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 31,2019 Thursday
Gospel: Luke 13:31-35
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
As Jesus continues his mission he is met with threat and rejection by the Pharisees. Nevertheless, Jesus did not feel daunted, rather journeying forward despite the great danger he is walking. Motivated by love, which overcomes fear and brings forth courage. He is love, who overcomes all.
Lets us pray with hope that as we too continue to journey and do missions, may our hearts be full of compassion that will not waver in any situation. EMMANUEL- God is always with us!
October 30,2019 Wednesday
Gospel: Luke 13:22-30
“Do your best to enter by the narrow door”
“Lord, is it true that a few people will be saved?” Here we see Jesus re-directing the thoughts of the people to what is more essential . Spending time with him alone does not give us a sense of entitlement. Rather, how deep and wide have we loved our neighbours . I AM Love . To love is to live, that should be our motivation and gate pass to enter by the narrow door.
Lord, teach us to love others as you do. Make our eyes open and ears hear the cry of the poor around us. Move our hearts to take action where we are most needed. Amen!
October 29,2019 Tuesday
“What is the kingdom of God like?”
Jesus used the mustard seed and yeast to compare the Kingdom of God. Something small which then grows into something big and life giving. Just like the boy in John6:1-14, he offered what little he had - five loaves and two fishes and the miracle of feeding 5000 took place! Jesus can take what little we have and turn it into something great! And so when he comes knocking at your door inviting you for service, no matter how menial the task may seem just say YES. Who knows, You maybe in store for something larger than life! Trust Him. Our God is full of surprises!
October 28,2019 Monday
Gospel: Luke 6:12-16
“He chose twelve of them to be apostles”
A Few Good Men. Yes, Jesus named the twelve apostles he chose to teach and train to continue to minister to others when he goes back to heaven. Jesus did not just chose anyone . We see that Jesus prepares himself. “He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”
We often think of the twelve as the only disciples of Jesus. He actually had hundreds and more other disciples. But out of them he chose twelve for “Coaching” and “Mentoring”. And out of these are the many men and women in the church we encountered today who continues to teach not just to religious , the lay people too! For we are called to spread the good news!
Today, we honour and pray for our Priest, Nuns, Missionaries and Lay leaders who through their YES and self-giving enabled us to receive God.
October 27, 2019 Sunday
Gospel Luke 18:9-14
“The tax collector... beat his breast and prayed.” cf Luke 8:13
According to theologians, pride is the gateway through which all the other deadly sins enter. Indeed, as we get consumed by the sin of pride, we tend to become too full of ourselves that it is difficult for the grace of God to enter. Hence, Jesus gives this gentle reminder that genuine prayer entails becoming vulnerable and weak before God. Because in the midst of powerlessness, it is the Almighty who will exalt us way beyond our own human capabilities. Let us also try our best effort not to look down on others, recognizing that each one is created in God’s own image.
October 26, 2019 Saturday
Gospel Luke 13:1-9
“Perhaps it will bear fruit from now on.” cf Luke 13:9
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus is teaching us about the real image of our Father. He debunks the misconception that God punishes us for our wrongdoings. Instead, He likened Him to a gardener, who gives His time and energy to a barren tree, patiently digging and adding fertilizer, hoping that it will bear fruit someday.
Like our Father, we ought to give second chances to others who have wronged us. Also, we ought to give second chances to ourselves, especially when we feel that we have dried up and have nothing to give. Let our gentle Father nourish and rejuvenate us.
October 25, 2019 Friday
Gospel Luke 12:54-59
“Don’t you know the meaning of this present time?” cf Luke 12:56
Many people seem to dwell and be haunted by their past to the point that they’re stuck and unable to move on. Little do they realize that every waking hour of the present time is filled with opportunities to repent, to change and to improve oneself. Despite what other people say about us because of something we did in the past, let not our past define who we are at present. Instead, let us be open to be further molded by the Potter into the best version of ourselves.
Mother Mary, make us fully aware of the importance of living in the present moment.
October 24, 2019 Thursday
Gospel Luke 12:49-53
"How I wish it were already kindled.” cf 12:49
Today’s gospel is quite disturbing as Jesus tells His disciples that He has come to bring division rather than peace. What He really means is that He wants to disturb those with complacent hearts who are just passive and permissive to the evil that is happening. Should we just keep silent as we watch poor and innocent people get killed? Should we just sit by letting others blatantly rob other people of their rights? Jesus knows how cunning and active the evil forces are. So we are being called to face them head on and fight with Him for what is right and just.
October 23, 2019 Wednesday
Gospel Luke 12:39-48
"Be ready, for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect.” cf Luke 12:40
Life indeed is full of surprises. Despite prophesies and technological advancements, no one can still accurately predict what lies ahead. Similarly, in our personal lives, we can never be entirely prepared for the next big crisis or perhaps a beautiful opportunity about to enfold. So how can we be ready?
Jesus teaches us that this can be done by making the most of what is entrusted to us- our life, our talents, our capacities, and our relationships. Does every moment spent in our very limited time on earth a moment spent for His Kingdom? Let us be prepared.
October 22, 2019 Tuesday
Gospel Luke 10:1-9
"The Lord sent them...where He Himself was to go." cf Luke 10:1
Have you ever questioned why you are stuck in a particular situation, or with a difficult person, or with a seemingly impossible task? Jesus tells us in today’s reading, “Courage! I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” Indeed, sometimes we may see the world as a very dark place- filled with corruption, with people who take advantage or betray, or with situations that may cause disillusionment. Still, Christ tells us that we are being sent where He Himself will go. Rest assured He is collaborating with us to be the salt of the earth and light amidst the darkness.