Monday, 16 September 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - You Tube Reflections


God doesn't intervene every time we are hurting or have problems, just as loving parents do not or cannot intervene to soften everything for their children. Sometimes we are angry with God for not giving us the answer to prayer that we desire. Sometimes we blame him for not intervening when our loved ones are sick or die. But it is not because God lacks compassion, for Jesus shows us the Father, and Jesus is full of compassion.

If God were to call you to himself now, what are the three things you would regret not having done? Will you do them today?

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - If God were to call you to himself now, what are the three things you would regret not having done? Will you do them today?

To read the texts click on the texts: 1 Tim 3:1-13; Lk 7:11-17
The miracle of the raising the widow’s son at Nain is a miracle that is found only in the Gospel of Luke. If the centurion’s servant healed in 7:1-10 was ill and at the point of death, the son of the widow in this story is already dead. 

There are many similarities between this story and that of Elijah’s raising the widow’s son in 1 Kings 17:10,17-24. Luke emphasises that the son was the widow’s “only son” (7:12). Luke also states that when Jesus saw the widow, he had compassion for her.. Jesus raises the boy quite simply with an authoritative command. The crowd responds by regarding Jesus as a prophet and by affirming that God has been favourable to his people through the deed that Jesus had just done.

The scripture offers many instances where men and women of faith ask for help, and are granted it, even though under normal experiences they might have gone on for the rest of their lives with sin or weakness or sickness or oppression. 

Does prayer change anything? Again and again the scripture teaches that it does indeed. God can and does intervene in the normal running of his universe. We see just such an instance in this passage. The young man is dead -- his life cut short by sickness perhaps, but death is a "normal" experience in our fallen world. Then Jesus sees a mother's tears, realizes that this widow -- there is no husband and other children mourning beside her -- has lost her only son, and Jesus is moved with compassion and intervenes. 

God doesn't intervene every time we are hurting or have problems, just as loving parents do not or cannot intervene to soften everything for their children. Sometimes we are angry with God for not giving us the answer to prayer that we desire. Sometimes we blame him for not intervening when our loved ones are sick or die. But it is not because God lacks compassion, for Jesus shows us the Father, and Jesus is full of compassion. We are left with the fact that Jesus indicates that the Father will do things as a result of our prayers, because of his compassion, that he will not otherwise do. Prayer can appeal to the heart of God to bring about change.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 1 Tim 3:1-13; Lk 7:11-17

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 1 Tim 3:1-13; Lk 7:11-17


  1. Who was being carried out as soon as Jesus reached the gate of the town?

  2. A widow
    A man who had died
    A widow's husband

  3. To whom did Jesus give the man he had raised?

  4. To the crowds as a proof
    To his mother
    To his relatives

  5. What did the bearers of the bier do when Jesus touched it?

  6. They were terrified and ran away
    They stood still
    They put it on the ground

  7. How many letter did Paul write to Titus?

  8. One
    Two
    Three

  9. When the Lord saw the widow what did he have for her?

  10. Love
    Mercy
    Compassion

  11. Throughout which place did the word about Jesus spread?

  12. Jerusalem
    Galilee
    Judea

  13. To which town did Jesus go soon afterward?

  14. Bathel
    Nain
    Name

  15. Above what must the overseer or bishop be?

  16. Reproach
    All others
    Some in the community

  17. What mus the bishop or overseer not love?

  18. Himself
    Others
    Money

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

  20. Faith is required for miracles to come true
    Jesus is a compassionate God
    Jesus wants us to have life to the full

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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019 - You Tube Reflections


There are times when after having tried all available means to solve a problem that we might be facing, we might be tempted to throw up our hands in despair and simply give up. The centurion’s faith is an inspiration to every one of us that we need to keep on keeping on despite all evidence to the contrary.

Monday, September 16, 2019 - Will you keep on keeping on today; even when things might not go the way you plan?

To read the txts click on the texts: 1 Tim 2:1-8; Lk 7:1-10
In the story of today’s Gospel, we will read of a centurion’s response of faith in Jesus. The emphasis in the miracle is given to the power of Jesus’ word. 

There is a close parallel to this story in Matthew and a more distant parallel in John. In Matthew, the servant is “lying paralysed at home”, whereas in Luke, the “slave is at the point of death”. While in Matthew, it is the centurion himself who comes to make the request of Jesus, in Luke; he sends first a delegation of elders who would have been leaders of the synagogue. They vouch for the merit of his request. As Jesus starts for the centurion’s house, a second delegation is sent. This time it is the friends of the centurion. 

The centurion’s words, “I am not worthy” contrast sharply with the tribute paid to him by the Jewish elders, who testified, “He is worthy”. The effect is to place the centurion in an even better light. The centurion’s words may also convey that he was aware that the Pharisees’ regarded a Gentile’s house as unclean and that a Jew would be defiled by entering his home. He is also confident that Jesus could heal at a distance. Just as he acts by commanding his subordinates, he expects no more than that Jesus would do the same. The point of the story is Jesus’ affirmation of the centurion’s faith and not the report of the healing that concludes the story. Luke’s description communicates Jesus’ surprise at the Gentile’s faith, and his approval as well. Where Jesus would have expected to find faith in an Israelite, here he finds it in a Gentile.

There are times when after having tried all available means to solve a problem that we might be facing, we might be tempted to throw up our hands in despair and simply give up. The centurion’s faith is an inspiration to everyone of us that we need to keep on keeping on despite all evidence to the contrary.

Monday, September 16, 2019 -1 Tim 2:1-8; Lk 7:1-10

Monday, September 16, 2019 -1 Tim 2:1-8; Lk 7:1-10


  1. How many mediators are there between God and humans?

  2. Three
    Two
    One

  3. Where did Jesus enter after he had finished all his sayings?

  4. Jerusalem
    Capernaum
    Galilee

  5. Where did Jesus say he had not found such profound faith?

  6. In Jerusalem
    In Israel
    In Nazareth

  7. Besides those in high places for who else must supplication be made?

  8. Kings
    Princes
    Queens

  9. Whose slave was close to death?

  10. A synagogue official's slave
    A Centurion's slave
    A chief priest's slave

  11. Of whom does Paul say he was appointed a teacher?

  12. Of all people
    Of Christians
    Of Gentiles

  13. What does God our Saviour desire?

  14. That some be saved
    That most be saved
    That all be saved

  15. What kind of hand must the people lift up when praying?

  16. Washed hands
    Unsoiled hands
    Holy hands

  17. Who were sent to Jesus to ask him to heal the slave?

  18. Soldiers
    Jewish elders
    The Townspeople

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

  20. Faith means to believe before we see
    Faith is to believe even when we cannot see
    Faith must be shown in action

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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - You Tube Reflections


The Parable in the Gospel text of today is popularly known as “The Prodigal Son.” However, a more apt title is “The Prodigal Father.” This is because the son is prodigal only with material things. It is the father who is the real prodigal in the story. It is the father who is lavish. It is the father who is wasteful. It is the father who is a spendthrift, but with his love. The prodigality of the father’s love shines through the whole story.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - The Prodigal Father


To read the texts click on the texts: Ex 32:7-11,13-14; 1Tim 1:12-17; Lk 15:1-32
The Parable in the Gospel text of today is popularly known as “The Prodigal Son.” However, a more apt title is “The Prodigal Father.” This is because the son is prodigal only with material things. It is the father who is the real prodigal in the story. It is the father who is lavish. It is the father who is wasteful. It is the father who is a spendthrift, but with his love. The prodigality of the father’s love shines through the whole story.

Demanding his share of the property while his father was still alive would mean that the younger son regarded his father as dead. The younger son’s selfishness and self-centeredness led him to concentrate only on his own wants. The needs of the other did not matter. Despite this offensive and rude demand, the father gives the younger son what he demands. The father will be selfless. He will hold nothing back. For the father, the son’s wants are greater than his own needs. The selfishness of the son reaches its depths when he spends all that he receives from his father for his own pleasure and enjoyment.

This is the selfishness shown by the people in the first reading of today when they make “gods” of things. They are so caught up in their own desire for pleasure and gratification that they will stoop down to making things ends in themselves. They forget that the one end is God. However, like the father in the Gospel text, God shows that, despite the people’s selfishness, God will be selfless. Despite their abandoning God, God will not abandon them. Though by right, and in justice, God ought to have let God’s wrath burn against the people, God relented and, after listening to Moses, did not bring on them the destruction that was intended. God’s love exceeds mercy and this love is shown in giving people a chance to change, a chance to repent. The repentance that the people are called to is shown by the younger son in action. When he is in dire straits and at the lowest depth of his life, he comes to his senses. He realizes that he can go back. He realizes that there is mercy. He realizes that his father’s love will take him back. However, the reality of the father’s welcome goes beyond the younger son’s expectations. He is not even allowed to finish the act of contrition that he had prepared. He is not allowed to finish speaking his words of remorse and regret. His father does not need words. His father does not need to know how many sins his son has committed. His father does not ask for an account of the money that he squandered, nor does he impute guilt to his son. It is enough for the father that his son has come home. It is enough that his son who had gone away has returned. It is enough that the son, who was lost and dead, is now found and alive.

The Apostle Paul experienced this mercy and love and he speaks about this in the second reading of today. God did not count his sins against him. God did not hold his wrong doings in front of his face. God forgave his blasphemy. God showed him mercy. This mercy is intrinsic to God and is borne out by the name that the Son of God bears: Jesus. It is the name which means God saves from sin. It is a name which means that, no matter how far away we might go, no matter how many graces we squander, no matter how many sins we commit, God, in Jesus, will ever love and forgive.

If this is so evident why do so many people find it difficult to believe that God is good and loving, that God is forgiving and merciful, and that God’s mercy always outweighs human sinfulness? The answer to this is found in the second part of the Parable of the Gospel text and in the attitude of the elder son. For him, like for many of us, the relationship with his father is one of quid pro quo or barter exchange, rather than love. He is good only because he hopes to receive reward. He does not address his father as “Father”, nor does he refer to his brother as “brother”. He distances himself from both his father and his brother and attaches himself to his own merit and fidelity. He argues his case on the grounds of what he thinks he rightfully deserves. Even as he does this, he points to the failings of the younger son.

The elder son represents all of us who think we can make it on our own, all of us who might be proud of the kind of lives we live. He represents all of us who have an image of God as one who must reward us for the good that we do and a God whom we dare not displease because we might be punished. However, even to persons such as these, God continues to reach out in love. God continues to plead with such persons to realize that their good actions must not stem from a desire for reward or from a fear of punishment. Good actions must be the consequence of having received God’s unconditional mercy and love. They must be the result of having been loved. All persons must love and forgive unconditionally because that is the way God loves and forgives them.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - Ex 32:7-11,13-14; 1Tim 1:12-17; Lk 15:1-32

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - Ex 32:7-11,13-14; 1Tim 1:12-17; Lk 15:1-32


  1. Whom does Paul say Christ came to save?

  2. The righteous
    Sinners
    The truthful

  3. Which son asked for the share of his property?

  4. The elder son
    The younger son
    Both sons

  5. Besides tax collectors who were drawing near to listen to Jesus?

  6. The Scribes
    Sinners
    The Sadducees

  7. How does the Lord say the people have acted?

  8. Perversely
    Rightly
    According to his will

  9. What does Paul say he received from the Lord because he had acted ignorantly?

  10. Grace
    Peace
    Mercy

  11. How many coins did the woman have?

  12. One
    Ten
    One hundred

  13. What image did the people worship?

  14. A Bull
    A Ram
    A Calf

  15. What metal were the coins that the woman had made of?

  16. Silver
    Gold
    Bronze

  17. How many sons did the man in the parable have?

  18. Three
    Two
    One

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

  20. God in Jesus is unconditional love
    God loves without distinction
    God loves all equally

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Friday, 13 September 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - The Exaltation of the Cross - You Tube Reflections


The cross is at the centre of our lives every time we face sickness and death. The cross is at the centre of our lives in frailty and old age. The cross is at the centre of our lives every time we feel utterly alone and abandoned. 

The Cross is at the centre of our lives every time we are tempted to give in and give up. Only when we embrace the cross is it possible for God to raise us up and give us new life.