Service     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

August 20, Saturday, 20th week Ordinary Time – [ The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted." Matthew 23:1-12] Kingly mission, one of the threefold missions in Christ (Priestly, Prophetic and Kingly Mission) which means service to others’ needs. A real authority is a form of service. By virtue of our baptism, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and we share in His mission. Jesus is telling us that the greatest among us is not the one who has the impressive titles but rather the one who best serves the needs of people around them. I reflect today, how do I give my service to others?

The Greatest Commandment     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

August 19, Friday, 20th week Ordinary Time – [ “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:34-37] “With all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” In other words, with my whole being! But what does it mean to love God with my whole being? First and foremost, let me be aware and be in-touch with God's way of loving; it is the love of Jesus who died for all humanity. In a very personal way, God loves me in spite of my sinfulness. No amount of my sins that I committed that can separate me from His love. In fact, in my unworthiness, He called me to be his servant in the Blessed Sacrament… I reflect today, how about me? How is my love for God? Am I all-in for Him? Am I completely committed to serving my Lord and His holy will? Lord, help me to love You with my whole heart, mind, soul and strength. Help me to love You with my whole being. May Your love transform me into Your instrument of grace for others. Amen.

The Banquet     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

August 18, Thursday, 20th week, Ordinary Time – [“Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” … For many are called, but few are chosen.’ Matthew 22:1-14] I contemplate: the King has sent me an invitation for his wedding banquet. I went in. I saw many people in the hall, of all ages with different status- poor, rich, simple, extravagant, elite, ordinary, etc. The King is very pleased looking at the number of people who came to his banquet. He mingled with them and talked to them. I felt warm in my heart looking at the Mighty King descending from his throne to mingle and interact with his invited people. I behold, who is this Mighty King who is generous to invite all walks of life and be able to interact with each one? O God, help me to respond as best as I can to Your holy invitation. Amen.

Envy     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

August 17, Wednesday, 20th week, Ordinary Time – [“Are you envious because I am generous?” Matthew 20:15b] This line comes from the parable of the landowner who hired workers at five different times during the day (first- hired at dawn, second at 9 a.m., others at noon, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m). Those hired at dawn worked about twelve hours and those hired at 5 p.m. worked only an hour. Surprisingly, the owner paid all the workers the same amount as if they all worked a full twelve hour day… My initial reaction here… I got envious, if I may say in words- it is unfair, it is unjust. But when I set my eyes on the Owner (God Himself), all I can see is His generosity that is beyond comprehension. He is indeed the God of Generosity who gave His All for all- Jews and Gentiles, young and old, women and men, sinners and saints! Lord, there is envy in my heart. Grant me the grace of humility to surrender that over to You. Teach my heart to have a sincere gratitude for the many graces and mercy You have given me and to the people around me. Amen.

A Thought for Today     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

August 16, Tuesday, 20th week, Ordinary Time – [Peter said in reply, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first. Matthew 19:23-30 ] As a young religious, sometimes I find myself asking the same questions as Peter in today’s reading especially when I am having difficulties in my vocation- living community life, doing my ministry, and persistent personal issues that need head-on battle; ‘What about us? We have left everything and followed you. What are we to have, then?’ When I have these thoughts, I look back at the times when Jesus’ promise of a hundredfold return for anything I gave up came true in my life. I let myself be touched by God’s generous love and faithfulness.

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