Daily Reflections

Day: 1st October 2019 

Tuesday of the 26th Week of Ordinary Time. 

(Memorial of St Therese of the Child Jesus, Patroness of Missionaries and the Mission)

Scripture Reading: (Zec 8:20-23, Ps 87:1b-7, Lk 9:51-56) 

Short Reflection: 

Many peoples and great nations will come to seek the Lord of Hosts. The times and ways of the conversion of the nations are the Lord’s work; the task of the Church is to convert itself to the Spirit and to the person of the Lord Jesus. Being on the path to holiness every day, I would want to preach the Gospel on all five continents simultaneously and even to the remote isles. (St Therese of the Child Jesus)

Rosary: Sorrowful Mysteries

Action: What is my doable and liveable pathway to sanctification?

Day: 2nd October 2019 

Wednesday of the 26th Week of Ordinary Time. 

Memorial of the Guardian Angels, God’s Messengers

Scripture Reading: (Neh 2:1-8, Ps 137:1-6, Mt 18:1-5,10) 

Short Reflection: 

The one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Missionary disciples must have the same immense trust that children have in their parents, sure of their love and protection, and therefore confident in the present, that for them it is already the beginning of the future.

O Angels of the missionaries who have left their native land and all who are dear to them in order to preach the Gospel in foreign fields, protect them from dangers that threaten them and console their hours of discouragement and solitude. (Prayer to the Guardian Angels)

Rosary: Glorious Mysteries

Action: Do I listen to my guardian angel with meekness and respect? 

Day: 3rd October 2019 

Thursday of the 26th Week of Ordinary Time. 

Feria; Guidelines for mission

Scripture Reading: (Neh 8:1-4a,5-6,7b-12; Ps 19:8-11; Lk 10:1-12) 

Short Reflection: 

The kingdom of God is very near to you.

Missionary Disciples must burn with the same passion and love for the world, so that all may be saved, going to seek out men and women of every generation, of every place and city, so that no one should miss the proclamation of the Gospel of salvation.

Mission is passion for Jesus but, at the same time, it is passion for his people. (Pope Francis)

Rosary: Mysteries of Light

Action: Am I a joyful herald of Christ’s Good News?

Day: 4th October 2019 

Friday of the 26th Week of Ordinary Time. 

Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, (Laudato si of Pope Francis-care and concern of our common home, mother earth)

Scripture Reading: (Bar 1:15-22; Ps 79:1-5,8,9; Lk 10:13-16) 

Short Reflection:  

Anyone who listens to me; anyone who rejects you rejects me.

Jesus identifies himself with those who he sends and warns that rejecting them means rejecting God himself, whatever the reason or religious faith that may lead to it. Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. (St. Francis of Assisi)

Rosary: The sorrowful Mysteries

Action: What are the measures am taking to care for nature against destruction?

Day: 5th October 2019 

Saturday of the 26th Week of Ordinary Time. 

Happy are the eyes that see what you see.

Short Reflection:  

When we recognise with faith the ways in which God comes and works in us, we can all his spirit to carry out his mission to others through us.

Mary let herself be guided by the Holy Spirit on a journey of faith towards a destiny of survive and fruitfulness.

Rosary: Joyful Mysteries

Action: Bishops to commission all baptised faithful to go and make disciples by living our baptismal promises.

Day: 6th October 2019 

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time. 

First theme of Extraordinary Missionary Month (EMM): ENCOUNTER JESUS IN WORD AND SACRAMENTS

Scripture Reading: (Hab 1:2-3; 2:2-4; Ps 95:1-2,6-9; Tim 1:6-8,13-14; Lk 17:5-10) 

Short Reflection:  

Never be ashamed of witnessing to the Lord.

In Christ our lives become radically open to a love that transforms us from within, acting in us and through us. Without this love, and the presence of the Spirit, it is impossible to confess Him as Lord.
The seed and fruit of mission is a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.

The question to ask ourselves is why should I evangelise and engage in Mission?

Rosary: Glorious Mysteries

Action: Promote Bible apostolate to encounter Jesus in word and Sacrament.

Day: 7th October 2019 

Monday of the 27th Week of Ordinary Time. 

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Scripture Reading: (Jon 1:1-2:2,11; Jon 2:3-5,8; Lk 10:25-37) 

Short Reflection: 

Meditate on the twenty particular truths of faith in the Rosary.

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind and your neighbour as yourself. To love then we have to pray, not for ourselves alone but for the whole world.

Only love evangelizes effectively. Our priority is to care for the wounded we encounter on our roads; giving first aid with what we have: the oil of mercy and the wine of love.

It has always been the habit of Catholics in danger and in troubled times to fly for refuge to Mary, especially when the Church of God has seemed to be endangered by heresy, moral corruption and attack. (Pope Leo XIII)

Rosary: Joyful Mysteries

Action: Pray the Rosary daily to obtain from the Lord the graces that the Church and humanity need. 

Day: 8th October 2019 

Tuesday of the 27th Week of Ordinary Time. 

Feria: Integrating life and mission

Scripture Reading: (Jon 3:1-10, Ps 130: 1b-2,3-4ab,7-8; Lk 10:38-42) 

Short Reflection: 

Martha works; Mary listens; prayer and work are both needed for effective evangelization. Serving and listening are complementary rather than opposing actions in the mission that Jesus entrusts to us for the salvation of the world.

Unless the missionary is contemplative, he or she cannot proclaim Christ in a credible way. He or she is a witness to the experience of God. (St. John Paul II)

Rosary: Sorrowful Mysteries

Action: To be genuinely contemplatives in action. 

Day: 9th October 2019

Wednesday of the 27th Week of Ordinary Time. 

Blessed John Henry Newman; The Compassionate Father

Scripture Reading: (Jon 4:1-11; Ps 86:3-6,9-10; Lk 11:1-4) 

Short Reflection: 

Your kingdom come. We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy, that bridge that connects God with humanity.

Jesus proclaims that God is entering the history of humanity to open a new era, in which no one will feel alone and in which we can build a more just world, and a peaceful society where the dignity of each person is respected. Lead kindly light amid the encircling gloom. (Blessed John Henry Newman)

Rosary: Glorious Mysteries

Action: What acts of mercy are required of me to be an authentic witness?

Day: 10th October 2019

Thursday of the 27th Week of Ordinary Time. 

Feria: Mission Paradigm (befriending others)

Scripture Reading: (Mal 3:13-20b; Ps 1:1-4;6 Lk 11:5-13) 

Short Reflection: 

Ask and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. Every missionary who experiences a profound encounter with Jesus through personal friendship will want to share with others the fruits of this encounter. We were created for what the Gospel offers us: friendship with Jesus and love for our brothers and sisters. (Pope Francis)

Rosary: The Mysteries of Light

Action: Be in a constant state of mission because mission is passion for Christ and his people. 

Day: 11th October 2019

Friday of the 27th Week of Ordinary Time. 

St. John XXIII: The Joyful Pope

Scripture Reading: ( Jl 2:13-15; 2:1-2; Ps9:2-3,6,16,8-9; Lk 11:15-26) 

Short Reflection: 

But if it is through the finger of God that I cast out devils then know that the Kingdom of God has over taken you.

The missionary disciple must, like Jesus, be involved in the struggle against evil. It is belonging to him that determines and supports our struggle against every form of evil.

The evils of our world – and those of the Church – must not be excuses for diminishing our commitment and our fervour. Let us look on them as challenges, which can help us to grow. (Pope Francis)

Rosary: Sorrowful Mysteries

Action: In daily meditation purpose to do something good in the society?

Day: 12th October 2019

Saturday of the 27th Week of Ordinary Time. 

Feria: Who are truly blessed?

Scripture Reading: ( Jl 4:12-21; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12; Lk 11:27-28) 

Short Reflection: 

Still happier those who hear the word of God and keep it.

The Word of God needs the Missionary Disciple who, like the Blessed Virgin Mary, want to listen to it with openness and live it with openness and live it with generosity. To evangelise one has to be listener and a doer, contemplation and concrete living.

Modern people listen more willingly to witness than to teachers, and if they do listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses. (Pope Paul XI)

Rosary: Joyful Mysteries

Action: Am I a disciple, a missionary or a Missionary Disciple?

Day: 13th October 2019

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time. 

Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman

Scripture Reading: ( 2Kgs 5:14-17; Ps 98:1,2-4; 2Tim 2:8-13; Lk 17:11-19) 

Second theme of extraordinary missionary month (EMM): AUTHENTIC MISSIONARY SERVICE

Short Reflection: 

If we have died with Him, then we shall live with Him. If we hold firm, then we shall reign with Him.

Reborn in the Baptismal font, we are made missionaries in the ordinary experiences of life: get up, go your way, and return to your home. Others will be chosen to be missionary disciples in foreign, and perhaps hostile lands. All of us are called to witness to the saving grace of God in Christ Jesus. The witness of saints and martyrs inspires us in our mission to the nations.

Rosary: Glorious Mysteries

Action: What is our story, what is my story of faith?

Day: 14th October 2019

Monday of the 28th Week of Ordinary Time. 

Feria: St Paul and the Missions

Scripture Reading: ( Rom 1:1-7; Ps 98:1-4; Lk 11:29-32)  

Short Reflection: 

The Lord has made known his salvation; has shown his justice to the nations. God’s Church, the universal sacrament of salvation, in a permanent state of mission, is sent to everyone, calling everyone to Christ.

I dream of a missionary option, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything.

Rosary: Joyful Mysteries

Action: Am I a joyful evangelizer?

Day: 15th October 2019

Tuesday of the 28th Week of Ordinary Time. 

Memorial of St. Teresa of Jesus: Call to Missionary Holiness

Scripture Reading: (Rom 1:16-25; Ps 19:2-5; Lk 11: 37-41)  

Short Reflection: 

I am not ashamed of the Good News; it is the power of God saving all who have faith.

We who are in love with God, united in Christ, are not afraid of risking anything, even in life, to remain in communion with Him and to invite anyone to this banquet of life and joy. We need to re-propose to the world today the call to holiness lived in a practical way. Let’s aim at sainthood rather than mediocre existence. His holiness grows through small gestures.  To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that. (St. Teresa of Jesus)

Rosary: Sorrowful Mysteries

Action: A Christian cannot think of his mission or her mission on earth without seeing it as a path to holiness. What is my path to holiness?  

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