How To Spend Quality Time

31 August 2011 Today’s Readings: Col 1: 1-8 / Lk. 4: 38-44 REFLECTION Jesus wants his mission to be universal but he never dismisses the importance of the individual. He treats each one in a personal and unique way. He starts by giving special attention to Simon Peter’s mother-in-law. Other events in the life of

The In-breaking Of God’s Plan

30 August 2011 Today’s Readings: 1 Thes 5: 1-6, 9-11 / Lk. 4: 31-37 REFLECTION News of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region. After his rejection in Nazareth Jesus moves to Capernaum. Compared to the remote village of Nazareth, Capernaum is a better place for Jesus to begin his ministry. People come and go

The Martyrs Have Returned

29 August 2011 Today’s Readings: Jer 1:17-19/ Mk. 6: 17-29 REFLECTION The story of the execution of John the Baptist recounts in striking detail, originated from the circle of John’s friends/ disciples who kept the Baptist memory alive. The story of John’s execution connects with the ministry and destiny of Jesus. The story is related

To Each According To His Ability

27 August 2011 Today’s Readings: 1 Thes 4: 9-12 / Mt. 25: 14-30 REFLECTION A talent is a unit of value equal to a piece of gold. It represents time, skills and creative resources given to us by God. Note that we are mere caretakers, not owners of these talents. And the issue at hand

We Know Neither The Day Nor The Hour

26 August 2011 Today’s Readings: 1 Thes 4: 9-12 / Mt. 25: 1-13 REFLECTION Greatly influenced by Western thoughts about the value of promptness we may find it strange that the parable reflect to a long delay in the marriage rites. A day is set aside for the wedding but a starting and ending time

Unknown Day And Hour

25 August 2011 Today’s Readings: 1 Thes 3: 7-13 / Mt. 24: 42-51 REFLECTION Jesus speaks here of his return, his second coming, at the end of the age. While he will sure come, the time when it will occur remains unknown. Thus Jesus is saying “stay awake, you must be prepared. Today’s Gospel teaches

God’s Messenger

24 August 2011 Today’s Readings: Rv 21:9-14 / Jn. 1: 45-51 REFLECTION Scriptures tells us that angels show in a special way, God’s personal concern to men and women. “No evil shall befall us, no affliction can come near us for God commands the angels to guard us in all our ways. With their hands

How Are We To Serve

23 August 2011 Today’s Readings: 1 Thes 2:1-8 / Mt. 23: 23-26 REFLECTION In the language of Jesus, the word “hypocrite” did not only mean to appear to be what one is not but more than anything else it refers to him who makes fun of the things of God and who causes loss of

We Are Free Persons

22 August 2011 Today’s Readings: 1 Thes 1:2-5, 8-10 / Mt. 23: 13-22 REFLECTION In writing to the teachers of the Law, Jesus’ words express his desire to preserve in the Church, fundamental equality. It is the community which enjoys the Holy Spirit and the heads will have no authority unless they are deeply rooted

The True Teacher

20 August 2011 Today’s Readings: Ru 2: 1- 3, 8-11, 4:13-17 / Mt. 23: 1-12 REFLECTION Jesus reproaches the Scribes and the Pharisees not for appropriating the authority or teaching wrong doctrines but for their hypocrisy, teaching one thing and doing another. Hence the importance of integrating teaching and witness words and deeds. Today’s Gospel