Thursday, 18 July 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - You Tube Reflections


We can get so caught up today with wanting to have more that we might lose sight of the meaning of life itself. The desire to acquire more and more and be regarded as successful based on what we possess sometimes leads to missing out on so much that life has to offer.

What is it that is tiring you? Will you lay it at the feet of Jesus?

Friday, July 19, 2019 - How often do rules rule you? Will you try to rule rules today?

To read the texts click on the texts: Ex 11:10 -12:14; Mt 12:1-8
The story, which forms the text of today, may be termed as a Sabbath controversy. 

Matthew refers here to Sabbath for the first time in his gospel. The point of contention is not very clear in Matthew, because the law permitted a person passing through a neighbour’s grain field to pluck heads of corn and eat them (Deut 23:23-25). The point here thus seems to be whether such an act could be done on the Sabbath. 

While in Mark the Pharisees ask a question, in Matthew, they are clearly hostile and make a charge. In his response to the Pharisees, Jesus refers to the story of David in 1 Samuel 21:1-6, where David went beyond the rule to the need of his men. If David could do such a thing, then Jesus who is greater than David can do so even more. 

The Matthean Jesus also refers to the text from Numbers 28:9-10 where the priests in the Temple sacrifice there on the Sabbath, indicating that sacrifice is greater than the Sabbath. Since mercy is greater than sacrifice, it is surely greater than the Sabbath.

Reaching out in love to anyone in need takes precedence over every rule, law and regulation. It is the human who must always come first. The rule, law and regulation follows.

Friday, July 19, 2019 - Ex11:10-12,14; Mt 12:1-8

Friday, July 19, 2019 - Ex11:10 -12:14; Mt 12:1-8


  1. How old was the lamb that was taken to be?

  2. Three years old
    Five years old
    One year old

  3. What part of the lamb was to be kept till morning?

  4. One quarter
    One tenth
    Nothing

  5. On which day were the lambs to be killed?

  6. Tenth
    Twelfth
    Fourteenth

  7. What kind of lamb were the people to take?

  8. A tall lamb
    A lamb without blemish
    A sturdy lamb

  9. In which book of the Old Testament do we find the quote about mercy and sacrifice?

  10. Jeremiah
    Exodus
    Hosea

  11. How was the flesh of the lambs to be eaten?

  12. Cooked in oil
    Roasted
    Steamed

  13. On which day of the month were the people to take a lamb?

  14. The eighth day
    The tenth day
    The eleventh day

  15. What were the disciples of Jesus plucking from the grain fields?

  16. Heads of grain
    Stalks of corn
    Stalks of sugarcane

  17. Which book of the Old Testament does Jesus quote when he speaks of the priests offering sacrifice?

  18. Deuteronomy
    Exodus
    Numbers

  19. What is the message of the Gospel of today?

  20. Rules must not rule us
    We must never become slaves to rules
    Sometimes we need to go beyond the rule

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - You Tube Reflections


Acknowledging Jesus is not a matter of one’s superior knowledge or insight, but given as a gift to those who open themselves to this revelation. Jesus himself is an example of such openness, which allowed him to receive everything directly from God. It is his intimacy with the Father and not his religious genius, which is responsible for this grace.

Is your pride preventing you from encountering Jesus? What will you do about it today?

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - What is it that is tiring you? Will you lay it at the feet of Jesus?

To read the texts click on the texts: Ex 3:13-20; Mt 11:28-30
Jesus invites all those who are burdened to come to him for rest. The burden in this context seems to be that of the law and its obligations. 

When Jesus invites the burdened to take his yoke, which is easy, he is not inviting them to a life of ease, but to a deliverance from any kind of artificiality or the blind following of rules and regulations. The disciple must learn from Jesus who is in Matthew “the great teacher”. The rest that Jesus offers is the rest of salvation.

We can get so caught up today with wanting to have more that we might lose sight of the meaning of life itself. The desire to acquire more and more and be regarded as successful based on what we possess sometimes leads to missing out on so much that life has to offer.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - Ex 3:13-20; Mt 11:28-30

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - Ex 3:13-20; Mt 11:28-30


  1. How many days journey does the Lord ask Moses to undertake with the people?

  2. Seven
    Three
    Five

  3. What of Jesus is light?

  4. His yoke
    His burden
    His weight

  5. What name does God give Moses?

  6. I Was
    I Will Be
    I Am

  7. Where does the Lord say he has observed the people of Israel?

  8. In their homes
    In Egypt
    In Israel

  9. For what purpose does the Lord ask Moses to undertake a journey with the people in the wilderness?

  10. To escape from Pharaoh
    To sacrifice to the Lord
    To know God's power

  11. Besides Abraham and Jacob which other patriarch is mentioned?

  12. Joseph
    Aaron
    Isaac

  13. To what kind of land does the Lord tell Moses he will bring the people?

  14. Green and lush
    Flowing with milk and honey
    Fertile and cultivable

  15. Whom does the Lord tell Moses he will smite?

  16. Pharaoh
    Egypt
    His enemies

  17. What does Jesus ask his disciples to take?

  18. His garments
    His yoke
    His staff

  19. What is the message of the Gospel of today?

  20. Our focus ought to be on giving up not accumulation
    The more we possess, the less we are free
    If we can detach ourselves from things and persons then we are free

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - You Tube Reflections


The people of Chorazin and Bethsaida did believe in the miracles of Jesus, but this belief did not translate into a change of mind. Jesus wanted their faith to show in action which they did not do.

The miraculous and extra-ordinary cannot always sustain faith, which is a gift from God to anyone who wants to receive it and is willing to open the heart and mind. More often than not a kind word or a gentle touch can lead people to repentance.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - Is your pride preventing you from encountering Jesus? What will you do about it today?

To read the texts click on the texts:Ex 3:1-6,9-12; Mt 11:25-27
This text is addressed to all those who accept the message of Jesus unlike those in Chorazin and Bethsaida. 

Jesus begins his prayer here by giving thanks to the Father. It is openness to the revelation of God that Jesus makes which is responsible for the receipt of this enormous privilege. 

Acknowledging Jesus is not a matter of one’s superior knowledge or insight, but given as a gift to those who open themselves to this revelation. Jesus himself is an example of such openness, which allowed him to receive everything directly from God. It is his intimacy with the Father and not his religious genius, which is responsible for this grace. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - Ex 3:1-6,9-12; Mt 11:25-27

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - Ex 3:1-6,9-12; Mt 11:25-27


  1. Why did Moses hide his face?

  2. Because he was shy
    Because he had marks on his face
    Because he was afraid to look at God

  3. From whom does Jesus say God has hidden these things?

  4. From the proud of heart
    From the wise and understanding
    From the intelligent

  5. To which mountain did Moses come?

  6. Sinai
    Carmel
    Horeb

  7. To whom did the Lord say he would send Moses?

  8. To The Israelites
    To the Egyptians
    To Pharaoh

  9. How did the angel of the Lord appear to Moses?

  10. In a flame of fire
    In a mighty wind
    In an earthquake

  11. Who does Jesus say knows the son?

  12. The Father
    His disciples
    His relatives

  13. What was Moses' father-in-law's name?

  14. Reuel
    Jethro
    Hobab

  15. What does Jesus say has been delivered to him by the Father?

  16. The power to work miracles
    All things
    Some things

  17. From where did God tell Moses the people were to be brought out?

  18. Israel
    Egypt
    Samaria

  19. What is the message of the Gospel of today?

  20. Pride prevents us from encountering Jesus
    We have to be open for God to reveal himself
    God will come to us when we become child-like

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Monday, 15 July 2019

Monday, July 15, 2017 - You Tube Reflections


The only Jesus that people today can see and touch is the Jesus that we make known through our words and actions. Jesus has allowed us to share in his mission. This is an enormous privilege, but entails a tremendous responsibility.
If we reach out in love like he did and dare to be selfless and courageous as he was, we will make Jesus present to the world even today.

Does God have faith in you?