November 15, 2018 – Thursday
Gospel: Luke 17:20-25
“The kingdom of God is within you.” (cf Luke 17:21)
Whenever you utter the words “Thy Kingdom come” in the prayer of Our Father, what do you understand from it? How do you expect the Kingdom to come to you?
Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel clearly affirms that the Kingdom of God is not far from our reach. It is already dwelling in us. When we were baptized, our hearts have been opened to the Kingdom of God and we continue to experience this Kingdom whenever we dialogue with God in prayer, when we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, and when we encounter Jesus through our brothers and sisters.
Mother Mary, you experienced the Kingdom of God each day of your life. Continue to teach us how to pray, how to listen to the Spirit, and how to see Jesus in others.
November 14, 2018 – Wednesday
Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
The attitude of gratitude
When was the last time you stopped to give thanks to God? Life offers a lot that we are to be grateful for.
Sometimes, instead of thanking God for what He has given us, we end up complaining of the little we receive or what we do not have yet. Worse is even when we get what we prayed for, we become the nine lepers, who forget to acknowledge God’s blessings in our lives.
We are invited to cultivate in us the attitude of gratitude and experience the grace that comes from it. Lord, all that we have come from you. Help us to grow in gratitude each day.
November 13, 2018 – Tuesday
Gospel: Luke 17:7-10
Heart of a true servant
How many of us, when we do something good for others, wait for a reward, a gratitude, an affirmation? At times, we unconsciously bring this attitude towards God. We tend to take our servanthood as a guarantee to receive God’s answers and blessings when we pray for something.
Today, Jesus reminds us what the heart of a true servant is. He does not boast of what he does; does not claim entitlement to rewards; but finds joy and fulfillment in doing good deeds because he knows that the greatest opportunity is to be able to do the greatest commandments – to love God with all his heart, mind, and soul and to love his neighbor as he loves himself.
Let us continue to ask the intercession of our Mother Mary that we may have a heart of a true servant so we can continue to follow Christ each day in total and complete freedom.
November 12, 2018 – Monday
Gospel: Luke 17:1-6
“Watch what you do.” (Luke 17:3)
Jesus understands that human as we are, the possibility of committing sin is inevitable. But he also warns us that worse than this is when we cause others to sin. That is why today, He strongly reminds each one to be always on guard – to be mindful of our words and actions because both are powerful – they can either transcend life or death to a person.
How would you want to make an impact to someone’s life today?
November 11, 2018 - Sunday
Gospel: Mark 12: 38-44
"she gave from her poverty, and put in everything she had, her very living." Mark 12: 44
When we consider something as our god, we store it up, keep it the way we want, but it will never be enough, it will never satisfy us.
Today's gospel talks about the widow who has given everything she had. Her act of giving means a deep faith and trust in God's providence. She gives everything because she trusts that God will take care of her.
Jesus today invites us to give our all, it can be our time, talents, treasure, love, peace, mercy, forgiveness, joy, happiness to Him with the hope and trust that He will be the one to provide everything that we need
Help us Mother Mary to be like the widow in the Gospel that we may also give our everything putting our trust in Jesus. Amen
November 10, 2018 - Saturday
Gospel: Luke 16: 9- 15
"Whoever can be trusted in the little things can be trusted in great ones." Luke 16: 10
In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches us the value of things regardless of their price. What we do in small things reveals about what we will do with much and reveals the truth about our authenticity as His disciple.
Like what Mother Teresa said "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." This attitude can help us to put love in everything that we do especially with things that God entrusts us.
Lord keep my heart pure in any matter big or small. Amen
November 9, 2018 - Friday
Gospel : John 2: 13- 22
"Zeal of your house devours me like fire" John 2: 17
Today's Gospel shows how people had false zeal by making the temple of God a market place. Sometimes we are zealous of wrong things making money as the center of our lives, being too obsessed with worldly possessions and by that it makes our heart corrupted.
Are we zealous with things that corrupts the temple of God?
Jesus invites us to take care with great zeal our body - the temple of God. Our bodies are sacred and our hearts should be holy, we should be mindful of things that we do in our body.
November 8, 2018 - Thursday
Gospel: Luke 15: 1- 10
" Rejoice with me! I have found you." Luke 15:6
We spend most of our lives in search for something. It might be something concrete as our cellphones, pens, eyeglasses or something intangible such us courage, peace, love or knowledge.
Being in search is a sign for our desire for the fullness of life. And it is a search for someone not for something. He is the One who alone can fullfil something that we humans can't fill. It is our search for God that begins from His search for us.
In today's Gospel, God reminds us how important we are for Him that He would leave His 99 sheep just to search for us and to make us feel loved. The society may treat us as a nobody but never for God for in His eyes we are special, precious and of supreme value.
Do you allow yourself to be found?
November 7, 2018 - Wednesday
Gospel: Luke 14: 25 - 33
"Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple." Luke 14: 27
In todays Gospel, Jesus is asking for a love that is exclusive and has God as our priority. No love should interfere with the love that we owe to Him. We must prefer Him above anything and anyone else in our lives.
We cannot love and follow Him without making Him our only priority, without accepting our cross and sufferings, and not willing to give up our worldly possessions, sacrificing our convenience by getting out of our comfort zone.
Jesus invites us today to carry our own cross and be His true disciples by making Him as our only priority.
Mother Mary help us to surrender everything and give us the strength as we carry our cross and follow Jesus. Amen
November 6, 2018 - Tuesday
Gospel : Luke 14: 15- 24
"Happy are those who eat at the banquet in the kingdom of God" - Luke 14:15
The parable talks about the people who refused to listen to his invitation for they did not acknowledge the need of his banquet. Do you acknowledge the need to dine with Jesus?
In today's Gospel, Jesus invites us to His house to eat and to dine with Him. His invitation is free and He prepared everything. He offers salvation and pay for what it costs, all we have to do is to come and receive it freely. No matter how great our sins are, He invites us and prepares everything to join him in His kingdom.
Help us Mother Mary to personally respond to the invitation of Jesus to join in His kingdom. Amen.