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Reflection on Luke 5:17a, 18-22a. 23-25, Monday 7/12/2020 - ‘Jesus was teaching one day, and Pharisees and teachers of the Law, who had come from every village in Galilee, from Judaea and from Jerusalem, were sitting there. Then some men appeared, bringing on a bed a paralysed man whom they were trying to bring in and lay down in front of him. But as they could find no way of getting the man through the crowd, they went up onto the top of the house and lowered him and his stretcher down through the roof into the middle of the gathering, in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith he said, ‘My friend, your sins are forgiven .’ The Jewish authorities began to think this over. ‘Who is this man, talking blasphemy? Who but God alone can forgive sins?’ But Jesus, aware of their thoughts, made them this reply, ‘Which of these is easier: to say, “Your sins are forgiven ,” or to say, “Get up and walk”? But to prove to you that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins,’ – he said to the paralysed man – ‘I order you: get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.’ And immediately before their very eyes he got up, picked up what he had been lying on and went home praising God.
As you read the passage think of the words/phrases that caught your attention
Reflection - In today’s Gospel Jesus points out the strong faith in Him of the paralytic and his friends that led them to go through great extent of lowering the paralytic through the roof to get to Jesus. Through this miraculous cure of the paralytic, Jesus took the opportunity to show the Jewish authorities that He has divine powers and authority to forgive sins, that none others had.
Questions to think- How deep is your faith in the Lord? How is your faith shown in your daily living and during the trials of your life?
Reflection on Matthew 9:27-31, Friday 4/12/20- ‘As Jesus went on his way two blind men followed him shouting, ‘Take pity on us, son of David.’ And when Jesus reached the house the blind men came up to him and he said to them, ‘Do you believe I can do this?’ They said, ‘Lord, we do.’ Then he touched their eyes saying, ‘According to your faith, let it be done to you.’ And their sight returned. Then Jesus strictly warned them, ‘Take care that no one knows about this.’ But when they had gone away, they talked about him all over the countryside.
Think about any word or phrases that caught your attention.
Reflection- Jesus restored the physical and spiritual sight of the two blind men because of their faith and trust in His healing power. Physically there were able to see again and spiritually they became closer to God.
Question to think- Are there any blind spots in our lives that keep us from recognising God’s power and mercy?
Jesus is compassionate and merciful to all who sincerely seek His help. Ask Jesus for the gift of faith to recognise our need for God and His forgiveness and to draw us closer to His healing power.
Reflection on Mark 16:15-20, Thursday 3/12/2020- ‘Jesus showed himself to the Eleven, and he said to them, ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.’ And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven; there at the right hand of God he took his place, while they, went out and preached everywhere. The Lord was working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it’.
Reflection - Jesus’ parting words to His apostles were: proclaim the Good News of salvation to all peoples of the world’. Today He is calling us to continue in this mission. As believers we are called to be messengers of the Good News. He promises to work in and through us by the power of His Holy Spirit until the end of time. Ask Jesus for the grace to live a life of praise and thanksgiving for God’s glory and to witness the joy of the Gospel and its hope of salvation to all of us.âÂÂÂÂÂÂ
Reflection on Matthew 15:29-30, 32, 35-37, Wednesday 2/12/20- ‘Jesus reached the shores of the Lake of Galilee, and he went up onto the mountain. He took his seat, and large crowds came to him bringing the lame, the crippled, the blind, the dumb and many others; these they put down at his feet, and he cured them. But Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I feel sorry for all these people; they have been with me for three days now and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them off hungry, or they might collapse on the way.’ Then Jesus instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground, and he took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks he broke them and began handing them to the disciples, who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected what was left of the scraps, seven baskets full’.
Reflection -In today’s Gospel Jesus shows the power of God and the greatness of His mercy when He fed five thousand men and cured many who were sick and dying. God knows and always gives us more than what we need and deserve. Most importantly, He nourishes us with His life-giving Word and the bread of heaven so that we can attain eternal life with Him.
Questions to think- Do you believe that only our Lord can satisfy the longing and hungers of our hearts? Do you believe that nothing in this world can satisfy us in the ways that God’s Word and His Body and Blood can?âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
Reflection on Luke 10:21-24, Tuesday 1/12/20- ‘Filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the …clever and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it has pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’ Then turning to his disciples he spoke to them by themselves, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.’
Reflection- In today’s Gospel Jesus thanked His Father for revealing the mysteries of the Kingdom not to the clever but to mere children. Jesus openly reveals that the true source of our joy is God who loves us fully, unconditionally and perfectly. He will hear our prayers when we believe and trust totally in His saving help.
Questions to think- Do you pray to God with joy and confidence? Ask Jesus to free us from our doubt, pride and self-centeredness that holds us back from being childlike in our faith and trust in the Lord.âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
Reflection on Matthew 4:18-22, Monday 30/11/20- ‘As Jesus was walking by the Lake of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast into the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Come after me and I will make you fishers of people.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. And at once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him’.
Reflection- Peter, Andrew, James and John were all hard working fishermen when Jesus called them to follow Him. Our daily place at work or efforts in doing ordinary work can exactly be the opportunities and occasions where we meet Jesus and hear His challenges. Ask the Lord for the faith to sense His Spirit’s promptings as we go about our daily work. Be courageous and respond to His call to live according to His Father’s ways.
Reflection on Luke 21:29-33, Friday 27/11/20 –‘Jesus told his disciples a parable, ‘Look at the fig tree... As soon as you see them bud, you can see that summer is near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that the kingdom of God is near. ‘In truth I tell you, before this generation has passed away all will have taken place. Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.’
Reflection-Jesus was predicting the future of His Church and the consequences of events that His believer would be subjected for sake of their faith. Just as the flowering of a tree is a sign that the fruiting season is coming, so also the second coming of Jesus will be a sign that the fullness of God’s Kingdom is coming up.
Questions to think - Let us reflect on the quality of our spiritual life and ask ourselves, “How deep and personal is our relationship with the Lord and how is this evident or not evident in our daily living?”
Reflection on Luke 21:24-28, Thursday 26/11/20- ‘Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Great misery will descend on the land. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive to every gentile country; and Jerusalem will be crushed by the gentiles until their time is complete. ‘There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, confused by the chaos of the ocean and its waves; men fainting away with terror and fear at what threats the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.’
Reflection - In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks to us in graphic terms about the end of the world which He says is coming up. However, Jesus also encourages us and assures us that we have nothing to fear as He will “free” us and give us eternal life. Do we fear death and the end of the world? If we do, then is it because we have not been living our lives as God wills or is it because we are too attached to our present earthly lives?
Questions to think- How is God challenging us to live our daily lives to the full instead of wasting it in idleness and useless activities? How should your lifestyle change for the better?
Reflection on Luke 21:12-19, Wednesday, 25/11/20- ‘Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You will be held and persecuted; you will be handed over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and brought before kings and governors for the sake of my name and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. Make up your minds not to prepare your defence, because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or challenge. ‘You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. You will be hated universally on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your perseverance will win you your lives.’
Reflection- When we live our lives as Christians and bear witness to Jesus Christ; we are likely to be persecuted by those who defend the secular values of the world of greed, pride and power. Pray that Jesus will give us sufficient grace, strength, and wisdom to face the trials of living our faith in Jesus Christ and to persevere in our faith in Him. Jesus promised that whoever perseveres until the end in His name, will attain salvation.
Question to think- What are Jesus’ challenges to you?âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
Reflection on Luke 21:5-9, Tuesday 24/11/2020- ‘When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was decorated with stonework and offerings, Jesus said, ‘All these things you are staring at now-the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another; everything will be destroyed.’ And they put to him this question, ‘Master,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, then, and what sign will there be that it is about to take place?’ But he said, ‘Take care not to be betrayed, because many will come using my name and saying, “I am the one” and “The time is near at hand.” Refuse to join them. And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be terrified, for this is something that must happen first, but the end will not come at once.’
Reflection - Believers of Christianity are to witness to Christ’s limitless compassion and love for us. Christ was willing to die for us that we might gain eternal life. In today’s Gospel Jesus predicted His own death; He was referring to His death, but the crowd thought that He was referring to the Temple of Jerusalem.
Questions to think about - How often do we misinterpret the meaning of God’s Word because we are too biased and preoccupied with living in our narrow ways? How is God challenging us to be more open to His Word?
Reflection on Luke 21:1-4, Monday 23/11/20- ‘Jesus looked up, he saw rich people putting their offerings into the treasury; and he noticed a poverty-stricken widow putting in two small coins, and he said, ‘I tell you truly, this poor widow has put in more than any of them; for these have all put in money they could spare, but she in her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’
Reflection- Jesus taught His disciples that the poor widow gave more than what the rich people gave. This is true in terms of the proportion of wealth that the poor and rich have. But, what Jesus is emphasizing here is our need to be generously detached from the material thins and selflessly concerned for the needs of others. When we serve the rich we are rewarded with earthly benefits. But, when we attend to the poor and needy God’s sees the compassion of our hearts and will reward us for all eternity.
Reflection on Luke 19:45-48, Friday 20/11/20- ‘Jesus went into the Temple and began driving out those who were busy trading, saying to them, ‘According to scripture, my house shall be a house of prayer but you have turned it into a bandits’ den.’ He taught in the Temple every day. The chief priests and the scribes, in company with the leading citizens, tried to do away with him, but they could not find a way to carry this out. Jesus was furious at the money changers who were cheating inside the Temple. Evil has permeated the sacred space where God is being worshipped as the almighty; praised and thanked as Saviour and Lord’.
Reflection - Let us strive to keep our church a holy place and not turn it into a secular auditorium for concert or a place which does not remind us of God’s sacred presence. Lord, may we always reverence Your Word and give you the needed praise and that rightly belongs to you. May we keep in mind what you told Moses, “This is sacred ground . . . Be still and know that I am God.”
Reflection on Matthew 14:23-31, Wednesday 18/11/20- ‘After sending the crowds away Jesus went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, was hit hard by rough waves, for there was strong wind. In the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the sea, and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. ‘It is a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, ‘Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.’ It was Peter who answered. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.’ Jesus said, ‘Come.’ Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but then noticing the wind, he took fright and began to sink. ‘Lord,’ he cried, ‘save me!’ Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. ‘You have so little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’
Reflection- Human beings are naturally afraid of the unknown and the unexpected. Like Peter, we look for Jesus’ reassurance. Even after Jesus’ personal invitation to Peter to walk to Him, Peter doubted. Today’s Gospel passage recalls Peter’s doubt, but it also highlights even more fully Jesus’ saving power. In all our doubts and difficulties, may we always recall Jesus’ saving power, “Lord Jesus, I have faith. Help my little faith”.
Reflection on Luke 19:1-7a, 9-10, Tuesday 17/11/20- ‘Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the town and suddenly a man whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance; he was one of the senior tax collectors and a wealthy man. He kept trying to see who Jesus was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd; so he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to pass that way. When Jesus reached the spot he looked up and spoke to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I am to stay at your house today.’ And he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully. They all complained when they saw what was happening. And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham; for the Son of man has come to seek out and save the lost.’
Reflection- Zacchaeus was very focused and strong-minded to see Jesus. He climbed a tree to achieve this and didn’t care what others thought of him. Zacchaeus was converted after he heard Jesus say, “Today, salvation has come to this house.”
Questions to think- Are you prepared to be embarrassed in front of your family, friend or public in the way you practice your faith, e.g. to say grace before meal in public, to speak about your faith to others?
Reflection on Luke 18:35-43, Monday 16/11/20 – ‘As Jesus drew near to Jericho there was a blind man sitting at the side of the road begging. When he heard the crowd going past he asked what it was all about, and they told him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by. So he called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.’ The people in front scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him, and when he came up, asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Sir,’ he replied, ‘let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.’ And instantly his sight returned and he followed him praising God, and all the people who saw it gave praise to God’.
As you read the passage think about the words/ sentences that caught your attention.
Reflection- The blind man felt the Jesus` presence and he believed that Jesus would heal him. Seeking God in our life is not a “once in a while” event , like the blind man had . We should be seeking Him every day .
Questions to think - Have you ever felt the presence and the closeness of Jesus in your daily life? What was the intimate feeling like? We receive favours from God all the time. How often do we praise and thank Him for them?
Reflection on Luke 17:31b-35, 37, Friday 13/11/20- ‘Jesus said to his disciples: ‘When that Day comes, no one on the housetop, with his possessions in the house, must come down to collect them, nor must anyone in the fields turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Anyone who tries to preserve his life will lose it; and anyone who loses it will keep it safe. ‘I tell you, on that night, when two are in one bed, one will be taken, the other left; when two women are grinding corn together, one will be taken, the other left.’ The disciples spoke up and asked, ‘Where, Lord?’ He said, ‘Where the body is, there too will the vultures gather.’
Reflection - Jesus warns that Judgment Day will come suddenly without warning, when we least expect it; when everything seems to be going normally. When Judgment Day comes, all our worldly possessions and material wealth, knowledge, positions of power and the like will have no meaning. The Lord will only ask, “How much have you loved me and others?” Be ready and be watchful so that we will not be drawn into a spiritual laziness by our day-to-day worldly concerns.
Reflection on Luke 17:20-25, Thursday 12/11/2020- ‘ Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was to come, Jesus gave them this answer, ‘The coming of the kingdom of God does not admit of observation and there will be no one to say, “Look, it is here! Look, it is there!” For look, the kingdom of God is among you.’ He said to the disciples, ‘A time will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of man and will not see it. They will say to you, “Look, it is there!” or, “Look, it is here!” Make no move; do not set off in pursuit; for as the lightning flashing from one part of heaven lights up the other, so will be the Son of man when his Day comes. But first he is destined to suffer grievously and be rejected by this generation.’
Reflection- When Jesus said ‘the kingdom of God is among you’, He meant that the kingdom of God is present in and through Him. Jesus wanted to teach the Pharisees about the nature of its coming when they were concerned about the timing of its coming. The kingdom of God will be revealed fully in God’s eternal glory in heaven. Until then, Our Lord expects us to be aware of its presence and to prepare ourselves to be more worthy of living in his ways when the time comes.
Reflection on Luke 17:11-19, 11th Nov 2020- “ As Jesus entered one of the villages, ten men suffering from a contagious skin-disease came to meet him. They stood some way off and called to him, ‘Jesus! Master! Take pity on us.’ When he saw them he said, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ Now as they were going away they were cleansed. Finding himself cured, one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice and threw himself prostrate at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was a Samaritan. This led Jesus to say, ‘Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they? It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.’ And he said to the man, ‘Stand up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.’ “
Think about any words or phrases that caught your attention
Reflection - Jesus was not afraid of being close to these poor lepers. They needed His help. Only one of the ten came back to say “Thank you.” One in ten, 10%. Jesus was human, like us, and was upset by this lack of thankfulness.
Question to think - Are we perhaps like the thankless lepers? Just ten per cent of our prayers giving thanks, the rest asking for more and more?âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
Reflection on Luke 17:7-10, Tuesday 10/11/2020- “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Which of you, with a servant working in the field , would say to him when he returned from the fields, “Come and have your meal at once”? Would he not be more likely to say, “Get my supper ready; fasten your belt and wait on me while I eat and drink. You yourself can eat and drink afterwards”? Must he be grateful to the servant for doing what he was told? So with you: when you have done all you have been told to do, say, “We are useless servants: we have done no more than our duty.”
Reflection- Just as Jesus came “not to be served, but to serve” (Matt 20:28), we too must regard ourselves as God’s servants. Service of God and of neighbour is both a charitable act and a holy duty. Our self-less service pleases God especially when it is done out of love for Him. True love is sacrificial and generous. God’s love inspires us to give Him our best!
Question to think- Will you give yourself in loving service for others generously, just as Christ had offered His life for you?
Reflection on Luke 16:10-15, Monday , 9/11/2020 - “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Anyone who is trustworthy in little things is trustworthy in great; anyone who is dishonest in little things is dishonest in great. If then you are not trustworthy with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches? And if you are not trustworthy with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own? ‘No servant can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money. The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and jeered at him. He said to them, ‘You are the very ones who pass yourselves off as upright in people’s sight, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed in human eyes is loathsome in the sight of God.’
Reflection - As you read the passage what words/sentences caught your attention?
We are well versed with the ways of the world and know how to become successful and make a name for ourselves, to ensure that we have the “best” things in life. If we apply the same perseverance and sacrifice in our spiritual life, our rewards will even be greater because the rewards are more than temporal; they are eternal.
Question to think about - Is it due to ignorance or are we distracted by the “voices” of the world so much that we are not able to focus our living on gaining eternal life?
Let us ask God for the wisdom to live and gain the eternal treasure that He wants to give us.
Reflection on Luke 12:54-59-23 October 2020- “Jesus said to the crowds, ‘When you see a cloud looming up in the west you say at once that rain is coming, and so it does. And when the wind is from the south you say it’s going to be hot, and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the face of the earth and the sky. How is it you do not know how to interpret these times? ‘Why not judge for yourselves what is upright? For example: when you are going to court with your opponent, make an effort to settle with him on the way, or he may drag you before the judge and the judge hand you over to the officer and the officer have you thrown into prison. I tell you, you will not get out till you have paid the very last penny”.
Reflection – Gravity is a law of nature that is not invented, but discovered by human beings. All things must obey this law or suffer the consequences. Likewise, there is a natural moral law that must be obeyed because it is God’s revelation. Instead of insisting on what we think is right, let us follow the will of God. Pray for the grace to be more humble, open and receptive to God’s revelation. The more insistent we are on our own ways, the more we may be self-centred instead of seeking to live in God’s ways.
Question to think- do you insist on having your way or do you try to follow God`s will?
Reflection on Matthew 22:1-7a, 8-10, 22 October 2020- “Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: ‘The kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son’s wedding. He sent his servants to call those who had been invited, but they would not come. Next, he sent some more servants with the words, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, my banquet is all prepared, my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding.” ‘But they were not interested: one went off to his farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. ‘The king was furious. Then he said to his servants, “The wedding is ready; but as those who were invited proved to be unworthy, go to the main crossroads and invite everyone you can find to come to the wedding.” So these servants went out onto the roads and collected together everyone they could find, bad and good alike; and the wedding hall was filled with guests”. ‘For many are invited but not all are chosen’ “.
Reflection - God is inviting all peoples to “Feast in His Eternal Kingdom.” However, millions are ignoring and rejecting His invitation. This invitation will not be opened at all times, as it would expire one day. We are “ignoring and rejecting” God’s invitation not because we are great sinners, but often because our priorities are not clear or they are contrary to God’s will. Are you responding only to the invitations of the secular world of possessions, power and pride? Are you trying to be more focused on God`s call to live in His ways?
Reflection on Luke 12:8-12, 21 October 2020- “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I tell you, if anyone openly declares himself for me in the presence of human beings, the Son of man will declare himself for him in the presence of God’s angels. But anyone who disowns me in the presence of human beings will be disowned in the presence of God’s angels. ‘Everyone who says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven, but no one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will be forgiven. ‘When they take you before …authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say, because when the time comes, the Holy Spirit will teach you what you should say.”
Reflection - Jesus warns us against blaspheming the Holy Spirit. It is an unforgivable sin when a person deliberately refuses to be open to God’s Truth and chooses to remain unrepentant in his ways. Nevertheless, God’s abundant love and mercy always tries to win the person over and never gives up on anyone.
Question to think- Is Jesus your Lord and Saviour? How are you living out this truth each day?âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
Reflection on Matthew 22:15-21, 20 October 2020- “The Pharisees went away to work out between them how to trap Jesus in what he said. And they sent their disciples to him, together with some Herodians, to say, ‘Master, we know that you are an honest man and teach the way of God in all honesty, and that you are not afraid of anyone, because human rank means nothing to you. Give us your opinion, then. Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’ But Jesus was aware of their hatred and replied, ‘You hypocrites! Why are you putting me to the test? Show me the money you pay the tax with.’ They handed him a coin, and he said, ‘Whose portrait is this? Whose title?’ They replied, ‘Caesar’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Very well, pay Caesar what belongs to Caesar — and God what belongs to God.”
Reflection - Our life of faith and our earthly responsibilities are different, but inseparable; they challenge each other. How does my relationship to God shape the way I relate to the world and vice versa? Is God challenging me to fulfil both my religious and secular responsibilities properly ? In which area do I need to concentrate?
Reflection on Luke 12:15-21, 19 October 2020- “Jesus said to the crowd, ‘’Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for life does not consist in possessions, even when someone has more than he needs.’ Then he told them a parable, ‘There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land, thought to himself, “What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops.” Then he said, “This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them, and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time.” But God said to him, “Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?” So it is when someone stores up treasure for himself instead of becoming rich in the sight of God.”
As you read the passage what words/ phrases caught your attention?
Reflection- In today’s Gospel passage Jesus is cautioning us about our attitudes of focussing on material wealth only. While material wealth is a blessing, we need to use it wisely and for the good of others, especially the needy and also acknowledge the fact that every good things come from God including the wealth that we have. Wealth is not above God and we need to remember this even when we are rich so that we do not end up like the rich man in the parable.
Question to think-What is the treasure in your heart? Do you have any “room” for God in your heart? How is God challenging you to live and die in God’s ways?
Reflection on Luke 12:1-5-16 October 2020- “The people had gathered in large number as a result they were tramping on one another. And Jesus began to speak, first of all to his disciples. ‘Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees — their hypocrisy. Everything now covered up will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. For this reason, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in hidden places will be proclaimed from the housetops. ‘To you my friends I say: Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. I will tell you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has the power to cast you into hell. Yes, I tell you, he is the one to fear.”
Reflection - Jesus cautions us about living a life of hypocrisy. As Christians, we should live without masks, double standards and lies. Let us live in the way that Jesus has taught us: Let what you say be simply “Yes” or “No”; anything more than this comes from evil (Mt 5:37) “The truth will set us free” and when we live by the Gospel Truth that Jesus preached we have no one to fear.
Question to think - How true is this in your daily living?
Reflection on Luke 11:47-53- Thursday 15 October 2020- “Jesus said: ‘Alas for you because you build tombs for the prophets, the people your ancestors killed! In this way you both witness to what your ancestors did and approve it; they did the killing, you do the building. ‘And that is why the Wisdom of God said, “I will send them prophets and apostles; some they will murder and persecute, so that this generation will have to answer for every prophet’s blood that has been shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the Temple.” Yes, I tell you, this generation will have to answer for it all. ‘Alas for you lawyers who have taken away the key of knowledge! You have not gone in yourselves and have prevented others from going in who wanted to.’ When he left there, the scribes and the Pharisees began a furious attack on him and tried to force answers from him on innumerable questions.”
As you read the passage what words, phrases or meanings caught your attention?
Reflection - In today’s Gospel , Jesus scolded the Pharisees and scribes and held them accountable for misleading and turning others away from God by their falsehood and confused interpretation of the Scriptures. Jesus is the Wisdom of God and the source of everlasting life. To have such “wisdom” we need to submit and acknowledge our dependence on Him.
Question to think about - Do you long for God’s Wisdom or are you distracted by the demanding and hectic lifestyle of the world? Speak to the Lord of your desires.
Reflection on Luke 11:42-46 - Wednesday 14 October 2020 - “The Lord said to the Pharisees: ‘Alas for you Pharisees, because you pay your tithe of mint …all sorts of garden herbs and neglect justice and the love of God! These you should have practised, without neglecting the others. ‘Alas for you Pharisees, because you like to take the seats of honour in the synagogues and to be greeted respectfully in the market squares! Alas for you, because you are like the unmarked tombs that people walk on without knowing it! A lawyer then spoke up. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘when you speak like this you insult us too.’ But he said, ‘Alas for you lawyers as well, because you load on people burdens that are unbearable, burdens that you yourselves do not touch with your fingertips.”
As you read the passage think about the words/phrases that caught your attention.
Reflection - Jesus was angry with the Pharisees because they pay all kinds of tithes, but do not observe the “justice and the love of God” that is more important. Moreover, they impose heavy burden and unclear rules on others; without themselves observing them. Jesus is also telling us not to attend to matters of little importance, and neglecting the essential practice of our faith which is to love God wholeheartedly through our daily actions and ways of living.
Question to think- Do you give importance to things which creates an obstacle to loving God and others?
Reflection on Luke 11:37-41 - Tuesday 13 October 2020
“Jesus had just finished speaking when a Pharisee invited him to dine at his house. He went in and sat down at table. The Pharisee saw this and was surprised that he had not first washed before the meal. But the Lord said to him, ‘You Pharisees! You clean the outside of cup and plate, while inside yourselves you are filled with extortion and wickedness. Fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside too? Instead, give alms from what you have and, look, everything will be clean for you.”
As you read the passage what words/sentences caught your attention?
Reflection: Jesus scolded the Pharisees for following the ceremonial laws externally and not following the internal laws of their hearts of charity, compassion and justice for all peoples. Thus, Jesus insisted that they practise the “internal laws” through giving “alms” to the needy. When we share our possessions freely and generously to those in need, God’s compassion and mercy is felt through us. A heart that is full of love and compassion has no room for envy, greed, bitterness, and the like. Allow God’s love and mercy to transform you more.
Reflection on Luke 6:46-49 - Friday 8 October 2020
“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord” and not do what I say? ‘Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and acts on them — I will show you what such a person is like. Such a person is like the man who, when he built a house, dug, and dug deep, and laid the foundations on rock; when the river was in flood it bore down on that house but could not shake it, it was so well built. But someone who listens and does nothing is like the man who built a house on soil, with no foundations; as soon as the river bore down on it, it collapsed; and what a ruin that house became!”
Reflection - Jesus scolded His disciples for calling Him “Lord, Lord” but not doing what He told them to do. Do you find yourself behaving like these disciples sometimes? A person who is rooted in Christ will be able to bear any hardships. He/she will have the courage and peace of God to withstand and strengthen him/her to face the trials of life. When we call Jesus “Lord, Lord” we must also practise his teachings in our daily life and make Him the foundation of everything that we do.
Reflection on Luke 11:9-13 - Thursday 7 October 2020
“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened. ‘What father among you, if his son asked for a fish, would hand him a snake? Or if he asked for an egg, hand him a scorpion? If you then, evil as you are, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Think about the words/sentences that caught your attention.
Reflection - Everything that we have comes from God. Yet, it is important to “ask” like a child who knows that he can go to his Father, who would listen and give the best to him. Our Father in heaven wants to have a close relationship with us. When we “ask” we are breaking the barrier between God and us. Definitely God will give us what we desire but only if it is good for us because God will not give us anything which will not be good even if we think it is good for us because God knows our past, present and future.
Questions to think about - When you have some problems or if you want something do you ask God for it? How close are you to God?
Reflection on Luke 1:26b-32, 34-35, 38 - Wednesday 7 October 2020
“The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, you who enjoy God’s favour! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Look! You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I have no knowledge of man?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God.’ Mary said, ‘You see before you the Lord’s servant, let it happen to me as you have said.’ And the angel left her.”
As you read the passage, think of any words/sentences that you liked.
Reflection: Mary is Our Lord’s Mother and the Church’s perfect disciple. This is because Mary was always faithful to God. How serious are we in living our faith in the ordinary situations of our lives? God is not calling us to do great things, but to live life faithfully and fully in God with Mary as our model.
Reflection on Luke 10:38-42 - Tuesday 6 October 2020
“Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha, who was distracted with all the serving, came to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered, ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said, ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part, and it is not to be taken from her.”
As you read the passage think of the words /sentences that caught your attention.
Reflection - Jesus points out that while there is a need for serving others, more importantly, we are called to be more in tune with God in our daily life.
Think about the way you live your life daily and ask yourself, “Am I more prone to be like Martha or Mary?” What draws me to be more like Martha or Mary? What does this tell about the person that I am? What is God inspiring me to do with my present life?
Reflection on Matthew 21:28-32 - Monday 5 October 2020
“Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: ‘What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, “My boy, go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not go,” but afterwards thought better of it and went. ‘The man then went and said the same thing to the second who answered, “Certainly, sir,” but did not go. Which of the two did the father’s will?’ They said, ‘The first.’ Jesus said to them, ‘In truth I tell you, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you. ‘For John came to you, showing the way of uprightness, but you did not believe him, and yet the tax collectors and prostitutes did. Even after seeing that, you refused to think better of it and believe in him.”
Reflection - As you read the passage think of the words/phrases that caught your attention.
Like the two brothers in today’s Gospel, God has given us the free will to either accept or reject His commandments. Though we may not reject God’s commandments completely like the younger brother, do we have the attitude of the elder brother to do things in our own ways and in our time?
Let us pray for the graces to live in God’s ways wholeheartedly. Let us also ask for His forgiveness if we have not been able to live according to His will.
Reflection on Luke 9:43b-45 - Friday 2 October 2020
“At a time when everyone was full of admiration for all he did, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘For your part, you must have these words constantly in mind: The Son of man is going to be delivered into the power of men.’ But they did not understand what he said; it was hidden from them so that they should not see the meaning of it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.”
Reflection -The followers of Jesus did not accept at all that Jesus would be crucified like a criminal. We, too, cannot understand how God’s endless love for us could mean dying for us in such a cruel way.
Let us pray for the grace to love generously and the courage to live truly according to God’s Will.
Reflection on Matthew 18:1-5 - Thursday 1 October 2020
“The disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?’ So he called a little child to him whom he set among them. Then he said, ‘In truth I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. ‘Anyone who welcomes one little child like this in my name welcomes me.”
Reflection - Jesus tells us that in order “to enter the kingdom of Heaven” we need to have childlike faith. We need to be humble and simple in our faith. When our relationship with God is one of total openness and faith in Him, we will freely live in His ways. When we live according to God’s will, He will happily share His glory with us forever.
Reflection on Luke 9:57-62 - Wednesday 30 September 2020
As Jesus and his disciples travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.’ Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me,’ replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’ Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say good-bye to my people at home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’
Think about any word/sentence that caught your attention.
Reflection - Jesus tells us clearly how lives in poverty, even if he is the Son of God and “has nowhere to lay his head.” If today, Jesus were to ask you to “follow Him”, what would be the possession that would be very difficult for you to give up? Would it be your family, your comfort or any form of “security?” Just pray about it. Perhaps the Lord is asking you to live a simpler life and sharing your talents, wealth and time with those who are less fortunate.
Reflection on John 1:47-51 - Tuesday 29 September 2020
“When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, ‘There, truly, is an Israelite in whom there is no deception.’ Nathanael asked, ‘How do you know me?’ Jesus replied, ‘Before Philip came to call you, I saw you under the fig tree.’ Nathanael answered, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the king of Israel.’ Jesus replied, ‘You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You are going to see greater things than that.’ And then he added, ‘In all truth I tell you, you will see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending over the Son of man.”
Reflection - Nathanael believed in Jesus just because Jesus saw him under the fig tree and for that He was rewarded by Jesus. Let us also like Nathanael be open to hearts to God’s calling. Let us work towards the spreading Christ’s message to all we come into contact with.
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Reflection on Luke 9:46-50 - Monday 28 September 2020
"An argument started between the disciple about which of them was the greatest. Jesus knew what thoughts were going through their minds, and he took a little child whom he set by his side and then he said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. The least among you all is the one who is the greatest.’ John spoke up. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘we saw someone driving out devils in your name, and because he is not with us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘You must not stop him: anyone who is not against you is for you.”
Think of any word/phrases that caught your attention.
Reflection – In the passage, Jesus said “The least among you all is the one who is the greatest. Jesus is telling us to reach out to those whom the world considers to be good for nothing. insignificant and burdensome. Jesus is challenging us to go beyond our comfort zone and serve the poor, the deprived and the sick. If we help these people, God will consider us to be the “greatest in His kingdom.”
Question to think about - How do you intend to respond to such challenges?
Reflection on Luke 9:18-22 - Friday 25 September 2020
“One day Jesus was praying alone, and his disciples came to him and he put this question to them, ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ And they answered, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others Elijah; others again one of the ancient prophets come back to life.
‘But you,’ he said to them, ‘who do you say I am?’ It was Peter who spoke up. ‘The Christ of God,’ he said.
But he gave them strict orders and charged them not to say this to anyone. He said, ‘The Son of man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.”
Think about any words or phrases that caught your attention.
Reflection - Jesus prayed often in order to be with God the Father through the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ prayers helped Him to be totally focused on fulfilling His Father’s Will in everything that He did and said. Peter was inspired by the Holy Spirit to declare that Jesus is “The Son of God”.
Questions to think about - Are you aware of the promptings and inspirations of the Holy Spirit in your daily living? How often do you pray? Do you have a prayer corner /room in your home where you can be with the Lord? The greatest gift you can give yourself is to develop a good prayer life and thus become closer to God.
Reflection on Luke 8:4-8 - Thursday 24 September 2020
“With a large crowd gathering and people from every town finding their way to Jesus, he told this parable: ‘A sower went out to sow his seed. Now as he sowed, some fell on the edge of the path and was trampled on; and the birds of the air ate it up. Some seed fell on rock, and when it came up it withered away, having no moisture. Some seed fell in the middle of thorns and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell into good soil and grew and produced its crop a hundredfold.’ Saying this he cried, ‘Anyone who has ears for listening should listen!”
As you read the passage think about any words/phrases that touched your heart.
Reflection - In the parable of the Sower, Jesus spoke about different types of soil: unfertile soil by the path, soil that nurtures thorns, rocky soil and good soil. Each type symbolizing the different degrees of openness toward the Good News of God.
Questions to think about - We are a combination of different types of soil at different points of our lives. What type of soil are you at the moment?
Reflection on Luke 9:1-6 - Wednesday 23 September 2020
Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take nothing for the journey: neither staff, nor haversack, nor bread, nor money; and do not have a spare tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there; and when you leave let your departure be from there. As for those who do not welcome you, when you leave their town shake the dust from your feet as evidence against them.’ So they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the good news and healing everywhere.
Think about the words or sentences that caught your attention.
Reflection - Jesus wants us to hear and bring the Good News to others. However, it is never easy to bring the Good News to others as we can face rejection and even persecutions.
Questions to think about - How much do we trust God in providing us with all the strength we need to fulfil our duties as followers of the Lord? Do we rely only on our own aptitudes or on God’s grace as well? What happens when we feel low in failing to make the Good News known to others? Do we find strength in God to try again?
Reflection on Luke 8:19-21 - Tuesday 22 September 2020
“The mother and brothers of Jesus came looking for him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd. He was told, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you.’ But he said in answer, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
Think of any word/sentence that caught your attention.
Reflection - Jesus demonstrates in this passage that His bond of relationship with His mother is deeper through their faithfulness to God’s Will than through human mother and child relationship. We are called to witness our union with one another in the Lord through our care, love and concern for each other’s needs and the needs of the poor.
Questions to think about - Do you try to help those who are in need or do you just keep the Word of God in your heart and do not act on it?
Reflection on Matthew 9:9-13 - Monday 21 September 2020
"As Jesus was walking on he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him. Now while he was at table in the house it happened that a number of tax collectors and sinners came to sit at the table with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your master eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ When he heard this he replied, ‘It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. Go and learn the meaning of the words: Mercy is what pleases me, not sacrifice. And indeed I came to call not the upright, but sinners.”
Think about any word/sentence that touched you.
Reflection - In today’s Gospel, Matthew a tax collector who was considered a sinner, straightaway gave up everything to follow Jesus when He called him. Jesus teaches us to love one another and not be biased especially towards those who have been side-lined by the society e.g. poor and the needy and the sinners. Our Christ-like approach towards others and respect for those who are outcast can draw them and us closer to God.
Questions to think about - Do you have any prejudices in life? How does your prejudice/s towards others affect the way you relate to them? How is Christ inspiring you to be more like Him?
Reflection on the Gospel of St. Luke 8:1-3 - Friday 18 September 2020
"Jesus made his way through towns and villages preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. With him went the Twelve, as well as certain women who had been cured of evil spirits and ailments: Mary surnamed the Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their own resources”.
As you read the passage think of any word or sentence that caught your attention?
Reflection - Jesus, accompanied by his disciples and some women, went round to towns and villages preaching the Good News of salvation. The different types of work done in our Church are different ways of bringing the Good News of salvation to others. Thus, we are all called to work with great zeal and enthusiasm for the Kingdom of God. Like Jesus and His followers, we also need to serve in relationship with and support of one another so that our witnessing of the Good News is shown through our lives. How are we living this out in our daily life?
Reflection on Luke 7:36b-43, 47a - Thursday 17 September 2020
“When Jesus arrived at the Pharisee’s house and took his place at table, suddenly a woman came in, who had a bad name in the town. She had heard he was dining with the Pharisee and had brought with her an alabaster jar of ointment. She waited behind Jesus at his feet, weeping, and her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them away with her hair; then she covered his feet with kisses and anointed them with the ointment. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who this woman is and what sort of person it is who is touching him and what a bad name she has.’ Then Jesus took him up and said, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ He replied, ‘Say on, Master.’ There was once a creditor who had two men in his debt; one owed him five hundred denarii, the other fifty. They were unable to pay, so he let them both off. Which of them will love him more?’ Simon answered, ‘The one who was let off more, I suppose.’ Jesus said, ‘You are right. For this reason I tell you that her sins, many as they are, have been forgiven her, because she has shown such great love.”
Think about any word/sentence that you liked.
Reflection - The woman’s gratitude and love for Jesus was so deep that she made every effort to show Jesus how she felt as he forgave her sins.
Questions to think about - Are we conscious of the different ways we sin against God and cause hurt to others? Do you ever thank God for His endless Mercy and Forgiveness of your sinful ways?
Reflection on Luke 6:46-49 - Wednesday 16 September 2020
“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord” and not do what I say?
‘Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and acts on them — I will show you what such a person is like. Such a person is like the man who, when he built a house, dug, and dug deep, and laid the foundations on rock; when the river was in flood it bore down on that house but could not shake it, it was so well built. But someone who listens and does nothing is like the man who built a house on soil, with no foundations; as soon as the river bore down on it, it collapsed; and what a ruin that house became!”
Think about any phrase/word that touched your heart.
Reflection - Jesus criticised His disciples for calling Him “Lord, Lord” but not doing what He told them to do. Do you sometimes find yourself behaving like these disciples?
A person who has strong faith in Christ will be able to endure any hardships. With the help of God, He/She will have the courage to face the trials at all times.
Reflection on John 19:25-27 - Tuesday 15 September 2020
“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is your son.’ Then to the disciple he said, ‘This is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home”.
As you read the passage think about the words/ phases that caught your attention
Reflection - Jesus says to His beloved disciple, ‘This is your mother’. Since we are disciples of Jesus, we too have Mary as our mother. Mothers are to be loved and honoured for all the sacrifices that they make for us, fulfilling all our desires and loving us unconditionally. Let us especially thank the Lord for the gift of His own Mother to us.
Question to think about – How do we relate to Mary in the living of our life of faith?
Reflection on Gospel of St. John 3:13-17 - Monday 14 September 2020
“Jesus said to Nicodemus: ‘No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of man; as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. ‘For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ‘For God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might be saved”.
Think about any words or phrase that caught your attention.
Reflection - In today’s Gospel, Jesus declares that He came into the world to find and save those who are lost, to call sinners . His call is an invitation to accept God’s love and to be reconciled with Him. Jesus himself is the perfect sign of God’s Mercy to all. He took the form of a slave and gave up His divine majesty to win for us our eternal salvation. Spend some moments to think of this great and divine Mercy of God for us and ask ourselves, “How should I respond to His love?”
Reflection on Luke 6:1-5 - Friday 11 September 2020
'Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you: whatever the offense, the evidence of two or three witnesses is required to sustain the charge. But if he refuses to listen to these, report it to the community; and if he refuses to listen to the community, treat him like a Gentile or a tax collector. ‘In truth I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. ‘In truth I tell you once again, if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three meet in my name, I am there among them.’
Think about any words/phrase that caught your attention.
Reflection - Often we are ready to accept the principle of “see no evil, hear no evil and do no evil.” It easy to accept but when it comes to practising it in our lives, it becomes a bit difficult. We are called to be responsible not only for all our own thoughts, words and deeds, but also for the welfare and salvation of others.
Question to think about - How pro-active are we in responding to the needs of others?
Reflection on Luke 6:27-35 - Thursday 10 September 2020
‘Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. To anyone who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek as well; to anyone who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from someone who takes it. Treat others as you would like people to treat you.
‘ If you love those who love you, what credit can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit can you expect? For even sinners do that much. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to get money back, what credit can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount. Instead, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.’
Reflection - We often have a longing for peace in our hearts, but most of the time what we see is- Countries at war, families quarrelling and millions of people suffering. Most of us often want to be right and prove others wrong and this causes a lot of conflict around us. However, Jesus reminds us today to, “Love your enemies and do good to them . . .” Let us pray for the graces to be able to live this Gospel challenge daily.
Question to think about - How is God challenging you today?âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
Reflection on Luke - 6:20-26 - Wednesday 9 September 2020
“Fixing his eyes on his disciples Jesus said: ‘How blessed are you who are poor: the kingdom of God is yours.
‘Blessed are you who are hungry now: you shall have your fill. Blessed are you who are weeping now: you shall laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of man. Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, look!-your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets. But alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now. Alas for you who have plenty to eat now: you shall go hungry. Alas for you who are laughing now: you shall mourn and weep. Alas for you when everyone speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets”.
Reflection: As you read the passage, think about the word or phrase that caught your attention.
Jesus in this passage teaches us how to live the Gospel values through The “Beatitudes”. Jesus is also reminding us today that the road to eternal life is difficult. Most people and sometimes even believers avoid such Gospel values because they cannot give up the desires for riches, honours and the like. However, the “Beatitudes” are ways of living that lead us to eternal life. It is certainly worth the sacrifices and the sufferings that we face in this life as we wait for the eternal reward that God has promised us.
Questions to think about: Do you try to follow the Beatitudes? Do you think it is easy to follow them? Do you ask God for help to follow the Beatitudes?
Reflection on Luke 6:6-11 - Tuesday 8 September 2020
On the Sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach, and a man was present, and his right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching him to see if he would cure somebody on the Sabbath, hoping to find something to charge him with. But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Get up and stand out in the middle!’ And he came forward and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them, ‘I put it to you: is it permitted on the Sabbath to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to destroy it?’ Then he looked round at them all and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He did so, and his hand was restored. But they were furious and began to discuss the best way of dealing with Jesus.
Reflection: Think about any word/phrase that touched your heart from the above passage.
In the Gospel of St Luke, Jesus teaches us that showing compassion to someone who is suffering is more important than observing the Sabbath. If we are unaffected by the pains of others, then us praying to God by following all the rituals like the Pharisees and the Scribes did does not make any sense, it is empty and worthless.
Let us pray that we become more compassionate to suffering people in our world.
Question to think about: Do you sometimes ignore the needs of others, even if you are in a position to help that person?
Reflection on Luke 18:9-14 - Thursday 2 July 2020
Luke 18:9-14 - Jesus spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on being upright and looked down on everyone else, ‘Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself, “I thank you, God, that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous like everyone else, and particularly that I am not like this tax collector here. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on all I get.”
The tax collector stood some distance away, not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he beat his breast and said, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” This man, I tell you, went home again justified; the other did not. For everyone who raises himself up will be humbled, but anyone who humbles himself will be raised up.’
Jesus presents to us two types of praying: the Pharisee is full of self-praise however the tax collector, stands at a distance and begs humbly for forgiveness from God. How do you pray? Are your eyes focussed on God or on yourself? Jesus makes clear that we should pray like the tax collector – with humility. âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
Reflection on Matthew 8:23-27 - Wednesday 1 July 2020
Matthew 8:23-27 - Jesus got into the boat followed by his disciples. Suddenly a storm broke over the lake, so violent that the boat was being swamped by the waves. But he was asleep. So they went to him and woke him saying, ‘Save us, Lord, we are lost!’ And he said to them, ‘Why are you so frightened, you who have so little faith?’ And then he stood up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. They were astounded and said, ‘Whatever kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?’
As we go along in life, we may face many 'storms' and sometimes we might not expect it, but Jesus assures us that He will always be there for us. The disciples, when they saw the storm, they were afraid and forgot that Jesus was with them. Similarly, when we face troubles we should never lose hope as God always loves and cares for us. Let us open our hearts to Him and we will surely find Him there with us.
Questions to think about: Do you lose heart when we face trouble? do you put your complete trust in God?
Reflection on Matthew 10:37-42 - Tuesday 30 June 2020
Matthew 10:37-42 - Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘No one who prefers father or mother to me is worthy of me. No one who prefers son or daughter to me is worthy of me. Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me… ‘If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to anyone in need…then I tell you’ solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.’
In the above passage, Jesus challenges us to examine our hearts to see who we love first and foremost. A true disciple loves God above all things and is willing to forsake all for Him. Sometimes, it is not easy to put God above all else and you might have oppositions in doing the will of God. How true is this of your experiences? Jesus wants us to be kind and generous, like Him, to in need. Every good deed that we do is rewarded by God even if sometimes we might not receive any reward here on earth, but we will receive it later when we are eternally with God. Try to love God, because if we do then we can love others as well.
Questions to think about: Do you love God above all else? Do you feel that you need to be rewarded by others whenever you help them or do you carry on helping others regardless of the praise and reward that you might get from them?
Reflection on Matthew 8:5-10. 13 - Monday 29 June 2020
Matthew 8:5-10, 13 - When Jesus went into Capernaum a centurion came up and pleaded with him. ‘Sir,’ he said, ‘my servant is lying at home paralysed and in great pain.’ Jesus said to him, ‘I will come myself and cure him.’ The centurion replied, ‘Sir, I am not worthy to have you under my roof; just give the word and my servant will be cured... When Jesus heard this he was astonished and said to those following him, ‘In truth, I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found faith as great as this.’ And to the centurion Jesus said, ‘Go back, then; let this be done for you, as your faith demands.’ And the servant was cured at that moment.
Jesus showers praise on the centurion and holds him up as a perfect example of a faithful person. Can Jesus say the same of your faith? The centurion was pleading Jesus to help his servant who was paralysed. The centurion was very much worried about the health of his servant and it is his faith in Jesus that healed the servant. Let us pray for our self, our loved ones and for all those who are suffering so much in the world. Every person is precious in the eyes of God, the more you care about others, the more you will be like Christ.
Questions to think about: How often do you pray to God pray for others who are in need? Do you pray only for yourself and for your loved ones?
Reflection on Matthew 8:1-4 - Friday 26 June 2020
Matthew 8:1 4 - After Jesus had come down from the mountain large crowds followed him. A man with a contagious skin-disease came up in front of him, saying, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can cleanse me.’ Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him saying, ‘I am willing. Be cleansed.’ And his skin-disease was cleansed at once.
In the Gospel, the man with the skin disease was humble enough to accept his sickness and had deep faith in Jesus and therefore approached him for healing. Like the man with the skin disease, we too with deep faith can ask Jesus to cleanse us of our many sins.
Let us pray to deepen our faith in God and to trust Him even in the darkest moments of our lives.
Reflection on Matthew 7:21-24, 26, 28-29 - Thursday 25 June 2020
Matthew 7:21-24, 26, 28-29 - Jesus said to his disciples: ‘It is not anyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven. When the day comes many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, work many miracles in your name?” Then I shall tell them to their faces: I have never known you; away from me, all evildoers!
‘Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock. But everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand.’
In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us that, in order to have eternal life, we need to put into practise our faith. If we just go on a Sunday to the Church, listen to the Gospel and do not practise what we had listened then our faith in the Lord is insincere and superficial. In times of troubles, e.g. when we are not well, saddened, in pain or in grief, it is only our faith in the Lord that will see us through but for that, your love for the Lord has to be sincere and from the heart.
Questions to think about: Do I sometimes fail to follow the Gospel and instead do things which are opposite to what Jesus wants me to do? How is the Lord inspiring me to deepen my love for Him?
Reflection on Matthew 7:1-5 - Wednesday 24 June 2020
Matthew 7:1-5 - Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged; because the judgements you give are the judgements you will get, and the standard you use will be the standard used for you. ‘Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the great log in your own? And how dare you say to your brother, “Let me take that splinter out of your eye,” when, look, there is a great log in your own? Hypocrite! Take the log out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye.’
Think about the words, phrases which caught your attention?
Jesus tells us ‘Do not judge and you will not be judged’. He wants us to be merciful in our judgment instead of being critical and hurtful towards others. Often we only know one side of the story and we make a judgement based on that and this can be a partial judgement. It is sometimes easy to judge others wrongly and difficult to be fair in our judgment. It is easier to find fault with others than in oneself. To find fault in oneself requires humbleness. Let us pray to the Lord to fill us with humbleness, broadmindedness and patience towards others so that we can see others as Jesus sees them.
Reflection on Matthew 7:6, 12-14 - Tuesday 23 June 2020
Did any words or phrases catch your attention?
Sometimes when we do or say something it can be very hurtful to others. Do you think you would like it if someone says hurtful words to you? We, therefore, need to be careful in what we say and be more loving towards others. When we take the narrow gate, which is the path that God wants us to take, we will find love and joy at the end.
Questions to think about: Do I try to take the narrow gate? Am I careful in my words and deeds, so that it does not hurt others?
Reflection on Matthew 6:7-15 - Monday 22 June 2020
Think about any word/s or phrase/s from the above passage that caught your attention.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to pray to His Father with all your heart through the prayer of the “Our Father.” Through this prayer we are each called to praise God, then we ask for His forgiveness and protection from all kinds of evils.
Questions to think about: Do you really pray from your heart? Do you fully trust in God when troubles come?