15th August 2019 Thursday 19th Week of Ordinary Time - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Revelations 11:19,12:1-6,10, 1 Corinthians 15:20-27, Luke 1:39-56
“Rushing to do God’s stuff”
When Mary heard the good news about her cousin, Elizabeth, she did not wait or procrastinate. She took action by leaving the comfort of her home in order to travel a great distance to visit her cousin, Elizabeth.
13th August 2019 Tuesday 19th Week of Ordinary Time - Ss. Pontian and Hippolytus
Deuteronomy 31:1-8, Matthew 18:1-5,10,12-14
"To live in the present"
Jesus invites us to become like little children and live in the present moment. It is in the present moment where God reveals Himself. In the present moment, we come to be aware that God is with us and that He cares for us. We need to plan and work for a better future, but without missing the present moment. We take delight in life itself with all its goodness and wonderment. Living in the present, we learn how to love the people around us rather than focus on past resentments or the many expectations we have of them. Becoming like little children leads us to let God be God, let others be others and let ourselves be ourselves.
12th August 2019 Monday 19th Week of Ordinary Time - St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Deuteronomy 10:12-22, Matthew 17:22-27
“On being handed over”
We want to be strong, in control and take charge of our lives. We do not want to be ‘handed over’ to people’s initiatives and have things done to us against our will and plans. In life, we are sometimes being ‘handed over’ to illnesses, circumstances, crises that are beyond our control. As disciples, we should follow Jesus’ footsteps and not be afraid because He will be with us in moments when we are experiencing our passion.
10th August 2019 Saturday 18th Week of Ordinary Time - St. Lawrence
2 Corinthians 9:6-10, John 12:24-26
“A grain of wheat”
We celebrate the feast of a very little known saint, St. Lawrence. St. Lawrence was great, not because of his achievements, but because he lived and died for Christ. He placed Jesus first above everything else. Thus, this humble saint became a grain of wheat who died in order to yield a rich harvest. His only desire was to follow Jesus faithfully to the end, and to be with Him where He was. The path of the grain of wheat is the daily way we must walk.