READINGS for 2006-05-21
A FIERY QUESTION
?Love one another.? - John 15:12
I have been teaching religion for twelve years now. And I do my best to keep my students interested by asking weird questions.
Lord, teach me to choose wisely when I am called to love. Amen
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48
Peter precedes Paul in baptizing a gentile. Perhaps Philip precedes them both when he evangelized the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8). Anyway, it seems clear to me that the author of the Acts of the Apostles wants to make it clear that the initiative to include the gentiles in the gift of salvation comes from the original apostles and does not just arise with the preaching of Paul. In this way the move has greater authority in the life of the Church, as it is one step closer to Jesus in its origins.
25 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and, falling at his feet, paid him homage. 26 Peter, however, raised him up, saying, ?Get up. I myself am also a human being.? 34 Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, ?In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. 35 Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him. 44 While Peter was still speaking these things, the holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word. 45 The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter were astounded that the gift of the holy Spirit should have been poured out on the Gentiles also, 46 for they could hear them speaking in tongues and glorifying God. Then Peter responded, 47 ?Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people, who have received the holy Spirit even as we have?? 48 He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
P S A L M
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
R: The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
1 Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; his right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm. (R) 2 The LORD has made his salvation known in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. 3 He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. (R) All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. 4 Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; break into song; sing praise.
1 John 4:7-10
God is love. He is the beginning of all that we do as He created us in love, thus making love our origin. The Gospel is really the revelation of the Father?s love to us, and thus we are called to live our lives in love of God and one another. And our true end is God, which means that everything we do, our actions and intentions must have love as their goal! Christianity is a religion or lifestyle of love before it is a system of rights and wrongs. Let us live with total freedom the call to love others as God has first loved us.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. 8 Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. 10 In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
Let us never lose or waste an opportunity to show love to others. This is our calling ? to be Christ to others in the world. He is no longer physically present as a man and so it is through our hands and feet that He ministers to the people of the world today. As Christians we have particular duty of being God?s hands and feet to those around us. Thus if we fail to love someone, we fail in our call as a Christian! When we love someone, we are true to our Christian calling.
9 As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father?s commandments and remain in his love. 11 ?I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. 12 This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one?s life for one?s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. 16 It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. 17 This I command you: love one another.
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?Then was he captive ? who had been the head
The great Cathedral of Canterbury will forever be associated with the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170. But Thomas was not the first archbishop of Canterbury to fall a victim of violence. His martyrdom was preceded by that of the Anglo-Saxon St. Alphege, 150 years before.
THE FRIENDSHIP OF GOD
?I do not call you servants any more but friends.? These words may not mean much to us but it surely meant a lot to those believers John was writing for. Certainly, the people of that time would have noticed a deviation. For the pagans, it was unimaginable that God would call them friends; it was almost sacrilegious to think that the great other, the eternal tyrant, would draw near to them.
Jesus, I stand amazed that You called me friend. Never let me underestimate the value of this friendship. Jesus , I love You. Amen.
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