READINGS for 2006-03-23
Walk in all the ways I command you and you will prosper. ? Jeremiah 7:23
When I left the seminary, I was sure I that in a short time I would end up as supervisor or manager. I had friends who were in multinational companies, In no time I would be driving my own car and owning my dream house. But things didn?t turn out that way. I had hard times applying for job. Friends only spoke empty promises and I ended up jobless for a year. When a job finally came, it was a teaching job?the kind of work I liked the least. But I felt like I had no choice. And so I accepted it, and every day I was miserable, refusing to let go of the dream of becoming a manager. When I got married, my family life suffered. Both my wife and I ended up with empty pockets the day after payday. But One day, I realized that my desire for things material had blinded me from seeing that God wanted me to teach. It was the work He knew that I would enjoy because I could make a difference in the lives of the young. Suddenly, everything fell into place. Working became fun and fulfilling. Even my family life started to get well. We still managed to save for the future. When I started to walk in His ways, I began to prosper. Mike M.
May Your will be done, O Lord.
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9
R: If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
1 Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD; let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalm to him. (R) 6 Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us. 7 For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides. (R) Oh, that today you would hear his voice, 8 ?Harden not your hearts as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the desert, 9 where your fathers tempted me; they tested me though they had seen my works. (R)
G O S P E L
The battle for human souls is a very real battle both here in the material world and in the spiritual realm as well. We are wise if we do not underestimate the power of evil, though we also need to remember that Jesus gives us victory over sin and the devil. It is up to us whether we align our lives with the good or evil. We choose the things we allow to influence our lives. Sometimes we may choose badly. If we do, then let us not forget that we can repent and return to the Lord as well.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 2Samuel 23-24
YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE SAFE
In Australia where I grew up, we do not have any subdivisions with guards, walls and fences that attempt to provide protection and security for the residents. It was a very strange experience for me when I first arrived here in the Philippines in 1995. I raise this image of a supposedly protected and secure life in order to demonstrate that we cannot allow ourselves to fall into the trap of thinking that we are secure when in reality we are not!
Lord, help me protect my mind, heart and spirit from things that will corrupt me.
St. Turibius De Mogrovejo, bishop confessor, pray for us.
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