Monday, 22 October 2018

Audio Reflections of Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - Do you live one moment of one day at a time or are you living only in the future?


to read the texts click on the texts: Eph 2:12-22; Lk 12:35-38
The sayings in these verses are a call to watchfulness and readiness. 

The call to be dressed for action would mean literally to draw up the longer outer garment and tuck it into the sash around one’s waist so as to be prepared for strenuous activity. If the servants/disciples are so ready, they will be able to be prompt in responding to the master’s knock, and will be blessed. This blessing will take the form of a reversal of roles. The master will become servant/slave.

The time of the coming of the master is not known and he may come at any time, but if the servant/disciple is always ready, he/she will be blessed.

It is not difficult for us as Christians to relate to this reversal of roles, simply because our God in Jesus has already become slave. It is now left to us as servants to be ready at all times.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - Eph 2:12-22; Lk 12:35-38

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - Eph 2:12-22; Lk 12:35-38


  1. In Christ to whom do the Ephesians have access?

  2. To countless blessings
    To heaven and the angels
    To the Father

  3. What has Christ created in himself?

  4. One new heaven
    One new humanity
    One new earth

  5. Besides the middle of night when else might the master ?

  6. In the afternoon
    Near dawn
    Near evening

  7. Who is the cornerstone?

  8. The Apostles
    The Prophets
    Christ

  9. From where were the Ephesians aliens?

  10. The Commonwealth of Israel
    The Commonwealth of Nations
    The Commonwealth of Heaven

  11. What does the whole structure grow into in Jesus?

  12. A mansion
    A holy temple
    A great residence

  13. How have the Ephesians been brought near?

  14. Through blessings
    Through the blood of Christ
    Through their hard work

  15. From where is the master returning according to Luke?

  16. From the marketplace
    From the wedding banquet
    From his travels

  17. Who is the foundation of the household of God?

  18. The apostles and preachers
    The apostles and prophets
    The apostles and disciples

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

  20. Readiness at all times is the key
    No one knows the hour and so we must be ready always
    We can be ready at all times if we do what we have to do

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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Audio Reflections of Monday, October 22, 2018

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Monday, October 22, 2018 - Do you possess things, or do things possess you? If God were to call you to himself at this moment would you be ready to go?


To read the texts click on the texts: Eph 2:1-10; Lk 12:13-21

The text begins with someone in the crowd asking Jesus to serve as judge in the division of an inheritance. While Jesus will not accept this role, he points the man and the crowd to a different understanding of the meaning of wealth and life. 

This different understanding is explicated through a parable, which is found exclusively in Luke. It is about a rich man who had more than he required and soon became possessed by his riches. This possession leads him to focus on making provision to store his great wealth so that he can use it exclusively for himself in future. It is self-centeredness at its worst. The only ones in the parable are the rich man and his wealth. 

In the midst of all his planning and calculations, God speaks to him addressing him as “fool”. There is a sharp contrast between the rich man’s planning for “many years” and the “this very night” of God. It is clear that first of all when God calls, he will have to go and second that when he goes he can take nothing of what he has stored with him. There is the very real danger of forgetting God if one allows oneself to be possessed by one’s riches.

The manner in which some of us accumulate things seems to indicate on the one hand that we think we are going to live forever and on the other hand that even if we have to die that we can take all of which we have accumulated. The parable of today calls us to realise first that we can be called at any time and hence must live in such a manner that we will have no regrets no matter when that might be and second that whenever we are called we can take nothing of what we have gathered together but will have to leave it all behind. Thus while planning for the future may be necessary, obsession with the future is uncalled for.

Monday, October 22, 2018 - Eph 2:1-10; Lk 12:13-21

Monday, October 22, 2018 - Eph 2:1-10; Lk 12:13-21


  1. For what have we been created in Christ?

  2. For following the law
    For good works
    For knowledge

  3. How are we saved?

  4. Through our own merit
    Through grace
    Through our good deeds

  5. Through what were the Ephesians dead?

  6. Through their trespasses and sins
    Through their mortal bodies
    Through their righteousness

  7. Where did God seat us with Christ?

  8. In the earthly places
    In the heavenly places
    In the thrones prepared for us

  9. How did all of us once live?

  10. As children of light
    In the passions of our flesh
    As children of God

  11. What is salvation through faith?

  12. A gift because of our good works
    A gift from God
    A gift because of our righteousness

  13. Who did the person on the crowd want Jesus to tell to divide the family inheritance with him?

  14. His father
    His sister
    His brother

  15. What did the man have no place to store?

  16. His inheritance
    His crops
    His car

  17. What does one's life not consist of?

  18. An abundance of possessions
    An abundance of grace
    An abundance of love

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

  20. Since God can call us at any time we must be ready always
    We must live each day as if were our last
    We must do what we are doing at all times

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Saturday, 20 October 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - How does your way compare with Jesus' WAY?


To read the texts click on the texts: Isa 53:10-11; Heb 4:14-16; Mk 10:35-45

The Gospel of Mark contains three passion, death, and resurrection predictions. These are found in 8:31, 9:31, and 10:32-34. It is only in Mark that all three predictions are “on the way”. This fact illustrates that Mark intends readers of his Gospel to realize, not merely that Jesus spoke these predictions while traveling with his disciples along the road, but also, and more importantly, that Jesus was speaking about his WAY OF LIFE and the way of life to which those who followed him were being invited.

After each of these predictions, there was misunderstanding on the part of one or all the disciples. After the first prediction, Peter is the one who misunderstands.  He protests Jesus’ going to his cross.  Jesus corrects this misunderstanding by insisting that the cross is the only way. After the second, it is all twelve who misunderstand. They discuss among themselves who is the greatest.  Again, Jesus has to correct the misunderstanding by pointing out to them the least is the greatest. After the third prediction, it might seem at first glance that James and John misunderstand when they ask for places of honour.  A closer reading indicates that, along with them, the other ten also misunderstand because of their indignation with the brothers. This indignation indicates that the ten were thinking in the same way as James and John. Jesus, however, is not indignant and again, sets about correcting their misunderstanding. He does this by explicating his way of life and the way of life that he will expect those who follow him to live.

This explication is done, not in words alone but, as both the first and second readings of today point out, in and through inconceivable and mind boggling action. 

The first reading speaks of the prophecy of Isaiah. It is part of the fourth and final servant song that is contained in the Book of Isaiah. The suffering of the servant is a definite part of God’s incomprehensible and unfathomable plan. It is he who will show, through his life, what true love and service really mean.  Appointed by God, he will use his power, not to condemn, but to save. He will bring to completion and fruition the plan of God to save all peoples everywhere and for all time. This is the theme that Jesus takes up in his instruction to the disciples. His task in the world, like that of the suffering servant whom Isaiah had prophesied about, was to become ransom for all. This he would do, not by being served, but by serving. If the disciples wanted to follow him, as fully as they ought to, they had to realize that, in his view, authority meant service. They had to realize that wanting to be first meant willingness to be last.  They had to realize that being master and Lord meant being slave and servant of all.

Jesus showed them how this was done through his willingness to embrace the cross, even if it meant scandal to those who did not believe and foolishness to others. He was willing to embrace the cross even if meant the end of his days, the end of his life. He was willing to embrace the cross even if it meant that he would be abandoned by all, abandoned even by his God and father. 

This is why the second reading from Hebrews expresses, as confidently as it does, that we, as believers, need have no fear. We have before us a model that we can imitate. This model is not merely a heavenly model but rather, he is a model who has been, in every way, like us even to the point of being tested as we are. He did not show us the way from on high, but by becoming human, so that he could inspire, encourage, invite, and challenge us. Thus, he is able to understand us in all of our weaknesses and in our striving for position and honour and power.

While, on the one hand, we may be too quick to judge and even condemn the disciples for their striving, any attempt to practice detachment ourselves indicates how difficult it can really be. We often experience feelings of jealousy, envy, resentment, and antipathy or hostility towards those who have more than we, or who are in a “better’ position than we are. We keep craving for things that we mistakenly believe will satisfy.

Jesus shows us, in the Gospel text of today, what it means to be a true disciple. He challenges us to give up our acquisitiveness and take on, instead, the attitude of detachment. He has shown through his life, his mission, and his death, that this detachment is possible. He has shown us this by the totally human life that he led. He has shown us this by going ahead of us and leading the way. The way to do this is to be bold and to approach the throne of God’s unconditional love, mercy, and grace. The way to do this is in knowing that, even if we fall or fail, we can lift ourselves up because of his graciousness to us all. The way to do this is to believe that, with his help, we can be true disciples.  Are we willing to believe that this is so?

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - Isa 53:10-11; Heb 4:14-16; Mk 10:35-45

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - Isa 53:10-11; Heb 4:14-16; Mk 10:35-45


  1. Who was angry with James and John because of their request?

  2. God the Father
    Jesus
    The other ten

  3. What must the one wishing to be first become?

  4. Servant
    Slave
    King

  5. Through what will the servant find satisfaction?

  6. His righteousness
    His knowledge
    His suffering

  7. Among whom do the rulers lord it over the subjects?

  8. The Jews
    The Pharisees
    The Gentiles

  9. Who cam forward with a request to Jesus?

  10. The mother of the sons of Zebedee
    James and John
    Peter and Andrew

  11. What must the one wishing to be great become?

  12. Lord
    King
    Servant

  13. Why does Jesus say the Son of man came?

  14. To be served
    To serve
    To dominate

  15. What will the servant see out of his anguish?

  16. The Lord
    The light
    The darkness

  17. Through what has our high priest passed?

  18. Through the earth
    Through the netherworld
    Through the heavens

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

  20. Following Jesus is a challenge
    To be first in Jesus' kingdom means to serve
    Authority in Jesus' kingdom is not domination but service

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Friday, 19 October 2018

Audio Reflections of Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Saturday, October 20, 2018 - Will you depend on God today? How will you show this dependence?


To read the texts click on the texts: Eph 1:15-23; Lk 12:8-12

The sin against the Holy Spirit that Jesus speaks about in the Gospel reading of today does not refer to a particular sin or action. It is not an impulsive, momentary rejection of Jesus, such as Peter’s denial of Jesus in the courtyard, but a persistent, obdurate rejection of God’s saving grace through the work of the Holy Spirit. It is, in other words dependence only on self and not on God.

Today the sin against the Holy Spirit is to no longer believe that the Holy Spirit can transform me. It is to give up before one can begin. It is to give in to despair and to lose hope. It is not to make a resolution for fear of breaking that resolution. It is not to trust, not to hope and not to believe.

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - Eph 1:15-23; Lk 12:8-12

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - Eph 1:15-23; Lk 12:8-12


  1. Who will teach the disciples when they are brought synagogues and others?

  2. Jesus
    God
    The Holy Spirit

  3. How many Chapters does the Gospel of Luke contain?

  4. Twenty six
    Twenty four
    Twenty five

  5. Who does Jesus say will not be forgiven?

  6. The one who talks ill of Jesus
    The one who talks ill of God
    The one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit

  7. When did God put this power in Christ?

  8. When he was born
    When he was crucified
    When he raised him from the dead

  9. Before whom will Jesus acknowledge those who acknowledge him?

  10. Before the whole congregation
    Before the angels of God
    Before the whole world

  11. At which hand did God seat Christ?

  12. Left
    Right
    I do not know

  13. Where has God put all things?

  14. Under his feet
    Under the feet of Christ
    Under the feet of the Spirit

  15. What is the Church compared with?

  16. The blood of Christ
    The body of Christ
    The head of Christ

  17. What prayer is made for the Ephesians

  18. For a spirit of generosity
    For a spirit of wisdom
    For a spirit of forgiveness

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

  20. The sin against the Holy Spirit is not a specific sin but an attitude
    The sin against the Holy Spirit is to no longer believe that the Holy Spirit can transform me
    The sin against the Holy Spirit is a closed attitude

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Audio Reflections of Friday, October 19, 2018

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Friday, October 19, 2018 - Are you still afraid of a God who is only Love? What will you do about your fear today?


To read the texts click on the texts: Eph 1:11-14; Lk 12:1-7

The text of today begins immediately after Jesus has spoken the woes against the Pharisees and scribes. Though there is a large crowd, which has gathered, Jesus speaks first to his disciples cautioning them against the yeast of the Pharisees.

The yeast of the Pharisees is identified as hypocrisy only in the Gospel of Luke. To be a hypocrite (Greek hupokrisis) originally meant to wear a mask or to play a role. The point that is being made is that at the judgment, everyone’s true character will be revealed. There will be no masks, and everyone will be seen as he or she is. Even the sparrow which is so insignificant when compared to human beings is looked after by God therefore, there is no need to be afraid, because a God who is and will always remain, Father, will judge us.

Though Jesus constantly revealed God as unconditional love, many of us still relate to him from fear. This is the reason why we wear masks before him and consequently before others. We are afraid to be ourselves. If we begin to realise that our God is a God who primarily wants to save, we can improve our relationship with him and with others.

Friday, October 19, 2018 - Eph 1:11-14; Lk 12:1-7

Friday, October 19, 2018 - Eph 1:11-14; Lk 12:1-7


  1. Of whose yeast did Jesus ask his disciples to beware?

  2. The yeast of Herod
    The yeast of the Pharisees
    The yeast of the scribes

  3. How did the crowds gather to Jesus?

  4. In hundreds
    In tens
    In thousands

  5. What did the Ephesians hear in Jesus?

  6. The word of truth
    The word of hope
    The word of joy

  7. By which seal were the Ephesians marked?

  8. The seal of the king
    The seal of the Emperor
    The seal of the promised Holy Spirit

  9. To whom did Jesus speak first?

  10. To the crowds
    To his disciples
    To his enemies

  11. In whom have the Ephesians obtained an inheritance?

  12. In the Spirit
    In Christ
    In their own righteousness

  13. What did Jesus identify the yeast with?

  14. Holiness
    Hypocrisy
    Righteousness

  15. For how much are five sparrows sold?

  16. Three pennies
    Two pennies
    One penny

  17. What of a person's head are also counted?

  18. The hairs
    The veins
    The arteries

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

  20. Each one of us is loved by God unconditionally
    God loves us first and even when we are sinners
    We love because God loves

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - St. Luke, Evangelist -2 Tim 4:10-17; Lk 10:1-9

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - St. Luke, Evangelist -2 Tim 4:10-17; Lk 10:1-9


  1. From whose mouth does Paul say he was rescued?

  2. The Emperor's
    The lion's
    The tiger's

  3. Who does Paul say was with him?

  4. Mark
    Luke
    Matthew

  5. Where does Paul say Crescens has gone?

  6. Galatia
    Ephesus
    Dalmatia

  7. How does the Lord say he is ending the disciples?

  8. As wolves in the midst of lambs
    As lambs in the midst of wolves
    As lambs in the midst of lambs

  9. At his first defence who supported Paul?

  10. All the disciples
    Luke
    No one

  11. Who does Paul say has gone to Dalmatia?

  12. Crescens
    Demas
    Titus

  13. What was Alexander's trade?

  14. Goldsmith
    Coppersmith
    Locksmith

  15. Where does Paul say Demas has gone?

  16. Dalmatia
    Galatia
    Thessalonica

  17. Where did Paul send Tychicus?

  18. Troas
    Ephesus
    Galatia

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

  20. The Mission of Jesus is all inclusive
    Every disciple of Jesus is called to be a missionary
    Mission is both to say and do

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Audio Reflections of Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - St. Luke, Evangelist - Luke wrote a Gospel to share his experience of Jesus? What will you do to share your experience?


To read the texts click on the texts: 2 Tim 4:10-17; Lk 10:1-9

St. Luke is regarded as the patron of physicians and surgeons. He wrote one of the major portions of the New Testament, a two-volume work comprising the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. In the two books he shows the parallel between the life of Christ and that of the Church. He is the only Gentile Christian among the Gospel writers. Tradition holds him to be a native of Antioch, and Paul calls him "our beloved physician" (Col 4:14). His Gospel was probably written between C.E. 70 and 85.

Luke appears in Acts during Paul’s second journey, remains at Philippi for several years until Paul returns from his third journey, accompanies Paul to Jerusalem and remains near him when he is imprisoned in Caesarea. During these two years, Luke had time to seek information and interview persons who had known Jesus. He accompanied Paul on the dangerous journey to Rome where he was a faithful companion. "Only Luke is with me," Paul writes (2 Tim 4:11).

The Gospel text chosen for the feast is the Mission Discourse to the seventy (seventy-two). These number seventy/seventy-two seems to have their origin the list of nations in Gen 10, where the Hebrew text lists seventy nations and the Septuagint lists seventy-two. 
It may also recall Moses’ appointment of seventy elders to help him (Exod 24:1; Num 11:16, 24). The more likely interpretation, however, is that the number is related to the biblical number of the nations (Gen 10), so that the commissioning of the seventy/seventy-two foreshadows the mission of the church to the nations (Lk 24:47). 

In these verses Jesus instructs his disciples how they are to do Mission and conduct themselves in Mission. The key to Mission is detachment. The disciples are to be detached from things, persons and place. They are also to be detached from the outcome of Mission. They must constantly keep in mind that the Mission is the Lord’s and not theirs.

In this sending, they are sent in pairs (not in the earlier sending of the Twelve in Lk. 9:1-6), and ahead of Jesus, in order to prepare the way before him. In this sense, they are called to be pre-cursors, forerunners like John the Baptist. 

The instructions begin with a prayer to be made to God, because it is his mission that they will be engaged in. At the outset they are warned that they will need to be on their guard at all times. 

The strategy proposed is detachment from things, persons and events. This detachment will help to proclaim the kingdom more efficaciously. 

Three interconnected aspects of the mission are stressed. The missionaries are to eat what is set before them in order to show the same table fellowship that Jesus showed, they are to cure the sick and to proclaim the kingdom in order to show that the kingdom is not only spiritual but also very practical and touches every aspect of human life. They are to do and also to say.

It is sometimes mistakenly thought that only religious men and women are called to be missionaries. Some also think that only those who work in the villages are to be termed missionaries. However, the sending of the seventy-two corrects this misunderstanding. Every Christian is sent on a mission and called to engage in mission, simply because mission is to be done where one is. The threefold mission task in these verses is a further confirmation of the fact that mission includes every aspect of life and so is not the responsibility of only a few, but every disciple of Jesus.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Audio Reflections of Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - How often have your external actions been a cause of scandal for others? What will you do about them today?


To read the texts click on the texts:Gal 5:18-25; Lk 11:42-46
The first of the four woes of the Gospel reading of today, continues the contrast between the inner and outer, but also adds the contrast between the important and insignificant. Jesus criticizes piety that observes external obedience while neglecting justice and the love of God. 

In the second woe, Jesus emphasizes that true piety does not seek praise from others, and in the third, Jesus returns to the contrast between the inner and outer. Since the inner corruption of the Pharisees is not visible, others are defiled by their influence. {Contact with a corpse rendered a person unclean (Lev. 21:1-4,11; Num. 19:11-22)}. Graves had to be marked, therefore, so that persons would not unwittingly defile themselves by contact with them). The Pharisees are like graves that cannot be seen/are hidden and consequently result in corrupting others.

The fourth woe (11:46) is the first of the three addressed to lawyers. Here the woe is in response to the lawyer’s allegation that in condemning the Pharisees, Jesus is condemning them as well. Jesus responds by pronouncing a woe on them for imposing legal restrictions on people but doing nothing to help them. The law, which was meant to be a pointer and help, has been made into a burden and an end in itself.

There is the danger that when we read these woes, we might think that they apply to Pharisees only. However, they could just as easily apply to anyone today who like the Pharisees focuses on what is not essential and in the process forgets what is really important. When a person makes physical attendance at the sacraments more important than spiritual or internal attendance, he/she is also as guilty. When anyone focuses too much on sin and not enough on love, that person is also as guilty.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - Gal 5:18-25; Lk 11:42-46

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - Gal 5:18-25; Lk 11:42-46


  1. What does Jesus allege the Pharisees neglect?

  2. Not moving a finger to help
    Justice and the love of God
    Their duty to the community

  3. What is the consequence of being led by the spirit?

  4. One does not have to answer to anyone
    One is not subject to the law
    One can do what one wants

  5. Where do the Pharisees like to be greeted with respect?

  6. In the synagogues
    In the market places
    In the temple

  7. How many works of the spirit does Paul mention?

  8. Eight
    Nine
    Ten

  9. What does Jesus allege the lawyers do?

  10. They tithe mint and dill and cummin
    They load people with burdens hard to bear
    They abuse their fellow lawyers

  11. How many works of the flesh does Paul mention?

  12. Fourteen
    Fifteen
    Sixteen

  13. Which fruits of the spirit do you possess?

  14. Love, joy, peace
    Kindness, generosity, faithfulness
    Patience, gentleness and self-control

  15. Where do the Pharisees love to have the place of honour?

  16. In the market places
    In the synagogue
    In the temple

  17. Which works of the flesh will you try to rid yourself of?

  18. Enmity and strife
    Jealousy and envy
    Quarrels and dissensions

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

  20. Our actions must speak louder than our words
    We must do what we say
    There must be a coherence between our words and actions

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Monday, 15 October 2018

Audio Reflections of Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - Will your external actions show that your inner self is pure? How?


To read the texts click on the texts: Gal 5:1-6; Lk 11:37-41

The section beginning in Lk 11:37 and ending in 11:54 is set in the context of a meal. 

The text of today begins with the notice that a Pharisee invited Jesus for a meal. Jesus sits/reclines at table without washing his hands, and this amazes his host. The Pharisees observed strict rules regarding ritual cleanliness, and generally ate only with those who also maintained ritual purity. By not washing, Jesus scandalizes his host. This amazement allows Jesus to give all those present a lesson on internal and external cleanness.

Jesus’ response to his host who is surprised because Jesus did not first wash, is that God is not concerned with the observance of rituals of purity, but with the purity of the heart. A person’s actions should reflect his or her inner purity.

The best way to remove greed and wickedness from one’s heart is to be generous with what one has. The practice of constant giving, leads one to develop an attitude of detachment.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - Gal 5:1-6; Lk 11:37-41

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - Gal 5:1-6; Lk 11:37-41


  1. What advantage will the Galatians have if they are circumcised?

  2. They will go straight to heaven
    No advantage
    Many blessings

  3. What do the Galatians wait for through the Spirit and by faith?

  4. The hope of righteousnes
    The hope of a crown
    The hope of being rewarded

  5. What part of the cup and dish does Jesus say the Pharisees clean?

  6. The inside
    The bottom only
    The outside

  7. What happens to those who think they are justified by the law?

  8. They will be made fun of
    They are severed from Christ
    They will be criticised

  9. Who asked Jesus to dine with him?

  10. A scribe
    A friend
    A Pharisee

  11. How many chapters does the Letter to the Galatians contain?

  12. Seven
    Six
    Five

  13. What must faith work through?

  14. Law
    Verbal expressions
    Love

  15. In Christ which is more important circumcision or uncircumcision?

  16. Both
    Neither
    Circumcision

  17. Why was the Pharisee who invited Jesus astonished?

  18. Because Jesus did not say his grace before meals
    Because Jesus did not say hello to him
    Because Jesus did not wash before meals

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

  20. We should focus more on the heart than the body
    If our inside is clean the outside will also be clean
    The Lord looks at the heart first

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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Audio Reflections of Monday, October 15, 2018

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Monday, October 15, 2018 - What sign are you seeking from the Lord? Will you believe in His love even without this sign?


To read the texts click on the texts: Gal 4:22-24,26-27,31 – 5:1; Lk 11:29-32

Jesus’ debate with the crowd following the exorcism of the demon that made a man mute continues. 

The response of Jesus is not to give in to the demand of some for a sign. While a similar saying is also found in Matthew (12:38-42) which indicates that both Matthew and Luke have taken it from the “Q” source {Mark also has the episode of the demand for a sign and Jesus’ response (Mk 8:11-12), but it is much shorter and does not have the details found in both Matthew and Luke}. 

Luke, however, has so formulated the response of Jesus, that it forms an inclusion. It begins and ends with Jonah. Through this, Luke has associated Jonah’s preaching with Solomon’s wisdom. Since Luke makes this association, for him the sign of Jonah was not Jonah’s being in the belly of the whale for three days and three nights (Mt 12:40), but the call to repentance that Jonah preached. As the people of Nineveh repented after the call by Jonah, so Jesus calls the crowd to repentance after his proclamation. He refuses to give the crowds any other sign, because any demand for a sign means that they have not understood what Jesus is about, and what his mission is. Jesus also knows that for those who believe, no sign is necessary, whereas for those who do not, no sign is sufficient.

The call to repentance is a call to look at everything in a new light. The old is past, the new has come with the coming of Jesus. If one persists in the old way of looking which is a way of finding God only in miraculous and spectacular events, one will miss him. Now he can be found in all things and all things can be found in him.

Monday, October 15, 2018 - Galatians 4:22-24,26-27; 4:31 – 5:1; Lk 11:29-32

Monday, October 15, 2018 - Galatians 4:22-24,26-27; 4:31 – 5:1; Lk 11:29-32


  1. Why has Christ set us free?

  2. So we can do what we want
    For freedom
    For exploiting others

  3. To which yoke must the Galatians not submit themselves?

  4. Freedom
    Slavery
    Riches

  5. Why did Jesus call his generation an evil generation?

  6. Because they were sinners
    Because they were rich
    Because they asked for a sign

  7. Whose wisdom did the queen of Sheba come to hear?

  8. David's
    Solomon's
    Saul's

  9. How many sons does Galatians say Abraham had?

  10. Three
    One
    Two

  11. Which sign did Jesus say would be given?

  12. The sign of Taurus
    The sign of Jonah
    The sign of Acquarius

  13. Who is compared with Mount Sinai?

  14. Sarah
    Hagar
    Abraham

  15. The people of which town repented at the preaching of Jonah?

  16. Sodom
    Nineveh
    Sidon

  17. Who will arise at the judgement with the people of this generation to condemn them?

  18. Queen Elizabeth
    Queen Victoria
    The Queen of the South

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

  20. Asking for a sign indicates a lack of faith
    All the sings we need have been given in Jesus
    Jesus is the sure sign of the Father

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Saturday, 13 October 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - Need or Greed?


To read the texts click on the texts: Wis 7:7-11; Heb 4:12-13; Mk10:17-30

Today, more than ever before, it is being brought to our attention what greed and a desire for more can do, not only to us, as humans, but also, to our environment. Global warming, changing weather conditions, the melting of glaciers, intermittent rain, lack of water and other basic necessities in so many parts of the world, the growing number of those who go to bed hungry every day, are only some of the consequences of the greed of a few. Even today, when some have more than they will ever need, others are struggling to get even the little that they require to live. The excess consumption of some deprives others of the resources they need just to survive. The disparity between the rich and the poor is growing larger with each passing day. Our world seems to be closing in on itself. The readings of today address these issues.

In the Gospel text of today, Jesus offers a challenge, not only to the rich man, but to each of us as well. 

To be sure, the rich man has obeyed all the commandments. He has kept the law. It is precisely because he has kept the law to such perfection that Jesus issues the challenge. Surely, a man who has been so true and so faithful will rise to the greater challenge. Surely, a man who has been so observant of what the law requires him to do will dare to go further. Surely, a man so close to God will walk that extra mile. Sadly, however, this does not turn out to be the case. The rich man cannot make the leap of faith. He cannot give up what is required to be given up by him. It is not so much that he possesses riches but rather, that riches possess him. It is not that he owns things but rather, that things own him. Because things own him and riches possess him, they will not let him be free to make a decision. Things obstruct his hearing, and his vision. Things will not let him see, or hear, or act.

This problem is at the root of what is happening in our world today. There are so many of us who are controlled by things. So many of us have let our riches control us and have power over us. We have given in to selfishness and self-centeredness to such an extent that we are not able to see beyond our noses. Each one of us, in his or her own way, is responsible for setting himself or herself on a destructive path.
There is one prime reason why the possessions of the rich man control him, and why we have set ourselves on a similar path of self destruction. The reason is because, while he and some of us possess external riches, he, and we, do not possess the most valuable of all riches: wisdom. Solomon realized this well which is why, in the first reading of today, he prayed to God, not for external riches, but for one gift and one gift alone: the gift of wisdom. He did not selfishly ask for riches, or honour, or glory. He did not selfishly ask for things to satisfy only momentarily. He did not selfishly ask to satisfy his own desires. Solomon understood, unlike the rich man, and unlike us, that wisdom is superior to all riches. It is superior to power, superior to precious stones, superior to even health, beauty, and light. This wisdom made Solomon realize his own finitude and so, his identity with the rest of the human race. It also led him to a desire not to close in on himself but to keep hoping, searching, and reaching out. It led him to pray and to call out to God, not in desperation, but with confidence and courage.

This he does because he knows that God’s word is, as the letter to the Hebrews points out, a two edged sword. It is this word which knows the thoughts and innermost desires of each one of us. It is this word that will call each of us to account for our every word and action. It is this word that questions and challenges us. It is this word to which we must answer.

The answer that we give to this word, which is alive and active, will depend on our response to the challenge which Jesus poses to us through the Gospel of today: “sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” What are we being called to in such a summons? How do we respond?

Different people respond in different ways. Francis of Assisi and Ignatius of Loyola interpreted these words literally and so, divested themselves of every form of external riches and also the internal riches of the ego and the self. Environmentalists respond by making people aware of the dangers of the degradation of the environment and the ill effects of such acts on the whole of humanity. Social workers respond by making the poor aware of their rights and giving them the courage to fight for them. Even if most of us are not called to such radical sacrifice, what we are called to is a reflection on our life style. Has the consumer culture of the world taken such hold of us that we, too, like the rich man, are possessed by things? Have we converted our wants into our needs? Is our excess consumption responsible, in some way, for the fact that others have less? Will we dare to give up, and to follow?

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - Wis 7:7-11; Heb 4:12-13; Mk10:17-30

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - Wis 7:7-11; Heb 4:12-13; Mk10:17-30


  1. How many commandments does Jesus quote to the rich man?

  2. Five
    Six
    Seven

  3. When was Jesus asked the question of eternal life?

  4. When he was at home
    When he was on the cross
    When he was setting out on a journey

  5. What is the word of God sharper than?

  6. Any sharp knife
    Any two edged sword
    Any sharp sickle

  7. Which animal does Jesus mention in his response about riches?

  8. Giraffe
    Camel
    Lion

  9. What did Solomon love wisdom more than?

  10. Good food and clothes
    Gold and silver
    Health and beauty

  11. What did Solomon prefer wisdom to?

  12. Money and wealth
    Sceptres and thrones,
    Riches and fine clothes

  13. Which is the third commandment that Jesus quotes to the rich man?

  14. You shall not steal
    You shall not defraud
    Honour your father and mother

  15. What is gold in the sight of wisdom?

  16. A little wealth
    A little sand
    A little child

  17. Who said to Jesus "We have left everything..."?

  18. James
    Peter
    John

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

  20. Riches can be an obstacle to entry into the kingdom.
    We must not let things use us
    Sometimes our riches may possess us

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Friday, 12 October 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - Gal 3:22-29; Lk 11:27-28

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - Gal 3:22-29; Lk 11:27-28


  1. Besides there being no longer slave and free, male and female what else will no longer be?

  2. Sinner and Saint
    Jew and Greek
    Holy and unholy

  3. How many chapters does the Gospel of Luke contain?

  4. Twenty three
    Twenty four
    Twenty

  5. What was the law until Christ came?

  6. The word of God
    The disciplinarian
    The only way to the father

  7. With whom have the baptised clothed themselves?

  8. With new garments
    With Christ
    With white garments

  9. Who raised the voice when Jesus was speaking?

  10. His disciples
    Hie enemies
    A woman in the crowd

  11. Before faith cam by what were the Galatians imprisoned and guarded?

  12. By watchmen
    By the law
    By guards

  13. To whom will what was promised in Christ be given?

  14. To those who believe
    To those who are chosen
    To those who are good

  15. Because the Galatians belong to Christ whose offspring are they?

  16. Isaac's
    Jacob's
    Abraham's

  17. In which Gospel alone is the Parable of the Ten virgins found?

  18. Luke
    Matthew
    Mark

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

  20. Being related to Jesus is based on doing God's will
    Just because a person is baptised does not make him/her a relative of Jesus
    When we do God's will we become brothers and sisters of Jesus

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Audio Reflections of Saturday, October 13, 2018

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Saturday, October 13, 2018 - How would you define “God’s Word” today? Do you put this “Word” into practice in your life? How?


To read the texts click on the texts:Gal 3:22-29; Lk 11:27-28

The words, “While he was saying this” connect what follows to what has gone on before. Jesus has just challenged his listeners to fill their lives with the kingdom of God, and now a woman in the crowd blesses the mother of Jesus, because of the beauty she sees in Jesus. 

While Jesus does not deny that his mother is indeed blessed, he uses this opportunity to extend the blessing to anyone who like his mother will hear the Word of God and put it into practice in their lives.

If the woman in the crowd was able to bless the womb that bore Jesus, it was because she could see and experience the goodness in Jesus. This goodness was manifested not only in what he said but in what he did and was therefore visible in his person. 

If we like Jesus hear the word of God and act on it, then others will pronounce the same blessing on us.