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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Monday, July 4, 2016

Reflection for July 5, Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 9:32-38

Gospel: Matthew 9:32-38
A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
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Are you quick to hurl accusations without careful thought?

After driving out the demon from the man Jesus is now accused by the Pharisees of being the prince of demons. A wild accusation that has no basis at all, the sole basis of their accusation was their hatred towards Jesus. Because He was easily becoming popular among the masses thus they saw Jesus as a threat to their rule.

Are we not like those Pharisees sometimes? We hurl baseless accusation against our fellowmen simply because we have an axe to grind against them? For example we conveniently accuse somebody of wrongdoing because we simply want to get back against someone who did us wrong in the past.

Hurling baseless accusation is not only exclusive in church organization. In general terms this happens also among friends, people in politics particularly during election.

In the latter part of the gospel, seeing how enormous the crowd was, Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few. This reflective statement of Jesus still rings true up to this time. According to Fr. Oscar Lukefahr in his book: The Catechism Handbook, we the lay faithful comprises over 99.5% of the church.

The people who need to know Jesus fully well are very plentiful but those who are willing to share their labor are very few. Why not share in Christ prophetic mission by being involved in your church as a catechist or in any ministry that will help advance the teachings of Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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