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

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Reflection for Saturday October 1, Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church; 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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Reflection:
Why did Jesus caution the disciples not to rejoice for their human triumphs? The reason for this is there may be a tendency for the disciples to take pride with what they have achieved.

As if Jesus was telling them, when you’re doing your vocation for me. Don’t ever forget to always be humble. To always avoid singular or collective honors, for you were not called to be my followers to reap honors. You were called to bring people to me no other reason but to bring your fellowmen to me.
 
This also is very much applicable for us. Let us not rejoice because we have brought people closer to Christ. Let us not rejoice because we have influenced our fellowmen to read the bible, to go to Holy Mass or to take seriously their faith.

If we follow to the letter this directive of Jesus, we leave no room for the sin of pride and arrogance to take foothold in our lives. And what will remain? Humility only humility and this must always be our guiding light. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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