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Gospel and Reflection – Do not complain about your life situation.

Happy family Sunday! It  has been so long since I last updated this blog. Let me share today with the wonderful word of God through Gospel reading.

gospel and reflections 2011

Daily gospel readings and reflections 2011

Gospel: Mk 8:27–35

-Jesus set out with his disciples for the villages around Caesarea Philippi;
and on the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” And they told him, “Some say you are John the Baptist; others say you are Elijah or one of the prophets.” Then Jesus asked them, “But you, who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” And he ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

Jesus then began to teach them that the Son of Man had to suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the Law. He would be killed and after three days rise again. Jesus said all this quite openly, so that Peter took him aside and began to protest strongly. But Jesus turning around, and looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter saying, “Get behind me Satan! You are thinking not as God does, but as people do.” Then Jesus called the people and his disciples and said, “If you want to follow me, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me. For if you choose to save your life, you will lose it; and if you lose your life for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel, you will save it.

REFLECTION

Read
•Mark 8:27 – 35: Peter professes his faith in Jesus but does not understand as Jesus predicts his passion. Jesus gives a teaching on discipleship.

Reflect
• Notice the exchange with Peter. How does it differ from the section in Matthew 16 where Jesus gives Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven?

Pray
• Just because a person has grown up with Jesus does not mean the person has accepted Jesus. Pray for the grace to accept the teachings of Jesus, even when they seem difficult. Pick up the daily cross of living.

Act • Do not complain about your life situation. You can always find someone who is worse off than you are.

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My reflection

We should always be thankful for whatever blessings in life we receive. The trials and sufferings that we encounter in our life makes us strong to be a better person. Let us always think that God has plans for us and consider that we are not alone. Everybody experience hardship and some are even worse but most importantly we should accept it because there is always a brighter ending.

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Gospel | The Lord speaks of peace to His people.

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.

gospel and reflections 2011

Daily gospel readings and reflections 2011

 

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.”

 

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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.

Gospel | Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit

Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections for today (May 10, 2011)
3rd Week of Easter
Psalter: Week 3
Ps 31:3cd-4, 6 and 7b and 8a, 17 and 21a

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit

 

Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections 2011
1st Reading: Acts 7:51- 8:1a
Gospel: Jn 6:30-35

The people said to Jesus, “Show us miraculous signs, that we may see and believe you. What sign do you perform? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert; as scripture says: They were given bread from the heaven to eat.”
Jesus then said to them, “Truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven. My father gives you the true bread from heaven. The bread God gives is the one who comes from heaven and gives life to the world.” And they said to him, “Give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never be hungry, and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty.”
Reflections taken from Daily Gospel 2011 by Claretian Publications
One of the most beautiful imagery that Jesus used to describe Himself is that of the “bread”. He was the divine bread that would satiate our deepest hunger. How many of us had fond memories of the food we ate in our younger years. These are the food we usually crave for whenever we return back to our home, whether we are coming from abroad or from the big cities of our country. The food that stirs most our memory is the food of our childhood. Let Jesus and His Word therefore be part of our youngsters’ diet and they will always have this nostalgia for that “food” of their tender years when they mature.

Gospel | Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections for today (March 30, 2011)
3rd Week of Lent
Psalter: Week 3
Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem

Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections 2011

1st Reading: Dt 4:1, 5-9
Deuteronomy 4:1

Moses Commands Obedience
 1″And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them,that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
Deuteronomy 4:5-9
5See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 6 Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ 7For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? 8And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so righteous as all this law that I set before you today?
 9 “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life.Make them known to your children and your children’s children—
Gospel: Mt 5:17-19
Christ Came to Fulfill the Law

 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
 
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Reflections taken from Daily Gospel 2011 by Claretian Publications

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not think that I have come to remove the law and the prophets. I have not come to remove them but to fulfill them.” Jesus is the fulfillment of the whole story of salvation. The law and the prophets have their real sense in understanding the person of Jesus and his mission. God continues to lead our own history anytime.

Gospel | If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?

Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections for today (March 18, 2011)
1st Week of Lent Cyril of Jerusalem Psalter: Week 1
Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8
If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?

1st Reading:  Ezk 18:21-28
21 “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? 24 But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live?  None of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die.
 25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? 26 When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it; for the injustice that he has done he shall die. 27Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life. 28Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions that he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die.
Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections for March 18, 2011
Gospel:   Mt 5:20-26
20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Anger
 21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
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Reflections taken from Daily Gospel 2011 by Claretian Publications
Jesus call us to be righteous more than the teachers of the law in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. It means to enter into a good relationship with God and His will. We are also called to live our faith and our mission with others, in community life should be expression of the love of God. Our best offering  to Him is to present a united community, working together, seeking to be faithful with our commitment.

Gospel | Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections for today (March 17, 2011)
1st Week of Lent Patrick Psalter: Week 1
Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8
Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.
1st Reading: Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25

Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections 2011
Gospel:   Mt 7:7-12
Ask, and It Will Be Given
 7″Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find;  knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
The Golden Rule
 12″So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
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Reflections taken from Daily Gospel 2011 by Claretian Publications
God knows what we need all the time, in every moment. He gives us the best  things  in different forms. But many times, we don’t recognize God’s gifts. We don’t have much faith to discover the love of God and act in the same way for others whatever  we want them to do for us. To seek, to knock, and to ask are positive attitudes, which help us to do God’s will.

Gospel | A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections for today (March 16, 2011)
1st Week of Lent Psalter: Week 1
Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19
A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.



1st Reading: Jon 3:1-10

Jonah 3
Jonah Goes to Nineveh

  1Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2″Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5And the people of Nineveh believed God.  They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
The People of Nineveh Repent
 6The word reached the king of Nineveh, and  he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, 8but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. 9Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”
 10When God saw what they did,  how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections 2011 for March 16, 2011

Gospel:  Luke 11:29-32

The Sign of Jonah
 29When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 30For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

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Reflections taken from Daily Gospel 2011 by Claretian Publications

How many times do we ask God for a sign but what kind of sign do we expect from him? Jesus said it very clearly: “ no sign will be given.” The history of salvation is fulfilled in the person of Jesus, he is the best sign that God given us: showing his mercy and compassion with people. But in inspite of that many people don’t believe. We have all that we need in Jesus. We only to follow him and become his true disciples today.

Gospel | From all their distress God recues the just.

Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections for today (March 15, 2011)
1st Week of Lent Psalter: Week 1
Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19
From all their distress God recues the just.


1st Reading: Is 55:10-11

Isaiah 55
 10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
   and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
     giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
   it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
   and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Daily Gospel Readings and reflections 2011
Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections 2011 for March 15, 2011
Gospel:  Mt 6:7-15
 7″And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9Pray then like this:

   “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10Your kingdom come, your will be done,
   on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us this day our daily bread, 12and forgive us our debts,
   as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And  lead us not into temptation,
   but deliver us from evil.
 14For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

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Reflections taken from Daily Gospel 2011 by Claretian Publications

To pray is a permanent attitude that Jesus ask His disciples to practice. Through prayer it is possible to discover God’s will for us. Prayer is not just repeat words, like pagans do. True prayer to offer our lives, to work in the mission, and to share with the others mercy that we received from God because if you do not forgive others, the forgiveness we received will not be complete

Gospel | Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections for today (March 14, 2011)
1st Week of Lent Psalter: Week 1
Ps 19:8,9,10,15
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.


1st Reading: Lev 19:1-2, 11-18

Leviticus 19

The LORD Is Holy

 1And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2″Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.
11″You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. 12You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.
 13″You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until the morning. 14You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.
 15″You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. 16You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall notstand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD.
 17″You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. 18You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections
Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections 2011 for March 14, 2011

Gospel:  Mt 25:31-46

The Final Judgment

 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father inherit the kingdom prepared for you  from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me,  I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40And the King will answer them,’Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,you did it to me.’
 41″Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
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Reflections taken from Daily Gospel 2011 by Claretian Publications
To be a disciple of Jesus is not a special category. It is not enough to worship him with ours lips. It is much more than that. It is to offer our entire life for  the sake of Jesus. It is to be compassionate with one another, to see the need of people and do something for them in a concrete way.

Ash Wednesday | Be Merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned

Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 17 and 17
Be Merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned

Ash Wednesday: Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections

Daily Gospel Readings and Reflections
1st Reading: Joel 2:12-18
Return to the LORD
 12″Yet even now,” declares the LORD,
   “return to me with all your heart,
 with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
 13and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the LORD your God,
 for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
 and he relents over disaster.
14 Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,
   and leave a blessing behind him,
 a grain offering and a drink offering
   for the LORD your God?

 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion;
   consecrate a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
 16gather the people.
 Consecrate the congregation;
   assemble the elders;
 gather the children,
   even nursing infants.
 Let the bridegroom leave his room,
   and the bride her chamber.

 17 Between the vestibule and the altar
 let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep
and say, “Spare your people, O LORD,
   and make not your heritage a reproach,
   a byword among the nations.
 Why should they say among the peoples,
   ‘Where is their God?'”
The LORD Had Pity
 18 Then the LORD became jealous for his land
 and had pity on his people.

2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2
20Thereforewe are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 6

 1 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2For he says,

 “In a favorable time I listened to you,
   and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”

   Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Matthew 6:1-6 Giving to the Needy
 1″Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

 2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
The Lord’s Prayer
 5″And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6:16-18 Fasting
 16″And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Ash Wednesday Gospel Reflections

We begin a new liturgical time- the season of Lent. The readings tell us to live faithfully and proposed three attitudes or practices that will help us in our spiritual journey: fasting, prayer, and compassion to one another. All of these must come from the depth of our hearts because God sees what is secret and he will reward us accordingly.

Note:Reflections came from my Daily Gospel  2011 booklet by Claretian Publications. The first reading, second readings and gospel came from the Bible English Standard Version- Bible gateway.com.