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Audience: 6;30am mass SBCA Church
Genesis 6:5-8,7:1-5,10; Mark 8:14-21
(Fr Aelred Nilo, OSB)

Ngayon ay “Araw ng mga Puso” or araw ng mga nagmamahal. Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate romance and love.

 

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl – possibly his jailor’s daughter – who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.

Today’s gospel reading from Mark Jesus cautioned the disciples saying, “WATCH OUT, GUARD AGAINST THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES AND THE LEAVEN OF HEROD.”

But the disciples misunderstood Jesus’ warning. They had forgotten to take bread in their ship. So when Christ bid them beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, they concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread. When Jesus says: "BE ON YOUR GUARD" (Mk 8:15)", CHRIST IS actually CAUTIONING US TO TAKE NOTICE ON WHAT WE ALLOW TO INFLUENCE OUR LIVES.

Valentine's Day, the most romantic holiday of the year, unfortunately has become an overly commercialized flurry of last-minute shopping, as millions rush out to pick up gifts to display their affection. According to the survey, romance and passion are what we want most for Valentine's Day. When asked what they would prefer for the holiday, 46 percent chose a romantic evening out and 21 percent value intimacy. Third on the list was a night at home watching Netflix (19 percent) and just 14 percent chose the more materialistic option (extravagant gifts).

Jesus says: "BE ON YOUR GUARD!" Because the secular culture constantly sprinkles its crumbs of yeast into our lives. A little yeast has its effect all through the dough. We have get rid of the old yeast to make of yourselves fresh dough" (1 Cor 5:6-7). In other words, we have to guard ourselves against materialistic influence of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.

Impulse Research, advised us to slow down and forget the store, because that's not how you'll score. For most people, MATTERS OF THE HEART FAR OUTWEIGH THE MORE MATERIALISTIC ASPECTS OF THE HOLIDAY. If a gift is given, it should be something truly meaningful.

Quotes World has this reminder, “HINDI KA NIYA NILOLOKO. IKAW MISMO ANG NANLOLOKO SA SARILI MO. ALAM MO NA NGANG HINDI SERYOSO, GO KA PA DIN NG GO!”

Jesus said in today’s gospel, “DO YOU NOT YET UNDERSTAND OR COMPREHEND? ARE YOUR HEARTS HARDENED? DO YOU HAVE EYES AND NOT SEE, EARS AND NOT HEAR?”

What can the Catholic Church say about President Rodrigo Duterte’s comments that it has no moral ascendancy?

Archbishop Villegas pointed out that the Catholic Church still stands after 2000 years of the sinfulness of its men and women. He said. “The moral ascendancy of the Church does not even come from its leaders. THE MORAL ASCENDANCY OF THE CHURCH COMES FROM THE LORD HIMSELF.”

“So there is no pretense. If you are telling us that we are a bunch of sinners, that we are a bunch of hypocrites, we are bunch of shameless followers of Jesus Christ, the answer is yes. And WE ARE STRUGGLING TO AND WE ARE STRUGGLING TO RISE UP FROM OUR WEAKNESS,” he said.

Similarly in commemorating Saint Valentine a Facebook friend wrote, “Ang ARAW ba NG MGA PUSO ay para sa mag-jowa o may asawa at hindi sa mga walang ka Valentines? HINDI BA PWEDENG NAG CE-CELEBRATE KA ng araw ng mga puso DAHIL SA MAGULANG MO? SA ANAK MO O SA MGA KAPATID MO O SA KAIBIGAN MO? HINDI BA LOVE MO DIN NAMAN SILA? Hindi ba may LOVE din naman dun ... hindi ba nakakapag pa kumpleto din sila ng araw mo.”

Jesus said, “DO YOU NOT YET UNDERSTAND OR COMPREHEND? ARE YOUR HEARTS HARDENED?”

Today let us remember that Saint Valentine was martyred because of his great love for Christ Jesus. Likewise, Saints Cyril and Methodius, whose feast we also celebrate today, preached the gospel to the Slavic people out of their love for Christ.

Saint Paul said, “NEITHER DEATH NOR LIFE, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, WILL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.” (Romans 8:34-39)

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