Reflections of Faith
Read and be inspired by a reflection based on today's Gospel made by members of the Verbum Dei Family in Manila.
June 30, 2019 Sunday
"When the days drew near, he set his face to go to Jerusalem."
How resolved are we to do the mission God has for each of us? If it means hardship and difficulty will we continue doing it?
As Jesus continued his mission throughout Gallilee, He could very well have stopped and stayed somewhere. He could have refused to continue on to Jerusalem knowing what awaited him there.
But the Gospel says that he “set his face”. The Greek translation literally means He was steadfast. He trusted that all was in Gods control and that all was according to God’s plan.
When we feel afraid to continue on, let us pray for the same determination as Jesus!
June 29, 2019 Saturday
"On this rock, I will build my church."
To build a house, you need a good foundation. Knowing all his weaknesses, you would not have chosen Peter as the foundation of the Church.
But Peter’s admission of faith is the sign that he could do the job. Because he acknowledged that it is God who is the true Savior and that it is not our work that will be done. It is God’s work and our faith in Him is the rock, the foundation.
Let us humbly seek God’s grace in whatever we do, knowing that He is our rock.
June 28, 2019 Friday
"He will go after the one which is lost until he finds it."
A friend recalled when his son got lost in the supermarket. He ran around each aisle shouting his name, until every other customer was looking at him. Finding his son was all that mattered.
When we are lost, Jesus is like my friend. He loves us so much he cannot bear to lose us. But the other thing is to let Him find us. My friend’s son stopped walking and instead waited for his dad to find him. He trusted that his father would look for him.
Let us trust our Father who wants us always to be found!
June 27, 2019 Thursday
"The house did not fall because it had been founded on the rock."
Storms happen in our life and when strong rains and wind of our problems hit us, we may be tempted to give up.
Jesus encourages us today that if we trust and believe in His love and His promises, no matter what storm occurs in our life, we will make it thru. He is our rock of salvation and strength.
Lord, help us to hold on to your love and your Word as our firm foundation! May it keep us faithful in trying times.
June 26, 2019 Wednesday
"Every sound tree bears good fruit."
How can you predict if a sapling will turn out to be a healthy tree? It all depends on the richness of the soil in which it is planted and the amount of sun and rain that it receives. Only then will the tree grow to its potential and bear fruit for all.
If we want to become “sound trees”, we have to make sure we are rooted firmly in Jesus and His nurturing grace. We nourish ourselves with the sunlight of His Word and the rainfall of a strong prayer life. Let us persevere in growing as good trees for the Kingdom!
Jesus thank You so much for being our good soil. Give us strength and faith to keep bearing fruit.
June 25, 2019 Tuesday
“Enter by the narrow gate.”
How does it feel to walk thru a narrow corridor or a street barely wide enough for two people to pass? There really is only one way to get thru that passageway and that is to walk straight without any detours.
Today Jesus tells us that there is only one way to the Kingdom of God. And He is the way. There are no detours and no other options. But when we walk in His ways, we find that our paths are made straight and that we will get to where we are supposed to go.
Lord, give us the strength to walk your path through the narrow gate!
June 24, 2019 Monday
“The Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.”
Today is traditionally the birthday of St. John the Baptist. He was a miracle, a blessing given to Elizabeth and Zechariah in their old age.
What miracle or blessing are you seeking from the Lord right now? Remember that God is exceedingly gracious and works to make all good things possible. Rejoice in Him and trust in His mercy!
Lord, we lift up to you our petitions and we thank you for the mighty things you have done in our lives.
June 23, 2019 Sunday
“They all ate and were satisfied....”
When I come across this story, I am always amazed at how the five loaves and two fish were able to feed over a thousand people! On this feast of Corpus Christi, we are reminded on how the body of Christ has been broken and is being fed to millions of people, on a daily basis. He’s our daily bread.
His Body and Blood are more than enough for us to live and feed us the rest of the lives, spiritually, emotionally and physically, for eternity.
Mama Mary, may you be our guide in faithfulness and humility, that we may stay close to the Lord at all times.
June 22, 2019 Saturday
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness....”
As long as we strive to be holy and follow His precepts, then everything else will be provided for. Let tomorrow take care of itself, let us tackle our trials for each day only. Otherwise our plate will be too full, and we may be more confused.
Let us set our priorities for each day: firstly, time for the Lord and how we can be of service to Him. We seek first His guidance for all the things we need to do, and rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us and allow peace to come thereafter.
Lord, thank you for constantly reminding us that we need to be with You and seek You out at all times, through our daily trials.
June 21, 2019 – Friday
“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”
Jesus says we cannot serve two masters: it’s either God or the world. He tells us not to accumulate so much worldly goods, which we may not be able to use anyway. We must only put together what we will need for a few days and not amass as if there’s a perpetual shortage.
Where and what is the basis of your existence: God or of the world? Do we live in order to eat, buy, do what we want, or do we use our talents and riches to help others? What kind of legacy do we want to leave behind, things that fade away? Or for greater matters beyond us.....
Let us hold on and anchor on the Lord, so we will not be led astray with worldly things.