Daily Reflection 2019
Day: 1st January (Tuesday) Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 2:16-21):
“…And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart…”
Today I will try to be especially close to you, my Mother. What should I do for you? Let me try to take loving care of the holy Rosary. Maybe I could even pay you a special visit today in a shrine where you are venerated.
Day: 2nd January (Wednesday)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from John 1:19-28):
“Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?” … “Why then do you baptise if you are not the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet?”
John doesn’t get flustered with their opposition. He’s humble. Teach me to be humble, Jesus. May I recall these words often: You are humble not when you humble yourself, but when you are humbled by others and you bear it for Christ.
Day: 3rd January (Thursday)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from John 1:29-34):
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
“Behold, the Lamb of God,” behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. I am so fortunate to be able to attend the Holy Mass, the Holy Sacrifice of the Cross.
Day: 4th January (Friday)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from John 1:35-42):
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
Even though I want to be holy, sometimes I fail. What should I do? I should not get stuck, I should be convinced that I cannot fail. I haven’t failed; I have gained experience.
Day: 5th January (Saturday)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from John 1:43-51):
Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.”
Let us ask ourselves: Are we open to God’s surprises? Do we have the courage to strike out along the new paths which God’s newness sets before us?
Day: 7th January (Monday)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 4:12-17.23-25)
When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee.
Am I aware that sadness is an ally of the enemy? The devil rejoices every time he tempts me to be sad and I fall for his lies. I should never lose heart if I am an apostle. There is no obstacle that I cannot overcome. Why do I sometimes allow myself to become sad?
Day: 8th January (Tuesday)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 6:34-44)
He said to them in reply, “Give them some food yourselves.”
“Give them some food yourselves.” Your compassion is not limited to preaching; You are concerned that the people need to eat. Do I have an exquisite sense of refinement that leads me to notice when someone is tired or sick or needs pepping up?
Day: 9th January (Wednesday)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 6:45-52)
Then he made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side towards Bethsaida, … he went off to the mountain to pray.
You went off into the hills to pray. Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God. Have I fixed a time to pray every day?
Day: 10th January (Thursday)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 4:14-22)
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me ….”
A consequence of being a son of God: “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”
A healthy superiority complex: “I am a son of God!”
Day: 11th January (Friday)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 5:12-16)
Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do will it. Be made clean.” And the leprosy left him immediately.
Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent. Teach me to learn from the humility of this man. “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” And I say the same words to You now in prayer: if You want, Lord, you can cure me of my many defects.
Day: 12th January (Saturday)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Jn 3:22-30)
“Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptising and everyone is coming to him.” ……..He must increase; I must decrease.”
“And everyone is coming to him.” …. There is a subtle tone of envy in this remark. At times do I feel bad that other people do good? Am I sad when I realise that others are better than me? I know that You love me for who I am. For the Lord takes delight in his people.
Day: 14th January Monday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 1:14-20)
“This is the time of fulfillment,” he said, “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Time is so precious. Even though I may never really have thought about it, Jesus, help me to consider my own death. Am I afraid of death? Why?
Day 15th January Tuesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 1:29-39)
The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
Maturity. Stop making faces and acting like a child! Your bearing ought to reflect the peace and order in your soul.
Am I immature, Jesus? I’m sorry if I act immaturely at times. Speak to me, Lord, and tell me what You want me to do in order to change. I will not lose heart because I know that he raises the needy from the dust. Lift me up, Lord!
Day: 16th January Wednesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 1:29-39)
They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.
“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” You laid Your life down for me. Help me to live for the others. Can I be a better friend? Can I do more for my friends so that they get to know You? Perhaps I could speak to someone today about Confession ….
Day: 17th January Thursday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 1:40-45)
A leper came to Jesus (and kneeling down) begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.”
The man with leprosy acknowledged his infirmity. He “begged on his knees” so that he could be cured. Am I ready to acknowledge my spiritual “infirmities”?
I don’t always accept my faults and defects, Lord. On the contrary, I’m quite proud. Do I really need conversion? The day you see yourself as you are, you will think it natural to be despised by others.
Day: 18th January Friday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 2:1-12)
They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.”
Those well-timed words, whispered into the ear of your wavering friend … the apostolate of friendship isn’t the same as on-stage preaching. Friends talk and listen to each other. How many real friends do I have?
Those four friends of the paralytic really cared for him. In fact, they cared so much that they interrupted Your preaching by creating a racket in opening the roof and lowering their friend. Friendship knows no boundaries.
Day: 19th January Saturday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 2:13-17)
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.
Levi had heard You teaching before. Maybe he hadn’t reacted by putting into practice what he had heard. Those words “Follow me” move him to get up and follow You. Are You also inviting me to follow You, Jesus?
Day: 21st January Monday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 2:18-22)
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day….”
“… But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away … and then they will fast on that day.” The time is here, for me to fast, to do little sacrifices during the day and to offer them up for different intentions.
Day: 22nd January Tuesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 2:23-28)
Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”
From here I realise that my apostolate includes many casual moments spent with friends: doing sports, going for outings, having a meal at home or outside, … Jesus, what are the things I like doing? How can I do apostolate through these activities?
Day: 23rd January Wednesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 3:1-6)
There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched him closely to see if he would cure him on the Sabbath so that they might accuse him.
In stark contrast, there were others watching you so that they could use something You said against Yourself. They didn’t notice the suffering man because their hearts were blinded by their wrong intentions. Purify my intentions, Jesus.
Day: 24th January Thursday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 3:7-12)
And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son of God.” He warned them sternly not to make him known.
Some of those people really adored You, Lord. Others might have been there just to see what You could do. For my part, I adore You, Lord, with profound reverence. Are there times that my deeds have failed to show that I adore You? I ask You pardon if I have not behaved as a child of God.
Day: 25th January Friday
(Feast: Conversion of St. Paul Apostle)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk:16:15-18)
“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation”
Paul became a minister of Christ to the Gentiles as he preached the Word of God to them. After his conversion, the universality of the Gospel was always clear and unquestionable to him, and he dedicated himself wholeheartedly to its universal proclamation. As a Christian how do I preach the good news among my friends, colleagues and family? Do I witness the Gospel by a life filled with Christian values?
Day: 26th January Saturday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 10:1-9)
“The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them ahead of him, two by two.”
The sending of the seventy in pairs signifies that the proclamation of the Gospel is work of the community of believers. whoever speaks in the name of Christ must be in communion with others and should not act independently from them. As a Christian, do I carry out the work evangelization of as an individual or in union with others?
Day: 28th January Monday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 3:22-30)
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.”
I have to be on guard against pride: it blinds me from recognising the good in others and accepting my own defects. Am I quick to judge the others?
Day: 29th January Tuesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 3:31-35)
But he said to them in reply, “Who are my mother and (my) brothers?” And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. (For) whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
“Who are my mother and (my) brothers?” That almost sounds disrespectful. Yet I know, Lord, that You loved Your Mother so much that You were trying to emphasize the heroic measure of Your Mother’s correspondence to the Will of God. Mary, my Mother, teach me to praise and exalt and fulfill the most Holy Will of God.
Day: 30th January Wednesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 4:1-20)
He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.” (…) But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”
I have ears to listen, Lord. I want to listen. Am I deafened by the capital sin of pride? Do I give in to deliberate venial sin: escaping my duties at home and at work, giving in to laziness …?
Day: 31st January Thursday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 4:21-25)
Jesus said to the crowd: “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light.
My soul, in the state of grace, is a source of light to all those around me. And yet I can partially hide that light through venial sins such as lying, disobedience, disrespect for my parents and superiors … Am I indifferent to committing venial sins?
Day: 1st February Friday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 4:26-34)
Jesus said, “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.
I have a spiritual soul. The life of the soul too is a mystery. Yet You, Jesus Christ, have given me the means so that my soul may grow: the sacraments. From the day I was baptized, I became a child of God. Do I strive always live as a child of God?
Day: 2nd February Saturday
(Feast: Presentation of the Lord)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 2:22-40)
“And inspired by the Spirit he came into the Temple and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God.”
The old Simeon takes the child Jesus from the arms of his parents and presents him to the whole World. He says that the child Jesus is destined to bring salvation to all the peoples of the earth and to be light for all nations. Simeon was an exemplary old man, righteous and devout. He let the Holy Spirit guide him and so he was able to know and understand the meaning and goal of his existence.
Do we radiate to others like Simeon this same kind of joy, optimism and hope in a better future?
Day: 4th February Monday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 5:1-20)
“Unclean spirit, come out of the man!” … “What is your name?” He replied, “Legion is my name. There are many of us.” … And they pleaded with him, “Send us into the swine.
Jesus, help me to meditate on this scene. There is a possessed man known to gash himself with stones and capable of breaking any fetter. How fearful he must have looked. Would I have gone anywhere near such a person?
Day: 5th February Tuesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 5:21-43)
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” Immediately her flow of blood dried up.
Despite having gone to so many doctors, this woman still believed that she could be cured. “I shall be cured.” she said to herself as she reached out to touch Your garments. Do I have the same faith in the healing power of the sacrament of Confession?
Day: 6th February Wednesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 6:1-6)
They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offence at him.
Despite their lack of faith, You “curing a few sick people.” Jesus, teach me how to do good even when the tide is against me, even when people are not receptive.
Day: 7th February Thursday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 6:7-13)
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick – no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic.
To be an apostle, I have to detach myself from all material things so that my heart can be “attached” to Yours, Lord. Am I attached to the things I have: clothing, gadgets, money…?
Day: 8th February Friday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 6:14-29)
Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married. John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” …
There are concrete acts that it is always wrong to choose … one may not do evil so that good may result from it. Herod chose to behead John the Baptist. He did it because he wanted to please his wife and his guests. Jesus, do I justify myself when I sin?
Day: 9th February Saturday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 6:30-34)
The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
I know it is important to work: to work hard and to work well. You worked with the apostles and called them to “rest a while.” Do I work hard, Jesus? Am I offering up many hours of study?
Day: 11th February Monday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 6:53-56)
As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognised him. They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.
Word had gone around that You, my Lord, were able to restore people to health. Those who recognised You “scurried about” to get sick people they knew: someone brought along his ailing mother, another brought a close friend … who can I bring to You today in my prayer?
Day: 12th February Tuesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 7:1-13)
So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him, “Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?”
Do I sometimes pick on people because they do not think or do things the way I would like them to? I’m sorry, Lord, because I realise that I am behaving like a Pharisee.
Day: 13th February Wednesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 7:14-23)
And he went on, “But what comes out of a person, that is what defiles. From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”
My heart was created by You, Lord. Yet, doesn’t it turn traitor against me? Sometimes I have bad thoughts: I am envious of a friend because of his talents; I lie to avoid getting into trouble; I bow to peer pressure and give in to impure thoughts, words, actions ….
Day: 14th February Thursday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 7:24-30)
A woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Jesus. She came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter.
Prostrate before You, the pagan lady begged You “to drive the demon out of her daughter.” Can’t I pray more fervently for my friends to improve? Could I kneel down a little longer sometimes, offering this as a little sacrifice for some intention I am asking You for?
Day: 15th February Friday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 7:31-37)
… And people brought to Jesus a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
You “He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ears ….” Correction is not aimed at humiliation. Jesus, I do not want to embarass anyone in public. Help me to correct in a friendly way.
Day: 16th February Saturday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 8:1-10)
If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a great distance.” His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread to satisfy them here in this deserted place?” Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied…. Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute
Despite having spent time with You, Jesus, the disciples failed to see how they could help those people. The lacked supernatural outlook. They forgot that with You, everything is possible!
Jesus, do I live my life with or without You? I want to live it with You. No situation in life should ever scare me because I know that You are always by my side
Day: 18th February Monday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 8:11-13)
The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
We must give ourselves in everything, we must deny ourselves in everything. You talked of being a grain of wheat … “if it dies, it produces much fruit.” Jesus, if I have a headache, I can choose to complain and make a fuss of it or not complain and offer this up silently. Which of these is what You would do? I want to be like You, Jesus!
Day: 19th February Tuesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 8:14-21)
“When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?” They answered (him), “Seven.” He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
Jesus, do I make allowances for the defects of those around me? When I forget to do something, do I apologize and try to make up?
Day: 20th February Wednesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 8:22-26)
Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida, they brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him
If only they can touch You in a good Confession or a conversation with a priest.
Day: 21st February Thursday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 8:27-33)
… Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Messiah.”
Jesus, it’s not always easy to show that You are my number one priority. I often seek to be “natural” so that I blend in with the crowd. Many times my words and actions contradict what You would want me to do. Sorry, Jesus.
Day: 22nd February Friday
(Feast of the Chair of St. Peter)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 16:13-19)
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Peter confessed that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. After this profession of faith, Jesus blessed him and gave him great responsibility, a New Mission which was the leadership role that he performed in the community of believers.
But who do you say that I am? Are we able to confess with faith, “you are the Christ, the Son of the living God?” Or are we shy to profess our faith in public?
Day: 23rd February Saturday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mk 9:2-13)
Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
Prayer sometimes appears to be a mountain: difficult to climb. Yet, if I am willing to make the effort, I know that You, Lord, will show me how to pray. You will show me many things about myself and about how to serve others.
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