18th August 2019 Sunday 20th Week of Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 38:4-6,8-10, Hebrews 12:1-4, Luke 12:49-53
“I choose Jesus”
When we choose to live our lives for Jesus and His Gospel values, we will face oppositions and rejections, even from people whom we love.
To those who want to follow Him closely, Jesus warns of possible hostility. Despite the oppositions we face, the most loving thing to do is to stand firm to the Truth and not to simply give in to the demands and expectations of our loved ones. It might seem ironic but we show true love to our family members and friends when we choose to put Jesus above them. Our love for our parents, siblings, friends, etc. will never come to an end but it will only become pure when Jesus becomes our first choice.
17th August 2019 Saturday 19th Week of Ordinary Time
Joshua 24:14-29, Matthew 19:13-15
“The only thing that matters”
Jesus continues to call us to be like little children in the sense of being child-like and not childish. To be child-like is to have a simple and trusting faith that leads us to open ourselves to respond to God’s call for a deeper communion with Him. As we enter more into relationship with God, we start to realise that when everything is stripped away, the only thing that matters is Him.
16th August 2019 Friday 19th Week of Ordinary Time - St. Stephen of Hungary
Joshua 24:1-13, Matthew 19:3-12
“Commitment is the key”
The message for us in today’s Gospel is: Commitment.
Let us go beyond commitment in marriages to reflect on the different commitments that we have in our life.
Authentic commitment requires us to have true love that stays with a friend, a spouse, a child, a parent during their ‘good times’ and especially in their ‘bad times’.