READINGS for 2006-06-01
Be strong. ? Acts 23:11
I was waiting for our nurse at the infirmary to check my BP when a call came for me.
Thank you, My God. I would not be able to hold on if not for Your strength.
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
One piece of wisdom that is important when fighting a war is that one should know the weakness of the enemy. Here Paul exploits the fact that the Pharisees and the Sadducees have a few doctrinal differences. He uses them to divide the two and thus deflect attention from himself. We should also know the enemy that we are fighting, whether it is sin or something else. In this way we will be better able to confront it.
30 The next day, wishing to determine the truth about why he was being accused by the Jews, he freed him and ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene. Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them. 23: 6 Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees, so he called out before the Sanhedrin, ?My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees; I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.? 7 When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the group became divided. 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection or angels or spirits, while the Pharisees acknowledge all three. 9 A great uproar occurred, and some scribes belonging to the Pharisee party stood up and sharply argued, ?We find nothing wrong with this man. Suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?? 10 The dispute was so serious that the commander, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, ordered his troops to go down and rescue him from their midst and take him into the compound. 11 The following night the Lord stood by him and said, ?Take courage. For just as you have borne witness to my cause in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness in Rome.?
P S A L M
Psalm 16:1-2 and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
R: Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
1 Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge; 2 I say to the LORD, ?My Lord are you. 5 O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup, you it is who hold fast my lot.? (R) 7 I bless the LORD who counsels me; even in the night my heart exhorts me. 8 I set the LORD ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. (R) 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices, my body, too, abides in confidence; 10 because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world, nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption. (R) 11 You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. (R)
Jesus prays for His disciples because he knows that there are difficult times ahead for them. They will struggle to be faithful and so they need all the prayers, grace and help that they can get. It is good for us to remember that we are not on this journey alone. Not only do we have those around us to support us, but Jesus has sent us the Holy Spirit to be with us until the end of time. Let us follow His will with a confidence that comes from knowing this truth.
20 ?I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. 22 And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. 26 I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.?
Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________
READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Psalm 72-77
OUT OF SIGHT, YET IN TOUCH
During one of my foreign trips to preach at a retreat, I befriended a Filipino professor who teaches English in a university abroad. He invited me to join him for dinner, and he treated me to his version of home-cooked ?adobo.? It was a welcome treat for me by then, I was ?nauseated? with the foreign food I had been enduring since my arrival in that country. Over dinner, he shared how much he missed his wife and two children whom he had left behind in Manila. Every night he would take the time to pray for them ? and to pray with them. I perfectly understood what ?praying for? means. What I could not understand was how every evening he could ?pray with? his family who was in Manila. At that moment, he played for me a voice tape of his wife and children praying the Rosary. This was his well-kept secret!
Help me practice the kind of love that passes physical boundaries.
St. Justin, martyr, pray for us.
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