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.
Sept. 30, 2019 - Monday
Gospel: Lk 9:46-50
Receive this child in My Name and receive Me
The children of today is the hope of our country. True enough, it's the same message Jesus wants to give in our gospel. Jesus sees hope in receiving children in His name. He points us to the children in times we aspire greatness for ourselves.
Lord, we pray that the innocence of our childhood remains in us during conflicting times and allows us to be humble in front of the Father. Amen.
September 29, 2019 Sunday
Gospel: Luke 16:19–31
"And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus." (cf. Luke 16:20)
Some needy people eventually found themselves not existing anymore in the society that we live in. And with the ignorance of the people to their deafening cries, their voices were just left unheard.
In today’s Gospel, we cannot deny that the rich man knows the name of Lazarus but he just ignored his existence when they were still living. Lazarus continues to exist in our society and he is in need of our help. And if we have nothing to give, surely his cry needs to be echoed to the ones who could.
Let us be an instrument for the existence of Lazarus to be recognized and for his voice to be heard by the people.
September 28, 2019 Saturday
Gospel: Luke 9:43b–45
"The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands." (cf. Luke 9:44)
Today’s Gospel narrates to us the attitude of the disciples afraid to accept the prophesied suffering of the Christ.
Though suffering is inevitable, people would always find ways to avoid it. But these sufferings are the cross that we are entrusted to carry with a hope that salvation would surely come after.
Let us have the courage to carry the cross of our humanity and have hope for the goodness that it will bring in our life.
September 27, 2019 Friday
Gospel: Luke 9:18–22
Who is Jesus to you?
Every one of us has their own personal knowing of Jesus and this personal knowing is formed through frequent encounter with Him in one’s life.
Today let us reflect on how much we know Jesus in our life and discern that there is more for us to know about Him. May we take this discernment also as an invitation to give more time on praying and conversing with Him. Amen.
September 26, 2019 Thursday
Gospel: Luke 9:7–9
Have you only heard of Jesus or do you personally know Him?
In the Holy Mass, we are able to hear about Jesus through the Gospel, witness His passion through the consecration of bread and wine and receive Him through the communion. Though we encounter Him in this celebration, this isn’t the only moment for us to be with Him.
Today’s Gospel inspires us to give more effort in knowing Jesus personally and not only settle with hearing about Him. It is through deepening in our prayer life that we are able to encounter Him more personally.
Let us have the desire to know Jesus more as we give more time in our prayer life.
September 25, 2019 Wednesday
Gospel: Luke 9:1–6
"And he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal." (cf. Luke 9:2)
As we journey in our Christian life, it is inevitable for us to look at the people we encounter and recognize the needs in their life – be it healing or words to live by. And when mercy eventually moves us, then comes the compassion to act and help.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is sending us as well-equipped missionaries ready to partake in His ministry for the people.
May we have the courage to take the step into mission, ready to help the people in need.
September 24, 2019 Tuesday
Gospel: Luke 8:19–21
Today, Jesus is inviting us to be His true family by hearing the word of God and acting on it.
As Christians, the act of following Jesus is also an act of walking with Him as His brothers and sisters, helping Him carry the cross of our salvation.
May we be true family of Jesus as we live our faith in our daily lives.
September 23, 2019 Monday
Gospel: Luke 8:16–18
"...so that those who enter may see the light." (cf. Luke 8:16)
Our society at present is in dire need of seeing the light of truth as it is being blinded by deceptions through fake news. And Jesus, in today’s Gospel, is calling us to live out the truth so that others “may see the light”.
Let us have a moment to reflect on the things that we share to others and be reminded with a sense of truthfulness as we express our lives through words that we say.
May we be like Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, who faithfully lived out the truth in his life.
September 22, 2019 - Sunday
Gospel: Lk 16:1-13
“The true master”
We are reminded again by this gospel that we cannot serve two masters. In our journey, from time to time we have to choose between two masters. Will it be our God of love or our selfish desires. In this time of prayer, we are invited to sense deeply the love of God so that we may always choose the loving master and always follow the ways of loving.
Lord, make us the instrument of your love so that others may feel it and may serve you the true master of love.
September 21, 2019 - Saturday
Gospel: Mt 9:9-13
“God’s message is for all”
In this gospel, Jesus is in the table again to eat with the tax collectors and sinners. The pharisees saw and asked the disciples why Jesus eats with the sinners. This act of Jesus shows to us that His word should be heard not only by the righteous but also the sinners. We preachers of the word are called to share God’s word also to those who really needs it.
Holy Spirit grant us the courage and wisdom to share the word especially to those who really needs it.