Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections for today (August 16, 2011)
20th Week in ordinary time
Psalter: Week 4
Ps 85:9, 11-12, 13-14
The Lord speaks of peace to His people.
1st Reading: Jdg 6:11-24a
Gospel: Mt 19:23- 30
Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I say to you: it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Yes, believe me: it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than from the one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.”
On hearing this the disciples were astonished and said, “Who, then, can be saved?” Jesus look steadily at them and answered, “For humans it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”
Then Peter spoke up and said, “You see we have given up everything to follow you: What will be our lot?”
Jesus answered, You who have followed me, listen to my words: on the day of the Renewal, when the Son of Man sits on his throne in glory, you, too, will sit on twelve thrones to rule the twelve tribes of Israel. As for those who have left house, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or property for my Name’s sake, they will receive a hundredfold and be given eternal life. Many who are now first will be last, and many who are now last will be first.”
Reflections taken from Daily Gospel 2011 by Claretian Publications
“You see we have given up everything to follow you: what will be our lot?” Peter’s question is understandably human and natural. However, Isn’t the privilege of following the Lord enough a reward? Many have sought to follow Jesus but only a few he has chosen. Our fidelity to Jesus must be conditioned not by the recompense that we are bound to receive but on the gratitude and pleasure of having been allowed to follow him. We have been transformed and accepted by Him. We have been chosen despite our unworthiness.
My reflection as a mom
Nowadays, many moms prefer to be a working mom and depend on other people like maid/ yaya for their child’s care. Their main reason is to help their husband in their family expenditures and some say that they don’t want to just stay at home while others wanted their family to become rich. I believe that being a full time mom and doing your Christian obligation to your family with God as the center is just like following Jesus. How I love being a full time mom! Although I am a work-at-home mom, I make sure to it that I was the one who manage the full activities at home and took care of my child. It’s a matter of choice, I am happy for what I am now… I may not be rich, popular, sexy, flawless or not in higher position at work but I am contented and thankful for that. People may abuse my kindness in helping them especially in terms of financial but it will never let me down… It will be their Karma.