Franco Grech osa

 

Reflections and Articles written by Fr Franco Grech osa

 


 

20th Sunday of the Year (A)

Isaiah 56: 1,6-7; Psalm 66; Rom. 11: 13-15, 29-32; Mt. 15: 21-28

Read: Healing and feeding are two things that seem to go together. Jesus does both these things, and those who have faith can see the meaning of his actions. Others do not see the meaning of this.

Pray: Avoid looking badly on others who are different to you. Pray that you do so, especially when you are tempted to be prejudiced against a group of people or an individual.

Reflect: “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house dogs”. Do you not think that what Jesus said to the Canaanite woman does not reflect his own character but that of the people of Israel at that particular time? According to the mentality of the people of Israel, the common thinking was that humankind was split into two blocks: those that recognised the true God and so were the chosen people of God (Israel), and all the others who did not recognise Him (the pagans or the other races). Many times, this division between the two blocks resulted in the Jews thinking that salvation was reserved for them alone and that, to achieve this, it was enough for them to be members of the People of Israel. Does this story reflect the relationship between the Jews who became Christians, and the pagans who became Christians within the community of the Evangelist St. Matthew?

Act: Do not tolerate those different to yourself, but accept them and recognise their talents. Given the occasion, celebrate life with those persons who are different to you.


19th Sunday of the Year (A)

1Kings 19: 9a; 11-13a; Psalm 84; Rom. 9: 1-5; Mt. 14: 22-33

Read: Jesus approaches his disciples who are at a distance, by walking on the sea. Those that were on their boat fell before Jesus saying: “Truly, you are the Son of God!”.

Reflect: Jesus asks Peter, “why were you doubtful?”. Jesus challenges Peter’s lack of faith in a difficult moment. What is God going to ask us when we meet Him face to face?

Pray: Let us pray that God enters into the innermost parts of our heart and leads us to conversion.

Act: Today is an appropriate day for you to make a declaration of faith as to who Jesus is for you. Find the time to pronounce with all your might that Jesus is the Lord and your Saviour.


18th Sunday of the Year (A)

Isaiah 55: 1-3; Psalm 144; Rom. 8: 37-39; Mt. 14: 13-21

Read: Many were the people who followed Jesus whilst he cured and taught them. In this instance he feeds a multitude of persons …. a meal that represents the Eucharistic meal.

Reflect: We have the need of being fed the food of truth as well as bread. What was the miracle here: the multiplication of the bread and fish, or the example given by Jesus to share what you have with other persons in need? Can the Eucharist exist outside the celebration of the Mass?

Pray: When participating in the celebration of the Eucharist, the Christian commits himself/herself to continue living the Eucharist outside the Mass. Praying together with the priest and the Christian community in the Mass, transcends into living Jesus’ teaching in our everyday life.

Act: Through his disciples – to whom he gave bread to be given to others – Jesus himself is the one who continues to feed everyone at all times and in all places. Observe the eucharistic moments in your family and with friends, that occur outside the Mass.

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17th Sunday of the Year (A)

Kings 3: 5; 7-12; Psalm 118; Rom. 8: 28-30; Mt. 13: 44-52

Read: To those to whom He intimated from the beginning, He also predestined to take the image of His own son, thus making him the greatest amongst all; those predestined were also called; those He called were also justified; thereafter those He justified, He also glorified.

Reflect: God gives us a precious gift – wisdom and knowledge – so as to do great things for His even greater glory.

Pray: That we recognise that the call and our consecration are not a privilege but a challenge for us to attain our ultimate aim; eternal life.

Act: St. Augustine said that what we are is given us as God’s treasured gift to us; what we do of our own volition is our gift to God. What sort of gift are we making of our own selves?

 


16th Sunday of the Year (A)

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19; Psalm 85; Rom. 8: 26-27; Mt. 13: 24-43

Read: Our God is a God of compassion; strength; justice; prudence and patience. To make up for our own weakness, God’s Spirit supports us with His prayers. Jesus explains the various perfections of God by means of parables of the Kingdom.

Pray: That we embrace both the good as well as the evil that we have within us and also in others. That way we will be bring reconciliation with our own selves and with others.

Reflect: Many a time we find ourselves burdened by the evil that we recognize there is within us. Both good and evil exist within us. The evil within us annoys us and we try to eliminate this. Perhaps we want to show more compassion with our own selves; to accept ourselves as we are with both the good and the evil within us. If we do that, we will be able to present ourselves before God hoping that His grace will act as leaven that will transform us, given time. We will also hope that such grace will enable us understand better the need to judge others less.

Act: Try to overcome the fear of, or even your hatred towards, others who are different to you. Decide not to fret over such matters. God is there to take care of all that.

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15th Sunday of the Year (A)

Is. 55: 10-11; Psalm 64; Rom. 8: 18-23; Mt. 13: 1-13

Read: Jesus starts teaching by way of parables. Through these parables he encourages his disciples to think through the meaning of the parables and their application to one’s life.

Today’s reading from St. Matthew’s Gospel explains some of the difficulties that had arisen at the time. Was this because not everybody had accepted Christ’s authority? And why after this was accepted, did some give up and went away?

Reflect: Jesus’ parables make reference to the ordinary daily way of life, but these are sufficiently comprehensive so as to arouse one’s mind to reflect. Think how the parable of the farmer who went out to sow seeds applies to the life of each and every one even in these days.

Pray: External occasions and circumstances could well keep back a person from listening to the Word of God and living according to it. Daily prayers with a view that one avoids such circumstances and occasions could well be of help “Keep me away from all temptation”.

Act: Listen carefully to God’s Word when you are in Church, and try to find a way of living according to that Word.


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