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.
22nd September 2018 Saturday 24th Week of Ordinary Time
1 Corinthians 15:35-37,42-49, Luke 8:4-15
In today’s parable, there was a large crowd gathering and people from every town made their way to Him. What did Jesus see as He looked at the huge number of people? Jesus saw their hearts and perceived that there were people coming to Him with all kinds of attitudes and intentions. Thus, He started the parable of the Sower and the soil in order to challenge them to listen and live out what they understood in their own lives. Jesus did not want ‘fans’ but committed disciples who lived their lives, bearing good fruit of His life and love.
21st September 2018 Friday 24th Week of Ordinary Time - St. Matthew
Ephesians 4:1-7,11-13, Matthew 9:9-13
“The Object of God’s Unconditional Love"
In today’s gospel passage, Jesus was walking and saw Matthew sitting by the custom house. He said to him, “Follow me” For any other Jewish rabbi, Matthew would never be a suitable candidate to be a disciple.
Yet, Jesus broke all norms and called Matthew to be His disciple. He even went to Matthew’s house and had a meal with other tax collectors and social outcasts. Why? This was because Jesus regards each person as a beloved child of God. He did not see the people as ‘sinners’ or ‘tax collectors’ but as the object of God’s unconditional love. He broke down the walls of prejudices and hatred in order to bring God’s love to them.