Category Archives: Mass Reflections

God is Faithful

God is Faithful
by Danny Tariman

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Mark 13:31)

Early in my “renewed life” I was taught that the Bible is a Word from God. I believe it. I believe that it has promises that are certain to pass or manifest.

This has been my life. To trust the LORD and to trust in His Word.

One of my dearly-held promise is from Mark 11:24

“Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours”

I believe this promise. I believe His Word in Mark 13:31 that His “words will not pass away”

Strengthened by these two promises, I prayed, and I claimed, that the LORD will grant me a job despite my age.

One day, I got a message from a friend whom I have not spoken for many, many months. He asked if I will be interested in a job to head an IT Department of a company. I said, “I am”. And so, he gave me a
contact number.

I dialed the number and I was immediately scheduled for a face-to-face interview with the company head.

The interview went well. But I haven’t received any update for the next 2 weeks, which made me wonder.

While my family & I were having our vacation in the province, I received a call from an unknown number, which happened to be the HR Manager of the company where I had an interview a couple of weeks ago. And lo and behold! It was a job offer!

We went back to Manila, excited that I will be starting a new job.

Indeed, the LORD is faithful; what He promises, He fulfills.

Reflection: Do you believe in the Word of God? Do you believe that His promises will come to pass?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, grant me that faith to move mountains. Let the prayers of my heart come to pass in Your time. Amen.

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God Provides

God Provides
by Danny Tariman

“He said to [his] disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat… For life is more than food'” (Luke 12:22a, 23a)

My wife had a 2-day holiday with friends in an exclusive resort. Because we want her to just enjoy her moments, we told her not to bother preparing our food packs, which she usually does every day.

She left home early in the morning. My family had a quick breakfast without her and drove-off for our day in the office.

I did not have the usual food pack that I bring for the day.

To my surprise, a few minutes upon my arrival at the office, two of my staff gave me something I really do not expect: one gave me a cup of bean jelly/curd (taho, in Tagalog), and another gave me an apple! I have now food for my snacks!

Just before twelve noon, as I was about to go to the canteen, my staff told me that a member of my office team will be bringing in food for our lunch. Another surprise!

I was so touched at how the LORD provides. As I had asked my wife not to prepare food so she can enjoy her day with friends, the LORD touched somebody else — these three guys — to give me food!

Truly amazing! His Word is indeed real: “God will provide” (Genesis 22:8)

Reflection: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat… For life is more than food” (Luke 12:22a, 23a)

Prayer: Am sorry LORD for the times that I have not fully trusted in You by worrying. Grant me the grace to live a life fully trusting in You! Amen.

Dinner Time

Dinner Time
by Danny Tariman

“When you come together to eat, wait for one another.” (1Cor 11:33)

Dinner time is one of those moments I wait for. Each day.

This is the time when my family shares our daily experiences, the achievements we had for the day, the challenges we encountered at work, the joyful moments we had, and even problems we encountered during the day.

It is also a time for us to talk about our dreams, our wishes, and even a time to plan family events.

It is indeed good! We laugh together, we share ideas, we ask questions, and many more. It is a delightful family time.

There is one rule, though, that we observe during dinner time: no mobile phones on the table. This enables us to really have moments for each other — with no distractions.

Today’s verse reminds us to be together, to have moments for each other during mealtime.

Reflection: Do you wait for each other at the family’s table during mealtime?

Prayers: Dear Lord, grant that my family will have wonderful moments during meal time. May these be moments of sharing Your love and joy. Amen!

Witness at the Workplace

Witness at the Workplace
by Danny Tariman

“It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.” – (Matthew 24:46-47)

You are on Facebook. Or maybe exchanging text messages on your phone. That’s why you forgot your task at hand. Suddenly, your boss arrives. He asks you, “How’s the job I assigned to you?” You freeze. You have no answer. You are at a loss. You are caught red-handed!

Can you relate? My friend, as witnesses for Christ in the workplace, we have to work diligently on the tasks assigned to us. We have to make sure that we give our best, as if working for the Lord. The Bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23). In the preceding verse, the Bible tells us to “obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord” (Colossians 3:22). I believe that when we give our best at work, even when our bosses are not looking over our shoulders, they will be pleased with us. Soon, they will promote us and put us in charge of bigger responsibilities.

Reflection: Are you giving your best in your workplace? Are you making your boss happy?

Prayer: Lord, please forgive me for not giving my best at work. Please grant me the grace to work with all my heart to the best of my ability. Amen.

[This relfection was first published in Didache Aug 30, 2018, and was read in “Gabay” at Radio Varitas 846]

An Extraordinary Kindness

An Extraordinary Kindness
by Danny Tariman

“The natives showed us extraordinary hospitality… and welcomed all of us” (Acts 28:2)

My family were exploring a provincial town’s attractions. That afternoon, we would like to try a coffee shop that was recommended to us by a relative.

Upon reaching the town center, I asked a local — a tricycle driver — where this “Blue Cafe” is.

I noted his eyes scanned the surroundings and his memory.

And he replied, “Maybe in the other side of the town, sir”. Then he gave us street directions to find the cafe.

After driving for about a kilometer, we have not found the coffee shop. And so, we decided to just have our afternoon snack at another restaurant that we had tried the day before.

As I was navigating to park our car, the tricycle driver whom we had asked about the coffee shop, suddenly came rushing.

“I am sorry, sir. The cafe you were looking for was at the town center. My apologies for not able to guide you correctly”, he said.

We were just so touched by his show of kindness — driving fast to catch us up and give us the proper direction. He could have just let the situation go and let us find our way. But this man, in his kindness and hospitality, find a way to guide us.

Thank you, LORD, for these people! May their tribe increase!

As the Bible says in Romans 12:9a,13 “Let love be sincere… Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality”.

Photo-Finish

Photo-Finish
by Danny Tariman

“[He] shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us!'” (Isaiah 7:14, 8:10)

I was driving to my home province with my family. We left the city at about 7:30pm, hoping to catch the first trip of the ship to the island at 7am the following day.

As it turned out however, the trip was a bit slow. We were caught in a long line of cars along the way — in Laguna and in Quezon. By midnight, we haven’t entered yet Quirino Highway.

“Even if I drive at full speed, we wouldn’t make it to the port by 6am.” This thought had entered my mind while driving.

By 6am, we arrived Legaspi City. At this point, I already surrendered our plan to get the first trip of the ship leaving the port at 7am.

Aside from the late arrival, we were not able to get a booking for our car for the 7am departure. We were on a “chance passenger” basis.

But the LORD has His ways.

We arrived the port at about 6:30am, while the ship was loading its last batch of cars and a bus. I immediately asked a staff if we can still be accommodated. He said, “Maybe.”

My family prayed, while I filed the necessary documents with the Port Administration, the Highway Patrol Group, the Coast Guard, and finally pay the cashier. These 4 offices were buildings apart. I had to run!

I finished all the required documentation in 15 minutes, by God’s grace!

By 6:45, just 15 minutes before the anchors are removed, our car was boarding the ship!

All my family can say is “God’s favor is upon us! The LORD is with us!”

Reflection:
God can make things possible if you put your full trust in Him, even if it appears impossible.

Prayer:
LORD, strengthen my faith in You! Amen.

Serving the Flock

SERVING THE FLOCK
by Danny Tariman

“Tend the flock of God in your midst, overseeing not by constraint but willingly” (1 Peter 5:2)

I am so blessed to have served the people the LORD has given me. It is indeed a blessing that after many years since I left them, our friendship continues.

Take the story of “Amante” (not his real name). I had met him and his family way back in late 90’s in a remote mountain village in Laguna. I had helped him and his family enter into a relationship with Jesus. They had been attending Bible studies since then. He and his family’s life got renewed, and their lives flourished and continue to prosper.

My friendship with them continue to strengthen. We had helped them build their village chapel, we had conducted a number of charity missions to their village. And they would reciprocate these with their own way of showing their love for my family.

Take the story of “Pete” and “Nancy” (not their real names). I had met these people while I was serving the LORD on a mission in a foreign land. They are regular attendees of a Bible Study that I conducted in their city. They come together with their respective families. Every time they attend our sessions, I can see joy in their faces. They would tell me that they are blessed and strengthened in their faith in the LORD.

Over the months, I had built a strong friendship with their families. In fact, they had treated me as their own. I left their country in 2011 when I returned home. While we are miles away, our friendship continued. They would even come and visit us in Manila with their families. They celebrated with us special days of our families.

Truly, I am so blessed to have served them. I pray I will be able to continue to serve them even after many years of absence from the mission.

I claim the ending verse of the Mass reading: “And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory” (Philippians 5:4)

Reflection:
How do you tend your flock? Are you able to bring them to the LORD, as you strengthen your friendship with them?

Prayer:
LORD Jesus, our Divine Shepherd, teach me how to tend the flock you are giving me. Let me imitate Your way of tending the flock. Amen.