READINGS for 2006-06-13

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



?Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.? ? Matthew 5:16

We had our business planning conference on a day filled with sunshine. The venue with its serene setting was more conducive for a spiritual retreat than a business meeting. Part of the process was for the teams to prepare a rally song or chant. After prayer, I suggested the word: SHINES.
      Our team was part of the Olive Division (taken from Psalm 52:10), so our chant was entitled ?Olive Shines!? In our team, we talked about wanting Jesus to shine from us. With that as the actual aim, our team won the in the business games and contests, especially because the chant motivated the team players to do well for Jesus. The chant made it as the group division rally song.
      After the conference, during our weekly Mancom meetings, every time Olive Division was mentioned for a particular sale being contributed during the week we will always shout ?SHINES?. As we shouted, it reminded us that we are ?shining? witnesses through the blessings of a sale. The shout reiterates that we are God?s children worthy of His blessings. The financial blessings became secondary in the light of the joy that it puts in our hearts, to feel that the light of Jesus is upon us. Donna E.

Do we allow Jesus to shine from our hearts for others to see?

Lord Jesus, we praise you for the many blessings you have bestowed in our lives.



1 Kings 17:7-16

The woman of Zarephath is an example to us of true generosity. That is, we should always be ready to share what we have with those who have less than us. It does not matter how little we may have for ourselves, we should be willing to share it with them. Often, it is our generosity to others that seems to call down the blessings of God upon us. When God sees that we are willing to entrust our lives to His providence, I believe that He cannot help but provide for us in over-abundance.

7 After some time, however, the brook ran dry, because no rain had fallen in the land. 8 So the LORD said to him 9 ?Move on to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have designated a widow there to provide for you.? 10 He left and went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the entrance of the city, a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her, ?Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink.? 11 She left to get it, and he called out after her, ?Please bring along a bit of bread.? 12 ?As the LORD, your God, lives,? she answered, ?I have nothing baked; there is only a handful of flour in my jar and a little oil in my jug. Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks, to go in and prepare something for myself and my son; when we have eaten it, we shall die.? 13 ?Do not be afraid,? Elijah said to her. ?Go and do as you propose. But first make me a little cake and bring it to me. Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son. 14 For the LORD, the God of Israel, says, ?The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.?? 15 She left and did as Elijah had said. She was able to eat for a year, and he and her son as well; 16 The jar of flour did not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, as the LORD had foretold through Elijah.


Psalm 4:2-3, 4-5, 7-8

R: Lord, let your face shine on us.

1 [2] When I call, answer me, O my just God, you who relieve me when I am in distress; have pity on me, and hear my prayer! 2 [3] Men of rank, how long will you be dull of heart? Why do you love what is vain and seek after falsehood? (R) 3 [4] Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one; the LORD will hear me when I call upon him. 4 [5] Tremble, and sin not; reflect, upon your beds, in silence. (R) 6 [7] O LORD, let the light of your countenance shine upon us! 7 [8] You put gladness into my heart, more than when grain and wine abound. (R)


Matthew 5:13-16

It is interesting to consider the essential role that salt has in cooking. It is a flavoring or spice as well as a preservative agent. Thus, this text exhorts us to both bring a spicy challenge to the world in which we live through the Christian witness of our lives as well as to preserve all that is good in our human society. We are to bear the virtues of the past into the future and use them to constantly challenge new ideas and so ensure that society remains faithful to the truths of the Gospel.

13 ?You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. 16 Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.?

my reflections
When God sees that we are willing to entrust our lives to His providence, He cannot help but provide for us in over-abundance.



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Readings and reflecting on Jesus? words in our Gospel proclamation makes me recall the story of Genesis 18:16-33. In that story, the patriarch Abraham interceded for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. The story ends with God?s word of promise: He will not destroy the evil cities if He finds ten good people in the cities. Ten, according to Bible analysts, was thought to be the smallest number of persons who can constitute a community. God was then willing to spare the cities provided a ?core community of goodness? was there to start a renewal for the cities.
      By calling Christians to be ?salt? and ?light? of the world, Jesus wanted us to see ourselves as the necessary core of goodness in our world today. Salt was regarded as a basic necessity for cooking and food preparations. It was meant to season and to preserve food. So necessary was salt that Roman soldiers were paid their wage in part with salt. Hence the word ?salary? (Roman ?sal? means ?salt?). Light was also regarded as essential for the people of Palestine. Living in square houses made of hardened mud, they needed to keep an oil lamp forever burning inside the darkened interior of their houses even in broad desert daytime. Salt and light, then, were two things that people in Jesus? time could not do without.
      As Christians, we become ?indispensable? salt and light, first, by our witnessing. The world always needs signposts ? points of reference. Jesus says our goodness in words and actions are important to let people be reminded of God... and of the need for transcendence and spirituality. We are ?indispensable? salt and light, secondly, by our evangelizing. As salt and light influence everything around them, so must we. Fr. Domie G.

More than numbers, intensity is more important. Even a pinch of salt with its concentrated taste is enough to change the taste of food. A single light with its intense luminousity can dispel the darkness of its surroundings.

Let us then pray that we may have the intensity of Faith and Example.

St. Anthony of Padua and Lisbon, confessor, pray for us.

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