February 22, 2019 - Friday
Gospel: Mt 16: 13-19
You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church (Mt 16:18)
In the gospel, Jesus asked the disciples what do people say who the Son of Man is. Simon Peter answered that He is the Christ, the son of the living God. Jesus called our Peter personally as the blessed one where he will build his own church. Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter as the rock where our church is built.
Mother Mary, we pray for all the priests who follow from the line of Peter that they may truly tend the flock as God would have it, allowing God to build his Church.
February 21, 2019 - Thursday
Gospel: Mark 8: 27-33
He spoke this openly (Mk 8:32)
Jesus asked the disciples who He is. He heard answers and taught them who He is. He spoke of the hardships that he will encounter, even His own death. Are we the same? Do we speak openly of who we are? Of our greatest sufferings? Or do we only share our accomplishments? Today, Jesus encourages us to speak openly and bravely to Him of who we are as how He did to his disciples.
Mother Mary, we pray for the time and space to have an open and honest dialogue with Jesus with whatever we are going through right now.
February 20, 2019 - Wednesday
Gospel: Mark 8: 22-26
Enlighten the eyes of our hearts that we may know what is the hope that belongs to His call (Ephesians 1:17)
Jesus took a blind man and led him outside of the village. Today, we are invited to be led and enlightened from the blindness we are carrying: difficult people, challenges, unexpected sickness in the family, etc. Let us be the blind man who completely trusts Jesus in leading us to the hope that we yearn to receive.
Mother Mary, we pray to have an attitude that yearns for the hope and positivity in our hearts in the daily struggles that we have.
February 19, 2019 - Tuesday
Gospel: Mark 8: 14-21
Watch out and guard against the leaven (Mk 8:15)
Are you easily angered? Irritated by the traffic? A little jealous of a friend or co-worker on the blessings they are receiving? Jesus warns us to watch out and guard against the leaven in our hearts. It might be a tiny seed but once grown, it can make our hearts harden. Let us be cautious with the desires that we have in our hearts.
Mother Mary, we ask the grace to purify our daily intentions in everything we think and do.
February 18, 2019 - Monday
Gospel: Mark 8: 11-13
I am the way and the truth and the life (Jn 14:6)
Jesus asks us strongly today, “Why does this generation seek a sign?” Do we wait for signs around us before doing something? Jesus abandons these signs we ask from him because He invites us to depend on Him as the way, the truth and the life, the true source of the sign that we seek in our lives.
Mother Mary, we pray to be mindful of where to depend the desires of our hearts.
February 17, 2019 - Sunday
Gospel: Luke 6:17, 20-26
"Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven." (cf. Lk 6:23)
We always hear Jesus praising and blessing the least of all the people. And it is with their rich faith and righteous lives that He is touched the most. A person's life is being tested through tough and down times. It is also through these times that his faith is being enriched by choosing to take the righteous way. Jesus, in today's Gospel, assured those who live faithfully and righteously with heavenly reward. May we live our lives rich in faith and righteous in our ways because of love for God and eventually enjoy God's great rewards in heaven.
February 16, 2019 - Saturday
Gospel: Mark 8:1-10
"I have compassion for these people." (cf. Mk 8:2)
The divine providence of the Father prevailed in today's Gospel, enabling Jesus and His disciples to feed thousands of people in a deserted place. It is through Jesus that we have witnessed and experienced the compassion of our Heavenly Father. And it is through His miracles that He has shown the divine providence of the Father in times of need. May we also be trustful and faithful to our Heavenly Father as how Jesus has taught and shown us.
February 15, 2019 – Friday
Gospel: Mark 7:31-37
"Ephphatha! Be opened!" (cf. Mk 7:34)
In today's Gospel, Jesus healed a deaf man who also had difficulty in speaking, by saying just one word, "Ephphatha!" that is, "Be opened!" Today's Gospel reminds us the need to be open in order to be healed calling us also to open our hearts letting the Word of God instill its grace upon us. May we be like the deaf man in the Gospel who opened himself to Jesus and has been healed by the grace of His Word.
February 14, 2019 - Thursday
Gospel: Mark 7:24-30
"You may go your way." (cf. Mk 7:29)
It is with such a faithful response that Jesus had known that a woman's way of life is holy. We have our tests of faith and it is in our responses that our ways of life is determined. Today's Gospel challenges us to respond through what is right in our faith in times it is being tested through trials of life. Let us ask Mother Mary to teach us the way to righteousness through purifying our hearts.
February 13, 2019 – Wednesday
Gospel: Mark 7:14-23
"It is from within, out of a person's heart." (cf. Mk 7:21)
What fills our hearts spills in our ways and gives meaning to our life. Jesus aims to enter in our hearts for us to live a righteous life and it is through letting Him in our hearts that gives us the true meaning of our life. May we enable ourselves to be filled by Jesus' love for our lives.