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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Reflection for Friday September 22, Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 8:1-3

Gospel: Luke 8:1-3
Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.
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Reflection:
How would you discern an authentic preacher from a fake preacher?

The best guide is to look at his lifestyle. Does he conform with the life of Jesus? Is he not a lover of money and affluence? Does he live a simple life?  If he conforms with the life of Jesus, if he is not a lover of money and if he lives simply it is safe to say that he is a true preacher.

Jesus is not only the Son of God; He is also the preacher of all preachers. He lived simply and he is not a lover of money. What is important for Jesus is to impart the salvific message of God. This He did through His preaching, healings and through His sacrificial death on the cross.

On His last preaching mission Jesus hardly spoke. It was through His actions going to the cross and on the cross itself that He preached. Preaching therefore is not only about verbosity. Preaching is also living your life in harmony with the life of Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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