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.
October 29, 2018- Monday
You are set FREE!
In the past, people literally associate sickness to sinfulness. Looked upon as worthless and live in oppressive exclusion, made them outcast of soceity.
Sickness in todays soceity could be physical, mental, emotional, financial in varying degrees. May push a person to the wall if no one dares to help.
Dear You, you are FREE from your infirmities! Jesus sees our pain . Jesus calls to heal and liberate us from our bondages. Jesus is the only way, our healer. Let us turn to him now.
October 26, 2018 – Friday
Gospel: Luke 12:54-59
“Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?”
Jesus says that we seem to know how to forecast the weather, yet we can’t seem to recognize Him in our daily lives. Everyday, He is in our failures, waiting for us to run to Him for comfort and solace. He is in our winning moments, waiting for us to celebrate with Him.. Why do we not see Him?
We may become too preoccupied with our daily lives that we neglect these little moments. We sometimes lose our trust in Him since we are overwhelmed with worries and anxiety.
Let us ask for the grace of humility, that we may see with His eyes, that He may open our minds and hearts, to see Him in all moments, in everyone and in everything we encounter.
October 24, 2018 – Wednesday
Gospel: Luke 12:39-48
“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
How much graces have you received ? How much has been entrusted to us? How many persons have been touched by the grace of our lives? See how much responsibility has been given to us?
If much has been given to you, then that’s how much you will be judged by our Lord. If much has been given to you but you didn’t share any of your gifts, talents and riches; then that’s how much you’ll be measured.
“Expand your tent...”, “touch more lives....” These are our challenges. How are you doing in your vocation in life? Are you faithful and dedicated, not easily discouraged, not selfish in sharing and “in widening of your tent”?
Let’s ask Our Lady to help us in fulfilling the work entrusted to us by her Son, whatever work we do.
October 23, 2018 - Tuesday
Gospel: Luke 12:35-38
“Let your loin be girded and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when comes and knocks.”
Lamps burning and girded loins are symbols of a readiness to go on a journey, or expecting someone to arrive, and ready to open the door.
Jesus tells us to be constantly alert, vigilant, on the look out, for occasions of sin since the Lord may come knocking anytime. We can’t afford to be negligent, or lukewarm in our attitude. When we let that happen, we are led astray easily, distracted by every small temptation. A lukewarm person allows worldly matters, bad thoughts, selfishness to enter his life, thus weakening his resolve. Before long, he has fallen away into sin and away from the Lord.
Let’s hang on to the Lord, let’s build our strength and faith in Him on a daily basis.
October 22, 2018 – Monday
Gospel: Luke 12:13-21
“Take care to guard all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”
What the Lord means is we should not be confused with acquiring material goods for our family as much as we can. We must keep our focus on Heaven. We have to be happy no matter how much we have: with many or few.
Acquiring too many goods may be detrimental to man’s growth. In a way it can harden our hearts and limit our interests, our vision to do greater things, even destroy relationships. We become distant from God, family and neighbor because our self-interest has become a priority.
Let us hope in Jesus and ask Mary to help put our hearts in the right place- in God.
October 21, 2018 – Sunday
Gospel: Mark 10:35-45
“For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
Giving his own self has always been in the heart of Jesus. His kingship is far different from today’s leadership of some authority which seeks applause, rewards, and self-interest – may it be in the family, school, workplace, and government.
More than this sad reality, the Gospel invites us to see God’s dream of having a world soaked in love for Him and for one another; and to hope that this dream can be turned into reality when we long to serve and not to be served all the time.
How can you serve someone? Today, let it start with you. Allow your service to continue the cycle of self-giving of Jesus.
October 20, 2018 – Saturday
Gospel: Luke 12:8-12
“For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say." (cf Luke 12:12)
Just like the disciples of Jesus in today’s Gospel, we can also be confronted with the challenge of opposition when we try to follow Jesus closely. Not everyone will believe what we do and will be convinced of what we proclaim. What do we do when we experience such? Do we get discouraged? Or we become more persevering?
Each day, Jesus encourages us to continue giving witness to our brothers and sisters. Opposition is inevitable, but we can be assured that we are never alone because the Holy Spirit will give us the light to carry on.
Holy Spirit, thank you for your unending help, teach us to be more attentive to you.
October 18, 2018 – Thursday
Gospel: Luke 10:1-9
“Go on your way… Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals.” (cf Lk 10:4-5)
Today, we celebrate the Feast of St. Luke, one of the four evangelists who generously shared with us the Gospel of the Lord. As Christians, we are entrusted with the same great mission to proclaim the Kingdom of God.
In doing so, Jesus invites us to completely trust in His providence and rely on His grace – bringing nothing but our faith, vision, and conviction - as He, who calls us, is faithful and will give us everything that we need when we learn to detach ourselves from things that may hinder us from fulfilling our mission.
How are you called to proclaim the Kingdom of God in your family, friends, in work? Is there anything in your life that God is asking you to entrust to Him fully?
October 17, 2018 – Wednesday
Gospel: Luke 11:37-41
“..these you should practice without neglecting the others.” (cf Luke 11:42)
Jesus in the Gospel stirs us to examine ourselves: why do I do what I do? Why do I work? Why do I study? Why do I go to church? Why do I help others? Is it to feel and look good enough, and to feed my ego just like the Pharisees? Or I do it to express my love for God and for His people?
Today, we are invited to be aware on what drives us to do something. And as we celebrate the
Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch, let us ask his intercession that each day, all our options and actions may be moved and inspired by our love of God.
October 16, 2018 - Tuesday
Gospel: Luke 11:37-41
Live in inner freedom!
If Jesus would open your heart now, what would He see? Would He be confused that what you show outside is different what He sees inside?
In today's Gospel, Jesus places sincerity of the heart above the list of commands. What matters to Him is what is within. As Christians, we may fall in the danger of losing ourselves in the details of external observances, but Jesus invites us to live in inner freedom from which an authentic following to God comes from.