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Past Daily Reflections
Reflection on John 10:31-38, Friday 26/3/21- The Jews fetched stones to stone Jesus, so he said to them, ‘I have done many good works for you to see, works from my Father; for which of these are you stoning me?’ The Jews answered him, ‘We are stoning you, not for doing a good work, but for blasphemy; you are only a man, and you claim to be God.’ Jesus answered: ‘Is it not written in your Law: I said, you are gods? So the Law used the word ‘gods’ of those to whom the word God was addressed, and scripture cannot be rejected. Yet you say to someone the Father has consecrated and sent into the world, “You are blaspheming” because he says, “I am Son of God.” If I am not doing my Father’s work, there is no need to believe me; but if I am doing it, then even if you refuse to believe in me, at least believe in the work I do; then you will know for sure that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.’
Reflection - In today’s Gospel the Jews wanted to kill Jesus for blasphemy because He claimed to be the Son of God and made himself equal to God. Jesus challenged his enemies to accept his good works if they could not accept his words. The Word of God is life and power to those who believe.
Questions to think- Have you been a faithful witness for Christ? Or do you only hear the Word and forget about it?
Reflection on Luke 1:26-31, 34-35, 38, Thursday 25/3/21- The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged 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, so highly favoured! 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. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you,’ the angel answered, ‘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.’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary, ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.
Reflection - Mother Mary, like all of us, was at first frightened by what God had planned for her. However, she found the strength to commit herself completely to the Will of God by saying ‘let it happen to me as You have said’.
Questions to think - How many of us are able to find the strength and courage to be like Mary our Mother and Model who committed her life completely to God?
Reflection on John 7:40-52, Wednesday, 24/3/21- Several people who had been listening to Jesus said, ‘Surely he must be the prophet,’ and some said, ‘He is the Christ,’ but others said, ‘Would the Christ be from Galilee? Does not scripture say that the Christ must be descended from David and come from the town of Bethlehem?’ So the people could not agree about him. Some would have liked to arrest him, but no one actually laid hands on him. The guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees who said to them, ‘Why haven’t you brought him?’ The police replied, ‘There has never been anybody who has spoken like him.’ ‘So,’ the Pharisees answered, ‘you have been led astray as well?’
Reflection - In today’s Gospel, the crowd was divided in their views about who Jesus is; some even wanted to arrest Him. Millions of people today still do not know and have not accepted Jesus as our Saviour and Lord. Some engage in persecuting Christians. Others destroy God’s Truth and Image of salvation through promoting a Godless society that is self-centred. As believers, we must witness to Christ’s Truth faithfully and let us ask God for the grace to live in His ways daily.
Reflection on John 8:23-30, Tuesday 23/3/21- Jesus said to the Pharisees: ‘You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I have told you already: You will die in your sins. Yes, if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.’ So they said to him, ‘Who are you?’ Jesus answered: ‘What I have told you from the beginning. About you I have much to say and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is truthful, and what I have learnt from him I declare to the world.’ They failed to understand that he was talking to them about the Father. So Jesus said: ‘When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing of myself. What the Father has taught me is what I preach; he who sent me is with me, and has not left me to myself, for I always do what pleases him.’ As he was saying this, many came to believe in him.
Reflection - In today’s Gospel Jesus shares the close union He has with His Father – His love, His faithfulness, His dependence and total trust in His Father and His determination to fulfil His Father’s Will. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. There are no clearer way to gain eternal life than through Jesus’ Ways and Truth.
Questions to think- Are we aware of the Holy Spirit’s daily promptings to urge us to remain united with His Father’s Will through living Christ-like life? How am I responding to all that Jesus has taught me?
Reflection on John 8:1-7, 9a, Monday, 22/3/21- Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At daybreak he appeared in the Temple again; and as all the people came to him, he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman along who had been caught committing adultery; and making her stand there in full view of everybody, they said to Jesus, ‘Master, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery, and Moses had ordered us in the Law to condemn women like this to death by stoning. What have you got to say?’ They asked him this as a test, looking for something to use against him. But Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger. As they persisted with their question, he looked up and said, ‘If there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’ When they heard this they went away one by one, beginning with the eldest, until the last one had gone.
Reflection- Like the scribes and Pharisees in today’s Gospel, it is so easy for us to judge sinners harshly but find it so difficult to forgive those who have hurt us. Only God alone can judge. Humility is accepting the truth that we all are dependent on God’s graces and not be the one to ‘cast the first stone’.
God made us in His image and likeness. We have the tendency to sin and we are all dependent on God’s graces to live holy lives. This is never easy.
Questions to think- Am I aware of Jesus’ forgiving and compassion of our judgmental ways?