7th January 2019 Monday – Monday after Epiphany
1 John 3:22-4:6, Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25
“Go out and share your joy with all!”
Today, let us reﬂect on the gospel in relation to the words of Pope Francis:
“Christians have the duty to proclaim the Gospel without excluding anyone. Instead of seeming to impose new obligations, they should appear as people who wish to share their joy, who point to a horizon of beauty and who invite others to a delicious banquet. It is not by proselytizing that the Church grows, but “by attraction”….This task continues to be a source of immense joy for the Church: “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance” (Lk 15:7).” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 14-15)
5th January 2019 Saturday - St. John Neumann
1 John 3:11-21, John 1:43-51
“Passing on the baton of faith”
“Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey.”
We too are Jesus’ disciples. This means that we must all be ready to bring the love of Jesus to others. We are always so eager to share the latest bargains, the most recent food craze, the most amazing recipes for certain dishes, etc. with our friends and family members. Are we excited to share Jesus with others?
2nd January 2019 Wednesday - Ss. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen
1 John 2:22-28, John 1:19-28
“Witness to Christ”
Today, we are called to witness Christ through the simplicity of our everyday working relationships, family relationships, friendships. Perhaps we look at our lives and feel our unworthiness to be His witness. Yet, Jesus precisely calls us - weak and common as we are - to go and direct people to Him. He trusts us to be the John the Baptist of today. Do we trust Jesus by giving ourselves completely to Him?
31st December 2018 Monday 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas
1 John 2:18-21, John 1:1-18
“To receive or not to receive!”
Life is full of choices. In today’s Gospel, we are told that there were some people who chose to reject Jesus while others opened their hearts and received Him.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
When we open the door and let Jesus into our life, His presence will affect our whole life: our hobbies, the way we utilize time, our usage of internet websites, or relationships with friends and family, etc.