READINGS for 2006-06-03
NONE OF OUR CONCERN
?? What concern is it of yours? You follow me.? ? John 21: 22
I love to read up on the discernment of God?s Will not only for my talks as a preacher but also for my own spiritual life.
Lord, silence my mind and heart to rest in the assurance that You are in control of the things that I am not.
Paul gets his opportunity to proclaim the Gospel in Rome, albeit from the standpoint of being in chains! I often wonder what it was that inspired such zeal in him ? why was Paul so persistent in proclaiming the Gospel? Surely he could rest now and try to argue for his freedom and thus the possibility to continue his work of evangelization! I think Paul knew that this was it and that he was not going to go down having compromised his position as an evangelist and an apostle.
16 When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him. 17 Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews. When they had gathered he said to them, ?My brothers, although I had done nothing against our people or our ancestral customs, I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.18 After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me, because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty. 19 But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to appeal to Caesar, even though I had no accusation to make against my own nation. 20 This is the reason, then, I have requested to see you and to speak with you, for it is on account of the hope of Israel that I wear these chains.? 30 He remained for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him, 31 and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
P S A L M
Psalm 11:4, 5 and 7
R: The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD?s throne is in heaven. His eyes behold, his searching glance is on mankind. (R) 5 The LORD searches the just and the wicked; the lover of violence he hates. 7 For the LORD is just, he loves just deeds; the upright shall see his face. (R)
G O S P E L
John assures us that his witness to the life of Jesus is true. The Church has affirmed this as her firm belief as well by including his Gospel in the Canon of Scriptures despite its very different style to the other three Gospels. Thank you Lord for providing us with such a wide and varied expression of the Gospel affirming that it truly can be all things to all people.
20 Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved, the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper and had said, ?Master, who is the one who will betray you?? 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, ?Lord, what about him?? 22 Jesus said to him, ?What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours? You follow me.? 23 So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die. But Jesus had not told him that he would not die, just ?What if I want him to remain until I come? [What concern is it of yours?]? 24 It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. 25 There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Psalm 82-89
THE ROOM OF TEARS
As I struggle to meet my deadline for this writing assignment, the whole world is eagerly following the development of the Conclave of Cardinals that elects the successor to Pope John Paul the Great. Reporters and writers covering the Vatican say that aside from the Sistine chapel where the balloting will take place, and the Casa Santa Marta which is going to house the Cardinal-electors, one place that is being readied is a small vestry behind the altar of the chapel. Here, the newly elected Pope will be fitted into one of four papal vestments made in various sizes. This vestry has earned the interesting title as ?The Room of Tears.? Newly elected Popes cry in silence in this room after their election. They do so because of the realization that dawns on them: their being Pope now tasks them to carry a burden of office that will be for life ? and until death!
Lord, bless those who are at the top. And help them learn that with You, they need not be alone.
Sts. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Ugandan Martyrs, pray for us.
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