Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for July 25 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Luke 11:1-13

My Reflections:
How do we pray or what is our recipe for prayer? Do we follow certain procedure or we extemporaneously pray to God what is in our hearts?

In the gospel for this Sunday Jesus was asked by a disciple: Lord teach us to pray and Jesus obliged him and taught the disciple the perfect prayer. If we try to digest this prayer we will notice that this contains our Adoration for God (Hollowed be your name) our Contrition/Repentance for the sins that we have committed (Forgive us our sins) and our Supplication: we request God to give us the food that we need (Give us each day our daily bread).

If we say this prayer with our hearts and minds attuned towards God we will feel something that we don’t usually feel. This feeling is very hard to explain but we shall certainly experience this healing experience once we learn how to pray the Our Father with all our hearts and minds.

We must also not be surprised that while in the process of solemnly praying the Our Father we may notice that tears may fall. If this happens to us it will say a lot on how focused are we when we pray this prayer towards God.

Now, try finding a quite place where there’s no disturbance whatsoever and pray this prayer that Jesus has to taught us to pray. …

Monday, July 19, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for July 20 Tuesday: Matthew 12:46-50

My Reflections:
Members of church ministries often address each other as brother or sister; this is for the reason that they are there because they want to help Christ advance His teachings; this is the sole reason and purpose.

However, helping Jesus advance His mission is not limited to those members of church ministries; even if we are not members we can help Christ in our own little way. For example if we talk about the life of Jesus in our families (which I think rarely happens now.) Or if we live and teach the lessons and values of Jesus but not everyone does this.

Let us always remember that we become brothers and sisters of Jesus when we share in His mission, when we are not ashamed to live His teachings and His values. ...