March 25, 2019 – Monday
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
“I am the Lord’s servant. May it happen to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)
In this response of Mary lies the secret of her deep wisdom and spirituality: she knows who she is in front of God and abandons her life to His will while carrying in her heart the words of Angel Gabriel during the Annunciation, “Hail favored one! The Lord is with you.” Through Mary’s fiat, we are given the confidence that each of us is a “favored one” – called to give birth to Christ in our family , workplace, and community.
Let us ask our Mother to transform our fear to fiat so that like her, we may give our daily YES to His will to carry Christ in our humanity.
March 24, 2019 – Sunday
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9
"But unless you change your ways, you will all perish, as they did" – Luke 13:3
Today's Gospel is a call for repentance. Jesus emphasized that unless we repent, we will perish as those who did not repent. Many people would say that they would do things later because they still have time. So they’ll just live the way they want never arriving at the moment of change of growth. It is never too late to change.
Everyday in our life is a chance given by God for us to change our ways, to repent and to reform our lives going back to His love and embrace. Let us not waste the opportunity that He continues to give us. Start now!
March 23, 2019 – Saturday
Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
"This man welcomes sinner and eats with them." - Luke 15:2
In today's Gospel, Jesus reminds us that His love is unconditional. God's love does not exclude sinners as Jesus assures us that our sins do not exclude us from His love. He waits with a hopeful heart and welcomes us back to His embrace – preparing a feast and eats with us.
May we learn from Jesus' example of forgiveness and never excluding our brothers and sisters who wronged us, remembering how God includes and loves us though we sin against Him. Amen.
March 22, 2019 – Friday
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
"The kingdom of God will be given to people that will pruduce its fruit." – Matthew 21:43
We are all capable of bearing fruit – whether it is good fruit or bad fruit. Today's Gospel reminds us that whatever we do because of Christ and out of love for Christ is an evidence that we are bearing good fruit.
We bear good fruit in every step we take to follow Christ and every act of imitating Him is a fruit of the kingdom of God. Let us pray that we may use our time here on earth producing good fruit for the kingdom of God. Amen.
March 21, 2019 – Thursday
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
"Let him warn them, so that they may not end up in this place of torment. " – Luke 16: 28
There are many modern day ‘Lazarus’ people that are being rejected and ignored until they die in misery. The gospel of today desires to break down the barrier that separates them in this life. The rich man was being condemned by ignoring Lazarus. Let us ask ourselves how do we encounter Lazarus in our way?
Lazarus is our key to the kingdom of God. We are all rich in something. May God take away the things that hinder us from seeing and helping our brothers in need. May we be moved with compassion to help those modern day Lazarus at our doorsteps. Amen.
March 20, 2019 – Wednesday
Gospel: Matthew 20:17-28
"If you want to be the first of all, make yourself the servant of all." – Matthew 20:27
If we seek the greatness in God's kingdom we can find it by being last. In today’s Gospel, Jesus invites us to be others-oriented than being self-oriented by thinking first for others rather than for ourselves.
As followers of Jesus, we must focus in helping and serving our brothers and sisters in Christ.
March 19, 2019 – Tuesday
Gospel: Matthew 1:16, 18-21,24a
“He did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do.” – Matthew 1: 24
Today, we celebrate the solemnity of St. Joseph – Husband of Blessed Virgin Mary. He is a man of faithfulness, obediently trusting the will of the Lord. Very few people would have trust to accept the things that they don't understand.
Like St. Joseph, we may not fully understand what God is doing in our lives but God asks us to obey and believe that He is with us. Amen.
March 18, 2019 – Monday
Gospel: Luke 6:36-38
"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." – Luke 6: 36
Mercy does not count what it gives or ask for something in return. And doing good deeds is a part of being merciful but in today's gospel, Jesus invites us to imitate the merciful Father by not judging, criticizing and condemning others.
In this season of lent, may we learn to imitate and extend the mercy of our Father to our brothers and sisters not just by doing good deeds but also by understanding and forgiving those who've wronged us. Amen.
March 17,2019 - Sunday
Gospel: Luke 9:28-36
“This is my Son, my beloved . Listen to him” - Luke 29:35
Jesus took Peter, James and John up on the mountain to pray, and as he prayed, his appearance was changed - bathed in the presence of God! How awesome to be in his presence! Yes, He is ever present in our lives. He gave us Jesus that we may have life to the full! Let us turn to Jesus - come away and go up on a mountain and spend time alone in God in prayer. Let us listen to him.
March 16,2019 - Saturday
Gospel: Matthew 5:43-48
“Love your enemies;and pray for those who persecute you.”- Matthew 5:43
This is something we need to hear again and again. How are you up to in your mercy and forgiveness meter? Now is a good time to reflect and recall the people who may have hurt us . Not to make retribution, rather to pray for those who may have hurt us . As well as those people unknowingly we may have hurt. Pray for a renewed mind and heart this lent .