Saturday of the 26th Week of the Year

Luke 10:17-24

Return of the Seventy Two


Daddy was browsing through the business page of his favorite morning papers when suddenly his four-year-old daughter Crissy came rushing to him, hugged him and kissed him on the cheek while saying, “I love you, Daddy!” The little girl then ran to the other side of the living room where mommy was darning some socks and did the same thing while saying, “I love you, Mommy!” Momentarily taken aback by this gesture of affection, it took a little while before daddy could ask Crissy what that was for. Words of wisdom came from the little child when she said: “That is for loving me even when I was too small to love you in return!”

I might be paraphrasing our Lord’s words in today’s gospel but indeed God has revealed many things to children and to the childlike (the humble of heart). The story above illustrates very well what our Lord means in the gospel.

I would see the challenge of today’s gospel in two ways. First, for us to be more sensitive in seeing and in hearing the wisdom of children. There are lessons in life that children are imparting to us but which we may have unfortunately allowed to pass by. Second, for each one to be more humble in for one to take in, imbibe and put into action the wisdom that God is imparting in the experiences of daily life. Of course, one has to take some time to reflect on what has been experienced and to get away from the hustle and bustle of one’s life in order for such a thing to happen.  Believe me it will worth all your time and effort. (Fr. Emmanuel Menguito, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


One evening, one of my professors at UPLB requested me to minister to her cancer-stricken father-in-law who was in the hospital at that time, by giving him the anointing of the sick. Early the following morning, she called me up and asked me if I have the gift of healing. According to her, her father-in-law had been confined to his bed in the past few months. But hours after the anointing, he stood up from bed and asked for milk! I sense her excitement but I am not sure if she sensed my bewilderment.

Our gospel today forms part of the conclusion of the mission sending of the 72 disciples. By this time, they had returned to the company of Jesus, bringing along thrilling success stories from their missionary undertakings. But what they have accomplished did not flow from their own capabilities, but from a power whose source is Jesus. My professor’s father-in-law survived for a few weeks before he finally went home to the Father, but it was not I who gave him those few more weeks to live!

At the outset, Jesus’ words may appear more appropriate for those who are in the ministry and service of the church. But a closer reflection later would reveal that the lesson is important for all Christians as well. We cannot be successful on our own; it is only with and through Jesus that we can accomplish great things. Remember, Jesus says in John 15:5 that, “….apart from me you can do nothing.” (Fr. Dudz Lero, SVD Bible Diary 2009)


October 1, 2016 Saturday

There are variations of the Primacy-of-Chicken-or-Egg puzzle.  There is the Boyfriend variation: Whom do you choose: The good-looking guy but is ill-mannered or the ugly guy but is well mannered? The inevitable answer/question to it is always: “Why can’t the good-looking guy be also well mannered?” To which my answer is: “They became priests.”

There is also the Teacher variation: What is more important: Competence or Character? Sometimes we overlook a very competent teacher’s character. But can one really be a teacher to children if the character is in question? In the same vein, can a very good person automatically handle a class of 40?

The disciples faced the same question. While they were rejoicing at their apostolic successes, Jesus points to them another view. God reveals to little children what he has kept hidden from the wise and the learned. “Rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven.”

Jesus had many more: The first must be the last.

One must die so that he might live.

Leave the ninety-nine to look for the one lost.

Give the other cheek to the one who slapped the first cheek.

The beggar was at the bosom of Abraham while the rich was in hell.

To be able to answer the chicken-or-egg questions in life, one must understand Jesus’ choices. This is because Jesus had a particular, even peculiar, perspective to see the right answers. St. Therese of the Child Jesus understood it well and she, who was cloistered in a monastery, is the Patroness for the Missions. (Fr. Alan Meechan, SVD Naujan, Or. Mindoro Bible Diary 2016)


Friday, October 2, 2015

SATURDAY OF THE 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – LUKAS 10:17-24. UNSA MAY MAS MAHINUNGDANON – PASIDUNGOG SA KALIBOTAN O SA LANGITNONG GINGHARIAN? Ang 70 ka mga tinun-an namalik gikan sa usa ka misyon ug mahinangpong nagpahibalo kang Hesus mahitungod sa ilang nahimo. Unya, si Hesus miingon kanila: “Ayaw kamo paglipay niini tungod nga ang mga espiritu napailalom sa inyong gahom; hinonoa paglipay kamo nga ang inyong mga ngalan nahisulat didto sa kalangitan.” Pinaagi niini, gitudloan kita ni Hesus nga walay kalampusan ug pasidungog nga mahimong ibaylo sa ganti sa kinabuhing dayon. Nindot kini nga pahimangno tungod kay aduna ra bay mga tawo nga andam motalikod sa ilang prinsipyo ug mobuhat og dili maayo aron lang mapasidunggan sa katawhan. Hinumduman nato ang giingon, “True happiness is not found in any other reward than that of being united with God.” Posted by Abet Uy


Friday, September 30, 2016

SATURDAY OF THE 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – LUKAS 10:17-24. UNSA MAY MAS MAHINUNGDANON – ANG PASIDUNGOG SA KALIBOTAN O SA LANGIT? Ang 70 ka mga tinun-an namalik gikan sa usa ka misyon ug mahinangpong nagpahibalo kang Hesus mahitungod sa ilang nahimo. Unya, si Hesus miingon kanila: “Ayaw kamo paglipay niini tungod nga ang mga espiritu napailalom sa inyong gahom; hinonoa paglipay kamo nga ang inyong mga ngalan nahisulat didto sa kalangitan.” Pinaagi niini, gitudloan kita ni Hesus nga walay kalampusan ug pasidungog nga mahimong ibaylo sa ganti sa kinabuhing dayon. Ang tawhanong pasidungog dili maghatag og maluntarong kalipay sa tawo. Si Thomas Merton nagtudlo: “True happiness is not found in any other reward than that of being united with God. If I seek some other reward besides God himself, I may get my reward but I cannot be happy.” Posted by Abet Uy


Friday, October 2, 2015

Reflection for October 3, Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 10:17-24

Reflection: Long time ago there was a religion that had a penchant of arrogantly showing their influence. They would boast that they are the true religion and that nobody would go to heaven except their members. Instead of attracting others to join them they were instead shunned by those they thought could be their future members. Eventually this religion stopped growing until it evaporated in the religious landscape.

What could attract people to join a religion? It’s certainly not arrogance but humility. Arrogance is generally disliked by many as opposed to humility which is very much liked by the majority. Humility is like a magnet that attracts and gains the sympathy people.

For example, would you prefer to belong to a religion that arrogantly flaunts its misplaced influence? Of course not! Would you prefer to befriend an arrogant person or a humble person? Of course you would prefer to befriend the humble one.

In like manner, we could bring more people to our faith and we would become more effective fishers of men. If we live humility and if we become breathing example of Jesus’ humility. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Reflection for Saturday October 1, Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church; Luke 10:17-24

Reflection: Why did Jesus caution the disciples not to rejoice for their human triumphs? The reason for this is there may be a tendency for the disciples to take pride with what they have achieved.

As if Jesus was telling them, when you’re doing your vocation for me. Don’t ever forget to always be humble. To always avoid singular or collective honors, for you were not called to be my followers to reap honors. You were called to bring people to me no other reason but to bring your fellowmen to me.

This also is very much applicable for us. Let us not rejoice because we have brought people closer to Christ. Let us not rejoice because we have influenced our fellowmen to read the bible, to go to Holy Mass or to take seriously their faith.

If we follow to the letter this directive of Jesus, we leave no room for the sin of pride and arrogance to take foothold in our lives. And what will remain? Humility only humility and this must always be our guiding light. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


HOMEWARD BOUND – “… Rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” – Luke 10:20

I have a huge three-story Victorian style mansion with a magnificent view of the sea in front and a lush green forest leading to a mountain at the back. It has more than 10 suites, an Olympic-sized pool, a badminton court, and a gym. But my favorite room is the library that has every book ever published by man.

But it’s not here on this Earth. It’s my home in heaven.

What’s awesome about it is I’ll be able to spend every waking moment with the Lord when I come home to His Kingdom. I also believe that I’ll still be with my family and friends, and we’ll spend the rest of eternity living our dreams, worshipping the Lord, and living happily ever after.

It’s not yet fully furnished and is still under construction, though. I believe that every act of kindness I do adds another brick in my mansion. Every time I serve, I add another tile or furniture. Every time I turn away from temptation, I add another room.

Every act we do now echoes in eternity. If we follow the Lord, we make a home in heaven. At the end of our earthly lives, God will be standing by our front door. He’ll give us a big embrace and say, “You did a good job down there, child. Welcome home.” Karren Renz Seña (

Reflection: What is your home in heaven like? Start building it today by doing God’s work.

Thank You, Jesus, for the gift of mercy and eternal life.


INVITATION TO PRAISE GOD – During a recollection, I once asked the participants to write down their prayers — from the kind of prayer they use most frequently to the one they use rarely. It did not come as a surprise to me that everyone put first “prayer of petition,” followed by “prayer of thanksgiving,” and then most had nothing else to write. Only six out of the 43 participants wrote “prayer of praise.” (And these six belonged to Charismatic communities).

Most of us pray to ask the Lord for something. After all, we are in need of so much divine help in the daily struggles and problems that we encounter. We easily remember Jesus’ words: “Ask and you will receive.” So, there is nothing wrong with “prayers of petition.”

But many forget to thank God when He has granted our petition. We take for granted the small signs of God’s love that we experience day after day. Do we thank Him for them? Isn’t it that we take too many things for granted, forgetting the One who sent us these small signs of His love?

In today’s Gospel passage, we see Jesus praying. Suddenly He breaks out in a prayer of praise. His disciples had come back from their first successful mission – and Jesus praises His Father, making us aware that praise is a very important form of prayer. And it is not only Jesus who makes us aware of this. John the Baptist’s father, Zechariah, broke out into a song of praise. When Mary met her cousin, Elizabeth, she broke out into the “Magnificat,” the beautiful song of praise. When we attend the Sunday Mass, soon after it has started, we sing or recite the “Glory to God in the Highest,” a song of praise. At the end of the Preface we join the angels in their song of joy and praise, “Holy, holy, holy.”

Our prayer life would be enriched by adding more prayers of praise to our prayers of petition and thanksgiving. After all, God deserves to always be praised for all He did, does and will do for us. Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD

REFLECTION QUESTION: Checking your daily prayer, do you praise God enough?

Lord, I admit that I ask You for so many things; sometimes I even forget to thank You. And yet, You continue to care for me. Seeing You praising Your Father, You make me aware how important the prayer of praise is. Let me not forget this.


TRULY HIS WORK – One of the distinctive marks of a Christian is being joyful. “Joy,” says the Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “is the infallible presence of the presence of God.” Such delight is not a spontaneous feeling or emotion but a conviction. The Risen Christ continues to inspire and strengthen us as we face life’s daily trials and tribulations.

In today’s Gospel, the 72 disciples report to Jesus their apostolic successes. Not only were they fruitful in their teaching and healing ministries but also in driving out demons in Jesus’ name. Jesus confirms such power: “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky” (Luke 10:18). Satan is defeated as Jesus and the disciples preached the Gospel. Evil is conquered as God’s Kingdom is established.

The disciples are overjoyed, yet Jesus is quick to remind them of the danger of pride and ambition. The right reason for rejoicing lies in the hope of reaching heaven. The greater reward of the disciples is not money or honor but deep intimacy with the Lord, a relationship that ushers in faith and repentance. It is human to feel proud of one’s accomplishments, but success ought to lead us to be humbler and more charitable. We remain unworthy stewards, trusted and empowered by God with the task of witness and proclamation. Effectiveness in our work or ministry is not our own doing; it happens when we allow the Lord to work with us and through us.

Once, I attended the golden jubilee of the religious profession of a nun. This sister served as a missionary in Africa for a long time, then came home to the Philippines and taught in orphanages. Already holding a cane in her hand, she was escorted to the pulpit to give her thanksgiving message. A warm applause immediately followed. Teary eyed, she smiled and said, “Not for me, but for the Lord!” The congregation applauded even more.

St. Therese of Liseux, may we follow your “Little Way” of being joyful and humble in accomplishing even the most mundane tasks. Fr. Paolo Asprer

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Are you gaining success and popularity in what you’re doing? Pause and reflect — what is God’s contribution to it? What is yours?

Lord, grant me the grace to be always humble and more charitable. May Your light shine in all that I do. Amen.


October 3, 2015

Saturday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time

Bar 4: 5-12; 27-29; Ps. 68: 33-35, 36-37, Lk 10: 17-24

Source of True Gospel Joy

Today’s Gospel narrates the return of the 72 disciples from mission, filled with joy and reporting  to Jesus  that even the demons submit to his name. Jesus’ response to it was to see the fall of Satan and of his power , and to thank the Father  for his graciousness.

In deed the rule of Satan is coming to an end with the arrival of Jesus and bestowal of his authority on his disciples. However, as far as the disciples are concerned, what is more important than Satan submitting to them is that their names are now written in the book of life. Jesus thanks the Father for revealing to his disciples the wisdom and knowledge of God

One of the greatest truths of Christian faith is that we can know the living God. Our knowledge of God is not simply limited to knowing something about God. Indeed we can know him personally. Jesus makes it possible for us to know God personally as our loving Father and Mother. To see Jesus is to see what God is like. In him we see the perfect love of God, a God who loves us unconditionally to the point of death on the Cross.

This unfathomable revelation is the source of our unspeakable joy – the joy of the Good News, as Pope Francis explains. Let us pray: “Lord give me the child-like simplicity and purity of heart that enables to gaze upon your face with joy and confidence in your all-merciful love. Remove from me any doubt, fear and proud thought that would hinder me from receiving your word with trust and humble submission.”

Fr. Louis Malieckal CMI


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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