Reflections

Understanding His Generosity

Saturday 19th August 2020

Understanding His Generosity

We have ordinary ways of looking at things that when we listen to this gospel, we are tempted to react and share the grumble of the workers who have laboured since early morning. It seems a bit unfair that after slaving all day in the hot sun they got the same pay for their efforts as those who were taken late. The parable is not dealing with equal rights for all or an honest day's work for pay. Its main emphasis is to show the generosity of God opening the doors of the kingdom of heaven to gentiles and sinners.


Christianity is all about boundless forgiveness

Saturday 12th August 2020

Christianity is all about boundless forgiveness

The theme of the gospel is all about forgiveness and mercy which are basic attitudes that every Christian must put into practice. Apart from the command to love one another there is no obligation which Christ taught more forcefully than of showing forgiveness. In actual fact of everyday life, forgiveness is more often talked about than put into practice because it is difficult and demanding. It takes a great deal out of us. Perhaps within families small incidents get blown out of proportion and rifts develop.


The responsibility we have to 'Call things out'

Saturday 5th August 2020

The responsibility we have to 'Call things out'

The readings point to a clear message concerning our responsibility towards the salvation of others within the community. We all have the duty of doing good while we can by helping those who are weak or in need of assistance. This doesn't mean we are interfering in people's lives. The love of our neighbour is priority. There is no living together without pain and the gospel brings us the delicate way of counselling those people who are misbehaving, doing wrong and going astray.


Taking up the Cross

Saturday 29th August 2020

Taking up the Cross

Peter found it difficult to accept that the mission of Jesus would end with the cross and crucifixion. He did not see why pain and suffering were necessary for discipleship. He was against at the idea that such should take place. He thought that being part of the kingdom was a matter of success. He had yet to learn that the standards of Christ were not those of power and privilege. The outcome was a reprimand from Jesus who cautioned him against embracing the standards of the world.


Who do You Say I Am?

Saturday 22nd August 2020

Who do You Say I Am?

The choice of Peter as head of the church is an example of the power of God at work, using the weak things of this world to confound the strong. Before his encounter with Christ, Peter's life had little meaning. Perhaps by human standards he was a disastrous choice and should never been appointed. He can be hardly described as a stable person because at times he was brave while on other occasions he displayed cowardice.


All are Welcome

Saturday 15th August 2020

All are Welcome

This is one of the rare occasions when we find Jesus in conversation with a woman who is not only a Gentile and a pagan but belongs to a nation noted for its traditional hostility to the Jewish people. Totally convinced that Jesus can be of assistance in a hopeless situation, the Canaanite woman comes forward, kneels at His feet and asks for her daughter to be cured. The disciples, embarrassed and unable to cope with her cry of desperation, want Jesus to send her away as quickly as possible. Nevertheless Jesus does not regard this as an obstacle.


Prayer in all times

Saturday 8th August 2020

Prayer in all times

When confronted with stress and pressure of various kinds, we are very much like Peter. A sudden turn of events in life and we are faced with storms which threaten the peace and security of our homes and families. We need to hear those encouraging words of Christ, 'Don't be afraid.' Peter's mistake was that he turned to Jesus in real prayer only in a moment of crisis when he was paralysed by fear and in danger of drowning. We are reminded particularly those who tend to forget about God when all is going well and who only become serious about prayer when problems and tragedies surface.


Our gifts for His Service

Saturday 1st August 2020

Our gifts for His Service

Jesus did not feed the stranded crowd at the edge of the Sea of Galilee all on His own. He accomplished it with the help of His disciples who were reluctant to accept responsibility for the hungry people. Challenged by Jesus to use their own resources, they remembered having five loaves and two fishes which they brought to Him. The little they had when placed in the hands of Jesus turned out to be more than enough for all. In our own eyes it may seem of little account but it is what the Lord has given us and expects us to use in his service.


Like a Treasure Hidden in a Field

Saturday 25th July 2020

Like a Treasure Hidden in a Field

The treasure the gospel is referring to is our faith which tells us we are heirs to the kingdom of God. It is important and valuable that everybody must give it absolute priority. At the end of the day nothing else matters because worldly values are destined to faint into insignificance. Our search should not be superficial happiness but to develop a good relationship with God. Such a treasure can be found in ordinary places.


Wheat and Weeds

Saturday 18th July 2020

Wheat and Weeds

Christ compares the church, the people of God, to a field where wheat and weeds grow side by side until the harvest. In the world around us, good and bad people mix like wheat and weeds growing in the same field. Every human heart contains a mixture of good and evil. The church is not an exclusive community of the virtuous. It is here because we are looking for salvation and we are conscious of our failings. The emphasis of the gospel is on exercising patience until God makes his great gathering. In the meantime, we all share the task of revealing the patience of God by forgiving the faults of others. Many of us will find this challenging as we may be harsh or judgemental by nature. It's so easy to pin people with the label 'sinner', forgetting how appearance are so often deceptive.


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