6th October 2018 Saturday 26th Week of Ordinary Time - St. Bruno
Job 42:1-3,5-6,12-17, Luke 10:17-24
“The Joy of Mission”
‘Rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven.’
These are Jesus’ personal words to each of us today. He wants us to know the true cause of our joy – it is not just because we are successful in bringing someone closer to Jesus or that we have invited someone to a prayer session, or that someone is entirely grateful for our dedication, etc.
3rd October 2018 Wednesday 26th Week of Ordinary Time
Job 9:1-12,14-16, Luke 9:57-62
“I will follow you but...”
How far will you go to follow Jesus?
In today’s gospel passage, Jesus did not paint a rosy picture to people who came to Him and expressed their desire to follow Him. He told them bluntly what it would cost to be His disciples.
30th September 2018 Sunday Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Numbers 11:25-29, James 5:1-6, Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48
“Bigger hearts, Bigger visions”
We are constantly in rivalry with each other. Even in doing God’s work, we get upset when others appear in our ‘turf’ and do what we do.
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.