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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Friday, June 10, 2016

Reflection for June 11, Saturday Saint Barnabas, Apostle; Matthew 10:7-13

Gospel: Matthew 10:7-13
(Jesus said to the twelve disciples) As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. 
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There’s a story of a middle aged woman who lived a complicated lifestyle. She lived the life of the rich even if she can’t afford it, she would borrow money (With interest) just to cope up with the lifestyle of the rich.

Before she knew it her life was already in chaos. Banks and other creditors were already running after her for she couldn’t afford to pay her many debts. And there were many more complications in her life brought about by her complicated lifestyle.

Jesus is an advocate of simple living no doubt about it. This is proven in our gospel today when He said to the twelve apostles as they were being commissioned: “Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick” (Matthew 10:9-10). In other words Jesus was telling the apostles don’t complicate your lives, live simply and don’t worry for I will provide for you.

The best way to live our life is to live it simply and as we go ahead with our simple living. We would also notice that there’s less pressure, stress and there are also less human created problems.

Yet many of us wants a complicated life or we live complicated lifestyles. We love to inflict undeserved pressure and chaos upon ourselves. What is the reason for this? Perhaps we want to get rich, in exchange for what, our health and peace of mind? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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