January 16, 2019 - Wednesday
Gospel: Mark 1:29-39
Come away and pray!
Today's Gospel tells us that in the midst of Jesus' hectic schedule of healing the sick and preaching, He always finds time to pray - to communicate with God.
The Lord is constantly inviting us to rest a while taking a time off for us to regain our perspective and to recharge our spirit.
Like Jesus, we must realize the importance of the deserted place in our lives. A place where we could speak with God heart to heart, where we can deepen our relationship with Him, where we can listen, discern, know His will for us, and get the strength to follow. A place where we can rest our tired bodies, heal our wounds and broken hearts and recharge our spirits.
January 15, 2019 - Tuesday
Gospel: Mark 1:21-28
I know who you are!
Today's Gospel tells us more about Jesus by showing His power over unclean spirits - demons. It also shows that it was the demon who recognized Jesus as the Holy One of God while the people in the crowd had no idea who he was.
We encounter different spirits everyday and it is important for us to know what kind they are that we accept - whether they are good or bad, holy or not. This spirits often guide our emotions and way of life. It is by our faith that we know whether it is the Holy Spirit that we choose to accept.
The Gospel today invites us to be prayerful in accepting the Spirit that we have in our daily lives. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in knowing more about Jesus - the holy one of God.
January 14, 2019 - Monday
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
"Come after me, I will make you fishers of men."
Jesus came not only for us to put our faith unto Him but also to go for us to go fishing with Him. The water is full of fish but sometimes we fish at the wrong lake.
We are called to follow Jesus and for us to follow Him, we have to leave something behind. How often do we let our inhibitions, doubts, and reservations hinder our desire to follow Jesus.
Like the first disciples of Jesus, may we learn to seize the moment and follow Him leaving everything behind.
January 10, 2019 - Thursday
Gospel: Luke 4:14-22
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me..”
We are still in the season of Christmas liturgically and today God reveals to us that the child born for us is the “anointed one”. We see Jesus in the flesh, grown-up as the fulfillment of a prophecy long told in the Old Testament. In our midst is Christ, our prophet, priest and king still bringing the good news to all the ends of the earth each in every day.
As Christians, we share in this special anointing. How timely it is as we begin a new year to ask God for fresh anointing that we may have the clarity to carry out and share in his specific purpose for us.
January 9, 2019 - Wednesday
Gospel: Mark 6:45-52
“There is no fear in love. Perfect love drives away fear”
At the end of a long day, Jesus climbs to the mountain to pray. And this connection to God is the source of his strength .
Likewise, the disciples were privileged to have an intimate encounter with Jesus. “God is love. The ones who lives in love, lives in God and God in him.” Do you know that we too have the privilege to enjoy this connection with God? However, circumstances most often prevents us from fully receiving him in our hearts. Doubt, panic, fear limited our capacity to love. Thus, Jesus enters into our circumstance and assures us saying , “courage! It is I, don’t be afraid.”
January 8, 2019 Tuesday
Gospel: Mark 6:34-44
“You, yourselves give them something to eat”
Pope Francis in his 2015 visit to Florence and Prato told mayors that they must go to those on the margins of their communities in order to learn how to best serve the common good, including the needs of the poor, unemployed, immigrants and refugees. These challenges can be appreciated & overcome through a personal encounter with the people.
Look around you and be mindful. Are you willing to take on the first step to a renewed world that “smells of heaven”? Human society can only survive if each one of us make a stand and come together in solidarity. If we take on this invitation of Jesus, God’s goodness and tenderness becomes tangible in this time.
Let us pray to the Holy Trinity for the gift of prudence, courage and compassion to reach out to the people in the periphery.
January 7, 2019 Monday
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-17,23-25
“The people who lived in darkness have seen a great light”
Early on in Jesus ministry, he made his home in Capernaum where people never heard of God. He went about the region teaching, proclaiming the good news and curing all kinds of sickness and disease. Such is the desire of God for us his people, is that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another.
As you begin another year, any darkness hovering your situation right now? STAY with Jesus. OPEN your self to the healing light of Jesus. PRAY to Jesus. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”2Cor 3:17
January 6, 2019 - Sunday
Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
"The star which they had seen in the East went before them"
Where is our life heading? This is a difficult question to answer when you don't even know what is going to happen tomorrow. That is why it is important to keep identifying the signs in our everyday lives and discerning where they are leading us. And if we look with the eyes of faith, we can see many signs -- perhaps an unexpected fruit received in prayer, a compliment someone gave you, an event that happens to a loved one. When we see those signs, we have to pause and reflect on what God is trying to tell us. Whatever it is that He is telling you, one thing is certain: He wants to use those signs so that you can find your way to Him.
January 5, 2019 - Saturday
Gospel: John 1:43-51
"How do you know me?"
Jesus knew who Nathanael was at his core, a very devout Israelite who was eagerly awaiting the promised Messiah. When Jesus saw him under the fig tree, he was very likely doing what he always did: meditating on the word of God.
It is wonderful that Jesus meets us where we are and when we open our hearts to Him, we understand just how much He knows us deep inside. He knows us because He made us, forming us in our mother's womb and inscribing in our hearts a desire to know Him, the way Nathanael desired to know Him
January 4, 2019 - Friday
Gospel: John 1:35-42
"The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus."
Many people liked John and yet, when Jesus arrived, John was quick to acknowledge that someone greater than him had come. So, being true to his humble and obedient nature, he pointed his disciples to Jesus. It is said in the gospel passage that John's disciples left him and followed Jesus. This was John's intention all along. He did not want to use his gifts to glorify himself, but to lead other people to Christ.
Let this be our intention always: to lead people to become interested to come and see where Jesus lives and to know Him.