Reflections


Christ the King     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 20, Christ the King Sunday. [“If you are King of the Jews, save yourself!” Above him there was an inscription that read, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” Lk 23:35-43 (C)] In the secular world, the King’s image is powerful, mighty, never loses, one on the top, so high that it seems almost out of reach. But here is Jesus Christ, showing the exact opposite of a King’s image; wounded, vulnerable, mocked by soldiers, crucified with the thieves, very human! Personally, this is the King’s image that I can relate with. A suffering King like any human being. I feel the confidence to turn to Him for help, He knows what I am going through because He has been there! Jesus, King of the Universe, help the many people who are suffering at this time. Amen.

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 19 - Essentially charity must be affectionate (cf. Rm 12:10), practiced joyfully (cf. 2 Cor 9:7) because love is active. In this way, there will be no more ill manners. Charity is not something merely to be dispensed with, but a royal virtue. We must rejoice to replace a small action with a greater one. When we do a good deed, it should be with delight, so that the grace will be complete, like God… (conference, July 1960)

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 18 - You should love your neighbor with all your heart, without any antipathy. In God, love is positive. In the commandments, love of neighbor is expressed negatively in order to get rid of all that is wrong in our affections and motivations. The love of the heart desires only spiritual and temporal well-being. Love is the inclination of our heart for the advantage of our neighbor. The one who has only charity of the mind has nothing. (Conference, July 1960)

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 17 - If we die to ourselves, our Lord will live in us almost imperceptibly. Since love is our rule and our life, it will be active in us by its very spontaneity. If our mind asks for obedience and our heart sees only God, love will become our primary motivation, our rule of life. (Conference to the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, Sept 20, 1862)

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 16 - For love to bear fruit, it produces two things: conformity of the will to our Lord’s, and total dedication to this divine will. (Conference, September 20, 1862)

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 15 – Many of our brothers have already arrived. They are ahead of us, leaving us the example of their lives, and supporting is with their intercessions. (PG 258)

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 14 – one of the greatest joys that we shall experience in heaven, will be to learn the details of the merciful goodness of God towards us. (PT 159,1)

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 14 – one of the greatest joys that we shall experience in heaven, will be to learn the details of the merciful goodness of God towards us. (PT 159,1)

God Listens to Our Prayers     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 12, Saturday, 32nd Week in Ordinary Time – [ Will not God then serve the right of his chosen ones who will call out to him day and night? Luke 18:1-18] Yes, I always believe that God listens to our prayers. His answer may be like ‘seemingly delay’ at times but the bottom line is, He listens and answers our prayers. The challenge here is to be persistent, to persevere in prayer no matter what… Lord grant me the grace to persevere in prayer, Amen.

When Jesus Come     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 11, Friday, 32nd Week in Ordinary Time – [In Noah's day, so will it also be in the days of the Son of man. People were eating and drinking, marrying wives and husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and the Flood came and destroyed them all.. Luke 13: 26-37] In Noah’s days, he prepared in advance by building an ark in preparation for the great flood. People mocked him but nevertheless he continued his preparation. At the end, he was saved, his family was saved from the flood. Jesus is telling in this Gospel that He will come in the least expected time. He may come through the people I meet, through my community, or through the events of my daily routine. Thus, I must always be alert and be prepared for his coming. Lord, I pray for an openness and readiness to welcome you in my daily life. I may not miss the opportunity to feel your presence around me and within me. Amen.

The Kingdom of God     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 10, Thursday 32nd Week in Ordinary Time – [Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, Jesus said in reply, “The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.” Luke 17:20-25] God’s presence and his kingdom is still active. Every time somebody acts out of love, there is God’s kingdom. Where there is justice, no matter how small, there is God’s kingdom; where there is beauty, there is God’s kingdom. Where there is understanding, there is God’s kingdom; where there is love, acts of love, there is God’s Kingdom! Lord, make me an instrument to foster God’s kingdom to my neighbors’ life. May my presence to others give inspiration not desperation... Amen.

The Temple     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 9, Feast of the Dedication of Lateran Basilica of Rome – [Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money-changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” John 2:13b-16] Jesus was angry. He drove the moneychangers from the temple with a whip and overturned their tables as He rebuked them. A righteous anger. His anger was directed at the sin of the people who were so engrossed with their ‘enterprising’ making the temple (a sacred place) into a marketplace, and Jesus willfully and intentionally attacked the evil He saw. At this point of time, I also feel angry with what I am seeing in our present government. The abuse of power by our nation’s leaders. Too much corruption from the fund supposed to be for the people (at times of pandemic), and many more abuses happening around that I myself can no longer stomach… The last thing that I can do is to cry out to God, for mercy, and for help especially for the many people adversely affected by the corruption done by those in authority… Lord, help me to develop in my heart the holy and righteous anger that You had shown when you cleanse the temple. Help me to discern between what is sinful and what is righteous, between what is oppressing and what is encouraging. May all my passion always be directed at achieving Your holy will. Amen.

The Servant     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 8, Tuesday 32nd Week in Ordinary Time – ['We are no more than servants; we have done only what we ought to have done!'" Luke 17:7-10] How ironic, I was never comfortable with the word ‘servant’ because for me, it has a ‘degrading title’, I mean it sounds like ‘katulong’, ‘alila’, etc, but it is the name of the congregation where I am attracted with, SERVANTS of the BLESSED SACRAMENT! Lord, help me to serve freely and wholeheartedly out of love for You and others. Help me to give of myself regardless of the reaction of others and to find satisfaction in this act of love alone.

Faith     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 7, Monday - Monday 32nd Week in Ordinary Time – [The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith!' The Lord replied, 'If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and planted in the sea", and it would obey you. Luke 17:1-6] ‘Lord, increase my faith!’ This has always been my prayer every time I am facing doubts, difficulties, uncertainties and when facing my fears. But today, Jesus’ response to his apostles gives me consolation: a very small amount of faith is enough, it will work wonders… Thank you Lord for the gift of faith, I pray that through your grace, my faith will increase. Amen.

A Thought for Every Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 6. Have courage; you will become saints if you are faithful to your vocation. You must lower yourself, so as to exalt our Lord. The more you die, the more you will live in our Lord. (conference, September 19, 185)

A thought for the day     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 5, Saturday 31st Week in Ordinary Time – [“You justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God.” Luke 16:9-15] “God knows the heart!” A great truth that I must be deeply aware of. Many times, there are misconceptions I have of others and misconceptions that others have about me but what matters most, God knows my heart!

Be a Light for Others     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 4, Friday, 31st Week in Ordinary Time – [“For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than the children of light.” Luke 16:1-8b] Typical example of this, whenever I look at politicians and contractors (especially in my home town), they are the ones who are rich and powerful. They are shrewd and cunning on how to increase their revenue, whereas honest and hard working farmers and daily wagers can never be rich. Many times, they are even manipulated and be used by these rich and powerful people in so many ways. This secular culture is making me cringed to sorrow and making me think and believe how the world is so unfair… We are called to be the children of light. The challenge here for me, is to strengthen my light, by allowing the goodness in me to radiate so that it can influence others to be also good… the triumph of the evil one is enough when the good people do nothing!

Lost and Found     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

November 3, Thursday 31st Week in Ordinary Time – ["…Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost… "Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost." Luke 15,1-10] Finding the lost sheep and the lost coin! The parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin illustrate the constant, faithful and great love of God for each of us, but especially for sinners. God never gives up on anyone. Whenever I reflect on the greatness of God’s love for me especially, I cannot help but to be overwhelmed with gratefulness because God, in his merciful love, He never gives up on me. Before I became religious, I was also a wandering soul, seemingly lost my way but God has found me and led me back to Him. Thank you Lord for searching and finding me!

All Souls' Day     by:   Sr. Catherine, Fernandez, SSS

November 2- All Souls’ day – When it comes to death, it is not really a separation but rather a deeper union and love for each other by way of support in prayer. Our dead loved ones are alive in our memories and they are always there to care for us.

All Saints' Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

November 1 – Feast of all Saints. Come on! Let’s all go to heaven! Ask our brothers for their courage, we have their weapons. We are a battalion, not a procession. (PP 42,4)


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