READINGS for 2006-04-27
?We must obey God rather than men.? ? Acts 5:29
I learned about home schooling (not to be mistaken with school-at-home) when Nicole, our eldest daughter was in nursery. I felt, for our particular family, it was the best. We read more about it. Studies showed, on the average, home schoolers performed better than traditionally schooled students in college, both emotionally and academically!
Lord, You know my concern. I have listened to other people?s opinion. However, above all, its Your Word and Will that matters. Please speak Lord, Your servant is listening.
Never a truer word was spoken than when the apostles answered that obedience to God is more important than obedience to men. Men can only take away our earthly existence whereas God holds our eternal existence in His hands! There is no real comparison here, only the logical choice that the apostles made.They may have lost their lives, become martyrs for the Gospel, but at least they gained the gift of eternal life in the process. Let us pray for the same sort of faith and commitment to the Gospel in our own lives.
27 When they had brought them in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest questioned them, 28 ?We gave you strict orders [did we not?] to stop teaching in that name. Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man?s blood upon us.? 29 But Peter and the apostles said in reply, ?We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, as is the holy Spirit that God has given to those who obey him.? 33 When they heard this, they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.
P S A L M
Psalm 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20
R: The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
1  I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. 8  Taste and see how good the LORD is; blessed the man who takes refuge in him. (R) 16  The LORD confronts the evildoers, to destroy remembrance of them from the earth. 17  When the just cry out, the LORD hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them. 18  The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. 19  Many are the troubles of the just man, but out of them all the LORD delivers him; 20  He watches over all his bones; not one of them shall be broken. 21  Vice slays the wicked, and the enemies of the just pay for their guilt. 22  But the LORD redeems the lives of his servants; no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.
G O S P E L
John the Baptist wants to make it clear that we have to make a choice that has eternal consequences! When we see the choice to follow Jesus and the Gospel in these terms, it is relatively easy to see that the correct choice is the only way to go! Yet, for many, the immediacy of instant pleasure and earthly rewards is sufficient to deflect their attention from the eternal realities at stake here! This may be difficult to believe from a logical point of view but we only have to look outside to the world to see how true it is! Let us pray that our minds and hearts will avoid the clouds of lies present in the world.
31 The one who comes from above is above all. The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things. But the one who comes from heaven [is above all]. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy. 34 For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God. He does not ration his gift of the Spirit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him.
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GOD?S LOYAL SERVANTS, THE FATHER?S
?I am the king?s loyal servant, but God?s first? ? these are words of St. Thomas Moore who was martyred under Henry VIII in 1535 for his refusal to consent to the king?s adulterous marriage.
Holy Spirit, I am Your temple, Your dwelling place. You are my Courage. Shine in me. Shine through me. Make me God?s loyal servant. Make me the Father?s obedient child always. Amen.
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