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.
July 19, 2019 Friday
Gospel: Matthew 12:1–8
“It is mercy I want, not sacrifice.” (cf. Mt 12:6)
Sometimes, we look in the faults of others especially when they don't follow the same rules we follow. And sometimes, we tend to unconsciously criticise others in comparing the good works and sacrifices we do for the Lord.
In today's Gospel, Jesus showed both compassion and mercy toward His disciples who were hungry and walking through a field of grain on the sabbath. As they were being criticised by the Pharisees for not following the law.
Today, Jesus invites us to have an attitude of mercy and compassion to people instead of judging them with their differences from us.
July 18, 2019 Thursday
Gospel: Matthew 11:28–30
“Come to me and I will give you rest.” (cf. Mt 11:28)
Do you feel physically tired, because of too much work? Stressed, pressured, feeling dry in prayer life? Are you burdened with baggages you've been carrying – doubts, insecurities, expectations, demands, disappointments, angers and fears?
In today's Gospel, Jesus invites us to come to Him, and claim His assurance that He will give us rest. It is important for us to know where or whom to go to when we are burdened and weary. And it is only in Jesus that we can find peace, rest, protection and the love that we need.
Let us ask Mother Mary to help us to come to Jesus whenever we feel burdened with heavy loads. Let her teach us to submit ourselves to the one who could give us rest. Amen.
July 17, 2019 Wednesday
Gospel: Matthew 11:25–27
Things revealed to the simple ones.
In today's Gospel, the scribes and pharisees claimed to have great knowledge of God – having the degrees and superior knowledge.
Jesus emphasizes the importance of humility – for a true believer acquires an intimate knowledge of God only through Jesus Christ. It is His great joy to see simple people humbly trusting and depending in God.
Mother Mary, teach us how to be simple and humble in knowing your son even more. Amen.
July 16, 2019 Tuesday
Gospel: Matthew 11:20–24
Change your ways.
In today's Gospel, people do not believe despite hearing the Good News and witnessing the miracles of Jesus.
Repentance demands a change of heart and a way of life.
Today, Jesus reminds us that as we repent and change our ways, we will be saved from the destruction of our soul from all our sins and all our wrong doings.
July 15, 2019 Monday
Gospel: Matthew 10:34–11:1
"Take up your cross and follow me."
Jesus in today's Gospel challenges us to know who we love first and foremost. And a true disciple loves God above all else and is willing to forsake all for the sake of Jesus Christ.
He insists that we must take up our cross even if this means the possibility of our family and friends becoming our enemies, with the thought of them keeping us from doing what we know God wants us to do.
Mother Mary, teach us how to put God first in all that we do. Amen
July 14, 2019 Sunday
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
“Who is my neighbour?” Lk 10: 29
This question has been asked many times. Not because we do not know it, rather Jesus challenges us a bit further in our capacity to love. Ask yourself, “where do I find myself being stretched”?
The prayer of Jabez invites and encourages us - “Oh that you would bless and expand my territory. Please be with me in all that I do and keep me from trouble and pain.” -1Chronicles 4:10 Yes, increase our capacity to love and impact to our community!
Mama Mary, help us to be sensitive and to be responsive to the need of my neighbours. Amen.
July 13, 2019 Saturday
Gospel: Matthew 10:24-33
God taking notice
In this gospel Jesus continues to elaborate the cost to following him. Yet he gives us this assurance of God’s concern for humanity and his creation .
“Do not be afraid”, God reminding us again that we can face all trials without fear, trusting in his care and protection. He is Omnipresent, nothing escapes from him.
Mama Mary, we ask for the grace to overcome our fear and to trust God at all times. Amen.
July 12, 2019 Friday
Gospel: Matthew 10:16-23
“Be clever as snakes and innocent as doves” Mt 10:16
In sending out the twelve disciples, Jesus said to them, “I am sending you like a sheep among wolves. You must be clever as snakes and innocent as doves” Two symbolism with contrasting imagery. The world then and as now are still hostile to Christians. As we carry-out missions, Jesus said we must be wise as snake (emulating the shrewdness in a good way) and be innocent (not gullible) as dove.
St Paul in his missions also modelled this character, discerning at all times so as not to jeopardise his ministry. Always in good conscience with God. Gentle and not pushover, giving without being taken advantage. Shrewd and assertive for he knows his rights and the truth!
Holy Spirit, we come to you for the gift of wisdom, gentleness and kindness. To live a balance between being a serpent or dove as the situations calls for it in our daily missions. Amen!
July 11,2019 Thursday
Gospel: Matthew 10:7-15
“The Kingdom of Heaven is near”
Jesus reminds the disciples to give freely one’s time, talent and treasure as have received. To give generously to others, knowing that many will be benefited in one’s giving. And to trust fully in the divine providence and love of God.
Mama Mary help us to place all our hope and trust in Jesus for his generosity is never outdone.
July 10, 2019 Wednesday
Gospel: Matthew 10:1-7
“Jesus sent these twelve on mission” Matthew 10:5
Jesus summoned the twelve and gave them authority.. and instructed them to go to the lost sheep. Here we see that when God calls, he equips, prepares us and guide us all the way.
Most often, our mission place is where we are planted. Pray for the people around you - Family, Work Place , Community. Someone is waiting to be listened to and comforted.
Mama Mary, we pray for mindfulness in the midst where we are planted to recognised when, where to whom we are called. Amen!