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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Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Reflections for January 27, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Gospel: Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 
Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received.

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all. He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: 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. Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
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My Reflections:
A father was having problems with his family; his wife was often out of their house with her friends. His children were not different; often they were out of their house also.  Naturally the father was thinking of how he can bring back peace and stability to their household.

Many ideas floated in his mind until he remembered the advice given to him by his brother years ago.  The advice was for him to have a regular habit of leading his family to read and reflect about the words of God in the bible. So he did, initially by himself then after a few weeks he asked his wife and children to join him then after a short period of time they lived happily ever after.

The words of God in the bible are living spirit that gives life, it unites us, it enlightens us and refreshes us. We must fully take advantage of this gift by giving it regular time for reading and meditation. But sad to say many Catholics seldom open their bibles to read, reflect and thereafter partake of its wisdom.

In our gospel, Jesus was in the synagogue for the day of Sabbath. He read aloud the words of the prophet Isaiah that was meant for Him. Jesus never kept it to himself He shared it with those who were present. We must not only be content also with reading our bible we must have the courage to share it.

Many are afraid to venture into sharing the words of God; they only keep it to themselves. If we do this we restrict God’s wondrous power within us but this is not the will of God. God wills us to share what we know about Him so that many lives will be enlightened in that process many souls will be saved.

As Jesus shared the wisdom of the bible so we must also. Let us not be afraid with the obstacles and with our personal limitations for God will always be with us. …   

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