Daily Reflections

Day: Friday 1st November 2019

Solemnity of All Saints 

Excerpt from Mt 5:1-12a 

“Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for you reward is great in heaven.”

Short Reflection 

Almighty ever-living God, by whose gift  we venerate in one celebration the merits of all the Saints, bestow on us, we pray, through the prayers of so many intercessors, an abundance of the reconciliation with you for which we earnestly long.  (Collect at Mass)

Day: Saturday 2nd November 2019

Solemnity of All Souls 

Excerpt from Mt 5:1-12a 

“Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for you reward is great in heaven.”

Short Reflection: 

Today, let us be reminded of the reality of heaven and hold great hope for our loved ones who have departed this life in faith. The choices we make here and now can affect our eternity. Let us, therefore, live faithfully in friendship with God so we can look forward to life with Him forever in heaven. The gospel shows us the way to live in our daily life the gift of salvation and new life that we have received in Christ. As we pray for our departed brothers and sisters, we ask the Lord to strengthen our faith in the resurrection.

Day: Monday 4th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 14:12-14

Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. 

Short Reflection: 

My Lord, today You invite me to think about the motives for which I do things for others. If I’m kind to someone, is it because I want that person to be kind to me? When I do a favour for someone at home or a friend, do I get miffed if they don’t thank me? 

Day: Tuesday 5th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 14:15-24 

The first said to him, ‘I have purchased a field and must go to examine it; I ask you, consider me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen and am on my way to evaluate them; I ask you, consider me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have just married a woman, and therefore I cannot come.’ The servant went and reported this to his master. … 

Short Reflection: 

Lord, it is so difficult to do apostolate; people make excuses that they don’t have time, that they already know everything, that they don’t need God in their lives … How am I supposed to react?

Day: Wednesday 6th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 14:25-33 

Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? … everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple. 

Short Reflection: 

What You are asking is difficult, if not, impossible! “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” Ok, Jesus … will You teach me how to be Your disciple? Teach me how to suffer, how to be detached from the people and things I love dearly?

Day: Thursday 7th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 15:1-10 

What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?

Short Reflection: 

Are things going against you? Are you going through a rough time? Say very slowly, as if relishing it, this powerful and manly prayer: ‘May the most just and most lovable will of God be done, be fulfilled, be praised and eternally exalted above all things. Amen, Amen.

Day: Friday 8th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 16:1-8 

A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said, ‘… Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.’  

Short Reflection: 

As a child of the light, I must always seek to tell the truth. The virtue of truth gives another his just due. Truthfulness keeps to the just mean between what ought to be expressed and what ought to be kept secret ….Don’t be afraid of the truth, even though the truth may mean your death. 

Day: Saturday 9th November 2019 

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Excerpt from Jn 2:13-22 

Take these things away; you shall not make my Father’s house a house of trade.

Short Reflection: 

As a baptised member of the Church am called to be a temple of God, and to bear fruits of charity and holiness for the good of all humankind. Year by year you sanctify the Church, the Bride of Christ, foreshadowed in visible buildings, so that, rejoicing as the mother of countless children, she may be given her place in your heavenly glory. 

Day: Monday 11th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 17:1-6 

And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.” And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”

Short Reflection: 

Jesus, I am Your apostle. I’m sorry for the times that I have offended You and could have caused scandal to others. Have I done my work shoddily? Do I neglect my study because I spend too much time online? Have I been careless about the kind of movies I have watched or the music I have listened to? 

Day: Tuesday 12th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 17:7-10 

When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.

Short Reflection: 

Jesus, teach me to want to serve You, the Church, my family, my friends! When I wake up, I will try to make my first thought be ‘Serviam’ – I will serve!  Lord, do I subconsciously avoid serving … being a servant to others? Is it because I seek to serve myself first? “The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.” 

Day: Wednesday 13th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 17:11-19 

“Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”

Short Reflection: 

Only one realised. Only one glorified God. Only one thanked You. Am I as grateful as this man, or am I as ungrateful as the nine men who were completely cured and totally forgot that it was God who had restored them to health? Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 

Day: Thursday 14th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 17:20-25 

Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus said in reply, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.

Short Reflection: 

There will be those who will say to you, ‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’ Do not go off, do not run in pursuit.” Jesus, am I worried about the end of time? I need not be if I am faithful to You, if I am Your friend. 

Day: Friday 15th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 17:26-37 

Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. …

Short Reflection: 

Blessed are they who walk in the law of the Lord. Jesus, can I just sit back and be apathetic about the situation? Spur me on to talk to others … courageously, not holding back because of my hidden pride. Apostolate at times can be done directly, at times by way of a personal witness or gesture, or in a way which the Holy Spirit may suggest in that particular situation. If I don’t help those around me, who will?

Day: Saturday 16th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 18:1-8 

For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night?

Short Reflection: 

The unjust judge concedes because that lady just keeps on asking and asking. And You, my God … my Father, You are All Just. If I persevere in my struggle, will You turn me away?   

Day: Monday 18th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 18:35-43

Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, please let me see.” Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God

Short Reflection: 

Lord, I start my prayer trying to take the place of the blind man. I can’t see anything but I can hear some activity. I ask the people. When they tell me, I start shouting out to You. All I can do is shout. I’m cut short by Your words: “What do you want me to do for you?”

Day: Tuesday 19th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 19:1-10

And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house …. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”

Short Reflection: 

Zacchaeus was a wealthy man. By worldly standards, he had everything that a person could hope for. But he was “seeking to see who Jesus was.” Lord, am I really seeking You? Lord, have I been unjust to people by insulting them or speaking uncharitably about them? Have I spread lies about someone? I’m sorry. Let me take this to Confession where I can be guided on how to make up for my wrongdoing. 

Day: Wednesday 20th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 19:11-28 

While they were listening to Jesus speak, he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem and they thought that the kingdom of God would appear there immediately.

Short Reflection: 

Don’t let your life be sterile. Be useful. Blaze a trail. Shine forth with the light of your faith and of your love. … And light up all the ways of the earth with the fire of Christ that you carry in your heart.

Day: Thursday 21st November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 19:41-44 

As Jesus drew near, he saw Jerusalem and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes.

Short Reflection: 

You weep for sinners who refuse to own up to their sins. You weep for me and for my sins and for the times that I fail to acknowledge my faults. Lord, help me to examine my conscience now. Is there an obstacle between us?

Day: Friday 22nd November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 19:45-48

Then Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.  

Short Reflection: 

When I go into a church or a chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, do I strive to maintain a sense of the sacred? It is You, my Lord, present in the tabernacle. Why are my genuflections so hasty? How come I want the priest to ‘hurry up’ when he celebrates Mass?

Day: Saturday 23rd November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 20:27-40

They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise ….” Some of the scribes said in reply, “Teacher, you have answered well.” And they no longer dared to ask him anything.

Short Reflection: 

Lord, thank you for reaffirming that there is Life after this one. I wish to live my life on earth with my eyes focused on heaven. Is this just wishful thinking or am I making a determined effort everyday to aim for heaven?

Day: Monday 25th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 21:1-4 

He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

Short Reflection: 

I could cook up a hundred excuses about how much I put or why it’s ‘not possible’ to give. But to be sincere, how much do I spend on myself? Do I easily give in to whims, even if this means spending only small amounts of money? 

Day: Tuesday 26th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 21:5-11 

He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end ….

Short Reflection: 

Your words are crystal clear. Why do I sometimes worry about ‘revelations’ made in the media or by individual seers? Lord, I will try not to be afraid of these things. You have always looked after me. I put my life in Your hands. What I have is the present. How can I sanctify this day? Through my work, family life, dealings with my friends, leisure…

Day: Wednesday 27th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 21:12-19

You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.

Short Reflection:

My Lord, if I am to be Your disciple, I have to follow in Your footsteps. “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over ….” and in all that You stood firm. The company of martyrs also faced death courageously. Will I also be faithful to the end? May I count on all the means You have given me: the sacraments – especially Confession and the Eucharist – and spiritual guidance … and the example of Your Most Blessed Mother.

Day: Thursday 28th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 21:20-28

And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.

Short Reflection:

In the presence of Christ, who is Truth itself, the truth of each man’s relationship with God will be laid bare. The Last Judgement will reveal even to its furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during his earthly life.

Day: Friday 29th November 2019

Excerpt from Lk 21:29-33

Jesus taught them a lesson. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.

Short Reflection:

Jesus, this is a difficult area to tackle, not only because of my own weaknesses, but also because of things my friends sometimes talk about. I should never speak about impure things. Give me the courage to change the conversation, or if that’s not possible, continue, but speak- ing of the need and beauty of holy purity—a virtue of the men who know what their souls are worth.

Day: Friday 29th November 2019

Excerpt from Mt 4:18-22

Feast of St. Andrew; Apostle

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. 

Short Reflection:

Following the example of St. Andrew, we too can bring our friends to Jesus by telling them we know about Jesus and what he mean to us without feeling ashamed.

Speak to Me – 2| Year of Publication: 2015 (Paulines Publications Africa)Adapted from:

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