READINGS for 2006-03-22
?But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.?? Matthew 5:19
My eight-year old patient sits on my dental chair with tears rolling down his cheeks. ?But I can?t, ? he cries,?I?m too scared.? Since I can?t do with his mouth closed, I just watched closely. His Mom then walked towards us, holds his hands and says, ?Kurt, this is good for you. All you have to do is open your mouth so the Doctor can check your teeth.? He swallows hard, looks at me with such intensity, and after fifty-five minutes, twenty mouthwash gargles, and three more buckets of tears, he asks this one simple question:?Just open my mouth?? Then we clean his teeth, do fluoride treatment and get him ready for the orthodontic treatment. I have since done sealants on his molars. Because, hallelujah, his mouth is now open even before he sits. Kurt taught me one powerful lesson that day: Just obey. We may believe in what has been taught us in religion classes. We may remember what our parents trained us to do, what we learn in community, in readings in the mass, in the realizations of our everyday walk with the Lord. But ultimately, knowing is not enough. We are called to obey. Lallaine G.
Lord, teach me to go boldly when you call. May obedience be my sweet offering. Amen.
P S A L M
Jesus is not an anarchist replacing the Commandments with something different. In fact, what He does is strengthen the call to follow the Commandments by demanding that it is done so with love and not just out of duty or blind obedience. This is a much higher and more wonderful call! Let us embrace it with a new fervor driven by the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us. It is only with His help that we will succeed in this call. Let us not be afraid to cry out to Him for the graces that we need.
17 ?Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18 Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the ingdom of heaven.?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 2Samuel 20-22
TRUE GREATNESS IN THE KINGDOM
We live in a world where many people seek to make a name for themselves. This may or may not be a good thing depending on the circumstances around their quest. But one thing is for sure: making a name for ourselves in the world is not the same thing as making a name for ourselves in the Kingdom of God. There are very different criteria surrounding these two quests. In some ways, it might be easier to achieve the latter rather than the former!
Holy Spirit, I need Your help and strength to grow in my conviction regarding the truth of the Gospel, particularly in the moral arena of my life. Help me to stand for the truth and so give a Christian witness to all whom I meet.
St. Maria Josefa of the Heart of Jesus, pray for us.
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