Franco Grech osa

 

Reflections and Articles written by Fr Franco Grech osa

 


 

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.


14th Sunday of the Year (A)

Zach. 9: 9-10; Psalm 144; Rom. 8, 9: 11-13; Mt. 11: 25 -30

Read: Indeed, we have good reason to be pleased. God is the king who wants peace and not wars amongst nations. Christ invites us to go to him whenever we are laboured or overburdened, and he will give us rest. Through the help of the Holy Spirit in us, God makes us His.

Reflect: Those who harbour God’s Spirit within themselves participate in all that God does in this world. If we are emboldened by God’s Spirit, how good is the part we are playing in our mission to participate in God’s work … a mission of love; to have compassion; mercy; peace; justice?  

Pray: Your prayers are to God; Jesus’ Father and your Father, in Christ, with the power of the Holy Spirit. Christian prayer is Trinitarian.

Act: A person with a meek and humble heart emphasises what is good in other persons. A proud person always concentrates on that which is bad. Practice how you can be with others a person with a meek and humble heart, until this becomes a habit.


13th Sunday of the Year (A)

2 Kings 4: 8 -11, 14-16a; Psalm 88; Rom. 6: 3-4, 8-11; Mt. 10: 37-42

Read: “If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, then in truth I tell you, he will most certainly not go without his reward.” Jesus assures a reward to those who, in God’s name, give generously. When one dies with Christ, he shares with him also in his resurrection from the dead.

Reflect: The world’s wisdom tells us to be careful when giving away from what we own. “A bird in the hand is better than one hundred in the air”,….. this according to the world. However, the Gospel’s invitation runs contrary to this way of thinking. This is because the Gospel encourages us to give what we have, so that we will merit what God has prepared for us. This demands of us courage and faith. Are we prepared to take heed of the Gospel?

Pray: God give me the courage to love all the time, and to give everything so as to obtain You.

Act: Show your faith by the manner in which you behave with others.


12th Sunday of the Year

Jr.: 10-13; Salm 68; Rom. 5: 12-15; Mt. 10: 26-33

Read: “Don’t be afraid….” We are surrounded by sin, but with God’s grace we can overcome sin. No human being will be omitted from God’s providence and love as every person is precious in the eyes of God.

Pray: Faith removes fear, both from individuals as well as from the Church. Let prayer remove all fear from you.

Reflect: Life could appear to be too heavy a burden for one to be able to bear. However, when we feel this weight, we should have faith even more than ever in God’s goodness and in his promises. We were saved not by something trivial, but by Jesus Christ’s own blood, and therefore for God we are precious, indeed much more precious than anything else in the world.

Act: Write a prayer by which you show your faith in God’s Providence. Then, when you are going through any time when you feel overburdened, use that prayer to invoke God’s help.

 


The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Dewt. 8:2-3; 14b-16a; Psalm 146; 1Corinth. 10:16-17; John 6:51-58

Read: “I am the living bread who came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever.”

Reflect: Jesus gives himself wholly to us, not only as our daily nourishment, but to enable us to obtain the fullness of life.

“Whoever believes that he has been fed by his Body and by the Blood which he shed for us, will obtain the power so that, on his part, he will be changed into a gift, as St. Augustine says: ‘ Be the one who receives, and receive whatever you are’ (Sermon 272, Pentecost Sunday)” (St. John Paul II)

Pray: Pray that you will always understand and appreciate the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Let us pray for those who find difficulty in understanding this gift.

Act: Recall your experience when God entered your life! Make an act of thanksgiving.


The Most Holy Trinity

Exodus 34:4b-6; 8-9: A God of compassion and pity.

Daniel 52-56: May You be praised and exalted above everything for ever.

2 Corinth. 13:11-13: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

John 3:16-18: Gospel

Read: The Gospel preaches the profound greatness of God’s love when He sent His own son into the world to save humanity.

Reflect: By way of the communion of love, God gives us His own self and also His love. Therefore, like the Trinity, we too are called to be one in union with Him and with others.

Pray: In this globalized but disunited world, there is a great need for unity and solidarity. Let us pray for unity amongst all God’s brethren. Let us also pray daily for the internal gift of grace, love and unity of the Holy Trinity.

Act: How can we be an instrument of unity? By acting as agents of unity when we earnestly work towards building bridges and not walls within our communities.


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