Daily Reflections – 8th August and 7 august 2013

Soul Issue

Posted: 08 Aug 2013 06:30 AM PDT

Today’s Gospel Text: Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? 27 For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” Matt 16:24-28

Reflection: The big attractions of life are money, power, wealth, pleasures of life and recognition.
What will people not exchange in return for these things? The media today gives further impetus to short term popularity and wealth and money.
If one had money then one could even buy these other attractions of life; for such is the power of money and wealth.
No wonder the poor easily get attracted to gambling and lotteries because it fulfills their dreams or some may go for illegal activities or jobs that attracts risks but at the same time an easy windfall of money.
Then there is the cult of power which attracts too; any news concerning the head of state is lapped up easily by the great crowd, so too news concerning great sports star or film stars or great achievers.
An attractive person can get a lot more likes on social networking sites than the less attractive.
Where does a poor wondering mendicant like Jesus fit the bill when it comes to attracting followers for himself?
What is that big attraction in Jesus that we should to go after him?
Yet the audacity of the man to challenge us to follow him, with challenges that least attract in comparison to what the world, with its many attractions has to offer each one of us:
1) Deny yourself
2) Take up your cross
3) then follow him
Why should any sane thinking person risk their precious life in order to follow a person like Jesus?
This is a question which every individual on earth need to ask and better be serious about?
The why of it is clear: Life is the most precious thing than all the allurements and attractions this world can offer.
Prayer:  Lord, I thank you for revealing to us the importance of our soul and the need to save it by following you and your ways.
DD = Dedicated Discipleship:  Come grow in the Lord with us


Posted: 07 Aug 2013 06:30 AM PDT

Today’s Gospel Text: Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare’a Philip’pi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli’jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. 21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.” Matt 16:13-23
Reflection: Impossible! How can anyone arrive at such a conclusion as that of the Apostle Peter?
How can Peter stand alone in a crowd and proclaim that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.
On the other hand how can Jesus approve what is not proclaimed by a majority? Why did Jesus not go by the democratic principles of life?
Should not truth come from the majority?
May be we should go by what the leftist have to say and arrive at truth by asking from the marginalized and those on the fringe of society.
Once again scripture reveals to us how to be wise and arrive at the truth?
Not by flesh and blood reasoning and hence do not give extra credence to reasoning or decisions based on majority but to decisions that are based on prayer.
It should be a decision which is based on discernment; seeking God’s will and mind in the things that we do and proclaim to others.
Today we have even people in authority and positions who reject the faith of Christ and thus give credence to flesh and blood reasoning’s.
Humanly speaking Peter could have asked for trouble and even a rebuke from the Lord, who would not mince words in order to correct what is false.
Likewise, if any among the crowd would have heard it then they would have bundled him up with his master for stoning.
Did they not judge the Lord for claiming himself to be the Son of God, and crucify him for the same very reason?
Truth stands alone and yet it is never alone because the might of God is on the side of truth and nothing happens unless God allows it.
Prayer:  Lord, teach me wisdom in the secret of my heart and a Spirit of perseverance to adhere to it.
DD = Dedicated Discipleship:  Come grow in the Lord with us

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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