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Reflection for 31st of October, 2019. Thursday.
30th Week in Ordinary Time. Romans 8:31-39.Psalm 109:21-22. 26-27. 30-31.
Since the beginning of this month, we have been promoting the Marian devotion alongside our participation in the extraordinary Missionary month. This indeed create a good feeling that we are baptised and sent. Hence we are called to be involved and be engaged in the mission of the Church to our world.
We pray in line with Saint Paul’s teaching that nothing hinders our resolve in union of love with God. AMEN
Reflection for 30th of October, 2019 Wednesday.
30th Week in Ordinary Time. Romans 8:26-30. Psalm 13:4-7. Luke 13:22-30
Psalm 13 focuses on trusting in God’s Mercy.
When we ask God’s Mercy, we are essentially asking him to relieve us of a heart that is in misery and our hearts can be in a state of misery not just from sin, but from the deep hurt caused by a broken relationship with a family member or from the pains of a physical or mental illness, from losing a job, from being abandoned or betrayed etc In whichever the case, may we apply to our thoughts and actions the love of God in offering us his mercy and so we extend same mercy to others in our daily living.
Reflection for 29th of October, 2019 Tuesday.
30th Week in Ordinary Time. Romans 8:18-25.
Psalm 126:1-6. Luke 13:18-21
We are not just waiting with eager longing but we desire more intimately to see and meet the Lord, but we must be hopeful and not to give up in our expectations. This is the core message of Saint Paul in our reading today. Also Jesus in the Gospel of Luke compares the Kingdom of God like a mustard seed in a process of becoming a tree. At its maturity, it offers the birds shelter to spread nests on its branches. The period of growth takes time and this is how it is when we remain waiting in hope.
We pray that our hope will not fail us as we patiently endure throughout our waiting season. AMEN
Reflection for 28th of October, 2019. Monday.
30th Week in Ordinary Time. Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude (Apostles). Ephesians 2:19-22.
Psalm 19:2-5. Luke 6:12-19.
We celebrate today the feast of Saints Simon and Jude. Very little is known about these two apostles, traditionally celebrated together in the West, though they have separate feast days in the East.
St. Simon is surnamed the Canaanean (or Canaanite) in the list of apostles’ names in Matthew 10:4 and Mark 3:18. In Luke’s corresponding list (Luke 6:15) he “was called zealot”: both terms could mean that he was a member of the sect that later rose up against the Romans, leading to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. He is also referred to as “Simon the Less” to distinguish him from Simon Peter. Apart from being named as one of the twelve Apostles, he plays no special part in the New Testament. It is supposed that he suffered martyrdom in Persia.
“Baptised and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World” is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the Extraordinary Mission Month. Awakening the awareness of the missio ad gentes, and reinvigorating the sense of responsibility for proclaiming the Gospel with new enthusiasm, are themes that combine the pastoral concern of Pope Benedict XV in his Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, published 100 years ago, with the missionary vitality expressed by Pope Francis in his recent Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: “Missionary action is the paradigm of every work of the Church.” (EG 15)
There are four dimensions, specified by the Pope, to live more intensely the journey of preparation for the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019:
In 1622, the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith – Propaganda Fide – was created by Pope Gregory XV for promoting and directing the work of evangelization and of the missionary efforts of the Church. In 1967, Pope St. Paul VI reaffirmed the validity of its apostolic service and gave the Dicastery a new name: The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (CEP). All of the baptized, through the real efficacy of the Christian Faith expressed in active charity, are responsible for the mission of the Church, supporting the Holy Father in his mission as Universal Shepherd.
The Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) are committed to promoting and supporting the missionary efforts of the Church through prayer, self-sacrifice, and missionary vocations. They were born from a deep concern for the missions of both laity and clergy in the19th and 20th centuries. The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (CEP) together with the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) are currently reinforcing their “efforts to collect and distribute material aid in the light of [their] mission and the formation that this requires, so that missionary integrity, awareness, and responsibility can once again be part of the ordinary life of the entire holy and faithful People of God.” (Address of his Holiness Pope Francis to the National Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies, June 1st, 2018).
The Logo of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019
The logo of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 is a missionary cross where the primary colours refer to the five continents. The Cross is the instrument and direct sign of communion between God and man for the universality of our mission, and through its vibrant colours, a sign of victory and resurrection. The world is transparent because the action of evangelization has no barriers or boundaries; it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Christian charity and the world transfigured in the Spirit overcome distances and open the horizon of our minds and hearts. The words Baptised and Sent next to the image indicate the two characteristics of every Christian: baptism and proclamation.
The Colours of the Logo of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019
The primary colours of the Cross referred to the five continents: red for America, green for Africa, white for Europe, yellow for Asia and blue for Oceania. The red recalls the blood of the American martyrs, seeds for a new life in the Christian faith. Green is the colour of life and symbolizes growth, fruitfulness, youth and vitality. It is also the colour of hope, one of the three theological virtues. White is the symbol of joy, the beginning of a new life in Christ: this is the challenge that the old Europe is facing, so that it may be able to regain the evangelising strength from which it was generated thanks to so many churches and saints. Yellow is the colour of light, which nourishes itself with light by invoking the true Light. Blue is the colour symbolizing the water of life that quenches our thirst and restores us along the path to God. It is the colour of heaven, a sign of God’s dwelling with us.