May 23, 2018

 

Let us all remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

Gospel: Mark 9:38-40.
38. John said to Jesus, "Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us." Jesus replied, 39. "Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me.40. For whoever is not against us is for us.

 

Reflection
In our day, Jesus our Lord is laying an important instruction. He is telling from verse 40 “that anyone who is not against us is for us”. Usually most of us know which people support us in all aspect of our life. However, we also know which people may struggle with us, dislike us, or ignore us. We may allow these individuals to disrupt our internal peace and harmony. Many of us may care too much about what others think of us. Jesus, however, wants his disciples to be truly free. He does not want them to be jealous of others or to covet another’s abilities and gifts. As we know  jealousy is a powerful force that may lead to feelings of bitterness. Jesus obviously wants his disciples to increasingly acknowledge and appreciate their own gift as well other gifts. Life is not a competition, yet many of us live as if it were. Today if we find ourselves being critical of another person’s actions, words, and being, STOP! Let us take a moment, breathe, and then change our reactive thoughts and our judgment. We may find that we feel more peaceful, relaxed, and calm. Judgment poisons our minds and our hearts. Release our judgment and relax and let us be at peace!

 

Lasallian Guiding Principle
Communion in Mission, Mission as Communion

The Guiding Principles of the Philippine Lasallian Family declares Communion in Mission, Mission as Communion. As we, not just a Lasallian but believer of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are bonded for the sake of God’s mission. As we have mission, we are capable to be together and as we get together let us appreciate our different capabilities and omit all the negative forces that may poison our minds and our hearts. So, Let us be united with compassion, commitment and desires for (1 Corinthians 1:10) “God calls his people to live in unity with one another, so it is important to make every effort to live together in harmony with other fellow believers”.

 

Live Jesus in our hearts, Forever!
In the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Amen
Value: Nurturing Service (Zeal for Service)
Culture Theme: We uphold preferential option for the poor, especially the youth-at-risk.
Productivity Theme: Outreach
Week 4: We participate in God’s plan of fullness of life in the spirit of St. John Baptist de la Salle.

 

Sources:
Evangelizo.org. (2018). Daily Gospel. Retrieved from https://dailygospel.org/M/AM/.
Sister Kristine Anne Harpenau. (2018).The Dome Blog. Retrieved from

http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2016/05/reflection-mark-938-40.html.