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Monday, 23 July 2018

Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola - Day Two - July 23, 2018

OPENING PRAYER :  Lord, teach us to be generous. Teach us to love you and serve you as you deserve. To give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to look for reward, save that of knowing that we do your most holy will. 
CONTEMPLATION IN ACTION : While Ignatius recommends setting aside time for prayer and communion with the Lord, in his personal life, prayer was never separated from action. There was a constant interplay between experience, reflection, decision and action, in line with the ideal of being a contemplative in action like Jesus himself was. 
God our Lord, help us to realise the importance of prayer in our lives. May prayer be our first and last recourse. Let our prayer be such that it will strengthen us and lead us to affirmative action. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
CLOSING PRAYER: Take Lord, receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my entire will. You have given them to me, to you I return them. Give me only your love and your grace that is enough for me. 

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Audio Reflections of Monday, July 23, 2018

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Monday, July 23, 2018 - What sign have you been seeking from the Lord? Will you believe in his presence even in the absence of signs today? How?


To read the texts click on the texts: Micah 6:1-4,6-8; Mt 12:38-42

The text of today is a continuation of the earlier text (12:25-37) in which Jesus makes a series of pronouncements regarding the coming judgement. The Pharisees respond to these statements of Jesus by demanding a sign. In Matthew only disciples address Jesus as Lord, and the address “Teacher” here by the Pharisees indicates that they are not disciples. The sign they demand is a proof of Jesus’ identity. 

Jesus’ response to the Pharisees’ demand is to make another pronouncement. In this pronouncement he regards them as an “evil and adulterous generation” which means a people who have closed their hearts to the revelation that God is constantly making. The sign of Jonah here refers clearly to the resurrection of Jesus. Further, it is the Gentiles (people of Nineveh) who will rise up and condemn the Jews. It is a clear reversal of roles. Jesus is greater than both Jonah and Solomon.

The manner in which some of us mourn and weep at the death of a loved one seems to indicate that we do not believe in the resurrection. This is the only sign that Jesus continues to give. If we keep looking for other signs of his presence we might find ourselves in the same position as the Pharisees of his time and miss him who makes himself available and visible at every moment of our lives.

Monday, July 23, 2018 - Micah 6:1-4,6-8; Mt 12:38-42

Monday, July 23, 2018 - Micah 6:1-4,6-8; Mt 12:38-42


  1. Who must hear the voice of Israel's pleading?

  2. The people
    The mountains
    The hills

  3. Who besides Jonah will rise up and condemn the people of this generation?

  4. The people of Nineveh
    The Queen of the South
    King Solomon

  5. From which land had the Lord first brought the Israelites out?

  6. Samaria
    Assyria
    Eyypt

  7. Who accompanies the Pharisees to ask for a sign from Jesus?

  8. The Chief priests
    The disciples of John
    The scribes

  9. Before whom are the Israelites asked to plead their case?

  10. The hills
    The mountains
    The people

  11. Which people repented at the preaching of Jonah?

  12. The people of Israel
    The people of Nineveh
    The people of Samaria

  13. How must Israel walk before the Lord?

  14. Proudly
    Humbly
    With their heads held high

  15. Besides Moses and Aaron who did the Lord send to his people?

  16. David
    Miriam
    Joshua

  17. What does the Lord want the people of Israel to love?

  18. Him
    Kindness
    Their neighbour

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

  20. All the signs we need have been given in Jesus
    Jesus is the surest sign of the Father's unconditional love
    To ask for a sign indicates inadequate faith

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Novena to St. Ignatius of Loyola - Day One - July 22, 2018

OPENING PRAYER:  Lord, teach us to be generous. Teach us to love you and serve you as you deserve. To give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to look for reward, save that of knowing that we do your most holy will. 
DEEP PERSONAL LOVE FOR JESUS CHRIST:  One quality that characterised the life of St. Ignatius above all others was his deep personal life for the person of Jesus Christ. Ignatius was so taken up with Christ that he was willing to do anything, go anywhere, and be anyone as long as he could imitate Christ. 
Father in heaven; give us today the same grace that Ignatius received - to know Jesus intimately - to love him more dearly - and to follow him more closely. Help us to remember that with Jesus as our model - we may be able to reveal him - in all we say and all we do. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen. 
CLOSING PRAYER: Take Lord, receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my entire will. You have given them to me, to you I return them. Give me only your love and your grace that is enough for me. 

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - Jer 23:1-6; Eph 2:13-18; Mk 6:30-34

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - Jer 23:1-6; Eph 2:13-18; Mk 6:30-34


  1. What did Jesus do when he saw the crowds?

  2. He began to feed them
    He began to teach them
    He began to celebrate with them

  3. For whom will the Lord raise a righteous branch?

  4. David
    Saul
    Solomon

  5. Whom will the king anointed by the Lord save?

  6. Samaria
    Judah
    Assyria

  7. To whom do the Jews and Gentiles have access because of Jesus' cross?

  8. To the Son
    To the Father
    To the Spirit

  9. Who does the Lord say have scattered the flock?

  10. The wolves
    The thieves
    The shepherds

  11. By what name will the righteous king be known?

  12. The Lord is our mercy
    The Lord is our righteousness
    The Lord is our God

  13. How will Israel live in the days of the righteous king?

  14. In fear
    In safety
    In turmoil

  15. What is meant by the dividing wall in the second reading of today?

  16. The great wall of China
    The hostility between Jews and Gentiles
    The Berlin wall

  17. How many chapters does the book of Jeremiah contain?

  18. Fifty
    Fifty-two
    Fifty-one

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

  20. The challenges of another must be as real to us as our own
    As disciples of Jesus we must reach out in love and mercy
    Our God in Jesus is a loving and merciful God

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Sunday, July 22, 2018 - Will I place the needs of another before my own?


To read the texts click on the texts: Jer23:1-6; Eph 2:13-18;  Mk 6:30-34 



The contrast between the Shepherds spoken about in the first reading of today and Jesus who is portrayed as Good Shepherd in the Gospel text of today could not have been clearer.

The kings, who were meant to be shepherds, have failed miserably in their responsibility. They were meant to watch over the flock, protect them from danger, keep them united and care for those who were hurt in any way. However, instead they have destroyed and scattered the flock. Where there was meant to be justice and economic stability for all, there is instead injustice and economic oppression of the poor by the rich. The incapable and incompetent kings are responsible for this state of affairs. 
Despite this, however, the Lord has not given up on the flock. They remain his people and his flock and he will not abandon them. He will gather them together and bring the stray sheep back to the fold. This he will do through a descendant of David. The primary characteristic of the reign of this king shepherd will be righteousness, and this is why he will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness”. This righteousness will manifest itself in the manner in which the king will deal with God and his people. Though some think that because of the reference to righteousness King Zedekiah was meant, it is clear that even he could not fulfill the promises made by God in the manner that was expected of him. It was only in Jesus that these expectations were fulfilled in the most perfect way.

While this is shown in numerous instances in the Gospels, it is brought out strongly in the Gospel text of today. Even as the disciples narrate the success of the mission on which they were sent, Jesus’ response is not one of excitement and elation. Rather it is concern for the disciples and their physical needs, much like a good shepherd would care for his sheep. However, neither the disciples nor Jesus could get the food and rest they require, because the crowd continued to follow them and would not let them be. Yet, despite the fact that Jesus and the disciples did not have time to be by themselves and even to eat, his concern for the crowd is so great that he regards them as sheep without a shepherd and assuming the role of the Good Shepherd, he begins to teach them many things and so satisfies their need for spiritual nourishment. A few verses later we are told of how Jesus also satisfies their physical hunger with more than they can eat.

Whereas the earlier kings who were meant to be shepherds did not attend to the flock because they were concerned about themselves, Jesus cares not for himself but for his sheep. Whereas the flock under the earlier Shepherds was frightened and dismayed because of this lack of care, the flock of Jesus is confident because they know they have a Shepherd whose primary concern is their welfare.

This concern the second reading of today tells us was shown by Jesus in an emphatic way on the cross. While through his death on the cross he showed on the one hand that he was the obedient shepherd, he also succeeded on the other hand to reconcile all peoples everywhere. Division between people has been transformed into unity, dividing walls have been broken and war and strife have given way to peace and reconciliation. This is what God promised and this is what God was able to accomplish in Jesus.

The injustice, oppression and selfishness that God accused the kings of in the first reading of today continue even in our day and time. Two thousand years after Jesus the Good and True Shepherd showed us the way; we have not yet learnt what selflessness and reconciliation mean. So many even today prefer to live selfish and self-centered lives with no concern for the needs of others. So many today continue to have as their prime purpose in life the accumulation of wealth for themselves and often even through dishonest and corrupt means.  So many today have made “having more” as their life’s aim rather than “being more”.

The readings of today and especially the attitude of Jesus is a call and challenge to anyone who is willing to listen and learn what it means to live a selfless life. It is a call to place the needs of others above my own. It is a call to realize that giving is more beneficial than receiving, that giving others their rightful due is the only way to live and that a life which places the concerns and needs of others above one’s own, is a life truly well lived.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Audio Reflections of Saturday, July 21, 2018

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Saturday, July 21, 2018 - How do you usually react to stressful situations? Will you learn from Jesus’ response today?


To read the texts click on the texts: Micah 2:1-5; Mt 12:14-21

The reason why the Pharisees conspire against Jesus, how to destroy him is because he healed a man with a withered arm on the Sabbath, and though at first glance it might seem that this is an overreaction on the part of the Pharisees, when looked at in the broader context of the Kingdom of heaven which Jesus represents and the Kingdom of Satan which is represented by the Jewish leaders and which continues to oppose the Kingdom of heaven, then it is easier to understand the reaction of the Pharisees. 

The response of Jesus to this conspiracy is to withdraw from that place. However, it is to be noted that Jesus does not withdraw to run away or from fear, but to continue the work of healing and making whole. In this withdrawal is strength and not weakness and it explicates the response of God (Jesus) to human violence and plotting of destruction. 

Even in his making people whole, Jesus does not want to be known or acclaimed and so commands those whom he has healed to remain silent about their healing and not to make him known. This attitude of Jesus leads to the quotation from Isaiah 42:1-4 which is the longest scriptural quotation in the Gospel of Matthew. It is about the suffering servant of Yahweh whose primary mission is to accept those who have been rejected by others as is shown in his not breaking the bruised reed or quenching the smouldering wick. Also, he does this without much fanfare, and yet his ultimate goal is to bring justice to those who place their hope in him. He will ultimately triumph.

Our response to challenging situations or to situations that threaten us is sometimes to run away from fear, and sometimes to use defence mechanisms. Neither of these ways is advocated by Jesus whose way would be to face the challenges head on.

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - Micah 2:1-5; Mt 12:14-21

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - Micah 2:1-5; Mt 12:14-21


  1. What will the servant of the Lord not break?

  2. A smoldering wick
    A bruised reed
    A good branch

  3. What did Jesus do when he heard of the plot to destroy him?

  4. He confronts them
    He challenges them to a fight
    He departed from there

  5. What do those who devise wickedness covet?

  6. Vineyards and fields
    Fields and houses
    Property and buildings

  7. Who will hope in the name of the servant of the Lord?

  8. The Chosen ones
    The righteous
    The Gentiles

  9. How many chapters does the book of Micah contain?

  10. Seventeen
    Seven
    Eight

  11. Who conspired against Jesus to destroy him?

  12. The scribes
    The Pharisees
    The chief priests

  13. From which prophet does Matthew quote in the reading of today?

  14. Micah
    Hosea
    Isaiah

  15. When do those who devise wickedness perform their deeds?

  16. In the morning
    At night
    When no one is looking

  17. What is the Lord devising against those who devise wickedness?

  18. A punishment from which they will not recover
    An evil from which they cannot remove their necks
    A torture so great it will leave them helpless

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

  20. Sometimes it may be necessary to withdraw when things get too tense
    We must avoid making important decisions when we are too upset or too excited
    We must imitate Jesus in continuing to do good even in the face of opposition.

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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Audio Reflections of Friday, July 20, 2018

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Friday, July 20, 2018 - How often do rules rule you? Will you try to rule rules today?


To read the texts click on the texts: Isaiah38:1-6,21-22,7-8; 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 question here 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 them, Jesus refers to the story of David in 1 Samuel 21:1-6, where David went beyond the rule to satisfy 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 20, 2018 - Isaiah 38:1-6,21-22,7-8; Mt 12:1-8


Friday, July 10, 2018 - Isaiah 38:1-6,21-22,7-8; Mt 12:1-8


  1. Out of whose hands would the Lord deliver Hezekiah?

  2. The king of Babylon
    The king of Assyria
    The king of Egypt

  3. Which king does Jesus mention in his response to the Pharisees' objection?

  4. Solomon
    David
    Saul

  5. How many years did the Lord add to the life of Hezekiah?

  6. Fourteen
    Fifteen
    Thirteen

  7. What was the name of the king who became sick?

  8. Ahaz
    Hezekiah
    David

  9. What did David eat when he and his followers were hungry?

  10. Bread and meat
    The bread of presence
    Meat and potatoes

  11. Whose son was Isaiah?

  12. Amos'
    Amoz's
    Helkiah's

  13. By who many steps would the shadow cast by the declining sun be set back?

  14. Fourteen
    Fifteen
    Ten

  15. What did Isaiah ask to be applied to boil?

  16. Ointment
    Water from the Jordan
    A lump of figs

  17. How many Chapters does the Book of Isaiah contain?

  18. Sixty
    Sixty-six
    Sixty-five

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

  20. Rules and regulations are pointers and not the end
    Following rules blindly is not the way of Jesus
    Love is foremost, rules come later

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Audio Reflections of Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - What is it that is tiring you? Will you lay it at the feet of Jesus?


To read the texts click on the texts: Isaiah 26:7-9,12,16-19; 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 in Matthew is “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, 2018 - Isaiah 26:7-9,12,16-19; Mt 11:28-30

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - Isaiah 26:7-9,12,16-19; Mt 11:28-30


  1. At what time does the soul yearn for the Lord?

  2. In the morning
    At night
    In the evening

  3. What do the inhabitants of the world learn through the judgements of the Lord?

  4. Righteousness
    Peace
    Love

  5. When did the people seek the Lord?

  6. When they had their fill
    When they were in distress
    When they were happy

  7. How does Jesus describe his burden?

  8. Heavy
    Unbearable
    Light

  9. How is the way of the righteous?

  10. Broad
    Narrow
    Level

  11. What does Jesus ask those who come to him to take?

  12. His name
    His yoke
    His grace

  13. What will the Lord ordain for his people?

  14. Joy
    Peace
    Hope

  15. Whom does Jesus invite?

  16. Those who are righteous
    Those who are weary
    Those who are proud

  17. What will Jesus give to those who come to him?

  18. Riches
    Rest
    Blessings

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

  20. Jesus' burden is light
    Jesus is always true to his promise
    Jesus' invitation must be heeded

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Audio Reflections of Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - Is your pride preventing you from encountering Jesus? What will you do about it today?


To read the texts click on the texts: Isaiah 10:5-7,13-16; 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 18, 2018 - Isaiah 10:5-7,13-16; Mt 11:25-27

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - Isaiah 10:5-7,13-16; Mt 11:25-27


  1. To whom does Jesus say his Father has revealed these things?

  2. The learned
    The wise
    Infants

  3. What does Assyria say it has plundered?

  4. Their homes
    Their treasures
    Their kingdom

  5. What will the Lord send among the stout warriors of Assyria?

  6. Calamaties
    A wasting sickess
    Confusion

  7. Who alone knows the Father?

  8. Anyone who seeks him
    The Son
    The Righteous

  9. Who is the rod of the Lord's anger?

  10. Ephraim
    Assyria
    Judah

  11. How does Assyria say ir has brought down those who sit on thrones?

  12. Like a ram
    Like a bull
    Like a lion

  13. Against whom must the axe not vaunt itself?

  14. The one who does not use it
    The one who wields it
    The one who is helpless

  15. What has Assyria's hand found?

  16. The places where they are hiding
    The wealth of the peoples
    The treasurers that were hidden

  17. What is in Assyria's heart?

  18. To destroy
    To seek vengeance
    To win

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

  20. Humility is required to know the Son and Father
    Dependence on God is required to receive God's blessings
    Our pseudo intelligence can prevent us from knowing and recognising God

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Monday, 16 July 2018

Audio Reflections of Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - If you were a resident of Chorazin or Bethsaida how would you respond to the woes?


To read the texts click on the texts: Isaiah 7:1-9; Mt 11:20-24

The woes pronounced against Chorazin and Bethsaida are because of the refusal of the people in them to repent. The people of these towns did believe in the miracles, but this belief did not translate into a change of mind and heart.This change was the primary purpose of the miracles of Jesus. Also, the Gentile cities of Tyre and Sidon that were regarded as biblical symbols of evil would fare better on the day of judgement that Chorazin and Bethsaida.

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

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - Isaiah 7:1-9; Mt 11:20-24

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - Isaiah 7:1-9; Mt 11:20-24


  1. Besides Chorazin and Bethsaida which other city is berated by Jesus?

  2. Galilee
    Nazareth
    Capernaum

  3. What was the name of Isaiah's son?

  4. Ramaliah
    Shear-jashub
    Tabeel

  5. Besides Tyre and Sidon which other city does Jesus mention as repenting?

  6. Gamorrah
    Sodom
    Jerusalem

  7. Who is the head of Ephraim?

  8. Samaria
    Ramaliah
    Damascus

  9. How many years does the Lord say before Ephraim is shattered?

  10. Sixty
    Sixty-five
    Sixty-three

  11. Who was king of Israel?

  12. Pekah
    Ramaliah
    Rezin

  13. With whom did Aram align itself?

  14. Jerusalem
    Ephraim
    Judah

  15. Who was Ahaz's grandfather?

  16. Pekah
    Uzziah
    Jotham

  17. Who was king of Aram?

  18. Pekah
    Rezin
    Jotham

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

  20. Miracles alone will not lead to faith
    Faith is shown not only in words but also in deeds
    We can sometimes take faith for granted

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Audio Reflections of Monday, July 16, 2018

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - Our Lady of Mount Carmel - If the Lord were to stretch out his hand would you be included as a member of his family? If Yes, why? If no, why not?


To read the texts click on the texts: Zech 2:10-13; Mt 12:46-50

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order. The first Carmelites were Christian hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land during the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. The Carmelites built a chapel in the midst of their hermitages on Mount Carmel which they dedicated to the Blessed Virgin.

The readings of today are from the Gospel of Matthew and  contains a pointer as to who make up the true family of Jesus. Unlike in Mark, where the “crowd” is pointed out to as the true family of Jesus, in Matthew, it is the community of disciples who make up the true family. 

The point being made in this text is not so much about the mother or brothers and sisters of Jesus, but about who will be regarded as true members of Jesus’ family. The action of stretching out his hand has been used earlier to portray Jesus as compassionate (8:3) and also an act, which will be used later to show him as the great deliverer who comes to the aid of his disciples (14:31). 

In the concluding statement, the Matthean Jesus makes clear that discipleship and being a member of his family is not merely a matter of verbal profession even proclamation, but doing the will of God. This aspect makes anyone a brother or sister of Jesus.

We may imagine that because we have been baptised into the faith we can take for granted that we are members of Jesus’ family. This need not be so, since we need to keep renewing our commitment to Jesus and his cause every day. While verbal proclamation does have its place, it alone is not enough. We must show through our deeds whom we believe in.

Monday, July 16, 2018 - You may have faith in Jesus Christ but does Jesus Christ have faith in you?


To read the texts click on the texts: Isaiah 1:11-17; Mt 10:34- 11:1

These verses make up the conclusion of Matthew’s Mission Discourse. The choice that is mentioned here, is a difficult one to make. Sometimes it may even be between even family and one’s conscience. 

Loyalty to Jesus has priority over loyalty to anyone else or anything, indeed even over life itself. If one is willing to share the cross of Jesus, one will also be given the privilege of his authority. 

The discourse ends with the affirmation that the disciple is always a representative or ambassador of Jesus and any good done to the disciple will be considered as good done to Jesus himself.

We must keep in mind that the only Jesus that people  can see and touch today is the Jesus that we make known through our words and actions. He has allowed us to share in his mission. This is also 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.

Monday, July 16, 2018 - Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Zech 2:10-13; Mt 12:46-50

Monday, July 16, 2018 - Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Zech 2:10-13; Mt 12:46-50


  1. What feast do we celebrate today?

  2. Our Lady of Fatima
    Our Lady of Mount Carmel
    Our Lady of Mount Tabor

  3. Whom does Zechariah say the Lord will choose again?

  4. Judah
    Israel
    Jerusalem

  5. How many chapters does the book of Zechariah contain?

  6. Eighteen
    Fourteen
    Sixteen

  7. From where has the Lord roused himself?

  8. From a deep sleep
    From his holy dwelling
    From his slumber

  9. Whom will the Lord inherit as his portion?

  10. Jerusalem
    Judah
    Israel

  11. Where were Jesus' mother and brothers standing?

  12. Inside the house
    Among the crowd
    Outside

  13. To whom did Jesus point as members of his family?

  14. The crowd
    His mother and brothers
    His disciples

  15. Whom does the Lord ask to sing and rejoice?

  16. Zion
    The people
    The priests

  17. How many chapters does the Gospel of Matthew contain?

  18. Twenty-nine
    Twenty-eight
    Thirty

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

  20. Blood relations alone are not enough to be related to Jesus
    Christians must do the will of God to be related to Jesus
    To be a brother or sister of Jesus is a responsibility

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Monday, July 16, 2018 - Isaiah 1:11-17; Mt 10:34- 11:1

Monday, July 16, 2018 - Isaiah 1:11-17; Mt 10:34- 11:1


  1. What has the Lord come to bring on earth?

  2. A sword
    Peace
    The kingdom

  3. What is an abomination to the Lord?

  4. Offering fruits
    Incense
    Offering grain

  5. From which discourse of Matthew is the reading of today taken?

  6. The Community Discourse
    The Mission Discourse
    The Parable Discourse

  7. What does the Lord say is futile?

  8. Sin offerings
    Bringing offerings
    Giving alms

  9. What does the Lord want the people to seek?

  10. Peace
    Justice
    Treasure

  11. What does the Lord want the people to cease doing?

  12. Blessings
    Good
    Evil

  13. Besides not delighting in the blood of bulls and lambs which other animal's blood does not delight

  14. Goats
    Rams
    Cows

  15. How many chapters does the book of Isaiah contain?

  16. Sixty-five
    Sixty-six
    Sixty-seven

  17. How many discourse does the Gospel of Matthew contain?

  18. Four
    Five
    Six

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

  20. A disciple of Jesus must reveal him as love
    Once one engages in Mission there must be no turning back
    To be entrusted the Mission of Jesus is a privilege

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - How are you engaged in the Mission of The Lord?


To read the texts click on the texts: Am 7:12-15;Eph1:3-14; Mk 6:7-13

The Church has two patrons of missions, two saints whose lives, at first glance, are diametrically opposite each other. They are St Theresa of the Child Jesus, also known as the Little Flower, and St Francis Xavier, a Jesuit saint.

St Theresa was a cloistered Carmelite nun, who never left the four walls of the convent from the time she joined it, at the age of 15, until she died at the age of 24. Francis Xavier, however, was a saint who literally rushed through the Asian continent, anxious to preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.

By choosing these two saints, the Church wants to give us a message that mission is not a place. Also, mission is done not merely through active preaching, but also through active prayer. Mission is activity, surely, but mission is also silence. In other words, mission is where you are, mission is what you do. Every disciple of Jesus is called to mission. Every disciple of Jesus is, in fact, a missionary.

This fact is brought out powerfully in the first reading of today when Amos, who was a herdsman and a tender of sycamore trees, is called by God to be a prophet and a missionary. He has no experience of mission work. He has no special qualifications. He has no special education or training. Yet, when God calls, and sends, Amos goes. He does not let threats, intimidation, or any other kind of hindrance come in the way of the mission entrusted to him by God.

This is also the case with the disciples whom Jesus sends in the Gospel text of today. They, too, have no special gifts or talents. They, too, are inexperienced in what the mission will demand of them. They, too, are raw. Yet, they are called, and sent, and they go.

First, the disciples are sent with the authority of Jesus. They will bear in mind that it is his mission, not theirs. They must proclaim his message, not theirs. It is a mission or commission they receive from the Lord and they must be faithful to it and to him.

The content of the mission on which they are sent is dual. It is to say and to do. It is to preach and to heal. It consists of word and of action. This is an indication that mission is not merely a spiritual enterprise but extremely practical. It touches, and must touch, every aspect of the life of those to whom the missioner is sent. It also means that they must do what they say and that there must always be a synchrony between their words and actions.

Even as they go, Jesus provides them with a strategy. This strategy may be summed up in one word: Detachment. They are to be detached from material possessions, they are to be detached from family ties, and they are to be detached from a particular place. They are also to be detached from the outcome of mission. The disciples follow the instructions of Jesus to the letter and so are able to do Mission. They are able to do what Jesus has commanded them to do.

The main reason why they are able to do this is explicated by the second reading of today in which the Ephesians are reminded about the foundation of their lives. Grace upon grace has been poured out on those who have been chosen by God before the foundation of the world. It is God who accomplishes all things, in and through the actions and words of the disciples. God’s plan is that the Gospel, the good news of salvation, be preached throughout the world to everyone who is willing to listen. It is an inclusive plan; no one is excluded.

This mission that Jesus inaugurated and sent his disciples out on two thousand years ago is a mission that continues even today. It continues to be an all inclusive mission, a mission that includes both word and action. It is still a mission to proclaim the good news that God is, even now in Christ, reconciling the world to himself. Mission shows this reconciliation in action. Every follower of Christ, every disciple, is called to engage in this mission. It is not done merely by those who are called to the priesthood or religious life. It is not done merely in the villages or “mission stations”, but is done by all and in every place. Whenever and wherever an enhancing word is spoken and a loving action is performed, whenever and wherever reconciliation is wrought and wounds are healed, whenever and wherever love replaces fear, hope replaces despair, truth replaces untruth, light replaces darkness, and life replaces death, then is mission done again and again and the mission of Jesus continues.

Even as the mission continues, the missioner must always keep in mind that detachment from the outcome of mission is an absolute requirement. The mission is the mission of Jesus and he will, in his own way, and in his own time, ensure that it meets with success.

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - Am 7:12-15; Eph1:3-14; Mk 6:7-13

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - Am 7:12-15; Eph1:3-14; Mk 6:7-13


  1. When did God choose us in Christ?

  2. When we were born
    When we were baptised
    Before the foundation of the world

  3. Whom did Jesus begin to send two by two?

  4. The missionaries
    The twelve
    The crowds

  5. What was the name of the Priest who asked Amos to flee to Judah?

  6. Caiphas
    Zechariah
    Amaziah

  7. How many chapters does the letter to the Ephesians contain?

  8. Six
    Seven
    Eight

  9. Where was Amos warned not to prophesy?

  10. Jerusalem
    Bethel
    Bethlehem

  11. What were the disciples allowed to take on their journey?

  12. Money
    A bag
    A staff

  13. Over whom did Jesus give his disciples authority?

  14. Unclean spirits
    Those who would oppose them
    Their enemies

  15. Besides being a dress of sycamore trees what other occupation did Amos have?

  16. A prophet
    A herdsman
    A seer

  17. How did the disciples anoint those who were sick?

  18. With holy water
    With oil
    With blessing

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

  20. Everyone of us is called to engage in Mission
    Mission is not a place but the furthering of the kingdom
    A follower of Jesus is also a missionary

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Friday, 13 July 2018

Audio reflections of Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Saturday, July 14, 2018 - Do you give up or give in when difficulties come your way? Do you throw up your hands in despair? Will you continue to persevere and trust today?


To read the texts click on the texts: Isa 6:1-8; Mt 10:24-33

In the verses of today, a parallel is drawn between the disciples who are sent by Jesus and Jesus himself. The disciples will share the same fate as their master. 

Jesus' response to negative assessment of his mission was equanimity and this must be the response of the disciples’ as well. They must not retaliate, but continue to persevere in the firm hope that they will eventually succeed. The disciples are exhorted to be fearless in mission. The command “not to be afraid” is repeated twice in these verses. The reason for their fearlessness is that the Father is in control even if all evidence is to the contrary. If they remain faithful they will show themselves to be true disciples.

We often begin things with a bang and then end them with a whimper. This is because sometimes our enthusiasm runs away with us. What is required is perseverance and this is more likely if we start slowly and steadily (as Jesus himself did) and then let things build up gradually than if we start with much fanfare, which soon fizzles out.

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - Isaiah 6:1-8; Mt 10:24-33

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - Isaiah 6:1-8; Mt 10:24-33


  1. Which bird is mentioned by Jesus in the reading of today?

  2. Pigeon
    Eagle
    Sparrow

  3. What garment of the Lord filled the Temple?

  4. His robe
    The hem of his robe
    His cloak

  5. In which year did Isaiah see the Lord sitting on a throne?

  6. In the year of the flood
    In the year of the plagues
    In the year king Uzziah died

  7. How did the Seraph take the live coal from the altar?

  8. With his fingers
    With a pair of tongs
    On a plate

  9. How many wings did the Seraphs have?

  10. Two
    Four
    Six

  11. With what did the Seraph touch Isaiah's mouth?

  12. Holy water
    A live coal
    A napkin

  13. What does Jesus say they called the Master of the house?

  14. Beelzebul
    Lord
    Master

  15. How many wings covered the feet of the Seraphs?

  16. Four
    Two
    Six

  17. What was the effect of the touch of the live coals?

  18. Isaiah's lips were burned
    Isaiah's sin was blotted out
    Isaiah was frightened

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

  20. We must be fearless if we are to engage in Jesus' Mission
    With Jesus by our side we must never fear
    When challenges come our way we must persevere

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Audio Reflections of Friday, July 13, 2018

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Friday, July 13, 2018 -= When the going gets tough, the tough get going. What do you make of this statement?


To read the texts click on the texts: Hosea 14:2-10; Mt 10:16-23

The sayings found in Matthew’s Mission Discourse here are found in the Eschatological Discourse of Mark (Mk 13:9-13). This is an indication that for Matthew, Mission is already eschatological. 

The punishment, which is referred to here is not random, but official punishment from members of organised authority. Even in this difficult situation the disciples are offered encouragement. They will depend not on their own strength, but on the Holy Spirit. They are to be missionaries even in the courtroom. Their imprisonment and trial must be regarded as an opportunity to make mission known. 

Mission takes priority even over family ties and if family ties have to be broken because of mission then so be it. The affirmation of the coming of the Son of Man is probably meant to provide succour to the missionaries in their distress.

Jesus is not calling us here to be sadists and look for suffering, persecution and pain. Rather he is challenging us to go about doing what we have to do, to be as prudent as possible about it and if despite that persecution, suffering and pain come, to be prepared and ready for it and not to be afraid.

Friday, July 13, 2018 - Hosea 14:2-10; Mt 10:16-23

Friday, July 13, 2018 - Hosea 14:2-10; Mt 10:16-23


  1. How does the Lord send the disciples?

  2. Like brave men
    Like warriors
    Like sheep in the midst of wolves

  3. Whose innocence does the Lord mention?

  4. The doves
    The serpents
    The birds

  5. Like which tree will the beauty of Israel be?

  6. The Cedar
    The Olive tree
    The Oak tree

  7. Like which wine will the fragrance of Israel be?

  8. Jerusalem
    Lebanon
    Babylon

  9. Which country is mentioned as not being able to save the people?

  10. Babylon
    Assyria
    Judah

  11. Like whom will Israel blossom?

  12. The rose
    The lily
    The daffodil

  13. Where will the disciples of Jesus be flogged?

  14. In the streets
    At the pillars
    In the synagogues

  15. Who finds mercy in the Lord?

  16. The poor
    Orphans
    Everyone

  17. Like what will the Lord be to Israel?

  18. Husband
    Dew
    Master

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

  20. Perseverance is necessary to be a disciple of Jesus
    A disciple of Jesus ia always humble but unafraid
    Persecutions are part of standing up for the truth

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