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.
November 30, 2019 Saturday
Gospel: Mt 4:18-22
Come and follow me! - Mt 4:19
Where are you at this moment? Physically and spiritually?
Our gospel today is about Jesus inviting his disciples to be fishers of men. Simon and Andrew followed Jesus at once while James and John left their boat immediately upon hearing Jesus invitation. Likewise, we are invited by Jesus to come and follow him. Will you follow at once and immediately? Or do we have other things that pre-occupies us in following Him today?
Mother Mary, we pray that our hearts be open to Jesus invitation today in following His ways today.
November 29, 2019 Friday
Gospel: Lk 21:29-33
My words will not pass away - Lk 21:33
How is your prayer life this week? Was it fruitful? Or not?
Jesus talks about a fig tree and all other trees that will become fruitful in the end. We are invited today to identify the fruits of what we have been hearing in His words this week. Whatever it is that you are praying or reflecting on, Jesus assures you that it will happen, and it will bear fruit. His words will not pass away even if you are in the dry season.
Mama Mary, we pray that our prayer life bear fruit in whatever stage of life we are right now.
November 28, 2019 Thursday
Gospel: Lk 21:20-28
Your redemption is at hand - Lk 21:28
What will happen before the coming of the Messiah?
Our gospel today clearly narrates the happening of realities that can threaten us desolation, vengeance, circumstances where the scripture is call to be fulfilled. Jesus invites us to “Stand erect and raise your heads!” to continue persevering, believing in Him, in His promise. May we not falter with what is happening in our world nowadays but instead hope that our restoration is at hand.
Mama Mary, we pray for a strong faith like yours that is never shaken in the midst of the situations we see face.
November 27, 2019 Wednesday
Gospel: Lk 21:12-19
By perseverance you will secure your lives - Lk 21:9
We tend to choose the comfortable path. Where there are no traffic, conflict or negative people to deal with.
Today in our Gospel, Jesus reminds us that the challenges we face leads us to the “giving testimony”. We shall persevere and intensify our prayer in these times. His words will be our sword against the adversaries we have in our lives.
Mama Mary, we pray for a perseverance that trusts in Jesus words, a sustained prayer life that will secure us in our troubling times. Amen.
November 26, 2019 Tuesday
Gospel: Lk 21:5-11
Do not be terrified; for such things must happen first but it will not immediately be the end - Lk 21:9
We are surrounded with alarming news about crimeas, climate change, storms and earthquakes. With this kind of news, we are filled with fear and terror for the things that may come.
In our gospel, Jesus tells the people that the signs of times should not deceive us into thinking it is the end of the world. Instead, we must know who God is amidst all of this: “I am he.” “Do not follow them! Do not be terrified!”
Mother Mary, help us pray for a heart that is brave and full of trust to the will of God in what is happening to the world of today.
November 25, 2019 Monday
Gospel: Lk 21:1-4
All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on. – Lk 21:4
No one wants to live poorly, right? We all want to live comfortably that’s why we work so hard to meet our daily needs.
In our gospel today, Jesus gives a strong and contrasting image on how we can truly honor and offer something for Him. It is to offer the poor things and not of extravagant nor wealthy things. The poor widow offered what she has: poverty. It is in what we lack, what can be deficiency in us, what we can consider scarcity, in reality is our richness.
Do you offer what you have, who you are to Jesus? Today, we are invited to reflect and acknowledge our poverty and humbly offer it to the Lord so it will be sufficient. Amen.
November 24, 2019 Sunday
Gospel: Luke 23:35—43
“Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” (cf. Luke 23:42)
Today as we celebrate the solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ as the King of the Universe, we are being reminded to look into ourselves - what or who rules over our lives? All throughout Jesus’ earthly life He proclaimed about the good news of Kingdom of God and invited all to enter into his Kingdom even the repentant thief. It is by accepting Christ’s merciful love, by abiding and living out the Word of God that we let Him truly reign in our lives.
May we be faithful followers of the teachings of Jesus, letting Him be the real King and Ruler over our lives.
November 23, 2019 Saturday
Gospel: Luke 20:27–40
“For to Him all are alive.” (cf. Luke 20:38)
In today’s Gospel, Jesus testified to the truth of Resurrection by wisely answering the intricate question of skeptical Sadducees. “He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”
Resurrection is a vital truth of our faith. And though we believe that it is the ultimate destination of our lives, it is not only about the afterlife but also about our life of the here and now. When we live with Him as a living God, then in makes a difference how live each day of our lives – our choices and decisions.
As Christians we believe in the promise of the Resurrection through the course of our faithful journey. May we be faithful to opt for this Resurrected life in our Christian lives.
November 22, 2019 Friday
Gospel: Luke 19:45–48
“My house shall be a house of prayer.” (cf. Luke 19:46)
Jesus’ burning desire is make our lives as a house of prayer. He deeply wants to enter inside our hearts. This heart that we have is sacred temple for Him and He wants it to be cleansed from all that defiles and corrupts it.
Today’s Gospel invites us to sincerely look into our hearts and examine how it is at this moment. May our hearts be pure, open to be transformed by the love and mercy of Jesus to be his house of prayer for many.
November 21, 2019 Thursday
Gospel: Luke 19:41–44
“If you had only known on this day what would bring you peace.” (cf. Luke 19:42)
Though salvation is being offered, many are still resisting to be saved. This makes Jesus weep for those who would experience the future consequences of their resistances. And we, as followers of Christ, are accountable for them to receive this peace.
The Word of God is the way to receive salvation through an experience of conversion in a personal encounter with Jesus. As we received Him in our lives, it is also our call to bring this liberating peace from Christ to those who haven’t received it yet.
Let us have the initiative and courage to share the Word of God to others.