Daily Reflections



Monday 23rd August – Twenty first week in ordinary time

“Woe to you, blind guides.”(Excerpt from Mathew 23:13-22).

Short Reflection:

Jesus Christ uses the strong “Woe to you.” This shows the seriousness of the conduct of the Pharisees and the Scribes. It was also a warning to the Christian community. Christians were to avoid whatever practices would involve them being addressed as “Woe to you, blind guides.” The teaching of Jesus Christ challenges us all to take a deeper look into our lives. Let us be changed by the Word of God so the Word of God may not be changed by us.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you constantly call us to receive your word that leads us to your Kingdom. May we have the courage, we pray, to announce this word to others so that people may come to the heavenly Kingdom, where you live and reign with God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit, always one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Tuesday 24th August – Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” 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.” And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (Excerpt from John 1:45-51).

Prayer: Strengthen in us, O Lord, the faith, by which the blessed Apostle Bartholomew clung wholeheartedly to your Son, and grant that through the help of his prayers your Church may become for all the nations the sacrament of salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.(Collect Prayer)


Wednesday 25th August

Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites filezilla 32bit 다운로드! for you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” (Excerpt from Mathew 23:27-32).

Short Reflection:

In our life, who we are directs and influences what we do. Put in a few words, “Action follows being.” May you now not point a finger at the Pharisees and Scribes, but pause for a moment and, in the greatest possible silence of your heart, answer these questions: “What do you do in your life when no one is watching?” “What is the motivation in your heart?’’ “What drives your actions? Let us therefore live as Christ desires us to be and to live.

Prayer: God, Almighty Father, your Son has taught us to call you “Father.” Grant us your grace, we pray, that by our way of living, we may truly be your sons and daughters in this world and in the everlasting Kingdom. We make our prayer through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, always one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Thursday 26th August

 Jesus said to his disciples, “Watch, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.”(Excerpt from Mathew 24:42-51).

Short Reflection:

Jesus Christ invites and teaches us to be ready for his coming. This readiness is urgent and necessary. It is urgent because we do not know when he will come – the Lord will certainly come. This readiness involves faithfulness and hope as we look forward to the coming of the Lord. We can be ready by conforming our lives to the will of God as revealed to us in the Ten Commandments, prayerfully reading the Bible, living a Sacramental life, and praying midi 다운로드.

Prayer: Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. We make this prayer through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen. (Prayer after “The Our Father” during Mass.)


Friday 27th August 

“…. the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut.”(Excerpt from Mathew 25:1-13).

Short Reflection:

In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us the parable of the ten virgins and shows us the need to be ready because we do not know at what time the bridegroom will come. The bridegroom is Jesus Christ. The five wise virgins had their lamps with oil, so they entered into the wedding hall. In our Christian life, what is the ‘oil’ we need to have always so our lamps are not extinguished? The Word of God, the Sacraments, prayer, and good works performed in faith, and with faith, are the aids that will enable us to enter into the hall of feasting.

 Prayer: Father, your Son, Jesus Christ, teaches us to be ready with our lamps lit. May the light we received in the Sacrament of Baptism be found burning when he comes again in glory so that we may enter into the heavenly banquet. Grant this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, always one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Saturday 28th August

“… Download Katok Voice. Everyone who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”(Excerpt from Mathew 25:14-30).

Short Reflection:

In the Gospel today, Jesus Christ teaches us to develop our talents. Each one of us has received gifts, talents from God. We need to take some time and look deeper into our lives and identify what we are able to do. After identifying our gifts, we need to have the desire, the passion, to develop our gifts and not bury them. A strong, sincere relationship with God through prayer, reflection, and a strong passion, are key in developing our talents.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you teach us to be faithful in our service. May we use well what you have given us so we may come to the help of others in need, and that all of us may come to the heavenly Kingdom, where you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.


Monday 30th August – Twenty-second week in ordinary time

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.”(Excerpt from Luke 4:16-30).

Short Reflection:

Jesus Christ is sent to proclaim the Good News. The mission of proclaiming the Good News is a work of the Most Holy Trinity. When we, in our time, proclaim to others the Good News not only by word but also by our way of life, we continue to live in our lives that great mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity, because as Jesus Christ said, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit …”

Prayer: Father, you sent your Son to send his apostles in the whole world. May you bless the efforts and sacrifices of those men and women in the world who spend themselves proclaiming the Good News. Grant this, through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever Download Leoru. Amen.


Tuesday 31st August

They said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”(Excerpt from Luke 4:31-37).

Short Reflection:

Jesus Christ is not a mere man, nor only a great figure like other people. He has power over what we fear most, which is death. He has power even to destroy the devil. Jesus calms, and his act of calming gives us life; serenity, not restlessness. Let us allow Jesus Christ into our lives. May what is not of Christ, leave us, so that the life, peace, and calm of Christ may reign in our hearts, our lives, our families, and our places of work.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you lovingly ministered to those who were in need. We now pray that what is not yours may get out of us, so that your life, peace, and calm may reign in our hearts, our lives, and our places of work. We make this prayer to you, our Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, always one God for ever and ever. Amen.


Wednesday 1st September

Jesus said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” (Excerpt from Luke 4:38-44).

Short Reflection:

Jesus Christ is the servant of God who comes to announce the Good News of the Kingdom to every city. He heals, teaches, and casts out demons. This is not only for the great cities, but also for the villages. In being servants, we learn from Christ the great virtue of humility 탑 건. He has no attachment to any place or honours, but he realises the need to spread the Good News of the Kingdom of heaven to all places.

Prayer: Almighty Father, you sent your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, to preach the saving message of salvation to everyone. We pray, following his example, that we may be messengers of the saving message to everyone we meet in our houses, on our streets, and in the places of our work, so that all people may come to the heavenly banquet. We make this prayer through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.


Thursday 2nd September

 Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. (Excerpt from Luke 5:1-11).

Short Reflection:

Jesus Christ calls his first followers from the lake. They were fishermen, and he changed them into fishers of men. The great catch of fish these fishermen made did not block them from following Christ. They left the fish and followed him. How many times in our lives have we stopped at the success or favours God offers us, and not followed him anymore. In this following, we need to be committed and follow him in moments of joy and sorrow, good health and sickness, day and night.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you have called religious to leave all and follow you. May you reach out to them all and bless them as they serve your brothers and sisters. Sanctify them as they live the contemplative life praying for the salvation of souls and by witnessing in the active ministry. We make this prayer to you, our Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, always one God for ever and ever Download Vegas 13 Kizen. Amen.


Friday 3rd September 

Jesus said to the Pharisees and scribes, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” (Excerpt from Luke 5:33-39).

Short Reflection:

The teaching of Jesus Christ invites us to recognise the proper time of feasting and the proper time of fasting. The apostles are with Jesus Christ, so it is a time to feast and not to fast. In our Christian life, we fast for many reasons. Fasting can be for mortification, reparation, or preparation for a great mission. It is a virtue of prudence to know when to feast and when to fast.

 Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you bring us newness in our life. We humbly pray that our hearts may be always opened to this newness of life as we journey to the eternal life that has no end. We make this prayer to you, our Lord, Jesus Christ, who live and reign with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, always one God for ever and ever. Amen.


Saturday 4th August

“The Son of man is lord of the Sabbath.”(Excerpt from Luke 6:1-5).

Short Reflection:

In the Gospel today, we meet Jesus Christ, his disciples and the Pharisees. According to the Law, the disciples were not supposed to do even the slightest deed such as plucking ears of corn and eating them. The Pharisees are quick to point out that even picking corn was breaking of the Sabbath law since the Pharisees placed great stress on the physical rest to be observed on the Sabbath. In your life, in my life, what do we place first: human life or the Law? Love or the Law? May God offer us the discernment we need to live well according to his Law and Love 카티아강좌.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us you are Lord, even of the Sabbath. We humbly pray that in our Christian life we may daily strive to serve you and respond to the needs of our brothers and sisters, in and with, love. We make this prayer to you, our Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, always one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Monday 6th September – Twenty-third week in ordinary time

The scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath.(Excerpt from Luke Luke 6:6-11).

Short Reflection:

In the Gospel today, Jesus Christ is aware of the importance of the Sabbath. He himself is a pious Jew who often goes to the Temple and he even reads in the Synagogue on the Sabbath. His awareness of the importance of the Sabbath does not prevent him from doing good, such as restoring life and wholeness to someone in need. As Christians we observe Sundays and other Holy Days. In observing these days, let us strive for goodness towards others.

Prayer: Father, let the gift of your life continue to grow in us, drawing us from death to faith, hope, and love. Keep us watchful in prayer and true to Jesus’ teaching until your glory is revealed in us. We make this prayer through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, always one God for ever and ever. Amen.


Tuesday 7th September

All night Jesus continued in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called his disciples, and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles.(Excerpt from Luke 6:12-19).

Short Reflection:

It was after an entire night of prayer that Jesus called the twelve apostles to himself 킹오파 97. The apostles have been following Jesus Christ. He now calls them into a deeper intimacy with him so that they can continue his saving mission to the ends of the earth. Jesus Christ calls each one of us by name. Even when we are many, he knows us personally. Every vocation, every person is precious in the eyes of Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Father in heaven, by the working of the Holy Spirit, you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, among us. To form the new Israel which is the Church, Jesus Christ called and sent the twelve apostles. Help us now, we pray, to be strong in the faith of the apostles, so that we may join them in heaven. We make this prayer through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, always one God for ever and ever. Amen.


Wednesday 8th September – Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” (Excerpt from Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23).

Prayer: Impart to your servants, we pray, O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace, that the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin may bring deeper peace to those for whom the birth of her Son was the dawning of salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.(Collect Prayer)


Thursday 9th September

 “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”(Excerpt from Luke 6:27-38).

Short Reflection:

Jesus Christ today raises the standard of our mercifulness to the standard of the Father’s mercy 히든 피겨스 자막. In being merciful, we are also to be merciful like the Father, who makes his sun to shine on the good and the bad. As a loving Father, he cares for all his children and provides for all of them. We pray, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, may God support us with his unfailing grace to be as helpful as possible to all we meet.

Prayer: God of power and mercy, only with your help can we offer you fitting service and praise. May we live the faith we profess and trust your promise of eternal life. We make this prayer through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, always one God for ever and ever. Amen. (Opening prayer of Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time.)


Friday 10th September 

“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”(Excerpt from Luke 6:39-42).

Short Reflection:

Today our Saviour, Jesus Christ, teaches us that we need to look deeply into our own lives before we consider the faults and failings of others. He invites each of us to examine our souls, realise our sins, and pray for God’s mercy. In so doing, we shall be able to lead and guide others, and be led and guided by others as we journey to heaven together.

 Prayer: God our Father, open our eyes to see your hand at work in the splendour of creation, especially in the beauty of human life. Touched by your hand our world is holy. Help us to cherish the gifts that surround us, to share your blessings with our brothers and sisters, and to experience the joy of life in your presence. We make this prayer through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, always one God for ever and ever 몬길 매크로 다운로드. Amen. (Opening Prayer of the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time).


Saturday 11th August

Jesus said to his disciples, “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit.”(Excerpt from Luke 6:43-49).

Short Reflection:

A tree is known by the fruits it bears. This is what Jesus Christ teaches us today, so we need to examine our lives and ask ourselves: “What kind of fruits am I bearing?” Yes, look deeper. Have the courage to look deeper and deeper into your own heart. Go deeper where no one can see, where you do not have to impress anyone. Jesus Christ says to each and every one of us, “A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart, produces good” What am I bearing? What are you bearing?

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you call us to fruitfulness in our Christian life. We pray that we may be deeply rooted in you to bear fruit, the fruit that will last into eternal life. We make this prayer through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, always one God for ever and ever. Amen.


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HOMILY GUIDE FOR ORDINARY TIME Year of Publication: 2017 (Paulines Publications Africa)

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