Daily Reflections

Monday 1st March – SECOND WEEK OF LENT

“Be merciful, just as (also) your Father is merciful. ‘Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts…’” (Excerpt from Lk 6:36-38)

Short Reflection:

Jesus points out some of the qualities that reflect God’s mercy and compassion. He does not judge or criticise harshly in order to condemn. He forgives and gives generously to his children.
Life offers us so many occasions to do good to each other. However, we often pass them by because of past hurts that we have not overcome and that weigh us down. This can happen because most of the time, instead of looking at things as they really are, we look at them as we are! Looking at things from God’s perspective of love instead of hatred, of generosity instead of calculated giving, brings us into greater communion with God and with each other filezilla 32bit 다운로드.

Where do I need to show greater kindness in the way I talk of others and give support to them?

Tuesday 2nd March

“As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Excerpt from Mt 23:1-12)

Short Reflection:

In the manner of Jewish poetic style, Jesus states the reason why they should call no one Rabbi is because you are all brothers and sisters. This affirmation is not repeated when he says they should call no one Father, but it applies here also and the listeners would have recalled that it is because you are all brothers and sisters. Again when he says they should call no one Master it is to be understood that it is because you are all brothers and sisters. This fundamental statement gives the reason for Jesus’ objection to these titles midi 다운로드.

What stimulates me in my leadership role in the community? Why?

Wednesday 3rd March

[On his way to Jerusalem Jesus said to his disciples] “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day” (Excerpt from Mt 20:17-28)

Short Reflection:

In the sections before this Gospel, Jesus makes the point that his power to cast out demons is a sign of the dawning of the Kingdom of God’s grace in the midst of his people and that he is the instrument of this grace (Lk 11:14-26).
Lent is a time of conversion, of turning back from what is not in harmony with our faith in order to live our calling to be God’s children. The Queen of the South further underlines the need to respond when she makes the physical journey in order to learn from Solomon’s wisdom. This journey yielded fruit in her life as she returned home as a woman changed for the good of her people.

What are some of the occasions when I have made difficult choices to follow Jesus and paid a painful price for it?

Thursday 4th March

But Abraham replied [to the rich man], ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them’ (Excerpt from Lk 16: 19-31)

Short Reflection:

Through this story Jesus challenges the Pharisees who had just listened to him speak against divorce Download Katok Voice. In the dialogue with Abraham, we discover that it is through listening to the Scriptures in this life that we can make enlightened choices that will lead us to open our hearts to God and to our neighbour in need. The Lenten journey offers us many opportunities to grow in our knowledge of God’s Word and its implications for our lives. Now is the opportunity to choose the right thing. Later it will be too late.

Who are the people around me who need my help but who I would rather ignore?

Friday 5th March

[Jesus said to the chief priests and Pharisees at the end of his parable] “The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit” (Excerpt from Mt 21:33-43.45-46)

Short Reflection:

It is after entering Jerusalem that the opposition to Jesus and his message will intensify that he tells the parable of the vineyard and the tenants who would not give to the owner the fruits that he is entitled to.
Lent invites us to examine ourselves and acknowledge our own lack of readiness to be good stewards of God’s goodness towards us so that we might improve our relationship with God’s messengers he puts in our journey each day. As the Luba proverb has it: What you say is what you do. We need to be responsible in life.

When do I refuse to be accountable to others for the service they ask of me Download Leoru?

Saturday 6th March

[The father said to the servants]: ‘Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.’ Then the celebration began (Excerpt from Lk 15:1-3.11-32)

Short Reflection:

The story of the lost sons reflects the attitudes of the two sons love towards their father.
This is the love that Jesus reflects in his ministry. His love and attention to people who have been marginalised by others because of their status, and classified as sinners, are not similarly classified by him. They share in his company. This does not exclude those who think they belong to the “inner-circle” of privileged and righteous ones. They also have their place and they are also invited to open up their hearts in order to welcome the others as brothers and sisters. God does not exclude anyone from his love but we can choose to respond to this all-inclusive love or to stay outside of it.

Where do I need to go humbly back to God and to others and allow them to welcome me into the Family of God 탑 건?

Monday 8th March – THIRD WEEK OF LENT

And he said, “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place” (Excerpt from Lk 4:24-30)

Short Reflection:

This visit of Jesus to the synagogue of Nazareth at the beginning of his ministry reveals some of the reactions that he will meet throughout his future.
God’s goodness cannot be limited to national boundaries. It is offered to all who, in faith, accept the grace he offers through his agents. He continues to do so now in the new time that Jesus initiates. The people of Jesus’ hometown, like some of us today, are challenged to open our hearts to God’s Word spoken to us by others and to others, to change the way we look at them and to act towards them. It requires a humble recognition that God’s surprises are better than our designs.

When do I find it difficult to accept that God can act differently to people that I disregard?

Tuesday 9th March

Then Peter approaching asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him Download Vegas 13 Kizen? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times” (Excerpt from Mt 18:21-35)

Short Reflection:

In the speech to the disciples about community life, Jesus shows them why it is important to forgive each other not just with the lips, but rather from the heart.
Forgiveness gives a chance to the other to live a happy life but it also liberates us to live peacefully. As Pope Francis reminds us: God does not tire of forgiving, we do not go to him to ask for forgiveness. The Sacrament of Reconciliation can open up the door to welcome and to share God’s forgiveness with others.

How do I show others that God’s forgiveness has changed my life and that I want to share it with them?

Wednesday 10th March

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfil them” (Excerpt from Mt 5:17-19).

Short Reflection:

Jesus, in the line of the best of the Jewish tradition, assimilates the law in its role of fostering a proper relationship with God, neighbour and self 카티아강좌. Like the prophets, he reminds people of how they are to live if they are to be faithful to God’s Covenant. He invites his disciples to go as far back as they can to the source of the law and the prophets. If they go back to this source, they will discover that it is about loving God and loving one’s neighbour as oneself. This cannot be disregarded; on the contrary it is to be encouraged and taught to all.

Which aspects of the teaching of Jesus do I think are not important? How can I revalidate them for myself and for others?

Thursday 11th March

But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you (Excerpt from Lk 11:14-23).

Short Reflection:

Jesus’ action is not appreciated by all. Some people ask him for extra proof from heaven (God) to show that he is really a person sent by God and that he is not acting as an enemy of God who wants to lead people astray. They forget that their own sons perform similar acts of healing and that for them they have never questioned the source of their power. They took it for granted that it is from God 킹오파 97. This is what often happens. When we want to oppose somebody we are sceptical about everything the person does, even their good deeds. However, when we love somebody we do not question what he or she does; on the contrary, we might go out of our way to justify the actions and words of that person we love.

When have I refused to recognise the good that others do and have attributed other motives to their actions?

Friday 12th March

Jesus replied [to the scribe], “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Excerpt from Mk 12:28b-34).

Short Reflection:

For Jesus, the second commandment, the love of neighbour (Lv 19:18), is closely linked to the first one. It is not possible to love God and to neglect our neighbour. To act in such a way, Jesus tells us in the parable of the last judgment, is to refuse to love God himself 히든 피겨스 자막. Later Christian tradition will even say that the one who claims to love God whom cannot be seen but does not love the neighbour whom can be seen is a liar (1 Jn 4:19-21; Jas 2:9.9).

How can I, during this Lenten season and afterwards, show my love for God and my neighbour, especially those most in need?

Saturday 13th March

I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted” (Excerpt from Lk 18:9-14).

Short Reflection:

The parable invites the reader to imitate the example of humility of the tax collector. Luke repeats this call for humility at the end of the parable by having Jesus state it very explicitly (v. 14), something that we find in other moments of Jesus’ teaching (Lk 14:11; Mt 23:12).
since God, the source of love, loves us as we are, we do not need to promote ourselves, adding anything about us, so that others would love us. The more we recognise our need of God and of others, the more we grow 몬길 매크로 다운로드. Jesus invites us to humility, which is to recognise who we really are before God and before others.

When have I pretended to be holier, better than I really am? Why?

Adapted from:
TEACH ME LORD, YOUR WAY! Year of Publication: 2016 (Paulines Publications Africa)

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