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11.12.2019 — Learn from my meekness

Posted under Reflections on December 10th, 2019 by

2nd week of Advent, Wednesday – 11th December 2019 — Gospel: Mt 11,28-30

Learn from my meekness

When Jesus says ‘learn from me’, he tells us that he is meek and humble of heart. Further he invites us that we should learn the way of Sonship from him. Meekness is defined as being righteous, humble, teachable, and patient under suffering, and willing to follow gospel teachings. We find these attributes in Jesus when we read the Gospels. In reading and reflecting the Gospels, we are not only invited to learn something about Jesus of his nature, but we are urged to learn something for our own lives too: how to follow him. As one who is meek and humble of heart Jesus personified the first two beatitudes which address the ‘poor in spirit’ and the ‘meek’ (5,3-4). Indeed he expresses visibly in his life, not just the first two beatitudes but all the beatitudes, the whole Sermon on the Mount that lay down the guidelines for Christian discipleship. Through meekness Jesus teaches us to learn from him what it means to be the Son, and so share in the intimate union with the Father to which he invites us.

10.12.2019 — Personal care for the strayed sheep

Posted under Reflections on December 9th, 2019 by

2nd week of Advent, Tuesday – 10th December 2019 — Gospel: Mt 18,12-14

Personal care for the strayed sheep

In the parable of the wandering sheep, Jesus questions twice about things with which the disciples were familiar. He wanted them to think and not just listen. This parable appears in the Gospels of Matthew (18,12-14) and Luke (15,3-7) with slight variations. Matthew’s parable is given to Jesus’ disciples as community discourse, but the Luke’s is given to religious leaders, Pharisees and scribes. In Matthew the sheep strays and is devastated, but in Luke it is simply lost. More than the lost sheep, the strayed sheep needs to be brought back. Matthew’s version is pastoral in nature, for the owner of the sheepfold goes in search of the strayed one and after finding it, he is pleased with it. The parable focuses on the individual and personal care of the shepherd to the sheep. It doesn’t matter which sheep went astray, the shepherd would search for it. In the same way, heavenly father is also not willing to lose the little ones. Luke’s version is evangelical, for the owner returns home with the lost sheep and celebrates with the neighbourhood. This celebration also continues in heaven as a sign of repentance of one sinner. Matthean parable challenges us to get out of our comfort zones and our selfish ways of living. It calls to live our lives for the other by accepting our responsibility for them.

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