Daily Scripture Reflection

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22 FEBRUARY, 2019, Friday, Chair of St Peter, The Apostle

UNITY THROUGH DICTATORSHIP OR BUILDING CONSENSUS The issue that confronts us in today’s liturgy is how should the Church, particularly in this instance, the pope, maintain the purity of the Faith and also the unity of the Church? Should he exercise his authority in an arbitrary way, that is, in a dictatorial manner, or should he exercise his authority in a democratic approach through consultation, dialogue and common consensus? Or should the Church adopt the democratic approach of the Protestants, where people are elected into the board; and decisions are made by the board that has been elected by the community? Which method could be considered the right approach to preserve the Truth and the unity of the Church?

21 FEBRUARY, 2019, Thursday, 6th Week, Ordinary Time

THE PLACE OF ANIMALS IN THE CATHOLIC FAITH The place of animals in the Catholic Faith is often ambiguous. Do they have a soul? Can we see our departed animals in the next life? Will they go to heaven? The Church has never made a pronouncement on this question in a definitive and explicit manner. So this remains an open question. However, there must also be a clear distinction between man and animals. We are not equal. This is because we are created in the image and likeness of God. We share in God’s intellect and will. We also have a spirit that enables us to communicate with God and develop a deep friendship with God. Nevertheless, it is not wrong to hope that all animals will share in the transfiguration of heaven and earth.

Best Practices for Using the Daily Scripture Reflections
  • Encounter God through the spirit of prayer and the scripture by reflecting and praying the Word of God daily. The purpose is to bring you to prayer and to a deeper union with the Lord on the level of the heart.
  • Daily reflections when archived will lead many to accumulate all the reflections of the week and pray in one sitting. This will compromise your capacity to enter deeply into the Word of God, as the tendency is to read for knowledge rather than a prayerful reading of the Word for the purpose of developing a personal and affective relationship with the Lord.
  • It is more important to pray deeply, not read widely. The current reflections of the day would be more than sufficient for anyone who wants to pray deeply and be led into an intimacy with the Lord.

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