29th September 2018 Saturday 25th Week of Ordinary Time - Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael
Daniel 7:9-10,13-14 or Revelations 12:7-12, John 1:47-51
“God Who Reveals Himself”
In today’s gospel passage, Jesus saw Nathanael as a man searching for something more in his life. Nathanael was a good Jew who followed the Law of the Torah and knew the Scripture by heart. Yet, he was searching for more of God. Jesus promised him that he would see ‘greater things’. Jesus used the image of Jacob’s ladder in Genesis 28: 12-13,15-17 to show that the angels descending represent God’s desire to reveal Himself to those who respond to His invitation, and the angels ascending to heaven represent His desire that they would also open themselves and reveal themselves to Him.
Jesus invites us to be open and let us experience ourselves being loved. From a heart that is fully known and loved, we will then be ready to perceive with our heart the ‘greater things’ that God wants to reveal to us.
Questions for reﬂection:
1) Am I afraid to be known and loved by Jesus?
2) How can I open my heart today so as to perceive all that Jesus has in store for me?
27th September 2018 Thursday 25th Week of Ordinary Time - St. Vincent de Paul
Ecclesiastes 1:2-11, Luke 9:7-9
“A series of daily encounter”
Herod the tetrarch asked, “Who is this?” as He heard all the things that Jesus did. He was moved with intense desire to see Jesus, out of curiosity and fear.
What about us? Why do we go to Jesus? Do we yearn to get something out of Him? Or do we simply desire to be with Him?
Today, let us ask Jesus to reveal Himself to us. We desire to know Jesus more so that we can love Him and enter into a deeper intimate relationship with Him. It is the daily encounter with Jesus that brings us to transform our lives and follow Him with greater enthusiasm and joy.
25th September 2018 Tuesday 25th Week of Ordinary Time
Proverbs 21:1-6,10-13, Luke 8:19-21
“Listen and do”
Today, Jesus calls us to be committed members of God’s family. We can truly say that we are God’s children only when we hear His Word and faithfully put it into practice. Every day, we need to set time and space for God where we listen attentively to His Word. God speaks to us through life’s events and circumstances. He speaks to us through people. He speaks to us best through Scripture. We must listen first before we do what He tells us.
26th September 2018 Wednesday 25th Week of Ordinary Time - Ss. Cosmas and Damian
Proverbs 30:5-9, Luke 9:1-6
“Take Nothing... Trust”
Jesus’ whole life exuded His trust and surrender to God His Father. Everything He did was done out of genuine trust in God. In today’s gospel, Jesus set the Twelve together and sent them out to preach about the Kingdom of God. Interestingly, He did not instruct them on what they should take with them in this mission, but He told them what not to take. “Take nothing for the journey: neither staﬀ, nor haversack, nor bread, nor money, and let none of you take a spare tunic.”
24th September 2018 Monday 25th Week of Ordinary Time
Proverbs 3:27-34, Luke 8:16-18
“Let your light shine”
We are called to be little lights shining brightly and showing others that life is beautiful, regardless of the circumstances. We are called to be little lights radiating Christ so that others can perceive God in their lives. Through our lifestyle as well as through what we say, we communicate the Gospel message as a way to greater happiness.
23rd September 2018 Sunday 25th Week of Ordinary
Wisdom 2:12,17-20, James 3:16-4:3, Mark 9:30-37
“Greatness in God’s Sight”
The world tells us to be somebody by being great, admirable and powerful. Jesus, on the other hand, gives us a diﬀerent message of what greatness truly means.
Greatness is not to be somebody but it is trying to help and serve somebody. It is to serve by releasing our ego, and not bothering how the world sees us. It is to serve with a smile on our face because we are serving God in our brothers and sisters.