Giving Life To Others

31 July 2011 Today’s Readings: Is 55:1-3/ Rom 8:35, 37-39/ Mt 14:13-21 REFLECTION The Gospel has shown us how some of our persistent problems in the world, like hunger and poverty for example, could be addressed. We see how God in Christ can do great things, even with the little we have, if we are

The Key To Contradictions

30 July 2011 Today’s Readings: Lv. 25:1, 8-17 / Mt. 14: 1-12 REFLECTION John the Baptist was regarded as a prophet risen from the dead – that is why miraculous powers are at work in him. Herod wanted to kill him, but he did not dare because he feared the people. From the beginning of

Our True Image

29 July 2011 Today’s Readings: Lv. 23:1, 4-11 / Mt. 13 : 54-58 REFLECTION Those who hear Jesus’ teachings and the accounts of the miracles he has done are amazed. Jesus is so familiar a figure that it’s hard to believe that he could be other than ordinary. How could he be so different from

The Good Vs The Bad

28 July 2011 Today’s Readings: Ex 40:16-21, 34-38 / Mt 13:47-53 REFLECTION When lowered into the sea, the fishermen’s nets collect fish of every kind. But when fishermen unload their catch, they separate the edible fish from the “unclean” and throw away the latter. In the fields, the wheat and the weeds grow side by

Our Real Treasure

27 July 2011 Today’s Readings: Ex 34:29-35 / Mt 13:44-46 REFLECTION Jesus likens the kingdom to a treasure buried in a field and to a beautiful and expensive pearl. In both instances, the finder sells all that he has so he could acquire the precious item, but the kingdom of God is infinitely more valuable

Shine Like The Sun

26 July 2011 Today’s Readings: Ex 33:7-11; 34: 5-9 / Mt 13:36-43 REFLECTION The sowing of the good deeds in the fields refers to Jesus’ teaching and healing ministry. Doing the will of the Father, he gives hope to the outcasts, raises the dead to life, welcomes sinners, gives light to the blind. But even

Neither Position Nor Status Matters

25 July 2011 Today’s Readings: 2 Cor 4:7-15/ Mt. 20: 20-28 REFLECTION We are not the first of Jesus’ followers to be interested in status. A mother asked for a great position for her sons. We do not know whether she did it on her own or at her son’s request. In today’s Gospel, Jesus

Our Primary Goal

24 July 2011 Today’s Readings: 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12 / Rom 8:28-30 / Mt 13:44-52 REFLECTION The pearl-seeker and treasure-hunter had something in common: they risked everything upon finding what they thought to be the most important thing for them. Christians must think about what they consider most important in life. Is it recognition, health,

Faith Conquers Death

23 July 2011 Today’s Readings: Ex 24:3-8 / Mt 13:24-30 REFLECTION In raising Lazarus to life, Jesus gives a foretaste of his own resurrection and the grant of eternal life to all who believe. United to Jesus in faith as believers, we all share his risen life even though we experience bodily death. In today’s

We Are Sowers Too

22 July 2011 Today’s Readings: Ex 20:1-17 / Mt. 13:18-23 REFLECTION In the parables the primary concern is the fate of the seed. Here, the emphasis is on the various kinds of soil which Jesus likens to the different types of hearers of his word. There are people who never make the transition from hearing