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 15, 2021 Tuesday
Gospel: Matthew 5:43-48
“Love your enemies”
“If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that?” Perhaps you have someone in mind as you read this. What is your gut reaction to this challenging teaching of Jesus? The invitation of Jesus to “love your neighbor” includes the unlovable too! Set your gaze on Jesus at the cross, he loved till the end!
“Pray for those who persecute you!” Yes, persevere in prayer . Pray for the gift of forgiveness . Jesus wants nothing less from us . Now, bring to mind the people who have hurt you. Place them before Jesus and ask him to bless them. May healing and peace reign in you and their heart.
June 14, 2021 Monday
Gospel: Matthew 5:38-42
“Go the extra mile”
“An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth”. We see and hear endless fightings everywhere. Be it in Israel, in our local front or perhaps , in your home. Personally, when we are wronged our impulse is to get even! However, Jesus suggest otherwise. To do good to those who wrong us. Stop keeping score, forgive and love! By ourselves, we cannot do this . We need the fruit of the Holy Spirit to be kind, gentle, peaceful and loving as Jesus does.
Let us call on the Holy Trinity and Mama Mary to help us be transformed into a forgiving and loving person . To sow peace . The world is broken enough with the pandemic, economic and ecological issues . Let us continuously pray that each day we may be a channel of peace, joy and love to every person we encounter today.
June 13, 2021 Sunday
Gospel: Mk 4:26-34
To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God
In the Gospel today, Jesus was comparing the Kingdom of Heaven to a mustard seed and how it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.
In the same way, let’s examine ourselves -- what is the Kingdom of Heaven for me? What am I doing in my life today to be where I am supposed to be?
Holy Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, please grant us wisdom so that we will be able to live the kingdom of heaven even here on earth. Amen.
June 12, 2021 Saturday
Gospel: Lk 2:41-51
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?
In today’s Gospel, we see young Jesus’ parents looking for Him only to find him later in the Church where Jesus told them: Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?
In the same way, we tend to be “lost” in our lives just like what the parents of Jesus thought He was -- but how beautiful is it that we can always find ourselves inside the Father’s house -- inside our Father’s heart.
Holy Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, thank You for continuously reminding us that we can always turn to where You are whenever we feel lost in ourselves. Amen.
June 11, 2021 Friday
Gospel: Jn 19:31-37
For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled
In the Gospel today, there is a line that says: in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross…. In the same way, we are reminded today that our bodies are not meant to remain on the cross. What cross do you have in your reality? Misunderstanding in your family? Friend? Self? Job?
Jesus wants you to know that you are not meant to stay in the cross -- that the cross you have now -- you will gracefully overcome!
Holy Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, help us understand more how we can work on our crosses in out realities of life so that we will not be the same person again -- but renewed and reborn. Amen.
June 10, 2021 Thursday
Gospel: Mt 5:20-26
Go first and be reconciled with your brother
The Gospel today reminds us of our responsibility as a Christian -- that we have our responsibility to each other, our neighbors as it forms part of our responsibility to God.
Jesus in the Gospel wants us to examine our relationships at the moment -- do we take care of them? Do we make an effort for our neighbors? For our relationships?
Holy Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, please help us understand more deeply how we can make our relationships with others better by putting you always at the center. Amen.
June 9, 2021 Wednesday
Gospel: Mt 5: 17-19
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill
In the Gospel today, Jesus said this to the disciples: I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Here’s a question: with your current reality, can you confidently say the same? Living not to abolish but to fulfill the commandments?
Let’s all take a moment today to simply reflect and see where we are and what we do -- how do we fulfill God’s promises through our very lives? How can we make our contributions better?
Holy Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, help us to always better ourselves in order that not only do we fulfill our mission -- but help others fulfill theirs too. Amen.
June 8, 2021 Tuesday
Gospel: Mt 5:13-16
Your light must shine before others
In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us of our place on earth -- we are not here to merely exist and satisfy our wants and needs. We are here for a higher purpose: to be the salt and light of the world.
To be both salt and light of the world, we should learn how to work with and for others -- the salt attains its best purpose when worked with other things and the light works best when it lets itself be used for others to be seen. In the same way, we are invited today to do just the same and live for the betterment of others too.
Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, help us understand the calling of our lives to become instruments to live interconnectedly with others as we seize every moment we have on earth. Amen.
June 7 2021
Gospel: Mt 5:1-12
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven
The Gospel teaches us today that in whatever situation we might find ourselves in, we have Him. Feeling poor in Spirit? Mourning? Meek? Hungry? Hungry for righteousness? Merciful? Clean of heart?
Our Lord proves to us again that He loves us not because of what we have, do, feel…. He loves us because that is who He is. And that’s what He pleases Him to do.
Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, help us always remember that Your love is never-ending, just like what You are...Amen.
June 6, 2021 Sunday
Mk 3: 20-35
He went home and they went to seize Him
Do we welcome Jesus into our hearts and our home? In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus’ own family had a difficult time accepting Him. Perhaps it was the unusual things He said or the way He dealt with sinners. Sometimes following Christ means to do unusual and out of the ordinary things, even if it means rejection by others. Let us have the courage to welcome Christ into our hearts and not reject Him. Let us also have the courage to stand up for Him even if we risk rejection.