Daily Reflections

Saturday 1st August – Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Matthew 14:1-12
Now Herod had arrested John, bound (him), and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people, for they regarded him as a prophet.

Short Reflection:
Today, prophets and courageous disciples of Jesus still meet opposition because they disturb the comfort of people. If our message and lifestyle have ceased to disturb those opposed to God’s vision of life it means that we are no longer the prophets God wants us to be.

When have I stood up for God knowing that I will suffer for it?

Monday 3rd August – Week 18 in Ordinary Time

Matthew 14:13-21
[Jesus said to the disciples] ‘There is no need for them to go: give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they answered, ‘All we have with us is five loaves and two fish.’ So he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’

Short Reflection:
The story recalls the Eucharistic celebration. Jesus takes the loaves and fish, looks up to heaven, blesses them, breaks the bread and gives it to them to eat. These verbs are used at the Last Supper. Through the Eucharist, God still feeds his people even when they look too many. God has gifted us differently not for our own good but for the good of others.

What is it that I am hesitating to share with others because I think it is too little and insignificant for them?

Tuesday 4th August Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest

Matthew 14:22-30
In the fourth watch of the night he [Jesus] came towards them, walking on the sea, and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. ‘It is a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, ‘Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.’

Short Reflection:
Only God is master of creation and of the waters that symbolise the dwelling place of the evil forces that threaten life and that cannot be mastered easily filezilla 32bit 다운로드. In the tough times every believer is invited to put their trust in God and to cry out “Lord, save me!” No situation is too challenging or too difficult for God.

How have I experienced God coming to my rescue just as I was about to give up?

Wednesday 5th August

Matthew 15:21-28
And behold, a Canaanite woman came out from that region [of Tyre and Sidon], and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.”

Short Reflection:
Although Jesus’ mission to the Gentiles has not yet begun, this woman’s faith anticipates it. God’s grace is offered wherever and whenever faith is present. Jesus’ disciples thus learn that they have to be open to how God’s Spirit is working because God precedes us in places and ways we do not expect.

How does my attitude as a disciple confirm the faith of those who are on a faith journey?

Thursday 6th August Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Matthew 17:1-9
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”

Short Reflection:
O God, who in the glorious Transfiguration of your Only Begotten Son confirmed the mysteries of faith by the witness of the Fathers and wonderfully prefigured our full adoption to sonship, grant, we pray, to your servants, that, listening to the voice of your beloved Son, we may merit to become co-heirs with him. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Collect Prayer)

Friday 7th August

Matthew 16:24-28
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”

Short Reflection:
Without dying to self, there can be no new life. Death involves accepting to be vulnerable and entrusting oneself completely to the unknown. As the people of Cameroon say ‘it is the effort that makes people great.’ When we believe in something we know that if we do not make sacrifices we will not attain what we want midi 다운로드.

What are some of the sacrifices that I had to make as a disciple of Jesus that I see now as bearing fruit in my life?

Saturday 8th August – Memorial of St Dominic, Priest

Matthew 17:14-20
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.”

Short Reflection:
The human person is taken up by a lot of things, some of which enslave him or her and thus the need to be freed. Only through God’s messengers who trust fully in him can the desired healing occur. Complete faith in Jesus makes what is impossible for us to do with our strength, possible with God’s strength. Even the tiniest faith that draws on God’s unlimited power can work wonders.

Where do I feel that I have become a slave and that I need to be freed by Jesus?

Monday 10th August – Feast of St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

John 12:24-26
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.”

Short Reflection:
O God, giver of that ardor of love for you by which Saint Lawrence was outstandingly faithful in service and glorious in martyrdom, grant that we may love what he loved and put into practice what he taught. 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 11th August – Memorial of St Clare, Virgin

Matthew 18:1-5.10.12-14
He [Jesus] called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven Download Katok Voice. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Short Reflection:
Jesus shows the child as a model disciple not because of his/her innocence but because a child depends on and trusts completely the parents and others. Children are vulnerable and yet they feel that the parents and other adults desire only their good and will not abuse them. Their vulnerability allows the greatness of their parents to stand out all the more. It is this trust and dependence that the disciple of Jesus is to have in front of God.

Who are the little ones in our community today who need to be included in our decision making process?

Wednesday 12th August – Week 19 in Ordinary Time

Matthew 18:15-20
“If your brother sins (against you), go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother…. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Short Reflection:
The community, gathered in the Lord’s name to advise somebody who has gone astray, does so with the Lord’s power because he is present in their midst. Accepting the reconciliation offer loosens the weight in the heart. If, on the contrary, the one who erred refuses the hand stretched out to them, then they exclude themselves from the community and remain bound to the weight they carry in their heart.

How did I respond the last time somebody pointed out my mistake to me? How should I have responded?

Thursday 13th August

Matthew 18:21-19:1
Then Peter approaching asked him,“Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.”

Short Reflection:
As the disciples and we today listen to and condemn the attitude of the unforgiving servant, we realise that after having received so much from God’s limitless mercy and forgiveness, the only appropriate attitude towards a fellow disciple is to forgive the other because their debt towards us is far less compared to ours towards God that has been forgiven Download Leoru. Forgiveness allows each person the possibility to change and grow.

How has God’s forgiveness made me more forgiving and patient with others?

Friday 14th August – Memorial of St Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

Matthew 19:3-12
He [Jesus] said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?…”

Short Reflection:
Marriage as a state of life is a grace from God and cannot be chosen and lived with one’s strength alone. The disciples understanding this say it is better not to marry. Jesus helps them realise also that to be celibate and not to marry is equally a difficult thing. Both marriage and celibacy are life options that witness to God’s original plan that people share his love in a permanent and joyful manner.

Who are the couples and consecrated celibates who have inspired me most in my life? How?

Saturday 15th August – Solemnity of the Assumption of the B. V. Mary

Luke 1:39-56
Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name.”

Short Reflection:
Almighty ever-living God, who assumed the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son, body and soul into heavenly glory, grant we pray, that, always attentive to the things that are above, we may merit to be sharers of her glory. 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)

Monday 17th August – Week 20 in Ordinary Time

Matthew 19:16-22
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to (the) poor, and you will have treasure in heaven 탑 건. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Short Reflection:
Following Jesus is demanding but when done in faith it leads to a joy that is not given through the material riches. Whereas the satisfaction of material riches is temporal and can even be snatched away by thieves and can be lost, the joy of following Jesus is eternal and cannot be taken away by anybody or lost by mistake or miscalculation.

What material riches prevent me from following Jesus more wholeheartedly?

Tuesday 18th August

Matthew 19:23-30
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”

Short Reflection:
Living poverty frees our heart in order to share more abundantly in what God offers us. Many Christians, especially missionaries, have experienced the truth of Jesus’ words that those who have left home, family and possessions are rewarded manifold already in this life as a foretaste of the life with God.

How have I experienced the joy of being totally dependent on God rather than counting on my gifts and strength?

Wednesday 19th August

Matthew 20:1-16
“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.”

Short Reflection:
God’s love is not offered proportionately; it is not according to merit but according to the need to be saved. This salvation is a free gift. Like the sun and the rain, it does not discriminate when it falls on the same spot. The most appropriate answer then to this gift freely offered to all is not jealousy but gratitude Download Vegas 13 Kizen. Rather than being envious that God is saving all, his children are invited to rejoice that he is so generous with his gift of love and they in turn are to imitate it.

Where have I experienced God’s love and really felt that I had not done anything to merit it?

Thursday 20th August – Memorial of St Bernard, Abbot and Doctor

Matthew 22:1-14
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come.”

Short Reflection:
Far from being discouraged, God still offered his love to all people, especially to the poor and those who nobody thinks of. They were not initially part of the covenant but now they have become part of it by responding positively to the invitation. This, however, has its challenges. A lifestyle of love is what prepares one to participate in a feast of love. This is the appropriate garment, the external sign of the inner effort to belong to those who respond to God’s invitation of love with love. It cannot be taken for granted.

How can I respond in love to the invitation of God to enter into a loving relationship with him?

Friday 21st August – Memorial of St Pius X, Pope

Matthew 22:34-40
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”

Short Reflection:
Jesus affirms that the love of God certainly comes first, but it is not the only one. It is to be observed together with the love of the neighbour. The two are the both sides of the same coin. One confirms that the other is really there and that it is not just lip service 카티아강좌. To welcome and to love these is to love and welcome God the King! God’s face is seen in the poor and vulnerable.

How has the love of God been seen in the way I have shown love to some people?

Saturday 22nd August – Memorial of the Queenship of the B. V. Mary

Matthew 23:1-12
“The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Short Reflection:
We are all brothers and sisters because we are sons and daughters of the same Father who is the source of life and love. Therefore, rather than dispensing one from witnessing to the love of God through a real care for the poor, the different titles because of the different services should lead us to be humble and more attentive to facilitate rather than to burden others. Anything less than this will be closing oneself to the salvation that Jesus offers to the humble and to those who do not count in society.

How has my responsibility been a help or an obstacle in being close to the poor?

Monday 24th August – Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle

John 1:45-51
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.”

Short Reflection:
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 킹오파 97. 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 25th August – Week 21 in Ordinary Time

Matthew 23:23-26
“Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.”

Short Reflection:
If one neglects to live from the heart but seeks to please others and to deceive oneself, it will be like cleaning with care the outside of a cup and dish while leaving the inside filled with dirt. Since the drink and food are served inside and consumed from there, such an attitude means that what is served is dirty and is actually unhealthy for consumption.

What are some of the details that I give so much importance to that make me overlook justice, mercy and fidelity?

Wednesday 26th August

Matthew 23:27-32
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth. Even so, on the outside you appear righteous, but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the memorials of the righteous.”

Short Reflection:
Jesus, like the prophets who were killed by the fathers of those listening to Jesus had a message from God. This message was not accepted. In order to be really different from their forefathers, they have to begin by accepting the message of God’s Kingdom as proclaimed by Jesus. It is only then that setting up and beautifying the monuments of prophets would make sense.

Who are the prophets of the past that I exalt? Who are those of today that I am not comfortable with? Why?

Thursday 27th August – Memorial of St 히든 피겨스 자막. Monica

Matthew 24:42-51
“So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Short Reflection:
Some new “prophets” have claimed time and again in various places that they know when the world will end. At times they have led people astray with disastrous consequences and have ruined people’s lives and their relations with others. Jesus shows the way forward. Rather than panicking, let all disciples of Jesus trust him and live the Gospel as he has taught them. Jesus tells us that as we live our lives we prepare every day to meet our God through prayer and serving our brothers and sisters with love.

If I knew that I would have to account to God for my life today, what will I put in order straight away? Why do I not do it right now?

Friday 28th August – Memorial of St. Augustine, bishop and doctor

Matthew 25:1-13
“Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.’”

Short Reflection:
When one becomes a disciple of Jesus one accepts to welcome him and to live his message in all circumstances and over a long period of time and not just in the initial moments when the heat of the enthusiasm is high or when it is good and praiseworthy to be a disciple. It has to be accompanied by a lifelong witness of love because the Lord comes always in the most unexpected manner and in the most unexpected places. The disciple, therefore, has to be alert to welcome the Lord when he comes.

How can I ensure that I have enough oil in my lamp in order to welcome Jesus when he comes?

Saturday 29th August – Memorial of the Passion of St John the Baptist

Mark 6:17-29
So he(Herod) promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother 몬길 매크로 다운로드. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

Short Reflection:
O God, who willed that Saint John the Baptist should go ahead of your Son both in his birth and in his death, grant that, as he died a Martyr for truth and justice, we, too, may fight hard for the confession of what you teach. 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)

Monday 31st August – Week 22 in Ordinary Time

Matthew 25:1-13
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”

Short Reflection:
Jesus announces, with the help of the scripture passage from Isaiah, who he is, and what his programme is going to be. He is the one who has been anointed, the Messiah, the Christ and he has been sent to bring Good news to those of society who are poor and excluded and who know that by themselves they cannot be saved.

Who are the poor that I am sent to today in my neighbourhood?

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

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