WSC Reflection for October 2, 2016

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C, Year II)

Community Word:
Faithfulness, gratitude, perseverance, humility and repentance are marks of a true servant of Christ.

Theme:
We bear the mark of a true servant of Christ when we give our utmost for Him.

Promise:
“…God give (s) … us power and love and self-control.” (2 Tim 1:7)

faith-mustard-seed

Reflection:

“How important is faith? It takes faith to believe in Christ; it takes faith to believe that what God says is always right and true, and it takes faith to trust and walk in that truth each day. And, if your faith doesn’t continue to grow in your relationship with Christ, you won’t have the faith to see God’s Kingdom come not only in your life, but in the lives of those around you.” (Christy Wimber)

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WSC Reflection for September 18, 2016

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C, Year II)

Community Word:
True disciples bear the character of Jesus.

Theme:
We bear the character of Jesus when we are trustworthy stewards of the gifts and talents He has given us.

Promise:
“He raises up the lowly from the dust…to seat them with princes…”(Ps 113:7)

trustworthy-steward

Reflection:
Scriptural readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (2016) highlight the Lord’s teachings on stewardship and our role as trustworthy stewards of the resources entrusted to us for the benefit of all, especially the poor.

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WSC Reflection for August 28, 2016

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C, Year II)

Community Word:
True followers of Christ remain faithful, vigilant, persevering and humble servants in building God’s Kingdom.

Theme:
We build God’s Kingdom when we leave our comfort zone and serve the needy and the less fortunate.

Promise:
“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but one who humbles himself will be exalted.”(Lk 14:11)

Humble Service

Reflection:
“Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,and you will find mercy in the sight of God.(Sir 3:18).  Before God, there is no room for pride and arrogance, for pride will have its shame and the consequence is one’s downfall.  In the Gospel reading of Luke 14:11, Jesus is giving us another lesson to discipline our ways when he says:“…everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”Meekness and humility are marks of true wisdom.  Jesus gives emphasis to the basic truth about our relationship with God. As Proverbs 3:34 says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
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WSC Reflection for August 14, 2016

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C, Year II)

Community Word:
True followers of Christ remain faithful, vigilant, persevering and humble servants in building God’s Kingdom.

Theme:
We build God’s Kingdom when we rid ourselves of every sin and fix our eyes on Jesus.

Promise:
“…you will not grow weary and lose heart.”(Heb 12:3b)

Fix our eyes on Jesus

Reflection:
Christian life maybe compared to running a race towards a finish line.  It can be a marathon where endurance is key to finish a long run.  Our journey of faith can also be compared to running a steeplechase where the course is strewn with barriers, water jumps, and hazards along the track.  Continue reading “WSC Reflection for August 14, 2016”

WSC Reflection for August 7, 2016

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C, Year II)

Community Word
True followers of Christ remain faithful, vigilant, persevering and humble servants in building God’s Kingdom.

Theme     
We build God’s Kingdom when we persevere as faithful and prudent servants.

Promise
“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant….” (Lk 12:37a)

Vigilant Servants

Reflection:   
Pope Francis writes:“Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instils in us the courage to look to the future with hope.”

To face the future with confidence, knowing that God is always on our side, is one of the fruit of our renewed appreciation of the greatness of God’s mercy.  Hope is a gift that assures us that life here on earth has meaning; it has a future and the ultimate goal is God.

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WSC Reflection for July 31, 2016

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C, Year II)

Community Word:
We are called to be laborers in God’s Kingdom to produce abundant harvest.

Theme:     We produce abundant harvest when we share our gifts, talents, and resources generously.

Promise: “…the Lord our God…prospers the work of our hands.”(Ps 90:17)

Possessions

Reflection:
Greed is defined as an insatiable longing for wealth, status or power.  It can overshadow any nobler emotion – including compassion a man might once have had. A greedy person wants to amass more and more, and may even desire to possess at any cost, what God has given to another.  In our Gospel reading this Sunday, a man approaches Jesus to arbitrate between him and his brother in a dispute over family inheritance.  But instead of acting as mediator, Christ addresses the crowd, “Take care, and be on your guard against all greed, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions,”(Luke 12:15).  Then He proceeds to tell them the parable of the rich fool.

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WSC Reflection for July 10, 2016

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C, Year II)

Community Word
We are called to be laborers in God’s Kingdom to produce abundant harvest.

Theme  
We produce abundant harvest when we extend love and mercy without discrimination.

Promise    
“The Lord hears the poor, and his own who are in bonds, he spurns not.”  (Ps 69:34)

Helping Others

Reflection:      
A true disciple of Christ is one who is compassionate and willingly goes out of his/her way to help those in need, regardless of inconvenience to himself/herself, with no preference, bias or distinction, and with no expectation of reward. Continue reading “WSC Reflection for July 10, 2016”

WSC Reflection for July 3, 2016

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C, Year II)

Community Word:
We are called to be laborers in God’s Kingdom to produce abundant harvest.

Theme:    We produce abundant harvest when we rejoice doing mission work.

Promise:    “…your heart shall rejoice…the Lord’s power shall be known to his servants.”
(Is 66:14)

Sent to Mission - 14th Sunday in OT

Reflection:

“The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few”(Lk 10:2a).The gospel of Luke tells us how the Lord appoints 72 disciples and sends them out in pairs to preach the Good News with instructions, upon entering a house, to greet the people with: “Peace to this household” (Lk 10:5).  The greeting of peace is not just an ordinary greeting, but a sharing of God’s gift of peace, joy, and well-being. Continue reading “WSC Reflection for July 3, 2016”

WSC Reflection for June 26, 2016

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C, Year II)

Community Word:
The power of God’s spoken word deepens our compassion, enables us to forgive, and makes us steadfast in following Jesus.

Theme:      The spoken word of God empowers us to be committed and steadfast in following Christ.

Promise:     “Live by the spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh.”
(Gal 5:16)

Follow Christ

Reflection:

God’s spoken word for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time is “Follow Me” (Lk 9:59).  Tough words expressing a demand, an urgent call, leaving us with no option but to follow.  Difficult as it may seem, His words compel us to act.

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Reflection for June 2016

Word:    The power of God’s spoken word deepens our compassion, enables us to forgive, and makes us steadfast in following Jesus.

Order:  “I tell you, arise!” (Lk 7:14b)

Followed Him

Reflection:

The month of June is traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the greatest expression of divine love. It starts with the Feast of the Sacred Heart, celebrated on the first Friday of June.  Jesus asks us to be compassionate, self-giving and forgiving of others.  He sets the condition by which we, as Christians, follow Him with steadfast hearts detached from worldly priorities and focused on being His true disciples.

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