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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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Reflection for Monday November 14, Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 18:35-43

Luke 18:35-43
As Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me!” Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, please let me see.” Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.
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Reflection:
Does it pay to be persistent and to have faith in Jesus?

It always pays to be persistent in any endeavor that we are in; because eventually our persistence will bear fruit. How many success stories were anchored on the word persistence? Perhaps thousands even millions already, they toil in silence persistently working hard and never giving up until they achieve success.

The blind man in the gospel was also very persistent he never gave up shouting: “Son of David”.  even if he was being censured by those around him. He still persisted amid the censure; eventually his persistence bore fruit for he eventually got Jesus' attention. However, it was not only persistence that brought the blind man to Jesus. He also has powerful faith in Jesus.

Afterwards, Jesus asked him: “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, please let me see.” Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” What if the blind man was not persistent and his faith wanting? What if he listened to the rebukes of the people around him? He would not have been healed by Jesus.

Let us always be persistent and let us always have this powerful faith in Jesus in any good that we ambition to do. We may not see any ray of hope now but Jesus will certainly respond to us in His own perfect time.

Are you always persistent when you want something from Jesus? Do you have powerful faith in Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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