Saturday 31st October – Saturday of week 30 of the year

Reflection: Luke 4:1, 7-11


“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.” Lk 14:11

In an era in which we are often preoccupied with concerns about how others see us, we can find ourselves going out of our way to make an impression on people around us and in the bid to do this, we are often caught up with the vice of pride. Yet, Jesus’ warning stands clear: “whoever exalts himself will be humbled.”

Though Jesus used the example of taking places at a feast to illustrate the lesson on humility, this lesson applies to all aspects of our lives. Do our words, actions and attitudes portray humility? Are we willing to listen patiently to others as they air opinions which may be contrary to ours? Are we open to correction and criticism or are we in a haste to defend ourselves against critics? Do we respect other people and uphold their human dignity even if they may be at a lower societal class than ourselves?

St Paul admonishes us in his letter to the Philippians: “Do nothing from selfishness or conceit but in humility count others better than yourselves” (Phil 2:3). God praised Moses for his humility and was quick to defend him when Miriam and Aaron spoke against him (Num12: 3-8). He seeks that same humility from us. Remember, the man who humbles himself will be exalted

PRAYER: Lord, please forgive me for the times I have acted in pride. help me to be humble before you and before men in all my dealings. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 61 In what does the equality of all men consist?

All men are equal inasmuch as they have the same origin in the one creative love of God. All men have their Saviour in Jesus Christ. All men are destined to find their happiness and their eternal blessedness in God.

HIDE A TREASURE: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Romans 11:1-2, 11-12, 25-29; Ps 94: 12-18; Luke 14: 1, 7-11



Friday 30th October – Friday of week 30 of the year

Reflection: Luke 14:1-6


Yesterday’s reflection reminded us of the beautiful truth that we all are precious to God. Today’s gospel reading buttresses this as it gives us an insight into God’s readiness to restore His children to a healthy life. Despite the opposition Jesus knew he would get from the Pharisees, He broke the protocols of the Sabbath in order to heal the sick man. In doing this, he challenged the Pharisees’ understanding and application of the law. He made them realise that the aim of all God’s commands is love.

Beloved, just as you are immensely precious to God so is your brother or sister next to you. He desires to extend His loving arms to them through you; he desires that you share in their discomforts, sufferings and pains and be willing to rejoice with them in their moments of joy. How willing are you to be His vessel to others?

Let each day of your life remind you that God is ready to give anything for your happiness and calls you also to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and be His instrument of love to His precious children all around you.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, please help me to be a willing instrument in your hands to bring joy and comfort to your precious children all around me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 9What does God show us about himself when he sends his Son to us?

God shows us in Jesus Christ the full depth of his merciful love. Through Jesus Christ the invisible God becomes visible. He becomes a man like us. This shows us how far God’s love goes: He bears our whole burden. He walks every path with us. He is there in our abandonment, our sufferings, our fear of death. He is there when we can go no farther, so as to open up for us the door leading into life.

HIDE A TREASURE: “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:16 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Romans 9:1-5; Psalm 147: 12-15, 19-20; Luke 14:1-6


Thursday 29th October – Thursday of week 30 of the year

Reflection: Romans 8:31-39


Have you ever watched a mother handle a child that she had to wait 10years after marriage to have? She handles the child with all the care and attention she can because such a child is indeed very precious to her. Yet, this picture is no match to how much God loves you and I. We are indeed very precious to Him; much more precious than an infant is to its mother. He loves you individually and is willing to give you everything you need to be truly happy.

It is this assurance that St Paul brings to our awareness in today’s first reading as he asks: “With God on our side who can be against us?” Indeed, if we truly hold on to God, we can be assured that all things will work together for our good. This assurance is invaluable for us young Christians as we chart our journey through life, making decisions that will determine how our entire lives will turn out. It gives us the confidence to bring our difficulties to God, trusting that He has a beautiful plan for us which is unfolding day by day.

Indeed, nothing can separate us from the love of God. Yet, God respects our free will and does not force himself on us. Make a decision to trust Him with your life, your future, your possession and everything you are and rest in the assurance that you are precious in His sight and there is nothing which is key to your happiness and salvation that He will refuse you.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me so much. Please help me to trust you always. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2093 – Faith in God’s love encompasses the call and the obligation to respond with sincere love to divine charity. The first commandment enjoins us to love God above everything and all creatures for him and because of him.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Neither the world above nor the world below- there is nothing in all creation that will separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:39 GNB

Today’s Readings: Romans 8:31-39; Psalm 109: 21-22, 26-27, 30-31; Luke13:31-35


Wednesday 28th October – Feast of SS Simon & Jude, Apostles

Reflection: Ephesians 2: 19-22


If a two year old prince of a renowned kingdom is taken out to play with other toddlers, he immerses himself fully into their child’s play without hesitation. When this same prince, at fifteen years of age, goes out into the streets of his father’s kingdom. He cannot behave just like any other person because he is aware that there is something different about him – he is the heir to the throne. He was no less an heir to the throne when he was two years old; he was only unaware of this fact and as the awareness dawns on him, his way of life changes.

The awareness of one’s identity largely influences one’s way of life. As Christians, our lives take on a new dimension at Baptism. We cease to be ordinary people and become members of God’s household and heirs to his kingdom. It is this awareness that St Peter draws our attention to as he tells us: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people…” (1 Pet 2:9). It is this awareness that the Church brings to us as she teaches us that “By Baptism, we share in the priesthood of Christ, in his prophetic and royal mission” (CCC 1268). How conscious are you of your identity? Do you really know who you are?

Just as Jesus called Saints Simon and Jude whose feast we celebrate today to be his apostles, He has called you into His Church, to be a visible sign of His presence in the world. As St Paul tells us in today’s first reading, “You are a citizen like all the saints, and part of God’s household.” (Eph 2:19). Let your awareness of this call reflect in your daily choices and let your thoughts, words and actions “declare the wonderful deeds of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.”

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I thank you for the gift of my faith. Please help me to truly be a reflection of your presence in the world. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1273 – The Baptismal seal enables and commits Christians to serve God by a vital participation in the holy liturgy of the Church and to exercise their baptismal priesthood by the witness of holy lives and practical charity.

HIDE A TREASURE: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” 1 Peter 2:9 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Ephesians 2: 19-22; Psalm 19: 1-4; Luke 6: 12-16