READINGS for 2006-05-07
THE MASTER BUSINESS CONSULTANT
?I am the Good Shepherd. I will lay down my life for the Sheep? ? John 10:14, 15b
At a prayer meeting, I heard this businessman share how the Lord saved him from a potential business scam. He had been convinced by a potential business partner that a proposed venture was not only viable but was very attractive profit-wise. He was ready to make the investment plunge. As a good steward, he consulted the Lord. Through prayer, he was inspired to do a credit check. The credit bureau handed him a report and he heaved a sigh of relief because the potential business partner was a con-man, who had a number of pending cases of estafa.
May all businessmen look at their efforts as way to give You glory, Lord.
Peter knows that the truth of the miracle of the healing of the lame man is that it was Jesus working through him. Ultimately, it all depends on the power of God and not little ole Peter. If it is dependent upon humanity alone then the mission of evangelization is dead. If it is precisely because the responsibility for conversion rests with God in the person of the Holy Spirit that we can have hope that it will be eventually accomplished. We are ministers of the power of God ? mere channels ? essential in one sense but only an assisting one. We are called to be instruments bringing the grace of God alive in the world.
8 Then Peter, filled with the holy Spirit, answered them, ?Leaders of the people and elders: 9 If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved, 10 then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed. 11 He is ?the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.? 12 There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.?
P S A L M
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29
R: The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever. 8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. 9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes. (R) 21 I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me and have been my savior. 22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes. (R) 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD; we bless you from the house of the LORD. 28 I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me and have been my savior. 29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his kindness endures forever. (R)
1 John 3:1-2
Reflect upon the truth that you are a child of God. What does this mean for you? What should this mean for you? How can you grow in this truth? This may be one of the most difficult aspects of salvation to accept ? namely that we are children of God, but it is absolutely necessary to the coherence of the Gospel message. Unless we are children of God now, how can we hope to become one with Him in the resurrection from the dead! If you think that today?s reality is difficult to handle, think about its consequences for the future ? eternal union with the Holy Trinity!
1 See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God?s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
G O S P E L
Jesus speaks to us of the heart of a shepherd for his sheep. A good shepherd freely chooses to give his life for his sheep. In terms of our faith this is absolutely true. Maybe a ?real shepherd? out amid the hills and among the wild animals will exhibit a little more prudence regarding his life, but the shepherd of the people of God, if he is a true shepherd, chooses freely to put the welfare of his flock ahead of his own. Obviously he will not forsake common sense, but there should always be an element of walking the extra mile with someone who needs extra care.
11 ?I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. 13 This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.?
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GETTING TO KNOW THE SAINTS
?I make myself a leper with the lepers to gain all for Christ.?
Damien De Veuster, a young Belgian priest, had served nine years as a missioner in the Hawaiian Islands when he felt called to request a perilous assignment. He asked his superiors to be allowed to serve on the island of Molokai, the notorious leper colony.
THE HOPE OF HEAVEN
?We are God?s children now. What we would become is not yet known.? But let me tell you, it?s going to be awesome! Oh, the hope of heaven. How many times have we really paused and thought about it?
Lord, fix our eyes beyond the grasp of earthly things. Excite us with the joy of heaven so that we would not make our final home here but in You. Amen.
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