Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mk 6:7-13 Summoned, Sent and Surprised!

Mk 6:7-13 Summoned, Sent and Surprised!

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“The glory of God is a man fully alive.” (St. Irenaeus of Lyons)

The Lord knew his Apostles; he loved them; he sent them. The mission of the Church began long before Christ died. The sending of the Twelve represents that which is still the most important aspect of the Church: Evangelization. The Church is missionary in mind, spirit, heart and soul.

Christ is alive and all who live and work through Him are most alive!

GOD KNOWS ME. “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” That God knows me means that I can truly know myself. I belong to Him. I come from Him. I am His. My life has meaning because it comes from the One who created me, molded me and breathed in me his image and likeness. Every time I take a breath, it is like saying his holy name – YHWH.

“Love your neighbor as yourself” – Know it makes sense! For in my neighbor I see my reflection, like it or not. What he/she does I have done, for better or for worse, and I can love it or hate it, but in the end – I recognize it, I have seen it before, it is near to me - loud and clear.

HE LOVES ME. I know He wants me to be happy. I want to be happy too. Am I on the same roller coaster ride as He is? The cost and the ride are high. Alex Jones, the former Pentecostal preacher turned Catholic, would remind us all, No price too high. Christ suffered and died on the cross so that I could be happy. Was that not enough? Was there anything else he should have done? Is there anything else I need? “Take nothing with you for the journey except your mind, body, heart and soul – take my soul…and remember, I am with you always, till the end of time.” No purchases are necessary.

Every time I went on missions to the Philippines, I bought a ton of food and stuff for the seven days. It was always a waste of money and space since the people were so kind and generous to us. None of us went begging! In the end, we ended up leaving it behind or giving it away as souvenirs!

Here is the million dollar question: If the Lord wants me to be happy, then why does the Lord make me suffer? This is my answer: I am more than convinced that my suffering makes others happy. Am I above the Lord? Am I above the Master? No. Not in anything. I must pick up my cross and follow Him, just as He did. And for this journey of faith, I need nothing else. I have all that I need – I have His love, his example. I travel light so that I may receive His love.

HE SENT ME. God sent me to love, to heal, to cure and to serve. “They went off and preached repentance.” We all want to confess our sins. Just recently a teenager admitted to me that she was extremely selfish. I told her to give away what she had. She immediately replied, “No way Father!” I then asked her to give me her cool looking ring – it was an interesting ring, nothing super expensive, but definitely very stylish. I could tell by the look on her face she couldn’t believe what I was asking for! Finally, after much hesitation, she gradually pulled the ring off her finger and placed it in the palm of my hand. I told her, “Whoever gives, receives.” Then I immediately placed the ring in the palm of her hand. She was overjoyed! Not only because she received her ring back, but because she received something more surprising: JOY! Then it dawned on me, whenever you give something to the Lord, you receive much more than you gave, a surprise: UNEXPECTED HAPPINESS!

He sent me and I am thrilled to death for it. There is much joy for me to give every single day of my life!


  1. Oh Fr. Alfonse you are truly a gift. Reading your blog is such an inspiration and light to start my day today and everyday!
    "Every time I take a breath, it is like saying his holy name - YHWH." This is such a beautiful reminder that God lives with us ALWAYS and at EVERY MOMENT of our lives!
    I absolutely love how you explained the power God has to reward us when we give of ourselves. "Whoever gives, receives" To know that we shall receive JOY and UNEXPECTED HAPPINESS in return is beautiful!

  2. "Then it dawned on me, whenever you give something to the Lord, you receive much more than you gave, a surprise: UNEXPECTED HAPPINESS!"
    - Yes, so true! One wise friend told me "you can't out-give God". I hold those words when I feel I can't give, and each time I give, God Surprises me every single time. One of my favorite quotes: "You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." ~ John Wooden

    Lord, increase my faith in you that I may never think twice about serving you! Holy Spirit give me the courage to go wherever I am sent.

    Have the best day!

  3. I like that - "thrilled to death"

  4. This meditation is amazingly awesome :)
    Hi Fr.!
    I was wondering when you will be giving mass at St. Catherine's, what time&date?! Thanks :)

    Andrea Sanchez

  5. Hi Andrea!!! Not this weekend but next week!! God bless you. Hope to see you soon.

  6. I Googled "Alex Jones" and found this article:

    Folks in pentecostal type denominations are halfway to becoming Catholic.

    They embrace their own brand of radical Christianity, believe in miracles and healing, and are willing to be fools for Christ.

    They have stood beside us in protest and in prayer in front of abortuaries.

    When they pair their love for the Lord with a rigorous search for truth, it is only a matter of time before they join us as Deacon Jones did.


  7. Hello! I just wanted to let you know I used the same picture of Jesus planting seeds on my blog as well. If this is a problem let me know


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