The Little Children and Jesus
Children were brought to Jesus that he might lay
his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them,
but Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not
prevent them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to
such as these." After he placed his hands on them, he
went away.
God is guiding us and loving us in every kind of
way. He will help and caress us even if most of the time,
we’re just taking him for granted. One time, when we
were inside a Church where the mass is being held, I
chose to participate actively in songs and response,
even if some might judge or hate me. Prayer and good
works are the best way to express our gratitude to God.
We must love and obey God even if others may
judge us for it. We must not be defeated or be weakened
by those wicked mouths of the devil. Expressing our love
and gratitude to our Lord especially in obvious ways isn’t
a shameful works. We must fight back and spread his
words to others. For they will find answers when they have
God in their life.
John Gabriel C. Collantes|11-STEM 5|August 19, 2017
Gospel Matthew 19:16-22
“The Rich and The Kingdom of God”
A young man approached Jesus and said,
"Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?" He
answered him, "Why do you ask me about the good?
There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into
life, keep the commandments." He asked him, "Which
ones?" And Jesus replied, "You shall not kill; you shall not
commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear
false witness; honor your father and your mother; and
you shall love your neighbor as yourself." The young man
said to him, "All of these I have observed. What do I still
lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell
what you have and give to the poor, and you will have
treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." When the
young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for
he had many possessions.
One day I was walking home, only to go home to
a surprise. It was a new dog, her name was Snow and
she was a Labrador I got in summer. As a new member
of my family, I gave her everything, I gave her fun, food,
love, all that she can wish for, she gave me fun and love
in return. I loved her so very much that I couldn’t imagine
losing her, we were partners in crime. Though, one day, a
girl confessed to me and I seemed to like that girl back. I
put so much time into this girl, she was a hell of a drug. So
much time that I forgot about snow. She was sick and
needed help, by the time I noticed I let my family bring
her to the pet hospital where she was treated and I
didn’t have enough time to take care of her. She was
brought back into our place still sick. I tried to take care
of her but I lacked the time due to this girl. She was dying
and I didn’t even notice. It was either the girl or the dog, I
was too blinded by the girl. By the time I noticed I was
wrong, Snow was already unable to move and only had
a few moments left. Her mouth was brown and she was
all skin and bones. I felt so much regret. She died in my
hands and I was in so much pain.
Life is cruel and can do terrible things. In order to
have a stand against this, you must sacrifice what you
have for the better. Greed can be a daring thing and it
could affect our lives and after lives. Giving is so much
better than receiving. The feeling of making someone
happy is better than losing someone that makes you
happy. In the gospel the man left because he had so
much possessions, he was sad. In the story I was guilty
and was covered in pain because I chose greed. My
beloved died because I was too greedy to offer time. We
should learn that in order to be truly happy, we should
always give. And wait till life gives us blessings, but we
shouldn’t take, we should receive. We should give more
in order to be truly happy because in the end all of it will
go back to us.
Raphael Sam Gabriel V. Mundin|11-STEM 5| August 21,
2017
Gospel JN 1 :45-51
Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found
the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the
prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” But Nathanael
said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip
said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming
toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There
is no duplicity in him.” Nathanael said to him, “How do you
know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip
called you, I saw you under the fig tree.” Nathanael answered
him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of
Israel.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will
see greater things than this.” And he said to him, “Amen,
amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the
angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of
Man.”
When I was young, whenever I see a person, I
judge him/her right away. Not even knowing the person,
I judge him/her as someone like this or that. There are
even times that I judge them and spread it to my friends.
Not knowing that I was slowly destroying that innocent
person. But things changed and I became friends with a
new student in school, I judged her right away, but after
meeting her and being with her for more than ten
months, I changed my perspective about her she was
not the person I thought I labelled.
Never judge a person, the only one who can
judge a person is God. When you meet someone, make
sure that you make friends with them and not ruin his/her
reputation by spreading false rumors and judgments
about him/her. We never know, that person might be the
one that would save you from embarrassment or bad
people but then again you judged that person and you
could’ve lost a friend.
Emma Jasmin G. Ruiz | 11-STEM 5| August 24, 2017
Gospel Matthew 22: 34-40
But when the Pharisees heard that he had
silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to put
him to the test, one of them put a further question,
'Master, which is the greatest commandment of the
Law?' Jesus said to him, 'You must love
the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first
commandment. The second resembles it: You must love
your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments
hang the whole Law, and the Prophets too.'
Inside every one of us is a Pharisee. We have
our fears and insecurities; we seek certainty and
need help to prioritize. The understanding of love
does not solely focus on passion or affection, but
also on acts of mercy. I cannot choose how I feel,
but I can choose how I act.
Jesus calls us to become more mindful. He wants
to us to be drawn fully into the life of God. Heart, soul and
mind shows just how fully Jesus thinks of love. Nothing is
to be left out nor is anyone to be excluded as the love of
God brings all of us loving contact with one another.
Erin Janella N. Villa |11-STEM 5 |August 25, 2017
Gospel Matthew 23:01-12
A Warning Against Hypocrisy
Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples,
saying,"The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their
seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all
things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their
example. For they preach but they do not practice. They
tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on
people's shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move
them. All their works are performed to be seen. They
widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They
love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in
synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the
salutation 'Rabbi.' As for you, do not be called 'Rabbi.'
You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call
no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in
heaven. Do not be called 'Master'; you have but one
master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your
servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but
whoever humbles himself will be exalted."
We face problems and difficulties in our everyday
life. With this, we can right our wrong the next time we
face the same situation. We must do good works in our
life according to God’s will because that is the right thing
to do, instead of harming our brothers and sisters. In my
life, I cope with toxic things and problems by analyzing
them so that I know how to avoid it and that I can help
myself to be a better follower of the Lord. God is our only
Father and we must not have somebody else than Him.
We must not be a burden to other’s progress, but
be a role model to them. We must act according to
God’s will. We must not bully others and take their human
rights to them; we should help each other with the
guidance of our Lord. We must not be boastful but be a
hero to somebody whether we will not be given gratitude
in return, because that is what being a follower of Christ
mean.
John Gabriel C. Collantes | 11-STEM 5|August 26, 2017
Gospel Matthew 23:13-22
“Seven Woes on the Teachers of the Law”
Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men. You
do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance
to those trying to enter. "Woe to you, scribes and
Pharisees, you hypocrites. You traverse sea and land
to make one convert, and when that happens you
make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as
yourselves. "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, 'If
one swears by the temple, it means nothing, but if
one swears by the gold of the temple, one is
obligated.' Blind fools, which is greater, the gold, or
the temple that made the gold sacred? And you
say, 'If one swears by the altar, it means nothing, but
if one swears by the gift on the altar, one is
obligated.' You blind ones, which is greater, the gift,
or the altar that makes the gift sacred? One who
swears by the altar swears by it and all that is upon
it; one who swears by the temple swears by it and
by him who dwells in it; one who swears by heaven
swears by the throne of God and by him who is
seated on it."
I once had a friend. She was wonderful,
though she had this weird attitude of throwing really
immature tantrums, she was quite spoiled. She
wanted a gift but I had nothing to give, although I
wanted to give a gift I didn’t have anything. I was
broke I had no money it was sad. She kept on
rambling that she wanted a gift and that got me
annoyed. I told her that I really wanted to give her
but she wouldn’t accept it. I soon got tired of it and
earned for one anyway. She was happy but I was
discontented even though I gave her a gift. Giving
makes me happy, but not with this one. I felt that I
was being used just for material objects. I wondered
if God feels the same when people pray for things
they want, not what they need.
We humans, most of us, rely on material things
to make us happy. We don’t know what we truly
need but we do know what want. This feels wrong.
We should stop depending on material objects for
happiness, instead, we should rely on love,
accomplishments, and things that we actually need
to make us happy. We should be grateful of what we
have and not abuse our power to get what we want.
It’s the thought that counts, really, if we only find
happiness in material objects, we won’t be happy
for long. Material objects don’t last but true love and
accomplishments do.
Raphael Sam Gabriel V. Mundin|11-STEM 5| August
28, 2017