Daily Reflections- 24th July 2013 and 23rd July 2013

Please the Lord

Posted: 24 Jul 2013 06:30 AM PDT

Today’s Gospel Text: Then the mother of the sons of Zeb’edee came up to him, with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21 And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Command that these two sons of mine may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 22 But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 23 He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” 24 And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; 28 even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matt 20:20-28
Reflection: To be content and satisfied with what we have is a noble quality.
Our over ambitiousness can kill many an innocent men and women at the stake.
In history, and even now, we have quite a few examples of such people who in their ambition to achieve great things, and what apparently appeared to be noble, have destroyed a whole generation of people.
The worst form of it is manifested for the sake of power; either to gain it or to maintain oneself in power.
For some it could even be a situation of identifying their selves with the powerful or gaining their approval.
Knowing that these qualities can be big barriers to enter into the life of God and to walk according to his plans St. Paul had this to say:
“Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want.”  Phil 4:11-12
Jesus seems to reveal to us that power and authority in God’s kingdom belongs to his Father and it is his prerogative to appoint the ones in office and what position one should hold in his kingdom.
Hence there is no room for jealousy, envy, accompanied by all kinds of politicking in order to climb the seat of power or affiliate oneself to it, whether in our work place or in public service.
Nor is there a place to be pleasing to men in general or to people in authority, so as to compromise on the gospel of Christ.
What will it profit a man if he gains earthly power, positions, wealth, money, approval and even the whole world and forfeits his soul? (cfr. Mt. 16:26; Lk. 9:25)
Prayer: To you, O Lord, belongs all authority and power, may I live my life pleasing you alone.
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Do Relax

Posted: 23 Jul 2013 09:54 AM PDT

Today’s Gospel Text: That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.” Matt 13:1-9
Reflection:  The Sea can offer a great solace to a tired mind and body.
Could this be the reason that Jesus got out of the house and sat besides the sea?
Indeed, it could be possible; for does he not advice his dedicated disciples after their hard labor of ministering to come aside and rest a while (Mk. 6:31)
The Lord of the Sabbath, who also gave the Sabbath rest, as a commandment to the sons of Jacob, also cares that his people learn to relax too after their hard day’s labor in the vineyard of the Lord.
Indeed God cares but how much does he care?
Let’s look at human situations: How often have we set our hearts on something and then voluntarily give up for a less better thing or get more immersed in a hard and difficult job, when in reality we have wanted to take a break from it?
Thus in the given situation;  in one of the most beautiful situation of life, besides the sea, with its cool and calm waters to invade the tired mind and the cold breeze to soothe the tired body, who would easily turn aside and oblige a ever demanding crowd with more and more teachings concerning the kingdom?
Jesus does exactly that; as he sees the great crowd gathered around him, he is moved and gets into the boat and changes direction: from facing the sea to facing the people!
He sets about teaching them!
I can’t see of a more noble thing than this; for if there has been any teacher born on this earth and if there is any thought that is worth its salt, then here is the greatest ever teacher with the greatest ever thoughts and teachings, practiced every bit in deeds by him.
He reaches out to people on demand and he proves his teachings by his willing service, even at a difficult time.
Prayer: Lord, help me daily to make an offering of myself for your service. (cfr. Rom. 12:1)
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About The Voice Of Bombay's Catholic Laity

Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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