Daily Reflections

 

Day: 8th July Monday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 9:18-26)

While he was saying these things to them, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.”

Short Reflection:

The official “bowed low in front of You.” I started my prayer just now saying that “I adore You with profound reverence.” When I go into a church or a chapel, does this adoration and profound reverence show in the way I genuflect before the Blessed Sacrament?


Day: 9th July Tuesday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 9:32-37)

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages … proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom …. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.

Short Reflection:

 It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society.


Day: 10th July Wednesday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 10:1-7)

Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Short Reflection:

You give authority and power to each of the apostles to be evangelisers. Do I realise that through my baptism I have received the call to be an evangeliser, to do apostolate? You have called me and given me the grace to “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Lord, who do You want me to pray for today? Who should I speak to today?


Day: 11th July Thursday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 10:1-7)

As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.…

Short Reflection:

O be generous with my friends, I must be ready to be selfless, that is, to overlook whether I am “gaining” or “losing” in a friendship. Do I sometimes give in to preferences that lead me to spend a lot of time with one friend and neglect another, who perhaps is less interesting? Help me to be there for everyone! “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Lord, who do You want me to pray for today? Who should I speak to today?


Day: 12th July Friday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 10:16-23)

You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved. …

Short Reflection:

My Jesus, help me to persevere in responding to Your call generously. Help me to remember that things will not always be pleasant: Am I aware that difficulties are part and parcel of the Christian calling?


Day: 13th July Saturday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 10:24-33)

If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household! Therefore, do not be afraid of them. … And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.

Short Reflection:

The people called You “the master of the house Beelzebul,” in other words they treated You as one who was possessed … because You were practicing what You preached. Should I be surprised at those who misunderstand me and even ridicule me for trying to be upright?


Day: 15th July Monday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 10:34-11:1)

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me… 

Short Reflection:

Family ties are important but not absolute. Just as the child grows to maturity and human and spiritual autonomy, so his unique vocation which comes from God asserts itself more clearly and forcefully. Parents should respect this call and encourage their children to follow it. 


Day: 16th July Tuesday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 11:20-24)

Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes.

Short Reflection:

Jesus, am I as proud as these people? Do I sometimes think that I know everything and that I don’t need to improve. When my parents, teachers and friends correct me, do I react negatively?


Day: 17th July Wednesday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 11:25-27)

Jesus said in reply, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. 

Short Reflection:

The childish person is so self-absorbed that the others do not really make a difference; the childish person complains incessantly about any little thing; the childish person feels hurt and throws a tantrum when people pay no attention to his or her conversations … Father, am I childish? Help me to see how I need to improve.


Day: 18th July Thursday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 11:28-30)

Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. 

Short Reflection:

Jesus, sometimes suffering and contradictions make me react badly: I withdraw from talking to my parents, I easily get annoyed, I feel that I am not understood by anyone. May I remember Your words in these moments: “learn from me … you will find rest for yourselves.


Day: 19th July Friday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 12:1-8)

If you knew what this meant, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” 

Short Reflection:

My Lord, spur me on to have a bigger heart. Can’t I be more understanding? Shouldn’t I make more allowances for the defects of others? Can I be a more loyal friend, defending them when people speak unjustly about them?


Day: 20th July Saturday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 12:14-21)

“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. … And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

Short Reflection:

Teach me to discover Your Will in the little everyday things of my life: attending classes, intense personal study, helping in the kitchen, leisure time with friends.… 


Day: 22nd July Monday

(Feast of St. Mary Magdalene)

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Jn 20:1-2.11-18)

Woman, why are you weeping? whom do you seek?

Short Reflection:

When Jesus came into Mary Magdalene’s life, she changed her way of living and accepted new life that Jesus offered her. she became a very strong disciple of Jesus. Her love and faith in Jesus was so great she was rewarded by Jesus by being the first person to see him after he had risen from the dead. What do I seek? Do I allow my faith to be renewed in Jesus? 


Day: 23rd July Tuesday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 12:46-50) 

“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand towards his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.” 

Short Reflection:

“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” What is the tone of Your voice and the expression on Your Face when You ask this? I see You talking as a son who is proud of his mother, pointing out to her, setting her as an example for everyone there. “For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father …” is like my Mother who fulfilled the Will of God.


Day: 24th July Wednesday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 13:1-9) 

But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

Short Reflection:

For me to be rich soil, I need to always be ready to learn. Do I pay attention to the homily at Sunday Mass or at other weekday Masses? Could I attend a talk or some Bible study session to enrich the soil of my spiritual life? I need to receive Christian formation. How should I acquire this? 


Day: 25th July Thursday

(Feast of St. James Apostle)

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 20:20-28) 

“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 

Short Reflection:

Almighty ever-living God, who consecrated the first fruits of your Apostles by the blood of Saint James, grant, we pray, that your Church may be strengthened by his confession of faith and constantly sustained by his protection. (Adapted from the Collect at Mass) 


Day: 26th July Friday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 13:18-23)  

But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

Short Reflection:

In this time of prayer, Lord, I ask You for new lights on this passage that I have heard and read several times. Do I sometimes take it for granted that I am the one who received the seed in rich soil? 


Day: 27th July Saturday

Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 13:18-23)  

The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this’ ….

Short Reflection:

Jesus, You conquered evil freely. In the same way, you want me to imitate You, to imitate Your free decision to love God above all things. Today I renew that decision to struggle. May I not give in to deliberate venial sin: telling lies, being discourteous to my parents and elders, laxity in my study … Is there any specific area that You want me to struggle in, Lord? Speak to me.


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