Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Omnes unanimes | Unity of mind

Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. —1 Peter 3:8 (NLT)

My brothers and sisters,

What do you feel if your family do not admit you as part of them?

You might be angry, upset, disappointed. This feeling is a humanemotion. It means that we expect to be part or admitted to one family. Furthermore, we, as a human being, need to be loved. 

Love makes us full as humankind. When God created the world, He created everything out of His greatness and His love. God blew the spirit of love into man. We are shaped by God's love.

Fortunately, God created us different from each other. No one is exactly as same as the others. But despite our differences, we live in one world. This is a miracle. 

God's love unites us as one family. However, there is no family without conflict because of unfaithful and distrust to God and others. Nevertheless, God's love, through the precious blood of Jesus, wraps sinners like a mother's womb who bears her child. 

Let us thank God for allowing us to experience this beautiful life and to love each other beyond our differences in our strengths and weaknesses. God bless us.  

Reflection on 1 Peter 3:8 by Fr. Aris Mada, SVD

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In incorruptibilitate quieti | Unfading beauty

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty...You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God—1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT)

The worldly lifestyle tends to measure and appreciate people on the surface. We are surrounded by advertisements promoting physical beauty so much, especially for women. That we are oftentimes prone to feel insecure for lacking those qualities. We either respect people who have more physical advantages or worse, we become jealous of them.  

In terms of relationships, we do our best to adorn ourselves, hoping to have a special place in someone's heart. Even in a marriagewhere a woman has secured her position as a chosen one over so many candidates to be a man's wifethe pressure to maintain physical beauty and outer appearance is still high.

The Scripture today says that our beauty should not come from outward adornment. I don't think that it means we should neglect taking care of our physical appearance. Beauty is a gift from God. We read about some godly women in the Bible such as Sara, Abigail and Rebekah who were renowned for their beauty. 

So, what exactly is to concern here? Is it the 'elaborate hairstyle' that requires too much time and attention? Is it the 'gold jewelry or fine clothes' that show the amount of money we might spend unwisely for this purpose? I see it as where our hearts mostly incline to.

According to Apostle Peter, inward beauty is having a gentle and quiet spirit which will not fade and has a great worth in God's sight. It leads me to question myself. Does my presence bring peace to others or evoke anxieties? Do my words build people or hurt them? Do I control others for my own will? Do I pay attention or talk too much? 

On the other hand, what is my priority in life? Do I seek for godly things or worldly ones? Do I have a real deep relationship with God and value it? Am I grateful for how unique and valuable I am in His sight? Do I trust Him more than anyone, even more than myself for my securityincluding physical appearance?

May we have a quiet spirit, an undisturbed one, rooted deeply in Christ, which enables us to serve others gently. Let's set it as our beauty goal. Amen.

Reflection on 1 Peter 3:3-4 by Desire Litaay

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Ego elegi vos | I chose you

You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name—John 15:16 (NLT)

From the first reading it is seen how the light of Jesus Christ penetrates the life of another disciple, creating one of the greatest Missionaries of all times.  In John, Jesus bides his disciples to go out to the whole world to share the Good News.  

He fills them with powers that proclaim that something great is happening!  This is not just ordinary daily stuff.  Do you realize what power is yours as you live and proclaim the Good News authentically?  Maybe it isn't readily seen at the time you evangelize, but it is a seed sown that the Lord of the Harvest continues to nurture.  

Good done, no matter how small, will be fruitful in the lives of those who are sincere and open to receive.  

Whether the message is proclaimed within a family or a small circle of friends, or in a foreign country, it has its impact with our proclamation, our life and then our words!


Reflection on John 15:16 by Sr. Mary Vivette, SND 

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