Reflections

Gospel Reflection for Sunday December 22, 2019

Gospel Reflection for Sunday December 22, 2019 Sunday before the nativity of Christ (The Genealogy) In this gospel lesson of St. Matthew 1:1-25 which is the gospel of the book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ. The meaning of Jesus is, “Oh Lord Save” making reference to Jesus as Lord or Savior. The meaning of [...]

Gospel Reflection for Sunday December 15, 2019

In this gospel lesson of St. Luke 14:16-24 the banquet pertains to God’s kingdom especially pertaining to Jesus’s work and eventually about the church. We hear of multiple excuses why the invited guests cannot come to the banquet. Regarding Gods kingdom (or banquet) in this parable which translates to including the Kingdom filled with undesirables [...]

Gospel Reflection for Sunday December 8, 2019

In this gospel lesson of St. Luke 13:10-17 we hear of the lord teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. Whereby Jesus sees a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for 18 years and could not stand straight. Our Lord who is compassionate calls her to him and says to her “Woman [...]

Rooted in Christ

Many accept Christ but then drift away in their relationship to Him or they keep it superficial. This type of relationship often won’t bear much spiritual fruits. Like a plant, we must be well rooted in Christ to have a fruitful spiritual life. St Paul wrote “6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus [...]

Idle Talk

Most if not all of us are guilty of idle talk. Idle talk is any vain unnecessary talk that can be damaging to ourselves and others even though it may seem harmless. The Bible warns us against idle talk. Jesus said “36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day [...]

Ignoring the Poor-Guarding Against Greed and Anxiety

In the parable of the rich and Lazarus, Jesus talked about the eternal destiny of both the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man ended up in Hades and Lazarus went to heaven in the bosom of Father Abraham.  Lazarus had suffered a difficult life on earth in poverty and illness. The rich man on [...]

Thicken Your Skin

When entering the monastic life, Christian monks are taught a very valuable spiritual lesson. They are taught not to be affected by human praise or insults alike. If people praise us, pride may creep into our hearts leading to vain glory. If people insult us, this may lead us to revenge or despair. People are [...]

Father, Forgive Them

Jesus in His deepest pain on the cross taught us the ultimate lesson on forgiveness. He prayed for those who were crucifying Him while being tormented on the cross!!  Jesus said “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34). Anger and Revenge would have been on the natural man [...]

Our Daily Bread: Meditation for April 23, 2019

Don't Repay Evil with Evil: St. Paul wrote “17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but [...]

Our Daily Bread: Meditation for April 19, 2019

Restoration: God created Adam and placed in him paradise. Then He created Eve to be Adam’s wife and companion. They disobeyed God and they were kicked out of heaven. They lost their comfortable and pure life in paradise. Now they had to toil and work to make a living. Sin made them lose paradise [...]