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One Minute Reflection – 9 July – ‘Look for neither gain nor gratitude…’

One Minute Reflection – 9 July – Tuesday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 9:32–38 and the Memorial of Saints St Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom…Matthew 9:35

REFLECTION – “The presence of the Christian faithful in human groups, should be inspired by that charity, with which God has loved us and with which, He wills, that we should love one another (cf. 1 Jn 4:11).   Christian charity truly extends to all, without distinction of race, creed, or social condition – it looks for neither gain nor gratitude.   For as God loved us with an unselfish love, so also the faithful should in their charity care for the human person himself, loving him with the same affection with which God sought out man.   Just as Christ, then, went about all the towns and villages, curing every kind of disease and infirmity as a sign that the kingdom of God had come (cf. Matt. 9:35ff; Acts 10:38), so also the Church, through her children, is one with men of every condition but especially with the poor and the afflicted…   She shares in their joys and sorrows, knows of their longings and problems, suffers with them in death’s anxieties.   To those in quest of peace, she wishes to answer in fraternal dialogue, bearing them the peace and the light of the Gospel.
Let Christians labour and collaborate with others in rightly regulating the affairs of social and economic life.   With special care, let them devote themselves to the education of children and young people…   Furthermore, let them take part in the strivings of those peoples who, waging war on famine, ignorance and disease, are struggling to better their way of life and to secure peace in the world…
However, the Church has no desire at all to intrude itself into the government of the earthly city.   It claims no other authority, than that of ministering to men, with the help of God.”…Vatican Council II – Decree on the missionary activity of the Church, “Ad Gentes” # 12matthew 9 35 and jesus went about - christian charity ad gentes no 2 vat II 9 july 2019.jpg

PRAYER – True Light of the world, Lord Jesus Christ, as You enlighten all men for their salvation, give us grace, we pray, to herald Your coming, by preparing Your ways of justice and of peace.   Let us invoke Mary Most Holy, who welcomes under her mantle all the tired and worn-out people, so that through an enlightened faith, witnessed in life, we can offer relief, for so many, in need of help, of tenderness, of hope.   And may the prayers of Your Martyrs St Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions, strengthen us on our journey.   Who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.mary most holy pray for us - 9 nov 2018.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 10 July – Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:32-38

One Minute Reflection – 10 July – Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:32-38

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom..…Matthew 9:35

REFLECTION – “This is the central message of every Christian mission.   When a missionary goes, a Christian goes to proclaim Jesus, not to proselytise, as if he were a fan trying to drum up new supporters for his team.   No, he goes simply to proclaim:  “The kingdom of God is in our midst!”.
But what is this kingdom of God, this kingdom of heaven?   They are synonymous.   We think immediately of the afterlife:  eternal life.   Of course this is true, the kingdom of God will extend without limit beyond earthly life but the good news that Jesus brings us — and that John predicts — is that we do not need to wait for the kingdom of God in the future:  it is at hand.   In some way it is already present and we may experience spiritual power from now on.
The condition for entering and being a part of this kingdom, is to implement a change in our life, which is to convert, to convert every day, to take a step forward each day.   It is a question of leaving behind the comfortable but misleading ways of the idols of this world:  success at all costs, power to the detriment of the weak, the desire for wealth, pleasure at any price.   And instead, preparing the way of the Lord:  this does not take away our freedom but gives us true happiness…Pope Francis (Angelus, Dec 4, 2016)matthew 9 35 - jesus went around - the condition for entering - pope francis - 10 july 2018

PRAYER – All-powerful God, to serve You is to reign.   Your love gave the saints Victoria and Anatolia the courage to proclaim the truth of Christ and by their mission of preaching of the Kingdom, to suffer a cruel martyrdom.   Grant that by their prayers, our lives bear witness to the faith we profess and our love bring others, to the peace and joy of your gospel.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amensts victoria and anatolia pray for us 10 july 2018