Thursday 11th February: Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Reflection: Deuteronomy 30: 15-20


How many people today live in deep sorrows and regret as a result of the poor choices made in the past? Much as we all have intrinsic desires to be free and exercise our freedom, it is important we ask ourselves how often we consider the obvious and possible consequences of our actions. No matter where we stand on this, an obvious fact is that we cannot just wish away the consequences of our choices. As youths in particular, we can choose to be diligent or slothful; to be chaste or sexually loose. We can choose to allow our character and conscience to be shaped by the eternal word of God or by the deceptive standard of this world.

Despite God’s love and intimate fellowship with our first parents, Adam and Eve, there freedom of choice was well respected by Him (Genesis 3). This continues to be the case even with us Christians of today. God seeks that we would make a choice of Him and His precepts in liberty and love. He continues to make clear to us, as we can see in today’s Gospel, that a decision to follow Him will necessarily demand self-renunciation (Luke 9: 23-24) and a wholehearted acceptance of our crosses.

However, we must never allow ourselves to be deterred by the demands or challenges of righteous pursuits. The Psalmist today is full of encouragement on this – “Happy the man who has placed his trust in the Lord” (Psalm 1). He who flees the pains of godly discipline must be prepared to accommodate the pains that come with the contrary alternatives. The admonition of Moses to the Israelites in today’s first reading remains relevant to us Christians of today – Choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). It is only in accepting the life-giving precepts of God that we can be assured of His unfailing blessings and have fulfilment of heart. Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows (Psalm16:4).

PRAYER: Constantly make clear to me your blessed will oh Lord and kindly fill me with renewed grace to accept and abide by it! Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1696- The way of Christ “leads to life;” a contrary way “leads to destruction.” The Gospel parable of the two ways remains ever present in the catechesis of the Church; it shows the importance of moral decision for our salvation: “There are two ways, the one of life, the other of death; but between the two, there is a great difference.”

HIDE A TREASURE: “…I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.” (Deuteronomy 30: 19b).

Today’s Readings: Deuteronomy 30: 15-20; Psalm 1: 1-4, 6; Luke 9: 22-25



Monday 28th December – Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

Reflection: Matthew 2: 13-18


As the Church celebrates the feast of Holy Innocents today, we are offered a good opportunity to reflect on many innocent children who are being killed in their thousands daily all over the world, not for the sake of Christ but for the sake of covering up the effect of youthful lust and fornication through abortion.

Beloved, despite the message the world tries to pass to us daily…on television, on the internet, through so-called “woman empowerment” or “reproductive health and rights” programmes that promote pre-marital sex and abortion as “rights”, the truth remains written in the hearts of each one of us that abortion is murder. Hence, it is in this dark areas that you and I are called as Christians to shine the light of Christ.

Our Christian message is one that appreciates the wondrous gift of life, a gift that man has no right to take away. As we celebrate the birth of our Saviour and commemorate those ltitle martyrs, let us make a commitment to promote life through living chaste lives and encouraging our friends to do the same. Let us take time to pray and offer support and encouragement to young ladies around us who have unwanted pregnancies and let us bring the message of God’s love and forgiveness, especially this Jubilee of Mercy to those who have committed abortion in the past. God’s mercy is always greater than our sin and He is willing to welcome us each time we turn to Him.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, please give me the grace to stay away from every youthful lust and fornication and every act that will lead me into committing abortion. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT313 – Why must a sinner turn to God and ask him for forgiveness?

Every sin destroys, obscures, or denies what is good; God, however, is all-good and the author of all good. Therefore every sin goes against God (also) and must be set right again through contact with him.

HIDE A TREASURE: “But if we confess our sins to God,, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all wrongdoing.” 1 John 1:9 GNB


Monday 10th August- Feast of St. Laurence, Deacon & Martyr


John 12:24-26

You may wonder why one must die in order to live. Once a person dies, he is believed to be physically gone forever. Christ tells us today that death goes beyond the physical, it also involves the spiritual. Thus, we have to die in order to live. Dying in this context refers to dying to self -the flesh, the gratifications and the pleasures of the flesh. St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians (5:19-22) described the human self as being impatient, wicked, boastful, arrogant, selfish, lustful and other vices that the Spirit guards against.

Beloved, just like a grain of wheat that has to fall and die in order to bear many grains. Christ is equating our lives to that of a grain of wheat, telling of the necessity of us letting go of our own desires and giving in to him. Thus, He tells us “whoever wants to serve me must follow me, so that my servant will be with me where I am. And my Father will honour anyone who serves me.” (John 12:26). Let us then choose today to die to our flesh by having a rebirth in Christ, surrendering our lives to the Lordship of God and daily dwelling in his presence. He is capable and ever ready to take the wheels of our lives. Let us begin to sow seeds of righteousness –by dying to the flesh- and live a holy life that we might be fruitful in the vineyard of the Lord.

PRAYER: May God grant us a yearning to be like him and do away with the desires of the flesh. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 154- What happens to us when we die?

How the resurrection will take place is a mystery. An image can help us to accept it: When we look at a tulip bulb we cannot tell into what a marvelously beautiful flower it will develop in the dark earth. Similarly, we know nothing about the future appearance of our new body. Paul nevertheless certain: “It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory” (1Cor 15:43)

HIDE A TREASURE: “Those who love their own life will lose it; those who hate their own life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” John 12:24 GNB

Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Psalm112:1-2.5-9; John 12:24-26


Tuesday 30th June – Tuesday of week 13 of the year

Reflection: Genesis 19: 15-29


From time to time, I hear someone wonder aloud: “what if Adam and Eve did not sin?” we believe our lives would have been much easier and happier if the world were devoid of evil which is a direct consequence of our first parents’ rebellion. Yet, don’t we often give in to the very sin of disobedience they gave in to? God was eager to ensure Lot and his family were not destroyed with the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Despite the clear instruction given by the Angel: “Run for your life. Neither look behind you nor stop anywhere on the plain. Make for the hills if you would not be overwhelmed.” Lot’s wife still looked back and was destroyed.

Dear friends, God gives you and I instructions just as He gave our first parents and Lot’s family. Are we attentive to His instructions? Do we obey Him halfway and then do our own will? Just like it did for Lot’s wife, disobedience always brings punishment. God in His mercy continually shows you the path He wants for you through His words in the Scriptures, in Homilies and through your parents and teachers. Are we willing to obey Him?

Today, take time to examine yourself. In what ways are you living in disobedience? Are there moments in your life you have to battle with obeying God rather than your flesh, human instinct or the crowd? Beloved, obedience in such difficult moments is the real test of your Christianity. Ask the Lord for the grace to obey Him always even when it is difficult.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, to love you is to keep your commandments; please grant me the earnest desire and courage to obey You always. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 350Are the Ten Commandments a random list?

No. The Ten Commandments form a unity. One commandment refers to another. You cannot arbitrarily toss out individual commandments. Someone who breaks one commandment is violating the whole Law.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Not everyone who says to me: ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” Matthew 6: 21 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Genesis 19: 15-29; Psalm 26: 2-3, 9-12; Mt 8: 23-27