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

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Reflection for Saturday July 15, Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church: Matthew 10:24-33

Gospel: Matthew 10:24-33
Jesus said to his Apostles: "No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household! "Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father."
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Reflection:
What does the modern world promote today? It promotes idolatry of the temporal things of this world. It promotes in many forms the idolatry of money, lust and power. It also promotes greed, hedonism and arrogance.

It seems that there’s no more room for us to promote the teachings of Jesus. It’s very sad to think that Jesus’ teachings have no more room in many of our hearts. What shall we do about this? Will we just be on the sidelines and become silent witnesses to the moral degeneration of our society?

Let us do something to espouse the teachings of Jesus. Let us not be afraid of the persecution and hardship for Jesus is with us. We must not forget that we are mere pilgrims in this world; our final destination is His heavenly kingdom.

Let us aspire for a place in heaven by sharing the teachings of Jesus. If we are not comfortable with personal preaching let us find the courage to live His teachings. Let us use social media to propagate the teachings of Jesus and the faith that He gave us.

Let us not forget that we are mere pilgrims in this temporal world. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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