Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

Do These When You Meet Jesus : Monday 33rd Week Ordinary Time


Breakfast With the Word Monday 33rd Week Ordinary Time of the Year B


Luke 18:35-43




The meeting point between the spiritual and the physical happens during prayers. At times of Prayers man communicates with His God.


We can meet Jesus at the point of this communication, in the Eucharistic celebration and in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.


Many saints have enumerated uncountable favours and merits of a visit to the Blessed Sacrament and hence advise souls who are so serious about their spiritual life to make it their daily activity.


When you kneel down at prayer, always know that you are no longer alone. Prayer is not an ordinary activity.


So, the story of the beggar today teaches us what to do when we meet or spend time with Jesus at prayer.


Show Jesus that you truly need Him


As Jesus passes by, the beggar hears the sound of the crowd and asks who is he that is passing by. Immediately they tell him, it is Jesus of Nazareth, He begins to shout on top of His voice. He sees an opportunity for healing, and he shows that truly he is in need of this healing.



This is like the widow of Luke 18 and the unjust judge. Do not just make prayers as if it is nothing. The way we approach Jesus and keep approaching is a sign that we are truly in need of what we are asking for.


When you meet Jesus, do not get tired or weak in His presence. Let Jesus know the depth of your need.



An Insight


A friend narrated to me how she got a favour from someone. He told me that on a normal day, he cannot do what he did but because he was so much in need, He has to.


This, my friend, has been desperately looking for a job and he knows that this man has been helping many and can as well help him.


He called the man and sent him texts requesting for assistance but the man ignored and didn’t reply back.

One day when he heard that the man came to a village meeting where people gathered. He ran to the meeting and threw himself in his presence.


People were puzzled to behold this kind of gesture and wanted to know the reason for such action. They told him to stand up. Even the man couldn’t understand what was going on.


Then my friend voiced out in the presence of the people, “sir please I know you can help me, I need a job”.


There and then, the man promised Him a job, to work in his company.  I don’t think anyone can go to this extreme today.


But in the beggar today, we can see a man who is truly in need. He saw his opportunity and could not let it pass by.




Believe He can do It.


When many approach God in prayer, sometimes  they conclude already that He cannot answer their prayer.



Sometimes because of their past experiences, some of us conclude that God is even hardened at heart.


So, because of that, we go to prayer with this attitude “well let me try God in prayer” or “let me see if He can answer me this time around”. Some will say “is it today one has been praying and asking” and many others.




Sometimes we lose faith even before we approach God.


But for this beggar to insistently shout and wail shows that he knows Jesus can do what He asks for.


Therefore, do we believe that God can do what we ask? Do we lose faith even before we pray?



When you meet Jesus, do we show Him that we truly know, believe and accept He can do even the impossible, and faith does not disappoint?


Let us always believe that God can do the impossible.


Know who is He is that you meet Everyday.


If you do not know someone, you will not actually know how the person does.

Among the crowd who is just following Jesus around, it is only a roadside beggar that takes the light of the day.


Immediately He asks Who is He that is passing? And they tell Him, Jesus. He did not question if Jesus will listen to Him, because he knows that Jesus cannot but listen to Him.


He did not question if Jesus will heal or not, because He knows that Jesus will heal.

The beggar knows that Jesus is so loving and merciful, He simply said: “Lord have mercy on me”.


We can as well ask ourselves “who is He that you meet in prayer? When you meet Jesus, do we know He also longs for you? Who is He that is in the chapel?


Who is He that we encounter at the mass every day? If we truly understand who He is, we will always long for Him.


Appeal to His Mercy


Have you taken time to find out in the bible that all who ask for mercy are granted their requests?  Examples are David (Psalm 51), the repentant thief (Luke 23:41-43), the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:22) etc.


That simple prayer “Lord have pity on me” carries a lot of power. It appeals directly to the merciful heart of Jesus who cannot but have mercy.


When you meet Jesus, appeal to His mercy.

The time of prayers is not the time to tell Jesus how good and powerful we are.


This is not a time to tell Him how many times we do pray and sing and the list of offerings we have given as if we are sending Him on an errand.



At times, when something happens to us we become angry because we remember how devoted, charitable and prayerful we have been.


In God’s presence, we do not appeal to our merits like the Pharisees in Luke 18:9-14 but like the tax collector seeking for mercy.


Do not give Negative Voices any Opportunity


In His presence, do not give negative voices any opportunity. When the beggar was shouting to attract the attention of the Lord, the crowd shouted him down.


Some people may be saying “who is this man to call Jesus kwanu?” Others may say “friend stop shouting, you are disturbing us”.


Some of them may even bash on Him “My friend close your mouth there” etc. But in all these, he keeps shouting until Jesus heard him. But the more they shout him down, the more he keeps shouting.


In life, the more challenges, people and circumstances try to pull you down, should be the more, you need to prove to the challenges, people and circumstances that they do not have such power over you.



Do not allow anything to put your faith down. The more the challenges, is the stronger our faith should be.


Sometimes when you meet Jesus, some voices will be telling you, “He cannot hear you”, “Are you sure this will happen?”,” “will He still hear me after all I did” etc. Like the beggar, do not allow any negative voice to put you down. Have strong faith.




Therefore, when you meet Jesus, know who is He that you meet, appeal to His mercy, show that you are truly in need of Him, believe He can do it and do not give an opportunity to any negative voice.





May God bless you dearest and give us the grace to remain strong in the Lord. Amen




  1. Golu Chetachukwu Angela says

    Beautiful reflection,Padre. Thanks so much oh.
    Lord, open our hearts’ to hear your voice, clearly, in our lives. May we always acknowledge you and your expectations of us in our daily lives, for the salvation of our souls’ in Jesus name, Amen 🙏

  2. Golu Chetachukwu Angela says

    Beautiful reflection,Padre. Thanks so much oh.
    Lord, open our hearts’ to hear your voice, clearly, in our lives. May we always acknowledge you and your expectations of us, for the salvation of our souls’ Amen 🙏

  3. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says


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  4. Helen says

    This reflection is for me. Thank you Padre, God bless you real good.

    1. William Sudu says

      God is talking to me directly through you. It’s inspirational.

  5. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen.thank you father.

  6. James Mailoushi says

    Amen Fr., remain blessed

  7. Mbama Christiana says

    Thank you Padre. May the Lord continue to bless you. Amen


    Amen. Thank you Father for this soul-enriching reflection.

  9. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Bless you too Fr.

  10. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr. Good day

  11. Christian Agu says


  12. Nwatu Nneka P says

    Amen thanks and same to you.

    Good morning padre

  13. Eze Juliana Nkechi says


  14. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen and Amen!!
    Dear Lord, look upon me with Mercy!🙏

  15. Adee Calista says

    Am so blessed father this touched me deeply am truly humbled

  16. Ijeoma Ugorji says


  17. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr

  18. Solomon Williams says

    Amen, we pray for the grace nt to loose faith in God

  19. Okonkwo onyinye says


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  21. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank You Jesus for another great opportunity to be with you this morning. Lord indeed I appreciate your love for me. I still pray for more faith to do your will. Please have mercy on me.

  22. Etoh Rosemary says

    Amen 🙏🙏

  23. Mariajacinta Ivoke says


  24. Ifeanyi Emmanuel Anozia says

    Lord, have mercy on me and my family.

  25. Enibe Jacinta Amara says


  26. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen. Thank you fr

  27. Christian says


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  29. David Sunday Edore says

    Wow thanks, Padre for this wonderful words. Amen.

  30. Chioma Evangeline says

    Jesus, have mercy on me.

  31. Unique Peace Wilfred says

    We love you Father
    Rise on. The LORD is your strength 💪

  32. Emelda says


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  35. Agnes Okute says

    It is refreshing. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.

  36. Sylvia says


  37. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    Father give me strength to remain strong.
    I know you’re a Faithful God,have mercy on us,heal & deliver us Amen

  38. Angela Madu says


  39. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Lord I believe and put all my trust in You. I know that what You cannot do, doesn’t exist and I know that you will heal me

  40. Beatrice Kelechi says

    May we never miss any opportunity to encounter You, Jesus🙏

  41. UGWU CHIOMA says


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  43. Carmela U. E. says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you too Fr.

  44. Blessing Ugwuanyi says

    Amen ooo
    Thank you so much padre

  45. Stella Ijewemen says

    Jesus have mercy
    Thank you Jesus

  46. Chikeluba Amara says

    Amen… Thank you Padre. I really needed to hear that.

    God bless you always

  47. Angela Ekere says


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  49. Ify obinwa says

    Lord jesus all I ask for is your mercy everytime I am in your presence.. No negative voice will influence my spirit, soul and body!!
    Thank you padre. God bless you


    AMEN 🙏
    Thank you so much for these wonderful and encouraging message.
    May the Lord continue to use you to win the hearts of His Children, and may He continue to uphold and strengthen you both now and for ever 🙏 AMEN
    Shalom Padre 🌹

  51. Regina Mobu says


  52. Onyinyechi Emeka-Ude says

    May my faith increase with every trial in my life Amen.

  53. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

  54. Ogechi Oscar says


  55. Dodoh Peter Anthony says

    Lord, have mercy on me a sinner. I beg you. Amen.🙏🙏🙏

  56. arinze chinenye says


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  58. Godwin Odah says

    Father, help us in the time of trials and challenges, so we can remain steadfast in seeking your face without anything holding us down… Amen 👏.

  59. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

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  63. Nnametu chioma Michelle says

    Amen and Amen

  64. Ivoke Chioma says

    Amen and Amen.

  65. Ugwu Obianuju G says


    1. Mbama Christiana says

      Amen and Amen.


    Amen. My love for this particular reflection is waw!
    Thank you Father and more ink to your pen.

    1. Sanctus Mario says


  67. Ugwuoke Ogechukwu Victoria says

    Amennn. Am a testimony to His Mercies

  68. Ozoro Christiana says

    Amen 🙏

  69. Esimekara Nnenna says


  70. Doris Emmanuel Ogban says

    Grace upon Grace
    Oh LORD to remain strong in your vinéyard

  71. Eneh Chioma Maureen says

    Please God may I encounter you all the days of my life through Jesus Christ our Lord amen

  72. Chisom Egwudike says


  73. Nnenna Omaha says



    Thank you Jesus

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  76. Jovita Okey-Oha says

    Amen. Thank you Jesus for your Grace and thank you Fr. for this episode. It’s quite motivating. God bless you.

  77. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏. Jesus son of David, have pity/mercy on me!

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