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

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Reflection for January 8 Thursday after Epiphany, Luke 4:14-22

Gospel: Luke 4:14-22
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. And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
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Reflection:
Do you always see to it that the words that you say are always motivating and remarkable? For example in your house, do you always see to it that you avoid negative words or words that create a stigma on those who hear and receive it?

Our words are very powerful it can build or destroy a person or a child. If our words are always words that condemn or words that brings down the dignity of a person or a child. We can be sure that this person or child will have an inferiority complex. He will lose confidence in himself which is very important for a person growth and development.

When Jesus preached in their synagogue He spoke words that build, words that gently informs and words that heals and motivates. Why? Because this is the innate character of Jesus, He would always see to it that when He speaks His words would be forever treasured in the hearts of those who receive it. And up until today when His words are read in the bible those who read it are moved and changed toward a better life.  
In our gospel, after Jesus preached in the synagogue those who’ve heard Him had nothing but respect and admiration toward Him (Luke 4:22). This is for the fact that Jesus words are always healing and motivating. Never words that curses, never words than injures the feelings and never words that downgrades the human dignity.

How about us? What are the usual words that come out from us? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

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