Daily Reflections- 11th August 2013 and 12 Aug 2013


Posted: 11 Aug 2013 06:50 AM PDT

Today’s Gospel Text:  As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.
24 When they came to Caper’na-um, the collectors of the half-shekel tax went up to Peter and said, “Does not your teacher pay the tax?” 25 He said, “Yes.” And when he came home, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their sons or from others?” 26 And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel; take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.” Matt 17:22-27
Reflection: What do you think may have happened after Jesus announces his imminent death? Did the dedicated disciples understand what Jesus had to say or do?
For this we need to know the many ways in which we pick up the thought processes of others.
Primarily we could be picking up the thought processes of others either through a mere observation of the face, the body language, the emotional expressions and above all through words.
What may come across to us in written format are the mere words of the divine person, who was in complete control of his emotions.
Which means Jesus would express the right emotions at the right time and in right measure but it does not mean the absence of emotions which God has created so that we are able to express completely in every measure.
Thus the dedicated disciples may have picked up the emotions and the seriousness from the actual reality, from what they were seeing, which Jesus may have wanted to communicate to them.
Thus the scripture tell us: “And they were greatly distressed.”
May be some of this distress was clearly evident in the voice and tone of Jesus at the way he was going to be handed over to mere men and that too sinful.
Emotions are something which God has created for men and for their good, so that they are able to express and communicate and through the proper use of these emotions and in right situations and occasions God will also work out his salvation in us.
Christian spirituality does not look at emotions in a negative way and as one to be suppressed and pushed into oblivion but rather as one to be expressed when necessary and in the right measure for the good of self and for others and above all for the greater glory of God.
Prayer:  Lord, I thank you for thy hands have made and fashioned me, give me understanding that I may ever rejoice in your ways. (cfr. Ps. 119: 73)
DD = Dedicated Discipleship:  Come grow in the Lord with us

Kingdom Truth

Posted: 12 Aug 2013 06:30 AM PDT

Today’s Gospel Text:  At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.  10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven. 12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. Matt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
Reflection: If you thought there was no hierarchy in the kingdom of heaven then you are sadly mistaken.
From this passage of Scripture it is clearly evident that there are people in positions of power and there will be people under them in the Kingdom of heaven too.
Jesus, if he wanted to, could have corrected his dedicated disciples and told them that there are no great and no small people in the kingdom of heaven, the issue exists only here:
In the family, in the place of work, in organizations, in governments and institutions and in the armed forces, etc.
Further, he could have even told them that even those who talk about equality in a corrupt way, and want to either equate themselves with positions and power or would want to bring down every form of dominance, will also be inducting a new form of hierarchy.
Can the world function without a hierarchy, even Satan’s kingdom functions on the basis of hierarchy, with no equality at all; where all are equal and yet with an insidious hierarchy.
Not so with God’s Kingdom, even though there is a hierarchy in God’s kingdom, yet all stand equal before the throne of God.
And if this talk about hierarchy and power and positions sends shivers down anyone’s spine and people now begin to think of God as a greater dictator than the Pope then it is better that they fully go the way of Satan now itself rather than hide themselves under his dark shadows.
It is only the humble, who will be exalted unto eternity because they are the ones who will be able to accept the dominance and submit to power and positions which are in keeping with God’s justice; a place of true joy, peace and happiness.
Prayer:  Lord, give us a humble and contrite heart so that we are prepared to enter your kingdom which you have prepared for those who accept your ways.
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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