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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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Reflection for Thursday September 25, Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 9:7-9

Gospel: Luke 9:7-9
Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying, “John has been raised from the dead”; others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”; still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.” But Herod said, “John I beheaded. Who then is this about whom I hear such things?” And he kept trying to see him.
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What happens to us when we do something wrong and immoral? We are perpetually bothered by our conscience; we are quick to conclude that some events in our life are related to the wrong that we have done. This disturbance in our minds would continue to bother us until such time that we reach a closure (Whatever that closure would be) on the wrong that we have done.    

Herod the tetrarch was very much bothered when news came to him about Jesus. Why? Because Herod killed an innocent man in John, King Herod was already being tortured by his conscience about the wrong that he had done to John. This is perhaps the reason why Herod said, “John I beheaded. Who then is this about whom I hear such things (Luke 9:9)?”

What is the cure so that we would not be bothered by our conscience and so that we would not lose sleep over something? Let us avoid doing wrong and immoral let us strive to be clean before God and our fellowmen. This is the only cure available for us so that we could avoid being tortured by our conscience. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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