Friday, 19 July 2019

Friday, July 19, 2019 - You Tube Reflections



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.

How often do rules rule you? Will you try to rule rules today?

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - How do you usually react to stressful situations? Will you learn from Jesus’ response today?

To read the texts click on the texts: Ex 12:37-42; 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. 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 religious 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. He does withdraw from fear. He withdraws 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 as he continues to make people whole by healing them, Jesus does not want to be known or acclaimed and so commands those whom he has healed to remain silent 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. This acceptance 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 20, 2019 - Ex 12:37-42; Mt 12:14-21

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - Ex 12:37-42; Mt 12:14-21


  1. Which prophet is quoted by Matthew in today's reading?

  2. Mark
    Matthew
    Luke

  3. How did the people journey from Rameses to Succoth?

  4. In chariots
    In carts
    On foot

  5. Who does the prophet say will hope in the name of God's servant?

  6. All peoples
    The chosen ones
    The Gentiles

  7. What kind of cakes did the people bake on their journey?

  8. Leavened cakes
    Unleavened cakes
    choice3

  9. What will God's servant not break?

  10. A wooden stick
    A bruised reed
    A steel rod

  11. How many years had the people dwelt in Egypt?

  12. 410
    420
    430

  13. How many men journeyed to Succoth

  14. 500,000
    600,000
    700,000

  15. How did Jesus respond to the people who followed him when he withdrew?

  16. He ignored them
    He healed them
    He escaped from the

  17. Who went out and took counsel how to destroy Jesus?

  18. The scribes
    The Pharisees
    The Sadducees

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

  20. The prime purpose of Jesus' coming was to save
    Jesus is non-violent
    Jesus will save even his enemies

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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?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019- Our Lady of Mount Carmel- - Zech 2:10-13; Mt 12:46-50


Tuesday, July 16, 2019- Our Lady of Mount Carmel- - Zech 2:10-13; Mt 12:46-50


  1. Whose feast do we celebrate today?

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

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

  4. Twenty-four
    Twenty-six
    Twenty-eight

  5. From where has the Lord roused himself?

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

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

  8. Judah
    Zion
    Jerusalem

  9. Who was Jesus speaking with when his mother came to meet him?

  10. His relatives
    His friends
    The people

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

  12. The people
    His disciples
    His mother and brothers

  13. Whom will the Lord choose again?

  14. Judah
    Jerusalem
    Zion

  15. Where were Jesus' mother and brothers standing when they asked to speak with him?

  16. Inside the house
    Outside the house
    Among the people

  17. Whom will the Lord inherit as his portion?

  18. Jerusalem
    Judah
    Zion

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

  20. Our Lady is a model of faith
    Our Lady showed her faith in deeds
    Our Lady was graced by God because she was open

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Our Lady showed her faith in deeds


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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - If you were a resident of Chorazin or Bethsaida how would you respond to the woes?

To read the texts click on the texts: Ex 2:1-15; 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, which was the primary purpose of the miracles that Jesus worked. Also, the Gentile cities of Tyre, 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, 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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - Ex 2:1-15; Mt 11:20-24

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - Ex 2:1-15; Mt 11:20-24


  1. To whom was the child found among the reeds given to be nursed?

  2. His sister
    His mother
    His aunt

  3. Whom did Moses see beating a Hebrew?

  4. An Assyrian
    A Roman
    An Egyptian

  5. Where did Moses flee from Pharaoh?

  6. Israel
    Midian
    Jerusalem

  7. Besides Chorazin against which other city Jesus pronounce a woe?

  8. Bethesda
    Bethsaida
    Bethlehem

  9. Where did Moses hides the Egyptian he killed?

  10. In a tomb
    In the sand
    In his cellar

  11. Which relative of Pharaoh came to bathe at the river?

  12. His daughter
    His sister
    His wife

  13. Which city did Jesus say would be brought down to Hades?

  14. Tyre
    Capernaum
    Sidon

  15. What did Pharaoh's daughter name the child whom she drew out of the water?

  16. Gideon
    Samuel
    Moses

  17. Who was sent to fetch the basket found among the reeds?

  18. A soldier
    A centurion
    A maid

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

  20. Repentance means a change of vision
    Merely being sorry is not repentance
    Repentance means to look at everything anew

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Sunday, 14 July 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019 - You Tube Reflections


The parable of the Good Samaritan  is  a challenge to each one of us to review the stereotypes that we have of others. Often, a stereotype is created because of insufficient or incomplete information about a situation or about the other. It is also created because many of us feel comfortable when we are able to categorize people and place them in neat pigeon holes that we have created in our minds and hearts. Albert Einstein said “It is easier to disintegrate an atom than a prejudice”.

Will you attempt to look with the eyes of the heart?

Monday, July 15, 2019 - Does Jesus Christ have faith in you?

To read the texts click on the texts: Ex 1:8-14,22; Mt 10:34-11:1
These verses make up the conclusion of Matthew’s Mission Discourse. The choice is a difficult one to make and sometimes it may 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 today can see and touch 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 15, 2019 - Ex 1:8-14,22; Mt 10:34-11:1

Monday, July 15, 2019 - Ex 1:8-14,22; Mt 10:34-11:1


  1. Who commanded that every son born to the Hebrews must be cast into the Nile?

  2. The King
    The Emperor
    Pharaoh

  3. What did Jesus do after he finished instructing his disciples?

  4. He went on to preach
    He went home to rest
    He went to his relative home for a meal

  5. What does Jesus say he has come to bring?

  6. Peace
    Joy
    A sword

  7. Whom did the king who arose in Egypt not know?

  8. Jacob
    Joseph
    Isaac

  9. What will happen to the one who loses his/her life for Jesus' sake?

  10. They will lose it
    They will find it
    They will be found

  11. Who does Jesus say the daughter-in-law will be set against?

  12. Her husband
    Her mother-in-law
    Her sister-in-law

  13. Who was in dread of the people of Israel?

  14. The Samaritans
    The Egyptians
    The Romans

  15. Who does Jesus say a son will be set against?

  16. His father
    His mother
    His sister

  17. Who will the daughter be set against?

  18. Her father
    Her mother
    Her brother

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

  20. We are representatives of the Lord
    We make the Lord present through our words and actions
    Jesus must be seen in us

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - You Tube Reflectiions


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.

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?

Sunday, July 14, 2019 - Will you attempt to look with the eyes of the heart?


To read the texts click on the texts: Dt 30:10-14; Col1:15-20; Lk 10:25-37
The Parable of the Good Samaritan has often been interpreted as one which tells the listener that one’s neighbour is anyone in need of help. While that is true, it is only a small part of the meaning and message of the story. The main point of the Parable is that the Samaritan, the outcast, the one marginalized, is Good. The Parable seeks to break the stereotypes that we carry in our minds and hearts about those whom we do not understand.

This point is indicated in a variety of ways. First, one listening to the Parable might have expected the third person in the story to be an Israelite or a Jew after hearing that the Priest and Levite walked by on the other side. However, the listeners’ expectations are shattered when the third person is not a Jew but a Samaritan, a person whom the Jews had strong prejudices against. If the third person were a lay Jew, then the Parable could be interpreted as a dig against the Priestly class represented by the Priest and Levite. However, this is not the case. The one who reached out to help was one who would not normally have been expected to do so because of the animosity that existed between Jews and Samaritans. He, too, ought to have walked by on the other side. Yet, he does not do so. He reaches out to help. A stereotype is broken. A pre-conceived notion is shattered. A label has to be changed.

While the actions, or more correctly non-actions, of the Priest and Levite are narrated in few words, Jesus uses seemingly more words than necessary to describe the loving action of the Samaritan. These include his bandaging the wounds of the injured man, pouring oil and wine to cleanse the wound and keep it soft, putting the man on his own animal and even going beyond the call of compassion by leaving money with the innkeeper for the further care of the man. The reason for these many words and this detailed description is probably because, if Jesus had simply stated that the Samaritan helped the man, the listeners would have scoffed and poured scorn on him. They would not have believed that such a thing was possible. The story might have fallen flat on its face. Thus, Jesus had to describe in great detail the actions of the Samaritan to make the story believable.

Jesus turns the lawyer’s question on its head when he asks his own question at the end of the Parable. While the lawyer’s question was “Who is my neighbour?” and the answer to this question would have been, “Anyone in need,” Jesus’ question, “Who was neighbour to the man who fell among robbers?” demands that the Lawyer answers “The Samaritan.” However, so deep rooted is the prejudice of the Jewish Lawyer that he cannot even utter the word “Samaritan” and answers instead, “The one who showed mercy” which is, in other words, the Samaritan. It is clear that Jesus wanted the lawyer, who was a Jew, to go beyond the narrow definition of neighbour, to go beyond his prejudice, his bias, and his stereotyping.

When Israel was split into two kingdoms after the death of Solomon in around 922 BCE, the North (named Israel which had its capital at Samaria) and he South (named Judah which had its capital at Jerusalem), became the target for its neighbours, because its strength was divided. In 722 BCE, the Assyrians captured Israel and Samaria and took as their wives and concubines Israeli women. The children by that union were known as Samaritans and, till the time of Jesus, were regarded as inferior and as outcasts by their former Jewish brothers and sisters. Thus, Jesus is asking the Jewish Lawyer if he can get rid of his negative way of looking at the Samaritans, and regard him also as neighbor. The Samaritan is indeed, neighbour, because he behaved as a neighbour.

The parable is thus a challenge to each one of us to review the stereotypes that we have of others. Often, a stereotype is created because of insufficient or incomplete information about a situation or about the other. It is also created because many of us feel comfortable when we are able to categorize people and place them in neat pigeon holes that we have created in our minds and hearts. Albert Einstein said “It is easier to disintegrate an atom than a prejudice”.

In order to correct this way of looking, Moses’ address to the people in the first reading of today invites them to a following of the Lord and his commands and decrees. This following is not difficult. All it requires is openness and sincerity. It requires one to see, not only with the eyes but also, with the heart. If we see with the eyes of the heart, then we will be able to see rightly.

This is also what Paul means when he speaks in the second reading of today of Jesus who is the image of the invisible God. We, as Christians, need only to look at him and know how we are to speak and how we are to act. We have only to look at him to know that there is a neighbour in every human being.

Sunday, July 14, 2019 - Dt 30:10-14; Col1:15-20; Lk 10:25-37

Sunday, July 14, 2019 - Dt 30:10-14; Col 1:15-20; Lk 10:25-37


  1. Of whom does Paul say Jesus is the image?

  2. Of his mother
    Of the invisible God
    Of his foster father

  3. Who was the second person to go by the way on which the wounded man lay?

  4. A priest
    A Levite
    A scribe

  5. Who stood up to put Jesus to the test?

  6. A Pharisee
    A Sadducee
    A lawyer

  7. In which other Gospel is the parable of the Good Samaritan also found?

  8. Matthew
    Mark
    No other Gospel

  9. Where did the Samaritan bring the wounded man?

  10. His own home
    An inn
    A tavern

  11. Who was the first person to go by the way on which the wounded man lay?

  12. A Levite
    A priest
    A scribe

  13. From where does Jesus say the man was travelling?

  14. From Jericho to Jerusalem
    From Jerusalem to Jericho
    From Jerusalem to Galilee

  15. Where does Moses say the word is?

  16. In the Torah
    In the mouth and heart of people
    In the Ten commandments

  17. How many denarii did the Samaritan give to the innkeeper?

  18. One
    Two
    Three

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

  20. We must become aware and get rid of our stereotypes.
    We must not be too quick to judge
    We need to remove our tainted glasses when looking

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Friday, 12 July 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019 - You Tube Reflections


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.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. What do you make of this statement?

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 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: Gen 49:29-33; 50:15-26; 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. His 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. They are asked 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 13, 2019 - Gen 49:29-33; 50:15-26; Mt 10:24-33

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - Gen 49:29-33; 50:15-26; Mt 10:24-33


  1. How old was Joseph when he died?

  2. One hundred eight years old
    One hundred nine years old
    One hundred ten years old

  3. What does Jesus say they have called the master of the house?

  4. The owner
    Beelzebul
    Satan

  5. What does Jesus is numbered on the head?

  6. The number of gray hairs
    The number of brown hairs
    The hairs of the head

  7. Where was Joseph put in a coffin?

  8. Canaan
    Egypt
    Israel

  9. For how much are two sparrows sold?

  10. A copper
    A dime
    A penny

  11. In whose field was Jacob to be buried?

  12. Erphon the Zebusite
    Ephron the Hittite
    Erphon the Perusite

  13. What did they do to Joseph before they put him in the coffin?

  14. They embalmed him
    They put new clothes on him
    They called his children to pay their respects

  15. To which generation did Joseph see Ephraim's children?

  16. To the second generation
    To the third generation
    To the fourth generation

  17. Who is not above the teacher?

  18. The slave
    The student
    The disciple

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

  20. Perseverance is not easy but we must
    It takes courage to follow Jesus
    Jesus challenges us all to love unconditionally

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - You Tube Reflections


Often, too much of focus on the results of our actions do not allow us to focus on the action itself. Consequently, our action is neither effective nor efficacious. If we continue to keep in mind that the Kingdom is not ours but His and we are only called to do our best in striving to make this kingdom a reality in the lives of others, then our action will be both effective and efficacious. Detachment even from the results of our action is an indication that we are aware that God is always in control.

How often have you focussed on the result rather than on the action? Will you focus only on the action today?

Friday, July 12, 2019 - When the going gets tough, the tough get going. What do you make of this statement?

To read the texts click on the texts: Gen 46:1-7,28-30; 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 12, 2019 - Gen 46:1-7,28-30; Mt 10:16-23

Friday, July 11, 2019 - Gen 46:1-7,28-30; Mt 10:16-23


  1. Whom did Israel send ahead to Joseph?

  2. Reuben
    Judah
    Simeon

  3. How does Jesus say he is sending his disciples out?

  4. Like wolves among sheep
    Like lambs led to the slaughter
    Like sheep among wolves

  5. Who was Jacob's father?

  6. Israel
    Judah
    Isaac

  7. Where did Joseph meet his father?

  8. In Egypt
    In Goshen
    In Israel

  9. Who will come before the disciples go through all the towns of Israel?

  10. The Son of God
    Yahweh Saboath
    The Son of Man

  11. Who was Joseph's mother?

  12. Rachel
    Leah
    Dinah

  13. Who does Jesus say will rise against parents?

  14. Strangers
    Sons
    Children

  15. Where did Israel offer sacrifices?

  16. In Jerusalem
    In Beer-sheba
    In Horeb

  17. Why did Israel say he could die now?

  18. Because he had seen the Lord
    Because he had seen his son Joseph
    Because he had accomplished his mission

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

  20. Fear is an illusion
    Fearlessness is required in Mission
    If God is with us no one and nothing can be against

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - You Tube Reflections


Our Mission as disciples of Jesus is not merely a spiritual enterprise and not only to a select view. It is a practical mission, which includes the material, economic and tangible areas of people’s lives, and must include all. As disciples called to Mission we are called to make the world we live in a better place for everyone.

How would you define “your” mission today? Are you engaging in mission?

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - How often have you focussed on the result rather than on the action? Will you focus only on the action today?

To read the texts click on the texts:Gen 44:18-21,23-29; 45:1-5; Mt 10:7-15
The text of today, which is part of the Mission Discourse of Matthew contains the instructions for Mission. Three points may be noticed. The first is that mission is not only words but also action. Jesus sends the disciples not only to preach but also to heal. 

The second is that Jesus provides a strategy for mission which may be summarised in one word namely, DETACHMENT. The call is to detachment from anything, which will hold a person up or prevent him or her from engaging in mission. 

The third is that Jesus calls the disciples from a detachment even from the outcome of mission. They must not be concerned about the results or the fruits, but simply do what needs to be done.

Often, too much of focus on the results of our actions do not allow us to focus on the action itself. Consequently, our action is neither effective nor efficacious. If we continue to keep in mind that the Kingdom is not ours but His and we are only called to do our best in striving to make this kingdom a reality in the lives of others, then our action will be both effective and efficacious. Detachment even from the results of our action is an indication that we are aware that God is always in control.

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - Gen 44:18-21,23-29; 45:1-5; Mt 10:7-15

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - Gen 44:18-21,23-29; 45:1-5; Mt 10:7-15


  1. Which brother had Joseph asked his brothers to bring?

  2. The eldest
    The third
    The youngest

  3. For whom will it be more tolerable that for that town which rejects the disciples?

  4. Jerusalem
    Samaria
    Sodom and Gamorrah

  5. Who was Joseph's mother?

  6. Rachel
    Leah
    Ruth

  7. What was the name of Joseph's youngest brother's name?

  8. Benjamin
    Reuben
    Asher

  9. Besides the Egyptians who else hear Joseph weep?

  10. His courtiers
    The household of Pharaoh
    The people in the streets

  11. Who asked to speak a word in Joseph's ear?

  12. Reuben
    Judah
    Simeon

  13. How many children did Rachel have?

  14. Six
    Two
    One

  15. Who is the only daughter of Jacob mentioned in Genesis?

  16. Sarah
    Dinah
    Hagar

  17. Who was Benjamin's mother?.

  18. Rachel
    Leah
    Dinah

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

  20. We must focus on the action and not on the result
    Be detached from the outcome
    Act without expectation of reward

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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - You Tube Reflections


Often the external stimulus is the same for two persons and yet each responds differently. This is an indication that it is not the external stimulus that is causing the response, but the person him/herself. In other words, each of us can decide how we want to respond. We can look at the half-filled or half-empty part of a bottle. We can look at the black spot or at the white wall. It depends on what we want to see and how we see.

“There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so”. Do you agree with this statement? Why?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019- How would you define “your” mission today? Are you engaging in mission?

To read the texts click on the texts: Gen 41:55-57; 42:5-7,17-24; Mt 10:1-7
The text of today is what may be termed as the Introduction to the Mission Discourse of Matthew (10:1- 42). It is only here that the Twelve are called “apostles”. This may be because of the context of the “sending” of the Twelve. 

Matthew has arranged the list into six pairs of two, by using the conjunction “and” after the first of each pair. 
The statement of Jesus to “go nowhere among the Gentiles” (10:5b) might seem harsh, but it must be kept in mind that even historically, the disciples were reluctant to go to non-Jews even after the resurrection and it took considerable time for the Church to realise that it had a universal mission. It must also be noted that this Universality is present at the end of the Gospel of Matthew when the risen Jesus commands the disciples to go to “all nations” (28:18-20).

The Mission of the disciples is both to preach and to heal, to say and do, word and action.

Our Mission as disciples of Jesus is not merely a spiritual enterprise and not only to a select view. It is a practical mission, which includes the material, economic and tangible areas of people’s lives, and must include all. As disciples called to Mission we are called to make the world we live in a better place for everyone.