Daily Reflections

Monday 29th November – FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT

The centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. (Excerpt from Matthew 8:5-11)

Short Reflection:

The healing of the son of the Centurion from a distance comes as a result of the great faith he expresses in Jesus’ authority. He does not see himself worthy enough to welcome Jesus into his house. He believes that Jesus, who is teaching and acting so powerfully, must be under the authority of another powerful being. Jesus has been sent by the Father not only for the people of Israel but for all who believe in him as the One sent by God. The only condition that will let Jesus act more fully as our Saviour in our lives is if we, like the Centurion, recognise our need for help, go to him, listen to his Word and welcome it filezilla 32bit 다운로드.

What is the need for healing that I want to express to Jesus at the beginning of this season of preparation for his coming among us?

Tuesday 30th November – Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle

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.(Excerpt from Matthew 4:18-22).

Collect Prayer: 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. 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.

Wednesday 1st December

Commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground, Jesus took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds midi 다운로드. (Excerpt from Matthew 15:29-37)

Short Reflection:

This second feeding story of over four thousand people happened along the shores of the lake of galilee. the story emphasises the compassion of Jesus. He has just cured many sick people because of his compassion, and now He feeds them also out of compassion because He notices their spiritual and physical hunger. Jesus was able to feed the crowd because of the generosity of the disciples who gave up the seven loaves and some fish they had, instead of keeping them for themselves. A commitment to sharing and caring for each other, especially for the poor will go a long way to alleviate and to eventually eliminate the causes of poverty Download Katok Voice. Little gestures of love speak more than long speeches.

Where is Jesus inviting me to share more of what I have and who I am with others as an expression of the new time of God?

Thursday 2nd December

 Jesus said to his disciples, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Excerpt from Matthew 7:21.24-27)

Short Reflection:

Jesus has been showing the implications of being his disciple, and the new type of behaviour that it requires of a disciple. Belonging to the group of disciples is not enough, neither is it enough to listen to his teaching and to admire him. Although these are necessary steps, what matters is to live according to his teaching Download Leoru. Outward manifestations of faith are important but if they are not accompanied by deeds, they are meaningless. Good habits can be developed if we listen to the Word of God and allow it to challenge us about how we welcome God and others, especially those most in need, into our lives.

Which Word of God do I like to use but do not really put into practice?

Friday 3rd December

When Jesus entered the house, the blind men came to him; and He said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be done to you.” And their eyes were opened. (Excerpt from Matthew 9:27-31)

Short Reflection:

Matthew tells the story of two blind men. Their healing happened because of their faith in Jesus as the son of David. The restoration of the sight of the two blind people goes beyond a physical healing and a physical seeing 탑 건. Their hearts are open to recognise God and to believe in him. Even with eyes wide open, we can miss the essential messages of love and of life if the eyes of our hearts are closed in ourselves or are focused on our own interests.

Where do I need my eyes to be opened so that I can better perceive God’s action in my life and in that of others?

Saturday 4th December

Jesus called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity. (Excerpt from Matthew 9:35 – 10:1.5a.6-8)

Short Reflection:

Jesus could continue acting on his own as he has done in the rest of the story till now, but he chooses to associate his close followers with him in this work. They are called personally and by name to participate in God’s mission. Jesus gives them authority to act in his name when they cure people of their ailments Download Vegas 13 Kizen. When, as disciples of Jesus, we become too comfortable with ourselves and do not reach out anymore to those who are not in our circle or to those who are most in need of God’s love, we deprive the world of the signs of the love and action of God.

How can I participate in offering God’s salvation to those most in need in my life?

Monday 6th December – SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

When Jesus saw their faith he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” (Excerpt from Luke 5:17-26)

Short Reflection:

In most healing stories in the gospels, the person healed is the one who asks for help because of his/her faith. Jesus responds to this faith. However, in this story, it is the faith of his four friends that Jesus sees when they make every effort to ensure that their friend needing help will come into the presence of Jesus. Jesus heals the paralytic man because of their faith. We sometimes need to be carried to Jesus for healing. At other times we are among those helping to carry others to Jesus 카티아강좌. Rather than limiting oneself to only words, action is called for to show the love of God.

When have I particularly felt the support of others on my spiritual journey? How have I offered others support on their spiritual journey?

Tuesday 7th December

“It is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” (Excerpt from Matthew 18:12-14)

Short Reflection:

The Gospel shows us that it is in fact God who takes the initiative to find us when we are lost. God’s actions look really disproportionate but it underlines the greatness of his love for each single person as a child of God. It is love that drives loved ones to look for each other and especially to ensure that no harm will befall the loved one. In a community, this can take the form of a loving fraternal correction with the help of others, if necessary, or an honest feedback in a team on how one is performing as a leader 킹오파 97. Every return to God is a reliving of the relationship of love that is sealed in a covenant. On our own we cannot manage to find the right way back to God and to each other. Jesus, comes to our help.

How do I show that God cares for each lost one of our community?

Wednesday 8th December – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.(Excerpt from Luke 1:26-38).

Collect Prayer: O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin prepared a worthy dwelling for your Son, grant, we pray, that, as you preserved her from every stain by virtue of the Death of your Son, which you foresaw, so, through her intercession, we, too, may be cleansed and admitted to your presence. 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.

Thursday 9th December

 Jesus said to the crowds, “Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (Excerpt from Matthew 11:11-15)

Short Reflection:

John’s greatness lies in the fact that he is the last of the series of prophets who prepared the people for the coming of the Saviour 히든 피겨스 자막. Like Elijah, he prepares the heart of his fellow citizens for the most important day in their lives. Yet he himself, because of the circumstances of his life, does not enter into this new time to taste it fully. It is for this reason that even the least in the new time is greater than John, who remains the indispensable link in the chain between the old and the new times. God needs each one of us as a link in the chain of events and people that will point the way to the new life that is offered in Jesus. We need to be attentive to the call to conversion in order to enter into God’s new life.

How is God using me to bring his Good news of love to others?

Friday 10th December

“John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” (Excerpt from Matthew 11:16-19)

Short Reflection:

Jesus continues to challenge his listeners about their reaction to John the Baptist’s message 몬길 매크로 다운로드. They did not like John’s austerity and thus did not welcome his message calling them to conversion. Jesus, like John, is also rejected because he is judged to be too lax. God sends his prophets with different practices but we find contradictory reasons not to answer to the call. The challenge is to listen carefully and respond to the call to live lives worthy of the call we hear from God. The physical appearance and character of the messenger, though important, are not the essence of the message.

What prevents me from responding to Jesus when he challenges me through another person?

Saturday 11th December

As they were coming down the mountain, the disciples asked Jesus, “Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” (Excerpt from Matthew 17:10-13)

Short Reflection:

The disciples are confused about Elijah because, according to their religious background, he was supposed to appear at the end of time to prepare the hearts of people for the coming of the Messiah. Now he has appeared to them on the mountain but they are not aware of when he appeared on earth for his mission! Jesus helps them to recognise that Elijah’s mission had been fulfilled by John the Baptist when he appeared and called for conversion. He proclaimed a message but was not heard. Their refusal to listen to Elijah, however, did not prevent God from intervening in and through his Beloved son.

In which ways am I an obstacle to the new way of living that God is proposing for me in and through Jesus and those who prepare the way for him?

Adapted from:
TEACH ME LORD, YOUR WAY! – Advent, Christmastide and Ordinary Time(Wks 1-9)(Paulines Publications Africa)

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