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, October 2, 2014

1Reflection for Saturday October 4, Saint Francis of Assisi; Luke 10:17-24

Gospel: Luke 10:17-24
The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power ‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
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What does Jesus require from us so that we could know Him deeply? Childlike trust and confidence in Him, we will not know Jesus if we rely on ourselves no matter how educated we are.

No matter the volumes of books that we have read about Jesus and our faith and no matter how many degrees we have finished about our faith. It would still not be enough because we have no childlike trust in Him.

When we have childlike trust before Jesus this simply means that we rely on Him and not on ourselves. And we entrust our lives in Him and not entrust it in our hands. When we begin to trust Jesus, He also begins to open and equip our minds with knowledge that is not available to those who do not trust Him no matter how intelligent they may be.

The seventy-two disciples came back from their very fruitful mission of spreading the good news about Jesus because they had childlike trust in Jesus. And therefore the power of Jesus reigned on them.

Let us take the risk of having a childlike trust in Jesus for this is a risk worth taking. - Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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