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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

As you find Him in your life, declare this with love and surrender, “I will follow You, Lord, wherever You go - Daily Bible Reflections September 28, 2016


LOST BUT FOUND
 
As Jesus and his disciples were proceeding on their journey, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” – Luke 9:57
 
       It was time for our family bonding and we went to an old mall in Manila. I was a kid and I remember my mommy saying to me, “Kein, hold my hands so you will not get lost.”
       I whispered a soft yes, which was the same as, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
       We entered an arcade. I was amazed by the flash of lights, loud sounds and video game machines inside. Wow, it was paradise!
       Then the inevitable happened. I let go of my mommy’s hand. And I got lost. I was horrified! I prayed hard as I wiped away my tears.
       Several minutes later, I spotted my daddy who was looking for me together with my mom. I was relieved.
        My parents made the effort to find me. Why? Because their life would not be complete without me and vice versa.
       It’s the same reason why God makes an effort to search for us whenever we are lost in our spiritual life. He will always find us because He wants us to be with Him in heaven.
   Friend, make the effort to find Him, too. Kein Chito (kein.chito@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: As you find Him in your life, declare this with love and surrender, “I will follow You, Lord, wherever You go.”
 
Lord, give me a heart that follows You.
 
St. Wenceslaus, martyr, pray for us.
 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What are your prejudices? How is this preventing you from receiving blessings and from being a channel of blessings to others? - Daily Bible Reflections September 27, 2016


PREJUDICE
 
“Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to consume them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. – Luke 9:54-55
 
       After the death of King Solomon, the kingdom of Israel was split into two parts, Judah in the south, and Samaria in the north. The two kingdoms were often in disagreement. The northern kings loved their pagan idols and were constantly at odds with Jerusalem. When the Assyrians conquered Samaria, some Samaritans remained in their homeland and intermarried with the pagan settlers. When the Babylonians allowed the Judeans to return to their homeland, some sources say that the Samaritans offered to help rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, but were rudely refused because of their pagan impurity. Other sources say the Samaritans were the ones who refused to help their brothers of Judah to rebuild. Sadly, disagreements, wars, differences in worship, and miscommunication resulted in the simmering hatred that divided the people of Israel that were once brothers.
       Can you see similarities between the first century Jewish-Samaritan problem and cultural and religious conflicts we face today in our family, churches, community, country and nations? Can you hear Jesus rebuking you? Meann Tee (meanntytee@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: What are your prejudices? How is this preventing you from receiving blessings and from being a channel of blessings to others?
 
Father, please remove my prejudices. Help me accept and love people who may have different beliefs, values and convictions to promote true and lasting peace and unity. Amen.
 
St. Vincent de Paul, priest, pray for us.
 



Friday, September 23, 2016

Do you recognize that your family members are God’s gifts to you? Do you consciously set aside time to bond with them so that they would know and feel that they are important to you? - Daily Bible Reflections September 23, 2016


Memorial of St. Pio of Pietrelcina
 
TIME FOR FAMILY
 
There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. – Ecclesiastes 3:1
 
       The family is the basic unit of society. Yet, it is threatened by so many things nowadays. There are a growing number of broken homes that produce children who are also broken. One factor that leads to this is when one or both parents fail to invest time in their family. Many parents are too busy with their jobs or businesses that they spend too much time at work. And when they get home, they still spend their time looking at their computers or mobile phones instead of looking at their loved ones in the eye.
       It has been said that relationships are like plants. You need to water them daily or they die. So we need to invest time in our relationships. Otherwise, they would deteriorate.
     Ecclesiastes 3 says that there’s an appointed time for everything. There is a time for work and a time for rest. A time to be out of the house and a time to be home. “A time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.”
       Take time to embrace your family members today and look them in the eye. Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag (teregmps@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Do you recognize that your family members are God’s gifts to you? Do you consciously set aside time to bond with them so that they would know and feel that they are important to you?
 
Father, You made time to create and to rest. Help me to remember to make time for all that You want me to do. Grant me wisdom in the use of my precious time so I can give glory to You.
 
St. Padre Pio de Pietrelcina, pray for us.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Do we take time to sing to the Lord in a solo concert daily? He loves our voices raised up in a double prayer - Daily Bible Reflections September 22, 2016


LET ALL MY LIFE BE
MUSIC
 
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness, that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days. – Psalm 90:14
 
       I was blessed to be the president of our glee club when I was a third year high school student in St. Agnes Academy in Legaspi City. I now always preface that information that I earned the position not because of my Alto 1 voice, but because I was courageous enough to sing. Maybe even then, I realized that he who sings, prays twice, as St. Augustine said.
       I was raised, though, as a Benedictine student with the dictum ora et labora, pray and work. More aptly perhaps, we pray by singing and then work joyfully for the Lord and His perfect will in our lives.
       We have a God who blesses our every day with His constant love and, thus, we can sing and be glad all our life. As we do this,   our lives become the melody that we sing to the Lord, just as the song, “Let All My Life Be Music” says: “Let all my life be music, ah, let the heart of me be as a harp, where joy and pain are blended harmony... And, when the Great Musician plays, in notes of joy or pain, then let my heart respond and sing... A wondrous song, a living song, a rapturous song, oh send. And on a thrilling major chord, there let life end.” Grace Princesa (grprincesa@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Do we take time to sing to the Lord in a solo concert daily? He loves our voices raised up in a double prayer.
 
Lord, let my life be a beautiful song for You.
 
St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions, pray for us.

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