Introducing Fr. Freddie's Gospel Reflections for Multi-purpose
1. These reflections are not written like an essay, but in six precise steps. Choose what you like.
2. They are not meant only for preaching homilies, but for a multi-purpose: for teaching, prayer (either personal or common), reflections and socio-pastoral guidance.
3. They can be used outside the liturgical celebrations also on any other occasions for preaching (by using the same text), private and common prayers, Bible Vigil, Adoration, Prayer Service, Gospel Sharing, conferences, talks, etc.
4. Only the Gospel text prescribed for the Sunday Liturgy in the Catholic Church is used for these reflections, and not the First and Second
5. These reflections are written from a pastoral and spiritual perspective, and not from academic or exegetical.
6. The preachers have an option to develop only the focus-statements given in Step 2 on their own into a full-fledged homily. If they want to make their homily shorter, they need not include all the points/thoughts written by the author; instead can select what they like, and (if they want) add their own stories/ anecdotes/ examples.
7. The title, “Gospel Reflections for Life-Promotion” indicates the author’s intention to highlight the life-sustaining or life-saving issues in our world and society in the midst of anti-life forces.
8. Though much of the material presented in these reflections is author's, no claim is made for the originality of all the thoughts and ideas. They are adopted from various authors.
9. Reproduction of these reflections in any form needs prior permission.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
Our discovery of the Lord should lead us to a faith-response like the wise men – of wonder, joy, adoration and offering of ourselves (or whatever we have) to him. Since gold was possessed by kings in those days, today our discovery of Jesus leads us to accept him as the King of our hearts; since frankincense was offered to God by priests, today we accept him as the High Priest who mediates between God and us; and since myrrh was used to anoint the dead, we accept and believe in the one who is born to offer his life in sacrificial death for us. Once we find him after seeking him diligently, like the wise men, we too are called to offer him our own ‘gold, frankincense and myrrh,’ that is, all that we are and all the we have, in fact, our whole life as an act of self-giving and surrender.