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….”
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 of 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?
Speak to Me| Year of Publication: 2015 (Paulines Publications Africa)