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, December 11, 2014

Reflection for Saturday December 13, Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr; Matthew 17:9A, 10-13

Gospel: Matthew 17:9A, 10-13
As they were coming down from the mountain, the disciples asked Jesus, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands. Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
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Why is it that we sometimes are not aware that God is already manifesting His presence in our lives?   Because we have no awareness of God and our lack of awareness is made worse by our non observance of the church’s discipline.

For example, our Sunday Holy Mass obligation, our obligation to submit ourselves to the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year and so forth. When we behave like this we distance ourselves from God and as a consequence of this we become numb to the presence of God in our lives.  

By not following Jesus the scribes and the Pharisees were not able to imbibe the teachings of Jesus. That the Prophet Elijah has already manifested himself through the person of John the Baptist. By not followinng they persecuted and killed both John and Jesus.

If they followed John and Jesus they would have not dared to persecute and kill them for they will know their mission and their true identity.

How then could we connect this gospel with our faith life? If we will not listen to the voice of Jesus who speaks to us through manifold ways like the observance of the church’s discipline. We distance ourselves also from Jesus just like what the Pharisees and scribes did. And we may end- up becoming the persecutor of the church which Jesus has founded instead of becoming its protector.     

Do we faithfully observe the laws and discipline of Jesus voiced through the Catholic Church? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

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