Daily Reflections

Monday 2nd November – The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

John 6:37-40

“And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.” (Jn 6:39-40) 

Short Reflection:

Today we remember in a special way our brothers and sisters who have preceded us into eternal life. Our remembering is not done with the grief like those who have no hope. Rather, we do so in a spirit of faith and hope, knowing that the faithful departed share in the resurrection of Christ and live in communion with us.

Tuesday 3rd November – Week 31 in Ordinary Time

Luke 14:15-24

One of his fellow guests on hearing this said to him, “Blessed is the one who will dine in the kingdom of God.” (Lk 14:15) 

Short Reflection:

Jesus shows that when the poor of society are invited, they do not present excuses; they respond and take part in the life of joy with God. Unlike those with excuses, they know their need for God. According to Jesus, this is the essential condition for participating in the Kingdom of God. Those who admit their need of God, no matter their origin, will receive salvation and be blessed indeed.

What are some of the reasons that I give for not doing the right thing at times?

Wednesday 4th November – Memorial of St Charles Borromeo, bishop

Lk 14:25-33

“If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Lk 14:26-27) 

Short Reflection:

Luke reminds us that Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem filezilla 32bit 다운로드. Together with his apostles, there are other people who are following him. He has already warned them about what awaits him in Jerusalem: he will be handed over, he will be rejected, he will suffer a shameful death before rising from the dead. In order to follow him one has to be ready to undergo the same fate as the Master.

What are some of the important decisions I have had to make in order to follow Jesus? 

Thursday 5th November

Luke 15:1-10

The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to him, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” (Lk 15:1-2) 

Short Reflection:

Jesus challenges the general condemnation and exclusion by welcoming them and teaching them. God is seeking everyone out because they matter and the family of God is not complete without them. Their conversion will bring great joy to God and to all. If this is the case, rather than complaining, they should join in the joy and celebration that people are changing their lifestyle and coming back to God.

Who are those I think I should not associate myself with because I think I am better than them?

Friday 6th November

Luke 16:1-8

And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. “For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.” (Lk 16:8) 

Short Reflection:

Jesus draws on the knowledge of his hearers about the practices that were common at the time.
As disciples we are to administer properly what God has given us for the good of everybody and not just for our own interest. There will be a time of accounting to the master and one could be dismissed for bad administration midi 다운로드.

What is an area in which God has given me gifts and that I have to account for? 

Saturday 7th November

Luke 16:9-15

“No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Lk 16:13) 

Short Reflection:

Jesus invites his disciples to be trustworthy in great ones, so that they will be trusted with true wealth, which will be yours when they serve God.
Only those who, like the Pharisees love money and sneer at Jesus, refuse to make the choice. However, as the reader sees things for himself or herself, this will not lead to life.

How has my attachment to my possessions been a hindrance in my following and serving God? 

Monday 9th November – Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

John 2:13-22

He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money-changers seated there…
He said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”…
“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”(Jn 2: 14.16.19) 

Short Reflection:

O God, who from living and chosen stones prepare an eternal dwelling for your majesty, increase in your Church the spirit of grace you have bestowed, so that by new growth your faithful people may build up the heavenly Jerusalem. 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. (Collect Prayer)

Tuesday 10th November – Memorial of St Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor

Luke 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.’” (Lk 17:10) 

Short Reflection:

We are no longer “ordinary”, “useless” servants but we see ourselves as useful and even as indispensable. Our joy should be in serving and not in making claims for ourselves whether from others, those whom we serve or from God. Our reward is actually in serving as this will never be in vain. As the people of Senegal put it: before crying ‘my God, my God’, cultivate your field.

What are some of the services that I do as a leader in my community for which I thought I should be recognised? 

Wednesday 11th November – Memorial of St Martin of Tours, Bishop

Luke 17:11-19

Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not Download Katok Voice? Where is 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.” (Lk 17:17-19) 

Short Reflection:

By choosing to return to Jesus instead of going to show himself to the priest, the Samaritan shows his belief that it is Jesus who has cleansed and saved him through the power of the word of Jesus.
God’s salvation offered to all cuts across racial boundaries and invites us to have faith and to be open to how and where God is working in our world and in the lives of his people.

Where and how have I witnessed God’s saving love in action in the lives of people who are different from me?

Thursday 12th November – Memorial of St Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

Luke 17:20-25

Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he 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.” (Lk 17:20-21) 

Short Reflection:

The Pharisees who observed carefully what Jesus did in order to find motives to condemn him, are invited to observe as carefully, what is already happening in their midst because that is where God is acting. Jesus inaugurates the Kingdom but he suffers (Jesus).
Today, some preachers use the spectacular as signs of the presence and action of God and ignore the ordinariness in which God’s presence is felt among people.

What are some of the simple things that have allowed me to experience the presence and action of God among his people today? 

Friday 13th November

Luke 17:26-37

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man .… Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot …. So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.” (Lk 17:26-30) 

Short Reflection:

In the face of this sudden interruption of God in our lives, each person is invited to be prepared. Although people might be doing things together, like sleeping together or working together, each one remains answerable for the choices they make with regard to Jesus Download Leoru.
It is necessary to be personally vigilant at all times even if one is working with others.

How can I be more vigilant in my life about the coming of Jesus?

Saturday 14th November

Luke 18:1-8

“There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’” (Lk 18:2-3) 

Short Reflection:

Prayer has been important in the life of Jesus and we saw him praying at key moments. He also taught his disciples to pray. Now as he is about to conclude the journey to Jerusalem which will open his journey back to the father, he stresses the importance of persevering in prayer.

Using the familiar how much more’ argument (Lk 11:5-8.13) Jesus shows that since God knows what is best and he answers all prayers, the disciple who perseveres in faith and in prayer will enter more fully into God’s vision and also see how he has answered the prayer.

When have I seen in my perseverance that God has answered my prayer?

Monday 16th November – Week 33 in Ordinary Time

Luke 18:35-43

They told him [the blind man sitting by the roadside at Jericho], “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” (Lk 18:37-38). 

Short Reflection:

The result of the healing is that the former blind man now seeing properly follows Jesus on his way to Jerusalem, to his passion, death and Resurrection. He has become a disciple like others and an evangeliser in his turn. Because of him those who were preventing him from meeting Jesus also now joined in the praise of God who is active in Jesus as he is about to enter Jerusalem 탑 건. They, thus, acknowledge that Jesus should be recognised as the Messiah, descendent from David.

How has my perseverance against the opposition in life been rewarded by a blessing from God? 

Tuesday 17th November – Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

Luke 19:1-10

And Jesus said to him [Zacchaeus], “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” (Lk 19:9-10) 

Short Reflection:

The salvation cannot be postponed; it is “today” that it is happening. God’s salvation is immediately offered to the one who desires ardently and changes their life to conform to the values of the new life Jesus brings. Zacchaeus’ detached attitude to his wealth and his care of the poor further exemplify how a rich person can save himself.

Who are some of those people we despise today but who are actually open to and welcoming Jesus as their Saviour? 

Wednesday 18th November

Luke 19:11-28

So he said, “A nobleman went off to a distant country to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return. He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return.’” (Lk 19:12-13) 

Short Reflection:

The story of the king, who gives a mina to each of the 10 servants so that they might work with and fructify it, shows that the king trusts each servant.

Each person is gifted in the same way by God but the way we use these gifts will yield different results. They will be acknowledged and rewarded by the king. The only failure is to refuse to use the gift God has given and thus to lose it. As the common saying has it, use it or lose it!

What is a gift that God has entrusted to me to use for his glory Download Vegas 13 Kizen? 

Thursday 19th November

Luke 19:41-44

As he [Jesus] drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes.” (Lk 19:41-42) 

Short Reflection:

Although God offers peace to his people through his Son and Messenger, he does not force or impose it. God respects our freedom to the point of not preventing us from harming ourselves by our choices.

It is important to educate our conscience so that we can always choose what promotes life as God wants it rather than what pleases us here and now but at the end could bring our own damnation.

Which are some of the areas of my life where I see God’s invitation to change but where I am resisting the invitation to change? 

Friday 20th November 

Luke 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.’” (Lk 19:45-46) 

Short Reflection:

Jesus’ intervention in the Temple area by chasing away those making profit on the back of others in a place where all should have access to God, was a prophetic statement that he is the expected Messiah, the Son of God and that he is taking possession of the house of prayer of his Father (Mal 3:1-3) thus reestablishing free access again for all, especially the poor. The priests would have felt challenged and condemned by this and thus their readiness to collaborate with the Romans in bringing charges against Jesus that would eventually lead to his death.

How has my religious practice sometimes been marred by other interests?  

Saturday 21st – Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 20:27-40

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to him. (Lk 20:27) 

Short Reflection:

Jesus takes their belief in the Torah as the basis for showing that the type of life beyond this world is so completely different from what we know that marriage in view of procreation and prolonging of this life has no place there anymore. From the experience of Moses in the burning bush (Ex 3:15), God revealed himself as a God who is faithful to those in a covenantal relationship with him 카티아강좌. He protects them beyond this life by giving them a new life.

What is a situation in which I despair so much that Jesus is inviting me to look at it with the eyes of faith in the God of life?

Monday 23rd –Week 34 in Ordinary Time

Luke 21:1-4

When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. (Lk 21:1-2) 

Short Reflection:

The widow’s attitude underlines, on the one hand, the injustice of a religious system that “obliges” a widow to give what is left for her to live after she has already been exploited, and on the other hand, her faith and trust that she is doing something for God.

By drawing the attention of the disciples to this woman’s gesture, Jesus also shows the right attitude of detachment to one’s possessions as he had taught and how that opens in a radical way to joy and blessedness in God.

How has the generosity of the poor taught me a lesson of trust in God’s providence?

Tuesday 24th – Memorial of St Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

Luke 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.” (Lk 21:8-9) 

Short Reflection:

Such speeches at the time of Jesus showed how the present world will give way to a new world where God is fully in control. The conviction is that the past, present and future belong to God and he will, in a victorious manner, bring an end to suffering in this future world 킹오파 97.

Faith is necessary even when things seem to be falling apart and the end seems so obvious.

How do I react when somebody tries to predict the end of the world because of some disasters?

Wednesday 25th November 

Luke 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.” (Lk 21:17-19) 

Short Reflection:

In times of distress we can be tempted to seek our own solutions with our own intelligence. Jesus invites us to accept the thing we cannot change, trust in that God is in control and what he enables us to do in self-defence is really from him and is guided by him and not by our intelligence.

How can I trust God more fully when I have to suffer for my faith in Jesus? 

Thursday 26th November 

Luke 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.” (Lk 21:27-28) 

Short Reflection:

Jesus vision is that God is in control and uses everything, even the most unpleasant and unexpected thing, for a purpose. God will indeed intervene through the Son of Man who will come in glory and power.

However, it will not be to add more fear, but to encourage the disciples of Jesus to be firm in their faith and to persevere because the salvation they had always longed for from God is coming with the Son of Man 히든 피겨스 자막.

In the last days of the liturgical year, the readings invite us to go beyond the crisis of the moment and see how God is active. This calls for greater faith and collaboration with God.

What does the coming of the Son of Man evoke in me? 

Friday 27th November  

Luke 21:29-33

“When you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.” (Lk 21:31) 

Short Reflection:

Often in our times of despair we may ask God “why me?” “Why this tragic event?” They have not been willed and planned by God, but when lived in faith, we can see that God is using them as what has to come before our experience of his life in the full that he offers those who trust in him.

What are some of the signs of hope I have seen in difficult moments that I or somebody I love has been through? 

Saturday 28th November 

Luke 21:34-36

“Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Lk 21:36) 

Short Reflection:

Throughout the Gospel, Jesus has shown that prayer is important. As he concludes the speech about the end-time, he states that prayer has to permeate one’s entire life so that one does not fall in the time of trial and that one can stand before the Son of Man, the one who judges and gives life. Standing is a position of confidence and victory. That is possible if God has been at the centre of one’s life because one has been vigilant at all times and has turned constantly back to him in every event of life.

Where and how can I be more vigilant and prayerful? 

Monday 30th – Feast of St Andrew, Apostle

Matthew 4:18-22

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.(Mt 4:18-20) 

Short Reflection:

We humbly implore your majesty, O Lord, that just as the blessed Apostle Andrew was for your Church a preacher and pastor, so he may be for us a constant intercessor before you 몬길 매크로 다운로드. 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. (Collect Prayer)

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

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