READINGS for 2006-06-10
WAITING WITH LOVE
. . . to all those who wait with love ? 2 Timothy 4:8
We only had a few minutes before our flight back to Manila from Bangkok. My sister, afflicted with a last-minute obsession with a yellow handbag, wanted to spend the last few moments at the bag shop. Her husband and I looked at each other with resignation. How were we going to reach the airport in time?
Lord, teach me real patience and forbearance.
2 Timothy 4:1-8
We have a duty to refute falsehood when we encounter it in our lives. This means that we must be active in lobbying legislative authorities to protect the dignity of the unborn child and those who do not have the ability to fight for themselves, particularly the elderly and the weak. If we do not speak up against abortion and euthanasia, we are tantamount to giving it our assent! There are sins of omission as well as commission!
1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: 2 proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. 3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers 4 and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths. 5 But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry. 6 For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. 8 From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.
P S A L M
Psalm 71:8-9, 14-15, 16-17, 22
R: I will sing of your salvation.
8 My mouth shall be filled with your praise, with your glory day by day. 9 Cast me not off in my old age; as my strength fails, forsake me not. (R) 14 But I will always hope and praise you ever more and more. 15 My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. (R) 16 I will treat of the mighty works of the LORD; O God, I will tell of your singular justice. 17 O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds. (R) 22 So will I give you thanks with music on the lyre, for your faithfulness, O my God! I will sing your praises with the harp, O Holy One of Israel! (R)
G O S P E L
There is something in our humanity that seems to like being the center of attention for good reasons of course. Yet, in the spiritual life, this is not a good thing since it can easily lead to spiritual pride and sin. It is all right to be thanked and honored for services rendered but it must always be received with humility lest such applaud lead us to pride and sin. Let us fix our eyes upon the humility of Christ who sought neither recognition nor acclaim, and so follow in His footsteps.
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Lord, reveal the ways that I am being inauthentic. Help me face the truth and work toward Your truth.
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